Jabulani Leffall

Former Host of Central Standard

Jabulani Leffall is an award-winning journalist and writer who attended Journalism School at the University of Missouri. His work has appeared in the Financial Times of London, Dow Jones Marketwatch, The Baltimore Sun, Investor’s Business Daily, Variety, CFO Magazine, Compliance Week, Black Enterprise, the Los Angeles Business Journal and the Los Angeles Daily News among other publications.He has appeared numerous times on ABC World News and CNN as a commentator of business and world affairs. Mr. Leffall was most recently Associate Editor at Large for FactSet Estimates and Fundamentals News, a subsidiary of Norwalk, CT-based financial data company FactSet Research Systems.

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Central Standard
9:29 am
Thu August 23, 2012

Get Your Busk On

On this Thursday's Central Standard, an extreme pogo performer, a sword swallower, and a look at this year’s Lawrence Busker Festival.

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Central Standard
9:42 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Economic Roundtable: Why Are We Screwed?

delphwynd flickr

The Eurozone debt crisis is only half over according to a major credit rating agency. American economic growth is still slow, unemployment still relatively high, and lawmakers continue to argue over the budget deficit. We have the solution: a roundtable discussion with UMKC Economists.

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Central Standard
10:33 am
Tue August 21, 2012

Contribute To KCUR's Up All Night Project

pointartist flickr

What are you up after midnight and before sunrise? What are you thinking about? Doing? Eating? We want to hear about what goes on in your neighborhood or place of work.

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Central Standard
9:20 am
Tue August 21, 2012

Discrimination: Report It, Don't Ignore It

On this Tuesday's Central Standard, a look at a new campaign to address issues of discrimination in our community. The campaign includes newspaper ads, radio spots, billboards, flyers, posters and also a 12-week informational radio show. (This radio show not included.)

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Central Standard
12:27 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Financial Advice: Thirty Days Until Retirement

Stephen Depolo Flickr

It’s estimated that half of America's middle-class workers will be poor or near poor come retirement. Many will find themselves living a $5 a day food budget.

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Central Standard
10:23 am
Thu August 16, 2012

KC's Sparkling Cocktail Culture

Some of Kansas City's top bartenders are participating in the Paris of the Plains cocktail festival.
Ink Magazine

On this Thursday's Central Standard, how local bartenders are helping KC reclaim its status as the Paris of the Plains.

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Central Standard
9:54 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Clay Town: 3D Arts Education at Red Star Studios

John Tilton, High-fired oxidation porcelain. Part of the show External Views, up at Red Star Studios through September 28th

On this Thursday's Central Standard, learn what makes Kansas City a Clay Town.

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Central Standard
5:00 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Appy Hour: More Silicon Prairie Innovators

The Silicon Prairie Dog

On this Wednesday's Central Standardupdates from the Silicon Prairie.

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Central Standard
10:13 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Milk & Honey (& Haunts!)

What can be done when you hear blood curdling screams and shrieking coming from your oven? Offer the ghosts a salted caramel macaroon, of course.

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Central Standard
9:36 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Heeere Comes Woody!

Randy Birch

On this Tuesday's Central Standard, a look at the history of greyhound racing in Kansas City, with the familiar voice behind “HEEERE COMES WOODY!”

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Central Standard
5:43 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Computer Guys: Technology News Galore

selva flickr

On this Monday's Central Standard, learn about the new Swedish religion with a central dogma that file sharing is sacred.

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Central Standard
9:34 am
Thu August 9, 2012

Java Jive: KC's Local Roasting Scene

Doug88888 Flickr

On this Thursday's Central Standard, java jive! Let's take a look at the emerging coffee scene here in town. Representatives from The Roasterie, Oddly Correct and Benetti’s stop in to tell us about their beans, blends and brews. Plus, answers to your questions about home brewing.

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Central Standard
3:14 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Meet The Ukesters

wererabbit flickr

It's lightweight, inexpensive, and fun to play, with a sound that's both deeply sentimental and incredibly silly. Is there a more perfect instrument than the ukulele?

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Central Standard
9:30 am
Tue August 7, 2012

How To Be Black

How black is our guest Baratunde Thurston

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Central Standard
9:38 am
Thu August 2, 2012

A Butcher Shop With A Garden

Tomeka Weatherspoon KCUR

On this Thursday's Central Standard, a look at a new kind of butcher shop in the East Bottoms, offering whole-pig butchering classes, homemade chutneys, and locally sourced meats.

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Central Standard
9:14 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Goodbye Green Hand, Hello Snot Cat

Meet smoking snot cat.
Andrea Silenzi KCUR

One of the most special spots in Kansas City is getting a new look. Sprawled atop the storefront at 124 West 18th Street is a snotty, smoking feline texting on its cell.

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Central Standard
1:32 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Nature In The City: Drought Edition

Mickl Pickl Flickr

This summer's drought is affecting everyone: from farmers to daily commuters to animals. Especially animals.

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Central Standard
10:44 am
Tue July 31, 2012

When Prospect Avenue Was Main Street

Local historian and activist Joelouis Mattox joins us in the second half of Tuesday's Central Standard to discuss the varied history of midtown's Prospect Avenue.

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Central Standard
10:11 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Smoke And Meers Advertising

Meers Advertising

The advertising industry is in flux. This business faces just as many uncertainties as any other sector of the economy with changing consumer attitudes and an increasingly fragmented media landscape.

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Central Standard
10:30 pm
Sun July 29, 2012

Crowdfunding For Civic And Arts Projects

Just Deon / flickr

On Monday’s Central Standard, we'll take a look at crowdfunding, a way area projects are creating monetary opportunities in the digital landscape.

Jase Wilson, the CEO of Neighbor.ly, stops by to talk about the ways crowdfunding is transforming the way people can invest in the city.

Central Standard
1:45 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

The Birth Of Local Curbside Glass Recycling

Chances are, a truck drives by your neighborhood to pick up recyclables. Convenient, right?

But, what about glass? It's either throw it away, or pack those old bottles in your car and drive to the nearest glass recycling bin.

Well, now there might be a third option.

Central Standard
1:32 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

Kansas City Youth Jazz

Kansas City Youth Jazz

Pop, rock and rap might top the charts, but it’s good old Jazz that’s capturing the hearts of at least some of the new generation of area musicians.

In the first half of Thursday’s Central Standard – we'll take a look at KC Youth Jazz, a group that’s expanded into more than 50 schools around greater Kansas City. We’ll hear some music, talk concerts, appreciation, preservation – all that jazz with Musical Director and instructor Clarence Smith.

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Central Standard
12:49 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

Appy Hour: Silicon Prairie Innovators

Silicon Prairie Dawg, our new mascot

Don't you love how the moment you think you know everything there is to know about Kansas City – it’ll turn around  and surprise you?

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Central Standard
9:29 am
Tue July 24, 2012

William Trowbridge: Ship Of Fool

Trowbridge in front of the Ruskin Art Club, where he is about to give a reading.

Poet William Trowbridge has been appointed Missouri's next poet Laureate, and is the first Kansas City poet to receive the title.

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Central Standard
9:50 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Computer Guys: Application Permissions

Have you ever wondered why your flashlight app wants to know your exact location? Why the cute cat video wants to post on your Facebook wall? And how annoying is when your finance software asks your mom for gas money? On this Monday's Central Standard, a look at what we give permission to and why.

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Central Standard
2:09 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

KC Trivia Masters Unite

Central Standard is going to get in on this town's trivia racket.

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Central Standard
4:06 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Live In Studio: Book Of Gaia

In Greek Mythology, Gaia is the great mother of all heavenly Gods and the personification of earth who birthed all of the Sea Gods including Neptune. Meanwhile in the sea of musical offerings here in Kansas City, the musical trio Book of Gaia continues, in the words of local Jazz great Bobby Watson, to make waves.

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Central Standard
10:28 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Drum Safari

Brendon Draper

On this Tuesday's Central Standard, meet the guy in crazy patchwork pants teaching kids about world instruments. Join us for a drum safari with our guest Brandon Draper.

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Central Standard
9:54 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Recipes For A Heatwave

Grilled Vegetable Napoleon
Shanita McAfee

On this Tuesday's Central Standard, a heat wave recipe exchange. Perfect ideas for those nights when stove is a four letter word.

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Central Standard
9:14 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Financial Advice: Kids And Money

om5com flickr

There comes a time when every parents needs to sit their kid down for the talk. Because your kids have questions like -- "How much money do you make?" "Is this a recession?" "Are we poor?" On this Monday's Central Standard, a look at how best to teach your kids about money and saving.

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