Gina Kaufmann

Host, Central Standard

Gina’s background combines print and broadcast journalism, live event hosting and production, creative nonfiction writing and involvement in the arts. Early in her career, she followed a cultural beat for The Pitch, where she served as an editor and art writer in the early 2000s. She also worked as a contributing editor of Heeb magazine out of New York, assisting with the Heeb Storytelling series and ultimately starting her own live storytelling event series in Kansas City. Gina got her public radio chops working first as an intern for KC Currents with Sylvia Maria Gross, then as a co-host of The Walt Bodine Show. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Columbia University and her Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia.

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Central Standard
5:11 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Kansas City Photographer Paul Andrews On 365 Days Of Portraits

Paul Andrews was not kidding when he decided to take 365 portraits in a year. He was serious.
Credit Paul Andrews

Photographer Paul Andrews committed to taking a portrait, every single day, for the year of 2014. He's 353 days into the project. With 12 days left, Paul talks about what he's learned and tells photo shoot stories, including the one that took place in the middle of the Broadway Bridge... during rush hour.

Paul Andrews is Central Standard's Portrait Sessions photographer.

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Central Standard
4:59 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Musical Pair: Kasey Rausch And Mikal Shapiro

Kasey Rausch (left) and Mikal Shapiro (right) have been friends for 21 years, and collaborators for almost as long.
Credit Paul Andrews

It might be tempting to call Mikal Shapiro and Kasey Rausch two peas in a pod.

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Central Standard
5:09 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Where Are You From? (And Why Does It Matter?)

Lots of people are "from" somewhere they've left behind.
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When we tell people where we're from, we're not just clarifying our address. We're saying something about who we are. So when we proclaim that we're from Kansas City (or Kansas or Missouri or the Midwest), what is it we're trying to communicate? And when you move to a new place, when do you start truly being from there?

BONUS: Hear KCUR's Suzanne Hogan exploring her own dedication to the 816 area code, despite growing up just a short walk from the Kansas border.

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Central Standard
12:30 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Biggest Kansas City Stories Of 2014, According To Hyperlocal Newspaper Editors

A memorial service just days after the shootings at the Jewish Community Center and Village Shalom convened hundreds of mourners in the very place where one of the incidents took place.
Credit Suzanne Hogan / KCUR

When national news editors review the top stories of 2014, Ebola, Isis and the World Cup might top the list.

But when we talk to editors of some hyper-local Kansas City papers, very different stories emerge.

Joe Jarosz, managing editor, Northeast News:

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Central Standard
2:51 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Science Fiction and Science Fact In Interstellar

The film, Interstellar, shows us what a black hole may look like.
Credit The Verge

"Science fiction is a laboratory for experimenting with ideas," says Chris McKitterick.

The film Interstellar stretches scientific knowledge to spark our imaginations and address not-so-fictional problems. What were the dynamic take-aways for an astrophysicist, a science fiction expert, and a movie critic?

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Central Standard
12:19 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Money Therapy: The Ghost Of Finances Past

Financial decisions carry information etched into our brains long, long ago.
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We don't learn anything in a vacuum — including financial skills. So it comes as little surprise that we are inclined to save, spend and budget based on lessons from the past rather than circumstances of the present. But, can we change how we're wired in order to adapt?

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Central Standard
3:17 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Food Critics: The Best Fine Dining In Kansas City

There are standards for fine dining, but they may be changing.
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Fine dining is all about the details.

Once upon a time, there were strict rules: nice white tablecloths, crystal glassware, servers in tuxedos, coat-and-tie dress code.

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Central Standard
3:56 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Introducing Audiofiles: Central Standard's Podcast Review Show

Through podcasts, listeners curate audio experiences. Our experts provide lots of listening material to choose from.
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A whole podcast genre has developed around devices that put giant sound libraries inside people's pockets. Podcast-lovers enjoy the "headspace you can crawl into when you're listening to incredible radio," says audio-whiz Andrea Silenzi. "You kind of travel to this other space with a podcast." Our guests debate the hugely popular Serial, and discuss their top recommendations for podcast listening.

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Central Standard
6:15 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

When And How To Ask For Help

The hardest part of asking for financial assistance is often recognizing that your own hard work and resources may not be enough to turn the situation around. In Kansas City, multiple agencies provide services, from meeting immediate needs to addressing chronic poverty. 

Here is a list of agencies you can reach out to if you need help:

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Central Standard
4:22 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Conflict On Camera

This photograph, Italian Sentry, is included in the War & Art exhibition at the World War I Museum in Kansas City.
Credit Istituto per la storia del Risorgimento Italiano, Rome

President Obama's recent call for police body cameras raises questions about documenting truth. An art curator, a war historian and a police major discuss. 

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Talk Show
1:36 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Decades Of Bah Humbug: Kansas City Actor Reflects On Years Of Playing Scrooge

Actor Gary Neal Johnson is playing Scrooge for the 14th time in this year's Kansas City Repertory Theatre's production of A Christmas Carol.
Credit Don Ipock / Kansas City Repertory Theatre

Gary Neal Johnson has been performing in the Kansas City Repertory Theatre’s production of A Christmas Carol since 1982. And he’s played Ebeneezer Scrooge for more than a decade. Hear what Johnson has learned from his deep immersion in this story of moral and spiritual redemption.

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Central Standard
12:24 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Lauren Krum Of 'The Grisly Hand' Picks Her Favorite Country Christmas Songs

Lauren Krum is a vocalist with The Grisly Hand.
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The incessant upbeat of canned Christmas music can leave even those who love the holidays with a feeling of cheer fatigue.

Kansas City-area singer Lauren Krum of The Grisly Hand, whose DJ alter-ego Lorna Kay spins classic country tunes all year long, shares some grittier winter songs to fill out the emotional spectrum this December.

Lauren's Picks:

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Arts & Culture
8:24 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Intimates Store For Transgender People To Open In Kansas City's Crossroads District

Danielle Meister and Peregrine Honig announce their next business venture.
Credit Paul Andrews

Peregrine Honig and Danielle Meister, the co-owners of Birdie's Panties in Kansas City, Mo., plan to open a second store catering specifically to transgender shoppers in 2015.

The store, to be called All Is Fair, will open in the Bauer Building on West 18th Street in the Crossroads Arts District.

Honig announced the plans on KCUR's Central Standard during a conversation about her work and her art.

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Central Standard
12:33 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

The Self And The Selfie: Artist Peregrine Honig

Artist Peregrine Honig with a taxidermied lamb in front of one of her recent paintings in the Unicorn exhibit.
Credit Paul Andrews

"A hundred years ago, if you told people that they would have something in their pocket that would make an image that would go all over the world immediately, they would think it was witchcraft."

So says internationally recognized Kansas City artist and provocateur Peregrine Honig. 

If that's the case, then Honig's been up to a whole lot of witchcraft in her artwork lately.

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Central Standard
3:51 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

MacArthur Fellow Works To Address Sexual Assault On Native Women

Native American women living on reservations suffer from some of the highest rates of violent crime, per capita, in the world. Yet tribal courts are often limited in their authority to address the issue. Sarah Deer, a KU Law alum with Muscogee roots, recently received a MacArthur grant for her efforts to bridge the gap between federal and tribal law, and to empower tribes to protect their women. 

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Central Standard
9:54 am
Thu December 4, 2014

The Return Of The Wristwatch

Credit Suzanne Hogan / KCUR

Watches are about more than telling the time these days. They can monitor your body, connect to the internet, and play music. Techies at Garmin in Olathe, Kan., are busy re-inventing the wristwatch of the 21st century, while old-school techies are dedicated to keeping vintage timepieces ticking. 

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Central Standard
9:54 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Law 101: How In The Heck Does A Grand Jury Work?

Big questions are being asked about the recent grand jury hearing about the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, for example, whether justice was served. But there are simpler questions, too: When and why is a grand jury called? What's the prosecutor's role, in a grand jury hearing and otherwise? Who are the jurors, and why is their selection process a secret?

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Talk Show
4:21 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Modern Historic Irish Pageantry

After gaining independence, the people of Ireland used pageantry to express their heritage. These thematic recreations of historical and mythical events were subversive acts of forging a new national identity. In All Dressed Up: Modern Irish Historical Pageantry, Joan Dean explores the public imagination of history.

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Central Standard
4:16 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Unearthed Documents And Memorabilia Tell A Story Of Race In Kansas City

College dormitory at Western College.
Credit Kansas City Public Library / Missouri Valley Special Collections

Sonny Gibson likes to let history speak for itself. He spent 25 years visiting flea markets, poring over old newspapers, digging through archives and even knocking on people's doors, all to gather information about the daily lives of African-Americans in Kansas City in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. 

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Central Standard
4:09 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Technology And Relationships: Can More Communication Be Less?

There's a silence in the conversation. Does your hand start inching involuntarily toward your phone? The speed and easy access of communication technology has changed the way we relate: to each other, our surroundings, ourselves, and our time. But as we communicate more quickly and more often, are the bonds we forge any stronger?

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Central Standard
4:16 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Post-Thanksgiving Events Around Kansas City

After the big meal, do you go out on Thanksgiving? Some folks certainly do because Thanksgiving day actually seems to be a pretty big day for some entertainment venues in town.

We explore some of those options to either escape with friends and family  -- or escape from them.

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Central Standard
3:43 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

The Impact Of Ferguson In Kansas City

As protests, riots, community-police tensions and a National Guard presence take hold in St. Louis, on the other side of the state, how is Kansas City doing? Clergy and civil rights leaders have marched to City Hall, and community gatherings have been platforms for candid, cathartic conversations about race.

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Central Standard
3:43 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Thanksgiving Shopping And The Black Friday Backlash

Thanksgiving traditions used to be all about turkey and potatoes on Thursday, with Black Friday shopping early the next morning. As stores begin Black Friday sales earlier and earlier, the shopping mayhem has started to intersect with Thanksgiving itself. This year, a number of business have forgone marketing huge sales in order to promote the fact that they're closed, and giving employees the day off.

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Central Standard
11:20 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Turning Kansas City Into A "Smart" City

Technology is all around us, and it's extending into the fabric of our cities as well. Kansas City, Mo., currently has a letter of intent with Cisco to explore the feasibility of implementing a "smart city" framework. Some are calling Kansas City a potential "laboratory" for the smart city concept. What does that mean, and how can we expect it play out in the day-to-day lives of Kansas Citians? 

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Central Standard
4:12 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

The Community Response To The Grand Jury Decision In Ferguson

Tear gas was used in Ferguson, Mo., the night the grand jury decision was announced.
Credit Willis Ryder Arnold / St. Louis Public Radio

On Monday night, the people of Ferguson, Mo., learned that the white police officer who shot and killed a black teenager in August would not be indicted. After a period of stunned silence, chaos erupted between protestors and police, who showed up on the scene before violence broke out. How do residents feel, faced with immediate struggles and a national spotlight? Is it possible for the events in Ferguson to give rise to a new chapter in the history of race and justice in America?

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Central Standard
4:31 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Teens And Grieving

Teens process and express grief in very particular ways. In the aftermath of two suicides at an Olathe high school, and while the shooting of Michael Brown is still a recent memory, experts shed light on how people at this sensitive developmental stage cope with profound loss. Plus, information on how adults in their lives can help.

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Central Standard
4:14 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Kansas City's Thanksgiving Breakfast Dance Is One Of A Kind

Kansas City's Thanksgiving Breakfast Dance is a time-honored tradition.
Credit Thanksgiving Breakfast Dance Facebook Page

On Thanksgiving morning, when people all over the nation express their gratitude by sleeping in or toiling away in the kitchen, several hundred Kansas Citians step out in their finest attire to head to a giant party — with live music, dancing, and heaping helpings of Louisiana gumbo.

For breakfast.

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Central Standard
4:48 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

What Matters To Kansas City Parents When It Comes To Schools?

Hale Cook, a recently re-opened neighborhood school in Waldo, has been a good choice for one of our callers.
Credit Alex Smith / KCUR

Maybe it's a decision about which side of the state line to live on. Maybe it's public school versus private, or district versus charter. For some, there may not seem to be a choice in the matter at all. A range of issues factor into where Kansas City families send their kids to school; meanwhile, difficulty discerning myth from reality looms large. Our callers and guests help break it down.

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Central Standard
2:24 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Kansas City Parents At Center Of Viral 'Dinovember'

'The herbivores' picnic went surprisingly well, apart from one awkward moment when Rex was caught gnawing on Rhino's tail,' the Tumas wrote on their Dinovember Facebook page.
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What do you do when your sleep schedule is routinely disrupted by the demands of parenthood?

If you're Refe and Susan Tuma, you respond with the spark of creative genius that only delirium can inspire. You get some plastic dinosaurs, put them in the sink, put toothbrushes in their hands, smear toothpaste all over the place, and then?

You go to bed. 

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Central Standard
1:06 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Is 'The Mommy Problem' Affecting Parents In Kansas City?

In a column that ran last week, the New York times coined the phrase 'The Mommy Problem' to suggest that when a woman becomes a parent, Mom becomes her identity--not just in relation to her children, but also in relation to society. Is there a public dimension to the private relationship between mothers and their children? And does child-rearing take a village... or just a mom?

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