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Sports
3:32 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

KU's Andrew Wiggins Goes Pro

KU men's basketball coach Bill Self and Andrew Wiggins at the Monday press conference.
Credit Courtesy: KU Athletics

University of Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins announced Monday he’s declaring for the NBA draft.

The 6' 8'' player was the top high school recruit in 2013 - and this season Wiggins scored 597 points, more than any freshman in KU's history, including a high of 29 points in one game.

The draft takes place in June – and Wiggins is expected to be a first-round draft selection, if not the first. He says that’s where he wants to be.

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Health
7:31 am
Fri January 24, 2014

KU Professor Looks For Medical Breakthroughs In Insects

Red flour beetles are the subject of KU Professor Stevin Gehrke's research.
Credit Alex Smith / KCUR

At the University of Kansas, some chemical engineers study petroleum, others work on solvents. Then there’s Professor Stevin Gehrke. He casts his scientific lens downward, looking for the future of medicine in things that scurry underfoot.

“What’s different about a bug that goes ‘squish’ when you step on it and a bug that goes ‘crunch’ when you step on it?” Gehrke describes his work.

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Tell KCUR
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
10:59 am
Fri November 8, 2013

A Look At The New KU Basketball Film, 'Jayhawkers'

Kevin Willmott's latest film is 'Jayhawkers.'

KU basketball had a different sort of atmosphere back in the 1950s. In addition to some Phog, one of the things that changed the weather there was a certain player called Wilt Chamberlain.

On Friday's Up to Date, we talk with local filmmaker Kevin Willmott about his newest movie, Jayhawkers, that takes a look at the Chamberlain era and how it changed KU forever. 

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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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Up to Date
4:00 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Biking, Bamboo Style

Lance Rake has designed a bamboo frame for bikes.
Credit Lance Rake

When you think of getting a bicycle, finding one made of bamboo isn't usually your first thought.

In the second part of Wednesday's Up to Date, we talk with University of Kansas design professor Lance Rake about how he took an underused Alabama crop and turned it into an economic stimulus for the town of Greensboro, Ala.

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Health
9:09 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Fatty Acids In Baby Formula Show Lasting Benefits

Researchers at the University of Kansas have shown fatty acids in baby formula provide benefits to the baby.
Credit Wikimedia -- Creative Commons

Researchers at the University of Kansas say fatty acids added to baby formula produce lasting gains in intelligence and performance.

Infant formula has been enriched with fatty acids since 2001, based in part on research done by University of Kansas scientists John Colombo and Susan Carlson.  The new findings by Colombo and Carlson are based on 81 babies who were tested every six months over a span of six years. 

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Health
7:54 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Supreme Court Says Human Genes Can't Be Patented

An illustration of the human genome.
Credit Wikimedia -- Creative Commons

The U.S. Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that segments of naturally-occurring human genes cannot be patented. The ruling may change the focus of genomic research, but it won't stop it.

Professor Andrew Torrance specializes in biotechnology patent law at the University of Kansas. He says the ruling falls hardest on companies that have invested billions of dollars, hoping to profit from patents on human gene fragments like those that help reveal a person’s risk for breast cancer.

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Government
10:13 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Brownback Calls For Sales Tax Extension For Higher Ed

KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little and Gov. Sam Brownback address media at the KU School of Medicine in Salina.
Credit Bryan Thompson / KPR

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback wants lawmakers to extend a temporary sales tax hike as a way to fund the state's universities.

The governor says cuts to higher education would be a momentum-killer at a time when he thinks a lot of positive things are happening in Kansas. Lawmakers are hesitant to extend the sales tax hike, which was approved in 2010 on the condition that it would expire July 1 of this year.

Following a tour of the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Salina, Brownback called the facility a great place to invest.

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KC Currents
3:27 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

KU Prof Explores Black Israelite Roots In Kansas

Michael :"Devar" Long discusses his path to joining Ohev Sholom synagogue in Prairie Village.
Credit Susan B. Wilson / KCUR

Blacks and Jews have historically had a complicated relationship in the United States.  And it’s perhaps the most evident when they claim the same religion, or historical ancestry. The development of Black Israelite or Black Jewish faith has its roots in Kansas, according to the book The Chosen People: The Rise of American Black Israelite Religions by University of Kansas history and American studies professor, Jacob Dorman.

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Sports
9:06 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Big 12 Tournament Set

The Big 12 brackets are set for the men's tournament in Kansas City.

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Up to Date
10:18 am
Fri January 25, 2013

From Poetry To History

Needle in the Bone by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg

It's not often a state poet laureate turns her pen to write a non-fiction tale, but Kansas Poet Laureate Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg has done just that.

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KC Currents
10:29 am
Thu January 17, 2013

KU Researcher Finds Racial Disparity In NIH Grants

Credit University of Kansas

When researchers submit proposals to the National Institutes of Health to get funding, they don’t indicate their race or ethnicity. But black researchers are a third less likely than other equally-qualified researchers to receive NIH funding.

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Visual Arts
9:05 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Political Power Of Imagery

Larry Schwarm, "Dwight Eisenhower, 34th President of the United States," 2002. chromogenic color print
Gift of the artist, 2006.0102 Spencer Museum of Art

What images best convey the meaning of politics in America? An exhibition at the Spencer Museum of Art in Lawrence explores this idea through photography, prints, paintings, archival political ads, and a poodle skirt. 

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Up to Date
11:04 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

The Cultural History Of Flab

Peter Paul Rubens' "The Three Graces" (1639) shows women of a more typical size than those just two centuries later.
Museo del Prado, Madrid

We crave its taste but not its look.  What’s up with our love-hate relationship with fat?

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Health
11:55 am
Fri July 13, 2012

University Of Kansas Gets 'Select' Cancer Institute Designation

Bill Witaker (pictured left), a cancer survivor, spoke at yesterday's official announcement. KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little listened next to him.
Elana Gordon KCUR

KU Cancer Center has obtained a National Cancer Institute designation. Officially.

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Health
11:53 am
Thu July 12, 2012

KU To Announce Prestigious Cancer Center Designation

KU's application to be a nationally designated cancer center was on display at an event last fall, celebrating the application's completion.
Elana Gordon KCUR

Leaders from the University of Kansas, politicians and health officials, including U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, will gather at the University of Kansas Medical Center this afternoon to formally announce KU Cancer Center becoming a National Cancer Institute designation.

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KC Currents
10:51 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Balancing Competition And Fun In Youth Sports

T-ball player Drew poses for his team portrait before a game at Leawood City Park.
Zack Lewandowski KCUR

More than 52 million young people around the country participate in organized sports, according to the National Council of Youth Sports. 

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Health
6:41 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

Wyandotte County Continues To Battle Low Health Status

Note cards used during a group exercise at a community meeting last week about health issues in Wyandotte County.

That Wyandotte County is grappling with some major health issues is no secret.  It’s ranked one of the least healthy regions in Kansas, and findings from a recent health assessment reaffirm the challenges:

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Central Standard
7:25 am
Fri June 1, 2012

Bobbing Continents Believed To Cause Changes In Biodiversity

flightsaber Flickr

According to a KU professor, we have evidence that periodic changes in marine biodiversity are tied to uplifting continents.

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Up to Date
10:28 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

Alan Turing: Father Of Modern Computing Science

Alan Turing, sculpted by Stephen Kettle

A new exhibition at the Spencer Museum of Art at KU, entitled Cryptograph, celebrates Alan Turing, a visionary British mathematician whose work formed the conceptual basis for the modern computers that we use today.

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Sports
7:22 am
Mon April 2, 2012

A Showdown First: KU And UK To Battle For NCAA Title

In the history of men’s college basketball, only Kentucky has won more games than the University of Kansas. 

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End Of The "Border War"
4:23 pm
Mon February 20, 2012

Will The Tiger Lie Down With The Jayhawk?

On Saturday, February 25, 2012, a more than 100 year-old tradition will come to an end. It's a competition that some say has roots in the Civil War era. 

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Artist Profile
5:00 am
Fri February 10, 2012

Memories Of Barbed Wires And Guard Towers

Seventy years ago, on February 19, 1942, President Franklin Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066. This action, just a few months after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, forced an estimated 120,000 Japanese Americans into internment camps.

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KC Currents
11:25 am
Mon January 9, 2012

Origins Of The Mayan Calendar Myth

Modern visualization of the Mayan calendar at the National Museum of the American Indian.
NCReedPlayer Flickr

2012 is here -- much to the terror of some of the world's doomsayers.  It's the year that the ancient Mayans are said to have predicted the end of the world. Not so, say scholars of the Maya, who lived and live today in Mexico and Central America. 

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Central Standard
12:00 pm
Mon October 3, 2011

Emotional Intelligence

In the era of Facebook and Twitter – one TMI update or insensitive comment could have lasting consequences. Join Dr. Bruce Liese and guest host Bill Anderson today for a look at a kind of intelligence that has nothing to do with your IQ, but everything to do with success in your relationships and career – your emotional intelligence.

Luckily even if you aren't in tune with your emotional intelligence, you can learn to adapt. Dr. Liese says:

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Central Standard
12:00 pm
Tue September 6, 2011

Moral Behavior

Today on the show, let's take a look at morality. How did you determine your ideas of what’s right, and what’s wrong? How come you can know that something's wrong and still do it? Does it matter if someone’s watching? Dr. Bruce Liese joins us to explain how moral judgments and behaviors work.

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Central Standard
12:00 pm
Mon August 8, 2011

Greed

Ruben Swieringa Flickr

Why do some people have an excessive desire to possess more than they need? Our guest Dr. Bruce Liese says that greed is its own punishment.

“As we get more,” Dr. Liese says, “it is less rewarding. It’s an interesting phenomena—greed is counterintuitive if you believe in the law of diminishing returns.”

From the beginnings of greed in childhood to Facebook friend greed, we delve into what makes us want—and when it goes wrong. Join us for a conversation about the origins and social implications of the "never enough" syndrome.

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