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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Missouri inmate Michael Taylor is scheduled to be executed just after midnight on Wednesday. Pentobarbital from an unnamed compounding pharmacy will be used.

Taylor's attorneys are concerned that the drug may cause his client unnecessary suffering because the anonymous pharmacy cannot be checked for legitimacy and any previous violations. By law, compounding pharmacies that supply lethal injection formulas in Missouri are allowed to remain anonymous.

How do we define ourselves, Kansas City? Are we a community made of rich and poor, black and white? Are we defined and divided by the languages we speak at home? Do neighborhoods, suburbs or rural communities signify who we are?

On today's Central Standard, we’ll explore the ways our communities have changed and are changing. Also, we'll talk about the lines that separate and unite us as the beginning of a longer conversation between KCUR and the greater Kansas City about borders and boundaries.

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On Friday's edition of Central Standard, Charles Ferruzza and Food Critics Mary Bloch, Chris Becicka and Emily Farris discuss some of Kansas City's newest restaurants. And then the food critics locate the best places for sausage in and around Kansas City, with the help of listeners. From kielbasa to bratwurst to chorizo, Kansas City has it covered.

The Critics' Picks: Sausage

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A prisoner on death row, for a decade, prepares to die. But, then something goes wrong on the morning that's supposed to be his last - the lethal injection is not lethal. That's the premise of the production, When I Come to Die, at the Kansas City Repertory Theatre.

We’re supposed to spend a third of our day sleeping, but often we fall short. And at times when we are lucky enough to sleep, it can be filled with thrilling or tormenting dreams. On today's Central Standard we look at sleep and dreams. We explore how to get to sleep, stay asleep and what your dreams can be saying about your emotional state.

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Imagine waking up in pain, imagine every motion leading to discomfort, and even if you’re able to avoid movement the weather changes and pain comes again. For many people this can be a daily reality. Arthritis — the wearing down of the soft tissues around our bones — is actually something we all will have to confront, to varying degrees, as we age. But it’s not just a disease of growing older, children and young adults can suffer from the disease as well.

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The intensity of winter weather, both around Kansas City and nationally has put a strain on the supply of salt available to cities both near and far. Under the rich soil of Kansas there are hundreds of miles of salt veins where many cities get their salt. On today's Central Standard we'll take you down to one mine to the front lines of a national salt shortage playing out in our backyard.

Guests:

  • Frank Morris, KCUR national correspondent and senior editor
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Tax season is upon us, so it's time to rummage through those shoe boxes of old receipts, dig up W-2 forms and file your 2013 return.

The Cash Money Crew is here to guide you through the process, including changes to be aware of and tips for a smoother tax return season in 2014. Later, we discuss the changing realities of retirement and how to prepare for it.

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Long before the foundation of Oklahoma Joe's was laid or even the first oxen left Kansas City on the Santa Fe Trail, thousands of distinct people called the confluence of the Kansas and Missouri rivers home. In fact, the history of human settlement goes back over 13,000 years to when mastodons roamed where cows now graze. The Kansas City area was home to Clovis peoples and later many more Native Americans, who either called the area home or were pushed here by white colonists.  Their legacy reverberates around the communities of Shawnee, Wyandotte and others.

The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, began on Feb. 7 and the world has been enthralled with the incredible athleticism displayed at the games.

Today we talk with professional runner Amy Mortimer, who placed ninth at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials. Later, we discuss what it takes for Olympians to train and compete in extreme winter conditions.

Also, KCUR reporter Laura Ziegler talks about the public's reactions to the Olympic games with this week's Tell KCUR. Finally, we explore what's at stake for Russia in hosting these games.

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Kansas City was selected as the first place in the country to receive Google Fiber. Now that fiber networks have been established in the many communities in the metropolitan area, users have experienced internet connection that is 100 times faster than typical broadband speeds.

As Google Fiber and other fiber networks expand to other cities we explore how well Kansas City is capitalizing on it's head start and where it might be falling short. 

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Lawrence, Kan., is known as the place where famed Beat poet William S. Burroughs lived out his final days. But it was also the home to another of America’s greatest writers: Langston Hughes.

The dairy farm has been a staple of the idea of the American farm, but approximately 2,500 smaller dairy farms in Missouri have closed shop, unable to compete with larger operations. 

Now, according to Missouri State Representative Casey Guernsey, 60 percent of Missouri's milk is imported because of the decreasing number of local dairy farms.

The Kansas City Dating Scene

Feb 10, 2014

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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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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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.

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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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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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

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.

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

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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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.

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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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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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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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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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.

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

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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