Jazz Singer Deborah Brown’s New CD And International Attention
Kansas City-based singer Deborah Brown says her new CD, All Too Soon, explores hidden gems of jazz songs. Like most of her music, the disc delivers a no-nonsense, romantic sound to fans of classic, swinging jazz. For much of her career, the singer has found those classic jazz fans at nightclubs, concerts and festivals in Europe. She’s spent the last couple of decades living and teaching off and on in Europe, and she also performs regularly in Russia.
Ad Watch: Missouri Senate Race
As the campaign season kicks into high gear, KCUR brings you “Ad Watch,” a series examining the accuracy of political ads on local airwaves. The Missouri Senate race has produced some of the season’s most memorable—and controversial—commercials.
Plan To Remove Traffic Lights Is On Hold For Now
Drivers may have noticed some changes on the roadways. At 37 intersections across the metro traffic lights are flashing red or yellow and they’re not broken. The Public Works Department is planning to change out unwarranted stop lights to stop signs, but this plan is facing resistance from the city council and residents.
KEI: Refugee To Soccer Superstar
Sporting KC is wrapping up the regular season with a first place spot in the Eastern Conference for the MLS Playoffs. Sporting KC player Kei Kamara is the team’s leading goal scorer, and the subject of a new documentary based on his life called Kei. Kei grew up in war-torn Sierra Leone in West Africa and has traveled a long way through many obstacles to make it as a professional footballer
Amish Farmers Take The Progressive Road
This year’s drought has damaged crops, but it hasn’t hurt the price of farmland. In Iowa, prices are up almost 8 percent just since March. That’s forcing a lot of small farmers to make some tough decisions; including Amish farmers in that state who are breaking tradition so they can afford to stay on the land.
Political Power Of Imagery
What images best convey the meaning of politics in America? An exhibition at the Spencer Museum of Art in Lawrence explores this idea through photography, prints, paintings, archival political ads, and a poodle skirt. KCUR’s Laura Spencer met with Burdett Loomis, longtime professor of political science at the University of Kansas, who curated this exhibition- which is also his first.
The Pounding Rhythms Of ‘Carmina Burana’ Open The Kansas City Ballet Season
Carl Orff's “Carmina Burana” is based on Medieval poems about love, drinking, and spirituality – some bawdy and irreverent. For the Kansas City Ballet's epic-scaled production, music director Ramona Pansegrau conducts the Kansas City Symphony and leads a large chorus, on-stage and in the balconies.