KC Currents
2:26 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Black Israelites, Royals Announcer, Naismith Artifacts

Royals Announcer Warms Up For 2013 Season

Baseball season has begun! In recent years, baseball games have become highly-produced multi-media events. But despite all the changes technology has brought, two aspects of baseball remain the same: the sport and the announcer. Meet one of the most-heard but least-known members of the team.

KU Prof Explores Roots Of Black Israelites In Kansas 

Michael Long talks about his path to joining a Jewish synagogue.
Michael Long talks about his path to joining a Jewish synagogue.
Credit Susan B. Wilson / KCUR

A number of different Black Israelite faiths share the belief that Africans, and African Americans are dexcended from the Ancient Israelites. The development of these Black Israelite or Black Jewish sects have roots in Kansas, according to a new book by University of Kansas professor, Jacob Dorman. Dorman discusses his book, The Chosen People: The Rise of Black Israelite Religions, and, hear from Michael Long, also known as Devar, who tells us about his path to joining a Jewish synagogue.

Kansas Renga: Shawn Pavey

A renga is a collaborative form of Japanese poetry, usually about nature. Here, each poet had just 48 hours to write 10 lines about the Kansas landscape.  And then the next poet wrote 10 more in response to the previous poem. The poets in To the Stars Through Difficulties range from laureates like Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, to unpublished writers just starting out. We’ll be airing the work of different poets throughout the month of April.

The Battle Over Naismith

There’s an ongoing battle between various places to lay claim to the inventor of college basketball, James Naismith.  His artifacts are scattered throughout the U.S. and Canada. Some feel that Naismith’s collection should be concentrated in one location. But now the question is where.

Wichita State Shocks Kansas

The Wichita State Shockers lost 68-72 to Louisville in the Final Four of the NCAA tournament Saturday night.  The team had become a de facto home team for Kansas Citians after Mizzou, KU and K-State were all out of the picture.  Despite the loss, Wichita State’s early upsets in the tournament resulted in a big bump in interest in the Kansas school.

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