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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KC Currents
9:12 am
Thu December 12, 2013

How Far Has Kansas City Come As A Tech Town?

The Home for Hackers in the Kansas City Startup Village welcomes tech developers from around the country to live rent free for three months and experiment with a gigabit internet connection.
Credit Sylvia Maria Gross / KCUR

Long before Google Fiber arrived in 2011, Kansas City has had a thriving technology sector, with cutting-edge companies like Cerner, Garmin and Sprint (whose roots go back to 1899 in Abilene, Kan.). Many of these companies have spawned other technology startups, which you can see on this impressive KC tech genealogy map.

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Central Standard
1:08 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

An Interview With Author Of 'The Undeserving Poor'

A homeless man in San Francisco's Chinatown.
Credit Creativity+ Timothy K Hamilton / Flickr -- Creative Commons

In 1989 Michael Katz wrote the first edition of The Undeserving Poor and changed the way we talk about and understand poverty. He directly addressed the question of who is responsible for the victims of poverty.

His recently revised second edition came out last month, numerous aspects of poverty have completely changed, while others have persisted and some have even expanded over the last two decades.

On Wednesday's Central Standard, we talk with Michael Katz about his work and some of the deepest challenges regarding poverty.

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Central Standard
10:37 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Superintendent Of Kansas City Public Schools Discusses Court Decision

This is the Missouri Supreme Court building where an important decision affecting KC Public Schools was made.
Credit Americasroof / Wikimedia Commons - CC

On Tuesday, the Missouri Supreme Court upheld the law that allows students in unaccredited districts to transfer at district expense to accredited schools in neighboring districts.

Kansas City Public School district Superintendent Stephen Green and the neighbors of the KCPS district are afraid that the impact will be detrimental.

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Central Standard
9:55 am
Tue December 10, 2013

A Look At What's Next As KC Chamber Checks Off Animal Health From Big 5 List

It’s been a little over two years since the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce announced its Big 5 goals – their plans for, as they said, “making Kansas City one of the greatest communities in America.”

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Central Standard
9:53 am
Tue December 10, 2013

WWI Museum Prepares For Centennial Commemoration

Off to the world's war aboard troopship, Boston Harbor, 1918-1919.
Credit Boston Public Library / Flickr -- Creative Commons

It was known as the Great War—or even The War to End All Wars, even though, of course, it didn’t. It did, however cost 9 million lives, devastated Europe and drew in all the world’s great powers of the day.

Next summer marks the 100th Anniversary of World War I. But how do you remember something that no one alive has first-person experience with?

The answer includes the hiring this month of new staff to head up the effort and start making plans and putting them into action.

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Performance
7:23 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Kansas City Ballet's New Director On 'The Nutcracker'

Dancer Angelina Sansone in this year's production of the Kansas City Ballet's Nutcracker.
Credit Photographer Steve Wilson for the Kansas City Ballet / Flickr -- Creative Commons

Each year in December, like many other companies, the Kansas City Ballet puts on a production of The Nutcracker.

But this year the Kansas City Ballet has a new leader at the artistic helm, Devon Carney.

Carney joins us to speak about this holiday classic and how he keeps it fresh for himself and the audience.

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Central Standard
7:19 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Missouri And Kansas Bid For Boeing 777x Plant

Artist rendering of the planned Boeing 777x.
Credit Boeing

In what is typically a very divided legislative hall, Missouri lawmakers submitted on Dec. 6, a overwhelmingly bipartisan proposal to offer aerospace company Boeing approximately $1.7 billion in incentives over the next 20 years if they were to locate their planned 777x plant in the state.

A contending proposal is also in the works in Kansas. Wichita Eagle reporter Molly McMillin joins us to help make sense of these proposals and what their impact could be.

Guest:

Molly McMillin, aviation reporter for the Wichita Eagle

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Central Standard
7:00 am
Mon December 9, 2013

How To Tell When You're Too Sick To Go To Work Or School

In addition to covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze the best thing you can do to limit risk of infection is to keep your hands away from you eyes, nose and mouth.
Credit FairFaxCounty / Flickr -- Creative Commons

Perhaps you feel a little warm, more tired than usual, congested and maybe even achy. At this point you might ask yourself is it worth it to go to work?

Or perhaps your child looks pale and complains of an upset stomach, do you let her or him stay home from school? If you decide to tough it out perhaps you wonder if you're putting others at risk by going to work or sending your child to school.

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Central Standard
10:43 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Movie Critics: What You Should See Right Now

Actor Jennifer Lawrence has found big success with the Hunger Games film franchise.
Credit Wikimedia Commons - CC

The Thanksgiving movie releases have provided us with a cornucopia of cinematic offerings to choose from. Do we have a lot to be thankful for or have we been served up a batch of celluloid turkeys?

On Friday's Central Standard, Russ Simmons and fellow movie critics, Marie Asner and Tom Poe, check out the current crop from Hollywood and abroad and let you know what's worth your time and money.

They'll also take a look at what’s right for the family audience and what fare is for adults only.

Movie Reviews (Out of 5 Stars)

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KC Currents
8:36 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Keeping Kids Safe And Engaged On School Buses

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 When a school bus crashes in Kansas City, parents begin wondering how safe school buses really are, and whether they should be required to have seat belts.

It turns out that school buses are by far the safest way to get children to and from school (even counting walking).

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KC Currents
8:33 am
Fri December 6, 2013

School Bus Innovations, Chocolate Me!, Sporting KC

Ernest Garner drives this school bus for Crabtree Transportation in the Belton School District.
Credit Sylvia Maria Gross / KCUR

Keeping Kids Safe And Engaged On School Buses

We discuss what it takes to be a school bus driver, how safe buses really are, and some innovative new programs to keep kids engaged while they're on the bus, and make the most of what’s usually down time.

Tell KCUR: Sporting KC Fans Get A Kick Out Of Connection To Team

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Central Standard
3:04 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Carla Wilson Named New UMKC Athletic Director

Carla Wilson was named UMKC's new athletic director this week. Her hiring is a landmark for women of color, as she is the only African-American woman who is an athletic director of a division 1 school that is not historically black.

Wilson is not new to UMKC, she's been there for 24 years, 16 of them in the athletic department. As a college student, she had a work study in the athletics department, and after earning her degree in accounting, she went on to work at UMKC and move up in the ranks. 

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Central Standard
2:53 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Concussions And Head Trauma In Contact Sports

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Several cases have been popping up in the news in which former NFL players are suing either the league, or their team organization, for injuries or disorders they have developed after retiring. They claim that the professional organizations that used to employ them are responsible for the health problems they are now experience.

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Central Standard
4:00 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

A Kansas City Musican's Year Building Family Home Off The Grid

The completed home built by the Bonny family.
Miles Bonny Flickr

Perhaps you’ve had dreams of a simple lifestyle, living in harmony with nature, off-the-grid. But, putting theory into practice is usually where many people lose interest. But musician Miles Bonny, his wife Jesse and their two young daughters did exactly that about one year ago.  They sold much of what they owned packed the rest into a small trailer and made for the high desert of northern New Mexico to build their own off–the-grid home. With no wired electricity, no plumbing, no wireless internet they crafted their own adobe home, with their own hands learning as they went.

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Central Standard
4:00 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Finding Peace And Managing Your Time

Time management is a constant struggle in many of our lives, so how do we take time to find that inner calm within us?

Host Bill Anderson talks with Bruce Liese about learning to live in the moment even while tackling a demanding schedule.

Guest:

  • Bruce Liese, Professor of Family Medicine at KU Medical Center

  

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Central Standard
2:35 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

The Shadowy World Of The Sisters In Crime

The mystery and crime genre used to be largely a male-dominated world, but now thanks to groups like Sisters in Crime, women have found their inner sinister voice.

Host Susan Wilson discusses the world of female mystery writers and their growing support network.

Guest:

  • Linda Rodriguez, President of the Border Crimes Chapter of the Sisters in Crime
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Central Standard
11:02 am
Mon November 25, 2013

The Complicated Treatment Of Sex Offenders

Jail time is frequently the end result for rapists and child molesters. However, groups like the Larned State Hospital feel that sex offenders are often victims of abuse  and need outside help.

Treatment programs have been designed to reduce the risk of re-offending, but does treatment work well enough to keep communities safe? What if a sex offender cannot be rehabilitated? Should we keep them “in treatment” forever even after their jail term has expired?

On Monday's Central Standard, host Susan Wilson examines the complicated world of sex offender justice.

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Central Standard
1:16 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Legends And Myths Of Kansas City

Did "Boss" Tom Pendergast bury his political enemies underneath Brush Creek concrete? Are there bullet holes still in Union Station from the Union Station Massacre? Is there any fact behind these fictions?

On Friday's Central Standard, host Monroe Dodd discusses some oft-told tales of Kansas City and determines whether any of them actually hold any water. 

Guest:

  • Dave Boutros, Assistant Director of the State Historical Society of Missouri Research Center
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Central Standard
10:40 am
Fri November 22, 2013

The History Of The Kansas City Streetcar

Credit ChrisM70 / Flickr -- Creative Commons

Kansas City, Mo., is well on its way to building a downtown streetcar line. In the works is a two-mile project from River Market to Union Station, and it's likely there will be more miles of track extending further into the city.

Kansas City once had more than 300 miles of streetcar track, one of the largest systems in America, but the city tore up the tracks or, in some cases, paved over it.

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KC Currents
5:06 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

KanCare, Heritage Turkeys, Janelle Monae

Heritage turkeys roam freely at Good Shepherds Poultry Ranch in Lindsborg, Kansas.
Credit Esther Honig / KCUR

KanCare Means Big Medicaid Cuts For Prairie Village Man

Finn Buller was born with a rare degenerative disease that has required a lot of complicated medical care including 24/7 in-home care. Now, as Kansas privatizes the state's Medicaid, Buller has found the services he depends on may be getting cut back.

Is KanCare Working?

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KC Currents
9:53 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Is KanCare Working?

Credit Christos Doulkeridis / Flickr--Creative Commons

At the beginning of the year, Kansas launched KanCare, the first fully privatized managed care system for delivering Medicaid coverage. It was introduced as a way to cut costs, but some people are finding the cost-cutting is coming at expense of services.

On KCUR's news program KC Currents we discussed how well KanCare is meeting its goals and what plans there are to address concerns. 

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Central Standard
2:32 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Explaining Kansas City's LGBT Equality Scores

The Human Rights Campaign recently released it’s second Municipal Equality Index. It rates 291 cities across the United States in terms of laws, policies, and services that positively impact the LGBT community. Perhaps the most striking things about the report was that Kansas City,  Mo., scored 100 out of 100, while Kansas City, Kan., scored zero.

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Central Standard
2:30 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

New Documentary Claims Missionaries Are Exporting Anti-Homosexual Values To Africa

Credit Roger Ross Williams / God Loves Uganda

A new film, now playing in Kansas City, makes a startling case – that American evangelicals, in the name of doing mission work, have triggered something in Africa that’s very different from prayer and worship and medical help for the needy. Instead, the film suggests, they’ve influenced governments and societies to discriminate against gay and lesbian people … or worse.

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Central Standard
2:10 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Parents, Kids And The Busy Schedule

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There was a time when being a kid did not involve needing a planner. Those days are long gone for many families in the new world of lessons, sports, classes, tutoring, clubs, church groups and academics. Many children have busier schedules than their parents, which means the parents’ schedules fill up, too.

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Central Standard
1:10 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Wyandotte County Buys T-Bones Baseball Stadium

Leaders of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kan., have announced plans to purchase and renovate Community America Ballpark – the home of the T-Bones – for $8 million. It would join a growing list of publicly subsidized sports venues. It's good news for baseball fans and  for the Village West shopping and entertainment area – but how should taxpayers feel?  Host Brian Ellison discusses the pros and cons behind the decision with two of the decision-makers behind the proposed purchase. Guests:

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Central Standard
2:24 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

An Interview With The Former U.S. Ambassador To Portugal, Allan Katz

Former U.S. Ambassador to Portugal, Allan Katz, (left) with Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta.
Credit Secretary of Defense / Flickr - CC

Allan Katz recently returned from foreign service as the U.S. Ambassador to Portugal to teach at his alma mater, UMKC. Katz was a friend of Barack Obama (before he became President Obama) which he says contributed to being chosen as the ambassador. President Obama nominated Katz in 2009, which was followed by what Katz says was a long, arduous process of congressional approval. Katz says there were difficult times of misunderstanding, such as the publication of Wikileaks, but that if given the opportunity he would serve again. 

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Central Standard
10:10 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Cash Money Crew: How To Prepare For Long-Term Care

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Even if we try to deny it, we can't escape getting older. Almost three-fourths of people who reach the age of 65 are going to need some kind of long-term care. So why is it that so few of us plan for those needs?

On Monday's Central Standard, Bill Anderson and the Cash Money Crew talk about how to prepare finances for old age and the possibility of needing long-term care. Plus, they explore the poor health of the long-term care insurance industry. 

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Central Standard Friday
10:00 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Food Critics: The Post-Thanksgiving Detox

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The great thing about the Thanksgiving feast is that the table is groaning with wonderful comfort foods and lots and lots of leftovers.

The less appealing thing about Thanksgiving is that 48 hours after the holiday, you’re sick of cold turkey sandwiches and re-heated mashed potatoes and you’re ready for something else to eat. 

On Friday’s Central Standard, Charles Ferruzza and fellow food critics, Emily Farris, Mary Bloch and Chris Becicka shared ideas for a post-holiday culinary detox, and took calls with listener suggestions. Below are their suggestions.

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KC Currents
5:33 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Should Entertainment Venues Encourage Cell Phone Use?

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Should entertainment venues, like theaters, sports arenas and music halls allow smartphone use?

More than 56 percent of Americans own smartphones and many use them at events like concerts and movies, or at least try to.

Rather than discourage or prevent their use, some venues in Kansas City are trying to take advantage of the new connectivity.

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Central Standard
12:54 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

The Practice Of Gender-Conscious Parenting

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Imagine your young son tells you he wants to play with Barbies. Or that he prefers a purple backpack to a blue one. Perhaps your little girl tells you she doesn’t want a doll for Christmas, but would prefer a monster truck. Would you be uncomfortable?

When raising a child, what gender choices do you make for your child, and what do you let them decide for themselves?  What defines a boy as a boy, or a girl as a girl?

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