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.
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.
Kansas City, MO – After a year of uncertainty, on Wednesday, the Kansas City Missouri school board voted eight to one against renewing Superintendent Bernard Taylor's contract when it ends in June. But will it also end the period of relative stability for Kansas City schools? David Smith, President of the Kansas City Missouri school board, speaks with host Delores Jones about student drop-out rates, overall academic achievement and administrative turnover.
Kansas City, MO – Today in the US, Halloween seems to have lost most of its spiritual connections. A commentary by an Afghan-American provides a new glimpse of the holiday. A Native-American tale from the Muskogee Creek people of Oklahoma. An underworld story from Taiwanese and Buddhist culture. And a crying spirit from the Latino culture speaks to us.
Kansas City, MO – Poor health linked ot racism in St. Louis, study says. Clay County unveils war memorial. Northwest Missouri authorities discover woman's body in field. University of Kansas picks up $100 million in endowment funds.
October 28, 2005 - Nearly 200 contemporary poets - many from the Kansas City area - contributed to a new poetry anthology called Chance of a Ghost. Co-editors and poets Gloria Vando and Phil Miller say the ghosts in the anthology make mischief, bring solace, issue warnings, and go on joy rides. Miller has been collecting ghost poems since the 1980s. Here, he reads his poem included in the anthology called Ghost in Late Autumn.
Tonganoxie, KS – His young wife, parents, siblings, other family members and friends buried Army Corporal Lucas Frantz Thursday afternoon in Tonganoxie, Kansas. A sniper in Iraq killed Franz last week on his 22nd birthday. Corporal Franz's memorial service touched off a dispute between followers of Reverend Fred Phelps and a large group of motorcycle riding veterans. KCUR's Frank Morris reports.
Kansas City, MO – After a two-week delay of a vote, the Kansas City, Missouri school board voted 8-1 Wednesday night not to renew the contract of superintendent Bernard Taylor, Jr. Board president David Smith praised Taylor's accomplishments in getting provisional accreditation for the district, but said new leadership is needed for the future. Smith specifically cited declining enrollments at a time of community development and growth. The board asked Taylor to continue to serve until his current contract expires in June.
Today in the US, Halloween seems to have lost most of its spiritual connections. Some diverse voices in Kansas City share their experiences about the holiday and frightening stories from their cultures.
Kansas City, MO – Missouri adoptions far too slow, audit says. Kansas City school board votes against renewing superintendent's contract. Topeka hires retired K.B.I. administrator to review troubled narcotics unit.
Kansas City, MO – Medicaid eligibility requirements were tightened this year by the Governor and Republican lawmakers, eliminating health-care services for 90,000 people. Opponents of the cut accuse Gov. Blunt on reneging his campaign pledge to preserve Medicaid eligibility requirments.
Teeth and Tentacles is the title of a painting by Eric Sall (a 1999 Kansas City Art Institute graduate) now part of the collection of the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art. Sall talked about the work in 2005, when the work was first displayed in a one-person exhibit at the Dolphin called "Eric Sall: The State I Am In."
Kansas City, MO – Johnson County District Attorney Paul Morrison to challenge Kline for Attorney General's office. Kansas opens trade office in China's capital. Jackson County could face $16 million shortfall next year.
Kansas City, MO – Hundreds of Kansas Citians returned from the trip to Washington, D.C. for the Millions More Movement, which took place earlier this month. For many this is a return trip commemorating the Million Man March held 10 years ago.
Riccardo Lucas and Ron McMillan speak about the local mobilization to enact goals of the movement.
Kansas City, MO – Riccardo Lucas and Ron McMillan return from Millions More Movement March last weekend in Washington, DC. Listen in on the process Mexican immigrants go through to work legally in the U.S. Kansas City teenagers talk about Ramadan and the transition from Islamic School to public school. And hear an audio tour of Kansas City's jazz district as it might have been in the 1930s.
Kansas City, MO – Muslims began fasting from dawn to dusk earlier this month when a new crescent moon signaled the start of Ramadan, Islam's holiest month. The month-long holiday commemorates the time 1500 years ago that Muslims believe the first verses of the Koran were revealed to the Prophet Mohammed. The faithful try to be especially pious this month and refrain from food, drink, smoking and sex - all the sensual pleasures - during daylight.
It's the arts roundup, the audio guide to the arts. This week, the Unicorn Theatre premieres a play about a disintegrating marriage whose title sounds like a documentary on the History Channel. Also, a new contemporary dance company presents its Folly Theatre debut. KCUR's Laura Spencer and Steve Walker report.
A new sculpture by artist Michael Rees, a native of Kansas City now based in New Jersey, went on display October 20th just west of the Folly Theatre. It's the second sculpture commissioned by the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art with funds from DST System Incorporated as part of a project to place five works of contemporary sculpture in downtown Kansas City.
Here, Robert Stewart reads "My Father's Haunt," recorded at the October 21st poetry reading at The Writers Place celebrating the publication of Chance of a Ghost, an anthology of ghost poems.
Kansas City, MO – Here, Robert Stewart reads "My Father's Haunt," recorded at the October 21st poetry reading at The Writers Place celebrating the publication of Chance of a Ghost, an anthology of ghost poems.
(recorded by New Letters on the Air host Angela Elam)
Here, Gloria Vando reads David Ray's The Ghosts of Pennsylvania Street. This was recorded at the October 21st poetry reading at The Writers Place celebrating the publication of Chance of a Ghost, an anthology of ghost poems.
Here, co-editors Phil Miller and Gloria Vando read their poems included in Chance of a Ghost, the new anthology of ghost poems. A reading - with almost 30 poets - will take place on Friday at 7 at The Writers Place.
Kansas City, MO – Kansas City Missouri and Kansas City Kansas school districts are being considered for a national program which could bring an influx of enthusiastic young teachers into the schools. Teach for America places top college graduates from around the country in low-income schools for two-year teaching commitments. The young people don't necessarily have a background in education, and some see teaching as a public service before they move on to other careers.
Kansas City, MO – The Kansas City Board of Education was poised to decide the future of Superintendent Bernard Taylor last week, but decided it wanted more time after an unexpectedly large turnout which included both supporters and opponents of Taylor. Former Jackson County legislator Bishop James Tindall discusses Taylor's contract and the future of the district.
Kansas City, MO – Where would we all be today if the south had won the Civil War? When the thought occurred to Kansas film-maker Kevin Willmott, he turned to history books and plotted out what would happen up to the present day if slavery still existed. Willmott's film 'CSA: Confederate States of America' pretends to be a British documentary about the history about the Confederate States of America from the Civil War to the present. Director Kevin Willmott teaches film at the University of Kansas.
Kansas City, MO – Bishop James Tindall talks about the status of the Kansas City Missouri public schools. Teach for America Vice President Diane Robinson talks about the possibility of setting up a new site here in Kansas City. Kansas film director Kevin Willmott talks about CSA: the Confederate States of America as it opens in movie theaters in Virginia and Tennessee. Plus news from Latino USA, and more . . .