KC Currents

KCUR is no longer broadcasting the newsmagazine KC Currents on Thursday mornings at 10 a.m., Sundays at 5 p.m. or Mondays at 8 p.m. But this isn’t the end for the nine-year-old weekly program and its community-focused content.

We’re moving forward with a plan to merge KC Currents and our daily talk show Central Standard into a daily talk/magazine show airing in the 10 a.m. hour. The new program will be fully launched in mid-2014, with a new host and possibly a new name. The format – which we’ve been experimenting with since September — combines the reports on local issues, people and places from KC Currents with Central Standard’s call-in forum.

Our goal is to bring stories from Kansas City’s diverse communities to a larger audience and use them to foster discussion. KC Currents’  Sylvia Maria Gross and Central Standard’s Matthew Long-Middleton will produce the new show. Susan Wilson will continue as a regular contributor, and the show will include reports  from rest of the news team at KCUR. (Alex Smith, former KC Currents producer, has become KCUR’s new health reporter.)

In the upcoming months, we will debut a new host and continue developing the format to launch in May or June. We’re eager to hear your feedback as we move forward with the new program.

Taking the place of KC Currents Sunday at 5 p.m. and Mondays at 8 p.m. will be TED Radio Hour.

You can listen to past episodes in  KC Currents audio archives.

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KC Currents
7:13 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Kansas City Dialect, Labeling Sustainable Foods, Quindaro Quilts

A quilt by Nedra Bonds at UMKC Miller Nichols Library.
Credit Laura Spencer / KCUR

What Does The Kansas City Dialect Sound Like?

There is a general myth that Midwesterners, or even Kansas Citians specifically, speak without an accent. But that is not the case. Linguistic distinctions in Midland speech exist, and have been changing, perhaps without us even noticing, over the past 50 years.

TALK: Understanding Regional Accents

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KC Currents
8:19 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Undocumented Youth, Concealed Carry, Alvin Sykes

Edher Palafox was co-captain of his football team at Shawnee Mission South High School in Overland Park, Kan.
Credit Courtesy / Palafox family
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KC Currents
5:06 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

KC Food Hubs, Missouri Executions, Mariachi Pioneer Dies

Credit Courtesy of Mariachi Estrella

Food Hubs Try To Grow Local Farms

Restaurants across the country have jumped on the local food bandwagon. They’re trying to source more of their produce from nearby farms, but it's not easy. As a potential solution, “food hubs” are popping up across the country. These food processing and distribution centers make it easier for restaurants, grocery stores and others to buy local food.

A Look At The Food Hub Trend In Kansas City

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KC Currents
11:31 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Looking Back At Some Significant Kansas City Stories Of 2013

A plume of smoke rose above the Country Club Plaza after the explosion at JJ's Restaurant.
Credit Frank Morris / KCUR

KCUR's Top Stories Of 2013

KCUR’s afternoon newsman Steve Bell gives us a preview of his 2013 Year in Review, in which he goes over the most significant local stories of 2013: from the gas explosion on the Country Club Plaza to the unexpected prowess of KC’s sports teams.

National Attention Turns To Maryville

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KC Currents
7:55 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Hallmark, Boxer Tommy Campbell, Panhandler’s Life-Changing Year

Kansas City, Ks. native Tommy Campbell was known as the "Chocolate Ice Cube."
Credit Courtesy of Phil Dixon

Hallmark Cookie Exchang Feeds Artistic Community

Since the mid-1960's, Hallmark employees, past and present, and their spouses, have gathered each year - not for an exchange of greeting cards, but of cookies. KCUR’s Julie Denesha stopped by this year’s cookie exchange to bring us this audio postcard.

As Greeting Card Sales Decline, What Is The Future Of Hallmark?

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KC Currents
4:42 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Tech KC: History, Startups, Digital Divide

Google Fiber has set up a display room in Westport.
Credit Sylvia Maria Gross / KCUR
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KC Currents
8:33 am
Fri December 6, 2013

School Bus Innovations, Chocolate Me!, Sporting KC

Ernest Garner drives this school bus for Crabtree Transportation in the Belton School District.
Credit Sylvia Maria Gross / KCUR

Keeping Kids Safe And Engaged On School Buses

We discuss what it takes to be a school bus driver, how safe buses really are, and some innovative new programs to keep kids engaged while they're on the bus, and make the most of what’s usually down time.

Tell KCUR: Sporting KC Fans Get A Kick Out Of Connection To Team

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KC Currents
5:06 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

KanCare, Heritage Turkeys, Janelle Monae

Heritage turkeys roam freely at Good Shepherds Poultry Ranch in Lindsborg, Kansas.
Credit Esther Honig / KCUR

KanCare Means Big Medicaid Cuts For Prairie Village Man

Finn Buller was born with a rare degenerative disease that has required a lot of complicated medical care including 24/7 in-home care. Now, as Kansas privatizes the state's Medicaid, Buller has found the services he depends on may be getting cut back.

Is KanCare Working?

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KC Currents
11:11 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Slaughterhouse Shadows, Missouri Lobbying, Post Office Veterans' Display

Mumino Abdullahi, seated here with her family, is a 26-year-old Somali refugee who trains workers to debone, cut and pack chicken at the Tyson plant in Noel, Mo.
Credit Abbie Fentress Swanson/Harvest Public Media / KCUR

Chasing The American Dream In Rural Kansas And Missouri

For many generations, meatpacking plants in Kansas City were a place where immigrants found a foothold in U.S. society. Now, these plants have moved to rural areas, and the children of immigrant and refugee workers face more challenges in getting an education and pursuing their dreams. Harvest Public Media asked young people in Noel, Mo. and Garden City, Kan. about their aspirations.

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KC Currents
4:01 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

West Bottoms Future, Zombie Queen, Haunted Creepys

The Zombie Queen walks on stilts for Kansas City's annual Zombie Walk.
Credit Shane Linden / P.S. Linden Photography

How Haunted Houses Helped Develop The West Bottoms

In the weeks leading up to Halloween, thousands of people flocked to the historic West Bottoms neighborhood to tour Kansas City’s haunted houses. And while these houses are known as some of the oldest and most terrifying attractions in the country, you might not know that they’ve also been major contributors to the development of the former stockyards district. But not everyone thinks they should be part of the future of the West Bottoms.

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KC Currents
11:31 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Youth Mental Health, Chiefs Windfall, Meet The Penguins

Penguins in the cold temperature section of the new exhibit at the Kansas City Zoo.
Credit Esther Honig / KCUR

Bistate Conversation About Youth Mental Health

Earlier this year, President Barack Obama called for a national conversation on mental health. Kansas City was chosen as one of ten cities to host a dialog in a program called Creating Community Solutions. On Saturday,  September 21,  two mayors and some 360 participants spent the day discussing how to improve mental health in metro Kansas City, particularly among young people. Hear voices of young people at the event.

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KC Currents
11:01 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Raising Bilingual Kids, Maryville Rape Case, Mike Stover

A kindergarten teacher at the Kansas City Chinese School points to characters on the white board.
Credit Beth Lipoff / KCUR
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KC Currents
11:22 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

KCPS Accreditation, Medical Apps, Lupe Gonzalez

Kindergartners at James Elementary use laptops in the classroom.
Credit Sylvia Maria Gross / KCUR

How One Kansas City Public School Is Improving Scores And Making Change

Visit James Elementary School, in Kansas City's historic Northeast neighborhood, which has seen substantial improvement in student test scores. So much so that the school recently landed on Missouri’s list of most-improved low-income schools. 

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KC Currents
4:48 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Farm Bill Expires, SNAP Benefits, Pageant in Drag, KC Ballet Debut

Miss Gay Kansas City 2013, Heidi Banks, is crowned on stage at Hamburger Mary's in Kansas City, Mo.
Credit Esther Honig / KCUR
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KC Currents
9:50 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Kansas Voter Registration, Health Marketplaces, Radkey

Isaiah, foreground, and brother, Dee Radke perform at the Rendezvous in St. Joseph, Mo.
Credit Matthew Long-Middleton / KCUR

21,000 Voter Registrations Stalled In Kansas

More than 20,000 people in Kansas have their voter registrations on hold, which means their vote won't count until the situation is resolved. About 80 percent of these stalled registrations happened at driver’s license offices and stem from a new law requiring people to show proof of citizenship when they register to vote. 

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KC Currents
1:18 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

KC Charter Review, Sustainable Neighborhoods, Cheerleading Gym

Sisters Amber Finley and Marie Abed pose in front of this outer space themed Art Squad alleyway mural.
Credit Suzanne Hogan / KCUR

Citizen Group Reviews KC Government Charter

Kansas City is known as a “weak mayor” town. That’s no slight on Mayor Sly James, it’s the way the city charter sets up our government, where the mayor is a glorified city council member, and the city manager really runs the town. Since June, citizens in the Charter Review Commission has been meeting to make recommendations to revise the charter. Two major issues are the role of the mayor and the composition of the city council.  

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KC Currents
4:53 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Coming Out In College, Forte Records, Steamboat Arabia

Photo of Marva Whitney used by permission of the University of Missouri-Kansas City Libraries, Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Department of Special Collections.
Credit UMKC LaBudde Special Collections
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KC Currents
12:58 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Uzazi Village, Self-Realization Fellowship, Medicine Museum

Sherry Payne, Executive Director of Uzazi Village, works to address infant and maternal health inequalities, especially in Kansas City's African-American community.
Credit Monica Sandreczki / KCUR
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KC Currents
4:37 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

KCPS Achievement, Black Israelites, Kosher BBQ

Travelers waiting for a flight at KCI.
Credit Julie Denesha / KCUR

 

Kansas City School District Celebrates Good Evaluation

On Friday morning at Paseo Academy, Kansas City Public Schools Superintendent Stephen Green made a big announcement about the district's accreditation status.  It had leaped more than 40 points in the new state assessment system. KCUR’s Maria Carter was there and talked to us about what happened.

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KC Currents
12:38 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Mo. Voter Fraud, Operation Breakthrough, KC Creative Couples

Zhou Long and Chen Yi have taught for more than a decade at the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance in Kansas City, Mo.
Credit Julie Denesha / KCUR
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KC Currents
1:59 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Kansas City Museum, Oz Memorabilia, KC Creative Couples

The Kansas City Museum has been the subject of controversy since Union Station management fired the museum director.
Credit Susan B. Wilson / KCUR

Union Station Issues Statement On Museum Agreement With City

It came as a shock to a lot of people when Kansas City Museum director Christopher Leitch was let go last month by the management of Union Station. The two institutions merged back in 2000, but have had a rocky relationship ever since.  And now it’s really unclear what the future will be for both institutions.  KCUR arts reporter Laura Spencer has been following the fall-out from the departure of the museum’s director.

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KC Currents
5:05 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Diocese Monitors Abuse, Tech-y Genealogy, KC Creative Couples

The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Kansas City, Mo. The Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese is the first diocese in the US to employ an ombudsman.
Credit Alex Smith / KCUR
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KC Currents
4:42 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Women In Soccer, Paseo YMCA, KC Creative Couples

Credit Sangeeta Shastry / KCUR

President Obama Visits UCM, Lauds Missouri College Cost Cut Program

A western Missouri-based educational program was the lure to bring President Obama to speak in Warrensburg last week. The President said so, directly, in his address at the University of Central Missouri. Hear from some originators of what's known as the Missouri Innovation Campus.

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KC Currents
1:56 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Paddlefish Caviar, Frida & Diego, Rural Librarian

A sample of caviar produced by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.
Credit Ryan Schuessler / KCUR

KC Regional Health Assessment Finds Rising Rates of Obesity, Poverty

Since 2000, poverty in the metro area has increased by 75 percent. A quarter of the population is currently uninsured or on Medicaid.  And the number of elderly people in the area will double in the next three decades. Those are just a few of findings in a new regional health assessment produced by the Mid-America Regional Council.

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KC Currents
12:17 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Treece, Kan., Fast Pitch Softball, Grand Marquis

Credit Zack Lewandowski / KCUR

Kansas City International Airport Weighs Proposed Changes

Kansas City International Airport is looking at a potentially major change: tearing down the current three terminals and moving to a single, new terminal on the site of the current terminal A. The one terminal idea came to a head in 2008 when the Master Plan called for a new, central terminal south of the current airport. That came just four years after the airport wrapped up nearly $260 million in renovations.

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KC Currents
3:59 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Abortion Lawsuit, Sprint Deal, Gordon Parks School

Credit Payne Roberts / KCUR

Planned Parenthood Sues Kan. Over Free Speech Violation

This month, two different lawsuits were filed in Kansas over a new state abortion law. But the lawsuit that Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri filed on June 20 isn’t about the freedom to perform abortions. It’s about freedom of speech. 

4 Things You Should Know About The Sprint-SoftBank Deal

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KC Currents
2:04 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

KC Shopping, Wiccans on Solstice, Bloodstone

Credit Ryan Schuessler / KCUR

The show for June 23, 2013. Click "Listen" to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories.

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KC Currents
4:50 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Downtown Resurrection, Harvey Girls, Audio Theater Festival

Harvey Girls waitressed at restaurants along the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroads. Many of these women transitioned to other careers after WWII. Opal Jaquess, on the far right side of the first row, is interviewed in the film, Opportunity Bound.
Credit Courtesy of Opal Jaquess

The show for June 16, 2013. Click "Listen" to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories.

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