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Brian Ellison

Host/Contributor

Brian Ellison is host of the podcast Statehouse Blend Missouri and regular substitute host of Central Standard and Up to Date. He also contributes to KCUR news coverage, including political reporting, anchoring election night broadcasts and conducting interviews for the "Innovation KC" series. He has served in a variety of roles at KCUR since 2008, including as a producer of Up To Date and The Walt Bodine Show.

An ordained Presbyterian minister, Brian served as pastor of Parkville Presbyterian Church for 13 years and now is executive director of the Covenant Network of Presbyterians. A graduate of Harvard University and Princeton Theological Seminary, he is also a freelance writer and an adjunct instructor in preaching at Saint Paul School of Theology.

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Greetings From Kansas City

Jan 24, 2013

  Before friends could tell their friends about their travels through email, social media and phone calls, postcards were the way to tell people where one was traveling. On Monday, the Kansas City Public Library will open its "Greetings From Kansas City" exhibit which showcases 200 postcards about Kansas City from the 1930s and 40s.

These postcards tell the story of Kansas City as the booming metropolis of the Midwest during this time period and depicts different scenes from around town.


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  Ever wonder what goes on during a city council meeting? Or how much money was made from parking meters last year? The answers to some questions like these are available to the public online, but every city in the United States differs on how much information they share. MoPIRG is an organization that looks at major metropolitan cities in the country and grades them on how transparent their budget information is to that city's residents.


School Choice

Jan 23, 2013

With education options more diverse than ever, some parents are eschewing the standard public school system.  With this choice, comes the debate on where taxpayer dollars should be going.

On the coattails of President Obama's second inaugural address yesterday and the celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Central Standard looks at the economic situation for the African-American community in the United States.

Watching the teenage experience

In 2008, High School Confidentiala documentary-type show that followed 12 high school girls at Blue Valley Northwest High School in Overland Park through their four years of high school, aired on WE tv. Sharon Liese is the filmmaker who created this show, and conceived the idea to create a documentary about the high school experience when her own daughter was going through high school.

 

Growing up with Sickle Cell

Jan 17, 2013

The experience of growing up from a child to an adult includes awkward experiences with friends, family and one's own body add to that the challenge of living with a chronic disease. Brian Ellison speaks with one teenage girl who is growing up with Sickle Cell Anemia.


Imagine growing up in a pretty standard nuclear family. Then when you’re 15, your dad announces that he’s gay and that he and your mom are getting a divorce.

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What are the chances of your favorite athletes being replaced by pixels? Let’s just say you might not have to worry about the next hockey lockout. 

Dealing With Domestic Violence

Dec 4, 2012
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This weekend's news about the murder-suicide involving Jovan Belcher of the Kansas City Chiefs is bringing the ongoing discussion about domestic violence to the forefront.

Facing The Future Of Cities

Dec 3, 2012
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Technology can be a boon or a bust to cities, depending on how it's applied.

The Otter, Squirrel And Deer Hunter

Dec 3, 2012

If you've ever hunted for your food in the Oregon Trail video game, you know it's no easy task. Now, imagine stepping into the game yourself.

Evan Swigart

If you've never heard of a Maiden’s Blush or a Parkeroo, you're not alone, but a new book catalogues these and other forgotten cocktails from past generations.

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It's November, and you've hit rock bottom. If you're a creative sort of person, NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) could help you out. It worked for one local author.

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“Rehabilitation” is a buzzword in the prison system. But how effective are current practices in keeping former inmates from ending up behind bars again? 

Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill will lock horns with Rep. Todd Akin in the second and final debate tonight.

Women business owners have less access to outside capital than their male counterparts. 

As the campaign season kicks into high gear, KCUR brings you “Ad Watch,” a series examining the accuracy of statements in advertisements for political candidates and issues.

Drepung Gomang Monks / LGBTQ Youth Activism

Sep 13, 2012
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On Thursday’s Central Standard, special guest host Brian Ellison is joined by a group of Tibetan monks currently touring the city. We'll talk about their simplistic, yet powerful values. Plus, hear some chants for peace and healing.

Then, later in the hour, we’ll talk with an ambitious group of young people about LGBTQ activism in schools and in the community.

Why Do We Work?

Sep 12, 2012

On Wednesday’s Central Standard, special guest host Brian Ellison talks with psychologist Dr. Bruce Liese about the meaning of work.

Why do we work? Are we searching for more than a job, more than a paycheck? How does one find their “calling?” Plus, we’ll discuss the role that the modern-day office job plays in the development of personal relationships.

wyotech.edu

Do you love having a "connected" car; one with GPS, Bluetooth, even a vehicle-immobilization system?  Would you love it as much if you knew hackers could access your automobile through any one of those or other electronic features?

Whether as participant or observer, sooner or later we all go to a wedding.  And whether under a mandap or chuppah, at the altar or in the parsonage, ceremonies in any faith are marked by one common denominator: a couple embarking on a life together.

Truth Squad.TV

Eye scanning used to be the stuff of science fiction and spy thrillers but not anymore.

Penguin Group (USA)

A fact is something that actually exists; reality; truth.  Until it isn't anymore.  How does that happen?

RNC

Today guest host Brian Ellison talks with the man he's sitting in for, Steve Kraske

UMKC

As thousands of students make their way through an academic day at the University of Missouri - Kansas City, a dedicated group steadfastly works to make environmental improvements to the campus. 

University of the People

What if the next great breakthrough in cancer treatment or developing alternative fuels resides in the mind of someone living today? 

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On Tuesday, Missouri citizens will vote on Amendment 2, the so-called “right to pray” ballot measure

With the success of his memoir Jarhead, author Anthony Swofford found fame and fortune.   In the ensuing years he went through a lot of cash, women and drugs all the while striving to reconcile his relationship with his father.

ThirdAge.com

Pharmacists who cannot reconcile dispensing legally available abortion drugs with their moral beliefs.  A justice of the peace refusing to marry an interracial couple on grounds of conscience.  These are examples of personal principles conflicting with professional duties.

Trying to get in the mood for a festive St. Patrick's Day?

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