Alex Smith

Reporter, Heartland Health Monitor

Alex Smith is a health reporter for KCUR, a  partner in the Heartland Health Monitor team. HHM is a reporting collaboration among KCUR, KHI News Service in Topeka, Kan., KCPT television in Kansas City, Mo., and Kansas Public Radio in Lawrence, Kan. 

Alex Smith began working in radio as an intern at the National Association of Farm Broadcasters. A few years and a couple of radio jobs later, he became the assistant producer of KCUR's magazine show, KC Currents. He became health reporter at KCUR in January 2014.
 

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KC Currents
12:29 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Community Of Christ OKs Gay Marriage And Clergy

Community of Christ Temple in Independence, Mo.
Alex Smith KCUR

Whether its NBA player Jason Collins coming out as gay, or another politician explaining his “evolving” views on sexuality, recent news headlines seem to reveal Americans’ rapidly changing attitudes toward sexual orientation.

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KC Currents
11:00 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Concealed Carry In Public Buildings, Library Mashes Up Old And New, Leo Beuerman

A new branch of the Mid-Continent Public Library is built around a historic mansion.
Credit Alex Smith / KCUR


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KC Currents
7:42 pm
Sun April 28, 2013

New KC Library Bridges Centuries, Riles Historians

The Woodneath Estate will be part of the new library in the Shoal Creek area of Kansas City.
Credit Alex Smith / KCUR

Say you’re researching for a book report. Or looking up local history. Maybe you want to learn to some do-it-yourself home repair. Chances are good you’ll log on to the internet and get your answers in a few minutes without leaving your chair.

This leaves old-fashioned libraries with a problem: how to get people back to the stacks.

One local library has a unique solution for facing the future by embracing the past. The new branch of the Mid-Continent Public Library literally joins a 21st century building with a pre-Civil War home.

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KC Currents
4:07 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Best of KCC: IHOP in Grandview, Penn Valley Skateboarders, Fado Novato

Nick Soper said he was moving to Kansas City from Liberty to be closer to Penn Valley's Skate Park.
Credit Sylvia Maria Gross / KCUR

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KC Currents
11:14 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Photos Of Immigrants, Kansas Renga, 42

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KC Currents
2:26 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Black Israelites, Royals Announcer, Naismith Artifacts

Michael Long talks about his path to joining a Jewish synagogue.
Credit Susan B. Wilson / KCUR

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KC Currents
12:51 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Mike McCartney: The Voice Of The Royals

Royals announcer Mike McCartney
Mike McCartney

In recent years, baseball games have become highly-produced multi-media events. But despite all the changes technology has brought, two aspects of baseball remain the same: the sport and the announcer.

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KC Currents
9:34 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Fatherhood Inspires Experimental Musician Ashley Miller

Ashley Miller in his home studio
Alex Smith KCUR

To a lot of local music fans, Ashley Miller’s new music might bring a shock. Not because it’s noisy or avant garde, but because it’s not.

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KC Currents
12:35 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

KCMO and KCK Elections, Oz Memorabilia, Ashley Miller

An unusual item produced to promote the 1939 film, a Wicked Witch of the West String Holder.
Credit Julie Denesha / KCUR


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KC Currents
12:09 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Historic Designation Reveals Jewish Roots Of Eudora, Kan.

Small grave marker, Eudora, KS
Alex Smith

This week, during Passover, Jewish communities everywhere will gather together to retell one of the oldest tales in the world: the biblical story of Exodus. 

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KC Currents
12:06 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Walt Bodine, Pat Jordan, Hospice Cards, Eudora Jewish Cemetery

Pat Jordan, Co-Chair Mayor’s Task Force for the Arts, is recognized by the crowd at the "Envision Arts & Culture KC" kickoff meeting in January 2013.
Credit Julie Denesha / KCUR


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KC Currents
10:13 am
Tue March 19, 2013

St. Patty's Hangover With 'Blarney Stoned'

Credit Courtesy of Blarney Stoned

Six years ago, cook and guitarist Mark Vick got tired of spending St. Patrick’s Day working behind the bar instead of jamming onstage. So he and a few of his musician friends started the band, Blarney Stoned.

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KC Currents
3:58 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Middle Schools, KC Carnivores, Polar Bear Romance

Credit P.S. Linden / Courtesy of the Kansas City Carnivores


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Religion
9:25 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Kansas City Atheists Denied Participation In St. Pat's Parade

Credit Andreas F. Borchert / Creative Commons

The Kansas City Atheist Coalition announced Monday afternoon that they had been denied permission to participate in this year’s Kansas City St. Patrick’s Day parade.

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KC Currents
1:36 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Kan. Legislature, The Wires, Music Writer Tim Finn

De Barker teaches line dance and two-step.
Susan Wilson

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KC Currents
10:47 am
Wed March 6, 2013

KC Latin Rock Band Gets Boost From Music Legend

Diego Chi, Enrique Chi, Brendan Culp, Juan Carlos Chaurand
Making Movies

About a year and a half ago, local band Making Movies opened for Los Lobos when the legendary Latin rock band was in Kansas City. Making Movies had been incorporating more Latin rhythms into their Spanish- and English-language rock, and one Los Lobos member liked what he heard.

Between sets, Lobo Steve Berlin asked Making Movies if he could produce their next recording. They released the result, entitled “A La Deriva,” on March 5th, and they’re reaching out to create an international audience.

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KC Currents
4:42 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Hire Bilinguals, Making Movies, Urban Crows

    

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KC Currents
11:10 am
Wed February 27, 2013

WyCo Elections, Plaza Fire, KCPS Opens School

JJ's restaurant co-owner Jimmy Frantze on the day after the gas explosion.
Credit Elana Gordon / KCUR


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KC Currents
4:46 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Parents, Child Abuse And The Child Welfare System

Joe Beck is vice president of Midwest Foster Care and Adoption Association.
Credit Susan Wilson / KCUR

Child advocates and state lawmakers are demanding answers after several recent high profile cases of extreme child abuse in Kansas City.  The most recent case, involving a Northland teen who was handcuffed to a pole the family’s basement, brings up questions about Missouri's child welfare system.

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KC Currents
12:22 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Preventing Child Abuse, Kansas Taxes, Ash Wednesday Drive-Through

Credit Alex Smith / KCUR


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KC Currents
11:59 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Want Fries With That?: Ash Wednesday Drive-Through

Pastor Aaron Roberts awaits commuters.
Alex Smith

These days you can get a lot at a drive-through without leaving the comfort of your car: coffee, dry cleaning, a cheeseburger and, this past Wednesday morning – imposing of ashes.

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KC Currents
3:12 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Walmart Wars, Self-Realization Fellowship, KC Board of Trade

The vacated Bingham Junior High School property is the site for the proposed Walmart Neighborhood Market in Waldo.
Credit Monica Sandreczki / KCUR


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KC Currents
2:14 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

James Lynn: The Insurance Tycoon Who Became A Saint

James J Lynn, businessman
Kansas City Meditation Group

Kansas City is the home base for several big religious groups, like the Church of the Nazarene and the Community of Christ Latter Day Saints Church. But our city can also boast being the hometown of a saint.

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KC Currents
5:45 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

KU Changes Core Curriculum, Bishop vs. NCR, Medicine Museum

Senior Aaron Ellis majors in aerospace engineering at KU.
Credit Monica Sandreczki / KCUR


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KC Currents
12:22 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Bishop Finn Condemns National Catholic Reporter

Kansas City - St. Joseph diocese
Kansas City - St. Joseph diocese

On January 25, two lightning rods of controversy in the Roman Catholic Church community clashed when Kansas City’s Bishop Robert Finn publicly denounced the locally-based National Catholic Reporter.

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KC Currents
4:36 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

IHOP In Grandview, Vintage Postcards, Symphonic Pictures


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KC Currents
5:35 pm
Sat January 26, 2013

Saving Grandview: The International House Of Prayer

Followers join in musical worship at IHOP's onething conference.
Alex Smith

For most of the past couple of decades, the town of Grandview, Mo., had been praying for a miracle. The population was aging, retail space sat empty, and the town desperately needed new employers.

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KC Currents
10:57 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Urban Neighborhoods Initiative, Evan Connell

The Bancroft School in Manheim Park is being converted into affordable housing and a community meeting spot.
Credit Monica Sandreczki / KCUR

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KC Currents
4:49 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Kancare, Leon Jordan Biography, Eddie Saunders Remembrance

Credit Courtesy of LaBudde Special Collections, UMKC.


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KC Currents
4:25 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Missouri Singing Nuns Top Charts

Advent at Ephesus CD
DeMonfort Music

Christmas 2012 has come and gone, and for a lot of people, it’s been another round of traditions and family reunions. But for a convent of nuns outside of St. Joseph, this year was a little different.

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