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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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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Sports
11:16 am
Tue May 29, 2012

A New Chapter In Frank White's Baseball Career

Frank White at the Kansas City T-Bones stadium.
Susan B. Wilson KCUR

Five-time all-star Frank White always thought he would finish his baseball career at the Royals.  He was the hometown guy who played second base with the team for 18 seasons, starting in 1973. 

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KC Currents
12:57 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

New Strategies For Combating Crime In Kansas City

Null Value Flickr

Kansas City has tried many programs to reduce violent crime.  But despite them all, the first 5 months of 2012 have seen more violent crime than in many recent years.

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May 20, 2012
2:52 pm
Fri May 18, 2012

Stories From Prison, Cakewalker Doc Brown

Missouri inmate Callion Barnes reads a storybook about tigers.
Jacob Fensten KBIA

The show for May 20, 2012. Click "Listen" to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories:

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Racial Disparities
10:31 am
Tue May 15, 2012

New Report On Black-White Disparities in Kansas

Executive Director Mildred Edwards.
Kansas African American Affairs Commission

How does the status of African Americans in Kansas compare with that of its white citizens? That’s the question that inspired a recent report by the Kansas African American Affairs Commission.

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May 13, 2012
12:47 pm
Mon May 14, 2012

Penn Valley Skate Park, Jazz Meets Gamelan

Skaters test out new obstacles at Penn Valley Park.
Sylvia Maria Gross KCUR

The show for May 13, 2012. Click "Listen" to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories:

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People
2:12 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

Revising History: Native American Missions In Kansas

Tai Edwards teaches history at Johnson County Community College.

Sitting on the Old Santa Fe Trail, the town of Shawnee Mission was originally that: a mission for members of the Shawnee tribe who were transplanted from their native territory.

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April 29, 2012
10:23 am
Tue May 1, 2012

KC Land Bank, Reforesting Streets, Tenor Saxes

Mr. T in DC Flickr

The show for April 29, 2012. Click "Listen" to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories.

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April 22, 2012
5:02 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

KCC Classics: Grandfamilies Housing, Horn Doctor, Baha'is In KC

The show for April 22, 2012 was a special membership drive edition of the show; we brought you some of our favorite stories from the past six months. Click "Listen" to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories.

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KC Two Step
12:05 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

De Barker: KC's Queen Of The Line Dance & The Two-Step

De Barker (right) teaches Kansas City Two Step.
Susan B. Wilson KCUR

When it comes to line dancing, most people think of country & western dances like the Boot Scootin’ Boogie. But in African American communities all over the country, “soul” line dancing is everywhere—at wedding and retirement receptions, nightclubs and parties.

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KCUR News
3:05 pm
Wed April 11, 2012

KCUR Reporters Receive Awards

KCUR and Harvest Public Media reporters recently received several journalism awards for their reporting.

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Business & Tech
11:59 am
Mon April 9, 2012

Long-Time Businessman Holds Hope For Prospect Renewal

Veteran businessman Kenneth Bledsoe with his wife and son.
Susan B. Wilson KCUR

One veteran businessperson along Kansas City's Prospect Avenue took a very personal interest this week in a celebration of a multi-million dollar community development project along his blighted strip of the boulevard.

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April 8, 2012
12:41 pm
Fri April 6, 2012

Rebuilding Prospect, Revelations Of Ancient Peru, Remembering Past World’s Fairs

Veteran businessman Kenneth Bledsoe with his wife and son.
Susan B. Wilson KCUR

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

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KC Currents
12:50 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

City Councilman Jermaine Reed Reflects On First Year

Kansas City’s Third District faces multiple challenges — a 14 percent unemployment rate, crime and the highest poverty rate in the city.

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KC Currents
12:46 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

New Report Sheds Light On Missouri Women's Health

Back in 2004, the health and economic status of Missouri women was rated a C- by Women's Policy Research. Have we made progress since then?

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April 1, 2012
2:14 pm
Sun April 1, 2012

City Councilman Jermaine Reed, Missouri Women's Health, Future Of Free Clinics

A still image from the series 'Dead Wait.'
Courtesy of Dead Wait

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

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March 18, 2012
12:40 pm
Fri March 16, 2012

State Of City, KCMO Budget, Brody Buster

27-year-old bluesman Brody Buster's new album showcases his rock 'n' roll side.
Image Courtesy of Brody Buster

 

The show for March 18, 2012.  Click "Listen" to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories.

KCMO Residents Sound Off On State Of The City
Kansas City Mayor Sly James gives his assessment of the State of the City in an address at Bartle Hall on Monday. But how are residents rating KC life?

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Teenage Life
5:04 pm
Mon March 12, 2012

Provocative Urban Lit Attracts Teen Audiences

In recent years, there’s been a renaissance of books about tough, inner-city life which are popular with teen audiences. The genre has been called urban fiction, hip-hop fiction or ghetto lit, and it’s often filled with profanity, sex, violence and illegal activity. Some of popular titles include Thugs and the Women Who Love Them, Hooker to Housewife and Golden Hustla.

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March 11, 2012
10:51 am
Mon March 12, 2012

Urban Lit, Troost Corridor, The Good Foot

Coming up on KC Currents, Sunday, March 11 at 5pm, with a repeat Monday at 8pm:

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KC Currents
2:24 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

Poet Sonia Sanchez At UMKC

Carrie Coogan KCUR

Poet. Activist. One of the architects of Black Studies programs at universities. These are some of the many roles Sonia Sanchez has played in her life.

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March 4, 2012
3:23 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

Sonia Sanchez, Teaching the Sudanese, School Board School

The show for March 4, 2012.  Click "Listen" to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories.

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Kansas City History
3:37 pm
Tue February 28, 2012

Glory Days For The Mafia In KC

"Where two brothers where shot to death from ambush in Little Italy this morning."
Terence O'Malley

Kansas City may be famous for its jazz and barbeque, but it also has the dubious distinction of having had one of the best Mafias in the country.

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February 26, 2012
3:13 pm
Mon February 27, 2012

KC Mafia History, Horn Doctor, The Great Immensity

Inside Mike Corrigan's workshop.
Sylvia Maria Gross KCUR

The show for February 26, 2012.  Click "Listen" to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories.

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KC Currents
5:35 pm
Mon February 20, 2012

Documentary Tells Story Of First African American Political Club

Leon Jordan was one of the founders of Freedom, Inc.
Courtesy of LaBudde Special Collections, UMKC.

Kansas City has now had two African American mayors and black elected officials in city, county and state government. But this progress did not happen by chance. 

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What IS That?
6:05 am
Sun February 12, 2012

Just A Couple Of Cupolas

This cupola once graced the top of Longview Farms' Show Horse Arena.
Susan B. Wilson KCUR

I remember the day, around six years ago, when I saw builders constructing something at 109th and Raytown Road. The finished product was a cream colored cylinder topped with a pointed red clay tile roof.  I asked myself, is this a land-locked lighthouse? How about a missile silo in disguise?

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Soul Train
5:21 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

Kansas City Remembers Don Cornelius

KCUR's Susan Wilson in high school, sporting her Soul Train-inspired hairdo.
Susan B. Wilson

Last week, Don Cornelius, creator of the dance show “Soul Train,” died at the age of 75.  Soul Train first aired in 1970 and was one of the longest running syndicated shows in television history when it ended in 2006.

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KC Currents
12:30 pm
Mon January 30, 2012

Notes From A Career Advocating For Victims Of Sexual Assault

This month, Palle Rilinger retired after 27 years as a social worker and president of the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault.  MOCSA focuses on reducing the harm of sexual assault and abuse through treatment, prevention and advocacy.

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January 29, 2012
1:35 pm
Sun January 29, 2012

History On The Highway, Servers Tell All

The show for January 22, 2012.  Click "Listen" to hear the entire show, see below for individual stories.

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KC Currents
10:38 am
Mon January 23, 2012

Where To Next For KC Jazz?

A red light still glows in the back window, but Jardine's remains closed indefinitely.
Sylvia Maria Gross KCUR

The past few months have been rough for local jazz. Two promising newer venues, 1911 Main and Café Augusta in Lenexa, have shut down. And at Jardine's Restaurant and Jazz Club, one of the city’s most celebrated venues, a dispute between the owner and employees led to a boycott by musicians. The restaurant then closed its doors, and its future remains up in the air.

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January 22, 2012
5:38 pm
Fri January 20, 2012

Where Is KC Jazz?, Tuskegee Airmen, Veggie Revolt

The show for January 22, 2012.  Click "Listen" to hear the entire show, see below for individual stories.

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