Central Standard

Monday - Friday at 10 a.m.

Each weekday morning, Central Standard taps into the ideas, personalities and issues that make Kansas City tick. Regular topics include culture and the arts, the role of economics and technology within our communities, nature and the environment, race, transportation, neighborhoods and urban affairs. Central Standard explores how news affects people in their day-to-day lives. The show is hosted by Gina Kaufmann, a native Kansas Citian.

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THIS WEEK:

Monday: Encore: Does Our City Bring Strangers Together, Or Keep Them Apart?

  • Daniel Serda, city planner and founder, inSITE
  • Shannon Jackson, associate professor of anthropology, University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • Greg Tugman, owner, Great Day Cafe

Tuesday: Encore: The Shuttlecocks 20 Years Later: From Controversy To Icon

  • Michael Cross, security manager, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
  • Jan Schall, curator of modern and contemporary art, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
  • Marc Wilson, former director of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
  • Yael Abouhalkah, Kansas City Star columnist

Wednesday: Encore: KU Linguist Transforms How The Kazakh Language Is Written National Geographic Photographer Captures Hidden Worlds

  • Allard Jongman, professor of linguistics, The University of Kansas
  • Jodi Cobb, photographer for National Geographic

Thursday: Encore: Kick It Like A Habit: Giving Up Old Behaviors And Developing New Ones

  • Bruce Liese, professor of family medicine, University of Kansas Medical Center

Friday: Food

  • Emily Farris
  • Mary Bloch
  • Chris Becicka

LAST WEEK:

Monday: Beyond The Check Book: An Update On Financial Literacy / Racing Down the Missouri River

  • Sandi Weaver, financial planner, Financial Security Advisors
  • David Jackson, financial planner, Financial Planning Association of Greater Kansas City
  • Lucas Bucl, financial planner, KHC Wealth Management
  • Doug Jennings, MR340 organizer and longtime participant
  • Amy Sevcik, first-time MR340 competitor

Tuesday: Ferguson In Perspective: Race Riots In Midwestern Cities

  • Reverend Nelson "Fuzzy" Thompson, president, Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Greater Kansas City
  • Clarence Lang, professor, Department of African and African-American Studies at the University of Kansas
  • Rusty Monhollon, author, This is America?: The Sixties in Lawrence, KansasAlvin Brooks, president and CEO, The Ad Hoc Group Against Crime

Wednesday: Motorcycle Culture: Separating Myth From Reality Won't You Be My (Online) Neighbor?

  • Darren Marshall, motorcyclist and organizer, Kansas City Ride For Kids
  • Randy McBee​, professor , Texas Tech University, and contributor, International Journal of Motorcycle Studies
  • Nirav Tolia, cofounder and CEO, Nextdoor.com
  • Michelle Smirnova, Assistant Professor, UMKC Department of Sociology

Thursday: Quality Check: What's In The Air Kansas City Breathes?

  • Leticia DeCaigny, concerned Kansas City, Kan. resident who takes her own air quality measurements
  • Craig Volland, chair of the air quality committee, Kansas Sierra Club
  • Amanda Graor, air quality project manager, Mid-America Regional Council
  • Dr. Vincent Lem, pulmonologist, St. Luke's Hospital

Friday: Movie Critics: films of August 2014

  • Russ Simmons
  • Marie Asner
  • Tom Poe
  • Trey Hock
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Central Standard
5:09 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Movie Critics: Films Of August 2014

Jeff Bridges (at left) plays the role of the Giver in the new film based on the book, The Giver, by Lois Lowry.
Credit courtesy: Walden Media

The new sci-fi thriller The Giver joins a growing parade of dystopian young adult novels that have been adapted to the big screen. Discover why the future looks so bleak, then cheer up with reviews of films to be released in August.

Opened August 1:

  • BOYHOOD (R) - 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • GET ON UP (R) - 3 out of 5 stars
  • GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (PG-13)  - 3 out of 5 stars

​Opened August 8:

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Central Standard
2:49 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Quality Check: What's In The Air Kansas City Breathes?

Leticia DeCaigny measures air quality in Kansas City, Kan., and says the rail yards in the neighborhood contribute to air quality issues.
Credit Sneebly / Flickr, Creative Commons

A recent community meeting gathered in response to high levels of sulfur dioxide pollution in neighborhoods near downtown Kansas City. What's in our air, where is it coming from, and what exactly do our lungs do with the contaminants we breathe, anyway?

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Central Standard
2:00 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Won't You Be My (Online) Neighbor?

A new social media platform that helps people connect with their neighbors has entered into partnerships with Kansas City, Mo., and Kansas City, Kan. Which got us wondering: What happened to a friendly wave across the driveway?

Guests:

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Central Standard
11:04 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Motorcycle Culture: Separating Myth From Reality

The sound of a motorcycle revving its engine signaled trouble back when the Shangri-Las sang "Leader of the Pack," but the biker image has grown more nuanced since then. This conversation explores the evolving reality of motorcycle culture in Kansas City. 

Guests:

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Central Standard
5:24 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Ferguson In Perspective: Race Riots In Midwestern Cities

Police surround an incapacitated man after throwing tear gas into the crowd of protesters, 1968, Kansas City, Mo.
Credit Western Historical Manuscript Collection

  Festering tensions reach a boiling point, erupting into a stand-off between police and the African-American community. This basic scenario has played out in Kansas City, Mo., Lawrence, Kan., St. Louis, Ill. and now Ferguson, Mo.

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Central Standard
3:10 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Living To Tell The Tale: Missouri River Racers Make It Home

After paddling solo 340 miles down the Missouri River, stopping only briefly to catch the teensiest bit of shut-eye, two competitors in the MR340 share their experiences, from paddling through fog to hallucinating on the water.

Guests:

  • Doug Jennings, organizer and longtime participant
  • Amy Sevcik, first-time competitor
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Central Standard
3:06 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Beyond The Check Book: An Update On Financial Literacy

With more than 60 percent of Americans admitting to not keeping a basic budget, the Cash Money Crew explores the state of financial literacy, offering tips for teaching young people about money management. 

Guests:

  • Sandi Weaver, financial planner, Financial Security Advisors
  • David Jackson, financial planner, Financial Planning Association of Greater Kansas City
  • Lucas Bucl, financial planner, KHC Wealth Management
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Central Standard
11:21 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Food Critics: Best Brunch In Kansas City

Credit Erica Firment / Flickr--CC

Brunch. Sometimes it is leisurely and relaxing, sometimes after a long night, it is just necessary. 

From upscale to fresh and light to downright greasy, the Central Standard food critics have you covered for all your mid-morning needs in the Kansas City metro. 

Here are our food critics' recommendations:

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Central Standard
2:50 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Behind The Sticker Price: Tomatoes

Gerry Newman of Providence Farms shows off his tomatoes at the Overland Park Farmer's Market.
Credit Sylvia Maria Gross / KCUR

Fresh tomatoes are a pleasure of summer, but they typically come at a price. Discover what goes into setting that price, whether it's worth it, and what you can do with them when you get home.

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Tell KCUR
11:10 am
Thu August 14, 2014

MAP: What Tomatoes Cost In Kansas City

How much did your tomato cost? Fill out our form at the end of this story.
Credit Sylvia Maria Gross / KCUR

 No matter how you say tomato, we wanted to know how much yours cost.

After our roughly two-week online poll, Kansas Citians have revealed some of the cheapest and most expensive red spheres in the metropolitan area.  

(See an interactive map below with all the juicy details.)

Results came in from across the metro. Among the cheapest tomatoes were heirlooms in Missouri at an Independence farmer’s market, at 73 cents apiece.

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Central Standard
4:56 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Racers Paddle Across The Missouri River In The MR340

MR340 racers begin to line up at the starting line.
Credit Matt Hodapp / KCUR

In the early morning hours of Aug. 12, boaters paddled into the Missouri River from Kaw Point in Kansas City, Kan., the launch site of the MR340. The ultra-marathon race offers participants only 88 hours to finish a voyage across Missouri.

The creator and organizer of the MR340, Scott Mansker, thinks what draws people from all over the world to take part in the race is that challenge of overcoming obstacles.

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Community
4:29 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Responding To A Police Shooting

The community response to the death of unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Mo. has varied from rioting and looting to peaceful protests and calls for civil discourse. Is there a way of responding to police shootings that can effect personal, social, or political change?

Guests:

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Central Standard
1:02 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Music Animates Memory In Alzheimer's And Dementia Patients

Alzheimer's and dementia can make loved ones appear unreachable, like shells of their former selves. A new documentary and increasingly popular treatment program use music to connect with the dynamic inner lives of patients. 

Guests:

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Central Standard
9:57 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Identifying And Teaching 'English Language Learners'

In many school districts, immigrant students with low English comprehension aren't always immediately identified as needing ESL (English as a Second Language) courses when they enroll. A new proposal in Kansas City, Missouri would help identify these students earlier so they have access to the assistance they need. We look at this program as well as the latest trends in ESL education. 

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Central Standard
2:19 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

How Missouri's German-Americans Survived World War I

When World War I broke out in Europe a century ago, more than one in 10 Missourians was German-American. Host Monroe Dodd is joined by Petra DeWitt, author of a book about the struggles that Missouri's German population faced during the war.

Guest:

  • Petra DeWitt, Assistant Teaching Professor at Missouri S&T and author of Degrees of Allegiance: Harassment and Loyalty in Missouri's German-American Community during World War I.
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Central Standard
9:29 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Kansas City's Vi Tran Is 'The Butcher's Son'

Actor and musician Vi Tran has a new play based on his childhood experiences as a refugee in Garden City.
Credit Courtesy of Vi Tran

When Vi Tran was a young boy growing up in Garden City, Kan., his mother made the most of what the refugee family had. She would take rice and roll it into a ball, adding a little bit of soy sauce. 

“Honey, look,” she’d say. “It’s an egg, it’s a treat.”

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Central Standard
4:59 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Stress: From Causes To Coping Mechanisms

More than a quarter of Americans self-identify as being under a great deal of stress. What's troubling us, and why do some people respond to stressful situations with greater resilience than others?

Guest:

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Central Standard
9:33 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Going To Kansas City: Off Broadway, Onto The Midwest

Tracy Terstriep Herber and her two kids Beau, 7, and Maggie,10, pose in front of the Kauffman Center.
Credit Tracy Terstriep Herber

  “Going to Kansas City” is a series that shares the personal stories of how people came to Kansas City — and why they stayed.

Tracy Terstriep Herber had a career on Broadway in New York City as a Radio City “Rockette” and performed in Will Rogers Follies and A Christmas Carol. She was also the understudy to the Tony Award winning lead “Ulla” in the Broadway hit The Producers. 

But once she had her first kid, and realized she wanted a second, she wasn't feeling the right balance of career and family life.

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Food Critics
1:15 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Food Critics: The Best Tacos In Kansas City

The Food Critics track down the best tacos in the Kansas City metro on Friday's show.
Credit Evan P. Cordes / Flickr-CC

From Southwest Boulevard to 7th Street Trafficway, it's hard to go anywhere in the Kansas City metro without running into delicious taquerias and Mexican restaurants.

On Friday's Central Standard, host Charles Ferruzza and the rest of the Food Critics came up with a large list of some of the best tacos in Kansas City.

Here are the Critics' and callers' picks:

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Central Standard
2:08 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Troost As A Meme

When we talk about Troost in Kansas City, are we really talking about race? A panel of people who live, work and think on the street discuss whether our Troost meme is useful, or causes further divisions.

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Community
4:09 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

10 Urban Fishing Spots In The Kansas City Area

Larry McKenzie shows off two fish he caught at the Little Blue River earlier in the day. He's trying his luck at Troost Lake at 27th Street and the Paseo.
Credit Suzanne Hogan / KCUR

Even though Kansas City is a landlocked city, there are a lot of great fishing spots, including the Missouri River and a large amount of area lakes, ponds and small rivers. The Missouri Department of Conservation and Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, even stock Kansas City area park lakes with fish throughout the year to promote close-to-home fishing. 

Here’s some information to help aspiring urban anglers get started.

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Central Standard
4:04 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Behind The Numbers: The Significance Of College Rankings

The Kansas City Star recently published a report indicating that UMKC's highly-touted Bloch School of Management's rankings might be misleading. Money's Kim Clark and Kaplan's Arthur Ahn discuss how publications rank universities, and what those rankings mean to prospective students and employers.

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Central Standard
3:29 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Fishing In Kansas City, On Both Sides Of The State Line

Missouri and Kansas anglers stand a decent chance of catching catfish on local waterways.
Credit Missouri Department of Conservation

Crappies, blue gills, blue bass and catfish. If that menu sounds tasty to you, then you are in luck, because that's what you stand to catch if you go fishing in and around Kansas City.

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Central Standard
5:00 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Author Puts Unconventional Spin On Economics

John Hope Bryant's recent book has a different take on the relationship between capitalism and the poor.

Who has the power in capitalism? The critics of capitalism say the rich have the upper hand. But author John Hope Bryant thinks the story is more complex than that. He thinks that capitalism works best when it benefits not the few, but the many.

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Tell KCUR
4:03 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Tell KCUR: How Much Does A Tomato Cost In Kansas City?

These are just some of the many, many tomatoes on sale in the Kansas City area this summer. How much did your tomato cost? Fill out the online form below.
Credit Alyson Raletz / KCUR

Summer: it's hot, it's time for a vacation and it's delicious, juicy tomato season.

But not all tomatoes are created equal. And they're not all the same price, either. 

Tell KCUR: How much did your tomato cost?

On an upcoming segment of our daily talk show, Central Standard, we’re investigating the variation in price and quality of tomatoes you can buy in grocery stores and farmer’s markets.  

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Central Standard
2:06 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Kyle Hatley Looks Back On Eight Years In Kansas City's Theater Scene

Kyle Hatley has become a familiar face in Kansas City; after eight years, he's preparing to move back to Chicago.
Credit Kansas City Repertory Theatre

Kyle Hatley arrived in Kansas City to serve as Assistant Artistic Director for the Kansas City Repertory Theatre in April 2008. He drove into town in the midst of a tornado, and he hasn't stopped moving since.

After eight years of tireless immersion in both the Kansas City Repertory Theatre and the grassroots theater scene, Hatley has decided it's time to return to Chicago. There, he will join his fiance, actress Emily Peterson. 

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Central Standard
10:23 am
Mon July 28, 2014

A Kansas City Graffiti Writer's Work

This work by graffiti writer and street artist Gear is at The Mercy Seat Tattoo and Art Gallery at 210 E. 16th St., Kansas City, Mo.
Gina Kaufmann KCUR

If you've ever seen the large murals or spray paint writing on the sides of buildings along Southwest Boulevard, you've probably seen some of Kansas City based graffiti writer Gear's work.

On Monday's Central Standard, Gina Kaufmann sat down with Gear in studio to discuss the nuances of graffiti and street art. 

Gina also went out into the field and took photos of just a few of Gear's writings that can be found around Kansas City. 

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Central Standard
4:51 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Movie Critics: Films Of July 2014

With the first days passing 100 degrees Fahrenheit on the heat index, summer is in full swing. And with summer, comes a plethora of fun, escapist flicks. But July has also brought films with depth, humor and insight. On Friday's Central Standardthe movie critics give their take on what's moving movies forward and what can be left to burn up in the sun.

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Central Standard
12:32 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

In Angola Prison, KU Researcher Found Music, Stories And Pain

Daniel Atkinson's doctoral research took him inside the walls of the Louisiana State Penitentiary.
Credit University of Kansas

Ethnomusicologist Daniel Atkinson describes Louisiana State Penitentiary (commonly called "Angola") as a “living, breathing plantation.” The land where the prison stands today was converted from plantation to penitentiary after slavery was abolished. 

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What Is That?
10:09 am
Thu July 24, 2014

What Is That? Kansas City's Vine Street Castle

Workhouse Castle located on 18th and Vine St.
Credit Esther Honig

If you’ve ever driven around the historic 18th & Vine neighborhood in downtown Kansas City, Mo., you might have noticed what looks like a castle. It appears as though it housed Missouri royalty, but in fact this four-story structure, chiseled out of yellow limestone, was originally designed as the city jail.

Built in 1897 with the title of “workhouse castle,” it held mostly petty offenders, vagrants and debtors. As a part of their sentence these inmates were required to work. Female prisoners sewed prison uniforms and the men labored for the city’s Public Works Department.

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