Central Standard

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Central Standard is a daily radio show that explores what really matters to the people in the Kansas City area. We tell the stories of our city and region from the bottom up and through the perspective of individuals. We are an inclusive forum that explores art, ideas and how the news affects lives and communities.

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THIS WEEK:

Monday: Toxic Family Relationships

  • Dacia Moore, licensed professional counselor

Tuesday: Dr. Hyde and Mr. Swope

  • Monroe Dodd, historian

Wednesday: How Important is Funding for the Arts?

Thursday: Prevention of Bullying in Kansas City Schools 

Friday: Food Show: Bread and Bakeries

  • Charles Ferruzza, The Pitch
  • Mary Bloch, Around the Block

LAST WEEK:

MondayZora Neale Hurston And African American Oral Histories

TuesdayThe Character Of Westport / Kansas Teen Parodies Budget

WednesdayRunning Marathons May Be Bad for You / Buzz Kill: Entrepreneurship

ThursdayChecking In On Kansas City's Digital Divide / Leaving Kansas City: Kelly Sue DeConnick

FridayRemembering Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich / Historians Recommend The 20 Best Books About Kansas City

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Central Standard
4:18 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

For Kansas City Coffee Shop, Ambiance Is In The Details

Thou Mayest coffee in the east Crossroads district of Kansas City, Mo.
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The first thing you notice when you walk into Thou Mayest in the east Crossroads district of Kansas City, Mo., is the eclectic décor. It’s got cozy corners with funky furniture. Exposed brick and recycled wooden tables. Fishing poles and Boy Scout badges from the 1950s. You feel like you are in a high-end flea market, inside a cabin in the woods, located in a bustling downtown neighborhood.

The whole place is one gigantic conversation starter. With coffee.

Humble beginnings and a chance meeting

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Central Standard
2:50 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Remembering Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich

Kansas City knew Tom Schweich as a dogged state auditor who rooted out financial mismanagement on behalf of Missouri taxpayers. He died unexpectedly yesterday, by a self-inflicted gunshot wound, just weeks after entering the race for Missouri governor. We remember Schweich personally, professionally and politically.

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Central Standard
1:59 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Dodie Jacobi's 6 Things Kansas City Should Know About Entrepreneurship

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, who supported multiple programs developed by Jacobi, is a driving force of entrepreneurship in Kansas City.
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Kansas City has been named one of the top five cities, globally, for entrepreneurs. So it's no surprise that entrepreneur has become kind of a buzzword around here.

During Central Standard's first Buzz Kill session, small business consultant Dodie Jacobi reflected on widespread misuse of the word and all its permutations.

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Central Standard
3:55 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Checking In On Kansas City's Digital Divide

When Google first announced its intention to bring high-speed fiber optic cable to Kansas City, Ks., the service was supposed to help close the digital divide. Four years later, we check in on whether access to the internet has improved in the metro.

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Central Standard
12:28 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Leaving Kansas City: A Comics Writer Fed Up With Crime

Comic writer Kelly Sue DeConnick lives with her husband and their two children in Portland, Oregon.
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“Leaving Kansas City” is a series that shares the personal stories of why people decided to live somewhere else. It follows our series “Going to Kansas City.”

Kelly Sue DeConnick writes the comic books Pretty Deadly and Bitch Planet, and she writes for the Marvel Comics character Carol Danvers, aka Ms. Marvel.

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Central Standard
4:51 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Central Standard's 'Buzz Kill': Word Of The Day, Entrepreneur

In a new series called Buzz Kill, Central Standard is looking at Kansas City's buzzwords with the people who best understand the true meaning of our favorite catch-phrases. 

In this installment, we ask what it really means to be an entrepreneur, how you pronounce the word, and how to correctly use it in a sentence. It's an important step for us to take, as a city, if we want to be known for our entr... entrep... entrepreneurial spirit.

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Central Standard
12:11 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Cardiologist Says Keep Running, But Slow Down Pace

Running as hard and as fast and as often as you can may not be a recipe for longevity.
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The first marathon-runner was a Greek messenger who ran 26 miles to announce a Greek victory in the Trojan War before dropping dead in his tracks. A cardiologist living in Kansas City has amassed research and data suggesting there might have been a reason for that. Extreme cardiovascular activity for prolonged periods of time done rigorously and continuously over a lifetime doesn't correlate with a long lifespan, he says. And the heart has a lot to do with that.

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Central Standard
1:08 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

The Kansas High Schooler Who Satirized The State Budget

Oh, to be fifteen years old. Not a care in the world, except that feature length documentary you've been working on, satirizing the governor and his fiscal policy. That's how most high school sophomores spend their free time, right? 

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Central Standard
12:55 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Westport: A Neighborhood At A Crossroads

Westport is home to a handful of iconic businesses, like Kelly's. This building at Westport Road and Pennsylvania has been home to a bar/saloon since 1934.
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Westport has always been at a crossroads. So says urban design specialist Daniel Serda, noting that the historic neighborhood has been changing since its beginnings. But news of three chain restaurants entering the neighborhood where prime parking spots now stand has sparked a heated response, not just from Westport residents and business owners, but people throughout Kansas City who are passionate about the entertainment district.

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Central Standard
2:25 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

How Zora Neale Hurston Documented Her Community And Inspired A Kansas City Woman

Zora Neale Hurston channeled black vernacular in her writing.
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The prolific author best known for Their Eyes Were Watching God got her start as an anthropologist, listening to the stories and songs of former slaves in Florida in the 1930s. About fifty years later, a Kansas City woman found a connection with her own history and community in the voices Hurston captured. Her one-woman play about Zora Neale Hurston now takes her all over the world.

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Food Critics
12:43 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Food Critics: The Best Restaurant Ambiance In Kansas City

Even the old-timey advertisement on the side of The Rieger Hotel Grill adds to the ambiance of the restaurant.
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When you walk into a restaurant, there is a certain je ne sais quoi that can make or break the experience.

Of course the food is of paramount importance, but poor lighting, decor and authenticity can make even an exquisite plate of duck confit look like a soggy KFC drumstick.

Luckily, our Food Critics Charles Ferruzza, Mary Bloch and Jill Wenholt Silva know a thing or two about restaurant ambiance. Here are their picks for standout restaurants with great ambiance:

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Central Standard
3:24 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Making Movies Frontman On Songwriting

“Have you ever had a conversation that’s just inspired and it feels like it just rolls back and forth?" asks Enrique Chi, lead singer and founder of the Latin-influenced rock band Making Movies, based in Kansas City, Mo.

"I think that’s a really beautiful human thing, and that’s kind of what songwriting feels like.”

Central Standard caught up with Chi during a recent rehearsal to ask him about his songwriting process and the inspiration behind the song Chase Your Tail.

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Central Standard
3:09 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Overland Park Teen Kate Rose On Songwriting

Kate Rose started writing songs when she was 11 years old.
Credit Sylvia Maria Gross / KCUR

One of the youngest performers who will be showcased at this week’s Folk Alliance International conference here in Kansas City is a teenager from Overland Park.

Kate Rose is a 15-year-old singer-songwriter and student at Olathe East High School. She recently shared the process by which she wrote the song, And The People Will Remember.

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Central Standard
1:40 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

How To Write A Song With Kansas City Rocker Howard Iceberg

Howard Iceberg talks about song writing and plays some examples in our live talk studio at KCUR.
Credit Michael Byars / KCUR

Does it start with the music or the words? Can anybody do it? In time for the Folk Alliance International conference, local musicians share what it takes to write a song. 

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Arts & Culture
11:15 am
Wed February 18, 2015

What Is Folk? Gina Kaufmann And Experts Attempt To Answer An Impossible Question

Beau Bledsoe
Credit Jeff Evrard

As the second Folk Alliance International conference kicks off in Kansas City this week, Central Standard explored the question: “What is folk music today?” Listening to some examples with host Gina Kaufmann were three guests:

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Central Standard
9:38 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

AudioFiles: How To Make Podcasting Profitable

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"We said we were going to have 20,000 listeners by this time … but we have ten times that," says Gimlet Media co-founder Matt Lieber on the podcast Startup. But as podcasting grows as a medium, can it sustain what is typically given away for free?

In this episode of Central Standard, our podcast review panel explores how to make money with the form and makes recommendations for what to tune into next (when you're not listening to back episodes of Central Standard!).

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Central Standard
10:37 am
Tue February 17, 2015

Latino Representation In Local And State Government

It's been 20 years since there's been a Latino on Kansas City, Mo.'s city council; and there isn't currently any Latino representation on the Unified Government board of commissioners either. That's even while our metro's Hispanic community has been growing significantly.

  • CiCi Rojas, president and CEO, Central Exchange
  • Irene Caudillo, president and CEO, El Centro
  • Louis Ruiz, Kansas state representative, District 31 (Wyandotte County)
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Central Standard
4:49 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

LISTEN: Jason Harper On Texan Faith In A Parisian Hotel Room

Love is what tested Jason Harper's faith, and love is what revived it, too.

In The Book of Mormon, a young Mormon travels to Uganda on a mission. The hardships he encounters cause him to question not only the success of his mission, but also the very faith that sent him on it in the first place. 

As The Book of Mormon heads to Kansas City, Mo. for a limited run, we're sharing stories of tested faith from Kansas Citians.

This one comes to us from Jason Harper. It begins like this:

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Central Standard
4:47 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

The Man Behind The Meals: Get To Know Kansas City Restaurant Critic Charles Ferruzza

Charles Ferruzza relaxes on a sofa during a culinary outing at Natasha's Mulberry & Mott in Kansas City, Mo.
Julie Denesha KCUR

Many of us tag along with Pitch restaurant critic Charles Ferruzza on his restaurant adventures, enjoying his witty asides as much as his souffle descriptions. He hints at his life story when it's relevant to what's happening at the table, but for the most part, the man behind the meals is a mystery.

When Ferruzza sat down with Central Standard’s Gina Kaufmann for a Portrait Session, he said one thing he’s not is a “foodie.”

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Central Standard
1:55 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

The Bloody History Of Mormonism In Jackson County

The Community of Christ Temple in Independence, Mo., was built in the 1990s, and symbolizes the church's core belief that the city is the site of Zion, the Garden of Eden and where Noah's Ark was constructed.
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For nearly 200 years, Jackson County has been home to followers of Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon. Today, thousands of members visit the Community of Christ Temple in Independence, Mo., which is a sacred destination for the faithful.

But if you take a look back at the early days of Mormonism, peace and joy weren't in abundance, as militia forces, settlers and the state fought against the church for nearly a decade.

The beginnings of Mormonism

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Central Standard
4:08 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Lawrence As A Music Town: The Fans, The Bands And The Venues

There's a new recording studio in Lawrence, and it's located inside the public library. What does it say about Lawrence that of all the new resources the library could provide its citizenry, a recording studio is what most suited the town's needs? Plus, a Lawrence music blogger talks about the weird, vibrant city she shows off in her video, Just A Sec, and a record store owner reflects on change in the Lawrence music scene over the past 15 years.

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Central Standard
1:09 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

Rape Convictions In Alcohol-Involved Cases Uncommon In Douglas County

An exploration of a decade of rape cases in Douglas County has revealed troubling information. Of the cases where heavy drinking had been involved and where the victim knew the accused, there were no convictions. Pleading down, or pleading guilty to a lesser crime, appears to have been a common outcome in those cases. The Lawrence-Journal World's Sara Shepherd shares insights from her reporting.

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Central Standard
12:54 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

The Problem Of Junk Hurtling Through Space: A Missouri Man Is On It

The debris we humans have left behind in space is hurtling through the very part of space we return to most. A top-down view of Earth and the trash orbiting around it.
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Bill Schonberg is a self-professed "space nut" and his job is not just an 8-year-old's dream job. "It's also a 54-year-old's dream job," he says. His mission, which he has accepted, is to figure out how to make spacecraft more impervious to debris flying at high speed through prime orbital real estate. 

Guest:

  • Dr. William Schonberg, professor of aerospace engineering, Missouri University of Science & Technology 
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Central Standard
12:25 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

Fears Of Immunization

Parents are hard-wired to shield their children from harm.
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Medical and scientific communities have been working hard to reassure parents that vaccinating children is safe, especially in light of current Measles incidents in the United States. But there is something about immunization that triggers fear in a lot of people, even people who do opt in. What is that fear about? How do human beings perceive and weigh different kinds of risks on behalf of their children? 

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Central Standard
12:58 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

Kansas City Spice Odyssey

Freshly sliced jalapenos always add a little zing.
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Some like it hot, and some just can't resist a challenge. We start our exploration of spice in Kansas City by subjecting our intern and food critic to the Thai Hot Challenge at the Thai Place. Then, an Indian cooking instructor shares insights into the techniques, philosophies and health properties of spice.

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Central Standard
11:14 am
Fri February 6, 2015

Food Critics: Best Spicy (And Spiced) Foods In Kansas City

Thai Place in the Kansas City, Mo., neighborhood of Westport has some pretty spicy food and a spicy challenge called demon gapow (pictured).
Credit Sylvia Maria Gross / KCUR

Oh the heat. Sometimes it hurts so good — too much can make it hurt so bad.

If you like the pain, there are a handful of restaurants across the metro that invite you to test your limits. For the rest of you spice lovers, there are even more places that try to strike a tolerable, yet delicious balance both in heat and flavor.

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Central Standard
11:09 am
Fri February 6, 2015

Spice Challenges: Four Places To Burn Your Taste Buds Off In Kansas City

Two spoonfuls of this house-made dried chili packs the punch in the Thai Place's Demon Gapow.
Credit Sylvia Maria Gross / KCUR

1. Thai Place in Westport, Kansas City, Mo.: The "Demon Gapow" is made with 10 habanero peppers, 25 thai chili peppers, 10 fresh jalapeno peppers, 10 serrano peppers, and two large tablespoons of house-made dried chili.

Patrons must eat the entire plate in 30 minutes, and they get it for free, plus a t-shirt, a $50 gift certificate and a photo on the restaurant's "Wall of Fame." (Note: the Thai Place Hot Challenge has taken a winter hiatus and will return in the spring)

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Central Standard
9:34 am
Fri February 6, 2015

WATCH: Central Standard Takes A Spicy Food Challenge

Lots of spices and peppers make the Thai Place challenge impossible (at least for the Central Standard staffers that tried it).
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Featured: Central Standard intern Patrick Quick and Central Standard food critic Emily Farris.

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Central Standard
1:16 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

Laura Ingalls Wilder: Pioneering, Midwesternness And Literary Prowess

Rocky Ridge Farm in Mansfield, Missouri, is one of the many former dwellings of Laura Ingalls Wilder still standing today.
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Her children's books shaped ideas about the Midwestern experience for multiple generations worldwide. She's been gone more than sixty years, but her influence remains strong; even now, fans and scholars attend a yearly Laurapalooza festival in her honor. Her autobiography has just recently been published, but good luck finding a copy. The first print run has sold out and the second will not even fill existing orders.

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Central Standard
12:21 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

Johnson County's Namesake And The Shawnee Indians

History is on display at the Shawnee Indian Mission in Fairway, Kan.
Credit Suzanne Hogan / KCUR

    

Missionary work, slaveholding in Kansas, a bogus legislature and a murder. These are some of the stories that surface when you investigate the namesake of Johnson County: Reverend Thomas Johnson, who founded the Shawnee Indian Mission (now a museum tucked away in a residential neighborhood). What happened at that site tells a larger story about the relationship between American Indians and the United States government.

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