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9:32 am
Tue November 22, 2005

Women's Advocate Rose Kemp Dies

Kansas City, MO – Women's advocate Rose Kemp died over the weekend at the age of 72. Born in Kansas City Kansas, Kemp was regional administrator for the Women's Bureau at the Department of Labor for twenty-two years. But for 40 years, she led initiatives in Kansas City designed to bring women together, and help them succeed in the workplace. Former UMKC Women's Center director Ruth Margolin told KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross about her friend and collaborator Rose Kemp.

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KCUR Arts
3:51 pm
Mon November 21, 2005

Metaphysical Art by Ghanaian Painter

Artist George Hughes grew up in Ghana, where he first studied the great masters. In his artwork, Hughes fuses paint, family photos, and found objects to create paintings, sculptures, and performance art.

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KCUR News
2:35 pm
Mon November 21, 2005

Update from the Commission on Violent Crime

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Books
11:44 am
Mon November 21, 2005

What's Up with Dads and Porkchop Sandwiches?

Angela Cervantes is one of two Kansas City writers featured in the recently released Chicken Soup for the Latino Soul. Her story included in the collection is about her father and his compadres. Here's Angela Cervantes reading What's Up with Dads and Porkchop Sandwiches?

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10:52 am
Mon November 21, 2005

KC CURRENTS 11-20-05

Kansas City, MO – An update on the progress of Kansas City, Missouri's Commission on Violent Crime from the commission chair, Stacey Daniels-Young. Bike along with Kenneth Walker, founder of the "Major Taylor Flaming Sprokets", a group of African American cyclists. Also, an interview with Ghanaian painter George Hughes, the history of the Kansas City Latino Writers Collective and an interview with Angela Cervantes.

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KCUR News
11:52 pm
Sun November 20, 2005

Spinning across Kansas City

Kansas City, MO – Major Taylor Flaming Sprokets, are a group of African American cyclists in the urban core of Kansas City. Kenneth Walker become active in the cycling community the last few years and leads the troop of generally ten riders through different corners and roads of Kansas City. To his knowledge such a group has not existed in Kansas City in his lifetime. Delores Jones joined the Sprokets on a recent ride.

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KCUR Arts
2:36 pm
Thu November 17, 2005

Arts Roundup, November 18

This week, a reading at The Writer's Place for the Kansas City Latino Writers Collective, and the story of a shy mouse named Stuart Little, also a lover of adventure, opens at the Coterie Theatre.

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KCUR News
5:04 pm
Wed November 16, 2005

Kansas Board of Education gripped with controversy, dissension

Chairman Steve Abrams, left, votes to adopt new science standards while Education Commissioner Bob Corkins monitors the vote during a recent meeting of the Kansas Board of Education.
Charlie Riedel / AP
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Music
2:56 pm
Mon November 14, 2005

Mexican Rockers Molotov

Molotov is a Mexican metal/hip-hop band formed in 1995. Their music is in a mixture of Spanish and English, rapped by Tito Fuentes.

Kansas City, MO – One of Mexico?s most notorious rock bands have released Con Todo Respeto ? with all due respect - which just won a Latin Grammy for best rock album. The album is tribute to bands like the Beastie Boys and the Clash. They also include a version of Gil Scott Heron?s The Revolution will not be Televised ? which they say applies to Mexico as well as the US.

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KCUR News
1:51 pm
Mon November 14, 2005

Vietnam Veteran Louie Culver

Laura Bush and Louie Culver give Culver's daughter, Sara Tucker, a standing ovation at the completion of her essay, Thursday, Oct. 27, 2005 at Howard University in Washington, at the White House Conference on Helping America's Youth.

Kansas City, MO – Vietnam Veteran Louie Culver and his 14-year-old daughter Sara Tucker have returned from an invitation by First Lady Laura Bush to the White House. An essay by Sara praising her single father caught the attention of First Lady Laura Bush. This week the father and daughter are taking time out to remember Culver's experiences in the Vietnam War.

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People
12:54 pm
Mon November 14, 2005

Remembering Steptoe: a Slave Community in Westport

Kansas City, MO – In order to unravel the mystery of the Steptoe neighborhood in Westport, you'd have to go back about one-hundred-forty years to the times of the Civil War when Missouri's fate as a free versus a slave state hung in the balance.

Joe Louis Mattox, a historian at the Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center, has looked into the neighborhood's history. He sat down with Sylvia Maria Gross to tell us how he first became interested in Steptoe.

 

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KCUR News
12:50 pm
Mon November 14, 2005

The Color of New Raytown

Kansas City, MO – Raytown has been attracting more and more African American and Latino residents in recent years. But as the town becomes more diverse, some of the new residents feel the town government and police are not ready for the new demographics. Some hoped that changes to the city's charter would make Raytown's government more inclusive - but residents rejected the new charter by a 3 to 1 margin Tuesday.

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People
12:47 pm
Mon November 14, 2005

Novelist Salman Rushdie Speaks at Kansas University

Novelist Salman Rushdie speaks about religion, writing, and freedom. The author of controversial 'The Satanic Verses,' his latest novel is called 'Shalimar the Clown.'

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KCUR News
12:35 pm
Mon November 14, 2005

Teen Essayist returns from White House

Laura Bush and Louie Culver give Culver's daughter, Sarah Tucker, a standing ovation at the completion of her essay, Thursday, Oct. 27, 2005 at Howard University in Washington, at the White House Conference on Helping America's Youth.

Kansas City, MO – Vietnam Veteran Louie Culver and his 14-year-old daughter Sara Tucker have returned from an invitation by First Lady Laura Bush to the White House. An essay by Sarah praising her single father had caught the attention of First Lady Laura Bush. This week the father and daughter are taking time out to remember Culver's experiences in the Vietnam War.

Both sat down with Sylvia Maria Gross to talk about their experiences.

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KCUR Arts
11:51 am
Mon November 14, 2005

An Interview with Jason Robert Brown

Jason Robert Brown is part of a group of young musical theatre composers described as successors to Stephen Sondheim. In 1999, Brown won a Tony for his score to Parade - about the anti-Semitic lynching of Leo Frank in 1915 Georgia. More recently, he was the composer and lyricist of The Last Five Years, and Songs for a New World.

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11:25 am
Mon November 14, 2005

KC CURRENTS 11-13-05

Kansas City, MO – The Call's Tracy Allen on race relations in Raytown. Buck O'Neil's 94th birthday. Vietnam veteran Louie Culver and his daughter, Sara Tucker. Joe Louis Mattox on the history of Steptoe, a Civil War-era slave community in Westport. And a preview of Molotov, the Mexican rap-metal band performing in Kansas City on Tuesday.

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KCUR News
5:12 pm
Thu November 10, 2005

Baseball Legend Buck O'Neil Turns 94

KCUR Arts
9:30 am
Thu November 10, 2005

Arts Roundup, November 11

This week, an experimental theatre troupe takes on the work of writer and poet Raymond Carver, and two artists collaborate for an exhibit inspired by a poem.

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People
4:01 pm
Mon November 7, 2005

Mexico's Day of the Dead - Dia de los Muertos

Kansas City, MO – El Dia de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead) is a Mexican celebration to celebrate, remember and prepare special foods in honor of those who have departed. The holiday reflects the Mexicans tradition of reacting to death with mourning along with happiness and joy.

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Financial Planning
1:08 pm
Mon November 7, 2005

Are African Americans Saving for the Long-Term?

Kansas City, MO – As a result of low investment in the African-American community, many cannot reach their retirement and college savings goals. The primary reason cited in recent studies for not investing enough is lack of knowledge.

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KCUR Arts
12:59 pm
Mon November 7, 2005

Mexico's Day of the Dead - Dia de los Muertos

The Mexican tradition of the El Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebrates the spirit of the deceased believed to visit their families on October 31 and leave on November 2.

Kansas City, MO – El Dia de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead) is a Mexican celebration to celebrate, remember and prepare special foods in honor of those who have departed. The holiday reflects the tradition of reacting to death with mourning along with happiness and joy.

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KCUR News
12:46 pm
Mon November 7, 2005

"Brown/Black Coalition" Focuses on Points of Unity

Kansas City, MO – Kansas City's black and Latino communities have often fought separate battles for civil rights and political representation. But at last year's Latino Civil Rights Summit, the leaders of a few local organizations decided it was time for some real collaboration. The Brown/Black Coalition, as they're calling it, held a kick-off reception on the top floor of the new Plaza library building, overlooking the Plaza.

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Dia de los Muertos
11:48 am
Mon November 7, 2005

Mexico's Day of the Dead - Dia de los Muertos

11:21 am
Mon November 7, 2005

KC CURRENTS 11-6-05

Kansas City, MO – Latino and African American organizations in Kansas City kick off the new Brown/Black Coalition. From Latino USA, a report on conflicts between union workers, Latino immigrants, and military contractors in the clean-up from Hurricane Katrina. Investment advisor Denise Murray previews an upcoming workshop for middle-income families. And UMKC's Theater Department presents The Darker Face of the Earth, by poet Rita Dove. Hear from Dove, and the director of the play.


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Books
9:20 am
Mon November 7, 2005

New Letters on the Air: Former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove

Poet Rita Dove discusses her life and work during a conversation with Angela Elam from New Letters on the Air.

Kansas City, MO – Akron native Rita Dove finds literary inspiration everywhere for her writing. After penning her first play, she talks about the novelty of playwrighting with Angela Elam from New Letters on the Air.

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Headlines
7:10 pm
Fri November 4, 2005

Top Stories

Kansas City, MO – Missouri Governor Matt Blunt's plane lands safely after problems with landing gear. A Missouri soldier is killed in Iraq. Judge strikes down Kansas City fire inspection fees. Missouri child abuse registry declared unconstitutional. Westar's third quarter profits jump 40 percent. CEO of Compass Minerals retires.

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KCUR Arts
11:41 am
Thu November 3, 2005

Arts Roundup, November 4

I?igo Manglano-Ovalle, Vanishing Sky, 2005, 4200 x 1050 resolution. Continuous real-time digital output; single channel, 3-screen projection and 5.1 surround sound. Courtesy of the artist and Max Protetch Gallery, New York.

This week, the UMKC Theater Department reinterprets the Greek myth of Oedipus as it might have been told in the antebellum South, and a new installation at the Nelson-Atkins Museum explores the mysteries of the universe through a cosmic panorama.

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KCUR Arts
8:19 am
Thu November 3, 2005

Arts Roundup, November 4

I?igo Manglano-Ovalle, Vanishing Sky, 2005, 4200 x 1050 resolution. Continuous real-time digital output; single channel, 3-screen projection and 5.1 surround sound. Courtesy of the artist and Max Protetch Gallery, New York.

This week, the UMKC Theater Department reinterprets the Greek myth of Oedipus as it might have been told in the antebellum South, and a new installation at the Nelson-Atkins Museum explores the mysteries of the universe through a cosmic panorama.

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KCUR News
5:07 am
Tue November 1, 2005

KU Opens "Explore Evolution" Exhibit

Lawrence, KS – As Kansas debates the teaching of evolution in public schools, the Natural History Museum at the University of Kansas unveils its newest exhibit focusing on the theory of evolution. The museum's "Explore Evolution" exhibit, which includes fossilized whale bones and the adaptation of Galapagos finches, will look at how one of science's most controversial theories is used in current research. KCUR's Ben Embry reports.

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8:32 pm
Mon October 31, 2005

KC CURRENTS 10-30-05

Kansas City, MO – KC-MO School Board President David Smith on the decision not to renew Superintendent Bernard Taylor's contract. A high school junior with an insider's perspective at Lincoln Prep. Financial advisor David Jackson on the role of insurance in building wealth. Scary stories from a range of cultures, all told by Kansas Citians.

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