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: 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

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Central Standard
9:27 am
Tue September 17, 2013

What Is A Bitcoin?

While any computer can be used to "mine" BitCoins, some people make specially designed hardware to increase the efficiency of their effort.
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In a society where we pay bills online, transfer money via the internet, and can buy virtually anything on the web, would you be surprised to know that a currency has been developed that only exists in digital form?

BitCoin is a currency invented not by a government, or a large bank, but by a person or perhaps few people, nobody actually knows exactly who.  It has no government backing, no tie to any precious metal and is entirely unregulated.  However, on the afternoon of Monday, September 16 the exchange rate for one Bitcoin was more than 126 dollars.

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Central Standard
5:09 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Four Strategies For Dealing With Bad Bosses

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A boss can make or break a job. Lack of manager training, promoting for the wrong reasons, and even personal character flaws have resulted in multiple "bad bosses" making the work environment for many stressful, or even toxic. According to an American Psychological Association survey, three-fourths of Americans suffer from workplace stress. And that stress can take a toll.

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Central Standard
12:56 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

What Does It Mean To Be A Man?

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If you were to imagine a man in your mind's eye, what would he look like? What would he sound like? How would he act? In Western culture, the idea of a man provokes thoughts of ruggedness, strength, leadership-- someone unemotional, but powerful. While some of these characteristics are true, they could not apply to every man. But are they altogether outdated, or even false? 

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Central Standard
12:46 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Missouri's General Assembly Faces Governor Nixon's Vetoes

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Two bills recently vetoed by Governor Nixon are on the table for the Missouri General Assembly. Republicans are seeking to overthrow the governor's vetoes on two separate bills dealing with tax cuts and gun control.

House Bill 253 is a tax cut proposal for individuals, business owners, and corporations. The bill seeks to make Missouri more competitive with Kansas and to a more tax-friendly state. Governor Nixon vetoed House Bill 253 because he said it would gut funding for education and social services.

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Central Standard
5:07 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Online Courses: Education Of The Future?

In earlier generations, getting an education meant going to class, sitting in a classroom or lecture hall listening to the professor, and participating in discussions. Now, something as simple as raising your hand in class, or asking your neighbor to borrow a pen could become obsolete. In the growing phenomena of online education, thousands of students are logging into class, and instead of going to a physical building, they participate from the comfort of their home or local coffee shop.

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Central Standard
5:00 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

The Negative Consequences Of Procrastination

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Human beings have always been pain-avoiding creatures. We seek to avoid the things we don't like or that could bring pain to us, and we pursue the things that bring us pleasure and happiness. Oftentimes, this human practice takes form in procrastination.

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Central Standard
5:28 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

What Is The Fate Of Westport High School?

Westport High School
Credit KCUR

Midtown will be undergoing some dramatic changes as Westport Middle School was recently sold to developers at BNIM to be converted into community spaces as well as market-rate housing. BNIM has named the project a Center for Community Vitality. Their plan includes residential living, a botanical garden, a pool and wellness center, and more.

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Sports
4:00 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Chief Nation Plans For The Season Ahead

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The Kansas City Chiefs suffered a number of challenges last season both on field, finishing last place in the NFL, and off the field, with the murder suicide of Kasandra Perkins and Jovan Belcher.  Management has turned a new page hiring coach Andy Reid to set a new tone.  But, can a team who has seen such hardship transform itself in one season?  

Kansas City Chiefs President, Mark Donovan, believes the expectation is very high from the fan base, but right now he just wants to focus on Jacksonville and coming back 1-0. 

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Central Standard
1:54 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Micro-Lending Around The World

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Micro-loans are becoming something of a trend now. Anyone can loan as little as $25 to $50 to someone across the globe they've never met. Bob Harris, a man who saw poverty in the world and pledged to himself to do something about it. 


Oftentimes these loans go to small businessman and businesswomen who need the money to get started or finish a project.  For instance, an individual may need a small loan to open up a new shop, or buy capital for a business they want to start, but they simply don't have the money.

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Central Standard
8:56 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Should Midtown Have A Public Elementary School?

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  Oftentimes, a neighborhood is formed around a school. A school can be much more than a place where our children go Monday through Friday, but rather it becomes a community space for all. However, when this community space does not exist in a neighborhood, families either have to deal with the inconveniences, or take matters into their own hands to create a school in their neighborhood. 

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Central Standard
12:37 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

New Islamic Art Exhibit At The Nelson

Credit Kayti Doolittle

When we hear about the Middle East and the cradle of Islam, many will no doubt think of news or politics-- about a war  in Syria or civil unrest in Egypt. But that would be only a partial picture. There are major cultural and artistic elements that have been created within the region.

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Agriculture
7:53 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Horse Slaughter Divides Horse Lovers

The Hilltop Saddle Club, established in 1944, is the oldest African American saddle club in the nation. Most members of the group oppose horse slaughter.
Frank Morris KCUR

Most Americans don’t eat horse meat, and they don’t like the idea of horses being slaughtered, but a handful of investors are struggling to restart a horse slaughter industry in the United States.

They argue that slaughter would be good for the horse business, and more humane than the current situation. The issue cleaves horse owners into two camps: one that views horses as pets, and another that see them as livestock.

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Central Standard
5:17 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

The Impact Of Latin American Music

Performer sports a traditional Zoot suit.
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Coming from dozens of countries, from Mexico and the Caribbean in the north to Brazil and Argentena in South America, Latin American identity encompasses a variety of cultures, backgrounds, stories, traditions, and, of course, music. The diversity can be heard in every measure, as each artist brings not only their own personal style, but also their Latino ancestry to the lyrics, melodies and rhythms of music.

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Central Standard
10:19 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Suicide And The Digital Afterlife

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Whenever a loved one dies, those left behind suffer for that loss, but when that loved one chose to take his or her own life, how do friends and family recover?  In 2009 deaths from suicide surpassed those in motor vehicle accidents. There were more than 30,000 that year.  And in a society that lives much of its life online through social media, what happens to one’s digital self after suicide? Is it acceptable to “defriend the dead,” or is social media a good way for us to cope with the loss of our loved ones?

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Central Standard
1:32 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Meet The Buskers

Credit Bill Anderson / KCUR

So, a fire-eater, juggler, and a comedy-hypnotist-cowboy all walk into a radio studio. On the program today, there was a merry band of street performers also known as buskers.

Essentially, they make their money by doing a live, audience-interactive performance, followed by passing a hat around in order to collect a profit. It's an incredibly risky pursuit, but those who can make a living at it, get much more than just money in return. 

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Central Standard
11:52 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Royals In The Play-offs?

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It's nearly September, and the Royals have won more games than they've lost. This might seem like a minor achievement, but here in Kansas City, this is a huge deal. We haven't had a winning season since 2003 and before that, 1994.  An entire generation of baseball fans have not seen the Royals do well. To put this into perspective, Eric Hosmer, the Royals' first baseman is 23 years old. He was born in 1989, a full 4 years after the Royals last made the play-offs (and went on to win the World Series).

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Central Standard
5:19 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Cash Money Crew: Launching A Small Business

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Have you considered taking that passion or that one great idea and turning it into a living? Starting a small business is one of the riskiest things you can do.  Over 627,000 new small businesses were created last year, but only about half of those make it past the 5-year mark. So, why do people continue to take the plunge

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Central Standard
3:47 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

The Precarious State of Space Exploration And The Sale Of The Washington Post

An artists rendering of NASA's still developing Space Launch System (SLS). If completed it will be able to haul more payload into space.
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The Washington Post's Joel Achenbach joins Central Standard to discuss the precarious state of space exploration and the recent purchase of the Post by Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.com.

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Central Standard
12:08 am
Tue August 20, 2013

What Do We Know Of Jesus' Life?

How would you investigate what one itinerant, unemployed Jewish man's life was like 2,000 years ago?  The record keeping wasn't so great, there's not even microfiche to consult.  It turns out there is a historical evidence to suggest that parts of the biblical account of Jesus' life are highly speculative.  Dr. Reza Aslan joins us to discuss what it is we can know and speculate about Jesus and the social, political and physical environment in which he lived.

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Central Standard Friday
8:39 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Film Critics: Real Life On The Screen

Fruitvale Station was released on July 26 and depicts the life of Oscar Grant who was shot and killed by a BART police officer in 2009.
Credit Significant Productions

For more than a century writers and directors have based films on real life events. From the life of Thomas Edison to the battle of Gettysburg — actual events and real-life stories often make the best films.

Friday on Central Standard movie critics Russ Simmons, Loey Lockerby and John Tibbets share reviews of movies out right now, plus they'll discuss how Hollywood handles real-life events. When is making a film too soon after the event? When has Hollywood gotten it right, and when have they gotten it wrong?

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Central Standard
6:24 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

The Rewards And Challenges Of Breastfeeding

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The CDC has good news, 76.5 percent of U.S. infants start out being breastfed. Yet, only about 27 percent of mothers breastfeed for the recommended twelve month period.

What barriers are keeping women from breastfeeding? What medicines, foods, and environments should a breastfeeding mother avoid ? And what are the positive health benefits of breastfeeding to the mother and newborn?

We discuss this and look at the changing laws that will impact breastfeeding mothers, and look at the ins and outs of breastfeeding.

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Central Standard
5:07 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Back To School With KCMO And Shawnee Mission Superintendents

Jim Hinson and Stephen Green (L to R)
Credit Shawnee Mission School District and Kansas City Public Schools

Budgets, common core, accreditation and aspirations for the year will be some of the topics of our conversation.  Superintendents Jim Hinson from the Shawnee Mission School District and Stephen Green from Kansas City Public Schools  join in a discussion of the pressing issues facing our schools and taking questions and comments from the community.

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Central Standard
9:20 am
Thu August 8, 2013

The Fascinating Fates Of 4 Famous Corpses

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When most of us think about death, we assume our bodies will take the traditional route of being cremated or buried. This is not always the case, as author Bess Lovejoy points out in her new book, Rest In Pieces released in March 2013. 

On this encore edition of Central Standard, host Suzanne Hogan talks with Lovejoy about the journeys famous corpses took before being laid to rest, because not every story ends with a death.

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Central Standard
4:00 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Narcissistic Personality Disorder

This is a painting of the most famous narcissist, Narcissus by Michelangelo Caravaggio
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Narcissism is a word that gets thrown around a lot these days. It's often a self-diagnosed condition, or people refer to others as narcissistic when they are merely being selfish.

Today on Central Standard, Host Bill Anderson talks with Dr. Bruce Liese, Professor of Family Medicine at the KU Medical Center, about the destructive behaviors that make relationships difficult. We'll also explore  arrogance, and the ways in which you can cope with a narcissist at home or at work.

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Central Standard
1:03 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Elmwood Cemetery Loses A Longtime Friend

Ella, Elmwood Cemetery's resident deer.
Bruce Mathews Elmwood Cemetery

Family and friends come and go as they pay their respects at Elmwood Cemetery, but one visitor lived on the grassy grounds her whole life. 

Ella was a two-year-old deer born in the courtyard of one of Elmwood's mausoleums. The volunteers who run the cemetery, located at Truman Road and Hardesty Avenue, say they don't know exactly where she came from. About three months after she was born, her mother strayed away from the grounds and was struck by a car.

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Central Standard
9:31 am
Tue August 6, 2013

The Psychology Of Branding

The label for Boulevard Brewing Company's Tank 7 beer.
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Logos and brands are all around us, and we probably recognize more of them than we think. But what goes into creating those familiar symbols? And how do they work to make us buy the products they represent? Today on Central Standard, we'll talk label design.

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Central Standard
12:46 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Artists Combat Gun Violence With Creativity

One of the posters produced through the Artists for Life Project by artists from the group The Light in the Other Room.
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This hour on Central Standard, we talked with Darryl Chamberlain, Martice Smith and George Mayfield of Artists for Life, a coalition of African American artists who hope to raise awareness about handgun violence with their work in Kansas City.

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Central Standard
8:39 am
Thu August 1, 2013

The History And Future Of Drive-Ins

The Beverly Drive-In in Mississippi, featured in April Wright's documentary.
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Drive-in movie theaters were once a staple of American popular culture, but over the decades, they've been closing across the country. Kansas City, however, seems to be an epicenter for the disappearing relic across the rest of the United States - we've got three.

This hour, filmmaker and director April Wright joined us from Los Angeles to talk about her documentary Going Attractions, which covers the history and future of drive-ins. Wright spent seven years putting the film together, and she visited almost every state in the process.

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Central Standard
6:29 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

MLS All-Star Game Gives Kansas City A Fever Pitch

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Wednesday is the 18th Major League Soccer All-Star Game and it will pit the best that MLS has against Italy’s AS Roma team.  All of this will happen right here in Kansas City.

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Central Standard
7:19 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

How The Kindness Of Strangers Changes Lives

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Has a stranger ever helped you in a moment of need or brightened your day with a a small interaction that you can't forget?  Have you ever been that stranger to somebody else?

Central Standard explores why someone might be kind when they have nothing to gain in return and what impact that can have on people's lives and the world. Our guests include Suzy Hall, co-organizer of Kinder KC and Dr. James Doty, director for Center for Compassion and Altruism Research Education (CCARE).

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