Matthew Long-Middleton

Central Standard Producer

Matthew has been involved in media since 2003. While hosting a show on his college radio station, he quickly realized the influence, intimacy and joys of radio. Rising up through the ranks, he became co-station manager of WKCO in 2006.

Matthew soon after graduated cum laude from Kenyon College. After a brief stint as a short-order cook in exotic Gambier, Ohio he joined Murray Street Productions as the marketing manager. At Murray Street he also conducted interviews, produced podcasts, wrote scripts for Jazz at Lincoln Center Radio, and made the office computers hum.

In addition to working at Murray Street, Matthew has done freelance radio production and his work has been featured on Chicago Public Radio’s local news program Eight Forty-Eight. He has also worked as a marketing assistant at WBGO in Newark, NJ, where he helped to grow audience through placing advertisements, managing the station social media, improving the website, building email campaigns and doing in person promotion at jazz events throughout New York and New Jersey.

Matthew now enjoys the thrills of producing KCUR's daily talk show Central Standard. When he's not producing you can typically find him biking, reading, cooking or exploring Kansas City.

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Central Standard
2:50 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Remembering Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich

Kansas City knew Tom Schweich as a dogged state auditor who rooted out financial mismanagement on behalf of Missouri taxpayers. He died unexpectedly yesterday, by a self-inflicted gunshot wound, just weeks after entering the race for Missouri governor. We remember Schweich personally, professionally and politically.

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Central Standard
3:55 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Checking In On Kansas City's Digital Divide

When Google first announced its intention to bring high-speed fiber optic cable to Kansas City, Ks., the service was supposed to help close the digital divide. Four years later, we check in on whether access to the internet has improved in the metro.

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Central Standard
4:51 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Central Standard's 'Buzz Kill': Word Of The Day, Entrepreneur

In a new series called Buzz Kill, Central Standard is looking at Kansas City's buzzwords with the people who best understand the true meaning of our favorite catch-phrases. 

In this installment, we ask what it really means to be an entrepreneur, how you pronounce the word, and how to correctly use it in a sentence. It's an important step for us to take, as a city, if we want to be known for our entr... entrep... entrepreneurial spirit.

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Central Standard
12:11 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Cardiologist Says Keep Running, But Slow Down Pace

Running as hard and as fast and as often as you can may not be a recipe for longevity.
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The first marathon-runner was a Greek messenger who ran 26 miles to announce a Greek victory in the Trojan War before dropping dead in his tracks. A cardiologist living in Kansas City has amassed research and data suggesting there might have been a reason for that. Extreme cardiovascular activity for prolonged periods of time done rigorously and continuously over a lifetime doesn't correlate with a long lifespan, he says. And the heart has a lot to do with that.

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Central Standard
1:08 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

The Kansas High Schooler Who Satirized The State Budget

Oh, to be fifteen years old. Not a care in the world, except that feature length documentary you've been working on, satirizing the governor and his fiscal policy. That's how most high school sophomores spend their free time, right? 

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Central Standard
12:55 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Westport: A Neighborhood At A Crossroads

Westport is home to a handful of iconic businesses, like Kelly's. This building at Westport Road and Pennsylvania has been home to a bar/saloon since 1934.
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Westport has always been at a crossroads. So says urban design specialist Daniel Serda, noting that the historic neighborhood has been changing since its beginnings. But news of three chain restaurants entering the neighborhood where prime parking spots now stand has sparked a heated response, not just from Westport residents and business owners, but people throughout Kansas City who are passionate about the entertainment district.

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Central Standard
2:25 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

How Zora Neale Hurston Documented Her Community And Inspired A Kansas City Woman

Zora Neale Hurston channeled black vernacular in her writing.
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The prolific author best known for Their Eyes Were Watching God got her start as an anthropologist, listening to the stories and songs of former slaves in Florida in the 1930s. About fifty years later, a Kansas City woman found a connection with her own history and community in the voices Hurston captured. Her one-woman play about Zora Neale Hurston now takes her all over the world.

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Food Critics
12:43 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Food Critics: The Best Restaurant Ambiance In Kansas City

Even the old-timey advertisement on the side of The Rieger Hotel Grill adds to the ambiance of the restaurant.
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When you walk into a restaurant, there is a certain je ne sais quoi that can make or break the experience.

Of course the food is of paramount importance, but poor lighting, decor and authenticity can make even an exquisite plate of duck confit look like a soggy KFC drumstick.

Luckily, our Food Critics Charles Ferruzza, Mary Bloch and Jill Wenholt Silva know a thing or two about restaurant ambiance. Here are their picks for standout restaurants with great ambiance:

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Central Standard
1:40 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

How To Write A Song With Kansas City Rocker Howard Iceberg

Howard Iceberg talks about song writing and plays some examples in our live talk studio at KCUR.
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Does it start with the music or the words? Can anybody do it? In time for the Folk Alliance International conference, local musicians share what it takes to write a song. 

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Central Standard
9:38 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

AudioFiles: How To Make Podcasting Profitable

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"We said we were going to have 20,000 listeners by this time … but we have ten times that," says Gimlet Media co-founder Matt Lieber on the podcast Startup. But as podcasting grows as a medium, can it sustain what is typically given away for free?

In this episode of Central Standard, our podcast review panel explores how to make money with the form and makes recommendations for what to tune into next (when you're not listening to back episodes of Central Standard!).

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Central Standard
10:37 am
Tue February 17, 2015

Latino Representation In Local And State Government

It's been 20 years since there's been a Latino on Kansas City, Mo.'s city council; and there isn't currently any Latino representation on the Unified Government board of commissioners either. That's even while our metro's Hispanic community has been growing significantly.

  • CiCi Rojas, president and CEO, Central Exchange
  • Irene Caudillo, president and CEO, El Centro
  • Louis Ruiz, Kansas state representative, District 31 (Wyandotte County)
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Central Standard
4:08 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Lawrence As A Music Town: The Fans, The Bands And The Venues

There's a new recording studio in Lawrence, and it's located inside the public library. What does it say about Lawrence that of all the new resources the library could provide its citizenry, a recording studio is what most suited the town's needs? Plus, a Lawrence music blogger talks about the weird, vibrant city she shows off in her video, Just A Sec, and a record store owner reflects on change in the Lawrence music scene over the past 15 years.

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Central Standard
1:09 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

Rape Convictions In Alcohol-Involved Cases Uncommon In Douglas County

An exploration of a decade of rape cases in Douglas County has revealed troubling information. Of the cases where heavy drinking had been involved and where the victim knew the accused, there were no convictions. Pleading down, or pleading guilty to a lesser crime, appears to have been a common outcome in those cases. The Lawrence-Journal World's Sara Shepherd shares insights from her reporting.

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Central Standard
12:54 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

The Problem Of Junk Hurtling Through Space: A Missouri Man Is On It

The debris we humans have left behind in space is hurtling through the very part of space we return to most. A top-down view of Earth and the trash orbiting around it.
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Bill Schonberg is a self-professed "space nut" and his job is not just an 8-year-old's dream job. "It's also a 54-year-old's dream job," he says. His mission, which he has accepted, is to figure out how to make spacecraft more impervious to debris flying at high speed through prime orbital real estate. 

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  • Dr. William Schonberg, professor of aerospace engineering, Missouri University of Science & Technology 
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Central Standard
12:25 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

Fears Of Immunization

Parents are hard-wired to shield their children from harm.
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Medical and scientific communities have been working hard to reassure parents that vaccinating children is safe, especially in light of current Measles incidents in the United States. But there is something about immunization that triggers fear in a lot of people, even people who do opt in. What is that fear about? How do human beings perceive and weigh different kinds of risks on behalf of their children? 

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Central Standard
12:58 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

Kansas City Spice Odyssey

Freshly sliced jalapenos always add a little zing.
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Some like it hot, and some just can't resist a challenge. We start our exploration of spice in Kansas City by subjecting our intern and food critic to the Thai Hot Challenge at the Thai Place. Then, an Indian cooking instructor shares insights into the techniques, philosophies and health properties of spice.

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Central Standard
1:16 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

Laura Ingalls Wilder: Pioneering, Midwesternness And Literary Prowess

Rocky Ridge Farm in Mansfield, Missouri, is one of the many former dwellings of Laura Ingalls Wilder still standing today.
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Her children's books shaped ideas about the Midwestern experience for multiple generations worldwide. She's been gone more than sixty years, but her influence remains strong; even now, fans and scholars attend a yearly Laurapalooza festival in her honor. Her autobiography has just recently been published, but good luck finding a copy. The first print run has sold out and the second will not even fill existing orders.

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Central Standard
12:21 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

Johnson County's Namesake And The Shawnee Indians

History is on display at the Shawnee Indian Mission in Fairway, Kan.
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Missionary work, slaveholding in Kansas, a bogus legislature and a murder. These are some of the stories that surface when you investigate the namesake of Johnson County: Reverend Thomas Johnson, who founded the Shawnee Indian Mission (now a museum tucked away in a residential neighborhood). What happened at that site tells a larger story about the relationship between American Indians and the United States government.

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Central Standard
11:45 am
Wed February 4, 2015

One Kansas City, Across The State Line

Are you a Kansan or a Missourian? That's a question that often divides our metro, but maybe we're more Kansas Citian than anything else. How can our economic, political and cultural reality more clearly reflect that sentiment?

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Central Standard
5:18 pm
Mon February 2, 2015

Ancient Ruins In Our Own Backyard

A pre-Columbian civilization once thrived here in the Midwest. The remains of that early society, known as Cahokia, are located in East St. Louis. The archaeological site near a meat-packing plant consists of plazas, mounds and the base of an earthen pyramid. Researchers at the University of Illinois and the University of Indiana have recently received grants to continue investigating the Cahokia Mounds. 

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  • Susan Alt, archaeologist, The University of Indiana in Bloomington
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Central Standard
5:11 pm
Mon February 2, 2015

The Future Of Television Commercials In A Digital World

The Super Bowl is a national celebration of football... and advertising. For one day a year, we all gather around our television screens to watch commercials so we can partake in the sport of reviewing them the next morning. But is this still a relevant platform for advertising? Local ad experts weigh in.

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Central Standard
4:33 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Media Mashup: Perspectives On The Movie Selma

David Oyelowo gives an uncanny performance as Martin Luther King, Junior in the movie 'Selma' from Paramount Pictures and Harpo Films
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What went through the mind of a Kansas City community organizer as he watched Selma, depicting Martin Luther King Junior's march from Selma to Montgomery in 1965? What did filmmaker Kevin Wilmott, who has juggled the competing demands of historical research and creative vision, think of the storytelling techniques? And what is our local movie critic's takeaway?

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Central Standard
4:30 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

The Great Parking Debate In Downtown Kansas City

A view from the top of Kansas City, Mo.'s City Hall.
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Downtown Kansas City is practically half parking lots--so why is it so hard to find a spot on a First Friday in the Crossroads? The availability and cost of parking could be key ingredients to developing a vibrant downtown.

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Central Standard
2:56 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Kansas City's Catholic Community On The Church In 2015

The Catholic Church is located in Vatican City, an ocean away and then some. But what happens in Rome affects the lives of Catholics living in Kansas City, and what happens here reverberates all the way up to the top. This conversation explores whether a perceived shift in the Catholic Church affects the priorities and attitudes of Catholics in our region. 

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Central Standard
12:18 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

The Soldier's Experience Through The Lens Of Art

Suzanne Opton, "Soldier Birkholz: 353 Days in Iraq, 205 Days in Afghanistan," 2004. Courtesy of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
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In the photograph, a young soldier with a downy blond buzz-cut lies perfectly still, face down on the ground. On stage, an ancient Greek warrior goes through the four stages of events that lead to post-traumatic stress.

The arts community is asking big questions about the life of the soldier. What role does art play in public discourse around combat?

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Central Standard
12:45 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Money Therapy: Year In Review

All the fun stuff happens at the end of the year. Come January, it's payback time. With end-of-year credit card statements and tax documents arriving in the mail, our Money Therapists help us take stock of 2014. Plus, the new year also brings a fresh start; get tips and tools for sticking to your budget, even when temptation rears its head. 

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Central Standard
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.
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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.
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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.
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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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Central Standard
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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