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: Teens Confront Grieving And Loss

  • Tashel Bordere, assistant professor of human development and family studies, University of Missouri
  • Heather Fitzcharles-Keller, psychotherapist and adjunct instructor, UMKC and area community colleges

Tuesday: The Community Response To The Grand Jury Decision In Ferguson / Turning Kansas City Into A "Smart" City

  • Emanuele Berry, reporter, St. Louis Public Radio
  • Chris Laporta, longtime Ferguson resident
  • Clarence Lang, professor of African and African-American Studies, The University of Kansas
  • Ryan Weber, president, KCNext
  • Ashley Hand, chief innovation officer, City of Kansas City, Mo.

Wednesday: The Impact Of  Ferguson In Kansas City The Black Friday Backlash / Thanksgiving Entertainment In Kansas City

Thursday: Radiolab Holiday Special

Friday: Radiolab Holiday Special

LAST WEEK:

Monday: Money Therapy: Going Solo

Tuesday: Is The 'Mommy Problem' Affecting Parents In Kansas City? / Local Parents At The Center Of Viral 'Dinovember'

Wednesday: Going to Kansas City: Finding Room To Think / Has Kansas Become Synonymous With Suburbs?

Thursday: What Matters To Kansas City Parents When It Comes To Schools?

Friday: Thanksgiving Breakfast Dance Is One-Of-A-Kind / Food Critics: The Best Restaurants Within 250 Miles Of Kansas City

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Central Standard
4:16 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Post-Thanksgiving Events Around Kansas City

After the big meal, do you go out on Thanksgiving? Some folks certainly do because Thanksgiving day actually seems to be a pretty big day for some entertainment venues in town.

We explore some of those options to either escape with friends and family  -- or escape from them.

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Central Standard
3:43 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

The Impact Of Ferguson In Kansas City

As protests, riots, community-police tensions and a National Guard presence take hold in St. Louis, on the other side of the state, how is Kansas City doing? Clergy and civil rights leaders have marched to City Hall, and community gatherings have been platforms for candid, cathartic conversations about race.

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Central Standard
3:43 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Thanksgiving Shopping And The Black Friday Backlash

Thanksgiving traditions used to be all about turkey and potatoes on Thursday, with Black Friday shopping early the next morning. As stores begin Black Friday sales earlier and earlier, the shopping mayhem has started to intersect with Thanksgiving itself. This year, a number of business have forgone marketing huge sales in order to promote the fact that they're closed, and giving employees the day off.

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Central Standard
11:20 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Turning Kansas City Into A "Smart" City

Technology is all around us, and it's extending into the fabric of our cities as well. Kansas City, Mo., currently has a letter of intent with Cisco to explore the feasibility of implementing a "smart city" framework. Some are calling Kansas City a potential "laboratory" for the smart city concept. What does that mean, and how can we expect it play out in the day-to-day lives of Kansas Citians? 

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Central Standard
4:12 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

The Community Response To The Grand Jury Decision In Ferguson

Tear gas was used in Ferguson, Mo., the night the grand jury decision was announced.
Credit Willis Ryder Arnold / St. Louis Public Radio

On Monday night, the people of Ferguson, Mo., learned that the white police officer who shot and killed a black teenager in August would not be indicted. After a period of stunned silence, chaos erupted between protestors and police, who showed up on the scene before violence broke out. How do residents feel, faced with immediate struggles and a national spotlight? Is it possible for the events in Ferguson to give rise to a new chapter in the history of race and justice in America?

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Central Standard
4:31 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Teens And Grieving

Teens process and express grief in very particular ways. In the aftermath of two suicides at an Olathe high school, and while the shooting of Michael Brown is still a recent memory, experts shed light on how people at this sensitive developmental stage cope with profound loss. Plus, information on how adults in their lives can help.

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Central Standard
4:14 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Kansas City's Thanksgiving Breakfast Dance Is One Of A Kind

Kansas City's Thanksgiving Breakfast Dance is a time-honored tradition.
Credit Thanksgiving Breakfast Dance Facebook Page

On Thanksgiving morning, when people all over the nation express their gratitude by sleeping in or toiling away in the kitchen, several hundred Kansas Citians step out in their finest attire to head to a giant party — with live music, dancing, and heaping helpings of Louisiana gumbo.

For breakfast.

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Central Standard
12:12 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Food Critics: The Best Restaurants Within 250 Miles Of Kansas City

The Lemp Mansion Restaurant in St. Louis, Mo., is just one of the destination restaurants that the Food Critics recommend.
Credit Chris Yunker / Flickr-CC

With holiday vacation days in sight, many will be leaving the Kansas City area to go visit loved ones.

Instead of just eating gas station burritos that look like they've been irradiated, why not stop for something a little more refined?

This week on Central Standard, food critics Mary Bloch, Charles Ferruzza and Cat Neville discussed the best spots to eat within 250 miles of the Kansas City metro. From fried chicken to artisan chocolates, they covered a wide range of tastes and culinary styles.

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Central Standard
4:48 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

What Matters To Kansas City Parents When It Comes To Schools?

Hale Cook, a recently re-opened neighborhood school in Waldo, has been a good choice for one of our callers.
Credit Alex Smith / KCUR

Maybe it's a decision about which side of the state line to live on. Maybe it's public school versus private, or district versus charter. For some, there may not seem to be a choice in the matter at all. A range of issues factor into where Kansas City families send their kids to school; meanwhile, difficulty discerning myth from reality looms large. Our callers and guests help break it down.

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Beyond Our Borders
12:52 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Kansas Stereotypes Turn Quickly To The Suburbs In Kansas City

Suburban life has become synonymous with parts of Johnson and Wyandotte counties in recent Kansas City history.
Credit futureatlas.com / Flickr--CC

Do you use the word, Kansas, as shorthand for the suburbs?

Our daily talk show Central Standard explored that question Wednesday.

There’s some truth to the perception that the Kansas side of the metropolitan area is way more suburban than the “real city” in the Show-Me-State, said Bill Coldiron.

Coldiron, of Overland Park, Kan., is a member of Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kan., where KCUR held a community forum last week as part of our Beyond Our Borders series.  

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Community
9:48 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Going To Kansas City: Finding More Room To Think, Literally

Chel O'Reilly stands in front of an open field in Kansas.
Credit Chel O'Reilly

Chel O’Reilly is what you might call a Kansas City super-fan.

She proudly wears a necklace with a Missouri pendant, a heart marks where Kansas City is. But all this Kansas City pride has been kind of new to O’Reilly.

Originally from the Northeast, O’Reilly was living happily in Brooklyn, N.Y., with no plans to leave. But one visit to hang out with friends in Kansas City three years ago changed her life.

During that trip, O’Reilly was offered a job, found a place to live and made tons of new friends, friends she now considers family.

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Central Standard
2:24 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Kansas City Parents At Center Of Viral 'Dinovember'

'The herbivores' picnic went surprisingly well, apart from one awkward moment when Rex was caught gnawing on Rhino's tail,' the Tumas wrote on their Dinovember Facebook page.
Credit Courtesy

What do you do when your sleep schedule is routinely disrupted by the demands of parenthood?

If you're Refe and Susan Tuma, you respond with the spark of creative genius that only delirium can inspire. You get some plastic dinosaurs, put them in the sink, put toothbrushes in their hands, smear toothpaste all over the place, and then?

You go to bed. 

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Central Standard
1:06 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Is 'The Mommy Problem' Affecting Parents In Kansas City?

In a column that ran last week, the New York times coined the phrase 'The Mommy Problem' to suggest that when a woman becomes a parent, Mom becomes her identity--not just in relation to her children, but also in relation to society. Is there a public dimension to the private relationship between mothers and their children? And does child-rearing take a village... or just a mom?

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Tell KCUR
3:13 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

How Did You Decide Where To Send Your Kids To School In Kansas City?

How did you choose your child's school in the Kansas City area? Tweet us with the #TellKCUR hashtag.
Credit File photo / KCUR

As we explore state line in the Kansas City area as a uniter and divider in our Beyond Our Borders series, this issue continues to crop up — schools.

Parents are very passionate about how and why they've chosen certain schools in the metropolitan area for their children. 

With charter schools, private schools, public schools and application-based specialized schools on both sides of the state line in the region, we're curious about how you reached your decision.

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Central Standard
2:40 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Money Therapy: Going Solo

When you're starting your own business, do the math and write things down.
Credit Keith Williamson / Flickr, Creative Commons

So, you want to go into business for yourself. Live the dream. Become your own boss. What's the best attitude to have going into it, and what are the practical steps you should take to lay the groundwork? Plus, how to ensure you're building a dream, rather than a nightmare.

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Central Standard
4:27 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Painter Hung Liu Summons Ghosts From China's Past

Hung Liu stands in front of Mu Nu, Mother Daughter, a painting the permanent collection of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.
Credit Paul Andrews

Back-breaking labor makes people colorless.

That's how artist Hung Liu remembers it, anyway. At the age of 16, she was sent to the Chinese countryside to live and work without a wage as part of Mao Zedong's Cultural Revolution. High school had filled her head with too much non-proletarian knowledge; she would have to unlearn it all through hard labor. 

"Working in the cornfield, you sweat. In the morning, you pull the wheat with mud all over your hands. We were colorless," Liu says.

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Tell KCUR
11:46 am
Fri November 14, 2014

The Triumphs And Failures Of Online Dating In Kansas City

What are your online dating success and horror stories? Tweet us with the #TellKCUR hashtag
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Online dating doesn't seem any worse or fruitful than traditional dating, according to feedback we received this week from avid online daters in the Kansas City area.

Earlier this week, in anticipation of our storytelling event with NPR, "Storied: The Science of Online Dating," we asked our listeners: What are your online dating success and horror stories?

We heard a mix of recounts of dating mishaps and successful couplings.  

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Central Standard
4:22 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Author Rebecca Skloot On Science, Race, And Ethics

When Henrietta Lacks died in 1951, she had no idea that she would change the future of modern medicine forever. Medical researchers used cells harvested from her cervix for research projects that led to countless medical breakthroughs--all without her family's knowledge or consent. The author who uncovered the story explores her years-long obsession with getting to know Henrietta Lacks. 

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Central Standard
3:11 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Found Footage Reveals Golden Age Of VHS Recordings

Carole Maggio is the instructor of Facercise, rediscovered thanks to the Found Footage Festival.
Credit Found Footage Festival

An earnest woman in a peach blazer teaches you how to facercise, or exercise your face, in a truly bizarre VHS recording. Where did this video come from? A thrift store in Kansas City. It's part of a curated, touring collection of found video footage, originating mostly from the 1980s and 1990s.

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Arts & Culture
10:41 am
Thu November 13, 2014

JJ's Restaurant Re-Opens In New Location

Nearly two years after a natural gas explosion and fire destroyed JJ's restaurant, Kansas City Mayor Sly James and owner Jimmy Frantze cut the ribbon at the restaurant's reopening ceremony in the Polsinelli Building in the West Plaza.
Julie Denesha KCUR

JJ's restaurant re-opened Wednesday night for dinner in its new location in the West Plaza district of Kansas City, Mo., inside the Polsinelli Building at 900 W. 48th Place.

It's been a work in progress for more than 11 months. When a natural gas explosion destroyed the original location in February 2013, it was questionable if the popular meeting spot would ever recover. 

In the days following the explosion that left server Megan Cramer dead, JJ’s co-owner Jimmy Frantze couldn’t even bring himself to look at the building.

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Central Standard
4:40 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

The Variable Of Race In Online Dating

Online dating has opened up new ways to make first impressions. What happens after that depends as much as ever on the whims of chemistry and compatibility. But what informs that first impression? OK Cupid's Christian Rudder has mined his site's data and concluded that race has more to do with it than most of us acknowledge.

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Central Standard
4:38 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Re-Opening Of JJ's Brings A Community Back Together

A year and a half after a natural gas explosion destroyed an iconic off-Plaza restaurant, the business is reopening. Its noteworthy wine collection remains a draw, and the old-world ambiance has been recreated. The menu will change little, if at all. Meanwhile, the server killed by the explosion leaves behind a powerful absence. The re-opening is a milestone for regulars who considered JJ's a home away from home.

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Central Standard
4:20 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

The Novel Inside: Kansas City Authors Share Novel-Writing Stories

Our city is teeming with people who dream of writing that novel... someday. If those aspiring writers decided to turn their literary dreams into reality, where would they begin? Our guests offer advice and personal stories in honor of National Novel Writing Month.

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Central Standard
3:33 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Food Critics: The Best Asian Noodles In Kansas City

Asian noodles, whether pho or pad thai, are always delicious.
Credit Andrea Nguyen / Flickr--CC

Some slurp them, some swirl them and unfortunately, some cut them up. But with nearly endless varieties (even gluten-free), everyone eats noodles.

This week on Central Standard food critics Charles Ferruza, Jen Chen and Mary Bloch discussed Asian noodles of all sorts from the slurpy noodles in Vietnamese pho to the more saucy pad thai.

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Central Standard
2:45 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Untangling Misconceptions About Eating Disorders

High standards. A desire for greater control. A predisposition toward anxiety or depression. These traits are common among people who suffer from eating disorders, like anorexia and bulimia. These illnesses are complex, multifaceted and incredibly dangerous. Body image is just the tip of the iceberg.

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  • Dr. Ashley McCune, counselor, InSight
  • Jon Smith, patient in recovery
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Central Standard
4:41 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

University Of Kansas Researcher Looks Into Romance-For-Sale In Contemporary Japan

KU researcher Akiko Takeyama has been studying "the host" in Japanese society. The host is the male equivalent of the geisha, and became part of the Japanese economy with the decline of the seniority system and a shift from a manufacturing economy to a service economy. Changing gender roles, and expectations that Japanese women be "superwomen," demand that some tasks be outsourced; romance, an imported western concept according to Takeyama, is among them.

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Central Standard
3:50 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

A New Normal: Ferguson Three Months Later

Protesters stand in the streets of Ferguson, Mo., which continues to be a center for unrest in the months following the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown.
Credit Frank Morris / KCUR

On Nov. 9, three months will have passed since 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot six times by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.

The St. Louis suburb that was virtually unknown to the majority of the nation a quarter of a year ago is now almost universally recognized. But for residents of Ferguson, Mo., things have changed irrevocably.

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Central Standard
4:34 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Chuck Haddix's Tips For Collecting Records In Kansas City

Chuck Haddix is at home among albums at the Marr Sound Archives.
Credit E.C. Boldridge / Marr Sound Archives / UMKC

On Tuesday's Central Standard, Chuck Haddix, who hosts the public radio party known as the Fish Fry, joined a panel of guests in the studio to talk about the changing landscape for music collectors.

The consensus: Vinyl isn't going anywhere. If anything, it's seeing a revival, in the Kansas City area and elsewhere.

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Central Standard
4:28 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Kansas City's Vinyl Revival And The Music Collection Of The Future

Mills Record Company in Westport caters to vinyl collectors of all generations, including the Iron Maiden generation.
Credit Patrick Quick / KCUR

How are the elements of pride, care and luck-of-the-find translating from the tangible world of the record collector to the digital world of, well, everyone else? Plus, news from local record stores and a recent release from Numero Records, featuring music recorded in Missouri's limestone mines between 1967 and 1973.

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Central Standard
1:15 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Personality And Politics: How Rational Are Voters?

With just one day left before midterm elections, this conversation explores how our behavior at the polls -- and even the decision to either get out and vote or stay home -- is influenced by personality, emotion, group affilation. In short, plenty having little if anything to do with cold hard facts.

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