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
1:00 pm
Mon February 27, 2012

Planning For Retirement In The New Normal

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On this Monday's Central Standard, we discuss retirement planning strategies for the new normal.

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Central Standard
12:23 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

Clifford Owens: How Performance Provokes, Engages

On this Thursday's Central Standard, we speak to artist Clifford Owens, whose piece Anthology is currently showing at MoMA PS1 in New York.

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Central Standard
2:09 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

Social Media Trends & New African Art Curator

On this Central Standard, meet the new quarter-time African Art curator at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Nii Quarcoopome.

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Central Standard
1:26 pm
Tue February 21, 2012

The Formation Of Freedom Inc.

Rosemary Lowe

While sitting in the UMKC course “The Kansas City Black Experience,” Emiel Cleaver decided to write a paper on KC's first black political group, Freedom Inc.

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Central Standard
2:27 pm
Mon February 20, 2012

The Psychology Of Eating

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On this Central Standard, we explore what happens to our brains on food. Have you ever wondered what goes on when you lie in bed, thinking about that late night snack?

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Central Standard
1:43 pm
Thu February 16, 2012

Nature In The City: Woodcocks & Chorus Frogs

On this Thursday's Central Standard, a closer look at Nature in the City, from the courtship displays of Woodcocks (a.k.a. Timberdoodles) to the sounds of Western Chorus Frogs.

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Central Standard
1:19 pm
Wed February 15, 2012

The Remarkable Impact Of Art Therapy

From African refugee camps to Alzheimer’s clinics to returning vets from Iraq and Afghanistan, discoveries in the field of art therapy are helping to change lives.

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Central Standard
8:03 am
Tue February 14, 2012

Favorite Love Songs: A Valentine From KCUR

A Public Radio Valentine
NPR

You told us to forget the flowers and chocolates. You're not that into Valentines Day. And we listened. But still, despite your playful protests, we couldn't help but make you something special.

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Central Standard
3:16 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

Computer Guys: Cyber Security

In Russia, a worm called Koobface wiggled away with millions of dollars using social networks like Facebook.

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Central Standard
10:32 am
Thu February 9, 2012

Storytellers: Zakes Mda, Jessica Care Moore

On this Thursday's Central Standard, one of the most acclaimed South African novelists of our time, Zakes Mda.

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Central Standard
1:36 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

Should Black History Month Exist?

On this Wednesday's Central Standard, a look at a documentary that argues that Black History is American History.

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Central Standard
4:12 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

Healthy Food As Love

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If you have a special someone in your life and you want to show them how you feel... is a box of chocolates really the best you can do? What about the fat? The calories? The guilt? On the second half of today’s Central Standard, food writer Beth Bader will join us with a new way to tell your special someone you care- by making them something healthy to enjoy.

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Central Standard
9:56 am
Mon February 6, 2012

The Best Superbowl Ads Of 2012

On this episode of Central Standard, let’s review the winners and losers in the big game of marketing.

The Super Bowl is over, and now it’s that special time of year. A time when you can turn on the tube and catch early season golf, meaningless regular season NHL, NBA, early NASCAR and the X-Games. Before we enter the 60-day deep winter doldrums for sports fans, let's delay the suffering a bit with a Superbowl postgame show, where we recap, yes, the commercials.

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Central Standard
8:49 am
Mon February 6, 2012

The New Madrid Earthquake, 200 Years Later

Drawing of New Madrid Earthquake
Wikipedia, Public Domain

Two hundred years ago today, a massive earthquake the shook the country stretching from the Missouri Bootheel to as far away as Boston, where ground motion caused church bells to ring. Could it happen again?

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Central Standard
1:41 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

Female Race Car Drivers Speed Forward

Jennifer Jo Cobb

Ladies start your engines! On this Thursday's Central Standard, we get to know area women with a soft spot for fast cars.

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Central Standard
9:36 am
Wed February 1, 2012

Welcome To Black History Month

Susan B. Wilson KCUR

On Wednesday's Central Standard, a look at how black history is being preserved in our region. We welcome Dr. Doretha Williams, the new Executive Director of the Black Archives of Mid-America.

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Central Standard
8:00 am
Tue January 31, 2012

The Changing Nature Of The College Degree

The current job market is very competitive.  A single opening will see hundreds of applicants, a lot of them with four years of college on their résumés.  But, how important is that degree when compared to technical skills, or on the job training? Is a bachelor’s degree worth what it once was?

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Central Standard
1:19 pm
Mon January 30, 2012

How To Survive As An Artist In KC

Megan Turek has a gift. She’s a professional costume designer for theater, whose work is going to be featured in an upcoming Unicorn Theater show called Next Fall.

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Central Standard
5:47 pm
Wed January 25, 2012

Computer Guys: Who Controls the Net?

Last Wednesday, you might have headed to Wikipedia to look up Marlon Brando, the currency in Guam, or (random Wikipedia page). We’re not gonna ask. But, that Wednesday, visitors found a blackout protest, asking them to to imagine a world without free knowledge.

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Central Standard
2:37 pm
Wed January 25, 2012

Hospital Ships Live in Studio

In a recent Tiny Desk Concert – the band Hospital Ships performed crushingly beautiful songs with their eyes closed. With their nice collared shirts, 2-day-old beards, and folky feel, they look like the kinds you see sipping coffee at the Merc in Lawrence… because they are.

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Central Standard
9:32 am
Wed January 25, 2012

George Takei on Sci-Fi, Equal Rights & Social Media

We have good news and bad news. First the good: George Takei, your favorite Star-Trek-Helmsmen-Turned-Gay-Rights-Activist, is coming to town to narrate a Sci-Fi Spectacular with the KC Symphony, complete with a laser light show. Now the bad: If you don't already have tickets or a really amazing friend, the show looks very sold out.

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Central Standard
6:30 pm
Tue January 24, 2012

Robert Litan: Art Was the Soul of My Father

In the second half of Tuesday's Central Standard, we're joined by Kauffman Foundation Executive Robert Litan, who remembers his father David Israel Litan, who had a lifelong passion for making lithographs, painting, and sketching.

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Central Standard
1:30 pm
Tue January 24, 2012

The Right To Remain Informed

When a police officer asks “Do you know why I pulled you over?” what should you say? At what point, in dealing with the police, can everything you say or do be used against you?

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Central Standard
1:59 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

Financial Advice: Post-Holiday Financial Blues

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After all the presents are exchanged in December, there’s always one more in the mail waiting for you in January -- your credit card bill. On Monday’s Central Standard, hear some strategies that work for managing your holiday debt.

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Central Standard
4:30 pm
Thu January 19, 2012

The Grisly Hand

When the KC band The Grisly Hand came out with their album Safehouse, they decided to offer it free for download online. Since then they have toured with these songs across the region, and this week, that album has reached #4 most downloaded off the website NoiseTrade.

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Central Standard
6:46 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

New Approaches to Teaching Postsecondary Writing

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First up on Thursday's Central Standard, a look at new approaches to helping students write at a postsecondary level. We discuss a new framework that fosters what’s called “habits of mind” and is gaining wider use, even in light of the current teach-to-the-test mentality in school systems across the nation. We're joined by Professor Linda Adler-Kassner, President of the Council of Writing Program Administrators and Director of Writing Program at UC-Santa Barbara.

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Central Standard
2:00 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

All That KC Jazz

KCUR's Michael Byars admires Mark Lowrey's new tattoo from his visit to Africa.
Andrea Silenzi

Kansas City jazz has a unique signature. On Wednesday's Central Standard, we talked about the state of our jazz community with pianist and composer Mark Lowrey and trumpet player Hermon Mehari.

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Central Standard
1:23 pm
Mon January 16, 2012

Advances In Telemedicine

You’ve heard of telecommuting, telekinesis and televangelism – but what about telemedicine? On Tuesday's Central Standard, a look at developments in a technology that helps doctors treat patients remotely – improving patient care everywhere from urban schools to rural areas.

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Central Standard
8:00 am
Mon January 16, 2012

Are We There Yet? Working Towards a Dream

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What would the great Dr. King think of our country today? Are we living his dream?

Not quite, according to some.

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we'll talk with folks working everyday for their idea of social and economic equality.

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Central Standard
12:50 pm
Thu January 12, 2012

Vegetarianism In KC / Pity The Billionaire

How difficult is it to be a vegetarian in Kansas City? Then later... Even Mr. T pities a fool, but why pity a billionaire?

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