Central Standard

Monday - Friday at 10 a.m.

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
9:36 am
Thu June 21, 2012

US Air Guitar Regionals Come to KC: Meet The Oxygen Warriors

Nordic Thunder
Alyce Henson

Air Guitar. It sounds like something you should only do in private, but it’s become an international phenomenon – a combination of sport, comedy, mime, and performance art, with ample hair tossing, fret scaling, and hip thrusting.

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Central Standard
9:48 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Grand Opening: The Black Archives Of Mid-America

Photograph of an unidentified actress reading a script for a radio performance.
Black Archives of Mid-America

The ground has broken on the building of the National Museum of African-American History and Culture in the same year that the Black Archives of Mid-America has reopened here in Kansas City.What remains now for both institutions is charting the course of those who break new ground in every field of human endeavor.

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Central Standard
9:43 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Marble Madness

From Collecting Marbles: A Beginner's Guide by Rich Maxwell
Clifton Hall

Kansas City is a mecca for barbeque enthusiasts, jazz masters, and … marble collectors? You might not know it, but when it comes to marble collecting, KC is the place to be. On Tuesday’s Central Standard we’re talking marbles. 

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Central Standard
4:49 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Stories Of The Southern Working Class

Author Stephanie Powell Watts

On this Monday's Central Standard, author Stephanie Powell Watts shares a collection of short stories inspired by the uneducated and the the aspiring. Many of her characters are based on her own life or the lives of someone she's encountered.

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Central Standard
12:12 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

A Small Victory For Fun: Hammocks Outside The Kauffman Center

Artist Jarrett Mellenbruch views the performing arts center from one of a dozen hammocks that make up his public art piece called "Float."
Tomeka Weatherspoon

The Crown Center Fountains may be off limits, but there's a hammock with your name on it downtown. 

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Central Standard
10:27 am
Thu June 14, 2012

A Professional Futurist Tells All

Borders Books. Blockbuster Home Movies. These companies share the same mistake; they missed a moment when they were challenged to adapt to a new business landscape. In their places stepped the Amazon Kindle, and Netflix respectively.

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Central Standard
9:57 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Ed Asner

Whether you know him as Lou Grant from the Mary Tyler Moore show, the cantankerous old man in the animated blockbuster UP, or for his outspoken and raucous political views, Emmy-winning actor Ed Asner is a character among characters both on screen and off.

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Central Standard
9:07 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Signs KC Home Sales Are On The Rise

Dan Whitney, LandMarketing

Sellers, realtors and even buyers are taking note – the KC housing market is changing. On this Wednesday's Central Standard, a look at signs the market’s on the rebound.

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Central Standard
11:26 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Crown Center Bans Water Play In Fountains

flickr/Kansas Explorer 3128

Crown Center's massively popular fountain display is officially off limits for play in the sprays. A release issued today says, "effective immediately, people will no longer be allowed in the Crown Center Square Fountain."

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Central Standard
9:33 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Father & Son Photographs

It was playwright Arthur Miller who said that a man's masterpiece is his son. How can you capture that relationship in a photograph?

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Central Standard
2:29 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

Computer Guys: Appy Hour

On this Monday's Central Standard, join the Computer Guys for Appy Hour. We'll discuss apps that can make your life easier, or provide endless hours of distraction.

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Central Standard
1:58 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

Nature in the City: Summer Birds, Hiking

Peregrine Falcon
Len Blumin Flickr

In Kansas City, we humans have adapted to our hot summer days with central air, trips to the movies and Jones Pool... but how do wild animals do it?

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Central Standard
9:17 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Star Watching: In The Heights

John Daughtry, 2011

For the second half of this Wednesday's Central Standard, a look at the touring Broadway musical making its last stop in Kansas City.

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Central Standard
5:42 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Celestial Happenings: Your Venus Transit Questions Answered

People crowd around the scope at Warko to catch the Venus Transit.
Charlie Upchurch KCUR

If you missed the Venus transit Tuesday afternoon, we have bad news: you’re not going to have another chance to see it. 

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Central Standard
9:40 am
Tue June 5, 2012

Playing The Dozens: A History Of Rap's Mama

On this Tuesday's Central Standard, a look at a tradition of African American verbal combat and insults that’s ruled neighborhoods and childhoods long before rap. At the heart of this tradition? 'Yo Mama jokes.

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Central Standard
9:37 am
Mon June 4, 2012

What Your Story Says About You

Aptmetaphor flickr

You know the phrase "that’s my story and I’m sticking to it?" Don’t! On this Monday's Central Standard, learn how changing the way you tell your story can help free you from your past.

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Central Standard
12:10 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

Venus Watch Spot: Warkoczewski Observatory

The two telescopes at the Warkoczewski Observatory.
Joe Wright Astronomical Society of Kansas City

From double and triple stars to navigation tactics all the way to the Andromeda galaxy, the Warkoczewski Observatory's Friday night stargazing provides education and entertainment atop Royall Hall. They're currently gearing up for the Venus Transit tomorrow afternoon starting at 4 p.m. (more infomation below).

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Central Standard
7:25 am
Fri June 1, 2012

Bobbing Continents Believed To Cause Changes In Biodiversity

flightsaber Flickr

According to a KU professor, we have evidence that periodic changes in marine biodiversity are tied to uplifting continents.

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Central Standard
3:06 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Remember Mott-ly

David Goodrich mottly.com

For the second half of this Thursday's Central Standard, a new tribute to local legend Mott-ly.

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Central Standard
2:25 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Get Your Rag On This Summer

Scott Joplin

On this Thursday's Central Standard, ragtime music and one of its earliest composers, Scott Joplin. A man of mystery, Joplin moved from place to place but left his heart in Sedalia, Missouri. This is where he wrote his famous Maple Leaf Rag, which was the first piece of sheet music to sell over one million copies.

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Central Standard
4:49 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

The Kansas City Farmer Of The Future

Cultivate Kansas City's apprentices at the Gibbs Road Farm are training to be farmers of the future.

For this Wednesday's Central Standard, we bring you our second show asking-- what will the farmer of the future look like?  But this time we're looking for answers in our own metro area.

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Central Standard
9:09 am
Tue May 29, 2012

Let's Move: Childhood Obesity Prevention In KC's Urban Core

BHCC Facebook

Historically Black Americans have marched for freedom and ran the long race for equality. In modern times there is a different race to be ran, a literal movement to be undertaken and that’s keeping pace with personal health, running the race against time itself.

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Central Standard
7:38 am
Thu May 24, 2012

What Will The Farmer Of The Future Look Like?

Dan Heryer, Brooke Salvaggio and son Percy of Badseed Farmers Market and Urbavore Farms
Badseed Facebook

For this Thursday's Central Standard, we've teamed up with Iowa Public Radio's Talk of Iowa and Harvest Public Media to produce a talk show on the challenges facing young farmers today.

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Central Standard
1:24 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Everyone's A Critic: Yelp Reviews

Victor1558 Flickr

There's that old saying everyone’s a critic, and at no point in human history does this ring more true. In our wired world, we love to discover new places to whine and dine.

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Central Standard
1:24 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Reuiniting Joplin With Their Lost Photos

Joplin's Found Photos

When the Joplin tornado struck one year ago, so much was destroyed or scattered that can never be replaced. And it became up to a few creative heroes to restore some of that order.

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Central Standard
3:15 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

Endemic Financial Fraud (AKA. Green Slime)

Gregory Mankiw

Every president and presidential candidate has an economic advisor, but how influenced are these positions by politics?

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Central Standard
8:09 pm
Sun May 20, 2012

Financial Advice: Graduates

om5com / flickr

This Monday on Central Standard, we ask recent grads to put down their diplomas and take a look at their bank statements. We'll be joined by our Cash Money Clique of Financial Advisors with tips for recent grads who may know enough to be Doctors and Biology Teachers, but need a quick course in paying off those loans.

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Central Standard
1:09 pm
Fri May 18, 2012

Swimming for Health and Fitness

Photo by Tomeka Weatherspoon

Local triathlete John Aust discusses fitness swimming, pool rehab and working in aquatics at UMKC's Swinney Recreation Center.

Plus, hear from a married couple that's been coming to Swinney for well over a decade. Almost as long as they've been retired.

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Central Standard
10:26 am
Thu May 17, 2012

Where Do You Go To Be Around Water?

"Fishing @ Smithville" (winning photo)
listener Matt Shepard

During the month of May, we've been collecting photos sent by listeners participating in our photo contest. Check out these entries, and feel free to continue to submit your photos to centralstandard@kcur.org.

Central Standard
7:31 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

Swimming & Pools

Photo by Tomeka Weatherspoon

On Thursday’s Central Standard, it’s the final chapter in our three part series on how we seek out water. Part one was fountains. Then, we looked to local lakes and rivers. Now, we’re going to explore a childhood classic: swimming pools. Well, swimming and pools.

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