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9:54 am
Sun July 13, 2008

Kansas Teen Becomes Nation's First Congressional Page With Autism

Kansas native Ben Berlin was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, a mild form of autism, when he was five years old. The now 16 year old just got back from Washington D.C., where he served as a Congressional Page for Kansas Congresswoman, Nancy Boyda.

Berlin: It's kind of like a once in a life time experience. It's really worthwhile, and it's a lot of fun.

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People
4:19 am
Mon July 7, 2008

Travels In Thailand

Pete Dulin with his cousin Bell.
courtesy of Pete Dulin / PresentMagazine.com.

How do you stay connected to family members who are halfway around the world? It's a question that Pete Dulin explores in a series of essays called Travels in Thailand: Explorations of Family, Food, Heritage and Culture. Dulin grew up in Kansas City - his father is American and his mother is Thai. He told KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross that the first time he visited Thailand he was only 2 years old.

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People
4:04 am
Mon July 7, 2008

More People And Money In Kansas City

A new Drilldown Study by UMKC's Cookingham Institute of Urban Affairs shows that Kansas City's population, and buying power are significantly higher than estimates from the census suggest. UMKC Professor Robyne Turner directed the research, which could affect federal funding and economic development throughout Kansas City.

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People
9:56 am
Mon June 30, 2008

David Jackson: Financial Advice For Troubled Economic Times

The current economy has given just about everyone the jitters. The high cost of gas has triggered price increases in basic necessities at the grocery store. The housing industry is in a downturn and the mortgage industry has been hit hard. Many businesses who count on disposable income restaurants and specialty stores are suffering.

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People
4:46 am
Mon March 31, 2008

Cattle Rustling on the Rise in Missouri

photo by Jennifer Moore / KSMU

Marshfield, MO – When you hear the term cattle rustlers, you might think of an era of stagecoaches, pistols and the Wild West. But modern day ranchers and dairy farmers will tell you the old crime of stealing cattle is very much alive today. And in Missouri, it's on the rise. KSMU's Jennifer Moore reports from Marshfield.

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People
1:11 pm
Fri January 18, 2008

Lester Goldman: A Life's Work

photo: E.G. Schempf

Due to positive public response, "Lester Goldman: A Life's Work," has been extended through the end of February

Lester Goldman, a Professor of Painting at the Kansas City Art Institute for nearly 40 years before his death in 2005, was a prolific artist and worked in painting, sculpture, performance, and set design. In September 2007, Goldman's family, friends and former students began cataloguing his work.

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Cops & Crime
7:37 am
Wed January 16, 2008

Former Missouri Charity Indicted for Funding Terrorists

John F. Wood, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri at the press conference
Laura Spencer, KCUR

Kansas City, MO – A federal grand jury in Kansas City Wednesday charged members of a former Missouri-based Islamic charity and a former U.S. Congressman with money laundering and financing al-Qaeda terrorists. KCUR's Laura Spencer reports.

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People
1:37 pm
Fri October 5, 2007

WEB EXTRA: Artist Michael Vasquez

The High Point of Peace, from the series The Upholding and Protection of the Crown, 2007; oil and aerosol on canvas, 96 x 72 inches; Rubell Family Collection, Miami, Florida.

In his first solo exhibition at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami-based artist Michael Vasquez explores street gang culture and symbols in his portraits of friends and mentors of his childhood: gang members. Here, Vasquez talks about a work called The High Point of Peace, one in a new series titled The Upholding and Protection of the Crown (2007).

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People
1:51 pm
Sun July 1, 2007

Grandma Layton's Drawings

Elizabeth "Grandma" Layton

The late artist Elizabeth "Grandma" Layton, a native of Wellsville, Kansas, was self-taught and took her first drawing class late in life.

Lawrence, KS – Author and journalist Don Lambert helped bring Layton's work to national attention and spoke recently to Kansas Public Radio's Laura Lorson about the importance of Elizabeth "Grandma" Layton's life and art.

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People
12:11 am
Mon May 14, 2007

Media and Youth

Kansas City, MO – Zach Hinton is a debater at Central High School, and a student ambassador for Debate-Kansas City, the region's urban debate league. In this commentary, he talks about how music and media effect his community.

This story was produced for KC Currents.

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People
8:41 am
Mon April 30, 2007

High School Student Competes in National Poetry Competition

Michael T. Brown is reading poems by Langston Hughes and Walt Whitman for this years' national Poetry Out Loud recitation competition. The winner receives a $20,000 college scholarship.

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People
8:45 am
Sun April 22, 2007

Lt. Albert Bly Helped Preserve Buffalo Soldier History

Kansas City, MO – A man who devoted his life to preserving the memory of Kansas' Buffalo Soldiers and other all-black military units died almost two weeks ago in Kansas City. The 9th and 10th Cavalry and the 24th and 25th Infantry Regiments of the US Army were known as the Buffalo Soldiers in the years after the Civil War. They served in conflicts throughout the region between whites and Native Americans.

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People
11:08 pm
Sun March 11, 2007

TET: Vietnamese New Year

People
11:21 pm
Sat January 6, 2007

Bill Cosby at Penn Valley Community College

Kansas City, MO – Bill Cosby was at Penn Valley Community College on Tuesday, May 23, 2006. He addressed more than 1000 people in two separate sessions about personal responsibility and parenting. The crowd included some white families, but the majority were African American. Kansas City Resident Tanya Titus brought her son Darius to see the man behind Fat Albert.

Mayor Kay Barnes presented Cosby with the key to the city, and Missouri State Representative Sharon Saunders Brooks read a proclamation with a personal twist.

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People
11:20 pm
Sat January 6, 2007

Michael Eric Dyson on MLK, Bill Cosby, and More

Kansas City, MO – Communities throughout the Kansas City area will join the rest of the country this week celebrating the life of one of our era's most outstanding leaders; Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Reverend Michael Eric Dyson believes it is also important to humanize the great leader. Dr. Dyson, an author and professor of religious studies at University of Pennsylvania, says the faulty parts of Dr. King's behavior connect him to today's troubled youth.

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People
12:51 am
Thu October 19, 2006

Final Words as KC Currents Host

Kansas City, MO – Sunday, October 15, 2006 was the final episode of KC Currents hosted by Delores Jones. She's had to leave the show becuase of other commitments. Delores will still be contributing occasional features and essays to the show. Here, she shares thoughts about hosting KC Currents and her current plans.

At right, some links to some of Delores' memorable interviews and features on KC Currents.

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People
10:00 am
Fri October 13, 2006

Dance Icon Todd Bolender Dies at 92

Photo: Courtesy of the Kansas City Ballet

An icon in the dance world, the Kansas City Ballet's Artistic Director Emeritus Todd Bolender died on October 12, 2006 at the age of 92.

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People
10:41 am
Thu October 12, 2006

WEB EXTRA: William Whitener on <i>Caprice<i/>

In its fall program, the Kansas City Ballet presents three works new to Kansas City, including Artistic Director William Whitener's Caprice.

Kansas City, MO – In its fall program, the Kansas City Ballet presents three works new to Kansas City, including Artistic Director William Whitener's Caprice. Here, Whitener talks about the work.

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People
12:20 am
Mon September 25, 2006

Capoeira in Kansas City

People
12:06 am
Mon September 25, 2006

Links: African American Women's Philanthropy Club

People
2:34 pm
Thu September 21, 2006

Installation Underfoot at the Library

The Plaza branch of the Kansas City Public Library opened in April of 2005 in a brand new building, but it wasn't quite finished. Here, KCAI's Jason Pollen talks about a new installation he designed: carpeting.

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People
11:59 pm
Sun August 27, 2006

Local Responses to Hezbollah-Israel Conflict

Kansas City, MO – The United Nations is struggling to put a peacekeeping force in place to uphold the fragile cease-fire in Southern Lebanon, as it enters its third week. In the Kansas City area, Jewish and Muslim groups are monitoring events as hope increases that hostilities will begin to die down. We wanted to see what others were thinking about the situation, people who don't necessarily have a vested interest in the situation in that part of the world. KCUR's Laura Ziegler talked to three people, and has this report.

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People
12:30 am
Mon August 21, 2006

Growing Up Beef: KU Students Discuss Meat-Packing Towns

Kansas City, MO – This week, the two candidates for governor of Kansas both came out in support of a state policy making English the official language. State Senator Jim Barnett, the Republican candidate, told the Lawrence Journal World that he thought many Kansans feel that English is slowly being minimized. A spokesperson for Governor Kathleen Sebelius said she respects the heritage of all Kansans, but believes it would be easier to communicate in school and business, if English were the official language.

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People
12:20 am
Mon August 21, 2006

Excerpts from Black Archives Hearings

People
10:54 am
Mon August 7, 2006

Truman and the Desegregation of the Military

Kansas City, MO – President Harry Truman desegregated the armed forces in the summer of 1948. Historians agree that this was a significant advance for civil rights, but debate how important it actually was. A recent discussion of Truman's executive order took place at the Gem Theater in Kansas City. KCUR's Bill Anderson was there and filed this report.

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People
2:25 pm
Mon July 24, 2006

Poets Stanley and Janet Banks at KC Fringe Festival

Stanley and Janet Banks present Some Funk From Him & Some Funk From Her at the Central Library on Sunday (July 30) as part of this year's KC Fringe Festival, which begins on Thursday (July 27). They spoke to arts reporter Laura Spencer.

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Weather
9:05 am
Tue July 18, 2006

Heat Tips

Kansas City, MO – The Kansas City Health Department has issued a heat advisory that will remain in effect for the rest of the summer. The following are some tips to avoid heat related illnesses.

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People
2:10 am
Mon July 17, 2006

Topeka Honors All-Female Mariachi Estrella

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