KC Currents

KCUR is no longer broadcasting the newsmagazine KC Currents, but you can listen to past episodes in  KC Currents audio archives.

The show for May 6, 2012. Click "Listen" to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories:

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The show for April 29, 2012. Click "Listen" to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories.

The show for April 22, 2012 was a special membership drive edition of the show; we brought you some of our favorite stories from the past six months. Click "Listen" to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories.

The show for April 15, 2012. Click "Listen" to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories.

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

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

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The show for March 25, 2012. Click "Listen" to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories.

Report Card Rate States’ Integrity

No state earned an “A” in new study of government transparency and corruption risk. The Public Radio International report put Kansas and Missouri in the middle of the pack, and there’s lots of room for improvement.

Image Courtesy of Brody Buster

 

The show for March 18, 2012.  Click "Listen" to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories.

KCMO Residents Sound Off On State Of The City
Kansas City Mayor Sly James gives his assessment of the State of the City in an address at Bartle Hall on Monday. But how are residents rating KC life?

Coming up on KC Currents, Sunday, March 11 at 5pm, with a repeat Monday at 8pm:

The show for March 4, 2012.  Click "Listen" to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories.

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The show for February 26, 2012.  Click "Listen" to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories.

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The show for February 19, 2012.  Click "Listen" to hear the entire show, see below for individual stories.

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The show for February 12, 2012.  Click "Listen" to hear the entire show, see below for individual stories.

The show for February 5, 2012.  Click "Listen" to hear the entire show, see below for individual stories.

The show for January 22, 2012.  Click "Listen" to hear the entire show, see below for individual stories.

The show for January 22, 2012.  Click "Listen" to hear the entire show, see below for individual stories.

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The show for January 15, 2012. 

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Debunking the End of the World

Photo by Tim Hursley, courtesy of the Kauffman Center of the Performing Arts.

2011 brought new buildings and faces, an end to some long-standing institutions, and the passing of community leaders.  KC Currents listens back to some of the voices of 2011.

Sylvia Gross

The Kansas City, Missouri school district has been shedding students over the past 40 years – from 70,000 in the 1970s to less than 17,000 today.  Some are worried about another exodus when the district officially loses accreditation on January 1st. Missouri law allows students to transfer to an accredited district, with tuition and transportation paid for by the unaccredited district. Area districts are still wrangling with transfer policies.

Every 19 days, members of Kansas City’s Baha’i religious community gather for a potluck and a traditional service they call a feast. It’s a remarkable diverse mix of races, ages and backgrounds celebrating a 150-year-old gospel of global unity. But the optimistic spirit of many of Kansas City’s Baha’is has been tested. Many have fled for their lives in order to practice their religion.

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A new transitional living program opened for women this fall, built almost entirely on small contributions and the work of volunteers.  The Freedom House on 31st and Charlotte in midtown will provide a home for four homeless women who are trying to get their lives back together.  KCUR's Susan B. Wilson paid a visit in early November, when the first residents moved in. For those two women, it was their first chance in a while to be a part of a real “home."

An Old Church With A New Mission

Dec 13, 2011

At its height, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church on Troost Avenue had a congregation of 1000 people.

Donna Simon, pastor of St. Mark’s, said this was  during the boom days of the Troost neighborhood, from the 1920s to 1960s, when the area was a bustling business and residential part of town. As the neighborhood changed, though, so did the church.

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Kansas Citians have been wringing their hands about the future of the Kansas City Missouri School District for decades. But at a press conference with Mayor Sly James at City Hall, school board president Airick Leonard West said that's changing.

Singer Myra Taylor was one of the last living links to Kansas City's jazz heyday of the 1930s. Taylor died Friday, December 9, 2011 at the age of 94.

According to The Kansas City Star:

Taylor had been under hospice care at the Swope Ridge Geriatric Center, 5900 Swope Parkway, for more than three months, said her manager, Dawayne Gilley. Her final performance was July 24 at Jardine’s, 4536 Main St., where she performed with the Wild Women of Kansas City, a jazz vocal quartet.

    

Helping The Homeless One Ride At A Time

Dec 7, 2011

Until 1 a.m. every day, Kar Woo, a slender man with dark shoulder length hair that’s greying around his ears, drives around this brightly painted mini-van, with the Gandhi quote, “Be the Change,” printed in big red letters on the side.  He drives it between hospitals, domestic violence shelters, schools, bridges, treatment centers, and even jails, helping people who are homeless. 

Photo from the Arthur B. Church KMBC Radio Collection, used by permission of the University of Missouri-Kansas City Libraries, Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Department of Special Collections.

To Rebecca Pryor, her grandfather Charlie was a kind of Pied Piper. Everywhere he went, he made music that thrilled listeners.

Charlie Pryor was a percussionist, specializing in drum set, xylophone and a homemade musical washboard supped up with cowbells and horns. When she was little, Charlie took Rebecca with him to play at churches, and he played at her school's assemblies. 

The 2011 National Drug Threat Assessment put Kansas City on the map, but not in a good way. For the last four years, the assessment has compiled national trends about drug usage and distribution throughout the United States. The maps featured in this year's assessment show Kansas City as one of the major routes for the distribution of illegal drugs.

Onaga, KS – Last December, the only grocery store in Onaga burned down. Onaga is a town of about 700 in northeast Kansas, surrounded by cattle ranches, corn and wheat farms. But suddenly, there was no place to buy groceries for 25 miles in any direction.

People in town found their routines changed dramatically. Althea Sender, for example, is 86 years old, lives alone and doesn't drive long distances.

"You're baking - you know - or fixing something and you need something. Well, you can't just run down to the store and get it," Sender says.

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