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What does it mean to be a Midwesterner? It's a hard question to answer, but there's definitely something unique about this land between coasts. From our hardworking ethic to our passive-aggressive attitude, we discuss the characteristics, attitudes and habits (both good and bad) that define being Midwestern.

Guests:

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In this encore presentation: Patsy Cline's last show was here in Kansas City in March of 1963; she died in a plane crash as she was leaving town. Nearly 55 years later, a young local singer shares how Patsy Cline has influenced her.

Then: Have you noticed that more and more people are saying "y'all"? A look at how the word has spread beyond its Southern roots.

Guests:

What better time than April Fools' Day to host a roundtable of pun pundits? On this edition, our witty committee give their best (and worst) puns a swing. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!

Guests:

  • C.J. Janovy is an arts reporter for KCUR.
  • Dan Margolies is editor of Heartland Health Monitor.
  • David M. Fulk is director of philanthropic giving at KCUR.
  • Greg Hack is a former editor and reporter for The Kansas City Star.

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Scherenschnitte. 

This was 13-year-old Olathe resident Vanya Shivashankar's final word right before she was named co-champion of the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Maryland last week.

Pronounced share-in-shnit-ah, Vanya said that the German word has quickly become one of her favorites.

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In honor of Bastille Day, Central Standard explored efforts to preserve Missouri French: a dialect that once flourished in southwestern Missouri, now remembered by only a handful of people in the town of Old Mines. Some say the language is dying, but the dialect has been pronounced dead then rediscovered many times.

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Languages change. Sometimes slowly and organically, sometimes quickly... and on purpose.

Kazakh President Nursaltan Nazarbayev wants the people of Kazakhstan to use Latin script (rather than Cyrillic) to write in their native language.

Pulling Up The Roots Of Words

May 5, 2013

Ever wonder where the word hornswoggle comes from? How about doubloon?