Monica Sandreczki

KC Currents Intern

Monica Sandreczki is the current intern for KC Currents and the KCUR health reporter, Elana Gordon. Though a Kansas City native, she received a bachelor's degree in Intercultural Studies and French with a minor in philosophy from Houghton College, in the hamlet of Houghton, NY. There, she worked in the newsroom of the Houghton Star for four years. After spending a year at an international school in the French Alps, she interned for New Letters on the Air, a literary radio program based in Kansas City, during the summer of 2012.

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Maryville Rape Case
7:39 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Maryville Rape Prosecutor Contradicts Earlier Statement

Credit Peggy Lowe / KCUR

A Missouri county prosecutor under fire for dropping charges in a controversial rape case is blaming the failure on the victims’ refusal to testify, contradicting an earlier statement.

Nodaway County prosecutor Robert Rice issued a press release Tuesday, defending his actions on insufficient evidence because “the state's witnesses refused to cooperate and invoked their Fifth Amendment privilege to not testify.”

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Up to Date
4:00 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

What's Showing In Independent, Foreign & Documentary Film, Oct. 4 - 7

Marcia Gay Harden and Zac Efron play a nurse and doctor attending to President Kennedy in 'Parkland.'

A playboy weighs his expectations of love against his relationship to pornography, a voice coach competes to make it big doing voice-overs, plus a hospital staff endures the chaotic hours at Dallas' Parkland Hospital the day John F. Kennedy was assassinated.

On Friday's Up to Date, our indie, foreign and documentary film critics take a look at the films playing on the silver screen in Kansas City this week.

Films critics Steve Walker and Bob Butler join us to review the latest movies to hit local screens.

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KC Currents
12:16 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Answering Questions On Kan. And Mo.'s New Health Insurance Marketplaces

Credit Creative Commons

Whether or not you agree with the Affordable Care Act politically, you might be wondering what your health insurance options will be under this new law, particularly if you don't get insurance from your employer.

Jessica Hembree, program officer at the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City, and Sandy Praeger, Kansas insurance commissioner, join us to answer questions about the new health insurance marketplaces in Kansas and Missouri. 

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Up to Date
11:18 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Sen. Claire McCaskill On The Government Shutdown

Senator Claire McCaskill, D-MO, speaks to gasoline prices outside a K.C. Shell station.
Credit Dan Verbeck / KCUR

Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill has spoken out against Sen. Ted Cruz's filibuster opposing a healthcare reform bill. 

On Wednesday's Up to Date, McCaskill joins Steve Kraske to talk about Sen. Cruz's filibuster, the latest developments on the government shutdown and its effects on Missouri voters. 

Guest:

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KC Currents
12:05 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Your Guide To The Kansas City Charter Review

Kansas City is known as a “weak mayor” town. That’s no slight on Mayor Sly James, it’s the way the city charter sets up our government, where the mayor is a glorified city council member, and the city manager really runs the town. It's also called a council-manager system.

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Education
7:34 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Kansas City School District Scraps Plan For Waldo Wal-Mart

The Kansas City School board sided with many in the community and turned down a proposal to put in a Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market in Waldo.

A crowd of 125 people gathered at Southwest Early College Campus for a town hall.  Cheers came after the school board vice-chair Crispin Rea announced the board’s decision against the grocery store.

Wal-Marts plan included knocking down Bingham Middle School, building the new store, and parking.  Other plans included green space and a soccer field.

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KC Currents
10:03 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Kansas City Retro Soul And Funk Compilation Released

Songwriter and musician, Lee Harris. Three of Harris' songs are featured on "The Forte Label."
Credit University of Missouri-Kansas City Libraries, Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Department of Special Collections

This month, the Chicago-based Numero Group released a compilation of funk and soul songs originally put out by Kansas City record label, Forte, in the late 1960s and '70s —  Eccentric Soul: The Forte Label came out this week on vinyl and CD.

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KC Currents
12:58 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Uzazi Village, Self-Realization Fellowship, Medicine Museum

Sherry Payne, Executive Director of Uzazi Village, works to address infant and maternal health inequalities, especially in Kansas City's African-American community.
Credit Monica Sandreczki / KCUR
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KC Currents
1:06 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

KC Group Fights Breast-Feeding Disparities With Education, Support

Sherry Payne, Executive Director of Uzazi Village, aims to address infant and maternal health inequalities, especially in Kansas City's African-American community. She has been a nurse for 12 years and is studying to become a midwife.
Credit Monica Sandreczki / KCUR

It’s widely accepted that breast-feeding is the best way to feed an infant. But in some communities, breast-feeding has fallen out of favor. Nationally, only about 60 percent of African-American women attempt to nurse their babies. And many of them stop within the first three months. But breast-fed babies are less likely to die of SIDS or develop asthma and obesity later in life — health issues that occur most often in African-Americans. In Kansas City, Mo.

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KC Currents
4:44 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

4 Things You Should Know About The KCI Decision

Terminals B and C at KCI. One possible plan is to combine all of the terminals into a single one.
Julie Denesha KCUR

Dave Helling of the Kansas City Star has been covering the potential overhaul of KCI. KCUR’s Susan Wilson sat down with Helling and had these four takeaways:

1. Taxpayers will not bear the weight of the $1.2 billion price tag.

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KC Currents
4:37 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

KCPS Achievement, Black Israelites, Kosher BBQ

Travelers waiting for a flight at KCI.
Credit Julie Denesha / KCUR

 

Kansas City School District Celebrates Good Evaluation

On Friday morning at Paseo Academy, Kansas City Public Schools Superintendent Stephen Green made a big announcement about the district's accreditation status.  It had leaped more than 40 points in the new state assessment system. KCUR’s Maria Carter was there and talked to us about what happened.

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KC Currents
1:06 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

What Royster's Case Tells Us About Voter Fraud In Kansas City

In June, a Kansas City couple pleaded guilty to voter fraud in the 2010 Democratic primary. Even in a low-turnout primary for a state legislature seat, two votes would normally be a drop in a bucket. But in this race, John Joseph Rizzo defeated Will Royster by a margin of one vote. Rizzo went on to win the election and was re-elected to the seat in 2012. The couple voted in a district where they didn’t live and are Rizzo’s aunt and uncle, which further complicated the situation.

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KC Currents
12:38 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Mo. Voter Fraud, Operation Breakthrough, KC Creative Couples

Zhou Long and Chen Yi have taught for more than a decade at the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance in Kansas City, Mo.
Credit Julie Denesha / KCUR
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KC Currents
1:59 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Kansas City Museum, Oz Memorabilia, KC Creative Couples

The Kansas City Museum has been the subject of controversy since Union Station management fired the museum director.
Credit Susan B. Wilson / KCUR

Union Station Issues Statement On Museum Agreement With City

It came as a shock to a lot of people when Kansas City Museum director Christopher Leitch was let go last month by the management of Union Station. The two institutions merged back in 2000, but have had a rocky relationship ever since.  And now it’s really unclear what the future will be for both institutions.  KCUR arts reporter Laura Spencer has been following the fall-out from the departure of the museum’s director.

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KC Currents
1:06 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Sexual Assault, Rape Culture And Missouri State Law

The Maryville rape case leaves us with a lot of questions – the main one being: why was the case dropped? And, perhaps more importantly, why do similar cases keep happening all over the country? 

For a better understanding of the issue, KC Currents' Susan Wilson talked with Dr. Kimberly Lonsway, Director of Research at End Violence Against Women International.

INTERVIEW HIGHLIGHTS:

On myths surrounding rape and sexual assault:

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KC Currents
5:05 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Diocese Monitors Abuse, Tech-y Genealogy, KC Creative Couples

The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Kansas City, Mo. The Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese is the first diocese in the US to employ an ombudsman.
Credit Alex Smith / KCUR
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KC Currents
4:42 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Women In Soccer, Paseo YMCA, KC Creative Couples

Credit Sangeeta Shastry / KCUR

President Obama Visits UCM, Lauds Missouri College Cost Cut Program

A western Missouri-based educational program was the lure to bring President Obama to speak in Warrensburg last week. The President said so, directly, in his address at the University of Central Missouri. Hear from some originators of what's known as the Missouri Innovation Campus.

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KC Currents
1:56 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Paddlefish Caviar, Frida & Diego, Rural Librarian

A sample of caviar produced by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.
Credit Ryan Schuessler / KCUR

KC Regional Health Assessment Finds Rising Rates of Obesity, Poverty

Since 2000, poverty in the metro area has increased by 75 percent. A quarter of the population is currently uninsured or on Medicaid.  And the number of elderly people in the area will double in the next three decades. Those are just a few of findings in a new regional health assessment produced by the Mid-America Regional Council.

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Up to Date
10:43 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Looking At The Maryville Rape Case

(From right) Melinda Coleman and two of her children, Daisy, 16, and Tristin, 14, in their home in Auburn, Mo.
Credit Peggy Lowe / KCUR

Cases involving teen sexual assault have been on the national radar lately, and one town in the Kansas City area is under that microscope. 

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Crime
6:26 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Why Was The Maryville Rape Case Dropped?

Daisy Coleman, 16, in the family’s weight room. Behind her is her younger brother, Tristin, 14. Her late father was a champion bodybuilder.
Credit Peggy Lowe / KCUR

  

The first thing Daisy Coleman remembers is her surprise that she was still alive.

“I was just like, I thought I was dead at first,” she said.

An incoherent Coleman, then 14, crawled to the front door of her family’s home in Maryville, Mo. It was a Sunday morning, Jan. 8, 2012, 5 a.m. Her younger brother, Tristin, and mother, Melinda, heard a thumping and at first thought it was their dogs trying to come in.

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KC Currents
12:17 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Treece, Kan., Fast Pitch Softball, Grand Marquis

Credit Zack Lewandowski / KCUR

Kansas City International Airport Weighs Proposed Changes

Kansas City International Airport is looking at a potentially major change: tearing down the current three terminals and moving to a single, new terminal on the site of the current terminal A. The one terminal idea came to a head in 2008 when the Master Plan called for a new, central terminal south of the current airport. That came just four years after the airport wrapped up nearly $260 million in renovations.

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KC Currents
3:59 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Abortion Lawsuit, Sprint Deal, Gordon Parks School

Credit Payne Roberts / KCUR

Planned Parenthood Sues Kan. Over Free Speech Violation

This month, two different lawsuits were filed in Kansas over a new state abortion law. But the lawsuit that Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri filed on June 20 isn’t about the freedom to perform abortions. It’s about freedom of speech. 

4 Things You Should Know About The Sprint-SoftBank Deal

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KC Currents
2:04 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

KC Shopping, Wiccans on Solstice, Bloodstone

Credit Ryan Schuessler / KCUR

The show for June 23, 2013. Click "Listen" to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories.

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KC Currents
4:50 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Downtown Resurrection, Harvey Girls, Audio Theater Festival

Harvey Girls waitressed at restaurants along the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroads. Many of these women transitioned to other careers after WWII. Opal Jaquess, on the far right side of the first row, is interviewed in the film, Opportunity Bound.
Credit Courtesy of Opal Jaquess

The show for June 16, 2013. Click "Listen" to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories.

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KC Currents
11:15 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Right To Farm, Estate Sale Photos, Betse Ellis

Credit Gloria Baker Feinstein

The show for June 9, 2013. Click "Listen" to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories.

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KC Currents
10:46 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Spelling Bee Sisters, Streetcar Update, Blues Singer Cassie Taylor

Vanya Shivashankar, right, talks with older sister Kavya after the final round of the 2013 Scripps national Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., on May 30. Kavya, who helped coach Vanya for this year's competition, won the Bee in 2009.
Credit Credit Mark Bowen / Scripps National Spelling Bee

The show for June 2, 2013. Click "Listen" to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories.

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KC Currents
10:41 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Cell Phone Warning, Clay Studio, Barista Champ

The Boys Grow group brings up water for the plants.
Credit Beth Lipoff / KCUR

Joplin Optimistic In Recovery, Anxious To Help In Moore, OK

Last week’s massive tornado in Moore, Oklahoma came almost exactly two years after another EF-5 tornado ripped through Joplin, killing 161 people.  Wednesday marked that anniversary, and the city was greeted with near perfect weather.  Thousands came out that day to honor the lives of those lost, and reflect upon the continuing recovery effort.

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KC Currents
12:01 pm
Sun May 26, 2013

Kansas City Local Wins World Barista Championships

Pete Licata asserts that the key to a competition-worthy cappuccino is all in the milk foam--tiny bubbles, without much air. A tip for good espresso: Grind the coffee fresh.
Credit Susan B. Wilson / KCUR

Updated May 28 10:45 a.m. Licata Takes Home Gold

Pete Licata, Kansas City local and Quality Assurance Manager of Parisi Artisan Coffee, who had won the US Barista Championship in April, went on to snag first place at the World Barista Championship this weekend in Melbourne, Australia. He topped more than 50 competitors, using coffee roasted at Parisi. 

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KC Currents
4:48 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Johnson County Mosque, Class Of 2013, Janelle Monae

Sandra Perez, senior at De La Salle Education Center, gave the commencement speech at her graduation ceremony.
Credit Suzanne Hogan / KCUR

The show for May 19, 2013. Click "Listen" to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories.

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