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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May 6, 2012
4:59 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

Art In A Foreclosed Mansion, Indian Missions In Kansas, Xanath Caraza

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

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April 29, 2012
10:23 am
Tue May 1, 2012

KC Land Bank, Reforesting Streets, Tenor Saxes

Mr. T in DC Flickr

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

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April 22, 2012
5:02 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

KCC Classics: Grandfamilies Housing, Horn Doctor, Baha'is In KC

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.

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April 15, 2012
5:21 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

KC-Based Mystery Series, Line Dancing With De Barker

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

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April 8, 2012
12:41 pm
Fri April 6, 2012

Rebuilding Prospect, Revelations Of Ancient Peru, Remembering Past World’s Fairs

Veteran businessman Kenneth Bledsoe with his wife and son.
Susan B. Wilson KCUR

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

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April 1, 2012
2:14 pm
Sun April 1, 2012

City Councilman Jermaine Reed, Missouri Women's Health, Future Of Free Clinics

A still image from the series 'Dead Wait.'
Courtesy of Dead Wait

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

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March 25, 2012
12:01 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

KCC Classics: Suburban Districts Beating Out Urban, Mayan 2012 Myths, Waldo Attic Discovery

Children at African Centered Education school in Kansas City, Missouri
Laura Ziegler KCUR

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.

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March 18, 2012
12:40 pm
Fri March 16, 2012

State Of City, KCMO Budget, Brody Buster

27-year-old bluesman Brody Buster's new album showcases his rock 'n' roll side.
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?

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March 11, 2012
10:51 am
Mon March 12, 2012

Urban Lit, Troost Corridor, The Good Foot

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

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March 4, 2012
3:23 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

Sonia Sanchez, Teaching the Sudanese, School Board School

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

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February 26, 2012
3:13 pm
Mon February 27, 2012

KC Mafia History, Horn Doctor, The Great Immensity

Inside Mike Corrigan's workshop.
Sylvia Maria Gross KCUR

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

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February 19, 2012
11:30 am
Mon February 20, 2012

Shariah Law, Freedom Is Now, Border War

Leon Jordan was one of the founders of Freedom, Incorporated.
Courtesy of LaBudde Special Collections, UMKC.

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

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February 12, 2012
11:22 am
Sun February 12, 2012

Mormons Return, Alumni Debate KCPS Future, Longview Mystery

Jacob Fenston KBIA

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

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February 5, 2012
4:14 pm
Mon February 6, 2012

Kansas Immigration, Servers Tell All, Cratedigger Tim Goodwillie

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

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January 29, 2012
1:35 pm
Sun January 29, 2012

History On The Highway, Servers Tell All

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

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January 22, 2012
5:38 pm
Fri January 20, 2012

Where Is KC Jazz?, Tuskegee Airmen, Veggie Revolt

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

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January 15, 2012
5:00 pm
Fri January 13, 2012

Black Archives, Missouri Immigration, Firefighter Louie "Scooter" Martin

The new home of the Black Archives in the 18th & Vine neighborhood of Kansas City.
Susan B. Wilson KCUR

The show for January 15, 2012. 

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January 8, 2012
1:14 pm
Fri January 6, 2012

2012: The Myth Of The Mayan Calendar

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Debunking the End of the World

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December 25, 2011
11:43 am
Tue December 27, 2011

KC Currents: Beginnings and Endings of 2011

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.

KC Currents
9:58 am
Thu December 22, 2011

Parents Consider Transferring Students Out Of KCPS

Jamekia Kendrix and her daughter set up for a forum about the future of Kansas City Public Schools
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.

KC Currents
1:22 pm
Tue December 20, 2011

KC Baha'is Fight Iranian Persecution

The nine-pointed star of Baha'i.

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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KC Currents
11:16 am
Tue December 20, 2011

New Housing Helps Homeless Women

The Freedom House opened last fall to provide a place for homeless women to get back on their feet.
Susan B. Wilson KCUR

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."

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Development on Troost
11:24 am
Tue December 13, 2011

An Old Church With A New Mission

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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Education
4:02 pm
Mon December 12, 2011

Pros And Cons Of A Mayoral Takeover Of Schools

School board president Airick Leonard West and Mayor Sly James discuss the district's future.
Sylvia Maria Gross KCUR

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.

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Remembering Myra Taylor
9:19 am
Mon December 12, 2011

Kansas City Jazz Singer And Wild Woman Myra Taylor Dies At 94

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.

    

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Homelessness
8:24 am
Wed December 7, 2011

Helping The Homeless One Ride At A Time

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. 

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Kansas City's Early Radio Days
4:12 pm
Tue December 6, 2011

Charlie Pryor And The Brush Creek Follies

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. 

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Narcotics in Kansas City
11:31 am
Tue December 6, 2011

New Maps Pinpoint KC As Major Narcotics Hub

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.

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Refugees and Immigrants
4:05 pm
Mon November 21, 2011

New Program Helps KC Refugees, Immigrants

Food Deserts
11:22 am
Mon November 21, 2011

Planting New Grocery Stores In Rural Food Deserts

Onaga Country Market Store Manager Jane McClain gets ready for the store's opening in December. Photo by Sylvia Maria Gross/KCUR.

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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