Susan B. Wilson

Host of KC Currents

A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Susan admits that her “first love” was radio, being an avid listener since childhood.  However, she spent much of her career in mental health, healthcare administration, and sports psychology (Susan holds a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Bloch School of Business at UMKC.)  In the meantime, Wilson satisfied her journalistic cravings by doing public speaking, providing “expert” interviews for local television, and being a guest commentator/contributor to KPRS’s morning drive time show and the teen talk show “Generation Rap.”

Wilson has a passion for people and wide ranging interests in world cultures, sports, the arts, science and politics.  She serves as the Associate Dean at the UMKC School of Medicine. She is also a treating clinician and consultant to the National Football League. A mother of two, in her free time Wilson enjoys gardening, traveling, drawing and live music. Wilson is a member of Kansas City Association of Black Journalists, the American Psychological Association and Delta Sigma Theta, a national public service sorority. 

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KC Currents
1:17 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Blues Musician Cassie Taylor Settles Down In Kansas City

Blues musician Cassie Taylor recently moved to Kansas City, where she has several shows scheduled for this summer. Her new album is called 'Out of My Mind.'
Credit Sam Frickleton / Shore Fire Media

For the past decade, blues singer and bassist Cassie Taylor has made her home on the road. At age sixteen, she started touring with her father, bluesman Otis Taylor, and she started her own solo career a few years after that.

While Taylor has no plans to slow down, the 26-year-old veteran is settling down a bit. She was recently married and moved to the Kansas City area. Some of the true-life stories of the blues life and love lost and found are the subjects of her new CD, called Out of My Mind.

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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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Central Standard
2:47 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

After The Recession, What The Housing Market In KC Looks Like

The latest report from the Kansas City Regional Association of Realtors suggests that the average sales price of an existing home is up 15 percent from a year ago, and the average sales price of a new home is up about 16 percent from December 2011.  On the other hand 4% of homes currently on the market are in foreclosure.  As the housing market begins to recover from the Recession, those buying and selling houses are facing different issues. Mary Hutchison, a Kansas City relator and Mike Cash, Senior Loan Officer at a1 Mortgage talk about this shift on this Central Standard. 

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Central Standard
2:30 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

The Neuroscience of Obesity

It’s swimsuit season and many are looking to shed a few pounds gained over the winter. But losing weight is a challenge and current research shows the odds are stacked against us when it comes to overcoming the mental obstacles of weight loss. With one third of children in the United States and two thirds of adults who are obese or overweight, it seems there is a huge challenge when trying to stay healthy. Amanda Bruce, a Childhood Obesity and imaging specialist at UMKC and  Jennifer D. Lundgren, Clinical Ph.D. Associate Professor and at UMKC both work on the issue of how psychology plays into childhood and adult obesity.

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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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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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Central Standard
1:17 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

The Challenge of Diversity Training

E pluribus unum—out of many is one—that’s was a founding principle for America.

Indeed, American language and culture shows the imprint of many different cultural influences.  But as the United States becomes more diverse, sometimes unity and understanding between different groups can become strained.

  

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KC Currents
3:56 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Midtown Superman, Reading The Rock, KC Psychfest

The show for May 12, 2013. Click "Listen" to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories.

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KC Currents
11:37 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Reading The Rocks In Kansas City

Credit Susan B. Wilson / KCUR

Imagine a Kansas City covered by ice sheets, oceans that ebb and flow, or lush rain forests with soaring ferns and palm trees. 

These were some of the different landscapes that covered this area millions of years ago.  UMKC geosciences professor emeritus Richard Gentile says we learn all this by “reading the rocks” beneath our feet.   

Gentile curated the exhibit, Kansas City Millions of Years Ago: What the Rock Record Tells Us at Commerce Bank’s Box Gallery through May 31, 2013. 

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KC Currents
10:55 am
Tue May 7, 2013

A Hip Hop Collaboration Born On Twitter: Gee Watts and Kendrick Lamar

Many young, urban men see rap music as a ticket to a better, more prosperous life. But few ever even get a start in the music industry.

Twenty-two year old Gee Watts, however, has as good a chance as any. His new mixtape Watts Up has been featured in several major music industry publications and blogs.  

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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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Central Standard
11:58 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Concealed Carry Changes Soon To Arrive In Kansas, Senate Votes To Defund DMV in Missouri

The constitutional right to bear arms has long been viewed as a critical American principle. But, does this right threaten public safety or allow us to better shield ourselves from random gun violence?  Starting July 1 it will be legal to bring a concealed weapon into all Kansas buildings with a concealed carry permit unless the building provides "adequate security."  In Missouri, state agencies have been under fire for providing concealed carry permit information to federal agents. In response the Senate has voted to defund the DMV.  Are these bills and laws necessary?  Will they really make us safer? And why do some oppose them?


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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
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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Central Standard
6:17 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Individualism vs Society

The three C’s--Clans, cliques and clubs—everyone has probably enjoyed the sense of belonging and the social support that membership provides. Throughout history, organized groups have waged war and influenced everything from local customs to the division of wealth and property. But when does loyalty to the group begin to interfere with individual freedom, and at worst, the very stability of clan itself?  And how do we live in a democratic society and balance both individuals and group needs and pressures? We talk about how our modern society was shaped by ancient forms of social organization---otherwise known as clans---and debate the balance between individual freedom and group loyalty -- family.

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
5:06 pm
Sun March 31, 2013

[PHOTOS]: From The Land Of Oz And Proud Of It

Jane Albright sits among the shelves of books that started her on her journey collecting Oz memorabilia.
Julie Denesha KCUR

If you’re from Kansas, or even from Kansas City, Missouri, no matter where you go in the world, someone’s going to make a crack about Dorothy, or Toto.

Or how about this witty remark? “You’re not in Kansas any more, are you?”

The latest Hollywood blockbuster, Oz the Great and Powerful, brings it all back. The movie tells the back-story of the Wizard, who also happened to hail from Sunflower State.

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Central Standard
9:44 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Misogyny in Hip-Hop Culture

It seems that nowadays, anytime you hear a hip-hop song the lyrics are full of negative and insulting messages. Whether these comments are racist, misogynistic, or just downright disrespectful it's easy to associate the entire hip-hop culture with these words of hate. On this Central Standard, we look specifically at misogyny in hip-hop music.


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KC Currents
4:37 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Pat Jordan On The Future Of Arts In KC

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.
Julie Denesha KCUR

The co-chair of the Mayor’s Task Force for the Arts is a woman who’s been a formidable presence in Kansas City’s art scene since the early 90s. 

Pat Jordan is best known for leading the revival of the 1912 Gem Theatre on 18th and Vine.   She’s also opened galleries and organized arts programs for youth. The Missouri Arts Council recently recognized Jordan’s contributions by awarding her the “Leadership in the Arts” award.

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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
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
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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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
11:10 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Website Helps Companies Find Bilingual Employees

hirebilinguals.com

As Kansas City’s Spanish-speaking population increases, many industries are adapting by hiring more bilingual employees.  But how can they tell when someone is truly bilingual?  Gabe Munoz, and his partner Raul Duran launched a website late last year to assess the language abilities of bilingual job applicants, and help match them with employers.  So far, about 300 job seekers have signed on.  

Munoz spoke to KC Currents’ Susan Wilson about his start-up company, HireBilinguals.com.

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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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