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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4:07 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Food Critics: The Best Burgers In Kansas City

Open-faced sandwich with a gourmet patty, and chutney instead of ketchup: Is it really a burger? Our critics weigh in.
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Is there a smell, in all the land, like sizzling ground meat charring on the grill?

Burgers are a staple of classic Americana, as we confirmed on Central Standard.

They're a national comfort food, according to Feast Magazine's Jenny Vergara, and she says that if you're going to make cuisine in America, you're going to have to conquer the burger.

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1:24 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Burgers Of All Kinds, And A Check-In On The Beef Industry

At Alex Pope's Pigwich, burgers come with butter, a chip in the middle and some other distinguishing touches.
Credit Patrick Quick / KCUR

In a city known as a cowtown, what are the tastiest burgers around? Enjoy debates about cheese on a burger, house-made ketchup, bun preferences and what to order on the side (hint: it's hard to argue with french fries). We take a trip to an East Bottoms food truck to meet a new burger on the block. Plus, our friends at Harvest Public Media tell us what going on in the industry that brings us burgers: the beef industry.

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Central Standard
5:19 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Protecting Children From Becoming Victims Of Violent Crime

The office of civic leader Alvin Brooks is plastered with flyers like these, pleading with information about unsolved youth homicides in Kansas City, Mo.
Credit Elle Moxley / KCUR

Since October, four children have died in drive-by shootings in Kansas City. What's going on, and what are the first steps we can take to work against this trend? A physician, a criminologist, and a mother weigh in. Race, opportunity in life, gun safety and witness protection play into the discussion. 

"When they took my son's life," says Roslyn Temple, "That's the worst thing they could have ever done to me. ... That was my child."

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Central Standard
3:00 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

St. Luke's Researcher Warns Of Health Risks Associated With Sugar

Sugar is sweet; it's also highly addictive, say researchers.
Credit Umberto Salvagnin / Flickr

Sugar consumption can now be linked to a number of health complications, including cardiovascular problems. James DiNicolantonio, a researcher whose New York Times op-ed about sugar has gone viral, says he still allows himself one "hit" of added sugar a day. If that language hints at drug references, that's not as far-fetched as it sounds. DiNicolantonio says studies show that lab rats prefer sugar to cocaine. 

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1:32 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Did Someone Say Beer? 25 Years Of Craft Brewing In Kansas City

KC Ale Trail is a guide to the craft brewing industry in our region. Inspired by the 25-year milestone since Boulevard Brewing Company got its start, author Pete Dulin has expanded our palate by adding several smaller startup breweries to the local must-try list. Plus, a young beer-preneur shares his insights into what makes Kansas City's beer scene unique. 

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Central Standard
1:18 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Editorial Cartoons: Free Speech, Safety And Taste Here At Home

Cartoonist Lee Judge draws for the undecided, and doesn't shy away from controversy.
Credit Sylvia Maria Gross / KCUR

If we are all "Charlie" in the wake of an armed assault on the offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, no one has earned that solidarity more than political cartoonists. A left-leaning cartoonist and his conservative counterpart weigh in on the risks and rewards of taking a bold stance. In the course of doing a job intended to provoke, are there lines they do not cross?

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12:19 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Self-Help: The Books, The Ideas And The Problems We're Trying To Solve

"Problems are the gasoline that runs the self-help car." So says David Wayne Reed, who wrote the play Help Yourself. On the heels of a discussion of this darkly humorous new play, a librarian and a psychologist discuss the self-help genre, its history and the human condition that fuels it. Is change possible? And when might acceptance be just as important?

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Central Standard
9:55 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Historians Recommend The Best 20 Books About Kansas City

The Missouri Valley Special Collections at the central branch of the Kansas City Public Library is a quiet haven for local history readers.
Credit Patrick Quick / KCUR

It’s cold outside, so now is the perfect time to curl up with a good book.

Central Standard took the opportunity to seek out some of the best books about Kansas City history. After all, even if you can't get outside to explore the city, you can still do it from the comfort of your home.

Local historian Monroe Dodd and Missouri Valley Special Collections manager Eli Paul gave us their recommendations of the best books for local history lovers, focusing on those that are a really good read.

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9:49 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Seminal Book On History Of Race In Kansas City Gets An Update

In the 1990s, Kevin Fox Gotham began researching Race, Real Estate and Uneven Development: The Kansas City Experience, 1900-2000. The book's premise is that housing patterns isolating impoverished, minority populations in city centers don't naturally result from free market pressures; institutional policies contribute, and the desires the free market satisfies originate somewhere. After the subprime mortgage crisis of recent years, Gotham decided to publish a second edition.

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2:09 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

The Fine Art Of Giving And Receiving Criticism

Good criticism can make all the difference, but that doesn't make it fun to hear. It can also be tough to deliver, even when it's intended in a loving spirit. Self-examination, careful listening and sensitive timing can go a long way, when both giving and receiving input.

Guest:

  • Bruce Liese, psychologist and professor of family medicine, The University of Kansas Medical Center
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Central Standard
4:39 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Surviving Through Experimentation: Musician Ashley Miller

Ashley Miller plays an instrument called the chariot that he built himself on the plot of land where he lives, north of the river.
Credit Paul Andrews

Connecting to musician Ashley Miller as a performer, when he's on stage or when you're listening to one of his albums, is easy.

The frontman for Kansas City-based indie band Metatone started out in a band called Pewep in the Formats, back in the early 2000s, when he was just a teen.

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8:36 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Looking For The Next Hemingway ... No Pressure

Credit Gregory Wake / CC - Flickr

"The literary editor has to stand behind the work. It has to mean something to me," says Robert Stewart, editor of New Letters magazine. 

As KCUR's Arts Desk launches WORD, a new series featuring the work of Kansas City poets and writers, we get an insider view into the mind of a literary editor and discuss how to craft writing that gets published.

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Central Standard
5:00 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Young Man's Death Sparks Discussion Of Race In Kansas City's LGBT Community

22-year-old Dionte Greene was murdered in his car on Halloween night.
Credit courtesy of Coshelle Greene

Few people heard about the murder of Dionte Greene. The gay, black man was found shot to death in his car on Oct. 31, 2014, and Greene's friends are convinced that it was a hate crime.

Those who knew him were shocked by his murder. They've called this moment a tipping point, one requiring a conversation about race in Kansas City's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) community, according to reports filed by KCUR's Elle Moxley.

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2:19 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

The Future Is Now: How 2015 Stacks Up Against Predictions

We don't have flying cars, and futurists guess we never will. That's an infrastructure thing. On the other hand, leaps in communication technology have changed our lives in ways that surpass most of our wildest dreams. How does the 2015 we are living in compare to the 2015 visited by Marty McFly in Back to the Future Part II? Up next: Blade Runner, 2019.

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2:11 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

Food Critics: Kansas City Restaurant News Of 2014 And Looking Ahead To 2015

Our food critics share their favorite meals of 2014, go over the year's restaurant openings and closings, and predict some local food trends for the coming year.

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1:59 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

LISTEN: Kansas City Man Finds Family's Long-Lost Christmas Tape

A young Sonya Alpough with her father, Peter, and her mom, Susie, at around the time when the Christmas tape was made.
Credit Courtesy / Sonya Aplough

About a decade ago, Kansas City musician Billy Smith was combing thrift stores for records when he stumbled upon quite a find for an experimental sound guy: an old-school Magnavox, reel-to-reel tape recorder with a pile of tapes for less than $5. 

He brought it home, dusted it off, cleaned the tape heads and popped in some new batteries. He was about to hit record to start messing around with his new toy when curiosity took hold.

Before hitting record, he decided to check out what was on the tape inside the machine.

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11:20 am
Wed December 24, 2014

Kansas Citians Remember Loved Ones Lost In 2014

From left, American Jazz Museum's Greg Carroll, jazz historian Chuck Haddix, and musicians Horace Washington and Bobby Watson participated in a recent panel about the legacy of Charlie Parker at the American Jazz Museum.
Credit Courtesy photo / American Jazz Museum

On Central Standard, we asked our listeners to tell us about the people in their lives and communities who died in 2014. 

Here are a few of the personal stories we heard during our conversation about memory and meaning.

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9:35 am
Wed December 24, 2014

End-Of-Year Remembrances, And Why We Eulogize

As we say goodbye to 2014, we remember the people we lost this year. Author Jack Gantos shares his boyhood experience typing stories for his town's obituary writer, offering insights into why a community needs to remember. Kansas Citians share memories, plus, a tribute to the Westside's Lynda Callon, who died in October. 

Guest:

  • Jack Gantos, author, Dead End in Norvelt
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1:51 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Meet The Kansas City Woman Working To Exonerate The Wrongly Convicted

The podcast Serial got people hooked on resolving a single murder case. A young man was convicted in the 1990s on what looks like flimsy evidence; the podcast walks listeners through a maddening quest for the truth. The Midwest Innocence Project's Tricia Bushnell explains how defense lawyers use similar techniques to exonerate the wrongly convicted on a larger scale.

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1:18 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Halfway To Graduation: Class Of 2015 Check-In

Harold Burgos, Sache Hawkins and Ashwanth Samuel are on the brink of going places. But where?
Credit Sylvia Maria Gross / KCUR

Central Standard is following three high school seniors through the trials and triumphs leading up to graduation. Catch up with Ashwanth Samuel, Harold Burgos and Sache Hawkins on internships, waiting to hear back from colleges, career dreams, school lunch, juggling coursework with outside interests, senior-itis, and what grown-ups don't know about high school today. Plus, one of these seniors surprised us with an early graduation in December.

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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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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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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.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

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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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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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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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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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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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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