Alyson Raletz

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Beyond Our Borders
4:14 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Kansas City's Historic Northeast Balances History With Urban Reality

Lisa Donnici
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Kansas City’s Historic Northeast is known for its great cuisine and iconic old homes.

But it also grapples with a reputation of vandalism and other crime, says Lisa Donnici, who moved to the Historic Northeast roughly 14 years ago.

Her relationship with the area — made up of six distinct Kansas City neighborhoods that are just south of the Missouri River — goes back much farther, however.

She grew up there as a child, but her mother moved the family away so Donnici could attend schools in the suburbs. Marriage brought her back to the area.

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5:06 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Hey GOP, Kansas Citians Say To Come For The Amenities — Or Don’t Come At All

A selection committee for the Republican National Convention in 2016 has narrowed the pool to four cities to host the GOP bash.
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Officials in Kansas City, Mo., may be clamoring to host the 2016 Republican National Convention.

But social media buzz in Kansas City wasn’t always as welcoming, according to feedback we received this week in KCUR’s informal polls.

On Wednesday, convention selection committee members began their site visit in Kansas City, one of the four finalists competing to host the convention.

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12:22 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Tell KCUR: Dear GOP, Pick Kansas City Because ________

Tell us why you think Kansas City should host the 2016 Republican National Convention. Fill in the blank: Dear GOP, pick Kansas City because _______. Tweet your answer with the #TellKCUR hashtag.
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Kansas City is among the final four cities up for consideration to host the 2016 Republican National Convention.

But we’re not out of the woods yet.

This week, convention selection committee members are in town, deciding whether or not Kansas City has what it takes to host one of the party’s biggest bashes of the presidential election cycle.

We want to know why you think Kansas City stands apart from competitor cities Cleveland, Dallas and Denver. 

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3:24 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Why Kansas Citians Are Fed Up With Highway 71

How has U.S. Highway 71 helped or hurt Kansas City, Mo.? Chime in on Twitter with the #TellKCUR hashtag.
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U.S. Highway 71 in Kansas City, Mo., is here to stay.

But that doesn’t mean Kansas Citians are happy about it.

When we asked this week: “How has Highway 71 helped or hurt Kansas City?” some listeners, tweeters, Facebookers and callers praised the highway’s convenience for being a main north-south thoroughfare in the metropolitan area.

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1:26 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Tell KCUR: How Has Highway 71 Helped Or Hurt Kansas City?

How has U.S. Highway 71 helped or hurt Kansas City? Tweet us with the #TellKCUR hashtag.
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U.S. Highway 71 has become one of the most prominent north-south arteries of the Kansas City metropolitan area.

But when it was built on the east side of Kansas City, Mo., in the 1990s, the construction sparked controversy because of the way it bisected existing neighborhoods.  

Earlier this year, when we asked you what were Kansas City’s biggest dividing lines, Highway 71 emerged as one of them.

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3:57 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Want To Smoke? Kansas Citians Say To Stay At Home

Where should we still allow smoking in Kansas City, Mo.? Tweet your answer with the #TellKCUR hashtag.
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If you’re a smoker in Kansas City, Mo., feedback we received in an informal listener poll wasn’t very encouraging.

Smoking already is a no-no in Kansas City bars and restaurants.

And a ban on smoking in publicly-owned housing developments starts July 1 in Kansas City.  

We wanted to know: Where should we still allow smoking?  

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3:22 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Tell KCUR: Where Should We Still Allow Smoking?

Where should we still allow smoking? Tweet us your answer with the #TellKCUR hashtag.
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Public options for smokers are becoming few and far between in Kansas City, Mo.

Since 2008, smoking has been banned in bars and restaurants located in Kansas City. The state of Kansas went smoke-free in 2012.

University campus buildings have been smoke-free for years in Kansas City, but beginning Aug. 1, smoking outside on the campus of the University of Missouri-Kansas City will be prohibited.  

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11:48 am
Thu May 15, 2014

The NFL Looks Ready For Michael Sam — And So Is Kansas City

Michael Sam was the 249th draft choice by the St. Louis Rams.
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Michael Sam’s NFL draft pick on Saturday — the first for an openly gay football player — continues to generate buzz on social media.

The pick put Missouri in the spotlight, since the University of Missouri defensive end became the 249th overall choice by the St. Louis Rams.

We wanted to hear your thoughts on this historical moment, so we used our airwaves and social media this week to ask: Is the NFL ready for Michael Sam? Why or why not?

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3:10 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Tell KCUR: Is The NFL Ready For Michael Sam? Why Or Why Not?

Is the NFL ready for Michael Sam, the first openly gay football player to be drafted? Why or why not? Tweet your answer with the #TellKCUR hashtag.
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Missouri’s Michael Sam jumped into the history books Saturday, when he became the first openly gay football player to be drafted into the NFL. 

There’s been an outpouring of support from the public for Sam.

As the 249th overall choice by the St. Louis Rams, President Obama called the pick from the University of Missouri an “important step forward” in “our nation’s journey,” according to a White House statement provided to ABC.

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Beyond Our Borders
1:10 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

What It’s Like To Live In Walt Disney’s Childhood Home In Kansas City

Walt Disney moved to this house at 3028 Bellefontaine Ave. in Kansas City's east side when he was 9 years old.
Alyson Raletz KCUR

The view from Roberta Long’s white rocking chair on the porch of her Kansas City, Mo., house has taught her it’s a small world, after all.

That’s where she sits and meets people from Europe, California and everywhere in between.

 They stop by the house and take pictures at all hours of the day and night. In the summer, buses roll by with more gawkers, Long says.

And it’s all because of the legend who used to live in her home more than 100 years ago — Walt Disney.

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2:47 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Turning Into Your Mother? These Kansas Citians Are

Susan Foster says she built this garden as a tribute to her mother, who always kept a vibrant flower garden on a budget.
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From an appreciation of art to a knack for grammar, moms pass down a lot of traits to their sons and daughters that go beyond eye color.

In honor of Mother’s Day, KCUR wanted to know what about your mom you see in yourself. We used our airwaves and social media this week to ask: How are you like your mother?

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4:30 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Tell KCUR: How Are You Like Your Mother?

What about your mother do you see in yourself? Tweet us your answer with the #TellKCUR hashtag.
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 Maybe you inherited your mother’s chin or singing voice.

Perhaps you picked up her talent for chess, her calm frame of mind — or her hot temper?

Help KCUR celebrate Mother's Day. We're collecting motherhood messages and we're wondering what about your mother you see in yourself.

Tell KCUR: How are you like your mother?

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3:46 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Things Kansas Citians Would Try To Save From A Tornado

What would you grab if a tornado was approaching? Tweet your answer with the #TellKCUR hashtag.
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What do rosaries, guitars and “Lord of the Rings” DVD box sets have in common?

They’re all objects that Kansas Citians said they would try to save if a tornado was on the way.

Given this week’s severe tornadoes across the United States, we used social media and the airwaves to ask you: What would you grab if a tornado was approaching?

We don’t advocate spending a lot of time scooping up material items if an incoming tornado is close to your home.

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4:25 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Kansas Citians Call For Off-Hours Transit Options To Reduce Drinking And Driving

What services do you think are needed to curb drunk driving in Kansas City? Join the conversation online by tweeting your answer with the #TellKCUR hashtag.
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If Kansas City wants to get serious about reducing drunk driving, it needs to invest in more late-night and weekend public transportation services.

That’s according to your responses to our on-air and online question of the week.

We asked: What services should be provided to curb drinking and driving in Kansas City?

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Community
1:54 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Prosecutor Names Suspect In Kansas City Highway Shootings

Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announces charges Friday against a 27-year-old suspect tied to recent highway shootings in Kansas City. The announcement took place at the Kansas City Emergency Operations Center.
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Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced charges Friday against a man tied to recent highway shootings in the Kansas City metropolitan area.

The afternoon announcement revealed Mohammed Whitaker, 27, of Grandview, Mo., faces 18 felony counts, including class A and class B felonies related to shooting into a vehicle.

The charges stem from a series of at least a dozen shootings on Kansas City area highways. Three people have been hurt as a result.

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11:58 am
Thu April 17, 2014

How You’re Talking To Kids After Tragedy

What do you say to kids after a community tragedy? Tweet your answer to #TellKCUR
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As adults searched for answers tied to the recent shootings at Jewish centers in Johnson County, Kan., we wanted to know how you were handling questions about the acts of violence from children.  

A male suspect is now in custody on murder charges for the shootings that took the lives of William Corporon, 69, his 14-year-old grandson, Reat Underwood, and Terri LaManno, 53, on Sunday.

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4:01 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Tell KCUR: What Do You Say To Kids After A Community Tragedy?

Tell KCUR: What do you say to kids after a community tragedy? Tweet your answer with the #TellKCUR hashtag.
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Sunday’s shootings at Jewish centers in Johnson County raise a lot of questions for law enforcement and the victims’ families.  

But as the news continues to pick up more local, national and even international attention,  the shootings may prompt questions from little ones.

We want to know how you’re explaining the recent shootings to them.

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2:36 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

The Many Reasons Kansas City Powers KCUR

KCUR volunteers filled this white board with "Power KCUR" messages all week in our green room, which served as command central throughout the membership drive.
Alyson Raletz KCUR

It’s pledge drive week at KCUR.

That means asking the public to support Kansas City’s public radio station, but it also involves a celebration of KCUR and its members.

All week, we asked, “Why do you power KCUR?” online, on the air and via social media.  

Your fired back your favorite news and talk shows.

You cited all of the “driveway moments” from features on local and national news.

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4:39 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Why Do You Power KCUR?

Why do you power KCUR? Tweet us your answer with the #PowerKCUR hashtag.
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Listeners have many reasons for supporting KCUR, Kansas City’s public media radio station.

Members tell us they power KCUR because they love the reporting. And they tell us about how they feel connected to the Kansas City community when they listen to KCUR.

As we celebrate KCUR this week during the station’s spring pledge drive, we want to know: Why do you power KCUR?

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Beyond Our Borders
12:22 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

We Want Your Photos Of Awesome Things East Of Troost

This plate at a popular breakfast spot on Troost Avenue is featured on KCUR's new Tumblr, Awesome Things East of Troost.
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We’re finding lots of cool things on and east of Troost Avenue in Kansas City. And we know you are, too.

As KCUR continues its look at Troost as a dividing line in Kansas City — part of our Beyond Our Borders project  — we’re posting photos of our cool finds on a new Tumblr site called Awesome Things East of Troost.

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3:13 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Royals Fans Are Cautiously Optimistic About 2014 Season

The 2014 baseball season is giving the Kansas City Royals and fans a reason to look up on Friday, the day of the team's home opener.
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Social media in Kansas City is abuzz this week with excitement over the Royals’ home opener on Friday.

Diehard fans are swapping predictions on Twitter for the new season via #Royals, #BeRoyalKC, #Royalsnation and other hashtags.

After the success of 2013’s season, KCUR’s Greg Echlin reports that players have high hopes for this season.

Fans do, too, according to our informal Tell KCUR poll on social media this week.

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Beyond Our Borders
1:45 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

What Matters To One Of Kansas City’s Oldest Neighborhood Groups

Les Cline, president of the 49/63 Neighborhood Coalition
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Les Cline is highly aware of a street in Kansas City that dissects the 49/63 neighborhood in Kansas City — Troost Avenue.

But it’s just the name of a street, says Cline, president of the 49/63 Neighborhood Coalition.

“There’s no wall or fence or force field running down Troost,” Cline says. 

Founded in 1971, the coalition’s borders run from 49th to 63rd streets, and Paseo to Oak. Brush up on the neighborhood in this profile on 49-63.  

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3:03 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Tell KCUR: Is This The Year The Royals Will Make It To The Playoffs?

Is this the year the Royals will make it to the playoffs? Tweet your prediction with the #TellKCUR hashtag.
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Friday’s home opener for the Royals marks the beginning of the professional baseball season in Kansas City.

And we’re wondering about your predictions for the home team this year.

The Royals haven’t made it to the playoffs since 1985, when they beat the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series. Will they ever have a chance like that again?

Tell KCUR: Is this the year the Royals will make it to the playoffs? Why or why not?

Leave us your prediction in a voicemail at 816-235-2881.

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Beyond Our Borders
7:30 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Life East Of Troost Through The Eyes Of 5 Kansas Citians

Mary Williams Neal
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As KCUR begins its in-depth look at how Troost Avenue divides Kansas City, we wanted to talk to people about their perceptions of the area east of the thoroughfare.  

We spent some time east of Troost this month, asking about the realities and misconceptions of life near one of Kansas City’s most prominent racial and economic dividing lines.

Here are some of the highlights of what we heard back:

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Community
5:23 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

KCUR Is Coming Soon To A Neighborhood Near You

KCUR's Up To Date Host Steve Kraske, left, leads a discussion with members of the 49/63 neighborhood during a March community listening session at Rockhurst University.
Alyson Raletz KCUR

KCUR wants to turn the tables and listen to listeners for a change.

But we’ll need your help.

We want feedback from community members to drive our content as we examine how geographic borders affect our daily lives in Kansas City in our yearlong “Beyond Our Borders” project.

We’re looking for partners to help us host community listening sessions that we’re conducting to help us reach Kansas Citians on their own turf.

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3:20 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

What You Asked Our New Host, Gina Kaufmann — And Her Answers

Gina Kaufmann, Central Standard's new host, starts her first day at her new job answering questions from Twitter and Facebook on the air.
Credit Matthew Long-Middleton / KCUR

 

Central Standard’s new host had a lot to answer for on her first day on the new job Thursday. And it’s all because of you.

Gina Kaufmann doesn’t officially sit in the talk show host chair until 10 a.m. Monday. But on Thursday, we welcomed and introduced her with a live interview on KCUR.

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11:45 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Tell KCUR: What Do You Want To Know About Our New Host, Gina Kaufmann?

What do you want to know about Central Standard's new host, Gina Kaufmann? Tweet us your question at the #TellKCUR hashtag. We'll ask listener questions during a live interview with Gina at 10 a.m. Thursday on kcur.org.
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We’re on the edge of our seats at KCUR this week in anticipation of the arrival of Gina Kaufmann, Central Standard’s new talk show host.

She doesn’t begin hosting the 10 a.m. daily talk show until next week, but we’d like to start introductions before then.  

And we’re going to need help from you, our listeners.

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4:34 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

How To Know When It’s Really Spring In Kansas City

Spring is here when you see the "first wild crocus in the woods (taken last week)," @kctomato tweets.
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It’s official. Winter is over.

After months of snow storms in Kansas City, Thursday marked the first day of spring.

Calendar or not — we wanted to know when you really know spring is here.

This week, we asked listeners: For you, what’s the first sign of spring?

Many of your answers stemmed from nature, such as peeping frogs, chirping birds before sunrise and crocus flower sightings.

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2:37 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Tell KCUR: For You, What’s The First Sign of Spring?

For you, what's the first sign of spring? Tweet us your answer with the #TellKCUR hashtag.
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Spring makes its official debut on Thursday.  

But we want to know what you think are the more telling indicators that winter is behind us.

Perhaps it’s March Madness basketball or the blooming of tulips.

Maybe spring is here when it’s warm enough to go outside without a jacket — or when Easter candy hits the stores.

Tell KCUR: For you, what’s the first sign of spring?

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2:50 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

A Look At Kansas City's Wannabe Sci-Fi Wardrobe

Patrick Fedo tweets us that he's going to dress up like Andy Knightley from "The World's End" this weekend at Planet Comicon in Kansas City.
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Don’t be alarmed by the number of adult men and women wearing capes and tights this weekend in downtown Kansas City.

That’s just Planet Comicon, a national gathering of science fiction and comics fans that runs from Friday to Sunday at Bartle Hall.

And those fans often show up in costume.

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