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.

CONTACT US: When we're on air | With a suggestion for our program

LISTEN ANYTIME ANYWHERE: Podcast

CONNECT WITH US: Twitter: @KCURcst | E-Mail

THIS WEEK:

Monday: Cash Money Crew: Preparing Financially For A Baby

Tuesday: Wyandotte County Fair

Wednesday: Architect Clarence Shepard / Armadillos Invade / Musical Duo Victor & Penny

Thursday: TBA / Tell KCUR

Friday: Movies: Manic Pixie Dream Girls

Genre: 
Composer ID: 
51828978e1c86da0522d65ac|51828966e1c86da0522d659e

Pages

Central Standard
1:51 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Food Critics: The Best Happy Hour In Kansas City

Credit Bob B. Brown / Flickr - CC

In Kansas City's days of old, enterprising bar owners would offer free food to workers heading home and craving a beer or whiskey. This food was usually very salty, encouraging the patrons to drink even more.

The term “happy hour” didn’t exist at this time, but a mix of food and drink has always been an intoxicating lure that nearly every restaurant offers.

On Friday’s Central Standard, Charles Ferruzza and fellow food critics Emily Farris, Mary Bloch, and Gloria Gale discuss the best happy hours in and around Kansas City.

Read more
Education
9:28 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Philosophy Of The Mind And A Look Back At KC Currents

Central Standard explores the possibility of  emotions and thoughts being more than just a brain function. Is there more to being human than just our physical realm?

Also, we bid farewell to KC Currents and take a look at what's ahead for Central Standard.

Guests:

  • Susanna Rinard​, professor of philosophy at UMKC
  • Augustin Rayo, professor of philosophy at MIT
Read more
Central Standard
2:23 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

How To Successfully Negotiate A Salary

As a job hunter, we all want that great salary that pays us what we’re worth. But sometimes that means doing things most of us are uncomfortable with, like negotiating with your boss.

A study from the National Bureau of Economic Research indicates that women make up only 2.5 percent of the nation’s highest salaries, in part because they often avoid negotiating for better pay.

Additionally, company budgets can limit what employers actually offer, and negotiating too aggressively can actually backfire. 

Read more
Central Standard
9:37 am
Tue January 21, 2014

The Missouri Death Penalty Controversy And Voter ID In Kansas

Will Missouri inmates on death row face death by firing squad someday? After a recent debacle in a Ohio execution and shortages of lethal injection drugs, legislators are considering alternative methods.

Host Brian Ellison talks to death penalty opponents. Later, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach will discuss voter identification laws.   

Guests: 

Read more
Central Standard
12:12 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Cash Money Crew: Identity Theft And Managing Your Credit Score

Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the United States. The Cash Money Crew is here to discuss what you should do in case your identity is stolen. Also, the Crew will cover how to manage your credit whether it's good, bad or even nonexistent. 

Guests: 

Read more
Central Standard
1:32 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

4 Things To Know About North Kansas City

In 1869, North Kansas City didn't exist. It was all rural farmland north of the Missouri River. The one bridge in the scene is the Hannibal Bridge but was only accessible by freight cars.
Credit A. Ruger Merchant Liths. Co. / Madison, Wis., Ruger & Stoner - Wikimeida Commons

There’s a community of more than 4,000 people that sits barely two miles away from Kansas City’s Downtown. It has its own mayor and city agencies and a major hospital, and it’s more than a century old. We're talking about North Kansas City, all 4.4 square miles of it.

On Friday's Central Standard, Monroe Dodd chats with two longtime residents of the city about the history of this town-within-a-town.

Read more
Agriculture
11:41 am
Thu January 16, 2014

How The Government Shaped What We Eat

Charles Wille, 1918. Charles Wille was sent to Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary for breaking the Oleomargarine laws.
National Archives, Records of the Bureau of Prisons

Try as we might, Americans can’t seem to get Uncle Sam out of our kitchens. Government policies have a hand in just about everything we buy, cook and eat. An exhibit at the National Archives in Kansas City puts all of this into focus. It’s called What’s Cooking Uncle Sam? The traveling exhibit was first shown in Washington DC and it chronicles the history of the government policies that effect the food we eat.

Read more
Business & Tech
12:09 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

What Ford's New Truck Means For Kansas City's Auto Industry

Beginning with its 2015 model, the F-150 pickup truck will be made mostly from aluminum, Ford announced Monday.
Credit Courtesy Ford Motor Company

Automaker Ford announced big changes to its F-150 pickup truck at the Detroit Auto Show on Monday and that means big changes to Kansas City’s auto industry. Ford’s plant in Claycomo, Mo., is one of just two factories that builds the F-150, the most popular vehicle in America.

Starting with its 2015 model, the new F-150 will be manufactured mostly from aluminum, rather than much heavier steel.

Read more
Central Standard
4:00 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Teaching Handwriting In The 21st Century

The Kansas Board of Education recently re-affirmed the teaching of cursive in Kansas schools. In this day and age, is this still an important skill or something that should fall by the wayside?

On today's Central Standard, Sylvia Maria-Gross discusses the how and the why behind teaching handwriting in schools.

Guest:

  • Kindel Turner Nash, Assistant Professor of Urban Teacher Education at UMKC
Read more
Central Standard
4:00 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Nature In The City: Winter 2014

Scott tweeted us, "Here's a Red tailed hawk eating a Junco he took from my feeder."
Credit Scott G (gipsonwonds) / Twitter

It's winter, and with shorter days, bone-chilling temperatures and snow and ice, we typically stay indoors.

Many forgo their daily walk in with nature. And most of us figure that there’s not much nature to see anyway.

But what are we missing?

As it turns out, we are missing a whole lot. It’s that time again for Nature in the City, a quarterly look at the plants and animals in and around the metro.

Read more
Education
1:00 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Consultants Propose ‘Non-Profit’ District For Kansas City Public Schools

A fifth grade classroom at James Elementary in Kansas City Public Schools. All schools would be turned over to non-profit management under CEE-Trust's proposal.
Credit Sylvia Maria Gross / KCUR

The education consulting group CEE-Trust (Cities for Education Entrepreneurship Trust) presented a proposal Monday afternoon to restructure Kansas City Public Schools. The consultants recommended a small, state-run district office which would set up and monitor a network of largely autonomous non-profit schools. 

These schools could be started and operated by current school administrators and teachers, local non-profits, or surrounding districts.

Read more
Central Standard
3:52 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

The Science Behind Exercise And Goal-Setting

Halfway through January, and it's a time for a serious question. Are you going to bear down and get started on that new year’s commitment to regular exercise and healthy eating? Or are you going to let this year's goal lapse and be forgotten?

On Tuesday's Central Standard, Brian Ellison talks with an exercise scientist and a behavior modification expert helps us understand how we can change those habits and why we usually don’t. You can learn why for so many of us, the resolutions are already over.

Guests:

Read more
Central Standard
3:52 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Remembering An Up-and-Down Chiefs Season

The Kansas City Chiefs season came to a stumbling, stuttering end on Saturday, January 4th. Everyone knew it would not be an easy game, but watching a 28-point lead turn into a one-point loss – the second-biggest playoff choke by any team in NFL history.  It was also the Chiefs' 8th playoff loss in a row that some might say was a fitting end to a season that started as hopefully as any season could and then went into something of a tailspin.

Read more
Central Standard
1:40 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Food Critics: Chicken Or The Egg?

From listener response, it seems the Kansas City metro is much more interested in the chicken than the egg.
Credit avrene / Flickr--Creative Commons

You’ve heard the question a million times: What came first, the chicken or the egg? The answer is complicated when you pose it to Kansas City diners who might choose fried chicken over an omelet or eggs benedict over chicken noodle soup.

On Friday’s Central Standard, Charles Ferruzza and fellow food critics, Gloria Gale, Chris Becicka, and Emily Farris consider the possibilities that both the chicken and the egg bring to restaurant menus, from fried livers to egg soufflé – and everything in between. 

Best Egg Dishes:

Eggs Benedict

Read more
Central Standard
12:34 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Wampum And The Connection To Modern Money

It would be impossible to go one news day without hearing about the state of the economy, or the movement of financial markets or the rising cost of a gallon of gas. Money in America shapes our votes and the quality of our lives. But have you wondered, just where did it come from? How did the dollar get its start?

On Wednesday's Central Standard, Brian Ellison looks at the origins of American money, specifically on the influence of wampum and other early money on our financial system to this day.

Guest:

Read more
Central Standard
12:33 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Examining The State Of The Death Penalty In Missouri

Before November 2013, the state of Missouri had executed two inmates over the past six years. Then, near the end of the year, two inmates were executed within three weeks of each other, and both executions used a controversial new drug protocol.

Critics question the way the state is carrying out executions, including the way the state obtains its lethal drugs. With courts still considering critical legal issues as another execution date nears, will the Department of Corrections keep pressing ahead?

Read more
Central Standard
4:19 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

You're So Vain, You Probably Think This Article Is About You

Credit Aveda Corporation / Flickr - CC

Thousands of us make New Year's resolutions. When the clock marks the start of a new year, it's also a new opportunity for self-improvement. However, many of these resolutions will fall into the trap of being more about the "self" part rather than the "improvement" part.

On Monday's Central Standard, host Bill Anderson and psychologist Bruce Liese observe aspects of vanity and help tweak your New Year's resolutions so they are less about physical appearance and more about giving back to family, friends and community.

Read more
Central Standard
11:26 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Movie Critics: The Best (And Worst) Movies Of 2013

Gravity made many of our movie critics' top film lists this year.
Credit Warner Bros. Pictures / IMP Awards

This was another record-breaking year at the box office for the film industry and on Friday's Central Standard, the movie critics gather 'round to share what they felt were the best (and worst) movies of 2013.

The Top Five Films of the Year:  

John Tibbetts:

Read more
Central Standard
12:00 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Encore Broadcast: The Value Of The Humanities

Credit Chelsea Gomez / Flickr - CC

*This show originally aired Tuesday, July 2, 2013*

Read more
Central Standard
1:11 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Food Critics: The 15 Best Dishes In Kansas City In 2013

The fried chicken from Rye makes the KCUR food critic's list of top dishes in the Kansas City area in 2013.

As 2013 comes to a close, we raise a glass to Kansas City's dearly departed, and appreciate the best that came to be.

On Friday's Central Standard, Charles Ferruzza is joined  by fellow food critics Emily Farris, Mary Bloch, and Chris Becicka to discuss their favorite meals and restaurants of 2013. They also chat about Kansas City's dearly departed restaurants that left us throughout the year. 

The Food Critics' Favorite Dishes of 2013

Read more
Central Standard
2:37 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

The Hall Of Famous Missourians

The bust of President Truman at the Hall of Famous Missourians
Credit KOMUnews / Flickr -- Creative Commons

Walt Disney, Mark Twain and John Jordan "Buck" O'Neil, all have in common that they've called Missouri their home and are honored in the Missouri Capital building's Hall of Famous Missourians.

How do you get into the Hall of Famous Missourians?

There's one person who gets to nominate people to be inducted and that's the Speaker of the House.

Read more
Central Standard
11:58 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Examining The Legacy Of Boxer Jack Johnson

Boxer Jack Johnson
Credit Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division

Jack Johnson's first brush with Kansas City was traveling through  the city on a freight train heading to Chicago. Shortly there after, he would become a world famous boxer.

His return to the Kansas City area was much more negative. He was imprisoned in Leavenworth, Kan., for violating the Mann Act, due to his relationship with Belle Schreiber, a white women and alleged prostitute. Author Phil Dixon joins Central Standard exploring Jack Johnson's legacy.

Guest:

  • Phil Dixon, author and historian
Read more
Central Standard
2:52 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Festive Cocktail Recipes To Get You In The Holiday Spirit

Credit theseheavenlyholidays / CC

For many, booze is part of the quintessential holiday experience. But standard wine, beer and spirits can get old. So, this holiday season treat your taste buds to some innovative holiday treats, courtesy of Berto Santoro of Extra Virgin and Scott Tipton of Manifesto.

Winter in Buenos Aires

Read more
Central Standard
8:54 am
Wed December 18, 2013

LED Street Lights Brighten Up Kansas City Metro

Credit dphiffer / Flickr - CC

Communities around the Kansas City metro are taking part in programs to install LED street lights.

Participating cities saw significant energy savings after switching to the high-efficiency lights, and felt they got more light for less cost. The initiative was funded by the Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency and Conservation grant program.

Read more
People
9:29 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Remembering The Kansas Citians We Lost In 2013

Longtime Kansas City journalist and KCUR talk show host, Walt Bodine, died this year at the age of 92.
Credit KCUR

As 2013 comes to a close, we remember some of the local public figures who died this year. This list is by no means exhaustive, but recognizes some of the most prominent people who were lost in the philanthropic, arts and media communities of the Kansas City region.

As always, share your comments (or additions to the list) below.

Read more
Central Standard
1:47 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Cash Money Crew: Budgeting For 2014

Whether or not you make a resolution for 2014, you've got to plan out your financial and estate matters for the upcoming year.

On Monday's Central Standard, Bill Anderson talks with the Cash Money Crew about how to set a realistic financial goal, one suited to you income and your needs. They also dive into the exciting and important world of year-end tax planning.

Guests:

Read more
Central Standard
12:42 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Food Critics: Best Steak In Kansas City

Credit dirtsailor2003 / Flickr - CC

Since the cattle rustling days of yore, steak has always been an important part of the culinary traditions of Kansas City. We even have a baseball team named The T-Bones. Whether it’s top sirloin, filet mignon, or a big bone-in ribeye, premium cuts matter a lot to this city. With so many varieties and types and restaurants to choose from, where should you go when you want both the sizzle and the steak?

Read more
Central Standard
1:08 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

An Interview With Author Of 'The Undeserving Poor'

A homeless man in San Francisco's Chinatown.
Credit Creativity+ Timothy K Hamilton / Flickr -- Creative Commons

In 1989 Michael Katz wrote the first edition of The Undeserving Poor and changed the way we talk about and understand poverty. He directly addressed the question of who is responsible for the victims of poverty.

His recently revised second edition came out last month, numerous aspects of poverty have completely changed, while others have persisted and some have even expanded over the last two decades.

On Wednesday's Central Standard, we talk with Michael Katz about his work and some of the deepest challenges regarding poverty.

Guest:

Read more
Central Standard
10:37 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Superintendent Of Kansas City Public Schools Discusses Court Decision

This is the Missouri Supreme Court building where an important decision affecting KC Public Schools was made.
Credit Americasroof / Wikimedia Commons - CC

On Tuesday, the Missouri Supreme Court upheld the law that allows students in unaccredited districts to transfer at district expense to accredited schools in neighboring districts.

Kansas City Public School district Superintendent Stephen Green and the neighbors of the KCPS district are afraid that the impact will be detrimental.

Guests:

Read more
Central Standard
9:55 am
Tue December 10, 2013

A Look At What's Next As KC Chamber Checks Off Animal Health From Big 5 List

It’s been a little over two years since the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce announced its Big 5 goals – their plans for, as they said, “making Kansas City one of the greatest communities in America.”

Read more

Pages