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Penn Valley Skate Park, Jazz Meets Gamelan

The show for May 13, 2012. Click "Listen" to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories:

Skateboarders Test Ride Upgrades To Penn Valley Skate Park

The skate park officially re-opens Tuesday, May 15, 2012 and is expected to draw kids – and adult riders – from all over the metro.  Hear from some of riders who crossed the construction barriers last week to test out the flow.

New Report On Black-White Disparities in Kansas

How does the status of African Americans in Kansas compare with that of its white citizens? That’s the question that inspired a recent report by the Kansas African American Affairs Commission. Executive Director for the commission, Mildred Edwards, discusses the findings.

Jazz Meets Gamelan

Like the Odd Couple, the Black House Improviser's Collective (a jazz group) has found common ground with the Indonesian Percussion Ensemble, Gamelan Genta Kasturi. They are collaborating on a rare fusion of avant garde jazz with traditional Asian music.

Kansas House Approves Massive Tax Plan, Sends To Governor's Desk

The Kansas House has sent to Governor Sam Brownback a massive tax-cutting bill. Legislative estimates show it could create more than $2.5 billion in budget deficits in the next five years. Supporters of cutting taxes say it would help spur economic growth. An unusual chain of events led to the passing.

A Few Hot-Button Items Left For Last Week Of Mo. Legislative Session

Most of the big issues this legislative session were tied to the state budget, which has been passed and sent to Governor Jay Nixon.  That has many political pundits wondering if the last week of the 2012 session will be anticlimactic. But there are still a few hot-button items left to fight over.

Missouri Strengthens Soybean Connection To China

Missouri soybeans are exported all over the world, and markets are growing.  Visit the self-proclaimed “World Capital of Soybeans” in Norborne, Missouri to learn how local farmers are building on connections to one of their largest customers.

Printmaker Tom Huck Returns To Missouri Roots

St. Louis-based artist Tom Huck is returning to the subject of his rural Missouri roots. And this time, in a new series of prints, it’s a hillbilly take on the Kama Sutra.

When Dan Met Stella: A Star Chart Serenade

UMKC grad student Dan Warneke created "Stella Starlight," a disc based on a star chart, which is played on an antique music box. This story first aired in October, 2011.