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
11:15 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Right To Farm, Estate Sale Photos, Betse Ellis

Credit Gloria Baker Feinstein

The show for June 9, 2013. Click "Listen" to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories.

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KC Currents
10:46 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Spelling Bee Sisters, Streetcar Update, Blues Singer Cassie Taylor

Vanya Shivashankar, right, talks with older sister Kavya after the final round of the 2013 Scripps national Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., on May 30. Kavya, who helped coach Vanya for this year's competition, won the Bee in 2009.
Credit Credit Mark Bowen / Scripps National Spelling Bee

The show for June 2, 2013. Click "Listen" to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories.

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KC Currents
10:41 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Cell Phone Warning, Clay Studio, Barista Champ

The Boys Grow group brings up water for the plants.
Credit Beth Lipoff / KCUR

Joplin Optimistic In Recovery, Anxious To Help In Moore, OK

Last week’s massive tornado in Moore, Oklahoma came almost exactly two years after another EF-5 tornado ripped through Joplin, killing 161 people.  Wednesday marked that anniversary, and the city was greeted with near perfect weather.  Thousands came out that day to honor the lives of those lost, and reflect upon the continuing recovery effort.

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KC Currents
4:48 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Johnson County Mosque, Class Of 2013, Janelle Monae

Sandra Perez, senior at De La Salle Education Center, gave the commencement speech at her graduation ceremony.
Credit Suzanne Hogan / KCUR

The show for May 19, 2013. Click "Listen" to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories.

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KC Currents
3:56 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Midtown Superman, Reading The Rock, KC Psychfest

The show for May 12, 2013. Click "Listen" to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories.

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KC Currents
4:19 pm
Sun May 5, 2013

CofC Allows Gay Marriage, 1910 Gardens, Rapper Gee Watts

The Community of Christ church in Independence.
Credit Alex Smith / KCUR

The show for May 5, 2013. Click "Listen" to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories.

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KC Currents
11:00 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Concealed Carry In Public Buildings, Library Mashes Up Old And New, Leo Beuerman

A new branch of the Mid-Continent Public Library is built around a historic mansion.
Credit Alex Smith / KCUR

The show for April 28, 2013. Click "Listen" to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories.

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KC Currents
4:07 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Best of KCC: IHOP in Grandview, Penn Valley Skateboarders, Fado Novato

Nick Soper said he was moving to Kansas City from Liberty to be closer to Penn Valley's Skate Park.
Credit Sylvia Maria Gross / KCUR

The show for April 21, 2013 was a special membership drive show featuring some of our favorite stories from the past year. Click "Listen" to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories.

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KC Currents
11:14 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Photos Of Immigrants, Kansas Renga, 42

The show for April 14, 2013. Click "Listen" to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories.

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KC Currents
2:26 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Black Israelites, Royals Announcer, Naismith Artifacts

Michael Long talks about his path to joining a Jewish synagogue.
Credit Susan B. Wilson / KCUR

The show for April 7, 2013. Click Listen to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories.

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KC Currents
12:35 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

KCMO and KCK Elections, Oz Memorabilia, Ashley Miller

An unusual item produced to promote the 1939 film, a Wicked Witch of the West String Holder.
Credit Julie Denesha / KCUR

The show for March 31, 2013. Click Listen to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories.

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KC Currents
12:06 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Walt Bodine, Pat Jordan, Hospice Cards, Eudora Jewish Cemetery

Pat Jordan, Co-Chair Mayor’s Task Force for the Arts, is recognized by the crowd at the "Envision Arts & Culture KC" kickoff meeting in January 2013.
Credit Julie Denesha / KCUR

The show for March 24, 2013. Click Listen to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories.

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KC Currents
3:58 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Middle Schools, KC Carnivores, Polar Bear Romance

Credit P.S. Linden / Courtesy of the Kansas City Carnivores

The show for March 17, 2013. Click Listen to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories.

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KC Currents
1:36 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Kan. Legislature, The Wires, Music Writer Tim Finn

De Barker teaches line dance and two-step.
Susan Wilson

The show for March 10, 2013. Click Listen to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories.

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KC Currents
4:42 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Hire Bilinguals, Making Movies, Urban Crows

The show for March 3, 2013. Click Listen to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories.

    

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KC Currents
11:10 am
Wed February 27, 2013

WyCo Elections, Plaza Fire, KCPS Opens School

JJ's restaurant co-owner Jimmy Frantze on the day after the gas explosion.
Credit Elana Gordon / KCUR

The show for February 24, 2013. Click "Listen" to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories.

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KC Currents
12:22 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Preventing Child Abuse, Kansas Taxes, Ash Wednesday Drive-Through

Credit Alex Smith / KCUR

The show for February 17, 2013. Click "Listen" to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories.

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KC Currents
3:12 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Walmart Wars, Self-Realization Fellowship, KC Board of Trade

The vacated Bingham Junior High School property is the site for the proposed Walmart Neighborhood Market in Waldo.
Credit Monica Sandreczki / KCUR

The show for February 10, 2013. Click "Listen" to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories.

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KC Currents
5:45 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

KU Changes Core Curriculum, Bishop vs. NCR, Medicine Museum

Senior Aaron Ellis majors in aerospace engineering at KU.
Credit Monica Sandreczki / KCUR

The show for February 3, 2013. Click "Listen" to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories.

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KC Currents
4:36 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

IHOP In Grandview, Vintage Postcards, Symphonic Pictures

The show for January 27, 2013. Click "Listen" to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories.

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KC Currents
10:57 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Urban Neighborhoods Initiative, Evan Connell

The Bancroft School in Manheim Park is being converted into affordable housing and a community meeting spot.
Credit Monica Sandreczki / KCUR

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KC Currents
4:49 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Kancare, Leon Jordan Biography, Eddie Saunders Remembrance

Credit Courtesy of LaBudde Special Collections, UMKC.

The show for January 13,2013. Click "Listen" to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories.

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KC Currents
12:44 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Marva Whitney Remembered, Heartland Virus, Benedictines of Mary

The show for January 6,2013. Click "Listen" to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories.

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KC Currents
1:15 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Custom Brass Instruments Made In Olathe, Petty Theft Not So Petty To Area Businesses

Credit Sylvia Maria Gross / KCUR

Made In Olathe: Custom Brass Instruments
Mike Corrigan calls himself the Horn Doctor. He knows the physics, chemistry and geometry behind making music, from the unique properties of brass, copper and silver to the angle of a bend on a horn bell.

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KC Currents
11:52 am
Mon December 24, 2012

8-Year-Old's Mission To Help South Sudan, Stephanie Mott On Transgender Issues & Her Journey

Rebecca Mabior, Atem Akuei, John Akuei
Alex Smith KCUR

12-23-12 KC Currents Full Show Click on individual stories below

8-Year-Old’s Mission To Help South Sudan
In 2001, when the Lost Boys of Sudan came to the United States, most of the young refugees brought painful memories of war as well as a deep desire to help their home country. Now, over a decade later, many of them have families and children of their own. A former Lost Boy living in Kansas City recently found out that his devotion to Sudan doesn’t end with him. John Akuei was as surprised as anyone when his son decided he wanted to collect school supplies for children in South Sudan.

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KC Currents
5:01 pm
Sun December 16, 2012

Handmade Marbles Inspire Memories, Big Tuba Turnout At KC's Tuba Xmas

Handmade 'Moons And Stars' marble by artisan and owner of Moon Marble Company, Bruce Breslow.
Credit www.moonmarble.com

Local Handmade Marbles Inspire Memories From A Simpler Playtime
As the winter holidays approach, toys are on the minds of children and parents alike. So this week we take you to a unique place—The Moon Marble Company in Bonner Springs Kansas, where toys and of course, marbles draw crowds from all over.

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KC Currents
5:04 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

KCMO City Hall Turns 75, What Triggers Murder-Suicides, Suburban School Series: Shawnee Mission

The 29-story Beaux-Arts skyscraper was built in 1937 during the Pendergast era.
Credit Julie Denesha / KCUR
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KC Currents
3:58 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Local Artifacts From The Atomic Era, KC's Fado Novato Songs Of Heartache And Struggle

A photograph from the exhibit 'Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow' at the Kansas City Public Library Central Branch.
Credit Susan B. Wilson / KCUR

12-02-12 KC Currents Full Show Click on individual stories below

Local Artifacts
From The Atomic Era
Once upon a time, youth in the 50s and 60s lived in fear. They practiced going to “fallout” shelters to escape the atomic bomb. Independence resident Michael Scheibach has studied this period of American history extensively. In addition to combing through school newspapers, Sheibach’s collection of photographs, posters and other artifacts from Kansas City high schools tells the story of an America trying its best to prepare for the possibility of annihilation.

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KC Currents
10:57 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Local Artist's Drawings Help Solve Crimes, Rural Post Office Reduce Hours In MO

Artist Lee Hammond's age progression sketches commissioned by America's Most Wanted of Alcatraz prisoners.
Credit Suzanne Hogan / KCUR

11-25-12 KC Currents Full Show Click on individual stories below

Local Artist's Drawings Help Solve Crimes
You’ve probably seen crime shows like CSI and America’s Most Wanted, where artists work with victims to create a drawing that helps identify a criminal. This job is performed by a forensic illustrator.  If you’ve seen one of these drawings on the news in Kansas City, then you’ve seen the work of artist and author Lee Hammond, who lives in Overland Park.

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KC Currents
11:08 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Navajo Code Talker Chester Nez, Study Sheds Light On Texting And Driving

Navajo Code Talker Chester Nez
Credit Kevin Anderson Photography
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Navajo Code Talker Chester Nez
For the past several years, the numbers of nontraditional college students have been increasing. But last Monday, as part of a Veterans Day observance, the University of Kansas awarded a degree to one of its least traditional graduates ever: a 91-year-old former Navajo Code Talker.

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