Up All Night With KC Currents

What are you up after midnight and before sunrise? What are you thinking about? Doing? Eating?  Tune in to KC Currents  this week Sunday, August 26 at 5 p.m. and Monday, August 27 at 8 p.m. for a special Up All Night edition.  Explore the region between the hours of midnight and 5 am.

Up All Night With A New Baby
KCUR listeners may know that our producer and regular co-host Sylvia Maria Gross is on maternity leave.  But this Up all Night show theme was her idea, so we felt we had to include her somehow.  Sylvia and her husband, Bill Elder, had baby Rosa Mina just a month ago.  We thought their overnight experience would take us to a scene all new parents will recognize.

A Late Night Frog Gig
In Missouri, the bullfrog and green frog harvest seasons start on the night of June 30th and last through the end of October.
Waiting until complete darkness falls, a spotlight is used to scope the edges of water banks to find the frogs by the glare of their eyes.  The frogs are blinded by the shining light and freeze in place.  This makes it easier to get close enough to use a gig, a fork like hook on a pole, to stab them. 

Late Night Town Topic
Town Topic Diner at Broadway and Southwest Blvd. is open 24/7.  Since 1937 this tiny white shack with its red neon sign has acted as a late night hub for all night workers, drunken partiers, and anyone looking for atmosphere and cheap food. 

Ripe For The Night
At perhaps one of the busiest and time sensitive workplaces in town Donna Vestal, editor of Harvest Public Media, takes us to Liberty Fruit Co., in Kansas City, Kansas.  Here she found a business constantly on the move. So much so, that spent most of her time trying not to get run over.

Mutual Musicians Foundation’s Spirit Won’t Stop
For more than eighty years, the small two-story building at 1823 Highland Avenue has been the heart of Kansas City jazz. Today it’s the Mutual Musician’s Foundation, but in 1917, the building became the headquarters for the Local 627 Colored Musician’s Union. Over the decades, nearly every jazz great in the country has jammed here, and the all-night weekend jam sessions have also served as training grounds for jazz students. KCUR’s Susan Wilson spent a late night there to find out what draws audiences and keeps them until the 6 a.m. closing time.


 

KC Currents
11:47 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Best & Worst All Nighters From The Art Institute

A student rests on the lawn at The Kansas City Art Institute.
Tomeka Weatherspoon KCUR

Students often describe being up all night as “the all-nighter.”  And who among us who’ve faced a deadline of any sort can’t relate to being awake until 5 a.m. doing something you intended to finish the day before.  We stopped by the Kansas City Art Institute for some stories from students who’ve been up all night creating art.

KC Currents
4:05 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Up All Night, All Over Town

The 7-11 just east of Prospect on Independence Avenue is a pick up and drop off point for prostitutes and an overnight hang out for the homeless.

KCUR's Laura Ziegler and photographer Claus Wawrzinek hit the streets recently to check out the overnight activity.

They stopped a few places along Independence Avenue ; a 7-11 , an overnight taqueria, and a quiet corner where a lone guitar player was soliciting donations.

They hit Westport and the Crossroads, and found late night street life in K.C. looks different across town.

Audio includes an extra track from conversations with homeless men who congregate at the 7-11 at Prospect and Independence Avenue every night, all night.

KC Currents
3:59 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

KC Currents Is Up All Night

Jeremy Soucy of the Missouri Department of Conservation holds up a small bull frog.
Suzanne Hogan KCUR

What are you up after midnight and before sunrise? What are you thinking about? Doing? Eating?  Explore the region between the hours of midnight and 5 am.

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KC Currents Up All Night Program- On The Streets
3:47 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Up All Nights On Kansas City's Streets

Our K C Currents show  revealed how many among us are actually doing things overnight.

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KC Currents
5:01 pm
Sun August 26, 2012

A Late Night Frog Gig

Jeremy Soucy of the Missouri Department of Conservation holds up a small bullfrog.
Suzanne Hogan KCUR

In Missouri, the bullfrog and green frog harvest season starts on the night of June 30th and last through the end of October. 

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KC Currents
5:00 pm
Sun August 26, 2012

An After Midnight Snack At Town Topic

Mmm...late-night pie.
Danny Fischer

So you and your friends have knocked a few beers back and are feeling a little hungry, but it’s 2 a.m.

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KC Currents
5:00 pm
Sun August 26, 2012

Up All Night With A New Baby

KCUR listeners may know that our producer and regular co-host Sylvia Maria Gross is on maternity leave.  But this Up All Night show theme was her idea, so we felt we had to include her somehow.  Sylvia and her husband, Bill Elder, had baby Rosa Mina just a month ago.  We thought their overnight experience would take us to a scene all new parents will recognize.

KC Currents
5:00 pm
Sun August 26, 2012

Mutual Musicians Foundation's Spirit Won't Stop

The Mutual Musicians at 18th and Highland stays up as late as jazz music is happening upstairs…often until sunrise.

For more than eighty years, the small two-story building at 1823 Highland Avenue has been the heart of Kansas City jazz. 

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KC Currents
5:00 pm
Sun August 26, 2012

Ripe For The Night

Onions are rolled into a cooler.
Donna Vestal KCUR

The merchandise doesn’t linger for long at Liberty Fruit Co. Inc., on Argentine Blvd. in Kansas City, Kan.

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