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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People
12:00 pm
Tue February 7, 2006

Lawmakers Look to Spare Funerals from Fred Phelps

Fred Phelps points to the first newspaper ad run by the Westboro Baptist Church.
Frank Morris KCUR

Kansas City, MO – As final preparations are made for funeral services for Coretta Scott-King in Atlanta, police there are bracing for some unwelcome guests from Topeka.

Fred Phelps, and his Westboro Baptist Church has long exploited such public events for their virulent, anti-gay demonstrations. Law makers in more than a dozen state capitols are taking steps to neutralize the protests, but the controversial preacher argues that would take away his First Amendment rights. KCUR'S Frank Morris reports.

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People
3:56 am
Mon February 6, 2006

Bus Fares Up, Riders talk

Kansas City, MO – On Wednesday, the basic bus fare in Kansas City went up a quarter, to a dollar twenty-five. Express route fares increased to 2 dollars and 50 cents and reduced fares went up from 50 to 60 cents. Michael Leahy hit the streets that day to see how people were reacting to having to dig in their pockets for the extra change.

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Cops & Crime
3:29 am
Mon February 6, 2006

KCPD Crisis Intervention Team

Kansas City, MO – At least 156 people have died while in police custody in the United States following the use of a Taser, according to The Kansas City Star. Tasers or stun guns are used by law enforcement to tranquilize a suspect by shocking the nervous system. Last Saturday, Kansas City Missouri police used a stun gun to subdue a man who later died in a police holding cell. Witnesses say that 32-year-old Karl Marshall of Overland Park, Kansas was high on PCP and cocaine when police tried arresting him.

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People
3:25 am
Mon February 6, 2006

Dianne Cleaver Interview

Kansas City, MO – Coretta Scott King, who died last Monday, was known as the strong, solid woman who stood behind Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., in life and after his assassination. Reverend Jesse Jackson described her as the glue that kept Dr. King's home and movement intact. To find out about being the wife of a preacher and activist, we turned to Dianne Cleaver, known by most people as the wife of 5th district Congressman Emanuel Cleaver. He was the first African American mayor of Kansas City and a long time civil rights activist.

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Sports
3:21 am
Mon February 6, 2006

Wilt Chamberlain's Legacy at KU

Kansas City, MO – Basketball icon Wilt Chamberlain's final game at the University of Kansas was in 1958 against in-state rival, Kansas State University. The Jayhawks trounced K-State, which at the time was the top-ranked team in the nation, 61 to 44. Chamberlain led his team to victory in that game, but he had already announced that he was planning to turn professional before graduation. It was an unprecedented decision at that time.

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Jazz/Blues
8:13 am
Fri February 3, 2006

Artist Anthony Ramos Interview

Anthony Ramos

Painter Anthony Ramos has shows at the American Jazz Museum and the Bruce R Watkins Cultural Center. He was in Kansas City recently for a series of talks around the city and spoke to KC Currents host Delores Jones.

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People
4:03 am
Mon January 30, 2006

Janet Murguia on Latino Youth

National Council of La Raza President Janet Murguia
Source: www.kckps.org

Kansas City, MO – It's been two years since Kansas City Kansas native Janet Murguia was named president and CEO of the National Council of La Raza, a leading Latino civil rights organization. She was in town on Friday to address young people at a leadership conference at UMKC. Sylvia Maria Gross asked her about some current challenges in educating Latino youth, both locally and nationally.

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Education
2:05 am
Mon January 30, 2006

Cristo Rey Puts Students to Work for Education

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People
2:01 am
Mon January 30, 2006

From Mecca to Missouri: A Kansas Citian's Return

The Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
BAZUKI MUHAMMAD/REUTERS
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Cops & Crime
9:13 am
Mon January 23, 2006

Kansas City Anti-Violence Project

Kansas City, MO – In 2002, 29 year old Eric O'Brien murdered Tim Smotherland. The two men had been involved in a relationship for four years. When Smotherland decided he wanted to end the relationship, O'Brien shot him, and then killed himself.

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Sports
2:10 am
Mon January 23, 2006

Neil Smith on KC Arena Football

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Government
11:26 pm
Sun January 22, 2006

In-state Tuition for Undocumented Immigrants in Kansas

Kansas City, MO – A Kansas state representative introduced a bill on Tuesday to repeal the law that allows undocumented immigrants who live in Kansas to pay in-state tuition. The law passed in 2004, and 221 students are now enrolled in Kansas colleges and universities under its provisions. Sylvia Maria Gross reports.

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People
2:14 am
Tue January 17, 2006

New Data on Latino Immigrants in KC

Kansas City, MO – It's become almost a cliche to comment on the growth of the Latino community in every part of the United States - including the Kansas City area. But few can accurately answer the question - how big is this community? And what are its characteristics?

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People
12:47 am
Tue January 17, 2006

Construction Workers Sue Union for Discrimination

Kansas City, MO – Five African American members of Sheet Metal Workers Number 2 are suing their union in federal court for race discrimination. They're alleging they've been passed over fpr construction jobs over the last five years. During this period, Kansas City has enjoyed a tremendous building boom. Minority leaders have been at odds with city officials and the construction industry as to whether jobs have been fairly distributed.

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People
12:54 pm
Mon November 14, 2005

Remembering Steptoe: a Slave Community in Westport

Kansas City, MO – In order to unravel the mystery of the Steptoe neighborhood in Westport, you'd have to go back about one-hundred-forty years to the times of the Civil War when Missouri's fate as a free versus a slave state hung in the balance.

Joe Louis Mattox, a historian at the Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center, has looked into the neighborhood's history. He sat down with Sylvia Maria Gross to tell us how he first became interested in Steptoe.

 

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People
4:01 pm
Mon November 7, 2005

Mexico's Day of the Dead - Dia de los Muertos

Kansas City, MO – El Dia de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead) is a Mexican celebration to celebrate, remember and prepare special foods in honor of those who have departed. The holiday reflects the Mexicans tradition of reacting to death with mourning along with happiness and joy.

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Financial Planning
1:08 pm
Mon November 7, 2005

Are African Americans Saving for the Long-Term?

Kansas City, MO – As a result of low investment in the African-American community, many cannot reach their retirement and college savings goals. The primary reason cited in recent studies for not investing enough is lack of knowledge.

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People
10:40 am
Mon October 24, 2005

Ramadan Reflects Islamic Faith in Kansas City

Kansas City, MO – Muslims began fasting from dawn to dusk earlier this month when a new crescent moon signaled the start of Ramadan, Islam's holiest month. The month-long holiday commemorates the time 1500 years ago that Muslims believe the first verses of the Koran were revealed to the Prophet Mohammed. The faithful try to be especially pious this month and refrain from food, drink, smoking and sex - all the sensual pleasures - during daylight.

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People
4:26 pm
Tue October 11, 2005

Urban Entrepreneur Partnership Centers

Kansas City, MO – Recent data from the Kauffman Foundation shows that minority-owned businesses have grown substantially since the 1980s. However, they are disproportionately in no-growth and low-growth sectors. Kauffman Foundation President Carl Schramm addresses the disparity. And Kansas City Urban League President Gwendolyn Grant speaks about the newly formed program which provides resources, coaching and opportunities to minority entrepreneurs.

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People
10:32 am
Tue October 11, 2005

Social change possible, Black Panther says

Kansas City, MO – Bobby Seale was the chairman and co-founder, along with Huey Newton, of the Black Panther Party, an organization formed in 1966 to guard against police brutality in black neighborhoods and provide social services. Last week, he was the keynote speaker at Tent State University, a group formed by UMKC students to protest against some of the University's practices.

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People
11:28 pm
Wed September 21, 2005

Nguyens Find Family and Community in KC

Kansas City, MO – In some cases, a disaster provides an opportunity for communities to come to together. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross speaks to one local Vietnamese family who takes in relatives from New Orleans and finds a new connection here.

The Vietnamese American Community of Greater Kansas City donated funds for the Nguyen family to get back on their feet in Kansas City.

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People
10:36 am
Mon September 12, 2005

Diversity in Law Firms

Kansas City, MO – This weekend, Kansas City hosted two hundred future lawyers from around the country for a legal job fair. It was the first time the Metropolitan Bar Association organized such an event, aimed at attracting young people of color to Kansas City area law firms. In recent years, local law firms have struggled to hire and retain a diverse team of associates and partners. Former President of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Sylvester James is leading the drive to increase diversity in area firms.

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People
11:47 am
Wed September 7, 2005

Goin' to Kansas City Plaza at 12th and Vine

Goin' to Kansas City Plaza at 12th and Vine

Kansas City, MO – In recent years, the 18th and Vine area has been redeveloped, but 12th and Vine has really been the jazz center of Kansas City. Ollie Gates of Gates Barbeque is now coordinating the redevelopment of the 18th and Vine plaza and tours the area.

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Film
11:13 am
Wed September 7, 2005

Kansas City Latin American Film Festival

Kansas City Latin American Film Festival

Kansas City, MO – UMKC professor Louis Imperiale talks about the Argentine film Wild Horses. Imperiale will be presenting the 1995 film at the Latin American Cinema Festival of Kansas City, which begins this month at the Rio Theater in Overland Park. Films from Argentina, Mexico, Colombia and Peru will be presented every Saturday until October 1.

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People
4:13 pm
Sun September 4, 2005

Kansas Citian Angela Cozart's Evacuation

Kansas Citian Angela Cozart's Evacuation

Kansas City, MO – Recent Dillard University graduate Angela Cozart fled New Orleans just before Hurricane Katrina hit. She tells the story to KCUR's Delores Jones.

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Financial Planning
10:05 am
Tue August 30, 2005

Intro to Financial Planning

Intro to Financial Planning

Kansas City, MO – Host Delores Jones talk to David Jackson, a Certified Financial Planner with Waddell & Reed and a columnist with The Kansas City Call. Jackson defined financial independence in the first of a series on KC Currents.

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Business & Tech
9:45 am
Tue August 30, 2005

Minority Construction Jobs and the building of the Sprint Center

Kansas City, MO – A little over a week ago, city officials approved the final design for the 250 million dollar Sprint Center - the mayor says it looks like a crystal bowl. Construction begins soon on the city-financed site . . . but some black and Latino contractors and construction workers are concerned that they won't be included on the site.

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People
12:39 pm
Sun August 28, 2005

Excerpt from Imam Hassan Al-Qazwini

Excerpt from Imam Hassan Al-Qazwini

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People
3:04 pm
Sun August 14, 2005

Harmony-NCCJ Unite

Harmony-NCCJ Unite

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People
6:02 pm
Sun August 7, 2005

Maria Hinojosa, Mary Sanchez on Latino news coverage

Maria Hinojosa, Mary Sanchez on Latino news coverage

Kansas City, MO – Latino USA's Maria Hinojosa was in town last week to speak at the Midwest Latina Conference. Hinojosa recently left CNN to become a senior correspondent on PBS's NOW, with David Brancaccio. A few days ago, she joined the Kansas City Star's Mary Sanchez and KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross for a conversation about Latinas in the media.

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