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Each weekday morning Central Standard looks at the different worlds within Kansas City. Regular topics include personal finance, information technology, the environment, music, cognitive therapy and the arts.

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Monday: 
The Response to the Jewish Community Center Shooting, The History of Education in Kansas that Lead to Brown v. Board of Education
Tuesday: 
The Importance of Play
Wednesday:
Butterflies and Bees
Thursday: 
Dr. Vandana Shiva: Cultivating Diversity, Culture and Hope
Friday: 
Food Critics: Best Places for Lunch in the KC Area

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Central Standard
1:04 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Passionate Sustainability Advocate Vandana Shiva Visits Kansas City

Dr. Vandana Shiva stops by KCUR to talk about the value of diversity in culture and in agriculture.
Credit Photo by Kartaka Shiva, courtesy Cultivate KC

Dr. Vandana Shiva sees issues of diversity playing out in our societies as well as in our grocery stores and on our dinner plates. Central Standard visits with this prolific author and global environmental activist about her unique blend of science and philosophy in which feminism, economic theory, quantum physics and agricultural history combine to create a compelling world view.

Dr. Shiva stops by the studio to explain her perspective and to tell her personal story. 

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Central Standard
12:35 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Precariousness For Pollinators: Monarch Butterflies & Honeybees In Decline

Insect ecologist Chip Taylor gets up close and personal with monarch butterflies.
Credit Catherine L. Sherman and Monarch Watch

Insect ecologist Chip Taylor is a friend to both the monarch butterfly and the honeybee. He's been tracking monarchs and restoring their habitats since 1992. And he's worked with bees in French Guiana, Venezuela and Mexico.

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Central Standard
12:10 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

The Importance Of Play

Credit Mike Gonzalez

It's all fun and games until... well, until you learn a lesson. Of course, that's part of the point of fun and games. Central Standard was inspired by multimedia arts reporter Julie Denesha's reflection on her childhood dollhouse to do a show on the developmental significance of toys and play.

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Community
4:02 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Coping With Targeted Violence In The Aftermath Of Shootings In Overland Park

Outside of Village Shalom in Overland Park, Kan. on Sunday after the shooting.
Credit Laura Ziegler / KCUR

The day after a harrowing series of shootings at the Jewish Community Center and Village Shalom, Central Standard convenes community leaders to take the first steps toward healing and understanding. Do we find answers in spirituality? Ethics? Shared humanity and friendship? Tune in for this half-hour segment to hear how Kansas City's communities are responding to a tragic act of targeted violence.

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Central Standard
3:41 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Brown V. Board Of Education: 60 Years Later

Credit Gina Yang1 / Flickr/CC

As of next month 60 years will have passed since Brown v. Board of Education took place in Topeka, Kan. The landmark case ruled that "separate but equal" was in fact unequal, and all public schools began the desegregation process.

On today's Central Standard, host Gina Kaufmann discusses the history of education in the state of Kansas and why Topeka was the ideal setting for this case.

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History
3:49 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

The History Of Troost

For decades, Troost Avenue has symbolized racial separation, income disparity and vast differences in home value as well as frequency of crime. But it's only a street. And at one time, it happened to be quite a prosperous street.

Hosted by Monroe Dodd, this discussion explores the specific decisions, both national and local, that laid the groundwork for Troost's transformation into a major metropolitan divide. Personal stories from a longtime resident contribute to this conversation.  

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Arts & Culture
3:13 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Music In The '90s: Was There A 'KC Sound'?

In the age of cassette tapes, Kansas City's underground music scene was alive and well.
Credit Thegreenj / wiki commons

As the national media look back at grunge and Nirvana is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Central Standard revisits Kansas City's hole-in-the-wall venues of the 1990s and asks: Was there a Kansas City sound? And are the musicians and fans active at that time still making, promoting and listening to music today?

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Books
11:57 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Ray Bradbury Remembered By Loving Biographer

Writer Ray Bradbury was an American icon. His work straddled genres, uniting the seemingly-disparate worlds of science fiction and high literature, haunting readers' imaginations with side shows, skeletons, bright stars, the dark skies of space, solitary front porches and late night train whistles. 

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Film
11:53 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Africa World Documentary Film Festival Brings Global Stories To Lawrence

Musicians from Mali, like MC Jazz (pictured here), are profiled in one of the many diverse films in the Africa World Documentary Film Festival.

The University of Kansas is hosting the Africa World Documentary Film Festival this Thursday, April 10 through Saturday, April 12.

The convener of that festival, Daniel Atkinson, visited the KCUR studios to talk about the films he chose to show and the ideas he hoped to convey through the wide range of stories these documentaries tell.

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Central Standard
4:26 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

The Missouri River Environment And The Pallid Sturgeon

Credit Kevin Saff / Flickr/CC

The Missouri River is a significant natural resource for our community. It is a place for recreation and enjoyment, and it provides farmers with water for their crops. The "Big Muddy" is also home to a diverse ecosystem, including the pallid sturgeon. On today's Central Standard, we discuss the history of the Missouri River, its wildlife and efforts to protect it.

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Central Standard
7:43 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Movie Critics: Reviews Of March Releases Plus A Look At the Kansas City FilmFest

Credit Fox Serchlight

From the over-the-top, young-adult heroics of "Divergent" to the eccentric comedy of "The Grand Budapest Hotel" and the intriguing examination of obsession in the documentary "Tim’s Vermeer" the offerings over the last month at local movie theaters has certainly been diverse. And that horn of plenty continues to overflow as the 18th annual Kansas City FilmFest begins in earnest next week.

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Central Standard
1:24 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Nature In The City: Spring 2014

American White Pelican
Credit Ken Chan / Flickr / Creative Commons

Spring has arrived in the Midwest and there are many wonders of nature to explore in our area. On today's Central Standard, our Kansas City nature experts discuss spring peeper and western chorus frogs, bald eagles, peregrine falcons, plus some natural features that really shine in the spring.

Also, our experts suggest ideal locations in and around Kansas City to enjoy the new season's natural beauties.

Below are some great spots to explore nature and see wildlife in the spring:

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Food
12:20 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Food Critics: The Best Fish In Kansas City

Our food critics recommend the best fish entrees on Kansas City menus, spring 2014.

      

  It's Lent, and whether you observe the Catholic fast or not, it's a great excuse to eat fish.

Kansas City restaurants offer plentiful selections of the under-water variety. On today's Central Standard the food critics recommend their favorite fish entrees in town.

Will Monsieur and Madame be having osteichthyes? Yes, please. Leave the frozen fish sticks at home.

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Central Standard
2:15 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Energy Standards In Kansas

Credit Nuala / Flickr/CC

The Kansas Senate voted to repeal a state mandate that required utility companies to get 20 percent of their energy from renewable sources by 2020. However, the House refused to repeal House Bill 2014 less than 24 hours later.

On today's Central Standard, host Gina Kaufmann discusses the politics of wind energy and the environmental impact it has in Kansas.

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Central Standard
12:58 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Middle Of The Map Fest Kickoff

Middle of the Map Fest starts tonight with the music portion in Westport. The festival will continue with forum next weekend and wrap up with film April 16-20. On today's Central Standard, a Middle of the Map Fest co-founder discusses what to expect from local and national musicians in Kansas City this weekend. Plus, KCUR's Laura Ziegler is here with Royals predictions for this week's Tell KCUR.

Guest:

  • Chris Haghirian, co-founder of Middle of the Map Fest
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Community
4:00 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Where Women Entrepreneurs Can Find Support in Kansas City

The Kauffman Foundation held a Global Women's Summit in 2011 where women entrepreneurs gathered to network and get advice on growing their businesses.
Credit Kauffman Foundation

A recent Forbes.com article headline touted “11 Reasons 2014 Will Be A Breakout Year For Women Entrepreneurs.” 

And, indeed, the statistics are looking good.

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Beyond Our Borders
1:45 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

What Matters To One Of Kansas City’s Oldest Neighborhood Groups

Les Cline, president of the 49/63 Neighborhood Coalition
Credit Alyson Raletz / KCUR

Les Cline is highly aware of a street in Kansas City that dissects the 49/63 neighborhood in Kansas City — Troost Avenue.

But it’s just the name of a street, says Cline, president of the 49/63 Neighborhood Coalition.

“There’s no wall or fence or force field running down Troost,” Cline says. 

Founded in 1971, the coalition’s borders run from 49th to 63rd streets, and Paseo to Oak. Brush up on the neighborhood in this profile on 49-63.  

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Central Standard
4:00 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

What The Affordable Care Act Means For Kansas City Artists

The deadline to sign up for healthcare coverage under the Affordable Care Act was March 31. By law, all U.S. citizens must have some form of insurance or face a tax penalty for the year.

But does the law help people, like artists, who have been  unable or unwilling to buy health insurance in previous markets?

On Central Standard, host Gina Kaufmann spoke with some Kansas City artists about the Affordable Care Act and whether it complicated or improved their health insurance status.

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Central Standard
2:01 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Thomas Hart Benton's 125th Birthday At The Kansas City Museum

"The Twist" by Thomas Hart Benton, 1960
Credit James Vaughan / Flickr / Creative Commons

Thomas Hart Benton was one of Kansas City's most famous artists. This year marks the 125th anniversary of his birth, and the Kansas City Museum is throwing a birthday party by displaying some of Benton's most prominent lithographs in a special exhibit.

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Central Standard
4:00 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Kansas City Streetcar Plan Calls For Termination At UMKC

News broke this week of a major development in the ongoing conversation about Kansas City’s plans for extending the planned streetcar line. The committee finalizing the plan announced it will not recommend extending the tracks south of the UMKC campus.

Now the expansion will go south only to UMKC and east along Linwood and Independence Avenues.

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Tell KCUR
3:20 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

What You Asked Our New Host, Gina Kaufmann — And Her Answers

Gina Kaufmann, Central Standard's new host, starts her first day at her new job answering questions from Twitter and Facebook on the air.
Credit Matthew Long-Middleton / KCUR

 

Central Standard’s new host had a lot to answer for on her first day on the new job Thursday. And it’s all because of you.

Gina Kaufmann doesn’t officially sit in the talk show host chair until 10 a.m. Monday. But on Thursday, we welcomed and introduced her with a live interview on KCUR.

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Central Standard
3:03 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

The Role Of Churches And Social Clubs In African-American Communities

Church communities fostered the rise of African-American leaders.
Credit Courtesy / Black Archives of Mid-America

In an age before the internet—and in an environment that in some ways promoted isolation and disconnection—African-Americans in Kansas City in the early 20th century still found ways to find connection and community.

Churches and social clubs have been called the “glue” that held the black community together, alongside families and schools, and a new exhibit at the Black Archives of Mid-America chronicles some of that important history.

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  • Michael Sweeney, collection librarian for the Black Archives of Mid-America
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Food & Drink
3:01 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Food Critics: Best Noodles In Kansas City

Our food critics tapped Asian noodle dishes at Lulus Thai Noodle Shop, Vietnam Cafe, Thai Place and other spots in Kansas City.
Credit Chung Chu / Flickr -- Creative Commons

There is one ingredient that you'll find in almost every culture and has been around for almost 4,000 years: noodles.

On Friday's edition of Central Standard, food critics Charles Ferruzza, Gloria Gail, Chris Becicka and Emily Farris dished on the best spots in and around Kansas City for noodles of all shapes and sizes. 

The Critics' Picks: Noodles

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Central Standard
2:01 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Regina Carter Shares Inspiration Behind New Album

Jazz Violinist Regina Carter
Credit David Katzenstein

Regina Carter is considered one of the most prolific contemporary jazz violinists.

A MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant recipient, she has a discography that draws upon a wide range of musical influences from Motown to Folk, and now her Southern roots, with her latest album Southern Comfort.

"[Southern Comfort] is about my journey of trying to learn about my father's family and search for my ancestors to find out where I come from," Carter explains in a recent interview with Central Standard's Matthew Long-Middleton.

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Community
4:00 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

What Happens To Foster Children When They Turn 18?

Foster children often overcome a great deal in life. Many have to take charge of their own wellbeing at a young age, and learn to navigate a complex system of care-providers from state to local agencies.

But the real obstacles can begin when they leave the system. In a number of states, children age of out foster care at 21 years old, but in Kansas it is 18. 

On today's Central Standard, we explore the foster care system in Kansas.

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Education
4:01 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

School Board VP Says Hickman Mills Has A Plan To Fix District

  The Hickman Mills school district in Kansas City, Mo., is battling back from a critical state audit that found financial and management issues. Now the next step for the district is winning back its full accreditation – which slipped to provisional status last year. Hickman Mills Board Vice President, Dan Osman, says they have a plan.

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Community
4:00 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Kansas City Regional Day Trips For Families, Foodies And Lovers

A barn in nearby Weston, Mo.
Credit GraggV / Flickr--Creative Commons

The relentlessly cold winter just might be over, and the sun is starting to shine — at least on occasion.

So, enjoy the spring weather and all our region has to offer with day trips that are big on fun, but won't break the bank or cost you precious vacation time.

Central Standard host Brian Ellison talked with experts who shared ideas and tools to find the best day trips in and around Kansas City. 

From that discussion came this list of ideas:

For foodies:

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Central Standard
4:01 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

When Cupid Strikes Again: Financial Planning For A Second Marriage

According to the U.S. Bureau of the Census, about 75 percent of those who divorce will eventually remarry. So how do you prepare financially for a second or even third marriage?

On today's Central Standard, the Cash Money Crew will help navigate those difficult but necessary conversations two people need to have before they get married, again.

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Central Standard
4:00 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Where Should You Go To Get Good Financial Advice?

Where should you turn when you are in need of financial advice?
Credit 401(K) 2013 / Flickr--Creative Commons

In today's culture of money talk shows and numerous financial publications, how can we discern legitimate advice versus bogus information? On today's Central Standard, the Cash Money Crew tells us where to get good financial planning advice, and which so-called experts to ignore.

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Central Standard
4:01 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Seven Life-Changing Inventions Created In Kansas City

An example of a Strowger-type selector assembly from the collection of the Musée des Arts et Métiers, Paris
Wikimedia--CC

Kansas  City is the birthplace of many inventions that have changed the way we perform everyday tasks. For example, your neck might be a lot hairier if it weren't for Samuel Coffman, who invented the electric clippers. 

Today on the KCUR program Central Standard, we discussed just a few of the most prominent products, icons and improvements invented here. Check out this list of seven life-changing inventions, born right here in KC:

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