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
12:39 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Kansas City Adds Another Interstate

You might have noticed a few changes while driving along US 71 Highway. For instance, you may have realized while traveling south that the sign for Grandview has been replaced with a sign for Joplin. This is but one of several changes that will take place over the next few months for US 71, which will soon become Interstate 49.

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KC Currents
2:32 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Bridging The Digital Divide In Kansas City

KC Currents host Susan Wilson talking to Cheptoo Kositany-Buckner, Deputy Executive Director of the Kansas City Public Library, Michael Liimatta , co-founder of Connecting for Good and Donovan Mouton, local real estate developer.
Suzanne Hogan KCUR

Studies from Google indicated that 42 percent of lower income areas in Kansas City don’t have access to internet.

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KC Currents
10:04 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Bridging The Digital Divide In Kansas City, Live Music For A Living

KC Currents host Susan Wilson talking to Cheptoo Kositany-Buckner, Deputy Executive Director of the Kansas City Public Library, Michael Liimatta , co-founder of Connecting for Good and Donovan Mouton, local real estate developer.
Suzanne Hogan KCUR

Roundtable Discussion: Bridging The Digital Divide In Kansas City
Studies from Google indicated that 42 percent of lower income areas in Kansas City didn’t have access to Internet. Google Fiber has plans to address that with super high-speed Internet service. But not so fast—there have been issues with getting the community connected. KC Currents hosted a roundtable discussion to break down the digital divide.

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KC Currents
11:46 am
Tue September 4, 2012

Healthy Hip Hop With Local Rapper Roy Scott, Inside The Studio & Documentary Of Artist Jim Leedy

Roy Scott is a local rapper and founder of Lend A Hand Family Foundation. He also does outreach for Blue Cross Blue Shield.
Susan B. Wilson KCUR
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KC Currents
11:23 am
Tue September 4, 2012

Healthy Hip Hop With Local Rapper Roy Scott

Roy Scott, president of the Lend a Hand Family Foundation.
KCUR

Roy Scott loves music. He was 12 when he first started writing lyrics, 15 when he started to produce his own beats. He became part of the underground “gangster rap” subculture. This is when Scott became “Macc James,” a member of the Chop It Up Clicc. But as Scott got older with kids of his own, he realized the power and influence music can have on young people’s lives.

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KC Currents
3:59 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

KC Currents Is Up All Night

Jeremy Soucy of the Missouri Department of Conservation holds up a small bull frog.
Suzanne Hogan KCUR

What are you up after midnight and before sunrise? What are you thinking about? Doing? Eating?  Explore the region between the hours of midnight and 5 am.

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KC Currents
5:00 pm
Sun August 26, 2012

Mutual Musicians Foundation's Spirit Won't Stop

The Mutual Musicians at 18th and Highland stays up as late as jazz music is happening upstairs…often until sunrise.

For more than eighty years, the small two-story building at 1823 Highland Avenue has been the heart of Kansas City jazz. 

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KC Currents
4:01 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Archive Collects KC's Gay And Lesbian History, Reform Proposal For Foreign Student Entrepreneurs

Map of gay-friendly businesses in KC.
Gay and Lesbian Archive of Mid-America

The show for Sunday, August 19 and Monday, August 20:

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KC Currents
11:20 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Professors Propose Reforms For Foreign Student Entrepreneurs

UMKC Bloch School
University of Missouri - Kansas City

What do companies like Yahoo, eBay, Intel and Google have in common? They were all founded in part by foreign investors.

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KC Currents
3:30 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

KC Muslim Community Reacts To Joplin Mosque Burning

Mahnaz Shabbir, advisor to the Midland Islamic Council and the Crescent Peace Society.
CRES - Center For Religious Experience And Study

Monday, August 6th, the Islamic Society of Joplin’s mosque was burned to the ground.

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KC Currents
3:25 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Kansas City Sikhs Seek Tolerance, Local Reaction To Joplin Mosque Burning

Sikh hold vigil in Shawnee Mission Park.
Alex Smith KCUR

The show for Sunday, August 12 and Monday, August 13:

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KC Currents
4:03 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Recently Retired KC Fire Chief Smokey Dyer, Ranchers Battle Suffocating Drought

Smokey Dyer post-retirement at KCUR studios.
Susan B. Wilson KCUR

The show for Sunday, August 5, and Monday, August 6:

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KC Currents
3:44 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Former KC Fire Chief Smokey Dyer: His True Opinions & Career Reflections

Kansas City Fire Chief Smokey Dyer, pre-retirement.
Dan Verbeck KCUR

Last week, Kansas City’s Fire Chief Smokey Dyer retired after twelve years at the helm.

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Music
11:55 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Lee Langston Carries The Soul Music Torch

Lee Langston

Kansas City vocal artist Lee Langston has been a fixture on the local music scene for the past several years.  His covers of neosoul music have attracted a faithful audience of young urban professionals. 

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KC Currents
3:06 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Raytown Runner Goes To The Olympics, Breaking Down The Kansas School Finance Lawsuit

"Awesome Joolie" Flickr

The show for Sunday, July 22, and Monday, July 23:

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KC Currents
3:47 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

Local Father-Daughter Duo Shines On A National Stage

Kansas City based father daughter duo Maurice and Shanice Hayes.
www.kcvocals.com Shanice and Maurice Hayes

Kansas City’s own father-daughter singing duo, Maurice and Shanice Hayes, are competing in NBC’s national talent competition, America’s Got Talent, for a $1 million prize. 

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KC Currents
2:49 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

Local Father-Daughter Duo On The National Stage, Kansas City's Domino Dominance

Kansas City based father daughter duo Maurice and Shanice Hayes.
www.kcvocals.com Shanice and Maurice Hayes

The show for July 15, 2012.
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KC Currents
11:42 am
Mon July 16, 2012

African American Women's Health Issues Missing From Magazines

Jill Scott on the cover of the May 2010 issue of Essence.
Essence Magazine

Magazines have long been a primary source for entertainment and news. But as KU assistant professor Crystal Lumpkins points out, magazines are also crucial in providing women with tips and awareness on health issues.

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Education
5:21 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Leadership Change At African-Centered Schools

A student in class at the old ACE school in 2010.
Laura Ziegler KCUR

There’s been changing of the guard at Kansas City's African-centered schools.  

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KC Currents
11:34 am
Mon July 9, 2012

African Centered Schools, Bike-Share, My Farm Roots

Outside the old African Centered Education School in 2010.
Laura Ziegler KCUR

The show for July 8, 2012. Click "Listen" to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories:

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July 1, 2012
5:08 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Neighborhood Fireworks Disaster, Nuns Vs. Vatican, Kansas Happy Hours

Sean Dreilinger Flickr

The show for July 1, 2012. Click "Listen" to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories:

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KC Currents
10:51 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Balancing Competition And Fun In Youth Sports

T-ball player Drew poses for his team portrait before a game at Leawood City Park.
Zack Lewandowski KCUR

More than 52 million young people around the country participate in organized sports, according to the National Council of Youth Sports. 

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June 24, 2012
2:30 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Winning Isn't Everything, Connecting The Unconnected In KCK

T-ball player Alex poses for his team portrait before a game at Leawood City Park.
Zack Lewandowski KCUR

The show for June 24, 2012. Click "Listen" to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories:

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June 17, 2012
12:26 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Local Pastor Speaks Out On LGBT Issues, Cumbia In KC

Area students reading in the classroom.
Sylvia Maria Gross KCUR

The show for June 17, 2012. Click "Listen" to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories:

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Historic Gardens
2:12 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

PHOTOS: Replanting A 1910 Garden At The Kansas City Museum

Susan B. Wilson KCUR

The Kansas City Museum is in its third phase of a major restoration of Corinthian Hall, the old Northeast mansion that houses its collection. And the renovation doesn’t stop at just bricks and mortar.  A recent project aims to recreate the Georgian garden plantings that surrounded the mansion.

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June 10, 2012
11:49 am
Mon June 11, 2012

1910 Gardens, New Kansas Legislative Maps, Governor Brownback Profile

The show for June 10, 2012. Click "Listen" to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories:

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June 2, 2012
12:55 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

Arranged Marriages Part 2, Kansas Redistricting

The show for June 3, 2012. Click "Listen" to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories:

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KC Currents
8:30 am
Sun June 3, 2012

PHOTOS: What Kansas Looked Like Then And What It Looks Like Now

Monument Rocks, Kansas (1949)
Kansas City Star

If you happen to stand in one spot in a Kansas town or city, did you ever wonder what things looked like 100+ years ago? 

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May 27, 2012
11:44 am
Tue May 29, 2012

Frank White Moves On, Arranged Marriages

Frank White at the T-Bone's ballpark in Kansas City, Kansas.
Susan B. Wilson KCUR

The show for May 27, 2012. Click "Listen" to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories:

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