Central Standard

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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 Cash Money Crew: What to Do with a Windfall, Inheriting Debt; Raj Singh 
Tuesday:
Why Do We Hate? What Makes Something a Hate Crime?
Wednesday:
The Death of the Shopping Mall
Thursday: 
Drinking and Driving in Kansas City
Friday: 
Movie Critics: Religious Films

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Central Standard
6:00 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Demystifying Nudists

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We're born naked, but somewhere along the way we adopt cultural practicality and shame with our bare bodies in public. There are a number of misconceptions about people who find liberation and fulfillment in sharing space naked with others.  Guests Nicky Hoffman, Co-Owner of The Naturist Society and editor of N Magazine as well as Scot, a member of the  Heartland Naturist, join Central Standard to help explore these questions and give us a more complete picture of nudists and their lifestyle.

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6:00 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Being Biracial-Bridging Two Worlds

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According to the US census, the number of people who consider themselves multiracial has grown by 32% over the past decade. Yet America’s troubled racial past and complicated attitudes about race can pose challenges for biracial families and children. Where does a biracial person fit in? What kind of identity crisis can they face? And what should parents think of when raising a biracial child? On the other hand, being from two or more cultures can be a rich and rewarding experience.

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Central Standard
6:19 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Where In The Brain Does An Itch And A Migraine Come From?

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Remember the last time you had a mosquito bite, an allergy ridden nose, or a rash. The sensation that makes these small ailments torments is the desire to itch and experience that sweet relief following the act of scratching.

But much of what we experience when we feel an urge to itch is actually deep in the brain. On Wednesday's Central Standard we'll look at the science of itching and take a look into the the pain and mystery behind migraine headaches.

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5:41 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

What Happens To All Of Kansas City's Garbage?

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How is it that all 2 million people in and around Kansas City don’t wake up surrounded by garbage every morning?

Think about it, every day 2 million people eat three meals a day; disposing packages, tissues, paper cups and much more throughout the day.

Where does it all go and how does it get managed?

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Central Standard
7:59 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Peter von Ziegesar-A Kansas City Reporter's Memoir Of His Brother

Peter von Ziegesar spent many years living in Kansas City as a reporter at the Kansas City Star.  But, after he met his wife and moved to New York his homeless brother arrived out of the blue and sent his life into a new direction.  Peter von Ziegesar joins Central Standard discussing his newest book The Looking Glass Brother: A Memoir and recounts his time in Kansas City.

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9:52 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Aging Farmers

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Over the last few decades, the landscape and daily operations of the American farm have changed dramatically; technology, crop prices, crop technique and farm size. But one thing that has stayed the same is the individual farmers who are adapting to these techniques. Here's a startling statistic, for each farmer younger than 25, there are five who are 75 or older. And also, 25% of farmers are over the age of 65, which means retirement in the farming community is being prolonged.

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Central Standard
3:57 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

KC's Fringe Festival Brings the Obscure Into the Spotlight

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It's no secret that the arts community is Kansas City is vibrant and dynamic, but like any arts community it takes a lot of work to get a play or musical, visual exhibit, fashion show or performance to get in front of the general public. As Cheryl Kimmi, Founder of Kansas City Fringe Festival put it, artists have to put their work through a lot of testing before a theater or museum will consider hosting it. 

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Central Standard
9:00 am
Wed July 10, 2013

What Does The Minecraft Video Game Tell Us About Society?

The work of many individuals in one server playing Minecraft.
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Perhaps you've seen kids - or some adults -  busily playing away on their computers or Xbox, moving through a virtual world of blocks, digging and building.

Maybe you've wondered: What exactly is that game?  

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Central Standard
5:05 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Why Are Secrets And Privacy So Important?

Do you ever get the feeling that you're being watched?
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Right now our government is mining data about your conversations--who you called, when you called them, how long you talked, and who you’ve emailed. It’s all technically approved by law, but for many it’s deeply unsettling.

On this Central Standard we take a step backward and inward from the controversy surrounding domestic surveillance and look at the psychology of secrets and privacy with psychologist Bruce Liese.

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11:38 am
Wed July 3, 2013

The Exciting World Of Molecular Mixology

Molecular mixology is a scientific approach to preparing cocktails that uses alcohol in unique ways.

These mixologists use chemistry to create cocktails with different tastes, textures and phases of matter. Arielle Johnson, a Ph.D candidate at UC Davis and a Flavor Chemist at Nordic Food Lab along with author Kevin Liu explained the science behind molecular mixology. And for those not as fluent in chemistry as Johnson and Liu, Scott Tipton of the Kill Devil Club in Kansas City created some drinks in studio to explain to the common bar goer. 

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9:28 am
Tue July 2, 2013

The Value Of The Humanities

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Last month on Central Standard, we discussed the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering, Month (STEM), but today we are here to reverse all that, and argue for just the opposite.

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8:58 am
Mon July 1, 2013

11 Places To Watch Fireworks In The Kansas City Area

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From its inception, Americans have celebrated the Fourth of July with grand fireworks displays.

John Adams envisioned fireworks as part of the festivities before the Declaration of Independence was even signed, and the first commemorative Fourth of July featured a display that began and ended with 13 rockets.

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Central Standard
11:01 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Your Guide To Quirky Day Trips In Kansas And Missouri

Matfield Station in Matfield Green, Kan. is a small retreat that looks out over the BNSF train tracks.
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From the hair museum, to the bridge to nowhere and Big Brutus, there are some interesting and even bizarre things to see and do in Missouri and Kansas.  

So grab the kids and a cooler, and take a day trip to one (or more) of these quirky destinations in our corner of the Midwest.

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Central Standard
6:08 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Youth Demonstrate Job Talents At Skills USA

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Hundreds of people are gathering to prove they are the best at a profession they have either just started or about to start. The Skills USA competition pits people in secondary and post-secondary education in head to head competition in talents ranging from computer programing, to cooking, to welding to over 90 other fields.

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Central Standard
6:59 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Implications Of The Board Of Trade Closing

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Some of the famous names Kansas City – Kemper, Latshaw, Ohlmann – were people who at one time were chairman of the Kansas City Board of Trade.  Since 1856 the KC Board of trade has been home for commodity trading, such as hard red winter wheat, and as that history comes to an end on Friday Michael Braude, former President & CEO of the KCBT and Frank Stone, Chairman in ‘07, President of Clearing Corporation in ‘88 & ‘04, explore the impact the board of trade has had on the region and what the implications are for its closing.

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6:53 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Nature In The City: Summer Edition

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Summer is here, the humid days and the hot nights. The nesting robins and the walks through nature sanctuaries. The dead armadillos by the side of the road, yes, it’s all part of Nature in the City.

Larry Rizzo, Natural History Biologist at the Missouri Department of Conservation in Kansas City, and Mark McKellar, formerly with the Nature Conservancy and the Audobon Society and now owner of the Backyard Bird Center in the Northland, join us to explore these issues and more on this summer edition of Nature in the City.

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Central Standard
6:45 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Supreme Court Rules On Voting Rights Act

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The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that section 4 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act is unconstitutional.  Section 4 is the part of the bill requiring certain states, mostly in the south, to get federal approval for changes to voting regulations.  Professor Allan Rostron provides an initial reaction and potential implication to this ruling.

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9:13 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Saying Goodbye To Neal Conan

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NPR’s Talk of the Nation ends a 21-year run this week. And that means the end of an era and a new start for its longtime host Neal Conan.  We talk with Neal Conan about the change of seasons in midday talk.

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Central Standard
6:31 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Why Wicca Is A Misunderstood Religion

Wiccans celebrating the summer solstice
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Friday, June 21 will be the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. And for one religious group it's a time to celebrate the Oak King falling to the Holly King.

We take a look at the often misunderstood Wiccan religion. Recently they’ve made inroads into popular acceptance, but practitioners still say there's more to be done.  Owen Davies, author of the book America Bewitched,  joins two local Wiccan practitioners, "J" and "Thorgo" to discuss the Wiccan faith locally and internationally.

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Central Standard
4:43 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

What The Farm Bill Means For Daily Life On The Farm

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The farm bill being discussed in the U.S. House of Representatives contains legislation having to do with all aspects of how Americans put food on their dinner tables.  About 80 percent of the bill deals with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), what we often call “food stamps.” Other portions of the legislation, though, address policy governing the farms that create this food.

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Central Standard
8:23 am
Tue June 18, 2013

What You Should Know About The Food Stamp Debate

The 2013 Farm Bill could bring major cuts to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs, formally known as food stamps.
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The U.S. House is set to take up the farm bill this week, after the Senate passed its version of the bill in early June. Both bills include about $500 billion in spending over five years. Few pieces of legislation can produce such sharp divisions, even by Washington standards—but few could have such immediate, significant impact on so many Americans.

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Central Standard
6:07 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Why Storm Chasers Do What They Do

Category F5 tornado viewed from the southeast as it approached Elie, Manitoba on Friday, June 22, 2007
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Last month, as we all know, a series of tornadoes devastated areas around Oklahoma City, with dozens killed and hundreds injured over several days of storms.

Among the casualties were three men who were well known in the meteorological community and, indeed, to television audiences: Storm chasers Tim Samaras, his son Paul Samaras and Carl Young were doing interviews and sending back footage the day of the EF-3 El Reno storm that changed direction on them and killed them.

In light of these tragic events we wonder, just what is a storm chaser anyway?

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Central Standard
9:20 am
Thu June 13, 2013

The State Of Feral Hogs In Missouri

A feral hog and her piglets cross a dusty path.
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They spread disease and pollute the land. They devour birds and baby fauns. They have sharp teeth, weigh 300 pounds, and are now in 38 states across the US. It sounds like the stuff of nightmares, but the wild pig is real and they cause damage to farms and rural communities throughout America.

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Central Standard
6:51 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Cash Money Crew: Sandwich Generation

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The Sandwich Generation--it’s made up of people who are generally between the ages of 45 and 65. On one side of the sandwich is that college grad who came back home to live. On the other side are one’s aging parents.  The strains are not just in time and energy, but are most acutely financial.  Alex Petrovic, of Petrovic Financial Services; Sandi Weaver, of Financial Security Advisors  and Corey Rasmussen of the Rasmussen Law Firm discuss the financial and legal issues that surround the care of an aging parent.

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6:24 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

The Problem Of Evil

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It’s a question as old as humanity itself—why, in a world full of good options, do people still do bad things? Why do people who haven’t done anything wrong end up suffering, while those who use others for their own gain end up succeeding? And for heaven’s sake, how do we explain a Hitler? Or a Stalin? Or Idi Amin? How do we explain evil?

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6:22 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Program Helps Vets Get STEM Education

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They've mastered advanced battlefield operations planning. They’ve navigated years of overseas intricacies and family complexities. But now, can they master trigonometry?

The Veteran in STEM program seeks to support veterans in acquiring the education they need to pursue jobs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math fields.  While the process of retooling your education to focus on math or science might seem daunting to anybody, only half of STEM jobs require a bachelors degree or higher level of education, the other half typically require associate degrees or specific trade training.  Dean Kevin Truman of the School of Computing and Engineering and Alexis Petri, Co-Principal Investigator and Project Director of the KC BANCS program guide us through the unique supports and programing they've put together to help veterans advance their education and careers.

Central Standard
6:30 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

City Fountains At Risk

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Just as many fountains as Rome? Perhaps.  Whether Kansas City meets or falls short of these accolades the fountains, which began as a practical tool for keeping horses hydrated, have turned into a unique symbol of regional identity and pride.  But, these fountains are at risk.  With decreasing city parks budgets maintaining these iconic fountains has been difficult.  Currently, over half are in need of maintenance and a fourth are in critical condition.  Mark McHenry, director of the  Kansas City Parks and Recreation Department gives delivers the story of our city fountains and what's being done to help keep them running.

Central Standard
6:42 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Solar Power Viability In The City

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If you're reading this right now you're consuming energy and that energy has to come from somewhere.  Typically, "we’re killing people in foreign lands in order to extract 200-million-year-old sunlight. Then we burn it... in order to boil water to create steam to drive a turbine to generate electricity. We frack our own backyards and pollute our rivers, or we blow up our mountaintops just miles from our nation’s capital for an hour of electricity, when we could just take what’s falling free from the sky.” Those words from Danny Kennedy, the founder of Sunergy, are the heart of any call for more investment in solar energy.  It’s a hot topic and in Kansas City, Missouri were  80 government buildings will soon be leasing solar panels and getting cheaper energy as a result. In light of that we take a look at our regions solar options with Chuck Caisleym, vice president of Marketing & Public affairs at KCP&L and Susan Brown, VP of Public Affairs at Brightergy.

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3:22 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Are You Ready For Tick Season?

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Summer is the season for camping, walks and bike rides in wooded areas, but this also means it's the season of ticks. From April to September is tick season, and this is when the insects are most prevalent looking for a blood host. 

Not only are ticks a pain to try and remove if they get on your skin, but getting bit by one can cause serious illnesses like Lyme disease. Recently, another tick-related disease was discovered by Scott Folk, a doctor at Heartland Adult Infectious Diseases.

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3:14 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

5 Things You May Not Know About Caffeine

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Every morning, as coffee pots begin brewing, kettles begin to boil and soda cans are cracked open, people all over the world are trying to get their caffeine fix. Caffeine is the world's most popular psychoactive drug, or simply put, the most popular product that changes how your mind works.

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