Alex Smith

Health Reporter

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. In January 2014 he became KCUR's health reporter.
 

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Education
12:11 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Breaking It Down: Kansas School Funding Lawsuit

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In Kansas, 54 school districts are currently suing the state for cutting their funding. The state has budgeted $3,800 per student for the coming school year. 

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KC Currents
11:43 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Kansas City Dominates Dominoes

Dominoes at the Green Duck Lounge. Travis Newsome in white shirt. Jerome Wooten in black.
Alex Smith

This past weekend, the tiny town of Andalusia, Alabama hosted the 37th annual world championships of dominoes.

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KC Currents
2:49 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

Local Father-Daughter Duo On The National Stage, Kansas City's Domino Dominance

Kansas City based father daughter duo Maurice and Shanice Hayes.
www.kcvocals.com Shanice and Maurice Hayes

The show for July 15, 2012.
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KC Currents
11:34 am
Mon July 9, 2012

African Centered Schools, Bike-Share, My Farm Roots

Outside the old African Centered Education School in 2010.
Laura Ziegler KCUR

The show for July 8, 2012. Click "Listen" to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories:

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July 1, 2012
5:08 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Neighborhood Fireworks Disaster, Nuns Vs. Vatican, Kansas Happy Hours

Sean Dreilinger Flickr

The show for July 1, 2012. Click "Listen" to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories:

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Religion
11:16 am
Mon July 2, 2012

KC Catholics Caught Between Vatican And Nuns

Catholics gathered to support nuns at Mill Valley Park on the Country Club Plaza.
Alex Smith KCUR

In mid-April, the Vatican issued strong criticism of its largest organization for American Catholic nuns, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious.

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Classical Piano
1:24 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Rising Local Pianist Behzod Abduraimov Releases Debut Album

Pianist Behzod Abduraimov studies at Park University.
behzodabduraimov.com

One of Kansas City’s musical greats has just made another leap in his quest for international acclaim.

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June 24, 2012
2:30 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Winning Isn't Everything, Connecting The Unconnected In KCK

T-ball player Alex poses for his team portrait before a game at Leawood City Park.
Zack Lewandowski KCUR

The show for June 24, 2012. Click "Listen" to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories:

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Religion
10:18 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Local Presbyterian Pastor Becomes Advocate For Gay Rights

KCUR

Probably the most volatile fault line in America’s shifting opinion on gay rights is in churches. Both those who support gay rights and those who don’t claim that their beliefs are supported by their church’s teachings.  

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June 17, 2012
12:26 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Local Pastor Speaks Out On LGBT Issues, Cumbia In KC

Area students reading in the classroom.
Sylvia Maria Gross KCUR

The show for June 17, 2012. Click "Listen" to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories:

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June 10, 2012
11:49 am
Mon June 11, 2012

1910 Gardens, New Kansas Legislative Maps, Governor Brownback Profile

The show for June 10, 2012. Click "Listen" to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories:

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KC Currents
11:50 am
Tue June 5, 2012

Marriage: Arranging Her Own Path

Rina Mehta is an actress and model. When she was 16, she struggled with the Indian tradition of arranged marriages.

For many teenagers in the United States, the age of 16 is a milestone on the life chart.  Sixteen was important for Rina Mehta too.

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June 2, 2012
12:55 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

Arranged Marriages Part 2, Kansas Redistricting

The show for June 3, 2012. Click "Listen" to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories:

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May 27, 2012
11:44 am
Tue May 29, 2012

Frank White Moves On, Arranged Marriages

Frank White at the T-Bone's ballpark in Kansas City, Kansas.
Susan B. Wilson KCUR

The show for May 27, 2012. Click "Listen" to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories:

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KC Currents
10:56 am
Tue May 29, 2012

Arranged Marriages In Kansas City

Hindu Temple and Cultural Center of Kansas City
Alex Smith KCUR

Spring is in full bloom in Kansas City, and that means it's wedding season. For most couples in the US, the story is pretty similar: two people meet and start dating, they get more serious and become a couple, and after a year or a few years, they get engaged.

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May 20, 2012
2:52 pm
Fri May 18, 2012

Stories From Prison, Cakewalker Doc Brown

Missouri inmate Callion Barnes reads a storybook about tigers.
Jacob Fensten KBIA

The show for May 20, 2012. Click "Listen" to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories:

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KC Currents
11:17 am
Tue May 15, 2012

Jazz Meets Gamelan

Black House Improvisor's collective collaborating with the Indonesian percussion ensemble Gamelan Genta Kasturi
Alex Smith KCUR

 For the last two and a half years, the Black House Improviser’s Collective has made its home in an unoccupied floor of a downtown office building provided by the Charlotte Street Foundation.

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May 13, 2012
12:47 pm
Mon May 14, 2012

Penn Valley Skate Park, Jazz Meets Gamelan

Skaters test out new obstacles at Penn Valley Park.
Sylvia Maria Gross KCUR

The show for May 13, 2012. Click "Listen" to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories:

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KC Currents
12:31 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

Renter Holds Art Exhibit In Foreclosed Mansion

Elizabeth and Valerie Shurman at Hyde Park mansion
Alex Smith

Foreclosures have been down by about 25% in both Missouri and Kansas during the first quarter of 2012, but it’s still common for banks to take more than a year to even begin the foreclosure process.

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KC Currents
12:21 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Top Tenors Team Up

Rich Wheeler (seated) and Matt Otto (standing) in rehearsal
Alex Smith

Back in Kansas City’s classic jazz era of the ‘30s and early ‘40s, it was not uncommon to hear a full stage of horn players making music together.

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April 29, 2012
10:23 am
Tue May 1, 2012

KC Land Bank, Reforesting Streets, Tenor Saxes

Mr. T in DC Flickr

The show for April 29, 2012. Click "Listen" to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories.

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April 22, 2012
5:02 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

KCC Classics: Grandfamilies Housing, Horn Doctor, Baha'is In KC

The show for April 22, 2012 was a special membership drive edition of the show; we brought you some of our favorite stories from the past six months. Click "Listen" to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories.

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April 15, 2012
5:21 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

KC-Based Mystery Series, Line Dancing With De Barker

The show for April 15, 2012. Click "Listen" to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories.

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Archeology
12:14 pm
Mon April 9, 2012

MU Professor Discovers Animal-Shaped Mounds In Peru

A mound shaped like a duck as seen on Google Earth.
University of Missouri / Googe Earth Pro

These days, you can use the internet to do some pretty amazing stuff. You can watch from a huge selection of movies or read one of millions of books. You can video-chat with someone on the other side of the world.

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April 8, 2012
12:41 pm
Fri April 6, 2012

Rebuilding Prospect, Revelations Of Ancient Peru, Remembering Past World’s Fairs

Veteran businessman Kenneth Bledsoe with his wife and son.
Susan B. Wilson KCUR

The show for April 8, 2012. Click "Listen" to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories.

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April 1, 2012
2:14 pm
Sun April 1, 2012

City Councilman Jermaine Reed, Missouri Women's Health, Future Of Free Clinics

A still image from the series 'Dead Wait.'
Courtesy of Dead Wait

The show for April 1, 2012. Click "Listen" to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories.

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March 25, 2012
12:01 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

KCC Classics: Suburban Districts Beating Out Urban, Mayan 2012 Myths, Waldo Attic Discovery

Children at African Centered Education school in Kansas City, Missouri
Laura Ziegler KCUR

The show for March 25, 2012. Click "Listen" to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories.

Report Card Rate States’ Integrity

No state earned an “A” in new study of government transparency and corruption risk. The Public Radio International report put Kansas and Missouri in the middle of the pack, and there’s lots of room for improvement.

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KC Currents
10:40 am
Tue March 20, 2012

Brody Buster's New CD 'Will Die Young'

Today, at age 27, Brody Buster is a music veteran with 20 years of live music performance under his belt.

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March 18, 2012
12:40 pm
Fri March 16, 2012

State Of City, KCMO Budget, Brody Buster

27-year-old bluesman Brody Buster's new album showcases his rock 'n' roll side.
Image Courtesy of Brody Buster

 

The show for March 18, 2012.  Click "Listen" to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories.

KCMO Residents Sound Off On State Of The City
Kansas City Mayor Sly James gives his assessment of the State of the City in an address at Bartle Hall on Monday. But how are residents rating KC life?

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March 11, 2012
10:51 am
Mon March 12, 2012

Urban Lit, Troost Corridor, The Good Foot

Coming up on KC Currents, Sunday, March 11 at 5pm, with a repeat Monday at 8pm:

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