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
12:00 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Your Memories of Walt Bodine

Walt Bodine, legendary Kansas City broadcaster and icon of the city, died Sunday at the age of 92. To celebrate the life and career of Bodine, Central Standard invites his fans, friends and colleagues to call in and share their memories of former Walt Bodine Show host both on and off the air.

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Central Standard Friday
3:57 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Food Critics: Best Bakeries in Kansas City

Kansas City has always been a great place for baked goods. Cakes, pies, cream puffs and breads have all been important to the growth of this town as a cosmopolitan and corpulent community. On this episode of Central Standard Friday Charles Ferruzza, Mary Bloch, Emily Farris, and Gloria Gale extend their forks to all parts of the metro to uncover the best bakeries offering the most decadent doughnuts, the crustiest baguettes, and the flakiest cinnamon rolls.


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Central Standard
7:42 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Ice Sheets and CReSIS

Most of the freshwater on earth isn’t held in rivers, lakes or streams.  It’s in massive ice sheets in Antarctica and Greenland.  Those ice sheets hold a valuable record about the past climate of earth, but now they are melting at an increasing rate.  Professor Prasad Gogineni of Kansas University and director of the Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets (CReSIS) joins us to discuss how scientists are studying this phenomenon.

Central Standard
7:28 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Archery

The first bow and arrow is believed to have been used around 12-thousand years ago, but with the rise of guns, archery fell out of favor.  Now, it’s being revived with the help of school programs across the county. Eric Edwards from the Missouri Department Conservation and coordinator for the Missouri National Archery in Schools Program shares with us how archery is helping young people learn discipline, love of sport, and concentration.

Central Standard
3:11 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Rethinking Middle School

Think back to your middle school yearbook picture – do you cringe a little bit?  Do you remember a hormone-filled, socially awkward period of your life where your mind has developed faster than your body... or maybe the other way around.  Ages 11 to 14 can also be a time of intellectual and emotional awakening for young people – when they discover their talents and interests and meet lifelong friends.


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Central Standard
6:00 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

The Madness Of March In KC

  It’s a mad, mad, mad March. And there’s nowhere more crazy about college basketball than Kansas City. From the Sprint Center to Municipal Auditorium, up and down the Power and Light District to living rooms everywhere, college hoops are here. Today on Central Standard, we tip off a conversation about the tournaments that are dominating our airwaves, namely the NCAA tournament that starts today and includes games later this week here in town, but also a tournament that gets less press but has been in town longer—much longer—the NAIA, whose championship game is tonight.

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Central Standard
6:00 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Cash Money Crew - Estate Planning

So are you planning to die? Are you ready for when you end up in the great beyond?  More to the point, what about your assets that don’t make the trip with you? Today on Central Standard, we’re talking about the not exactly uplifting, but nevertheless important topic of estate planning. Our Cash Money Crew is here and … you may not believe this ... but it’s not such a downer, really!  Financial planners will tell you that some good decisions now, now while you’re in the prime of life, can have an impact down the road: You can feel secure, live more comfortably now and through your retirement, and have an impact beyond your earthly years.

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Central Standard Friday
4:28 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Irish History in Kansas City

As St. Patrick's Day approaches next week, the 'Kiss Me I'm Irish' t-shirts are getting pulled out of the closets and shamrocks will plaster the city. Kansas City has a special relationship with Irish culture that goes hand in hand with the city's narrative.

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Central Standard
9:49 am
Thu March 14, 2013

The Philosophy of Doubt

Throughout the course of the day we ask ourselves a lot of questions; what should I have for breakfast? Should I run to the store before picking up my kids or after? Should I read my book before bed or watch a TV show? We rarely take the time to contemplate larger, more philosophical questions that probe our very existence.

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Central Standard
9:36 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Stargazing in KC

Looking up at the sky is something we do everyday; maybe to check the weather, see if the sun is poking out and you need a jacket, and for some, to discover more about the universe we live in.


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Central Standard
4:20 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Rest in Pieces

When most of us think about death, we assume our bodies will take the traditional routes of being cremated or buried. This is not always the case as author Bess Lovejoy points out in her new book, Rest In Pieces released this month. Rest In Pieces shares the journeys famous corpses took before being laid to rest.

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Central Standard
9:52 am
Tue March 12, 2013

The Science of Energy

Decades ago, scientists and energy experts predicted that 2013 would include flying cars and that by now, oil would be a thing of the past. But the state of our energy consumption in America has stayed somewhat the same, while causing intense political discussion on the matter.


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Central Standard
9:36 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Abolishing Daylight Savings

Saturday night, as our clocks sprung forward and we lost an hour of our day, one man in Missouri was hoping this would be the last Daylight Savings Time he went through. Representative Delus Johnson of St. Joseph, Mo. proposed a bill that would extend the Daylight Savings change all year long.


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Central Standard
12:00 am
Mon March 11, 2013

The Religious Diet

As we find ourselves in the midst of Lent and with Passover on the horizon, the idea of food and the role it plays in various religions is on many people's minds. Why do Catholics not eat meat on Fridays, why do Jews not let their bread rise and why do members of Islam have permanent restrictions on what they can eat?


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Central Standard
12:00 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Westboro Defectors

The Westboro Baptist Church is notorious in the area and nation-wide for their protests of soldier's funerals and anti-gay messages. Fred Phelps and his followers, based in Topeka, travel the country spreading their messages of hate and last year a petition to label them an official hate group was introduced.


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Central Standard Friday
4:09 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Food Critics: Belly-Busting Buffets

Credit francisandfrancis.com

Buffets: you either love them or hate them. And in a tough economy, the idea of an all-you-can meal can sound alluring, even if the choices can be more about quantity than quality. On today's Central Standard Friday, we'll fill our plates up with suggestions for the best, the cheapest and the most unusual buffets in Kansas City. Today's food critics are host Charles Ferruzza, Chris Becicka, Mary Bloch and Emily Farris.

Check out what the Food Critics have to say about local buffets.

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Central Standard
4:25 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

MidCoast Takeover

The MidCoast Takeover is a concert of local talent at Austin’s South by Southwest music festival to take place next weekend.  It’s generating a lot of local excitement as the festival is quickly approaching and the local bands are preparing. The MidCoast Takover is organized with the help of The Midwest Music Foundation a local organization that support local musicians.  We're in conversation with Sondra Freemans of the Midwest Music Foundation to talk the ways the MidCoast Takeover supports local musicians and hear some of the local bands she's most excited to be heard in Austin.

Central Standard
9:49 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Sudanese Refugees in KC

When South Sudan gained its independence from Sudan on July 9th 2011, it was the outcome of a peace deal that ended Africa’s longest running civil war; a war that resulted in millions of lives lost to ethnic and religious warfare. On this Central Standard, we explore the community of Sudanese refugees who now live in Kansas City.


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Central Standard
4:17 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Parenting Our Parents

For most of a child's life, from infancy and into adulthood, parents take care of, support and help their children make decisions. It's an odd experience though when the parents gets elderly and the child has to step in as caregiver. On this Central Standard, we look at how the family dynamic changes when parents can't take care of themselves and how to approach the situation from an emotional and logistical point of view.

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Central Standard
3:51 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

A 'First Aid Kit' For Mental Health: Program Expands Throughout Metro

John A. Beal

A first aid kit is helpful when you cut yourself or get a burn and if someone stops breathing, you can administer CPR. These medical skills are helpful for physical ailments, but how do you care for someone in the midst of a mental health crisis? Mental Health First Aid is a nationwide program that trains members of a community on how to interact and help someone with any mental illness.

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Central Standard
9:40 am
Tue March 5, 2013

The Case for Dental Health

A yearly physical is the norm for most of us, whether for children or their adult parents, and it's considered a part of living a healthy lifestyle. But not all areas of health are examined by one doctor, and one area of our health that is often neglected is oral health.

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Central Standard
6:46 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

The Home: Roofs And Ice

With snow melting and refreezing now might be the time of year when your experiencing some of the more unpleasant and wet sides of home ownership.  Donald Jonas joins us to help navigate what to do when we find leaks, and how to prevent them.

Central Standard
6:36 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Eat This!

Food can be fun, but the issues surrounding food can be perplexing and polarizing.  The new play, Eat This! from UMKC professor Stephanie Roberts explores these contentious issues using 12 actors playing 50 different roles.

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Central Standard Friday
3:24 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Movie Critics: A Look At The Oscars

(L to R) Best actor Daniel Day-Lewis, Best actress Jennifer Lawrence, Best supporting actress Anne Hathaway and best supporting actor Christoph Waltz

The 85th annual Academy Awards are now history. Hollywood’s most glamorous event was yet another extravaganza of self-congratulation. We take a look at favorites slighted and just rewards reaped.  And we discuss the significance of Seth MacFarlane performance as host.  Movie critics Russ Simmons, Marie Asner and John Tibbots take us through the Oscars and this moth's latest releases.


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Central Standard
9:47 am
Thu February 28, 2013

NOVA Project To Reduce Violence In KC

Like any metropolitan city, crime and violence are unfortunately a reality of life in Kansas City. Recently, the KCPD joined forces with many across the metro to organize the NOVA project, an initiative to combat gang violence in Kansas City.

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Central Standard
3:17 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

True/False Film Fest Turns 10

Set in Karachi, 'These Birds Walk' takes viewers into the life of Omar, a young runaway.

Indonesian gang culture. The hunt for Osama bin Laden. Sunbathers, barbecuers and swimmers at a national park in Israel. Life in a Karachi orphanage. These are just some of the subjects explored in the nearly 40 films scheduled for this year's True/False Film Fest.

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Central Standard
2:02 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Inventing A World With A Pinhole Camera

Liberty Head, Illinois, 1978, from the series Expeditions.
Ruth Thorne-Thomsen, American (b. 1943) Courtesy: Nelson-Aktins Museum of Art

A pinhole camera is a simple tool – and it can be constructed with basic materials. You could even make one at home with your child on a snow day. All you need is cardboard, tape, and aluminum foil. But, it’s the eye behind the camera that draws a line between child’s play and the potential for photography.

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Central Standard
6:00 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Snow Falls... Again

The tow plow, a Missouri invention

Central Standard brings a live update from those working on the front lines of the second major snow storm to hit the mid-west in under a week.  Guests include Andy Bailey from the  National Weather Service, Steve Porter from the Missouri Department of Transportation, Sean Demory from the Public Works Department of Kansas City Missouri and Captain Steve Young of the KCPD.
 


Central Standard
6:00 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Good People

Economic struggles, loyalty to friends and endless hopes of coming out on top in America. Those are the central themes of the play Good People, a 2011 Tony Award nominee for best play.  It recently was presented in St Louis, and now has a debut in Kansas City at the Unicorn Theater


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Central Standard
6:00 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Extramarital Affairs

"Golden ring it's just a cold metallic thing, only love can make a golden wedding ring." - Tammy Wynette and George Jones

  When surveyed, 20 to 25 percent of people admit to having an extramarital affair.  It also is one of the most destructive forces to a  relationship.  Why is this phenomena so common? Our resident psychologist Bruce Liese tackles the common misconceptions about affairs.


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