Inside KCUR

KCUR 89.3, Kansas City’s public radio station, first broadcast in 1957. A charter member of NPR, KCUR holds itself to the highest journalistic standards in service to the citizens of Kansas, Missouri, the broader Midwest, and the nation. Content encompasses music and talk programs;  feature and breaking news reporting; a daily newsletter; podcasts; and numerous community events. The station also leads Harvest Public Media and the Kansas News Service, among other collaborations.  

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Every week on KCUR, listeners tune in to WNYC's Snap Judgment to hear "storytelling with a beat." And in just a few weeks, Kansas Citians will get a chance to feel the beat of the show live on stage.

On Thursday, Oct. 26, Snap Judgment host Glynn Washington will take the stage at the Folly Theater, bringing the best new talents in storytelling and backing band Bells Atlas to Kansas City. 

Amy Jeffries / KCUR 89.3

Journalists: Here’s a rare opportunity.

Public radio is growing. NPR’s audience has steadily increased, and member stations such as KCUR 89.3 have added hundreds of new reporters in recent years. Last spring, a public opinion study found that NPR was the #1 news brand in the country, and the most loved and most trusted brand in news.

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Thanks to an infusion of national funding, the Kansas News Service — led by KCUR 89.3 — will expand its reporting network with public media stations across the state.

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting this week announced $502,327 in funding for public radio stations serving Kansas to collaborate on local news coverage and improve news-gathering efficiency. The grant is part of $3.3 million awarded nationally for the creation of five regional journalism operations.

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Perhaps 1970s television character Peter Brady said it best: “When it’s time to change, you’ve got to rearrange.” (and cue ... earworm!)

KCUR’s reporters, producers have won a host of honors this year in local and national journalism awards, including a national Edward R. Murrow Award and two prestigious awards from the Public Radio News Directors Incorporated.

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KCUR health reporter Alex Smith has won a national Edward R. Murrow Award for a radio feature about a deaf man who regained his hearing through cochlear implants.

Celia Llopis-Jepsen Joins Kansas News Service Staff

May 23, 2017

Celia Llopis-Jepsen has joined the Kansas News Service in Topeka, and we’re really excited about it.

Celia comes to our newsroom after four-and-a-half years at the Topeka Capital-Journal. She brings in-depth experience covering schools and education policy in Kansas as well as news at the Statehouse. In the last year she has been diving into data reporting. At the Kansas News Service she will also be producing more radio, a medium she’s been yearning to return to since graduating from Columbia University with a master’s in journalism.  

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Have you ever hung out with a stranger without talking for two minutes straight? And I’m not talking “two minutes” that are actually just 30 seconds that felt longer. I’m talking standing or sitting straight-backed, with no words exchanged. Just staring deeply into a person’s eyes in total silence.

Well, here at KCUR, our reporters do that a lot.

Now why would we subject ourselves to this strange act day in and day out? Because, dear reader, “natural sound” is crucial to helping us make our audio work shine.

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How does President Donald Trump fit within the tradition of the presidency? Is his style beholden to his voters? And is his New York swagger and often controversial rhetoric — not to mention the Tweets — good for America?

Cody Newill / KCUR 89.3

More than 100 literary nerds and public radio geeks packed recordBar Tuesday for reBOUND, an annual book exchange hosted by Generation Listen KC and the Young Friends of the Kansas City Public Library

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KCUR is hiring journalists this spring. These opportunities don’t come around very often, so we want to call your attention to our plans. 

KCUR Studios released today Midwesternish, a new podcast about the thinkers, doers and makers in the middle of the country.

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We often hear and read about the need for diverse sources in the media, particularly when it comes to news. The question of who is given voice is critically important to understanding what informs our view of the world.

Along those lines, I wanted to understand which voices are given opportunity to share their perspective on the program I’m responsible for producing — KCUR’s Central Standard. So I started surveying our on-air guests in early January 2016.

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It’s clearly time for a civil national conversation about our country’s future in the wake of a divisive election. And public radio is the best place for this conversation.

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A few weeks ago, I had an interesting phone conversation with a KCUR listener. “Stop bashing Trump,” she told me. “Give him a chance.” We went back and forth a bit — she voiced her concerns about the country’s current direction and media bias; I talked about the urgent need for credible news organizations such as NPR and KCUR to do their job objectively and thoroughly.

“We are not a divided country,” she said, arguing that this is a narrative manufactured by the media.

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KCUR comes to you with good news this morning. We’re proud to announce that the KHI News Service, a pioneering not-for-profit journalism startup, is now part of our organization. And it is the cornerstone of a new reporting collaboration called the Kansas News Service.

This week, KCUR disabled the comment capabilities on all web stories available on KCUR.org. The move follows in the footsteps of  NPR., of which we are a member station.

In a blog post from August, NPR ombudsmen Elizabeth Jensen outlined the changes to NPR.org, which mirrors those of many other news organizations nationwide.

Updates To KCUR Events Calendar Offerings

Nov 1, 2016
Briana O'Higgins / KCUR 89.3

For decades KCUR has been committed to covering arts and culture in the Kansas City metro (and beyond!). And for many years, the arts team at KCUR also maintained a community events calendar focused on the local arts and culture scene.

Today, that calendar will be turned off.

As the digital landscape evolves, we have found that people seek out event opportunities on social sites like Facebook rather than our website. In addition, KCUR has grown significantly in recent years and that growth has included an emphasis on our own live events.

KCUR's Statehouse Blend podcast is dividing into two separate podcasts — Statehouse Blend Kansas and Statehouse Blend Missouri — in order to better serve our audiences on both sides of the state line.

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KCUR on Friday announced a new podcast Question Quest, launching in September.

Co-hosts Suzanne Hogan and Cody Newill will take turns scouring the Midwest for oddities, landmarks and just plain old strange things that make you ask, "What's up with that?" 

Check Out KCUR's New Weekend Schedule

Aug 4, 2016
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As you listen to KCUR this weekend, you might notice some changes. Beginning this weekend, KCUR will begin to airing it's new schedule with updated program times and a few new shows. 

Five Things We Learned About David Greene When He Came To Kansas City

Jul 18, 2016
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David Greene, co-host of NPR's Morning Edition, was in town last month to help KCUR with our first annual benefit event, RadioActive.

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Did you keep a diary as a kid? If you did, are you willing to read it to the entire world?

Five brave souls did just that at reBound: Book Exchange and Podcast Party at The Buffalo Room in Westport last week.

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For many, Ira Glass and his program, This American Life, have been a gateway into the public radio world. 

But the radio icon, who has one of the most recognizable voices in the business, claims that it took longer for him to get good at telling stories on the radio than anyone else he knows in the business. 

"I was working in public radio starting when I was 19. I knew I wanted to do radio stories ... but doing it well, it really took me until I was 27 or so until I was a decent writer and reporter, maybe 28 really," he says. 

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KCUR and KCUR reporter Elle Moxley have been selected to participate in NPR's 2016 Political Reporting Partnership. Moxley was one of 17 reporters selected from member stations across the country to participate.

Moxley and KCUR will work collaboratively with NPR to cover the 2016 elections from a state and local perspective. The collaboration will give national visibility to the issues of Kansans and Missourians as they elect new leaders.

Here at KCUR we are great at telling stories. But we aren't always good at telling our own story — and we have a great story to tell.

That's why we've spent the last year working with a team at Meers Advertising in Kansas City to refresh our look. CEO and President, Sam Meers is a longtime listener, donor and volunteer who knows where KCUR has been and where it wants to go.