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
2:15 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

The Kansas City Dating Scene

Bring on the chocolates, teddy bears and red roses, Valentine's Day is on Friday. Does the holiday make your heart sing or does it make your eyes roll? Today we talk about dating in Kansas City, which has been ranked one of the worst places to find a partner.

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Central Standard
4:00 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

The Science Of Street Traffic

As populations continue to grow in urban areas, the demand for a more efficient traffic system has been brought to the forefront of modern transportation issues. There is simply not enough room to add more lanes to highways or to build new roads.

Innovative updates to existing infrastructures are a work in progress right here in our backyard. Today we discuss what is being done to allow for safer and faster transportation in our cities. 

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Central Standard
4:00 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

A Fellowship Of The Questioning And Unbelievers - Oasis

There is a growing trend of atheists who also recognize the importance and impact of the communal nature of faith based worship. As a result Sunday Assemblies have popped up throughout the United States. Now their popularity is spurring others to offer even different options, with even less of a focus on communal worship. Oasis is one such group that will begin meeting in April.

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Central Standard
4:00 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Opiate Addiction In Kansas City: Heroin Use On The Rise

The tragic death of actor and director Philip Seymour Hoffman has shed light on heroin and opiate use in America. Right here in Kansas City, opiate-based drugs are more popular than ever and the results have been devastating. Central Standard takes a look at why Kansas and Missouri residents are using these lethal substances and what impact heroin addiction has had on one local family.

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Central Standard
4:00 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

The Missouri River Crisis: Falling Water Levels Causes Concern

The Missouri River levels are critically low. If the problem is not resolved soon, area utilities, levees and bridges could be in serious crisis . Today we discuss the effects of dropping water levels and the multimillion dollar expenditure needed to remedy the issue.

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Central Standard
4:00 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

The Farm Bill's Final Steps

On Feb. 4, Congress passed the farm bill, a piece of legislature that will cut food stamps by $800 million a year, consolidate dozens of agriculture subsidy programs and provide crop insurance to farmers. Harvest Public Media's Jeremy Bernfeld share details on the changes to one of the largest spending measures congress passes.

Guest: 

  • Jeremy Bernfeld, multimedia editor for Harvest Public Media at KCUR
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Central Standard
12:55 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Tackling Sexual Assault On College Campuses

It’s been three years since the suicide of Sasha Menu Courey, a student at the University of Missouri. But revelations and questions have come to light in the last few weeks — allegations that Sasha had been raped by at least one fellow student, perhaps three members of the football team.

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Central Standard
10:21 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Super Bowl XLVIII: The Advertisement Showdown

Some watch the Super Bowl for the football. Others watch it for the multi-million dollar advertisements. Today we talk about the iconic cultural symbols presented in between the action on the field. Which ads resonated with audiences and which missed the mark?

Guests:

  • John January, SVP Executive Creative Director
  • J. Anthony Snorgrass, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Advertising, Branding and Strategic Media at Avila University
  • Nicole Melton, producer at Bic Media
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Central Standard
10:16 am
Tue February 4, 2014

From 70 To 75: Raising The Speed Limit In The Show-Me State

The Missouri Legislature has proposed a bill to increase the speed limit from 70 MPH to 75 MPH in non-urban areas. We talk about the safety risks and the benefits for Missouri residents.

Then KCUR community engagement reporter Alyson Raletz joins the conversation to share what listeners do to avoid getting speeding tickets from our series "Tell KCUR."

Guest:

  •  Daniel Niec, District Engineer for the Missouri Department of Transportation-KC District
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Central Standard
3:18 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Movie Critics: What Makes A 'Cult' Film?

Credit Edward D. Wood, Jr. / Wikimedia Commons - CC

From The Rocky Horror Picture Show to Monty Python and the Holy Grail to Eraserhead​, cult films seem to last forever.

But, what exactly is a cult film and what keeps them going? Which ones deserve to live in our memories and up on the big screen?

On Friday's Central Standard, Russ Simmons is joined by fellow movie critics, Thom Poe and Loey Lockerby to discuss what it takes to become a cult film and chat about the local venues that screen them.

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Central Standard
2:35 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Dyslexia: A Brain Difference That Can Be An Asset

Dyslexia affects nearly 20 percent of the population, effecting their ability to learn in the same way as the rest of the population. But, many individuals never get diagnosed.

On this episode of Central Standard we explore the science behind dyslexia, signs that you or a loved one may have this brain difference and how the proper accommodations and assistance can turn dyslexia into a life long asset.

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Central Standard
2:04 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

The Changing Face Of College Dorms

Colleges and universities serve several purposes: they are places to get credentials necessary for a career; they are  places to learn; they are homes. At a crucial time in their lives young adults live together, make memories, get in trouble and grow up.

On Wednesday's Central Standard, host Brian Ellison delves into campus housing  and how it's progressed over the last few decades, as students arrive with higher expectations and schools are trying to meet them.

We’ll also hear about new apartments catering to athletes at KU and other schools across the country.

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Central Standard
12:11 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

William S. Burroughs: A Man Of Many Vices

Burroughs would have been 100 years old this February.
Credit More Solomon / Creative Commons

Who was William S. Burroughs? Some remember him as a controversial Beat writer; others remember his illicit drug habits and the murder of his second wife.

On Tuesday's Central Standard, we talk about the life of the infamous man from St. Louis, Mo. who traveled around the world and later settled in Lawrence, Kan.

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Central Standard
8:55 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Redefining Marriage In The 21st Century

Today we are talking about tying the knot. How has marriage changed over the past 250 years?

Guests:   

  • Jennifer Frangos​, professor of English at UMKC
  • Jennifer Phegley, professor of English at UMKC
  • Jessica Halliday Hardie, professor of Sociology at UMKC
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Central Standard
1:51 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Food Critics: The Best Happy Hour In Kansas City

Credit Bob B. Brown / Flickr - CC

In Kansas City's days of old, enterprising bar owners would offer free food to workers heading home and craving a beer or whiskey. This food was usually very salty, encouraging the patrons to drink even more.

The term “happy hour” didn’t exist at this time, but a mix of food and drink has always been an intoxicating lure that nearly every restaurant offers.

On Friday’s Central Standard, Charles Ferruzza and fellow food critics Emily Farris, Mary Bloch, and Gloria Gale discuss the best happy hours in and around Kansas City.

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Education
9:28 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Philosophy Of The Mind And A Look Back At KC Currents

Central Standard explores the possibility of  emotions and thoughts being more than just a brain function. Is there more to being human than just our physical realm?

Also, we bid farewell to KC Currents and take a look at what's ahead for Central Standard.

Guests:

  • Susanna Rinard​, professor of philosophy at UMKC
  • Augustin Rayo, professor of philosophy at MIT
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Central Standard
2:23 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

How To Successfully Negotiate A Salary

As a job hunter, we all want that great salary that pays us what we’re worth. But sometimes that means doing things most of us are uncomfortable with, like negotiating with your boss.

A study from the National Bureau of Economic Research indicates that women make up only 2.5 percent of the nation’s highest salaries, in part because they often avoid negotiating for better pay.

Additionally, company budgets can limit what employers actually offer, and negotiating too aggressively can actually backfire. 

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Central Standard
9:37 am
Tue January 21, 2014

The Missouri Death Penalty Controversy And Voter ID In Kansas

Will Missouri inmates on death row face death by firing squad someday? After a recent debacle in a Ohio execution and shortages of lethal injection drugs, legislators are considering alternative methods.

Host Brian Ellison talks to death penalty opponents. Later, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach will discuss voter identification laws.   

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Central Standard
12:12 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Cash Money Crew: Identity Theft And Managing Your Credit Score

Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the United States. The Cash Money Crew is here to discuss what you should do in case your identity is stolen. Also, the Crew will cover how to manage your credit whether it's good, bad or even nonexistent. 

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Central Standard
1:32 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

4 Things To Know About North Kansas City

In 1869, North Kansas City didn't exist. It was all rural farmland north of the Missouri River. The one bridge in the scene is the Hannibal Bridge but was only accessible by freight cars.
Credit A. Ruger Merchant Liths. Co. / Madison, Wis., Ruger & Stoner - Wikimeida Commons

There’s a community of more than 4,000 people that sits barely two miles away from Kansas City’s Downtown. It has its own mayor and city agencies and a major hospital, and it’s more than a century old. We're talking about North Kansas City, all 4.4 square miles of it.

On Friday's Central Standard, Monroe Dodd chats with two longtime residents of the city about the history of this town-within-a-town.

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KC Currents
7:13 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Kansas City Dialect, Labeling Sustainable Foods, Quindaro Quilts

A quilt by Nedra Bonds at UMKC Miller Nichols Library.
Credit Laura Spencer / KCUR

What Does The Kansas City Dialect Sound Like?

There is a general myth that Midwesterners, or even Kansas Citians specifically, speak without an accent. But that is not the case. Linguistic distinctions in Midland speech exist, and have been changing, perhaps without us even noticing, over the past 50 years.

TALK: Understanding Regional Accents

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Agriculture
11:41 am
Thu January 16, 2014

How The Government Shaped What We Eat

Charles Wille, 1918. Charles Wille was sent to Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary for breaking the Oleomargarine laws.
National Archives, Records of the Bureau of Prisons

Try as we might, Americans can’t seem to get Uncle Sam out of our kitchens. Government policies have a hand in just about everything we buy, cook and eat. An exhibit at the National Archives in Kansas City puts all of this into focus. It’s called What’s Cooking Uncle Sam? The traveling exhibit was first shown in Washington DC and it chronicles the history of the government policies that effect the food we eat.

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KC Currents
10:01 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Do Kansas Citians Talk Funny?

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Is there such a thing as a Kansas City accent or dialect? Researchers at the University of Missouri are looking into it.

Whether you’re from here, or relocated from somewhere else, are there things you notice that only people from here seem to say?

On KCUR's news program KC Currents, we explore these questions and other research being conducted on regional accents.

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Central Standard
4:00 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Teaching Handwriting In The 21st Century

The Kansas Board of Education recently re-affirmed the teaching of cursive in Kansas schools. In this day and age, is this still an important skill or something that should fall by the wayside?

On today's Central Standard, Sylvia Maria-Gross discusses the how and the why behind teaching handwriting in schools.

Guest:

  • Kindel Turner Nash, Assistant Professor of Urban Teacher Education at UMKC
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Central Standard
4:00 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Nature In The City: Winter 2014

Scott tweeted us, "Here's a Red tailed hawk eating a Junco he took from my feeder."
Credit Scott G (gipsonwonds) / Twitter

It's winter, and with shorter days, bone-chilling temperatures and snow and ice, we typically stay indoors.

Many forgo their daily walk in with nature. And most of us figure that there’s not much nature to see anyway.

But what are we missing?

As it turns out, we are missing a whole lot. It’s that time again for Nature in the City, a quarterly look at the plants and animals in and around the metro.

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Education
1:00 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Consultants Propose ‘Non-Profit’ District For Kansas City Public Schools

A fifth grade classroom at James Elementary in Kansas City Public Schools. All schools would be turned over to non-profit management under CEE-Trust's proposal.
Credit Sylvia Maria Gross / KCUR

The education consulting group CEE-Trust (Cities for Education Entrepreneurship Trust) presented a proposal Monday afternoon to restructure Kansas City Public Schools. The consultants recommended a small, state-run district office which would set up and monitor a network of largely autonomous non-profit schools. 

These schools could be started and operated by current school administrators and teachers, local non-profits, or surrounding districts.

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Central Standard
3:52 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

The Science Behind Exercise And Goal-Setting

Halfway through January, and it's a time for a serious question. Are you going to bear down and get started on that new year’s commitment to regular exercise and healthy eating? Or are you going to let this year's goal lapse and be forgotten?

On Tuesday's Central Standard, Brian Ellison talks with an exercise scientist and a behavior modification expert helps us understand how we can change those habits and why we usually don’t. You can learn why for so many of us, the resolutions are already over.

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Central Standard
3:52 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Remembering An Up-and-Down Chiefs Season

The Kansas City Chiefs season came to a stumbling, stuttering end on Saturday, January 4th. Everyone knew it would not be an easy game, but watching a 28-point lead turn into a one-point loss – the second-biggest playoff choke by any team in NFL history.  It was also the Chiefs' 8th playoff loss in a row that some might say was a fitting end to a season that started as hopefully as any season could and then went into something of a tailspin.

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Central Standard
1:40 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Food Critics: Chicken Or The Egg?

From listener response, it seems the Kansas City metro is much more interested in the chicken than the egg.
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You’ve heard the question a million times: What came first, the chicken or the egg? The answer is complicated when you pose it to Kansas City diners who might choose fried chicken over an omelet or eggs benedict over chicken noodle soup.

On Friday’s Central Standard, Charles Ferruzza and fellow food critics, Gloria Gale, Chris Becicka, and Emily Farris consider the possibilities that both the chicken and the egg bring to restaurant menus, from fried livers to egg soufflé – and everything in between. 

Best Egg Dishes:

Eggs Benedict

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KC Currents
8:19 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Undocumented Youth, Concealed Carry, Alvin Sykes

Edher Palafox was co-captain of his football team at Shawnee Mission South High School in Overland Park, Kan.
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