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. 

Pages

Visual Arts
11:54 am
Mon March 28, 2011

Nedra Bonds Teaches Quilting as Personal Expression

Kansas City Kansas native Nedra Bonds makes quilts that reflect social and political themes, using vibrant color, rich texture and contemporary three-dimensional elements.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Nedra Bonds says that she uses images, patterns and color to capture ideas that are hard to express in words. And she teaches others to do it too.

Read more
KCUR News
11:28 am
Mon March 21, 2011

KC Weeklies Weigh In on Mayor's Race

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Sly James and Mike Burke appear to be neck and neck going in to Tuesday's election. For some added perspective, KCUR's Susan B. Wilson sat down with three reporters who have distinct takes on local politics - KC Hispanic News editor and publisher Joe Arce, the Call reporter Eric Wesson and David Martin, of the Pitch.

Read more
KCUR News
3:17 pm
Mon March 14, 2011

Generation Rap's 'Granddad' Steps Down

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Jim Nunnelly is stepping down as the coordinator of the Generation Rap radio show, which airs every Saturday morning on Hot 103 Jamz--that's the urban contemporary station KPRS.

The show started in 1987, and soon after, Nunnelly took on the role of "Granddad." And for the last 12 years, he's supervised while a changing cast of high school students have taken on more and more responsibility for the show.

Read more
KCUR News
10:12 am
Mon March 7, 2011

Profile in Civil Rights: Rev. Nelson 'Fuzzy' Thompson

Photo by Royal Photography LLC.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Recently, the Kansas City community came together to honor minister and long-time civil rights activist Reverend Nelson "Fuzzy" Thompson. Since 1967, the Kansas City, Kan., native has been active in major human rights struggles for civil rights in the U.S. and abroad-- in South Africa, Nicaragua and Iran.

Read more
KCUR News
2:13 pm
Mon February 14, 2011

Hmong Community Celebrates General Vang Pao

Kansas City, Kan. – General Vang Pao, a leader in the Hmong community, passed away in January. Some 400 people from the Hmong community gathered at the George Meyn Community Center in Kansas City, Kan., to remember Vang Pao.

Vang Pao led the CIA trained Hmong fighters in the 'secret war' during Vietnam. Later, Vang Pao moved to the U.S. to become a civic leader in the Hmong community.

Read more
KCUR News
10:54 am
Mon February 7, 2011

Lawyers Reflect on Anniversary of Desegregation of Kansas City Bar Association

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – In order to practice law in Missouri, law school graduates must take a test demonstrating their competence, and are then admitted to the Missouri Bar. But that's just the first step in launching a law career. For many, joining a local bar association is a next step.

Read more
KCUR News
11:41 am
Mon January 24, 2011

Lucile Bluford v. the University of Missouri

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Many people in Kansas City remember Lucile Bluford as the long-time managing editor of The Call, one of the nation's oldest African American newspapers. But some may not realize the role she played challenging segregation at the University of Missouri's Journalism School in 1939.

Read more
KC Currents
11:24 am
Wed January 12, 2011

Flirting Research Hits On How We Find Potential Mates

Lawrence, KS – A prolonged touch, a coquettish smile, a throaty laugh: Flirting is a part of the age-old dating and mating ritual. You might think of it as a playful and seductive form of communication, verbal or non-verbal, aimed at getting the attention of a love interest.

Read more
KC Currents
9:58 am
Mon December 20, 2010

African American Mothers Meet in Johnson County

JoCo Mocha Moms show off the pipe cleaner rings they made at their meeting. Photo by Susan B. Wilson / KCUR.

Kansas City, MO – Across the country, African American women tend to be more likely to be working mothers than white women, especially educated African American mothers.

Census data from 2005 shows that 84 percent of college-educated black mothers are in the labor force, compared to 74 percent of college-educated white mothers. And the women of color who choose to stay at home and raise families can face special barriers and isolation.

Read more
Jazz/Blues
3:09 pm
Mon December 13, 2010

Miguel Mambo DeLeon Teams up with UMKC Jazz

Miguel DeLeon's new album Pasiones Del Alma finds the "Mambo man" in a bit of a contemplative mood. But he never strays too far from his love of dance music.

Kansas City, MO – Miguel "Mambo" DeLeon has been shaking hips in Kansas City and beyond for more than 20 years. He's opened for Sting as well as many Latin music legends, including Tito Puente and Willie Colon.

Read more
KC Currents
5:31 pm
Mon December 6, 2010

Original Rules of Basketball to be Auctioned Off

Kansas City, MO – Two yellowed typewritten pages laying out the rules of one of the world's most popular sports will go on the Sotheby's auction block on December 10. The original 13 rules of basketball were written in 1892 by the Canadian-born physician, Presbyterian minister and physical education professor James Naismith.

Read more
KC Currents
10:53 am
Mon November 8, 2010

Reporters Uncover Possible Suspect in Leon Jordan Murder

Kansas City, MO – For the past few months, KC Currents has been following the recently re-opened murder case of Leon Jordan. He helped found Kansas City's African American political organization Freedom, Incorporated. In his role at Freedom, he paved the way for the first African Americans to be elected to the city council and the Missouri State Assembly, himself becoming a representative in 1964. And Jordan was instrumental in the passage of a 1962 public accommodations ordinance, which outlawed segregation in Kansas City.

Read more
Music
12:01 pm
Fri October 22, 2010

Janelle Monae is Back in Kansas

With her signature pompadour and futuristic tuxedoes, singer Janelle Monae is breaking out of Atlanta's alternative hip hop scene.

Read more
KC Currents
11:48 am
Mon October 11, 2010

Rev. Sam Mann Retires from St. Mark Union Church

Kansas City, MO – Two weeks ago, Rev. Sam Mann delivered his last official sermon after 40 years as pastor of Saint Mark Union Church. He's a long time civil rights advocate, who marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and protested against the Vietnam War and South African apartheid over the years.

Read more
Local Top Chef Contestant
2:39 pm
Mon October 4, 2010

Celina Tio Sharpens Her Knives for Top Chef Masters

The Bravo TV show Top Chef Masters began April 6, 2011, and one of the contestants is Kansas City resident Celina Tio, chef and owner of the restaurant Julian in Brookside.

Kansas City, MO – Celina Tio made a name for herself as executive chef of the American Restaurant, winning the James Beard Foundation's Best Chef: Midwest award in 2007.

Read more
KC Currents
12:43 pm
Mon October 4, 2010

Djanggi: A Cameroonian Approach to Collective Finance

Kansas City, MO – With the financial system still in turmoil, there's a very traditional alternative to loans that some Kansas Citians are using. Djanggi has its roots in the African country of Cameroon. There's similar practices in other parts of Africa and the Caribbean.

Read more
KC Currents
3:11 pm
Mon September 27, 2010

New Alternative to Payday Loans

Kansas City, MO – Missouri has some of the loosest regulations in the country for the payday loan industry. The state is home to almost 1300 payday loan operations, compared to neighboring states that report 500 or fewer payday loan businesses.

Read more
KC Currents
2:51 pm
Mon September 27, 2010

Beyond the Murder: Leon Jordan's Legacy in Kansas City

Kansas City, MO – This summer, Kansas City police re-opened an unsolved murder case from 1970. Leon Jordan was a pioneering local politician and civil rights leader. 40 years after he was gunned down outside the bar he owned, Jordan's murder remains one of the most vexing mysteries in Kansas City history.

Read more
KC Currents
2:37 pm
Mon September 13, 2010

Architectural Battle Shows Different Visions for Plaza

Creative Commons photo via Bhanu Tadinada on Flickr.

Kansas City, MO – The Country Club Plaza has seen plenty of changes its nearly ninety years, but none of have sparked as much public passion as the recent announcement of new building plans by the law firm of Polsinelli Shughart. On August 19th, Plaza owner Highwoods Properties announced it would demolish the Balcony Building on the corner of 47th Street and Broadway to build an eight-story, glass office building.

Read more
KC Currents
12:34 pm
Mon September 13, 2010

Police Reopen 40-year-old Unsolved Murder of Political Leader Leon Jordan

Kansas City, MO – This summer, Kansas City Missouri police re-opened an unsolved murder case from 40 years ago. The victim was one of their own: former police lieutenant and state representative Leon Jordan. Jordan was gunned down outside his tavern on July 15, 1970.

Jordan was a key figure in the local civil rights movement, and helped consolidate black political power in Kansas City.

Read more
KC Currents
3:22 pm
Tue September 7, 2010

Giant Stamp Collection in a Northland Cave

Khalid Hussein runs the USPS Stamp Fulfillment Center.

Kansas City, MO – You might think of caves as a natural habitat for bats. But it turns out that the environment inside the caves at the industrial complex Hunt Midwest SubTropolis is also perfect for postage stamps.

Read more
KCUR News
2:19 pm
Mon August 23, 2010

Rev. Adam Hamilton on 'When Christians Get it Wrong'

Leawood, KS – Writer Anne Rice is best known for her vampire novels, which she moved away from when she became a faithful Catholic. But she recently renounced her Christianity very publicly, saying that too many Christians are anti-gay, anti-feminist, an anti-science.

Local Methodist Minister Adam Hamilton responded, in an opinion piece in The Washington Post.

Read more
KC Currents
3:39 pm
Mon August 16, 2010

New Guide for Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Kansas City, MO – Historically black colleges and universities were founded in the United States during a time when segregation and Jim Crow excluded blacks from higher education. Today, there are 104 HBCUs, representing just 3% of the nation's colleges and universities. Yet they graduate nearly 30% of African Americans who earn undergraduate degrees.

This past February, President Barack Obama gave HBCUs a boost: a 5% increase in federal funding and an executive order to strengthen the White House Initiative on HBCUs.

Read more
KCUR News
11:07 am
Mon August 2, 2010

Jackson County To Vote On Charter Revisions

Jackson County voters will decide whether to approve revisions to the county charter on Tuesday's primary ballot. The amended charter was developed by a task force chaired by former Kansas City Mayor Kay Barnes.

Read more
KC Currents
2:53 pm
Mon July 26, 2010

Sumner HS Remembered in New Book Written By Alumni

From the Sumner Writing Project, LLC. website.

Read more
KCUR News
12:42 pm
Mon July 19, 2010

Fallout From The NAACP's Tea Party Resolution

Reverend Al Sharpton, NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous and Reverend Jesse Jackson. Photo by Sylvia Maria Gross / KCUR.

Kansas City, MO – Last week, NAACP delegates debated and voted on a resolution calling the Tea Party movement to repudiate "racist elements." But convention attendees seemed to disagree on whether the issue should be the Tea Party's central agenda, or just fringe members.

KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross brings you voices from the convention, including NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous and Reverend Al Sharpton. She also speaks to Brendan Steinhauser, of Freedomworks, a group that helps organizes local Tea Party groups.

Read more
KC Currents
3:16 pm
Mon July 12, 2010

Memories Of The White Haven Motor Lodge

Overland Park, KS – The White Haven Motor Lodge, with its black and white building and landmark neon sign, was operated by the White family since it opened in 1957. Over the years, the rooms retained the trappings of that era, outfitted in classic 50s decor and opened with keys on brass rings.

Read more
KC Currents
11:28 am
Tue June 15, 2010

Sol Pro Bassmaster Hold Annual Fishing Derby

Kansas City, MO – On a rainy and overcast Saturday morning, about fifty people gathered at Spring Valley Park at 27th and Brooklyn. Members of Sol Pro Bassmasters, a mostly- African American fishing club were stationed around a small lake which is anchored by large weeping willow tree. The men are dressed in distinctive red, black, white and white jackets and hats with the Sol Pro logo.

Read more
KC Currents
12:43 pm
Tue June 8, 2010

Rainbow Flag Maker Visits KC

Kansas City, Mo. – Gilbert Baker is a vexilographer, a flag maker. His most famous creation is the Rainbow Flag, which has been adopted by the lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender community. He designed and sewed the first one for his friend, San Francisco politician and gay activist Harvey Milk.

Read more

Pages