KC Currents
3:57 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Kenyan Journalist Recalls Dangerous Career, Nerd Nite KC On Cryptozoology

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Kenyan journalist Peter Makori came to the Kansas City Star in 2005 as part of a Friendly Press fellowship. He talked to Susan Wilson at KCUR studios about surviving as a journalist in Kenya.
Credit Suzanne Hogan / KCUR

 Kenyan Journalist Recalls Dangerous Career
A free press tends to be something journalists take for granted as a part of American democracy. But around the world, journalism can have life-threatening occupational hazards. Before coming to the U.S., UMKC communication studies major Peter Makori faced down death as he worked as journalist for The Standard, Kenya’s oldest newspaper. After surviving ten years of intimidation, brutal beatings and imprisonment, a Friendly Press fellowship landed him at The Kansas City Star in 2005.

Hindu Community Celebrates Diwali In Shawnee
Take a look inside the local celebration of the Hindu holiday of Diwali.  Hear a repeat piece from 2010 where we traveled to the region’s largest ever Diwali party in Shawnee, KS.   There, nearly 2,000 people gathered to gather to take part in the “festival of lights.”

Area Nerds Unite: Nerd Nite KC Features Cryptozoology
For the past couple months we’ve been bringing you clips of presentations from Nerd Nites, which happen in Kansas City, Lawrence and all around the world. Past featured talks include how to raise silkworms and the character trope of vampire boyfriends as it’s evolved in popular culture.  Nerd Nite KC is hosted at Mini Bar on Broadway Boulevard every month.  This presentation is from John January, the Executive Creative Director at Sullivan Higdon and Sink, an integrated marketing firm in KC.  His nerdy topic: "Beloved Monsters: A crypto zoological view of the world."

Corn Belt Farmland: The Newest Real Estate Bubble
Across the Corn Belt, farmland is selling at record high prices. Just last October an 80-acre tract in Sioux City, Iowa went for nearly $22,000 an acre. That’s five times more than the land sold for only five years earlier. Sales are being driven by high crop prices and good returns on farmland when compared with bonds, gold and even the stock market. Hear a report from Harvest Public Media on how these returns are enticing traditional investors to put their money into nontraditional investments.

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