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: Eminent Domain

  • Matt Rahner, photographer
  • Ameena Powell, realtor, former Wendell-Phillips property owner
  • Steve Vockrodt, The Pitch
  • Mike Taylor, Kansas City Kansas Unified Government

Tuesday: Kansas Trail Guide / Book Of Real Missouri Records

  • Jonathan Conard, author, Kansas Trail Guide: The Best Hiking, Biking, and Riding in the Sunflower State
  • Kristin Conard, author, Kansas Trail Guide
  • Ross Malone, author, Book of Real Missouri Records

Wednesday: Pedestrian Life In KC/ Royals' Irrational Exuberance

  • Daniel Serda, urban planner
  • Rhianna Weilert, pedestrian blogger, blogs about walking
  • Lee Judge, cartoonist and sportswriter, Kansas City Star
  • Greg Echlin, sports reporter, KCUR

Thursday: Barbed Wire / Vinyl Printing Plant In Salina

  • Brad Penka, president, Kansas Barbed Wire Museum
  • Sarah Dant, history professor, Weber State University
  • Chad Kassem, Acoustic Sounds

Friday: Food: Culinary Mother-Child Partnerships & Retro Foods Making A Comeback

LAST WEEK:

Monday: Have Conversations Around the Death Penalty Changed? / Audio Postcard: Kites Tuesday: Transgender Kansas City / Black Journalism Wednesday: Kansas City's Mob History Leaps onto App / Radical Politics At KU Thursday: Fish Artist / Tell KCUR: KC's 'Bucket List' / Arcades Come Back To KC  Friday: ScreenTime: Woman in Gold

Moral Behavior

Sep 6, 2011

Today on the show, let's take a look at morality. How did you determine your ideas of what’s right, and what’s wrong? How come you can know that something's wrong and still do it? Does it matter if someone’s watching? Dr. Bruce Liese joins us to explain how moral judgments and behaviors work.

Computer Guys: The True Cost of a Computer Virus

Aug 15, 2011
stuartpilbrow / Flickr

Today on the show, we ask the Computer Guys to tell us everything they know about how we can protect ourselves from a computer virus, and exactly how much that should cost. Is free antivirus software more expensive than the paid version? Where can you get a reliable rating of the various anti-virus products, and what devices need protecting? Is there an anti-virus pill you can take?

How Joe Holt Copes

Aug 11, 2011
New York Times

In a recent New York Times, you might have spotted a profile of Joe Holt from Lee's Summit. The article was part of a series looking at people who function normally despite severe mental illness. Today on Central Standard, we'll hear his story, and invite you to join the conversations about how you came to peace with your own inner struggles.

Greed

Aug 8, 2011
Ruben Swieringa / Flickr

Why do some people have an excessive desire to possess more than they need? Our guest Dr. Bruce Liese says that greed is its own punishment.

“As we get more,” Dr. Liese says, “it is less rewarding. It’s an interesting phenomena—greed is counterintuitive if you believe in the law of diminishing returns.”

From the beginnings of greed in childhood to Facebook friend greed, we delve into what makes us want—and when it goes wrong. Join us for a conversation about the origins and social implications of the "never enough" syndrome.

A Mural Guide to Kansas City

Aug 4, 2011

For two weeks, I’ve been searching for Kansas City’s most memorable and massive murals.

Remembering Veteran Jacob Andrews

Jun 23, 2011
Courtesy of Lauri Turner

Every day, on average, 18 U.S. veterans commit suicide. On April 5th of this year, infantryman Jacob Andrews went into the woods behind his Kansas City home and joined that grim statistic. We'll hear his story from his mother Laurie Turner and reporter Bill Murphy Jr., who told Andrews' story in Stars and Stripes magazine.

The KC Renga: Ghost Over Water

Jun 1, 2011

At the beginning of May, a national art project started here in Kansas City.  This was first stop on a national tour for a conversation in the form of America Now and Here.  Here’s how a Renga works — more than 30 Kansas City poets were challenged to write tens lines each….the subject that emerged is Kansas City, with references to cattlemen, ghosts, prairie grass, and Troost.

The KC Renga: Ghost Over Water

Jun 1, 2011

At the beginning of May, a national art project started here in Kansas City.  This was first stop on a national tour for a conversation in the form of America Now and Here.  Here’s how a Renga works — more than 30 Kansas City poets were challenged to write ten lines each….the subject that emerged is Kansas City, with references to cattlemen, ghosts, prairie grass, and Troost.

Residential Composting

May 25, 2011

Dan Heryer and Brooke Salvaggio from BADSEED Farms visit the studio to talk about ways to compost at home and their new residential composting program starting next month. 

Brooke says that 75% of our household waste is compostable.  Residential composting can be done using any natural materials. 

Residential Composting

May 25, 2011

Dan Heryer and Brooke Salvaggio from BADSEED Farms visit the studio to talk about ways to compost at home and their new residential composting program starting next month. 

Brooke says that 75% of our household waste is compostable.  Residential composting can be done using any natural materials. 

It's "Air" Time, Baby!

May 19, 2011

When you work on a radio talk show and you’re waiting for your guests, who have names such as Romeo DanceCheetah (That’s one word: DanceCheetah) and Björn Türoque (Pronounced Born to rock), and they are renowned air guitarists in town for a regional air guitar contest, you discover 10 things:

The Troubadours Poetry Club

May 18, 2011

Kansas City’s own Turner High School is carrying on the tradition of the Troubadours of old.  Teachers Marlee Stempleman and Jessica Kendall have fashioned a poetry project called the Troubadours Poetry Club where students express themselves by writing and reading their own works.  This morning on Central Standard, Marlee Stempleman and two club members stop in to share their craft.

Here are a few poems written by young Turner Troubadours:

I Remember
By Anna Stark

Virtual Desktop Computers

May 12, 2011
David Shaughnessy

Today’s show includes a segment on how Boulevard Brewing Company deployed virtual desktop computers throughout its brewhouses.

A virtual desktop computer is like a conventional computer, with a monitor, keyboard, and other peripherals. But the computer unit itself (the part that stores files and runs programs) isn’t located near the peripherals. Instead, it’s housed in a data center. This allows computer hardware to be used more efficiently, because one server computer in a data center can function as several “virtual machines.”

Virtual Desktop Computers

May 12, 2011
David Shaughnessy

Today’s show includes a segment on how Boulevard Brewing Company deployed virtual desktop computers throughout its brewhouses.

A virtual desktop computer is like a conventional computer, with a monitor, keyboard, and other peripherals. But the computer unit itself (the part that stores files and runs programs) isn’t located near the peripherals. Instead, it’s housed in a data center. This allows computer hardware to be used more efficiently, because one server computer in a data center can function as several “virtual machines.”

Revitalizing Eastern KC's Urban Core

May 11, 2011
Urban Studies and Design / UMKC

In this episode of Central Standard, a plan for the future of East Kansas City from UMKC Urban Planning and Design students , who have been collecting data about abandoned and demolished homes. Hear how senior Andrew Clark has been working with community leaders like Teola Powell to create a plan for neighborhoods like Key Coalition, including plans for Urban Agriculture.

Whoop De Doo Does Radio

Apr 20, 2011

Did you ever as a child sit down in front of the TV and laugh or sing along to those variety shows aired on public access television? 

Remembering Nate Dogg

Mar 21, 2011
Wikipedia

From Homer to Shakespeare, bards have always used verse tell to tell the story of their times. One of hip hop artists best known for this is Nate Dogg – though, instead of stories about Trojan horses, vats of wine, and family feuds, his verses talk about fathers in prison, enjoying malt liquor, and drive by shootings.

Choosing a Long Term Care Facility

Jan 24, 2011

Kansas City, MO –

Poverty on the Rise in Johnson County

Dec 8, 2010

The Johnson County Christmas Bureau, has opened its doors to their annual Holiday Shop at the Great Mall of the Great Plains in Olathe, KS. This is their 50th year creating a shopping experience for low income families around the holidays.

Director Barb McNeil says that “Poverty” and “Johnson County” aren’t words often heard in the same sentence, they should be. Though the population in Johnson County grew by 2% last year, the number of families below the poverty line grew by 64%.

The Wizards Sport a New Name

Nov 18, 2010
Sporting has a new logo that will appear on the team's T-shirts and bumper stickers.

Kansas City, MO – The wizards soccer team has waved a marketer's special re-branding wand and done away with their name. Instead of the wizards, they will now be called Sporting Kansas City.

Sporting Club COO Greg Cotton explains that the nickname for Sporting Kansas City will be "Sporting."

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