8:13 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

UMKC Dancers Take The Stage At The Kauffman Center

Muriel Kauffman Theatre at the Kauffman Center.
courtesy of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

It’s been a year since the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce released its "Big 5" list with ideas and priorities for the region.

Read more
Up To Date
10:42 am
Wed September 26, 2012

UMKC Innovation Center To Create Digital Sandbox

University of Missouri - Kansas City

The announcement was made last week: a UMKC-led consortium claimed a winning spot in the third round of the federal i6 Challenge.

Read more
10:06 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Discussing The Future Of A Downtown Arts Campus

courtesy of the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance

In September 2011, the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce announced "the Big 5," ideas the city would champion, ranging from revitalizing the urban core to boosting medical research.

Read more
Up To Date
8:36 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

It's Official: UMKC Is 'Cool School'

An aerial view of the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

As thousands of students make their way through an academic day at the University of Missouri - Kansas City, a dedicated group steadfastly works to make environmental improvements to the campus. 

Read more
KC Currents
11:20 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Professors Propose Reforms For Foreign Student Entrepreneurs

UMKC Bloch School
University of Missouri - Kansas City

What do companies like Yahoo, eBay, Intel and Google have in common? They were all founded in part by foreign investors.

Read more
KC Currents
10:05 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Archive Collects KC's Gay And Lesbian History

Map of gay-friendly businesses in KC.
Gay and Lesbian Archive of Mid-America

Back in 1966, Drew Schaeffer started a small group in Kansas City called the Phoenix society. 

Read more
Central Standard
1:09 pm
Fri May 18, 2012

Swimming for Health and Fitness

Photo by Tomeka Weatherspoon

Local triathlete John Aust discusses fitness swimming, pool rehab and working in aquatics at UMKC's Swinney Recreation Center.

Plus, hear from a married couple that's been coming to Swinney for well over a decade. Almost as long as they've been retired.

Read more
Cops & Crime
4:48 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

Anti-Violent Crime Strategy Shifts In Kansas City

Jean Peters Baker, Jackson County Prosecutor and Kansas City Police Chief Daryl Forte on new approach to reducing most vicious crimes.
Dan Verbeck KCUR

An anti-violent crime program for Kansas City, styled after ones in Boston and Cincinnati, will target top offenders and try to make crime leadership less attractive to underlings.

Read more
Up to Date
10:02 am
Mon May 14, 2012

The University Of Kansas (City)?

UMKC is considering a name change to what it was back in the day. The university was founded in 1929 with the name The University of Kansas City. 

Read more
Cops & Crime
5:02 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Black Market Steroids Abound, Attract Fewer Teens

UMKC Pharmacy School Dean Russ Melchert puzzles over steroid abuse by health-conscious adults.

The popularity of illegal use of steroids came evident this week as a suburban Johnson County, Kansas man pleaded guilty to a conspiracy to sell $1.3 million worth of the drug.

Read more
7:31 am
Fri March 9, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: Friday, March 9, 2012

A daily digest of headlines from KCUR.

  • UMKC Business School Breaks Ground
  • Kansas Republicans Ready For Caucuses
  • Missouri House Votes to Protect Gun Owners
  • Workplace Discrimination Bill Heads To Governor Nixon
  • Opera Explores Nixon’s Visit To China
  • A Fan's Notes: The Madness of March

Read more
4:21 pm
Thu March 8, 2012

Construction Nears For New Bloch Complex At UMKC

Model of new building at UMKC Bloch School of Management.
Dan Verbeck KCUR

An addition to the UMKC  Henry W. Bloch School of Management moved closer to construction today as architects put a mockup of the $32 million structure on display.

Read more
KC Currents
2:24 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

Poet Sonia Sanchez At UMKC

Carrie Coogan KCUR

Poet. Activist. One of the architects of Black Studies programs at universities. These are some of the many roles Sonia Sanchez has played in her life.

Read more
3:08 pm
Fri February 3, 2012

Fewer Jobs Likely To Follow Missouri Education Cuts

University of Missouri Curators' Interim President Stephen Owens speaks of budget woes with reporters in Kansas City.
Dan Verbeck KCUR

The word “inevitable” is being teamed with “job losses” if the University of Missouri system is unable to work its way out of a twelve-and-a-half percent cut in state funding for higher education in 2013.

Read more
Central Standard
10:23 am
Tue December 20, 2011

The Rebuild Joplin Studio Project

On this Tuesday's Central Standard, a look at UMKC's Rebuild Joplin Studio Project. For those working on it, they quickly learned that this is more than just another class, but an opportunity to rebuild a resilient Joplin.

Read more
9:58 am
Fri September 23, 2011

Chen Yi's 'Fountains of Kansas City'

Narong Prangcharoen (UMKC Conservatory alum) and Chen Yi take notes on the score during the Kansas City Symphony rehearsal, September 21, 2011.
photos: Laura Spencer/KCUR

Three world premieres are slated for the Kansas City Symphony's inaugural season in Helzberg Hall. And they all take inspiration from a Kansas City trademark: fountains. The first, by renowned composer Chen Yi, called Fountains of Kansas City, premieres this weekend.

Kansas City, Mo. – Born and raised in China, Dr. Chen has lived and taught in Kansas City for more than a decade at the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance.

Read more
Music Stories
2:56 pm
Thu April 28, 2011

New Composition called 'Canopy' inspired by Sculpture

Composer Dr. Mara Gibson of the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance and Chicago-based violist Michael Hall in the KCUR studios.
photo: Laura Spencer/KCUR

Have you seen the gleaming silver "tree" that's twisting up from a rise in front of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art? The new sculpture called Ferment is almost 60 feet tall, the work of artist Roxy Paine. And it's inspired a new composition.

Read more
11:36 am
Wed January 12, 2011

New Book Examines Slavery in Missouri

Kansas City, MO – The image we have of 19th century slavery often comes from the Deep South, places like Georgia and Mississippi, where rich whites owned huge plantations, kept in business by a large, unpaid labor force of enslaved African Americans. But slavery in Missouri, and some of the other border states, looked very different from that.

Read more
3:09 pm
Mon December 13, 2010

Miguel Mambo DeLeon Teams up with UMKC Jazz

Miguel DeLeon's new album Pasiones Del Alma finds the "Mambo man" in a bit of a contemplative mood. But he never strays too far from his love of dance music.

Kansas City, MO – Miguel "Mambo" DeLeon has been shaking hips in Kansas City and beyond for more than 20 years. He's opened for Sting as well as many Latin music legends, including Tito Puente and Willie Colon.

Read more
8:43 am
Thu November 11, 2010

UMKC Expands Medical Residency Programs

Simon Khagi, a fourth year medical student at UMKC, does a physical examination on Carolyn Gordon during clinic at Truman Medical Centers.
Kelley Weiss

Kansas City, MO – The University of Missouri-Kansas City will soon be training more doctors.

The school of medicine has received a nearly four million dollar grant through the recently passed federal health law to expand its residency programs. The funding will add two additional training slots to the school's family medicine and internal medicine programs.

Dr. Todd Shaffer directs the residency program for family medicine. He says the new residents will do some of their training at nearby rural hospitals.

Read more
11:40 am
Mon November 1, 2010

Young Dems Face Apathy on Campus

Kansas City, MO – Almost daily polls show a tough uphill battle for Democrats for this election. It's a sea change from the enthusiasm for Obama two years ago, which was especially strong in younger voters. KCUR's Alex Smith recently spoke with some Democratic organizers at UMKC about the changes they've witnessed working on the front lines.

Read more
KC Currents
2:33 pm
Tue June 1, 2010

UMKC Professors Take Heterodox View On Economy

Kansas City, Mo. – If you've been paying careful attention to the financial crisis in the past few years, or the more recent news of financial reform proposals, you've probably come across the unconventional views of economist and law professor Bill Black. He's recently testified before Congress four times, and he's appeared on Bill Moyer's Journal and in Michael Moore's film Capitalism: A Love Story. He's also been heard as an expert commentator on NPR News and This American Life.

Read more
6:14 pm
Tue April 6, 2010

A Thousand More Show-Me State Jobs Will Go

Governor Jay Nixon ( center) with UMKC Chancellor Leo Morton (R) and staff, faculty.
photo by dan verbeck

Kansas City, Mo. – Another 1,000 Missouri state employees are going to lose their jobs in the coming weeks. Governor Jay Nixon spoke of the cuts as he met with UMKC faculty and students.

Read more
2:39 pm
Fri February 26, 2010

WEB EXTRA: Composer Zhou Long on Cultural Revolution

"Class of 1978," members of the first class at the Central Conservatory in Beijing.

As a teenager during the Cultural Revolution in China, composer Zhou Long was sent from his home in Beijing to work on a rural state farm. Here, he talks about the experience.

Read more
9:40 am
Mon January 19, 2009

Chen Yi: From the Path of Beauty

In Kansas City recently, the all-male vocal group, Chanticleer and the Shanghai Quartet continued the world premiere tour of Chen Yi's From the Path of Beauty.

Kansas City, MO – A Kansas City-based composer, Chen Yi has taught for the last decade at the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance. KCUR's Laura Spencer has this profile.

Read more