KC Currents

Jazz/Blues
12:28 pm
Mon December 17, 2007

Trumpet Player and Hip Hop Producer Miles Bonny

Miles Bonny first took up the trumpet because of his father. Francis Bonny, who now plays in Broadway musicals, instilled in his son a love of jazz and classical music that now influences Miles' work as a hip hop producer and performer.

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Headlines
10:19 am
Mon December 17, 2007

PsyOp Soldiers "Battle for Hearts and Minds" in Iraq

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Agriculture
11:58 pm
Sun December 2, 2007

Somali Immigrants Worries Emporia Locals

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Sports
1:47 am
Sun October 28, 2007

Dice-K at the K

Aya Sawaguchi(far right) and her family recently moved to Overland Park, Kansas from Japan. They came to Kauffman Stadium to watch Daisuke Matsuzaka?s first game with the Boston Red Sox, against the Royals.
Sylvia Maria Gross / KCUR

Kansas City, MO – The Royals played their season-opener this week against the Red Sox. They started off winning unexpectedly, 7-1 on Tuesday . . . but just as the weather chilled in Kansas City, so did the Royals luck. And they lost the next two games. But the games themselves were overshadowed by the major league pitching debut of a Japanese superstar . . . Daisuke Matsuzaka. He's becoming known in the US as Dice-K.

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Jazz/Blues
1:33 pm
Mon October 22, 2007

Jazz Guitarist Steps Lightly

Charles Gatschet released his second album Step Lightly earlier this year. About half the album is made up of what Kansas City Star jazz critic Joe Klopus called "thought-provoking originals," including a bebop tune dedicated to Charlie Parker and a bossa nova for anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan.

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Jazz/Blues
12:59 pm
Sun October 14, 2007

Jazz singer Toni Gates' upcoming concert

For three years, singer Toni Gates has organized a show at Unity Temple on the Plaza, called the One by One Concert Series, which brings together a number of musicians who originally met as teachers at Paseo Academy of the Arts, like sound engineer Tom Ransom and percussionist Clarence Smith.

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Jazz/Blues
3:19 pm
Tue October 9, 2007

New Release for KC Saxophonist Alaadeen

Kansas City saxophonist Ahmad Alaadeen.

In almost six decades as a professional musician, Kansas City saxophonist Ahmad Alaadeen has performed with jazz greats like Billie Holiday and Miles Davis and Motown stars like Gladys Knight and Smokey Robinson. In his most recent album -- And the Beauty of It All -- Alaadeen is working with a group of musicians most of whom are less than half his age.

Kansas City, MO – KCUR's Lee Ingalls spoke with Ahmad Alaadeen about the new album and its somewhat deceptive subtitle: Ballads.

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Performance
3:47 pm
Sun September 9, 2007

Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company

Soon after choreographer Mary Pat Henry moved to Kansas City to teach at UMKC's Conservatory, she suggested a friend move here too. Leni Wylliams was in his early 30s and already an accomplished veteran of the modern dance world. Together they founded a company to perform not only their own work, but pieces by some of the country's premier choreographers. Their collaboration was cut short in 1996, when Wylliams was brutally murdered.

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Jazz/Blues
9:23 am
Sun September 2, 2007

Jazz Fans Gather to Celebrate 'Bird'

Once again, the music of Charlie "Bird" Parker echoed through Lincoln Cemetery, in the wooded hills of Blue Summit, Missouri, just outside the Kansas City city limits.

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Government
1:40 am
Mon July 16, 2007

Judge Ronnie White Leaves Missouri Supreme Court

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Music
9:02 am
Tue June 26, 2007

Indian Classical Record Label in Overland Park

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Banani Ghosh is a singer featured on Rhyme Records.

Rhyme Records records Bengali and North Indian artists who perform around the world. When Pro Ghosh moved to Kansas City from upstate New York to work for Sprint, he brought the idea for creating an Indian music record label with him.

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Jazz/Blues
11:09 am
Sun June 10, 2007

Immigrant Smokers Compete at Rhythm and Ribs

KCUR's Alex Smith visited the home of Llewellyn Thompson, who's a member of a team called the Immigrant Smokers. They're competing in this week's Rhythm and Ribs Festival.

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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
8:45 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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Jazz/Blues
2:40 pm
Tue April 10, 2007

Jazz Vocalist Speaks at his Alma Mater in KC

Kevin Mahogany (center)
Alex Smith / KCUR

Jazz vocalist Kevin Mahogany spoke and sang at Lincoln College Preparatory Academy.

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Jazz/Blues
12:12 pm
Mon April 2, 2007

Spoken Word Poet Returns to KC

Kansas City native Nikki Skies was in town to perform at the Blue Room's monthly Jazz Poetry Jams in March. She plans to return to Kansas City in May; hopefully for another performance and a book signing for her latest book of short stories, Mississippi Window Cracks.

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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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Government
10:29 am
Mon December 11, 2006

Texas Demographer Steve Murdock

Kansas City, MO – Steve Murdock became the first official demographer for the state of Texas in 2001. He uses population projections to advise the state government of Texas, and other states too, on everything from public education and health care to budget planning and economic growth. Texas is one of four states that are majority minority - where the combined population of all non-white groups is more than 50%, and Murdock says pretty soon, the whole country will look like Texas.

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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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Education
11:00 pm
Mon October 2, 2006

Kansas Immigrant In-State Tuition Appeal

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

Performance
9:36 am
Tue September 5, 2006

An Interview with KCFAA Executive Director Tyrone Aiken

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will be performing this Wednesday through Saturday at the Carlsen Center. Tyrone Aiken is now executive director of the Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey. and stopped by our studios to talk about the company's upcoming performances.

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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

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