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
3:57 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Kenyan Journalist Recalls Dangerous Career, Nerd Nite KC On Cryptozoology

Kenyan journalist Peter Makori came to the Kansas City Star in 2005 as part of a Friendly Press fellowship. He talked to Susan Wilson at KCUR studios about surviving as a journalist in Kenya.
Credit Suzanne Hogan / KCUR

11-11-12 KC Currents Full Show

 Kenyan Journalist Recalls Dangerous Career
A free press tends to be something journalists take for granted as a part of American democracy. But around the world, journalism can have life-threatening occupational hazards. Before coming to the U.S., UMKC communication studies major Peter Makori faced down death as he worked as journalist for The Standard, Kenya’s oldest newspaper. After surviving ten years of intimidation, brutal beatings and imprisonment, a Friendly Press fellowship landed him at The Kansas City Star in 2005.

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KC Currents
11:35 am
Mon November 5, 2012

KC Currents' Election Special

Missouri considers cigarette sales tax increase.
Credit Elana Gordon

Kansas Voter ID Law Faces Biggest Test

Requiring voters to show a photo ID has been a controversial issue in recent years with many states considering the requirement. A photo ID law got vetoed last year in Missouri, but Kansas lawmakers passed a measure last year requiring a photo ID when voting.  That law got its first test in August.

Farmers Put Aside Differences, Push For Farm Bill

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KC Currents
11:08 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Altar Celebrates Life In Day Of The Dead Celebration, How A Bike Trip Grew To Help Orphans In KC

Glowing lanterns in Kirkwood Hall hang from the skylight trailing ribbons at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
Credit Julie Denesha / KCUR

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Altar Celebrates Life In Day Of The Dead Tradition
The Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday of remembrance and celebration for friends and family members who have died. Traditionally, families build private altars honoring the dead using skulls, flowers, and the favorite food and drink of the departed. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is hosting its second annual Day of the Dead Celebration November 4th. Mexican Artist Betsabeé Romero and area artists have come together to create a special altar installation for the event. 

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KC Currents
5:07 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Jazz Singer Deborah Brown's New CD, Plan To Remove Traffic Lights Is On Hold For Now

Jazz singer Deborah Brown at KCUR studios.
Suzanne Hogan KCUR

Jazz Singer Deborah Brown’s New CD And International Attention
Kansas City-based singer Deborah Brown says her new CD, All Too Soon, explores hidden gems of jazz songs. Like most of her music, the disc delivers a no-nonsense, romantic sound to fans of classic, swinging jazz. For much of her career, the singer has found those classic jazz fans at nightclubs, concerts and festivals in Europe.  She’s spent the last couple of decades living and teaching off and on in Europe, and she also performs regularly in Russia.

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KC Currents
12:26 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Atheists Shed Stereotypes, Suicide Rates Are Up In Kansas

Atheists Shed Stereotypes
In Kansas and Missouri, it’s now common for a lot of politicians to not just proclaim their faith, but to openly push a pro-religious agenda. But for the past year, a Kansas City-based group has been trying to push back, although in a friendly way. The Kansas City Atheist Coalition tries to shake off the stereotypes of bitter, angry atheism while they talk to the public about the value of a secular society and government.

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KC Currents
1:49 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

Parents Push For New Public School, Discriminatory Real Estate Practices And Segregation

Outside of Hale Cook Elementary in Waldo, Kansas City.
Alex Smith KCUR

Concerned Parents Push For New Public School
A group of concerned parents have been gathering at a coffeehouse in Waldo. The cause for concern is the state of public schools in Kansas City, MO. Rather than moving across the state line to Kansas, or to another district, these parents have decided to get a little more proactive—they want to open up a neighborhood school. 

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KC Currents
1:10 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

A Tale Of Short Cow Tails, Launch KC Hopes To Attract IT Startups

Here a cow with docked tail stands alongside a cow with a tail whose switch has been trimmed at Foremost Dairy in Columbia, Mo. The dairy, which does not dock tails, acquired several cows with docked tails for a research project.
Abbie Fentress Swanson Harvest Public Media

The show for Sunday, September 23, and Monday, September 24:

Here’s The Short Story On Cow Tails
Many people who haven’t stepped foot on a dairy might think milking a cow is a sort of Emersonian back-to-the land moment, where a milker bonds with his or her cow while communing with nature. Just milk her for a while and voilà: fresh, creamy milk. But the truth is, milking can be a very dirty job.

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KC Currents
11:55 am
Mon September 24, 2012

Launch KC Hopes To Attract IT Startups

Mike Burke (left) and Mayor Sly James announce Launch KC.
Frank Morris

Part of the hype that’s come with Google Fiber is how great the super-fast internet speed could be for IT businesses.

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KC Currents
2:22 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Mo. Farmers Recovering From Flood Hit With Drought, Nerd Nite KC: Erin Dahl Talks Silk Worms

After the Birds Point Levee breach last year, water coursed through farmland, leaving debris and destruction in it wake.
Samantha Powers Harvest Public Media
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KC Currents
10:04 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Bridging The Digital Divide In Kansas City, Live Music For A Living

KC Currents host Susan Wilson talking to Cheptoo Kositany-Buckner, Deputy Executive Director of the Kansas City Public Library, Michael Liimatta , co-founder of Connecting for Good and Donovan Mouton, local real estate developer.
Suzanne Hogan KCUR

Roundtable Discussion: Bridging The Digital Divide In Kansas City
Studies from Google indicated that 42 percent of lower income areas in Kansas City didn’t have access to Internet. Google Fiber has plans to address that with super high-speed Internet service. But not so fast—there have been issues with getting the community connected. KC Currents hosted a roundtable discussion to break down the digital divide.

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KC Currents
11:46 am
Tue September 4, 2012

Healthy Hip Hop With Local Rapper Roy Scott, Inside The Studio & Documentary Of Artist Jim Leedy

Roy Scott is a local rapper and founder of Lend A Hand Family Foundation. He also does outreach for Blue Cross Blue Shield.
Susan B. Wilson KCUR
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KC Currents
3:59 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

KC Currents Is Up All Night

Jeremy Soucy of the Missouri Department of Conservation holds up a small bull frog.
Suzanne Hogan KCUR

What are you up after midnight and before sunrise? What are you thinking about? Doing? Eating?  Explore the region between the hours of midnight and 5 am.

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Central Standard
10:33 am
Tue August 21, 2012

Contribute To KCUR's Up All Night Project

pointartist flickr

What are you up after midnight and before sunrise? What are you thinking about? Doing? Eating? We want to hear about what goes on in your neighborhood or place of work.

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KC Currents
4:01 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Archive Collects KC's Gay And Lesbian History, Reform Proposal For Foreign Student Entrepreneurs

Map of gay-friendly businesses in KC.
Gay and Lesbian Archive of Mid-America

The show for Sunday, August 19 and Monday, August 20:

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KC Currents
3:25 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Kansas City Sikhs Seek Tolerance, Local Reaction To Joplin Mosque Burning

Sikh hold vigil in Shawnee Mission Park.
Alex Smith KCUR

The show for Sunday, August 12 and Monday, August 13:

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KC Currents
4:03 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Recently Retired KC Fire Chief Smokey Dyer, Ranchers Battle Suffocating Drought

Smokey Dyer post-retirement at KCUR studios.
Susan B. Wilson KCUR

The show for Sunday, August 5, and Monday, August 6:

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KC Currents
3:06 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Raytown Runner Goes To The Olympics, Breaking Down The Kansas School Finance Lawsuit

"Awesome Joolie" Flickr

The show for Sunday, July 22, and Monday, July 23:

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KC Currents
11:43 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Kansas City Dominates Dominoes

Dominoes at the Green Duck Lounge. Travis Newsome in white shirt. Jerome Wooten in black.
Alex Smith

This past weekend, the tiny town of Andalusia, Alabama hosted the 37th annual world championships of dominoes.

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KC Currents
3:47 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

Local Father-Daughter Duo Shines On A National Stage

Kansas City based father daughter duo Maurice and Shanice Hayes.
www.kcvocals.com Shanice and Maurice Hayes

Kansas City’s own father-daughter singing duo, Maurice and Shanice Hayes, are competing in NBC’s national talent competition, America’s Got Talent, for a $1 million prize. 

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KC Currents
2:49 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

Local Father-Daughter Duo On The National Stage, Kansas City's Domino Dominance

Kansas City based father daughter duo Maurice and Shanice Hayes.
www.kcvocals.com Shanice and Maurice Hayes

The show for July 15, 2012.
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KC Currents
11:34 am
Mon July 9, 2012

African Centered Schools, Bike-Share, My Farm Roots

Outside the old African Centered Education School in 2010.
Laura Ziegler KCUR

The show for July 8, 2012. Click "Listen" to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories:

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July 1, 2012
5:08 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Neighborhood Fireworks Disaster, Nuns Vs. Vatican, Kansas Happy Hours

Sean Dreilinger Flickr

The show for July 1, 2012. Click "Listen" to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories:

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June 24, 2012
2:30 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Winning Isn't Everything, Connecting The Unconnected In KCK

T-ball player Alex poses for his team portrait before a game at Leawood City Park.
Zack Lewandowski KCUR

The show for June 24, 2012. Click "Listen" to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories:

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June 17, 2012
12:26 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Local Pastor Speaks Out On LGBT Issues, Cumbia In KC

Area students reading in the classroom.
Sylvia Maria Gross KCUR

The show for June 17, 2012. Click "Listen" to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories:

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June 10, 2012
11:49 am
Mon June 11, 2012

1910 Gardens, New Kansas Legislative Maps, Governor Brownback Profile

The show for June 10, 2012. Click "Listen" to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories:

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June 2, 2012
12:55 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

Arranged Marriages Part 2, Kansas Redistricting

The show for June 3, 2012. Click "Listen" to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories:

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May 27, 2012
11:44 am
Tue May 29, 2012

Frank White Moves On, Arranged Marriages

Frank White at the T-Bone's ballpark in Kansas City, Kansas.
Susan B. Wilson KCUR

The show for May 27, 2012. Click "Listen" to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories:

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May 20, 2012
2:52 pm
Fri May 18, 2012

Stories From Prison, Cakewalker Doc Brown

Missouri inmate Callion Barnes reads a storybook about tigers.
Jacob Fensten KBIA

The show for May 20, 2012. Click "Listen" to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories:

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May 13, 2012
12:47 pm
Mon May 14, 2012

Penn Valley Skate Park, Jazz Meets Gamelan

Skaters test out new obstacles at Penn Valley Park.
Sylvia Maria Gross KCUR

The show for May 13, 2012. Click "Listen" to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories:

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