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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THIS WEEK:
  Monday: Graffiti in KC / Kyle Hatley Leaving KC Rep. for Chicago
  Tuesday: John Hope Bryant: How the Poor Can Save Capitalism
  Wednesday: Fishin' in the City / Going to Kansas City
  Thursday: Beyond Our Borders: Are we talking about race when we talk about Troost?
  Friday: Food Critics

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Education
11:11 am
Wed November 13, 2013

The Problem Of Adult Bullying

In light of the recent NFL bullying scandal where Richie Incognito's inappropriate locker room behavior landed him in the national spotlight, we explore the reality of adult bullying.

We talk about how prevalent adult bullying is, as well as how important it is for managers and supervisors to enforce anti-bullying policies in their workplaces. 

Guests:

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Central Standard
8:03 am
Tue November 12, 2013

What Can We Learn From Small Isolated Societies?

Dr. Jared Diamond
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On Tuesday's Central Standard, Author Jared Diamond talks about his newest bestseller, The World Until Yesterday: What We Can Learn From Traditional Societies. His book focuses on 40 small, isolated societies where just a few generations ago there was little to no contact with the outside world, and their medical care lacked the technological advances available in the Western world. 

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Central Standard
4:10 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Hotel Sorella Opens In West Plaza

Hotel Sorella rooftop in Houston
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General Manager, Robert Leyva, talks about the opening of luxury hotel, Hotel Sorella, job creation, and the development of the West Edge area. 

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Central Standard
9:29 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Bully Breed Bans In The Kansas City Metro

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Many of the communities around Kansas City have passed into law what some call "bully breed bans"—restrictions on specific breeds thought to be dangerous, like pit bulls and rottweilers. Kansas City does not have any bans, but the city does require all pit bulls to be spayed or neutered.

The following area communities do have pit bull bans:

• Independence, Mo.
• Leawood, Kan.
• Liberty, Mo.
• Marion, Kan.
• Overland Park, Kan.
• Platte City, Mo.
• Prairie Village, Kan.
• Roeland Park, Kan.
• Shawnee, Kan.

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Central Standard Friday
10:05 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Movie Critics: Depictions Of Slavery In Film

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The controversial new film 12 Years a Slave has been touted as the front runner for this year's Best Picture Oscar. It depicts the memoir of a free black man who was kidnapped into slavery.

While some are heralding it as an honest portrait of slavery, others complain that it's an exaggerated work of fiction.

What movies have dealt with depictions of slavery best and which ones have failed? And how has our narrative of slavery changed through cinematic history?

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Central Standard
12:11 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

The Clean Air Act 50 Years Later

Clean air, you’d think it would be a no brainer, but it took an act of Congress to make it a law. There are 20 coal power plants in Missouri, and they expose over 4.7 million people within a 30 mile radius, to their exhaust. In Kansas there are eight coal power plants.

It’s been almost 50 years since the Clean Air Act was made into law, and the way the public views clean air has radically changed from then to now. Stephen Steigman hosts this discussion on the changing culture of environmental protection.

Guests:

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Central Standard
12:05 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

The Pros And Cons of Small-Town Life

The idea of small-town living has long been thought of as the idyllic American Dream. It's a place in our imaginations where everyone waves and smiles at you. A place where everyone knows your name. But what are the realities of small-town life? Is it really all it's cracked up to be?

Host Stephen Steigman looks into Overbrook, Kan., a town 40 minutes southwest of Lawrence. Their motto? "Don't Overlook Overbrook."

Guest: Rick Montgomery, reporter for the Kansas City Star

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Central Standard
9:37 am
Wed November 6, 2013

The Minimum Wage Debate And The Legacy Of E. Grey Dimond

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Working two jobs, for a total of 60 hours a week, at federal minimum wage, you would bring home roughly $22,600 a year. That’s almost one thousand dollars under the federal poverty level for a family of four.

On today's Central Standard, Brian Ellison talks with two economists who have differing views on minimum wage. How much does raising minimum wage hurt businesses, but how much could it improve the lives of those working at minimum wage?

We also look back on the life of E. Grey Dimond, founder of the UMKC school of medicine, with some of his former colleagues.

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Central Standard
8:53 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Should Sperm Donors Be Required To Pay Child Support?

A case in Kansas will have jurors deciding whether a sperm donor should have to pay child support.
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A few years ago, a lesbian couple in Kansas posted an ad to Craigslist asking a man to donate sperm so they could have a child. William Marotta responded, refused their offer of $50, and signed over his sperm.

The couple gave birth to a child, however,  when the child started receiving state aid, Marotta found himself being sued by the state for thousands in child support.

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Central Standard
4:24 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Groups Organize Counter-Protest In Response To Neo-Nazi Rally

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The National Socialist Movement has scheduled a rally November 9 in Kansas City at the Jackson County Courthouse. The group calls itself a white civil rights organization, whereas watchdog organizations uniformly call it a hate group that is racist, anti-Semitic and dangerous.

Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center says that extremist groups have been growing since the start of the recession in 2008. He claims that in 2008 there were 149 extremist groups, whereas as currently there are over 1000. 

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Central Standard
9:34 am
Tue November 5, 2013

3 Tips For Better Work-Life Balance

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We live in a wired, digital world where our work is as portable as a smartphone or tablet. It’s tempting to check our email or reply to a message when we should be more focused on ‘living in the moment.' For many people, the work week is stretched far beyond the typical 40-hours per week. But in a fast-paced work environment, how does one rationalize between putting food on the table, and still being able to enjoy life?

What is balance?

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Central Standard Friday
2:24 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Food Critics: The Best Soup In Kansas City

This is some delicious-looking pho from Pho Hoa in Kansas City, MO.
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A rich, flavorful broth with hardy vegetables can go a long way to raising your spirits. And a hearty soup like a stew or a bowl of Vietnamese pho can actually serve as a meal. In the Depression, home cooks discovered starting a meal with soup took the edge off of hunger so they could serve a more modest entrée. But no matter how you serve soup, it ranks as one of the best dishes ever for surviving cold weather, providing comfortable relief for the common cold, and eating your vegetables.

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People
2:41 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

The Celebrities Buried In Kansas City Cemeteries

The tombstone of Charlie "Bird" Parker buried in Lincoln Cemetery.
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Do the ghosts of Jesse James, Cole Younger, and Annie Chambers still haunt us? What about the apparitions of Carrie Nation and Tom Pendergast?

These folks all have one thing in common — they're all buried right here in Kansas City. So, for a brief moment, let's resurrect these long-slumbering souls and explore the fascinating lives of some of Kansas City's famous dead:

Goodman Ace (1899-1982) and Jane Ace (1900-1974)

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Central Standard
2:00 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

3 Things You Should Know About Marketing To Millennials

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Millennials, those born between 1980 and 2000, are increasing their economic presence and power. Companies are investing in research to understand this group, which makes up 25 percent of the U.S. population. There might be a lot we still don't know about this significant segment of society, but according to our experts, here's what we do know:

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Central Standard
8:32 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Using Music As Therapy

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Music therapy has been a growing form of complementary medicine for the past 50 years. Studies have shown music therapy can help with everything from Alzheimer’s to depression to developmental disorders and even cancer treatment. 

We invited three local music therapists to speak about local and national research being conducted, as well as their own experience in using vocal and instrumental music in a patient's treatment and recovery process. 

Guests:

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Central Standard
2:03 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Boulevard Brewery Founder John McDonald Discusses Exit Strategy

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Boulevard Brewery grew from humble beginnings to be ranked 12th in the nation for craft beer companies. The Kansas City favorite announced October 17 that it had been sold to a 142-year old Belgian company called Duvel Moortgat Brewery.

When Boulevard Brewery founder John McDonald started his micro-brewery 24 years ago, he wasn't even thinking of an exit plan. His original business plan included 7,000 barrels per year and seven employees. He now produces 190,000 barrels and has 125 employees.

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Central Standard
10:00 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Creating Unique Halloween Costumes

One important lesson for picking the perfect costume is to use things you already have available--like a pregnant belly!
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Halloween isn’t just about the candy anymore. In some circles, it has become a creativity contest for adults and young people alike. With Halloween just around the corner, have you picked out your costume? Will you go for scary or sexy? Political or ironic? Classic or current? 

Host Elizabeth Alex talks with a local costume designer and a thrift store fashionista about how to construct your own home-made costume without going over-budget. And how to dress to impress this Halloween.

Guests:

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Central Standard
10:00 am
Wed October 23, 2013

The Nigro Brothers: Auctioneers For Charity

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The Nigro Brothers have been fixtures of philanthropy in Kansas City for the last 30 years. They perform around 140 auctions and manage to raise $6 million a year.

From a charity perspective, they are a surefire way to raise lots of money and what is their fee for auctioneering? Absolutely nothing. The Nigro Brothers perform masterful auctioneering purely for the charity.

Host Elizabeth Alex chats with the Nigro Brothers about how they got into the auctioneering game and how they continue to perfect their skills.

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Central Standard
10:00 am
Tue October 22, 2013

The Connection Between Sexual Assault And Online Bullying

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Sexual assault used to be such a taboo issue that it wasn’t even covered by the media. Those affected by sexual assault would often hide in shame, but as it has becomes more public, young people are flocking to their Facebook and Twitter accounts to call names and take sides.

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Central Standard
10:00 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Cash Money Crew: Exploring The Myths of Financial Planning

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October is Financial Planning Month, so it's as good a time as any to start thinking about your financial future. However, when you start really digging deep, you might find lots of information and advice. How do you know who to trust? Who is the most reliable?

Bill Anderson and the Cash Money Crew examines some of these so called "Rules of Thumb" for financial planning and determine what advice is actually useful.

Here are some "Rules of Thumb" which may need to be given a second look:

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Central Standard Friday
9:30 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Food Critics: Diabetic Dining

Don't be fooled! These aren't french fries, but fresh and healthy beans everyone can enjoy.
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Most of us are very lucky. When we go out to eat, we usually don’t worry about dietary restrictions or fret over missing the delicious food we'd like to eat.

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Central Standard
2:31 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

What It Means To Be HIV Positive Today?

An HIV infected T-Cell
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The Center for Disease Control estimates that more than a million people are living with HIV in the U.S. In spite of widespread education and prevention efforts, there has been little change in the number of new HIV infections. The good news: new treatments have allowed people with HIV to live a normal lifespan with reduced risk of transmitting the disease to others. But social stigma and the psychological and economic impact of HIV/AIDS still take a toll on those diagnosed with the disease.

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Central Standard
11:06 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Technology And The Science Of Fighting Crime

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Crime, every community suffers from some kind of it—whether it’s shoplifting a candy bar, defrauding a bank or dealing drugs as a member of a gang.

Kansas City is no stranger to violent crime, in fact Kansas City as of 2011 ranked as the 18th most violent city in the United States, according to FBI statistics. But the science of crime fighting is always changing.

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Central Standard
5:33 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Nature In The City: Autumn Is Here

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It's starting to actually feel like fall. Daylight is slipping away sooner, mornings are brisk and nights are chilly. As the temperature starts to cool, leaves start to slowly change to those beautiful warm colors of yellow, orange and red and will soon fall to the ground. Critters scamper about preparing for who knows what kind of winter. From bird migrations, strange insects, frog populations and more, autumn is certainly making her place in Kansas City. 

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Central Standard
4:51 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

What Is Sex Addiction?

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Now more than ever, our society seems preoccupied with sex. Sexting and twerking are a part of our lexicon. Whether we’re talking about television, popular music or movies, sexual images and innuendo are everywhere. And access to pornography is as easy as a click of a mouse for the over 40 million people who log into porn websites. Given the highly sexualized society we live in, can a person really become addicted to sex? And at what point does sex become an unhealthy addiction—a bad habit that interferes with work, relationships and mental health?

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Central Standard
12:47 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Can The Chiefs Keep Up Their Hot Streak?

Running Back Jamaal Charles is one of the keys to the Chiefs success this season.
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The Kansas City Chiefs had the worst record in the NFL last year with just two wins and 14 losses. Now, they are sitting pretty with a perfect 5-0 record. But how did we get here and how long can we keep it going?

Joel Thorman, editor of Arrowhead Pride, is just as shocked as everyone else in Kansas City. "The Chiefs have set an NFL record for the best start after winning two or less games from the year before. It's really just shocking."

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Central Standard
11:37 am
Wed October 9, 2013

E-Cigarettes

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E cigarettes are growing in popularity - a billion dollar industry- a product that is being used all around the world. Yet there is still a lot that we still know about the long term health effects of E cigarettes, which are being advertised in magazines and television, and come in flavors like vanilla, cherry, pina colada and more. As the FDA is still deciding how to regulate e cigarettes, we discuss what we know and don’t know about the product. How effective are e cigarettes in reducing regular cigarette use, are they safe? In this fiery discussion Dr.

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Central Standard
10:05 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: Causes, Symptoms And Treatment

Obsessive hand washing is one of the typical symptoms of OCD.
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Obsessive thoughts can lead to obsessive behaviors. According to psychologist Dr. Bruce Liese, obsessive compulsives typically have a recurring, persistent and unwanted thought or thoughts that won't go away. These thoughts tend to be irrational and very closely correlated with anxiety and can often cause anxiety themselves.

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9:30 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Sister Cities: Kansas City's Distant Relatives

Look familiar? This is La Giralda in Seville, Spain, the structure after which the tower in the Country Club Plaza is modeled. Seville is one of Kansas City's sister cities.
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Most cities and towns have a sister city--another place across the globe that they’ve established a relationship with. The concept of Sister Cities, or twin towns originated after World War II to create cultural and commercial ties between communities internationally. Kansas City has 13 sister cities. Morelia, Mexico just recently renewed its agreement with KC, making it Kansas City’s third Mexican sister. Other international sisters include Seville, Spain, Kurashiki, Japan, Port Harcourt, Nigeria, and more.

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Central Standard
5:28 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Dust Bowl Images Bring Life To Those Affected

Vernon Evans (with his family) of Lemmon, South Dakota, near Missoula, Montana on Highway 10. Leaving grasshopper-ridden and drought-stricken area for a new start in Oregon or Washington., 1936
Arthur Rothstein (1915-1985) Spencer Museum of Art

In the 1930's, farmers' extensive deep plowing of top soil in the great plains region displaced the natural grasses that normally kept the soil in place. That, in combination with a mix of drought and high winds led to dust storms creating a decade-long period known as the dust bowl that affected thousands of people. What was once a paradise for those moving west to farm the land became a desert-like environment and was later deserted by many settlers. 

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