Brian Ellison

Host/Contributor

Brian Ellison is substitute host of Central Standard and Up To Date and has served in a variety of roles at KCUR since 2008. He has been acting producer and associate producer of Up To Date and was acting producer of The Walt Bodine Show. A member of the Religion Newswriters Association, he also contributes occasionally to KCUR news coverage. Even before joining the KCUR staff, he was a producer and frequent guest on Up To Date's "Religion Roundtable," as well as a committed listener and volunteer.

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 in Kansas City, Mo.

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Central Standard
9:36 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Abolishing Daylight Savings

Saturday night, as our clocks sprung forward and we lost an hour of our day, one man in Missouri was hoping this would be the last Daylight Savings Time he went through. Representative Delus Johnson of St. Joseph, Mo. proposed a bill that would extend the Daylight Savings change all year long.


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Central Standard
12:00 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Westboro Defectors

The Westboro Baptist Church is notorious in the area and nation-wide for their protests of soldier's funerals and anti-gay messages. Fred Phelps and his followers, based in Topeka, travel the country spreading their messages of hate and last year a petition to label them an official hate group was introduced.


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Central Standard
12:00 am
Mon March 11, 2013

The Religious Diet

As we find ourselves in the midst of Lent and with Passover on the horizon, the idea of food and the role it plays in various religions is on many people's minds. Why do Catholics not eat meat on Fridays, why do Jews not let their bread rise and why do members of Islam have permanent restrictions on what they can eat?


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Central Standard
9:47 am
Thu February 28, 2013

NOVA Project To Reduce Violence In KC

Like any metropolitan city, crime and violence are unfortunately a reality of life in Kansas City. Recently, the KCPD joined forces with many across the metro to organize the NOVA project, an initiative to combat gang violence in Kansas City.

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News Archives
1:50 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

2012 PRNDI Entry for KCUR's "Up to Date"

Gay Dad Project founders Amie Shea, Jared Karol, and Erin Margolin. Erin found out her dad was gay when she was 15 years old.

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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Central Standard
6:00 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Extramarital Affairs

"Golden ring it's just a cold metallic thing, only love can make a golden wedding ring." - Tammy Wynette and George Jones

  When surveyed, 20 to 25 percent of people admit to having an extramarital affair.  It also is one of the most destructive forces to a  relationship.  Why is this phenomena so common? Our resident psychologist Bruce Liese tackles the common misconceptions about affairs.


Central Standard
9:47 am
Tue February 19, 2013

'Nazi Persecution Of Homosexuals' Exhibit Comes To KC

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's traveling exhibit, Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945 opened at the Dean's Gallery at the Miller Nichols Library at UMKC. Stuart Hinds, head of Special Collections for UMKC libraries, joins us to talk about the exhibit and other events the museum is hosting to accompany the exhibit.


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Central Standard
9:33 am
Tue February 19, 2013

African-American Read In

As part of Black History Month activities, UMKC is hosting an African-American Read In Feb. 20 and 28. Employees of the UMKC library and the public will read aloud from some of their favorite African-American literature and writing.


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Central Standard
12:05 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Financial Behavior

Paying bills, making purchases and balancing a checkbook all seem like straight forward actions with money. But a person's behavior toward money and wealth and how they integrate it into their lives is a psychological and sociological issue as well.

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Central Standard
5:52 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Conflict

Today on Central Standard, we talk about conflict, and resolving it. Why is it that our workplaces, our families, even the international community have such trouble getting along? Our resident psychologist Bruce Liese is here to try to help … and to give us some ideas about conflict resolution in our world and in our lives.

Central Standard
4:45 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

The Touring Musical 'Hair' Performs In Kansas City

Back in the 1960s, long hair, political protests and nudity on stage were all taboo subjects to appear in the theater, but that changed when the musical Hair debuted. Over 40 years later the musical is still provocative to audiences in a contemporary way.

The show is currently on tour and opens in Kansas City tonight at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts and runs through Sunday. Music Director Lilli Wosk and Noah Plomgren, who plays Claude, join Brian Ellison to talk about life on tour and how this ground-breaking musical is still relevant to today's audiences.

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Central Standard
4:33 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Counting The Homeless Of Kansas City

Central Standard takes a close look at the most recent homeless count in Kansas City and explore the implications of these findings on these often overlooked residents of our communities.  Our guests are Vickie Riddle, Executive Director of Homeless Services Coalition, Ehren Dohler, Kansas City 100,000 Homes Campaign manager and James Ponder, a former client of Dohler's who was once homeless and now lives in an apartment.

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Central Standard
9:50 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Superbowl Commercials 2013

2013 Superbowl ad from Volkswagon.

  Today we talk about the only thing some people care about from last night’s Super Bowl XLVII coverage: The ads--the hits, the duds, the mildly inappropriate, and the ones that never made it to the air.  Dr. J.

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Central Standard
9:41 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Immigration Policy In Kansas City

Immigration reform is a hot topic for legislators nationwide, and this week both President Obama and a bipartisan group of senators proposed changes to immigration policy. In a city located in the dead center of the country, it might seem illegal immigration is not the biggest issue facing Kansas City, but that is not the case.

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Central Standard
6:20 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Kansas City Pastor Gives Inaugural Sermon In D.C.

Rev. Adam Hamilton

Reverend Adam Hamilton, the Senior Pastor at United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, did not believe his assistant when she told him the White House called and asked for his presence at this year's inauguration ceremony. Hamilton gave the sermon at the National Prayer Service, held at the National Cathedral the day after the inauguration ceremonies, which has been a tradition for every inauguration ceremony starting with George Washington.


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Central Standard
5:40 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Greetings From Kansas City

Paramount Theater

  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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Central Standard
5:38 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Kansas City's Report Card Is In

Kansas City.
ZTW1 flickr

  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.


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Central Standard
2:59 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

School Choice

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.

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Central Standard
11:41 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

The State of the Black Economy

Bureau of Labor Statistics unemployment rate among Black, White and Hispanic Americans.

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.

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Central Standard
6:00 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Reflections on high school

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.

 

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Central Standard
4:00 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Growing up with Sickle Cell

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.


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Up to Date
9:53 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

The Gay Dad Project

Gay Dad Project founders Amie Shea, Jared Karol, and Erin Margolin. Erin found out her dad was gay when she was 15 years old.

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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Up to Date
10:51 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Chance, Virtual Athletes & An Equation For Spelling Hannukah

Applied mathematician, network scientist, and Kauffman Foundation senior fellow Sam Arbesman
Credit Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

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. 

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Up to Date
7:54 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Dealing With Domestic Violence

Domestic violence
www.kulr8.com

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.

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Up to Date
8:04 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Facing The Future Of Cities

Kansas City, Mo., skyline
Lasse Fuss WikiCommons

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

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Up to Date
9:55 am
Mon December 3, 2012

The Otter, Squirrel And Deer Hunter

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.

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Up to Date
10:27 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Pouring Over Election Day Results With Cocktails

A sidecar.
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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Up to Date
10:00 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Local Novelist Transitions From Bankruptcy To Book Success

Gennifer Albin.
genniferalbin.com

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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Up to Date
10:55 pm
Sun November 4, 2012

Reaching Out To Prisoners Reduces Recividism

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

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Government
4:00 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Ad Watch: Missouri Senate Race

Claire McCaskill in a campaign ad.

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

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