Central Standard

Monday - Friday at 10 a.m.

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 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.

Coming up the week of October 24:

  • Monday: Novelist Bryn Greenwood / 18th & Vine Poet Laureate Glenn North
  • Tuesday: Cutthroat Kitchen's Janet Ross / 17-Year-Old Clothing Designer Wuz Smith
  • Wednesday: Museum Architecture: Renovations And Expansions
  • Thursday: Mental Health, Criminal Justice / Story Of A Song: Rachel Mallin's 'White Girls'
  • Friday: Food Critics: Desserts

Are you tired of politics yet? Neither are we! On this Audiophiles episode, we take a dive into some of the best political podcasts.


  • Matt Staub
  • Kyle J. Smith

He's a nationally-known artist with a new work, Property, at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. And he's also a product of central Missouri.

We chat with Nick Cave about how Property takes a thousand of his own personal objects, many from his childhood, to tell a story of who he is ... and who we all are.


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On his 9th birthday, Crosby Kemper III realized that his family was different.

His aunt’s ex-husband had kidnapped his cousin, and the uncle was arrested by the FBI at the New Orleans airport. That incident made the front pages of newspapers all over the country.


Aug 3, 2016

Lenexa resident Cam F. Awesome barely missed being a Olympian heavyweight boxer in 2012. When that happened, he gained a lot of weight, went vegan and became a stand-up comedian.

But then he decided to give the 2016 Olympics — and himself — another shot. We hear his story ... and what comes after an Olympic run.


  • Cam F. Awesome, boxer


Your Space

Aug 3, 2016

Outside of home, we spend the most time at work. How does your workspace impact your productivity and creativity? From cubicles to work benches to studios, how to design your own utopia.




Dancing In The Street

Aug 2, 2016

Dance can be a way to express yourself, but it can also be a way to meet people and find community. Kansas Citians have tangoed, sashayed, two-stepped, and boogied all over the streets and dance floors of this city for decades. But what's new in the scene? What are the cultures of dancing in our city? And, are there still places to dance? 


Total Eclipse Of The Sun

Aug 2, 2016
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On Aug. 21, 2017, the day will become night ... well, at least for a few minutes. For those lucky enough to be in the right place, this will be a total eclipse. And it just so happens that this time around, St. Joseph, Missouri is that place.

We explore this celestial anomaly, and check in with St. Joseph, where hotels and inns are already booked for the big event.


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Crosby Kemper III is a library executive, the co-founder of a politically conservative think tank and the heir to a famous Kansas City name. What was it like growing up Kemper ... and then, to make a name of one's own?


Last month, the Simons family sold the Lawrence Journal-World after 125 years of local ownership. Now, the other shoe has dropped. We talk with one of the 30 staffers who was laid off last week. What does it mean for Lawrence and for the future of journalism?


  • Karen Dillon, journalist

She was born on August 18, 1920, the very day that women were guaranteed the right to vote in America. And she died a few hours after Hillary Clinton became the first woman nominated by a major party for the presidency. We remember the life of Hila "Dutch" Newman, a longtime Missouri Democratic party activist.


You know his voice ... but did you know his life? We remember KCUR's Steve Bell, who died last week doing one of the things he loved: getting ready for the afternoon newscast.

From a broadcasting career that began in 1958 to a stint as a psychologist — plus his love of animals and bluegrass music — we celebrate the life of our friend and a cherished voice to many.


Andrea Tudhope / KCUR 89.3

From the outside, Westend Recording Studio is an unassuming building in a quiet neighborhood just across State Line Road in Kansas City, Kansas. But inside, insulated by walls of foam, there's a hardcore noise rock band recording session.

On a Wednesday night, Kansas City heavy band 34 is recording a new song, with producer and sound engineer Justin Mantooth working the mixing console in the control room.

Andrea Tudhope / KCUR 89.3

You may not know it, especially if you're listening to this program, but Kansas City has a heavy metal scene. In February, local producer Justin Mantooth of Westend Recording Studio released "Amplify KC" Volume 1. KCUR's Andrea Tudhope takes us out to explore some of the best of KC's heavy scene.

Pretty Chickens

Jul 26, 2016
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With more and more livestock being house in urban and suburban backyards, some owners take just as much pride in their poultry, as their dog or cat. So much so, that they're primping and preening them for beauty contests. Harvest Public Media's Luke Runyon takes us on a trip to one such contest in Colorado.

John Audobon marveled at its beauty; European princes crossed it in game safaris. Dan Flores’s American Serengeti tells the story of the Great Plains over the 19th Century, which saw the largest destruction of wildlife in modern history. 

We explore the historical ecology of the Great Plains. What have we lost, and what can we restore?


Sylvia Maria Gross / KCUR 89.3

Amidst rising tensions between law enforcement and communities of color across the nation, Black Lives Matter supporters joined forces with the Wichita Police for a cookout last weekend. What was originally planned as a protest turned into a picnic, where over 1,000 community members came together for food and dance.


Whether it’s thin and crispy or thick and juicy, the burger is a great blank slate for all sorts of toppings and flavors. And don’t forget veggie burgers; in this meat-friendly town, it’s entirely possible to find a hearty and satisfying meatless patty.

From the greasy to the gourmet, KCUR’s Food Critics search out the best burgers — and sides that aren’t fries — in Kansas City.

Here are their recommendations:

Jenny Vergara, Feast Magazine:


Jul 22, 2016
Anna Sturla / KCUR 89.3

From greasy to gourmet, the burger is an American classic. We chat with a chef who spent a lot of time developing his veggie burger recipe, then KCUR's Food Critics search out the best burgers (and sides that aren't fries) in KC.


Yes You Are

Jul 21, 2016

An excerpt from Ghost Notes, a new music podcast in KC. Host Hannah Copeland talks with local band Yes You Are.


  • Kianna Alarid
  • Jared White

We check in with a former UMKC runner who is headed to Rio for the Olympics.



Last weekend in Wichita, a peaceful protest in support of Black Lives Matter turned into a community picnic with the police. How are we making similar efforts here in Kansas City?


Hordes of storytellers from around the world are descending on Kansas City over the next few days for the National Storytelling Conference. How do we craft better stories and why does the way we tell stories matter? We find out why this ancient art is still in vogue today.  Plus, a story from last February's Flame KC event.


Pokémon Go has taken Kansas City by storm. As Pokémon pop up around us, we chat about how video games have changed us, and we discuss the distinction between virtual reality and augmented reality. Then we let our guests and listeners get back to their quests to "catch 'em all."


KCUR 89.3

Yesterday, we lost an esteemed colleague and friend here at KCUR. Steve Bell, our afternoon newscaster, collapsed on the job and passed away in the afternoon of July 18. We take some time to share memories of Steve.


  • Dan Verbeck, retired KCUR reporter
  • Patty Cahill, former KCUR general manager
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In 1984, Ghostbusters was the top-grossing comedy of all time ... and a cultural phenomenon. (Remember those "I've been slimed" T-shirts?)

We review the new version, along with the legacy of the original. Plus, we hear some of Kansas City's ghost stories.


Ghost Note

Jul 15, 2016

An excerpt from Ghost Notes, a new music podcast in KC. Host Hannah Copeland talks with local hip-hop artist Barrel Maker.

On Target

Jul 14, 2016

He's a 21-year-old who has gone from his small Missouri town to representing the U.S. in the Olympics. Meet Zach Garrett, an archer from Wellington, Missouri.



Jul 14, 2016

Kansas City might be an unusual place to headquarter an international organization that helps bring clean water to people around the world. A chat with Gary White, KC native and co-founder of Water.org.


Laura Spencer / KCUR 89.3

Kansas City artist and writer José Faus was getting ready for bed when he first saw the video of Philando Castile's death at the hands of a police officer in Minnesota.

"There's sun coming in the car window," he remembers. "I see the glare, to the left the open window, the sky, the trees, the [gun] ... and then, the wound."

He says he will never forget the crimson of the blood against Castile's white shirt.

Danny Lyon / courtesy of Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

The violence and horror of cell phone videos of the recent police shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile have galvanized many Americans to question race relations and justice.

We take a look back at iconic civil rights era photos, and then invite a psychologist and criminologist to explore the effect of images of violence, past and present, on our minds and our culture.