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
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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Education
11:11 am
Wed November 13, 2013

The Problem Of Adult Bullying

In light of the recent NFL bullying scandal where Richie Incognito's inappropriate locker room behavior landed him in the national spotlight, we explore the reality of adult bullying.

We talk about how prevalent adult bullying is, as well as how important it is for managers and supervisors to enforce anti-bullying policies in their workplaces. 

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Central Standard
8:03 am
Tue November 12, 2013

What Can We Learn From Small Isolated Societies?

Dr. Jared Diamond
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On Tuesday's Central Standard, Author Jared Diamond talks about his newest bestseller, The World Until Yesterday: What We Can Learn From Traditional Societies. His book focuses on 40 small, isolated societies where just a few generations ago there was little to no contact with the outside world, and their medical care lacked the technological advances available in the Western world. 

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Central Standard
4:10 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Hotel Sorella Opens In West Plaza

Hotel Sorella rooftop in Houston
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General Manager, Robert Leyva, talks about the opening of luxury hotel, Hotel Sorella, job creation, and the development of the West Edge area. 

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Central Standard
9:29 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Bully Breed Bans In The Kansas City Metro

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Many of the communities around Kansas City have passed into law what some call "bully breed bans"—restrictions on specific breeds thought to be dangerous, like pit bulls and rottweilers. Kansas City does not have any bans, but the city does require all pit bulls to be spayed or neutered.

The following area communities do have pit bull bans:

• Independence, Mo.
• Leawood, Kan.
• Liberty, Mo.
• Marion, Kan.
• Overland Park, Kan.
• Platte City, Mo.
• Prairie Village, Kan.
• Roeland Park, Kan.
• Shawnee, Kan.

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KC Currents
11:11 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Slaughterhouse Shadows, Missouri Lobbying, Post Office Veterans' Display

Mumino Abdullahi, seated here with her family, is a 26-year-old Somali refugee who trains workers to debone, cut and pack chicken at the Tyson plant in Noel, Mo.
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Chasing The American Dream In Rural Kansas And Missouri

For many generations, meatpacking plants in Kansas City were a place where immigrants found a foothold in U.S. society. Now, these plants have moved to rural areas, and the children of immigrant and refugee workers face more challenges in getting an education and pursuing their dreams. Harvest Public Media asked young people in Noel, Mo. and Garden City, Kan. about their aspirations.

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Central Standard Friday
10:05 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Movie Critics: Depictions Of Slavery In Film

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The controversial new film 12 Years a Slave has been touted as the front runner for this year's Best Picture Oscar. It depicts the memoir of a free black man who was kidnapped into slavery.

While some are heralding it as an honest portrait of slavery, others complain that it's an exaggerated work of fiction.

What movies have dealt with depictions of slavery best and which ones have failed? And how has our narrative of slavery changed through cinematic history?

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KC Currents
10:05 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Children Of Immigrant Meatpackers Find Opportunities In Rural Areas

Binh Hua (left) and My Nguyen (right), both 18, are best friends, whose Vietnamese parents work at the Tyson beef plant. They finished high school in three years and are hoping to have associate degrees by next year.
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For many generations, meatpacking plants in Kansas City were a place where immigrants found a foothold in U.S. society. They worked difficult and dangerous jobs in those slaughterhouses, often with the hopes of securing a better future for their children.

In recent decades, meatpacking plants have continued to employ immigrants and refugees. But the plants have moved out of urban areas, and into rural towns, where there’s less of a support system for those immigrants and their children.

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Central Standard
12:11 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

The Clean Air Act 50 Years Later

Clean air, you’d think it would be a no brainer, but it took an act of Congress to make it a law. There are 20 coal power plants in Missouri, and they expose over 4.7 million people within a 30 mile radius, to their exhaust. In Kansas there are eight coal power plants.

It’s been almost 50 years since the Clean Air Act was made into law, and the way the public views clean air has radically changed from then to now. Stephen Steigman hosts this discussion on the changing culture of environmental protection.

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Central Standard
12:05 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

The Pros And Cons of Small-Town Life

The idea of small-town living has long been thought of as the idyllic American Dream. It's a place in our imaginations where everyone waves and smiles at you. A place where everyone knows your name. But what are the realities of small-town life? Is it really all it's cracked up to be?

Host Stephen Steigman looks into Overbrook, Kan., a town 40 minutes southwest of Lawrence. Their motto? "Don't Overlook Overbrook."

Guest: Rick Montgomery, reporter for the Kansas City Star

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Central Standard
9:37 am
Wed November 6, 2013

The Minimum Wage Debate And The Legacy Of E. Grey Dimond

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Working two jobs, for a total of 60 hours a week, at federal minimum wage, you would bring home roughly $22,600 a year. That’s almost one thousand dollars under the federal poverty level for a family of four.

On today's Central Standard, Brian Ellison talks with two economists who have differing views on minimum wage. How much does raising minimum wage hurt businesses, but how much could it improve the lives of those working at minimum wage?

We also look back on the life of E. Grey Dimond, founder of the UMKC school of medicine, with some of his former colleagues.

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Central Standard
8:53 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Should Sperm Donors Be Required To Pay Child Support?

A case in Kansas will have jurors deciding whether a sperm donor should have to pay child support.
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A few years ago, a lesbian couple in Kansas posted an ad to Craigslist asking a man to donate sperm so they could have a child. William Marotta responded, refused their offer of $50, and signed over his sperm.

The couple gave birth to a child, however,  when the child started receiving state aid, Marotta found himself being sued by the state for thousands in child support.

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Central Standard
4:24 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Groups Organize Counter-Protest In Response To Neo-Nazi Rally

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The National Socialist Movement has scheduled a rally November 9 in Kansas City at the Jackson County Courthouse. The group calls itself a white civil rights organization, whereas watchdog organizations uniformly call it a hate group that is racist, anti-Semitic and dangerous.

Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center says that extremist groups have been growing since the start of the recession in 2008. He claims that in 2008 there were 149 extremist groups, whereas as currently there are over 1000. 

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Central Standard
9:34 am
Tue November 5, 2013

3 Tips For Better Work-Life Balance

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We live in a wired, digital world where our work is as portable as a smartphone or tablet. It’s tempting to check our email or reply to a message when we should be more focused on ‘living in the moment.' For many people, the work week is stretched far beyond the typical 40-hours per week. But in a fast-paced work environment, how does one rationalize between putting food on the table, and still being able to enjoy life?

What is balance?

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Central Standard Friday
2:24 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Food Critics: The Best Soup In Kansas City

This is some delicious-looking pho from Pho Hoa in Kansas City, MO.
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A rich, flavorful broth with hardy vegetables can go a long way to raising your spirits. And a hearty soup like a stew or a bowl of Vietnamese pho can actually serve as a meal. In the Depression, home cooks discovered starting a meal with soup took the edge off of hunger so they could serve a more modest entrée. But no matter how you serve soup, it ranks as one of the best dishes ever for surviving cold weather, providing comfortable relief for the common cold, and eating your vegetables.

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KC Currents
4:01 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

West Bottoms Future, Zombie Queen, Haunted Creepys

The Zombie Queen walks on stilts for Kansas City's annual Zombie Walk.
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How Haunted Houses Helped Develop The West Bottoms

In the weeks leading up to Halloween, thousands of people flocked to the historic West Bottoms neighborhood to tour Kansas City’s haunted houses. And while these houses are known as some of the oldest and most terrifying attractions in the country, you might not know that they’ve also been major contributors to the development of the former stockyards district. But not everyone thinks they should be part of the future of the West Bottoms.

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People
2:41 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

The Celebrities Buried In Kansas City Cemeteries

The tombstone of Charlie "Bird" Parker buried in Lincoln Cemetery.
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Do the ghosts of Jesse James, Cole Younger, and Annie Chambers still haunt us? What about the apparitions of Carrie Nation and Tom Pendergast?

These folks all have one thing in common — they're all buried right here in Kansas City. So, for a brief moment, let's resurrect these long-slumbering souls and explore the fascinating lives of some of Kansas City's famous dead:

Goodman Ace (1899-1982) and Jane Ace (1900-1974)

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KC Currents
7:25 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

What Should The West Bottoms Look Like?

The Union Depot was Kansas City's original train station, located in the West Bottoms. The building was torn down in 1915.
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The West Bottoms is an industrial area directly west of downtown Kansas City, located at the confluence of the Kansas and Missouri Rivers.  It is one of the oldest areas of the city, and the original home of two of the region's key industries: beef and railroads.

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Central Standard
2:00 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

3 Things You Should Know About Marketing To Millennials

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Millennials, those born between 1980 and 2000, are increasing their economic presence and power. Companies are investing in research to understand this group, which makes up 25 percent of the U.S. population. There might be a lot we still don't know about this significant segment of society, but according to our experts, here's what we do know:

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Central Standard
8:32 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Using Music As Therapy

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Music therapy has been a growing form of complementary medicine for the past 50 years. Studies have shown music therapy can help with everything from Alzheimer’s to depression to developmental disorders and even cancer treatment. 

We invited three local music therapists to speak about local and national research being conducted, as well as their own experience in using vocal and instrumental music in a patient's treatment and recovery process. 

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Central Standard
2:03 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Boulevard Brewery Founder John McDonald Discusses Exit Strategy

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Boulevard Brewery grew from humble beginnings to be ranked 12th in the nation for craft beer companies. The Kansas City favorite announced October 17 that it had been sold to a 142-year old Belgian company called Duvel Moortgat Brewery.

When Boulevard Brewery founder John McDonald started his micro-brewery 24 years ago, he wasn't even thinking of an exit plan. His original business plan included 7,000 barrels per year and seven employees. He now produces 190,000 barrels and has 125 employees.

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KC Currents
11:31 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Youth Mental Health, Chiefs Windfall, Meet The Penguins

Penguins in the cold temperature section of the new exhibit at the Kansas City Zoo.
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Bistate Conversation About Youth Mental Health

Earlier this year, President Barack Obama called for a national conversation on mental health. Kansas City was chosen as one of ten cities to host a dialog in a program called Creating Community Solutions. On Saturday,  September 21,  two mayors and some 360 participants spent the day discussing how to improve mental health in metro Kansas City, particularly among young people. Hear voices of young people at the event.

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KC Currents
9:52 am
Thu October 24, 2013

How Do We Improve Youth Mental Health?

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For many of us, our teen and young adult years can be some of the hardest years of our lives. Just as dramatic physical and hormonal changes occur, so do questions about identity, belonging, autonomy and purpose.

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Central Standard
10:00 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Creating Unique Halloween Costumes

One important lesson for picking the perfect costume is to use things you already have available--like a pregnant belly!
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Halloween isn’t just about the candy anymore. In some circles, it has become a creativity contest for adults and young people alike. With Halloween just around the corner, have you picked out your costume? Will you go for scary or sexy? Political or ironic? Classic or current? 

Host Elizabeth Alex talks with a local costume designer and a thrift store fashionista about how to construct your own home-made costume without going over-budget. And how to dress to impress this Halloween.

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Central Standard
10:00 am
Wed October 23, 2013

The Nigro Brothers: Auctioneers For Charity

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The Nigro Brothers have been fixtures of philanthropy in Kansas City for the last 30 years. They perform around 140 auctions and manage to raise $6 million a year.

From a charity perspective, they are a surefire way to raise lots of money and what is their fee for auctioneering? Absolutely nothing. The Nigro Brothers perform masterful auctioneering purely for the charity.

Host Elizabeth Alex chats with the Nigro Brothers about how they got into the auctioneering game and how they continue to perfect their skills.

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Central Standard
10:00 am
Tue October 22, 2013

The Connection Between Sexual Assault And Online Bullying

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Sexual assault used to be such a taboo issue that it wasn’t even covered by the media. Those affected by sexual assault would often hide in shame, but as it has becomes more public, young people are flocking to their Facebook and Twitter accounts to call names and take sides.

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Central Standard
10:00 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Cash Money Crew: Exploring The Myths of Financial Planning

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October is Financial Planning Month, so it's as good a time as any to start thinking about your financial future. However, when you start really digging deep, you might find lots of information and advice. How do you know who to trust? Who is the most reliable?

Bill Anderson and the Cash Money Crew examines some of these so called "Rules of Thumb" for financial planning and determine what advice is actually useful.

Here are some "Rules of Thumb" which may need to be given a second look:

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