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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KC Currents
12:07 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

KCK Native Janelle Monae Releases 'Q.U.E.E.N.' Music Video

Performer and KCK native, Janelle Monae, is known for her gender-bending clothing and futuristic soul-meets-funk music. Keeping in her style, Monae just released her latest music video, "Q.U.E.E.N.", featuring neo-soul singer, Erykah Badu.

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KC Currents
4:19 pm
Sun May 5, 2013

CofC Allows Gay Marriage, 1910 Gardens, Rapper Gee Watts

The Community of Christ church in Independence.
Credit Alex Smith / KCUR

The show for May 5, 2013. Click "Listen" to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories.

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Government
9:08 am
Fri May 3, 2013

US Attorney General: New Kansas Gun Law Unconstitutional

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder contacted Gov. Sam Brownback earlier this week saying that a Kansas gun law barring federal regulation on Kansas-manufactured firearms is unconstitutional.

The Second Amendment Protection Act criminalizes the enforcement of federal laws on any guns that are made in Kansas and stay there. But, in a letter to the governor, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said that this is in direct conflict with federal law.

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KC Currents
11:00 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Concealed Carry In Public Buildings, Library Mashes Up Old And New, Leo Beuerman

A new branch of the Mid-Continent Public Library is built around a historic mansion.
Credit Alex Smith / KCUR

The show for April 28, 2013. Click "Listen" to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories.

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KC Currents
3:38 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Kan. Gun Law Puts Pressure On Local Governments

Prairie Village complex
Monica Sandreczki KCUR

In Kansas, you can carry a concealed weapon anywhere, unless there’s a “no handgun” sign posted at eye-level at the entrance.

Currently, it’s up to local governments whether or not to allow concealed carry in their public buildings. If they don’t want handguns in their buildings, like any business, they have to post that “no handgun” sign.

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KC Currents
4:07 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Best of KCC: IHOP in Grandview, Penn Valley Skateboarders, Fado Novato

Nick Soper said he was moving to Kansas City from Liberty to be closer to Penn Valley's Skate Park.
Credit Sylvia Maria Gross / KCUR

The show for April 21, 2013 was a special membership drive show featuring some of our favorite stories from the past year. Click "Listen" to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories.

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KC Currents
11:14 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Photos Of Immigrants, Kansas Renga, 42

The show for April 14, 2013. Click "Listen" to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories.

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KC Currents
10:59 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Photography Exhibit Portrays 100 Years Of Missouri Immigrants

Chico Bakery--Cherokee St., St. Louis
Juan Montana
  • An interview with Daniel Gonzales and Oscar Pedroza.

The cultures of Kansas and Missouri was shaped by wave after wave of immigrants: from Germany, Ireland, Italy and Eastern Europe. A new exhibit called, The Missouri Immigrant Experience: Faces and Places portrays vivid images of the state’s diverse immigrants from the early nineteenth century to today.  The exhibit was sponsored by the Missouri Immigrant and Refugee Advocates (MIRA), a coalition of organizations that advocates for immigrants.

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KC Currents
1:45 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

UMKC Alumnus Wins Guggenheim Fellowship

Narong Prangcharoen with his mentor, Chen Yi, professor of music composition at UMKC
Laura Spencer KCUR

Each year, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation awards mid-career fellowships to 200 applicants in fields ranging from choreography to plant sciences. Two of the 2013 fellows are Kansas City locals: Mike Sinclair, architectural and fine art photographer; and Narong Prangcharoen, UMKC alumnus and teaching assistant of composition and piano, and freelance composer. Prangcharoen's fellowship is in music composition.

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KC Currents
3:27 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

KU Prof Explores Black Israelite Roots In Kansas

Michael :"Devar" Long discusses his path to joining Ohev Sholom synagogue in Prairie Village.
Credit Susan B. Wilson / KCUR

Blacks and Jews have historically had a complicated relationship in the United States.  And it’s perhaps the most evident when they claim the same religion, or historical ancestry. The development of Black Israelite or Black Jewish faith has its roots in Kansas, according to the book The Chosen People: The Rise of American Black Israelite Religions by University of Kansas history and American studies professor, Jacob Dorman.

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KC Currents
2:26 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Black Israelites, Royals Announcer, Naismith Artifacts

Michael Long talks about his path to joining a Jewish synagogue.
Credit Susan B. Wilson / KCUR

The show for April 7, 2013. Click Listen to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories.

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KC Currents
12:35 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

KCMO and KCK Elections, Oz Memorabilia, Ashley Miller

An unusual item produced to promote the 1939 film, a Wicked Witch of the West String Holder.
Credit Julie Denesha / KCUR

The show for March 31, 2013. Click Listen to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories.

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KC Currents
12:06 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Walt Bodine, Pat Jordan, Hospice Cards, Eudora Jewish Cemetery

Pat Jordan, Co-Chair Mayor’s Task Force for the Arts, is recognized by the crowd at the "Envision Arts & Culture KC" kickoff meeting in January 2013.
Credit Julie Denesha / KCUR

The show for March 24, 2013. Click Listen to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories.

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KC Currents
10:13 am
Tue March 19, 2013

St. Patty's Hangover With 'Blarney Stoned'

Credit Courtesy of Blarney Stoned

Six years ago, cook and guitarist Mark Vick got tired of spending St. Patrick’s Day working behind the bar instead of jamming onstage. So he and a few of his musician friends started the band, Blarney Stoned.

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KC Currents
3:58 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Middle Schools, KC Carnivores, Polar Bear Romance

Credit P.S. Linden / Courtesy of the Kansas City Carnivores

The show for March 17, 2013. Click Listen to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories.

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KC Currents
4:00 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

The Wires Debut 'Alternative Strings' Album

Credit Benjamin Parks, Courtesy of the Wires

Cellist Sascha Groschang and violinist Laurel Morgan Parks have been good friends since they trained together as classical musicians at UMKC’s Conservatory of Music and Dance. They perform around the region, and internationally, in symphony orchestras and chamber groups.  They’ve also delved into traditional folk, rock and jazz genres.  (Parks plays in the Kansas City folk-rock band, In The Pines.)

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KC Currents
1:36 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Kan. Legislature, The Wires, Music Writer Tim Finn

De Barker teaches line dance and two-step.
Susan Wilson

The show for March 10, 2013. Click Listen to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories.

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Central Standard Friday
4:09 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Food Critics: Belly-Busting Buffets

Credit francisandfrancis.com

Buffets: you either love them or hate them. And in a tough economy, the idea of an all-you-can meal can sound alluring, even if the choices can be more about quantity than quality. On today's Central Standard Friday, we'll fill our plates up with suggestions for the best, the cheapest and the most unusual buffets in Kansas City. Today's food critics are host Charles Ferruzza, Chris Becicka, Mary Bloch and Emily Farris.

Check out what the Food Critics have to say about local buffets.

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KC Currents
4:42 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Hire Bilinguals, Making Movies, Urban Crows

The show for March 3, 2013. Click Listen to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories.

    

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KC Currents
5:09 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Preventing Roof Collapses

The heavy snow last week caused several roof collapses around the Kansas City area. And several more buildings were evacuated for fear of a collapse, including a Macy’s in Overland Park.  KCUR’s Dan Verbeck sat down with Overland Park Code Administrator, Tim Ryan, to find out more about addressing and preventing roof collapses.

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KC Currents
5:04 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Snow Day Stories

Frank Morris KCUR

After the two snowstorms that slammed Kansas City, even the bravest of winter weather enthusiasts found their schedules disrupted.  A lot of people spent their snow days digging their way out. But besides shoveling, many locals did something unanticipated, whether it was dealing with the loneliness of a power outage, or kicking back to play Call of Duty.

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KC Currents
11:10 am
Wed February 27, 2013

WyCo Elections, Plaza Fire, KCPS Opens School

JJ's restaurant co-owner Jimmy Frantze on the day after the gas explosion.
Credit Elana Gordon / KCUR

The show for February 24, 2013. Click "Listen" to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories.

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KC Currents
4:46 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Parents, Child Abuse And The Child Welfare System

Joe Beck is vice president of Midwest Foster Care and Adoption Association.
Credit Susan Wilson / KCUR

Child advocates and state lawmakers are demanding answers after several recent high profile cases of extreme child abuse in Kansas City.  The most recent case, involving a Northland teen who was handcuffed to a pole the family’s basement, brings up questions about Missouri's child welfare system.

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KC Currents
12:22 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Preventing Child Abuse, Kansas Taxes, Ash Wednesday Drive-Through

Credit Alex Smith / KCUR

The show for February 17, 2013. Click "Listen" to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories.

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KC Currents
3:12 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Walmart Wars, Self-Realization Fellowship, KC Board of Trade

The vacated Bingham Junior High School property is the site for the proposed Walmart Neighborhood Market in Waldo.
Credit Monica Sandreczki / KCUR

The show for February 10, 2013. Click "Listen" to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories.

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KC Currents
11:35 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Proposed Waldo Walmart Sparks Community Response

Bingham Junior High School sits vacated east of 77th and Wornall, abutting the Trolley Track Trail in Waldo.
Credit Monica Sandreczki / KCUR

The redevelopment of each closed school building in Kansas City, Mo. tends to draw a small group of concerned residents.  And that was the case for the old Bingham Junior High School property, at 77th and Wyandotte in Waldo. Until Walmart came knocking.

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Government
11:33 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Proposed Walmart Supercenter Draws Debate In Lee's Summit

Across the Kansas City area, communities are debating the drawbacks and benefits of having the world's largest retailer as a neighbor: Walmart. In Lee’s Summit, a group of residents showed up at a recent city council meeting wearing red, to oppose the construction of a $25 million dollar Walmart Supercenter.

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KC Currents
5:45 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

KU Changes Core Curriculum, Bishop vs. NCR, Medicine Museum

Senior Aaron Ellis majors in aerospace engineering at KU.
Credit Monica Sandreczki / KCUR

The show for February 3, 2013. Click "Listen" to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories.

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KC Currents
5:35 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

University Of Kansas Changes Core Curriculum

Provost Jeffrey Vitter
Monica Sandreczki

Starting this fall, basic curriculum requirements will change for undergraduates at the University of Kansas.  As of now, each school – whether it is the School of Health Professions or the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences – sets its own requirements.  Some are pretty extensive and specific. Each student might have to take the same basic math, or western civilization class, for example.

Some question the relevance of classes that aren't connected to their major.

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KC Currents
4:36 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

IHOP In Grandview, Vintage Postcards, Symphonic Pictures

The show for January 27, 2013. Click "Listen" to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories.

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