pop culture

When you think about presidents and pop culture, you might picture Obama’s Twitter account, but you might not realize that other ventures with mass-appeal have been affecting the White House for a few centuries.

On Thursday's Up to Date, we’ll talk about the influence everything from theater to books to the internet have had on the presidency since Thomas Jefferson was in charge.

HEAR MORE: Tevi Troy speaks at 6:30 p.m. July 24 at the Plaza branch of the Kansas City Public Library.

Alyson Raletz, KCUR

With a ukelele and jazz guitar in tow, the traveling Kansas City-based musical duo known as Victor & Penny stopped by Central Standard on Wednesday to talk with Gina Kaufmann — and to perform a few of their signature "antique pop" songs live for our listeners.

How To Be Black

Aug 7, 2012

How black is our guest Baratunde Thurston

Coolness Secrets Revealed

Jul 9, 2012

On this Tuesday's Central Standard, we’ll meet the researcher who conducted the empirical investigation of what it means to be cool, and found there’s a lot more to it than just likability or popularity. Think James Dean. Think the Fonz.

Civil Rights Exhibit Displays The Power Of Popular Media

May 9, 2012
Charlie Upchurch / KCUR

In 1955, Emmitt Till was a young boy visiting family in the South, and was brutally murdered. After his death, his mother made the decision to send the explicit photos of his autopsy to the media, saying, “Let the world see what I’ve seen.”