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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kansas City, MO – Judge Cordell Meeks, Jr. died suddenly at his home this week. He was 63. Meeks, a 26-year veteran of the Wyandotte County District Court, was respected by his colleagues and friends not only as a prodigious member of the bench, but also as a generous contributor of time and talent to many civic causes. With us to talk about the legacy of Cordell Meeks is Nick Tomasic, District Attorney for Wyandotte County for 32 years.
Kansas City, MO – Families for Adoption, an international and domestic adoption ministry at the Pleasant Valley Baptist Church in Liberty recently held a roundtable for people interested in adopting children from another country. We heard about it, and thought it would be an opportunity to take our own look at the subject. KCUR's Laura Ziegler spoke to some adoption experts, and dropped in on some parents with kids who come from other countries.
Manuel and Junior Vargas were born in Puerto Rico, and spent the first years of their lives listening to the rhythms of the Caribbean islands . . . merengue and rumba. But they discovered Tejano, or Tex-Mex, music when their family moved to Kansas City's West Side, and it became a passion.
Artist Ryan Humphrey brings the gritty, gearhead culture of cars into the gallery space at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in a solo exhibition called Empty Thoughts, Lame Excuses, and Decorative Lies. It's a title that mocks the names of other art shows.
Kansas City, MO – Tyrone Flowers was shot three times. Once in the hand. Once in his leg. And the third and final bullet went through his neck, nicking his spinal cord, leaving him paralyzed from the neck down. Perhaps this was the worse thing that could have happened to Flowers, who spent his childhood in foster homes, juvenile detention centers, mental health hospitals and cemented basements in houses he could never call home.
Kansas City, MO – It's hot . . . it's fast . . . it's the 8th annual ALMA Awards scheduled to air next Monday . . . June 5th . . . on ABC. The ALMA awards were created by David Chavez of Olathe, Kansas . . . to honor Hispanic artists in film, TV and music. The show is part Oscars, part Emmys, and part Grammys of Latin entertainment. And the buzz around it is loud, especially loud now that Desperate Housewives superstar Eva Longoria has signed on as host.
Kansas City, MO – In the fifth of a six part series on financial planning, David Jackson talks about pensions and planning for retirement. David Jackson is a financial planner for Waddell & Reed and writes a regular column for the Kansas City Call.
Kansas City, MO – Kansas City area teens are reporting they are less optimistic about their futures and feel like community leaders aren't listening to them. According to this year's Kauffman Teen Survey , teens are ten percent less hopeful they'll be successful than last year. A University of Missouri senior and a research analyst from the Partnership for Children shared ideas on how to encourage and support Kansas City teens. KCUR's Kelley Weiss reports.
Kansas City, MO – Some members of the House of Representatives have been distancing themselves from the immigration enforcement bill passed in December. One provision of the bill makes being undocumented in the US a felony and criminalizes aid to illegal immigrants. Our regular contributor Angela Cervantes was born and raised in Topeka, Kansas. Some aspects of the House immigration bill remind her of her own childhood.
Kansas City, MO – With its frequent use in rap lyrics, movies and even as a greeting among some young African Americans, the N-word seems to have reached new levels of acceptance in mainstream American culture. On Saturday, the Kansas City Association of Black Journalists will host a forum with reporters, academics and hip hop artists entitled "The N-Word, have we really come that far?".