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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Kansas City History
2:45 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

Reconsidering The Legacy Of KC's Champion Cakewalker

The Portrait of Joseph "Doc" Brown was painted in 1896 by Millard C. Haywood. Poet Glenn North says he originally saw the image as troubling, but came to see the beauty in it.
Kansas City Museum

Every month, the staff of the Kansas City Museum asks a local expert in some field to talk about a piece from the museum's collection for its Community Curator program.

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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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Housing Crisis
5:23 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

Missouri Among States Spending Mortgage Settlement On Other Priorities

Missouri is one of more than a dozen states using funds from a $25 billion mortgage settlement to plug unrelated budget gaps, according to the New York Times and a report from Enterprise Community Partners, an affordable housing group.

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Sports
5:25 pm
Mon May 14, 2012

Skateboarders Test-Ride Upgrades To Penn Valley Skate Park

Nick Soper skates the bowl, which was already part of the park.
Sylvia Maria Gross KCUR

When Kansas City Parks and Recreation built Penn Valley's Skate Park in 2006, the $380,000 cost didn't cover everything on the plans.  

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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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Missouri Statehouse
11:17 am
Tue May 8, 2012

Missouri Representative Explains 'Don't Say Gay' Announcement

A Republican member of the Missouri House came out of the closet this week during a press conference on a bill that would limit public schools from discussing sexual orientation in the classroom. 

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Poetry
5:31 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

Poet Xanath Caraza Summons The African Roots Of Mexico

Israel Nazario's painting La Nina Que Corto La Flor (the girl who picked the flower) was the inspiration for Caraza's poem De Tus Manos (Out of Your Hands).

Kansas City poet Xanath Caraza recently published the poetry chapbook Corazon Pintado, a book of "ekphrastic poems" – or poems that respond to other works of art. 

Yanga, Yanga, Yanga

Yanga, Yanga, Yanga

Today, your spirit I invoke

Here, in this place

This, this is my poem for Yanga

Mandinga, malanga, bamba

Rumba, mambo, samba.

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May 6, 2012
4:59 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

Art In A Foreclosed Mansion, Indian Missions In Kansas, Xanath Caraza

The show for May 6, 2012. Click "Listen" to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories:

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Missouri Statehouse
1:14 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

VIDEO: Kirksville Republican Comes Out, Denounces 'Don't Say Gay'

Mo. State Representative Zachary Wyatt told fellow members of the House of Representatives that he is gay this morning, according to the Kirksville Daily Express. He spoke out to denounce House Bill 2051, which would ban discussions of homosexuality in public schools.

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Vacant Homes In KC
11:10 am
Tue May 1, 2012

City Officials Banking On Vacant Homes To Help Neighborhoods

David Park is director of Kansas City's Department of Neighborhood and Community Services.
Sylvia Maria Gross KCUR

The foreclosure crisis hit some of Kansas City 's neighborhoods hard, particularly neighborhoods that were already struggling with crime, disinvestment and people moving out.

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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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Local Author
9:36 am
Tue April 17, 2012

New Mystery Series Based In KC Area

Murder mystery fans: a new series of police crime novels launches next week, starring the tough but sensitive Skeet Bannion

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April 15, 2012
5:21 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

KC-Based Mystery Series, Line Dancing With De Barker

The show for April 15, 2012. Click "Listen" to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories.

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Future Of KC Schools
10:51 am
Thu April 12, 2012

New KC School Board Seeks Both Stability And Change

Troost Elementary School.
Sylvia Maria Gross KCUR

Just after winning re-election by a couple hundred write-in votes, Kansas City Missouri's school board president Airick Leonard West and three newly elected board members immediately got down to business at their first meeting last night.  The agenda included a plan to overhaul the structure of the board itself.

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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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Kansas City Public Schools
12:41 pm
Wed April 11, 2012

KC School Board President Wins Write-In Re-Election

School Board President Airick Leonard West will retain his at-large seat on the Kansas City, Missouri school board, after running a write-in race against four other candidates.

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KCMO City Hall
12:00 pm
Sun March 18, 2012

Kansas City Struggles With Budget And Promises

Kansas City, Mo., City Hall.

Kansas City Mayor Sly James and the council are having their final meetings this week and next over the city's budget, which is more than a billion dollars.

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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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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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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 Public Schools
6:44 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

School Board President Trains Others To Take His Place

School Board President Airick Leonard West.
Sylvia Maria Gross KCUR

Missouri lawmakers are considering bills that could eliminate the Kansas City school board, or even dissolve the district. 

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Odd Jobs
3:29 pm
Mon February 27, 2012

Made In Olathe: Custom Brass Instruments

Sylvia Maria Gross KCUR

New Orleans celebrated Mardi Gras last week with that signature brass band sound. In the seven years since Hurricane Katrina devastated the city, a local man has played a role in bringing that sound back to the streets.

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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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Kansas City Schools
7:37 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

State Resumes Advising KCPS

State regional supervisor Tony Stansberry, interim superintendent Steve Green and school board president Airick Leonard West heard progress reports from district officials at Manual Technical Academy.
Sylvia Maria Gross KCUR

While Missouri lawmakers consider dissolving, splitting up or changing the governance of Kansas City Public Schools, state education officials have resumed working with the district on regaining accreditation by the current deadline of 2014.  

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February 19, 2012
11:30 am
Mon February 20, 2012

Shariah Law, Freedom Is Now, Border War

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

The show for February 19, 2012.  Click "Listen" to hear the entire show, see below for individual stories.

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KC Currents
11:04 am
Mon February 13, 2012

KCPS Alumni Debate The District's Future

Debaters Latoya Williams-Green and Ryan Wash.
Sylvia Maria Gross KCUR

The first legislative hearings about Kansas City Public Schools began in Jefferson City on January 31, 2012. The latest bill would dissolve the district, parceling the schools out to neighboring districts for management.

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KC Currents
10:42 am
Mon February 13, 2012

Servers Tell All: Jeff Esparza

Jeff Esparza is a local bartender.
Sylvia Maria Gross KCUR

Ordering a meal at a restaurant can be a very different transaction depending on whether you're sitting at the table or standing with a notepad.

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February 12, 2012
11:22 am
Sun February 12, 2012

Mormons Return, Alumni Debate KCPS Future, Longview Mystery

Jacob Fenston KBIA

The show for February 12, 2012.  Click "Listen" to hear the entire show, see below for individual stories.

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KC Currents
5:16 pm
Mon February 6, 2012

Kansas Cuts Food Benefits For Some Immigrants' Families

The Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services recently cut off hundreds – possibly thousands – of immigrant families from receiving food stamps.

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