Sylvia Maria Gross

Reporter, Producer & Co-Host of KC Currents

Sylvia Maria Gross co-hosts and produces KC Currents, an award-winning weekly news magazine that covers news and culture in Kansas City’s diverse communities. Her stories have aired nationally on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Marketplace, The World and Studio 360. Gross grew up in New York City, Brazil and the suburbs of Washington, DC. She studied English at Yale University, and then spent a year researching arts education in Brazil on a Fulbright grant. When she returned from Brazil, she taught middle school math and English while completing a master's degree in journalism at Columbia University in New York City. She reported in New York about education and culture before moving to Kansas City in 2004.

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KC Currents
11:08 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Altar Celebrates Life In Day Of The Dead Celebration, How A Bike Trip Grew To Help Orphans In KC

Glowing lanterns in Kirkwood Hall hang from the skylight trailing ribbons at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
Credit Julie Denesha / KCUR

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Altar Celebrates Life In Day Of The Dead Tradition
The Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday of remembrance and celebration for friends and family members who have died. Traditionally, families build private altars honoring the dead using skulls, flowers, and the favorite food and drink of the departed. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is hosting its second annual Day of the Dead Celebration November 4th. Mexican Artist Betsabeé Romero and area artists have come together to create a special altar installation for the event. 

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KC Currents
5:07 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Jazz Singer Deborah Brown's New CD, Plan To Remove Traffic Lights Is On Hold For Now

Jazz singer Deborah Brown at KCUR studios.
Suzanne Hogan KCUR

Jazz Singer Deborah Brown’s New CD And International Attention
Kansas City-based singer Deborah Brown says her new CD, All Too Soon, explores hidden gems of jazz songs. Like most of her music, the disc delivers a no-nonsense, romantic sound to fans of classic, swinging jazz. For much of her career, the singer has found those classic jazz fans at nightclubs, concerts and festivals in Europe.  She’s spent the last couple of decades living and teaching off and on in Europe, and she also performs regularly in Russia.

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KC Currents
12:26 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Atheists Shed Stereotypes, Suicide Rates Are Up In Kansas

Atheists Shed Stereotypes
In Kansas and Missouri, it’s now common for a lot of politicians to not just proclaim their faith, but to openly push a pro-religious agenda. But for the past year, a Kansas City-based group has been trying to push back, although in a friendly way. The Kansas City Atheist Coalition tries to shake off the stereotypes of bitter, angry atheism while they talk to the public about the value of a secular society and government.

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KC Currents
1:49 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

Parents Push For New Public School, Discriminatory Real Estate Practices And Segregation

Outside of Hale Cook Elementary in Waldo, Kansas City.
Alex Smith KCUR

Concerned Parents Push For New Public School
A group of concerned parents have been gathering at a coffeehouse in Waldo. The cause for concern is the state of public schools in Kansas City, MO. Rather than moving across the state line to Kansas, or to another district, these parents have decided to get a little more proactive—they want to open up a neighborhood school. 

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KC Currents
1:10 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

A Tale Of Short Cow Tails, Launch KC Hopes To Attract IT Startups

Here a cow with docked tail stands alongside a cow with a tail whose switch has been trimmed at Foremost Dairy in Columbia, Mo. The dairy, which does not dock tails, acquired several cows with docked tails for a research project.
Abbie Fentress Swanson Harvest Public Media

The show for Sunday, September 23, and Monday, September 24:

Here’s The Short Story On Cow Tails
Many people who haven’t stepped foot on a dairy might think milking a cow is a sort of Emersonian back-to-the land moment, where a milker bonds with his or her cow while communing with nature. Just milk her for a while and voilà: fresh, creamy milk. But the truth is, milking can be a very dirty job.

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KC Currents
2:22 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Mo. Farmers Recovering From Flood Hit With Drought, Nerd Nite KC: Erin Dahl Talks Silk Worms

After the Birds Point Levee breach last year, water coursed through farmland, leaving debris and destruction in it wake.
Samantha Powers Harvest Public Media
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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
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

Up All Night With A New Baby

KCUR listeners may know that our producer and regular co-host Sylvia Maria Gross is on maternity leave.  But this Up All Night show theme was her idea, so we felt we had to include her somehow.  Sylvia and her husband, Bill Elder, had baby Rosa Mina just a month ago.  We thought their overnight experience would take us to a scene all new parents will recognize.

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
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
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.
Click "Listen" to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories:

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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
11:38 am
Mon July 9, 2012

'My Farm Roots' Collects Stories From The Land

Nan Gardiner told her story to My Farm Roots.
Peggy Lowe Harvest Public Media

Many people in the Kansas City area have close ties to agriculture, whether they currently work on a farm, or grew up on one and left. Or maybe their ancestors settled in the region to work the land. 

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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
11:46 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Independence Day Goes Up In Smoke

zota Flickr

As a criminal defense attorney in Kansas City, John Humphrey wasn't used to being on the wrong side of the law. 

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Splicing Into Google Fiber
2:24 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Free Wifi For Rosedale?

bigstock.com

Updated June 27, 2012 12:00pm:  Google has rejected Connecting for Good's wifi plan for Rosedale, according to Michael Liimatta.  He was told the idea is "not in their current licensing agreements."  Liimatta says he's still moving forward with the plan for an e-community center.

Google has promised Kansas City speed-of-light internet. The potential for residents, businesses, schools and hospitals, we've been told, is enormous.

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Classical Piano
1:24 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Rising Local Pianist Behzod Abduraimov Releases Debut Album

Pianist Behzod Abduraimov studies at Park University.
behzodabduraimov.com

One of Kansas City’s musical greats has just made another leap in his quest for international acclaim.

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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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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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Kansas Redistricting
10:52 am
Fri June 8, 2012

Kansas Redistricting Maps Spark Huge Political Shake-Up

The new map for Kansas' Congressional districts.
redistricting.ks.gov
  • Above: Listen to Frank Morris interview Steve Kraske of Up To Date & The Kansas City Star about Kansas' redistricting shake-up.

A three-judge panel set new electoral maps for Kansas' congressional, state House, state Senate and Board of Education districts in a ruling last night, according to the Kansas City Star / AP.  

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KC Currents
4:19 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

Everything You Need To Know About Kansas Redistricting

Current electoral map for the Kansas State Board of Education.

Last week, the Kansas legislature adjourned after a tumultuous year.  Lawmakers passed Gov. Sam Brownback's dramatic tax cut plan, which could reduce the state budget by more than $2 billion over the next five years. 

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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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City Hall
5:47 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Residents Facing Eviction Lead Effort To Recall Councilman

East side residents who will be displaced by a new police development are collecting signatures to recall 3rd District Councilman Jermaine Reed

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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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