KC Currents
4:01 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Archive Collects KC's Gay And Lesbian History, Reform Proposal For Foreign Student Entrepreneurs

The show for Sunday, August 19 and Monday, August 20:

Archive Collects KC’s Gay And Lesbian History
Back in 1966, Drew Schaeffer started a small group in Kansas City called the Phoenix society. The creation of this group doesn’t make it into a lot of history books, but for some, it’s one of the biggest events in the history of Kansas City. The Phoenix society was Kansas City’s first gay pride organization, and its creation is just one of many milestones in the little-known history of gays and lesbians in Kansas City. The Gay and Lesbian Archives of Mid-America is working to uncover that hidden history.

Professors Propose Reforms For Foreign Student Entrepreneurs
What do companies like Yahoo, eBay, Intel and Google have in common? They were all founded in part by foreign investors.  But many U.S. immigration and education policies discourage or even prohibit foreign students from starting new businesses, according to a team of UMKC professors. The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation just published a paper by Tony Luppino, John Norton and Malika Simmons which outlines ways foreign students might be allowed to create businesses and new jobs in the U.S.

Harvesting Poop To Help Peruvian Penguins: Saint Louis Zoo Digs In
Unlike their cold-weather relatives, Humboldt penguins live only in South America, along the rocky Pacific coast of Chile and Peru. The Saint Louis Zoo’s Michael Macek has been monitoring the penguins there, tracking their health and numbers. Macek is back in Peru again, in a coastal reserve called Punta San Juan, where Humboldt penguins nest by the thousands. Before he left, he shared how this time he’s helping to lead a sustainable guano harvest.

Charlie Parker Cutting Contest Results Are In
Charlie Parker’s birthday is coming up on August 29, and Kansas City has been known to show its locally grown sax legend many forms of tributes over the years.  This year a new kind of tribute is born.  The radio show 12th Street Jump hosted its first-ever Charlie Parker Cutting Contest - a musical battle between saxophone players. But this competition wasn’t on a stage. 12th Street Jump used Facebook as the platform for submissions and to collect votes. 

My Farm Roots
Harvest Public Media started a series called My Farm Roots. These are Americans’ stories and memories of rural life. Ryan Brady remembers his times as a typical farm kid, long days spent outside, playing and helping his dad work.

Related Program