KC Currents
10:41 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Cell Phone Warning, Clay Studio, Barista Champ

Joplin Optimistic In Recovery, Anxious To Help In Moore, OK

Last week’s massive tornado in Moore, Oklahoma came almost exactly two years after another EF-5 tornado ripped through Joplin, killing 161 people.  Wednesday marked that anniversary, and the city was greeted with near perfect weather.  Thousands came out that day to honor the lives of those lost, and reflect upon the continuing recovery effort.

The Boys Grow group brings up water for the plants.
The Boys Grow group brings up water for the plants.
Credit Beth Lipoff / KCUR

New System Warns Cell Phone Users Of Tornadoes, Other Emergencies

A new system from the federal government is bringing weather and other alert to your cell phone. Your phone might beep and vibrate with an alert: “Tornado Warning in this area until 9p.m.”  But how does it work? 

A Vacant Storefront Sparks Arts Collaboration In KCK

In downtown KCK, a new art space is trying to bring the community together. The Epic Arts studio opened a year and a half ago, and offers residents and local students the opportunity to dig their hands into the art of ceramics.  Visit a class for students from the Kansas State School for the Blind.

‘Boys Grow’ Program Changes Lives Through Growing Food And Making Ketchup

Growing and eating local food isn’t just about health for one Kansas City group. At Boys Grow, farm fields are fertile ground for helping young teens develop personal responsibility and a good work ethic. And the group’s leaders hope to harvest more than just tomatoes.

Missouri River Home To Endangered Pallid Sturgeon

More than 20 years after being listed as an endangered species, the pallid sturgeon is just treading water in the Missouri River.  Thanks to an ongoing restocking program, the fish population is stable.  But plans to improve the Missouri river ecosystem and help the pallid sturgeon recover must also take into account the broader river economy.

Kansas City Local Wins World Barista Championships

When it comes to coffee, Kansas City native, Pete Licata has perfected the art of the quick brewing method, espresso. Licata’s known as the “best barista in the nation,” since he won the US Barista Championship this year, and in 2011.  In the competition, each barista has to mix 12 drinks in 15 minutes. Last weekend, Licata represented the United States in the World Barista Championship in Melbourne, Australia—and won.  Hear his secrets to a perfect espresso and cappucino.

Cadillac Flambé’s Latest Recording Drums Out Americana Flair

This new recording from the local Americana delta blues group, Cadillac Flambé is called “Movin’ On.” It delivers more of the Mississippi Delta sounds they’ve become known for. Cadillac Flambé is fronted by the husband-and-wife team of Kristopher and Havilah Bruders.

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