Twenty years ago this summer, monsoon-like rains combined with unseasonably heavy snowfall and odd air pressure systems to cause massive flooding across nine Midwestern states. Forty-seven people died. The deluge forced tens of thousands of people from their homes, inundated 75 towns, and destroyed millions of acres of farmland. Two decades later, we go back to visit some of the people and places affected by the floods, and talk about some of the changes brought on by the catastrophic weather.
Every summer, you can find camps around the area for young people interested in everything from pottery to ecology to modeling. And this year, there’s a new option - a secular summer camp with a focus on science and critical thinking.
Written histories of Missouri often overlook the contributions of African Americans. But a new book, Extraordinary Black Missourians: Pioneers, Leaders, Performers, Athletes and Other Notables Who’ve Made History attempts to fill in the gaps. The book includes stories about well-known Missourians like Tina Turner, Dred Scott, and Langston Hughes. But St. Louis-based authors John and Sylvia Wright say that the untold stories of some little-known African Americans are most compelling.
A new kind of food hub is popping up across the country. These food processing and distribution centers make it easier for restaurants, grocery stores, and others to buy local food. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says there are more than 220 of them in 40 states, plus the District of Columbia.
The work of iconic Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera is on display this summer at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Over the next month, inspired by Kahlo and Rivera, we’re going to profile a few of Kansas City’s creative couples on KC Currents. We want to find out how two artists make a life together, and how their relationship influences their work. This first couple, Peregrine Honig and Mark Southerland, totally reject the idea that a relationship between artists should be full of conflict. [NOTE: Photos of Honig and Southerland will be added to this post by Wednesday, July 24 - check back then!]