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
9:31 am
Thu July 12, 2012

Citywide Picnic Celebration

When was the last time you packed a basket and headed outside to dine with the ants and the cicadas? On this Thursday's Central Standard, join us for a picnic.

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Central Standard
10:32 am
Wed July 11, 2012

ReShonda Tate Billingsley: The Secret She Kept

ReShonda Tate Billingsley

Tia Giles is pregnant, she’s also suffering from a mental illness and her husband Lance must make the difficult decision of committing her to a mental institution to save the baby, his wife and their marriage.

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Central Standard
9:51 am
Wed July 11, 2012

The Jarboe Initiative: Will Rehab For Rent

On this Wednesday's Central Standard, learn how one recent graduate with student loan debt found a way to live rent free on the West Side, and it turned into the most rewarding thing he’s ever done.

GUEST:
Nicholas Ward-Bopp, UMKC Financial Aid Coordinator

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Central Standard
5:11 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Coolness Secrets Revealed

Cody Critcheloe

On this Tuesday's Central Standard, we’ll meet the researcher who conducted the empirical investigation of what it means to be cool, and found there’s a lot more to it than just likability or popularity. Think James Dean. Think the Fonz.

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Central Standard
9:47 am
Mon July 9, 2012

A Compelling Argument for Quitting Facebook

On this Central Standard, we speak with the man they call the Antichrist of Silicon Valley.

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Central Standard
10:27 am
Thu July 5, 2012

Rejoice! KC Has An Incredible Football Team

With All Star weekend ahead, Kansas City has gone baseball crazy. And, why not? It’s not like we have a decent football team anymore... oh, but we do. Meet the KC Tribe.

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Central Standard
9:35 am
Thu July 5, 2012

Mobile Payment Technology

Mondy Metzger Flickr

On this Thursday's Central Standard, a glimpse into the wallets of the future.

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Central Standard
9:27 am
Tue July 3, 2012

The Iraqi Refugee Portrait Project

On this Tuesday's Central Standard, an Iraqi refugee explores the time he spent in a refugee camp through photographs. In his images, widows show him the one item they kept when they fled their homes.

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Central Standard
3:31 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

On Being Mindful

Tantek Flickr

On this Monday's Central Standard, the one thing you’ll need to get everything you want out of life: mindfulness. Learn how cutting back on multitasking, and learning how to focus your mind, can change everything.

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Central Standard
10:01 am
Thu June 28, 2012

KC Exit Interview: Illustrator Nathan Fox

Nathan Fox

From large Mutant Mosquitoes to sumptuous femme fatales to souls that turn into wolf form, illustrator Nathan Fox has drawn and seen it all. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Wired, ESPN, Entertainment Weekly, Mother Jones, Spin, Mad Magazine, DC Comics, Vertigo, Dark Horse Comics, Marvel and more. And, up until just 2 weeks ago, he was based here in KC.

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Central Standard
9:46 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Jamail Larkins: A Pilot's Life

Jamail Larkins

He took his first flying lesson at 12, his first solo flight by 14, air shows by 18, and now, in his 20s, Jamail Larkins runs his own aviation firm and is on a crusade to encourage kids to soar in the field of transportation.

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Central Standard
3:41 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Inside The Urban Farm Movement

Edwin Marty at the Central Branch of the KC Public Library
Andrea Silenzi KCUR

People have always grown food in urban spaces – from windowsills to neighborhood parks – but today, urban farmers say they’re leading a new movement. On this Wednesday's Central Standard, a look at efforts to transform the nation’s food system.

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Central Standard
10:38 am
Tue June 26, 2012

Family Fun And Health Fair At Troost Lake

Google Maps

For the first half of today’s program, we discussed the needs of children and families in the Philippines. For the second half of this Tuesday's Central Standard, we turn to our own backyard: Troost Lake, at 29th and Paseo.

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Central Standard
3:09 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

Rise and Dream: A Concert In A Conflict Zone

Coming up on this Tuesday's Central Standard, the story of 13 young people in Zamboanga, Philippines who take on an extraordinary challenge – to learn their traditional instruments, and preform a concert, in front of 10,000 people.

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Central Standard
9:12 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Financial Advice: Marriage

Auzigog Flickr

First comes love, then comes marriage – but when comes that first conversation about your finances? In this Monday's Central Standard, professional Financial Advisors stop by with advice for advice for newlyweds hoping to create a solid financial foundation to their marriage, and then, what to do if things don't go as planned.

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Central Standard
10:42 am
Thu June 21, 2012

KC Makers And The Democratizing Of Manufacturing

Our guest Vince Thompson has created this incredibly fun looking golf game. You can see it this weekend at Maker Faire.
Andrea Silenzi KCUR

The maker movement is about changing the way things are made. It's been called a new industrial revolution, with a focus on building things in garages or community workspaces, instead of in factories. It’s like the DIY crafts movement, only for engineers and hackers instead of knitters.

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Central Standard
9:36 am
Thu June 21, 2012

US Air Guitar Regionals Come to KC: Meet The Oxygen Warriors

Nordic Thunder
Alyce Henson

Air Guitar. It sounds like something you should only do in private, but it’s become an international phenomenon – a combination of sport, comedy, mime, and performance art, with ample hair tossing, fret scaling, and hip thrusting.

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Central Standard
9:48 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Grand Opening: The Black Archives Of Mid-America

Photograph of an unidentified actress reading a script for a radio performance.
Black Archives of Mid-America

The ground has broken on the building of the National Museum of African-American History and Culture in the same year that the Black Archives of Mid-America has reopened here in Kansas City.What remains now for both institutions is charting the course of those who break new ground in every field of human endeavor.

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Central Standard
9:43 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Marble Madness

From Collecting Marbles: A Beginner's Guide by Rich Maxwell
Clifton Hall

Kansas City is a mecca for barbeque enthusiasts, jazz masters, and … marble collectors? You might not know it, but when it comes to marble collecting, KC is the place to be. On Tuesday’s Central Standard we’re talking marbles. 

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Central Standard
4:49 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Stories Of The Southern Working Class

Author Stephanie Powell Watts

On this Monday's Central Standard, author Stephanie Powell Watts shares a collection of short stories inspired by the uneducated and the the aspiring. Many of her characters are based on her own life or the lives of someone she's encountered.

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Central Standard
10:27 am
Thu June 14, 2012

A Professional Futurist Tells All

Borders Books. Blockbuster Home Movies. These companies share the same mistake; they missed a moment when they were challenged to adapt to a new business landscape. In their places stepped the Amazon Kindle, and Netflix respectively.

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Central Standard
9:57 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Ed Asner

Whether you know him as Lou Grant from the Mary Tyler Moore show, the cantankerous old man in the animated blockbuster UP, or for his outspoken and raucous political views, Emmy-winning actor Ed Asner is a character among characters both on screen and off.

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Central Standard
9:07 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Signs KC Home Sales Are On The Rise

Dan Whitney, LandMarketing

Sellers, realtors and even buyers are taking note – the KC housing market is changing. On this Wednesday's Central Standard, a look at signs the market’s on the rebound.

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Central Standard
9:33 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Father & Son Photographs

It was playwright Arthur Miller who said that a man's masterpiece is his son. How can you capture that relationship in a photograph?

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Central Standard
2:29 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

Computer Guys: Appy Hour

On this Monday's Central Standard, join the Computer Guys for Appy Hour. We'll discuss apps that can make your life easier, or provide endless hours of distraction.

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Central Standard
1:58 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

Nature in the City: Summer Birds, Hiking

Peregrine Falcon
Len Blumin Flickr

In Kansas City, we humans have adapted to our hot summer days with central air, trips to the movies and Jones Pool... but how do wild animals do it?

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Central Standard
9:17 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Star Watching: In The Heights

John Daughtry, 2011

For the second half of this Wednesday's Central Standard, a look at the touring Broadway musical making its last stop in Kansas City.

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Central Standard
5:42 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Celestial Happenings: Your Venus Transit Questions Answered

People crowd around the scope at Warko to catch the Venus Transit.
Charlie Upchurch KCUR

If you missed the Venus transit Tuesday afternoon, we have bad news: you’re not going to have another chance to see it. 

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Central Standard
9:40 am
Tue June 5, 2012

Playing The Dozens: A History Of Rap's Mama

On this Tuesday's Central Standard, a look at a tradition of African American verbal combat and insults that’s ruled neighborhoods and childhoods long before rap. At the heart of this tradition? 'Yo Mama jokes.

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Central Standard
9:37 am
Mon June 4, 2012

What Your Story Says About You

Aptmetaphor flickr

You know the phrase "that’s my story and I’m sticking to it?" Don’t! On this Monday's Central Standard, learn how changing the way you tell your story can help free you from your past.

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