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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4:00 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Chief Nation Plans For The Season Ahead

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The Kansas City Chiefs suffered a number of challenges last season both on field, finishing last place in the NFL, and off the field, with the murder suicide of Kasandra Perkins and Jovan Belcher.  Management has turned a new page hiring coach Andy Reid to set a new tone.  But, can a team who has seen such hardship transform itself in one season?  

Kansas City Chiefs President, Mark Donovan, believes the expectation is very high from the fan base, but right now he just wants to focus on Jacksonville and coming back 1-0. 

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1:54 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Micro-Lending Around The World

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Micro-loans are becoming something of a trend now. Anyone can loan as little as $25 to $50 to someone across the globe they've never met. Bob Harris, a man who saw poverty in the world and pledged to himself to do something about it. 


Oftentimes these loans go to small businessman and businesswomen who need the money to get started or finish a project.  For instance, an individual may need a small loan to open up a new shop, or buy capital for a business they want to start, but they simply don't have the money.

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8:56 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Should Midtown Have A Public Elementary School?

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  Oftentimes, a neighborhood is formed around a school. A school can be much more than a place where our children go Monday through Friday, but rather it becomes a community space for all. However, when this community space does not exist in a neighborhood, families either have to deal with the inconveniences, or take matters into their own hands to create a school in their neighborhood. 

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Central Standard
12:37 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

New Islamic Art Exhibit At The Nelson

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When we hear about the Middle East and the cradle of Islam, many will no doubt think of news or politics-- about a war  in Syria or civil unrest in Egypt. But that would be only a partial picture. There are major cultural and artistic elements that have been created within the region.

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Central Standard
5:17 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

The Impact Of Latin American Music

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Coming from dozens of countries, from Mexico and the Caribbean in the north to Brazil and Argentena in South America, Latin American identity encompasses a variety of cultures, backgrounds, stories, traditions, and, of course, music. The diversity can be heard in every measure, as each artist brings not only their own personal style, but also their Latino ancestry to the lyrics, melodies and rhythms of music.

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Central Standard
10:19 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Suicide And The Digital Afterlife

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Whenever a loved one dies, those left behind suffer for that loss, but when that loved one chose to take his or her own life, how do friends and family recover?  In 2009 deaths from suicide surpassed those in motor vehicle accidents. There were more than 30,000 that year.  And in a society that lives much of its life online through social media, what happens to one’s digital self after suicide? Is it acceptable to “defriend the dead,” or is social media a good way for us to cope with the loss of our loved ones?

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Central Standard Friday
9:38 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Food Critics: The Best Take-Out And Delivery

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You get home, you're dog tired, and the thought of looking for ingredients, digging through your fridge and combining them into a meal is just too much to bare. So you pick up a phone, but who you gonna call?

Charles Ferruzza and the food critics search for the best places that will deliver their meals right to your doorstep or allow you to simply take them directly from their kitchen.

Delivery:

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Central Standard
1:32 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Meet The Buskers

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So, a fire-eater, juggler, and a comedy-hypnotist-cowboy all walk into a radio studio. On the program today, there was a merry band of street performers also known as buskers.

Essentially, they make their money by doing a live, audience-interactive performance, followed by passing a hat around in order to collect a profit. It's an incredibly risky pursuit, but those who can make a living at it, get much more than just money in return. 

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11:52 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Royals In The Play-offs?

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It's nearly September, and the Royals have won more games than they've lost. This might seem like a minor achievement, but here in Kansas City, this is a huge deal. We haven't had a winning season since 2003 and before that, 1994.  An entire generation of baseball fans have not seen the Royals do well. To put this into perspective, Eric Hosmer, the Royals' first baseman is 23 years old. He was born in 1989, a full 4 years after the Royals last made the play-offs (and went on to win the World Series).

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5:19 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Cash Money Crew: Launching A Small Business

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Have you considered taking that passion or that one great idea and turning it into a living? Starting a small business is one of the riskiest things you can do.  Over 627,000 new small businesses were created last year, but only about half of those make it past the 5-year mark. So, why do people continue to take the plunge

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3:47 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

The Precarious State of Space Exploration And The Sale Of The Washington Post

An artists rendering of NASA's still developing Space Launch System (SLS). If completed it will be able to haul more payload into space.
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The Washington Post's Joel Achenbach joins Central Standard to discuss the precarious state of space exploration and the recent purchase of the Post by Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.com.

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12:08 am
Tue August 20, 2013

What Do We Know Of Jesus' Life?

How would you investigate what one itinerant, unemployed Jewish man's life was like 2,000 years ago?  The record keeping wasn't so great, there's not even microfiche to consult.  It turns out there is a historical evidence to suggest that parts of the biblical account of Jesus' life are highly speculative.  Dr. Reza Aslan joins us to discuss what it is we can know and speculate about Jesus and the social, political and physical environment in which he lived.

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Central Standard Friday
8:39 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Film Critics: Real Life On The Screen

Fruitvale Station was released on July 26 and depicts the life of Oscar Grant who was shot and killed by a BART police officer in 2009.
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For more than a century writers and directors have based films on real life events. From the life of Thomas Edison to the battle of Gettysburg — actual events and real-life stories often make the best films.

Friday on Central Standard movie critics Russ Simmons, Loey Lockerby and John Tibbets share reviews of movies out right now, plus they'll discuss how Hollywood handles real-life events. When is making a film too soon after the event? When has Hollywood gotten it right, and when have they gotten it wrong?

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6:24 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

The Rewards And Challenges Of Breastfeeding

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The CDC has good news, 76.5 percent of U.S. infants start out being breastfed. Yet, only about 27 percent of mothers breastfeed for the recommended twelve month period.

What barriers are keeping women from breastfeeding? What medicines, foods, and environments should a breastfeeding mother avoid ? And what are the positive health benefits of breastfeeding to the mother and newborn?

We discuss this and look at the changing laws that will impact breastfeeding mothers, and look at the ins and outs of breastfeeding.

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5:07 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Back To School With KCMO And Shawnee Mission Superintendents

Jim Hinson and Stephen Green (L to R)
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Budgets, common core, accreditation and aspirations for the year will be some of the topics of our conversation.  Superintendents Jim Hinson from the Shawnee Mission School District and Stephen Green from Kansas City Public Schools  join in a discussion of the pressing issues facing our schools and taking questions and comments from the community.

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Central Standard Friday
4:00 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Food Critics: Eating In The Suburbs

This is inside a Liberty, MO McDonald's.
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For many years, Kansas City’s primary restaurant spots were downtown and the Country Club Plaza. But times have changed. And over the last 30 years, the destinations for good eating have expanded to include most of the outlying suburban cities – from Prairie Village to Lee’s Summit and Liberty to Martin City. Kansas City diners can hop in the car and travel anywhere in the metro to find unexpected culinary treasures.

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9:20 am
Thu August 8, 2013

The Fascinating Fates Of 4 Famous Corpses

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When most of us think about death, we assume our bodies will take the traditional route of being cremated or buried. This is not always the case, as author Bess Lovejoy points out in her new book, Rest In Pieces released in March 2013. 

On this encore edition of Central Standard, host Suzanne Hogan talks with Lovejoy about the journeys famous corpses took before being laid to rest, because not every story ends with a death.

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4:00 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Narcissistic Personality Disorder

This is a painting of the most famous narcissist, Narcissus by Michelangelo Caravaggio
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Narcissism is a word that gets thrown around a lot these days. It's often a self-diagnosed condition, or people refer to others as narcissistic when they are merely being selfish.

Today on Central Standard, Host Bill Anderson talks with Dr. Bruce Liese, Professor of Family Medicine at the KU Medical Center, about the destructive behaviors that make relationships difficult. We'll also explore  arrogance, and the ways in which you can cope with a narcissist at home or at work.

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9:20 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Five Stories Behind KC Neighborhoods And Parks

Loose Park in the summer.
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Ever wonder how neighborhoods and parks around the city got their names? Host Monroe Dodd was back during Friday's show with a panel of guests to tell the stories behind the names of public spaces and communities in Kansas City.

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12:46 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Artists Combat Gun Violence With Creativity

One of the posters produced through the Artists for Life Project by artists from the group The Light in the Other Room.
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This hour on Central Standard, we talked with Darryl Chamberlain, Martice Smith and George Mayfield of Artists for Life, a coalition of African American artists who hope to raise awareness about handgun violence with their work in Kansas City.

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8:39 am
Thu August 1, 2013

The History And Future Of Drive-Ins

The Beverly Drive-In in Mississippi, featured in April Wright's documentary.
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Drive-in movie theaters were once a staple of American popular culture, but over the decades, they've been closing across the country. Kansas City, however, seems to be an epicenter for the disappearing relic across the rest of the United States - we've got three.

This hour, filmmaker and director April Wright joined us from Los Angeles to talk about her documentary Going Attractions, which covers the history and future of drive-ins. Wright spent seven years putting the film together, and she visited almost every state in the process.

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Central Standard
6:29 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

MLS All-Star Game Gives Kansas City A Fever Pitch

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Wednesday is the 18th Major League Soccer All-Star Game and it will pit the best that MLS has against Italy’s AS Roma team.  All of this will happen right here in Kansas City.

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7:19 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

How The Kindness Of Strangers Changes Lives

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Has a stranger ever helped you in a moment of need or brightened your day with a a small interaction that you can't forget?  Have you ever been that stranger to somebody else?

Central Standard explores why someone might be kind when they have nothing to gain in return and what impact that can have on people's lives and the world. Our guests include Suzy Hall, co-organizer of Kinder KC and Dr. James Doty, director for Center for Compassion and Altruism Research Education (CCARE).

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Central Standard Friday
9:24 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Food Critics: Chilled Dishes

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When the thermometer soars past 90 degrees, the idea of a hot meal sounds a lot less alluring than a bowl of cool fruit salad. They say that spicy food can actually cool you down, and if you’re sweating before you even pick up a fork – perhaps you’re willing to try anything?

On today’s edition of Central Standard, we beat the summer heat by taking a culinary tour into Coolsville: icy salads, chilled soups, glacial goodies, Siberian sandwiches, and frozen desserts.

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5:44 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

A New Portrait Of Karl Marx

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Writer Jonathan Sperber, History Professor at MU and Author of Karl Marx: A Nineteenth Century Life, reveals a new and nuanced portrait of the man who introduced the world to an entirely new way of organizing society and the economy.  Sperber approaches the life of Marx with curiosity, exploring how the historical, political, social and economic environment shaped a man who who has been revered and despised.

Sperber will be at the Kansas City Public Library's Central Branch on Thursday, July 25, 2013 at 6:30pm to discuss his work.

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5:26 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

The Man Who Helped Put America On Everest

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When Nawang Gombu reached the top of Mount Everest, he was only 17 years old. Many people talk about the beauty and the majesty of seeing the world beneath your feet. But, his first thought was, “How do I get down?” Film maker and former Kansas City television reporter, Bev Chapman,  who recently completed a documentary on Gombu, shares the story of this extraordinary man.  Nawang's inspiring story begins when he escaped from a Buddhist monastery when he was only 11. Punishments were very strict for children who didn’t excel academically, so Gombu felt he had no choice but to escape.

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6:16 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Cash Money Crew: Interest Rates And How They Affect You

Historical 5 year nominal treasury rates (July 2005 to July 2013)
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When people say interest rates are at historic lows what does that even mean and more importantly what are the implications for our daily lives and in the long term? The Cash Money Crew with Alex Petrovic, of Petrovic services; David Jackson, from Waddell & Reed; and ​Lucas Bucl of KHC Wealth Managment, help us make sense of these questions and address how you can save when traditional instruments of savings are impacted by these low interest rates.

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6:11 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Title IX's Impact Far And Wide But Complete Equality Is Still Elusive

A field hockey team after Title IX, 1977. One of the players is identified as Terri Dean.
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In the early summer of 1972 President Nixon signed into law a piece of legislation that changed the way America plays sports. It is one of the most socially impacting pieces of legislation in modern history, transforming the lives of millions of women, empowering over 900% more girls to participate in High School sports and over 450% more women to participate in College athletics between 1971 and 2006.

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Central Standard Friday
10:09 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Movie Critics: Special Effects

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Current movie hits like “Pacific Rim” and “Despicable Me 2” are loaded with computer generated imagery (CGI).

But did you know that Kansas City has become something of a hub for computer animation that finds its way to Hollywood? On today's Central Standard,  host Russ Simmons will talk with fellow film critics Marie Asner and Eric Melin as well as Jim Lammers from Trinity Animation and Bruce Branit from Branit FX about their contributions to some of your favorite movies and TV shows.

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6:00 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Demystifying Nudists

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We're born naked, but somewhere along the way we adopt cultural practicality and shame with our bare bodies in public. There are a number of misconceptions about people who find liberation and fulfillment in sharing space naked with others.  Guests Nicky Hoffman, Co-Owner of The Naturist Society and editor of N Magazine as well as Scot, a member of the  Heartland Naturist, join Central Standard to help explore these questions and give us a more complete picture of nudists and their lifestyle.

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