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
6:51 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Improving The Arts In Kansas City

For the first time in 15 years, Kansas City, Mo. is examining its arts-related policies through Mayor Sly James' Task Force for the Arts. This task force is composed of important political members from the city and a variety of artists and advocates for the arts in Kansas City. The task force launched the Envision Arts & Culture KC campaign Monday night, which is the first step in trying to make the arts a more prominent and meaningful part of life in Kansas City.

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Central Standard
7:00 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Biking in KC

A recent study from the University of British Columbia found that installing bike infrastructure greatly reduces the likely hood of cyclist injury.  In fact, cycle tracks (bike lanes physically separated from motor vehicle traffic) alongside major streets had about 1/10 the typical risk to cyclists.  Our guests, Elizabeth Bejan, of Revolve KC, Aaron Bartlett, Bicycle and Training coordinator at MARC and Deb Ridgeway, Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator for Kansas City Public Works Department, explore these risks in Kansas City and how organizations and the city are working to address them.


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Central Standard
11:29 pm
Sun January 27, 2013

Nature In The City: The Dead Of Winter

Bill Anderson KCUR

It may be the dead of winter, but there is still plenty of nature to see in the Kansas City area.  Larry Rizzo, natural history biologist, and Joe Werner, biologist and urban ecologist will cover the best places to observe eagles and nesting Great Horned Owls, and explain what's going on pre-February with groundhogs. And we'll also explore how unseasonably warmer weather and a continued drought is affecting animal habits?

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Central Standard Friday
9:56 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Eating Alone In KC

Meal time is almost always a social time. However, there are instances when a meal alone can be just as relaxing and refreshing as it would be with friends and family. 

But, where can you go and eat alone without feeling on display or actually feeling alone? Where can you eat surrounded by strangers, but feel as if you're in the comfort of your home? 

The Food Critics will show you the best places to eat out alone.  This week's panel includes host Charles Ferruzza of  The Pitch and Fat City Blog, Mary Bloch of Around the Block, Emily Farris of Feed Me KC and Chris Becicka of Ingram's Magazine.


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Central Standard
6:20 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Kansas City Pastor Gives Inaugural Sermon In D.C.

Rev. Adam Hamilton

Reverend Adam Hamilton, the Senior Pastor at United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, did not believe his assistant when she told him the White House called and asked for his presence at this year's inauguration ceremony. Hamilton gave the sermon at the National Prayer Service, held at the National Cathedral the day after the inauguration ceremonies, which has been a tradition for every inauguration ceremony starting with George Washington.


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Central Standard
5:40 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Greetings From Kansas City

Paramount Theater

  Before friends could tell their friends about their travels through email, social media and phone calls, postcards were the way to tell people where one was traveling. On Monday, the Kansas City Public Library will open its "Greetings From Kansas City" exhibit which showcases 200 postcards about Kansas City from the 1930s and 40s.

These postcards tell the story of Kansas City as the booming metropolis of the Midwest during this time period and depicts different scenes from around town.


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Central Standard
5:38 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Kansas City's Report Card Is In

Kansas City.
ZTW1 flickr

  Ever wonder what goes on during a city council meeting? Or how much money was made from parking meters last year? The answers to some questions like these are available to the public online, but every city in the United States differs on how much information they share. MoPIRG is an organization that looks at major metropolitan cities in the country and grades them on how transparent their budget information is to that city's residents.


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Central Standard
2:59 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

School Choice

With education options more diverse than ever, some parents are eschewing the standard public school system.  With this choice, comes the debate on where taxpayer dollars should be going.

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Central Standard
11:41 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

The State of the Black Economy

Bureau of Labor Statistics unemployment rate among Black, White and Hispanic Americans.

On the coattails of President Obama's second inaugural address yesterday and the celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Central Standard looks at the economic situation for the African-American community in the United States.

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Central Standard Friday
4:18 pm
Sat January 19, 2013

Historic Building Preservation In Kansas City

The Iconic Katz Building On Main

Change is inevitable.  But what if that change affects a community-loved building, or historic landmark?

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Central Standard
6:00 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Reflections on high school

Watching the teenage experience

In 2008, High School Confidentiala documentary-type show that followed 12 high school girls at Blue Valley Northwest High School in Overland Park through their four years of high school, aired on WE tv. Sharon Liese is the filmmaker who created this show, and conceived the idea to create a documentary about the high school experience when her own daughter was going through high school.

 

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Central Standard
4:00 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Growing up with Sickle Cell

The experience of growing up from a child to an adult includes awkward experiences with friends, family and one's own body add to that the challenge of living with a chronic disease. Brian Ellison speaks with one teenage girl who is growing up with Sickle Cell Anemia.


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Central Standard
4:00 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry

Ten years ago, the United States stood at the forefront of the Internet revolution. With some of the fastest speeds and lowest prices in the world for high-speed Internet access, the nation was poised to be the global leader in the new knowledge-based economy.

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Central Standard
2:29 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Surviving The College Application Process

Most of the time, the long and winding road of choosing a college is forgotten in the subsequent years of hazy academic exploits.  But for most high school seniors, this time of year is an involved process that can lead to anxious days and sleepless nights.

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Central Standard
4:36 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Crime & Safety In The Urban Core

In 2008, elected officials and urban residents came together under the direction of 2nd District Jackson County Legislator, Bishop James Tindall, Sr. to discuss community change in the urban core.  This was the first convening of the Kansas City Urban Summit.

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Central Standard
3:11 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Animal Shelters Of Kansas City

Local shelters are seeing a record number of animals coming into their facilities each day.

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Central Standard
6:00 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Hypnotism

What do Franz Mesmer, James Braid, and The Professor from Gilligan's Island have in common?

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Central Standard
6:00 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Stretching Your Palate

www.grinderspizza.com

Chances are you have eaten at his restaurant, taken in a show at his venue, or even met the dude.  But did you know about his plan to curb regional invasive species by cooking and eating them?

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Central Standard
1:55 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Transformation In The New Year

With each new year, comes the inevitable setting of lofty personal improvement goals.

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Central Standard
1:35 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Corner To Corner Pt. II - The Northeast

The Kansas City Museum regally resides in the historic Northeast.

Getting to know Kansas City, one neighborhood at a time.

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Central Standard
4:16 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Corner To Corner Pt. I - The Plaza

Getting to know Kansas City, one neighborhood at a time.

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Central Standard
12:53 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

Panther Baby: A Life Of Rebellion And Reinvention

*** This is an extended encore presentation of a show originally aired October 1st, 2012 ***

They warned him, “Once you get in, there’s no getting out.”

Journey with us on Monday’s Central Standard for a discussion with former Black Panther Jamal Joseph. We're stepping back in time to the late 1960s and early 1970s, and looking through the eyes of one of the youngest Black Power leaders in New York.

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Central Standard
3:13 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Underreported Stories Of 2012

A peek inside the newsroom of KCUR and Harvest Public Media.

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Central Standard
3:05 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

Miles Bonny

Miles Bonny

Central Standard's music curator stops by the studio to say goodbye.

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Central Standard
12:48 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

Holiday Fish Fry

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Roll back your Christmas rug for an abbreviated holiday public radio party.

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Central Standard
12:05 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

A Christmas Carol

The annual holiday production of Dickens' classic returns to the KC Rep.

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Central Standard
4:33 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

The State Of Mental Illness In KC

Mental illness is a problem in every community, but what resources and services are available in Kansas City?

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Central Standard
6:00 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Green Impact Zone & The Missouri River

Credit moravings.blogspot.com

You probably know that the Missouri River is the longest river in North America.  But did you know that it's also one of the most polluted?

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Central Standard
6:00 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

The New American City Part II

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The year 2012 is drawing to a close.  Weren't we all supposed to be driving hover cars by now?

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Central Standard
6:50 pm
Sun December 16, 2012

Computer Guys: Apps & Tablets

It is expected that there will be 68.5 million more tablets in this world by the end of this year, providing roughly $29.1 billion in sales

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