Susan B. Wilson

Contributor

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

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

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

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

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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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.

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

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

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

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

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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?

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.

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

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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.

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

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

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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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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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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.

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.

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

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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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