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Central Standard
2:24 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Kansas City Parents At Center Of Viral 'Dinovember'

'The herbivores' picnic went surprisingly well, apart from one awkward moment when Rex was caught gnawing on Rhino's tail,' the Tumas wrote on their Dinovember Facebook page.
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What do you do when your sleep schedule is routinely disrupted by the demands of parenthood?

If you're Refe and Susan Tuma, you respond with the spark of creative genius that only delirium can inspire. You get some plastic dinosaurs, put them in the sink, put toothbrushes in their hands, smear toothpaste all over the place, and then?

You go to bed. 

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3:31 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Kansas City, Country Bask In Royals Victory

@Cut4's tweet about this Royals fan's game day sign was one of the most popular Royals-related posts circulating on Twitter Wednesday.
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Royals chatter dominated social media on Wednesday, the day after the baseball team in Kansas City, Mo., clinched its first postseason win in 29 years.

Kansas Citians and national media took to Twitter to document the dramatic victory over the Oakland Athletics and share their team spirit.  

Here’s a recap of some of the tweets getting the most attention, along with highlights from Kansas City-area fans.

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Central Standard
3:55 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

The Man Behind "The Worst" Shopping Mall Commercial Speaks

When Chris Fleck began working on a commercial for the East Hills mall, he knew he wanted to go "different." He succeeded. The commercial has gone viral, generating more than two million hits on YouTube. The bait getting people to watch it? Suggestions that it may well be the worst shopping mall commercial of all time.

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Central Standard
2:00 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Won't You Be My (Online) Neighbor?

A new social media platform that helps people connect with their neighbors has entered into partnerships with Kansas City, Mo., and Kansas City, Kan. Which got us wondering: What happened to a friendly wave across the driveway?


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Central Standard
2:52 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Kansas City's Esther Honig Investigates Photoshop, Gains International Attention

Esther Honig sent a portrait of herself to Photoshop professionals worldwide. Here is a Sri Lankan designer's adaptation of the portrait.
Credit Esther Honig, Before and After

A young Kansas City journalist named Esther Honig, who contributes to KCUR, had an idea for a project.

She sent a simple, straightforward portrait of herself to Photoshoppers around the globe with a request to make her beautiful. She wanted to see what that would mean to people in different parts of the world, investigating how culturally specific definitions of beauty might play into the results.

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2:57 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Regents Reject Big Changes To Controversial Social Media Policy

Fred Logan, chairman of the Kansas Board of Regents, rejects criticism that a new social media policy restricts expression.
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The Kansas Board of Regents has decided to add a free speech provision to a controversial social media policy, a decision criticized as “window dressing.”

Regent Chairman Fred Logan, who along with the rest of the board has come under fire nationally from professors and First Amendment advocates, said during a board meeting this week that he does not believe the policy restricts staff and faculty from openly expressing their opinions, the Lawrence Journal-World reports.

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11:45 am
Wed February 19, 2014

What You Remember From The JJ’s Explosion

Where were you during the blast at JJ's Restaurant on Feb. 19, 2013? We asked our listeners to tweet us their answers with the #TellKCUR hashtag.
Credit Elana Gordon / KCUR

One year ago, many Kansas Citians knew about a natural gas explosion at JJ’s Restaurant before news outlets began to report the story.

Wednesday marks the one-year anniversary of the blast that hundreds of Kansas Citians saw firsthand or felt on the Country Club Plaza.  

We wanted to know more about what you remembered from that evening.

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4:04 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

The Coolest Things That Happened To You On A Kansas City Snow Day

What's the coolest thing you've ever done on a snow day? @TutoriousKC tweeted us this photo: "Here at Tutorious, we like to make snow angles! #TellKCUR"
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Snow days in Kansas City mean sledding with the kids and game nights with friends.

But snow days also have brought once-in-a-lifetime experiences, like a first kiss or making a new set of friends on a stalled bus, according to feedback from our listeners this week.

Thousands of Kansas Citians found themselves at home this week during a snowstorm that dropped 10 or more inches across the metro area.

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4:16 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

I Can’t Tweet Honestly Because I’m ‘Afraid I Might Get Fired’

This painting of a Twitter logo by Ashley Raletz, the sister of KCUR Social Media Producer Alyson Raletz, sits on her desk in the station's newsroom.
Credit Alyson Raletz/KCUR

 The line between individual social media activity and employment status isn’t a clear one, according to feedback we received this week from listeners.

When we asked “Should your boss be able to fire you for what you tweet?” on the air and online, the responses showed the issue of social media and the workplace as a divisive one in Kansas City.  

We received many emphatic yeses, citing personal responsibility.

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Up to Date
11:12 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Social Media Policy Making Waves At Kansas Universities

University of Kansas Professor David Guth's tweet is at the center of the debate that led to the new policy.

The Kansas Board of Regents’ new social media policy for university personnel is at the center of heated debate, both inside and outside the education world.

In the second part of Wednesday's Up to Date, we talk about the pros and cons of the policy.


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2:56 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Kansas Regents Reject Plea To Suspend Social Media Plan

The Kansas Board of Regents Wednesday denied a faculty group’s request that it suspend a controversial social media policy that has received national criticism as harming free speech.

Emporia State Professor Sheryl Lidzy, representing the Council of Faculty Senate Presidents, asked for the suspension, saying the plan could harm the hiring of top quality faculty and continue to generate negative publicity.

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1:17 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Kansas Board Of Regents Passes Social Media Policy

The Kansas Board of Regents has approved a new social media policy for state university employees. Violating the policy could lead to sanctions, including dismissal.

Regents Chairman Fred Logan says there is a concern that social media can lead to what he calls "extraordinary damage" to institutions very quickly. He says the requirements are narrowly drawn and highlight exceptions to First Amendment protections that have been created by the courts.

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1:25 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

How You Filled In The Blank: You Know You’re A KC Techie When …

You know you’re a Kansas City techie when “@KCUR wants to know.”

That’s how Kansas City Startup Village (Twitter: @KCSV) filled in the blank on Twitter when we asked our listeners and followers on social media to complete this sentence: You know you’re a Kansas City techie when …

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1:58 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Missouri Has The Happiest Cities, According To Instagram

St. Louis and Kansas City topped a list of the 20 happiest cities in the United States, based off of an analysis of Instagram photos.
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Missouri's two largest cities sit at the top of a list of the 20 happiest cities in the U.S., compiled by startup company, Jetpac.

St. Louis came in as the happiest city, based off of an analysis of images from social media site Instagram. Kansas City, Mo., came in at No. 2.

According to Business Insider, Jetpac has been analyzing millions of photos uploaded to Instagram to uncover trends in the United States.

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6:00 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Get Out Your Camera, The Word Of The Year Is 'Selfie'

KCUR staffers, in all their selfie glory.
Credit Briana O'Higgins + staff / KCUR

The word of the year, according to Oxford Dictionaries, is selfie. The company announced the 2013 selection on Monday in a press release.

According to the release, selfie can be tracked to 2002, where it was used in an Australian online forum.

Oxford claims the word's linguistic productivity is already evident by numerous spin-offs, like welfie (workout selfie) and drelfie (drunk selfie).

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Up to Date
10:45 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Social Media Maelstrom: Is A Tweet Protected Speech?

KU Prof. David Guth's tweet has sparked a debate on what is protected speech.

Should lawmakers withhold funding from the University of Kansas if the school doesn’t fire a professor over a highly controversial tweet? Professor David Guth blasted the National Rifle Association on Twitter in the wake of the Navy Yard shooting on Twitter, and now many are calling for accountability.

In the first part of Tuesday's Up to Date, we discuss just how far employers can go when their employees make charged statements on social media.  


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Central Standard
10:19 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Suicide And The Digital Afterlife

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Whenever a loved one dies, those left behind suffer for that loss, but when that loved one chose to take his or her own life, how do friends and family recover?  In 2009 deaths from suicide surpassed those in motor vehicle accidents. There were more than 30,000 that year.  And in a society that lives much of its life online through social media, what happens to one’s digital self after suicide? Is it acceptable to “defriend the dead,” or is social media a good way for us to cope with the loss of our loved ones?

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KC Currents
1:06 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Sexual Assault, Rape Culture And Missouri State Law

The Maryville rape case leaves us with a lot of questions – the main one being: why was the case dropped? And, perhaps more importantly, why do similar cases keep happening all over the country? 

For a better understanding of the issue, KC Currents' Susan Wilson talked with Dr. Kimberly Lonsway, Director of Research at End Violence Against Women International.


On myths surrounding rape and sexual assault:

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Up To Date
11:23 am
Tue May 28, 2013

K.C. To D.C., Driven By Social Media

MindDrive's converted 1967 Karmann Ghia

The goal: Have at-risk students take an old rundown car, restore it and convert it to run on electric power then drive it from K.C. to D.C.   If that's not enough, have it powered solely by social media interaction.

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12:19 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Kansas City Government Turns To Twitter

Kansas City, Missouri residents now have another way to let the city know a street light is out or there is a pothole that needs to be filled—Twitter. 

Just like when they call 311, residents will be given a case number when they tweet @KCMO311, so they can track the progress of the request. 

The city’s social media analyst Mark Van Baale says Twitter is becoming a more important way for cities to communicate with residents.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

A Text A Day Keeps The Doctor....In Touch?

Pediatrician Natasha Burgert

It’s easy to go online and try to diagnose yourself when you're sick, but what do doctors think about that?

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Central Standard
9:47 am
Mon July 9, 2012

A Compelling Argument for Quitting Facebook

On this Central Standard, we speak with the man they call the Antichrist of Silicon Valley.

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Central Standard
2:09 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

Social Media Trends & New African Art Curator

On this Central Standard, meet the new quarter-time African Art curator at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Nii Quarcoopome.

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Central Standard
11:05 pm
Mon January 2, 2012

Forecasting Social Media for 2012


Tweeting, Facebooking, Tumbling... What's next? Where is social media headed in 2012?

On Tuesday's Central Standard, we'll discuss social media in unique angles, for business, news and entertainment.

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