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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KCUR News
2:42 pm
Tue August 25, 2009

Is 'That New Car Smell' Dangerous?

Kansas City, MO – Anyone who has jumped behind the wheel of a brand new car might themselves saying, "There's just nothing like a new car smell!" In fact, go to the car wash, and "New Car" is one of the scents you're offered. But toxicologist Marcus Iszard wants us to think twice before we get too carried away with the fresh smell of new vehicles. Susan stopped by his office and he told her all about the hidden dangers of new cars.

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KCUR News
12:50 pm
Mon August 17, 2009

Investing During An Uncertain Recovery

Kansas City, MO – The recent recession has many people completely rethinking how they manage their money. KCUR's Susan Wilson recently caught up with certified financial planner David Jackson, of Waddell and Reed, to find out whether changes in the economy should prompt major changes in people's investments.

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KCUR News
9:27 am
Mon August 3, 2009

Tips For Navigating The Housing Market

While many people are still trying to dig out from under bad mortgages, new data shows that foreclosures are actually down in the Kansas City area, compared to the first six months of last year. And some people are finding that it's a pretty good time to buy a house. KCUR's Susan B. Wilson spoke to Certified Financial Planner David Jackson, of Waddell and Reed, for his thoughts on buying, or keeping, a home.

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KCUR News
12:51 pm
Fri July 24, 2009

New KCMO Superintendent Outlines Approach For District

Kansas City, MO – At the beginning of July, John Covington started his work as the new superintendent of the Kansas City Missouri School District. He comes with a track record of boosting student achievement in Pueblo, Colorado and in a small district in Lowndes County, Alabama, which is near where he's from. But in Kansas City, most people agree; Covington has his work cut out for him.

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KCUR News
10:08 am
Mon July 20, 2009

Local Pilot Honored For WWII Service

Prairie Village, KS – Back in 1944, Marjorie Rees did not consider herself a trailblazer. But President Barack Obama now respectfully disagrees. This month, the President signed a bill honoring Rees and the other surviving Women Air Force Service Pilots, called WASPs. The WASPS were the first women to fly military aircraft, serving their country between 1942 and 1944 during World War II.

Rees and the WASPS will soon receive the highest civilian honor, the Congressional Gold medal, in a ceremony in Washington.

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KCUR News
1:37 pm
Mon July 6, 2009

Urban Garden Teaches Youth New Skills

Kansas City, MO – Gardeners in Kansas City are transforming blighted buildings and weed-filled lots into tiny urban farms. Urban agriculture projects often try to address hunger and teach city dwellers new skills. One example of this movement is Troostwood Gardens - it was started ten years ago on a corner lot donated by Rockhurst University near 52nd and Paseo. KCUR's Susan B. Wilson recently stopped by for a visit.

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KCUR News
8:38 am
Mon June 22, 2009

Local Radio Host Follows Iranian Elections

Kansas City, MO – Thousands of protesters with green armbands filled the streets of Iran this week. People were responding to the June 12th presidential election, in which the incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was declared the winner against opposition leader Mir Hussein Mousavi. In Kansas City some young people planned to gather on the Plaza Sunday morning to show solidarity with the people protesting in the streets of Tehran.

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KCUR News
1:53 pm
Mon June 15, 2009

DJ Jazzy Jeff Show Ends Abruptly At Power & Light District

Tim Githumbi tracked down DJ Jazzy Jeff after the concert was cut short, to get an autograph on his old DJ Jazzy Jeff record.
Courtesy of Tim Githumbi / DJ Skeme

Kansas City, MO – When you hear the name DJ Jazzy Jeff the hit 90's sitcom ,The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air might come to mind. Jeff Townes played Will Smith's friend Jazz, who often got kicked out of the house by Uncle Phil. And now almost 30 years later, just a week ago on Saturday night, Jazzy Jeff says he was kicked out of the Power and Light District.

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KCUR News
11:29 am
Mon June 15, 2009

Multiracial Families Share Strategies For Raising Children

Kansas City, MO – President Barack Obama, champion golfer Tiger Woods and actress Halle Berry: they're some of the best-known of a growing segment of the US population. People who identify themselves as multiracial are the fastest growing group in the country. The Census Bureau recently reported that the number has risen by 3.4% to 5.2 million. And now that people can check more than one box for race, 33% more Americans did just that.

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KCUR News
12:47 pm
Mon June 1, 2009

National Spelling Champion Kavya Shivashankar

Kansas City, MO – Olathe eighth grader Kavya Shivashankar was the last speller standing on Thursday night's final round on the Scripps National Spelling Bee. She used a signature technique that she's known for, writing each letter of the word with her finger on her palm.

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KCUR News
12:10 am
Tue May 26, 2009

Remembering African Americans' Service In The Great World War

Kansas City, MO – UMKC Pellom McDaniels discusses the contributions of African American soldiers who served in World War I, including a man from Kansas City who was the last soldier killed during the Great War. McDaniels has organized an exhibit called They Came to Fight: African Americans and the Great World War, on display through June 20th, at UMKC's African American Culture House.

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KCUR News
12:38 pm
Mon May 11, 2009

Kansas City Overlooked For State Transit Funding

Kansas City, MO – Earlier this year, the City Council cut the budget for the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority by 7 million dollars. They cited a declining sales tax. The KCATA is raising bus fares, and last year, voters extended a 3/8th cent sales tax for transit. But even so, officials said bus service would be reduced on 25 routes. That is, unless they could secure funds from the state of Missouri.

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KCUR News
12:24 pm
Sun May 10, 2009

Knitting Club Makes Scarves For Strangers

Kansas City, MO – Knitting has become a growing trend among younger women. But KCUR's Susan Wilson recently heard about a group that brings together women of all ages, and even an occasional guy, to knit for strangers. That's what it's all about for the Knitting and Crochet Ministry of Saint James Catholic Church. The group has about a dozen regular members, who meet twice a month at the church in midtown. Many of their handicrafts are handed out at the bus stop nearby at 39th and Troost.

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KCUR News
9:17 am
Mon April 27, 2009

Iraqi Families Meet Local Vets

Kansas City, MO – Imagine having to leave your home, job, friends and family to escape the collapse of your community because of war? That's the situation for an estimated 4.7 million Iraqis, many of whom have left for Syria and Jordan. In 2007, the U.S. government began a resettlement program to relocate Iraqi refugees to this country. Approximately, 15,000 Iraqi refugees have come to the United States. Around 90 Iraqi families have been resettled in the Kansas City area. Members of the Iraqi community estimate around 700 Iraqis live here now.

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KCUR News
5:04 am
Mon April 20, 2009

Jim 'Mudcat' Grant On The Beginning Of Integration In Baseball

Kansas City, MO – 62 years ago last week Jackie Robinson became the first African American to take the field for a Major League team. He was #42 for the Brooklyn Dodgers.

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KCUR News
10:36 am
Mon March 9, 2009

St. Louis Civil Rights Pioneer Looks Back On Long Career

Former US Commissioner of Civil Rights Frankie Muse Freeman

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KCUR News
4:08 am
Mon February 16, 2009

Task Force Explores Economic Development In Distressed Neighborhoods

Kansas City, MO – Mayor Mark Funkhouser says he wants to come up with new ideas for redeveloping economically distressed parts of the city. Funkhouser contends that in recent years, developers have been in the driver's seat steering projects to wealthy areas while overlooking the third and fifth districts on the East Side. In the meantime, people have flocked to the suburbs; the Kansas City tax base is in jeopardy.

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KCUR News
10:08 am
Mon February 9, 2009

Grandparents Take Over Parenting Role

When parents devote 18 or more years to child-rearing, they often look forward to getting back to goals, dreams and hobbies that they had put aside. But some grandparents get thrust back into the parenting role, and have to put those things aside. Throughout the country, there are over 5.7 million children being raised by their grandparents - one of the most famous just became president.

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KCUR News
9:34 am
Fri January 30, 2009

Challenges Of Giving During Trying Economic Times

Brent Stewart, CEO and President of the United Way of Greater Kansas City

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KCUR News
5:51 am
Tue January 20, 2009

Olathe Couple Produces Latino Inaugural Gala In Washington DC

David Chavez and Sarah Ruiz of LatinPointe.

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KCUR News
10:02 am
Mon December 22, 2008

How To Beat Holiday Stress

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