Jamaican-born poet Claudia Rankine's work "goes directly to the objective of literary writing--to write a book that is deeply interesting despite the expectations that received forms give us," according to interviewer and New Letters editor Robert Stewart.
Kansas City, Mo. – The State of Kansas has resumed paying income tax refunds after averting a cash crisis. Kansas City moves a step closer toward creating a regional jail. These stories are among KCUR's evening news.
Kansas City, Kan. – More people are turning to local sexual and domestic violence programs. KCUR's Elana Gordon reports.
The Kansas Coalition against Sexual and Domestic Violence says requests for services in both rural and metro parts of the state are at an all time high. Johnson County alone last year experienced a twenty percent increase in hotline calls and a ten percent rise in shelter requests.
To get a new musical on Broadway, it seems producers have to adapt a familiar movie, even an animated one, to get the show in front of an audience. Still, there are composers who shun what's popular for what's interesting or even strange. Two Kansas City theatre companies are about to stage shows whose subject matter lands far afield from/of The Lion King.
Last fall, Kansas City author and illustrator Shane Evans teamed up with sculptor and photographer J. LeRoy Beasley to embark on a special mission: a month-long journey through four countries in Southern Africa: Botswana, Lesotho, Zimbabwe and South Africa. Along the way, the two artists visited orphanages, literacy programs and soccer clubs. There, they organized arts programs for children affected by HIV AIDs.
There are major disparities in the health of Kansans, depending on their race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status. That is according to a new report from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Harvard Researcher Dr. David Williams (pictured)led the study, and says racial differences in the rates of stroke, obesity, and infant mortality are particularly alarming.
Kansas City, MO – Kansas school districts are preparing cuts to meet expected losses in state aid. Kansas governor Kathleen Sebelius is weighing what to do with a proposed budget presented by the legislature that cuts $32 million from schools across the state.