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Central Standard is an hour-long, live, call-in program. Central Standard brings you stories that surprise, intrigue and engage, with a strong focus on how these stories impact Kansas City and the region.

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Queer Eye In Kansas City
Last weekend, people across the country binge-watched season three of Queer Eye. But locals had an exceptionally compelling reason to watch: this particular season was filmed entirely in the Kansas City area. In this conversation, we revisit favorite moments and hear from fans to find out what they thought. David Wayne Reed, Kansas City actor and writer Stephonne Singleton, KCK musician and drag performer Peggy Lowe , KCUR's investigations editor
Mar 18, 2019
Seg. 1: Education Desert In Southwest Kansas. Seg. 2: MidCoast Takeover
Segment 1: What happens to a community without access to a four-year college? The majority of college freshmen enroll at schools within 50 miles from home. But what if there isn't a four-year university nearby? In this conversation, we take a look at the effects education deserts have on communities and how Dodge City, Kansas, is looking to address theirs. Melissa McCoy , assistant city manager, Dodge City Celia Llopis-Jepsen , reporter, Kansas News Service Nick Hillman , professor, School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Segment 2, beginning at 35:47: Kansas City's 'Midcoast Takeover' in Austin. The annual South By Southwest music festival wraps up this Sunday. We find out how Kansas City musicians are "taking over" Austin, Texas with their own showcase. Nathan Corsi , Kansas City-based songwriter and performer Rhonda Lyne , executive director, Midwest Music Foundation
Mar 14, 2019
Reporting On Race
With racial tensions on the rise in recent years, what's it like to be a reporter of color tasked with witnessing events, mediating tricky conversations, and making those stories understandable? In this discussion, we visit with three journalists covering race and culture both locally and nationwide. Aaron Randle , enterprise reporter, The Kansas City Star John Eligon , reporter for The New York Times Michelle Tyrene Johnson , KCUR's race, identity, & culture reporter
Mar 13, 2019
Seg. 1: Patrick Rose. Seg. 2: 10-Minute Plays. Seg. 3: Ingrid Stölzel (R)
Segment 1: Why a Midwesterner is leading the charge to save manatees. To a native Kansas Citian, a sea animal like the manatee might as well be something mythical like a unicorn or a chupacabra. In this conversation, we learn how a nature lover from Independence wound up leading an organization that helped take the beloved sea cow off the endangered list. Patrick Rose , executive director, Save the Manatee Club Segment 2, beginning at 16:21: The 'tl;dr' of theatre. If you don't have the attention span to sit through a two-hour long play (even with an intermission!) then how about a 10-minute one? We find out how a local theatre instructor is teaching aspiring playwrights tools of the trade by creating short stories for the stage. Ron Simonian , playwright 'A Night of 10 Minute Plays' takes place at The Living Room Theatre on Monday, March 18 starting at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit TheLivingRoomKC.com . Segment 3, beginning at 31:55: Classical music doesn't have to be an
Mar 12, 2019
Seg. 1: Mental Health & Young Adults. Seg. 2: Chess In The Midwest
Segment 1: How your 20s are fertile ground for mental illness. The American College Health Association reports that more than 60 percent of college students had experienced 'overwhelming anxiety' in 2018 . But more of them are also seeking help. So what's changing-- the circumstances causing the anxiety, or the culture around asking for help? Aneva Jefferson , college student, member of the National Alliance for Mental Illness Johanna Jarcho , assistant professor psychology, Temple University Beth Epley , counselor, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences Segment 2, beginning at 29:31: How an ancient game is making a comeback in the Midwest. In this conversation, we visit with the coach of the University of Missouri's new chess team, and hear how a Kansas City organization is using chess tournaments to help promote self-esteem and good conduct to local students. Cristian Chirila , chess coach, University of Missouri Lee Bohannon , longtime LINC employee & chess
Mar 11, 2019
Seg. 1: Cajun Cuisine. Seg. 2: Food Critics: The Best Cinnamon Rolls
Segment 1: The culinary connection between New Orleans and Kansas City. Andrea Broomfield offers us a look at Cajun cuisine and its historical ties to Kansas City. Then, chef Israel England tells us the secret to rich and delicious gumbo. Andrea Broomfield, Food Historian and Professor Israel England, Owner and Executive Chef of Kansas City Cajun Segment 2, (beginning at 18:24): McLain’s and the best cinnamon rolls in Kansas City Charles Ferruzza and producer Sylvia Maria Gross enjoy cinnamon rolls fresh out of the oven from McLain’s bakery. This kicks off our critics segment where we discuss the best cinnamon rolls Kansas City has to offer. Jill Silva, Jill Silva Food Jenny Vergara, Feast Magazine Carlton Logan , KCfoodguys Charles Feruzza , Food Critic
Mar 08, 2019
Seg. 1: Women Ranchers. Seg. 2: Economics Of Beer
Segment 1: Kansas women share stories of life on the range. More women are running ranches in America, according to a recent New York Times article . So what does that phenomenon look like in Kansas? In this conversation, we hear stories out on the range from female ranchers in the heart of America. Gwen Hoy , owner, Flying W Ranch Jacqueline Smith , owner, Central Grazing Co . Barb Downey , president, Kansas Livestock Association Segment 2, beginning at 33:20: Is Kansas City overflowing with breweries? Kansas City is home to more than 30 microbreweries, with more to open in 2019. Are we going to experience a beer bubble? We ask a beer economist to find out. Bart Watson , chief economist, Brewers Association
Mar 07, 2019
Seg. 1: Cell Phone Addiction. Seg. 2: Neanderthal Jewelry (R)
Segment 1: Are you using your phone to read this? Us too. A cell phone today is basically just as important as our wallet and keys; we do not want to leave the house without it. But is this reliance actually an addiction? We talk with parents and smartphone users about why phones are so addictive and how they are affecting our moods, motivations, and parenting. Ian Sherr , author, " Your kids hate your smartphone addiction " Tracy Foster , co-founder, Stand Together and Rethink Technology ( START ) Segment 2, beginning at 30:34: Think Neanderthals were dumb? Think again. Hear the story of how a KU professor discovered that Neanderthals adorned their bodies with jewelry made out of eagles' talons. David Frayer , Professor, Department of Anthropology at KU
Mar 06, 2019
Seg. 1: LGBTQ Issues In The Methodist Church. Seg. 2: Worst Winter Ever?
Segment 1: The United Methodist Church is experiencing a rift among its members over LGBTQ issues. Last week, the United Methodist Church voted to keep bans on same-sex marriage and LGBTQ clergy, a controversial decision that exposes a divide between traditionalists and progressives. In this conversation, we talk to local members of the Methodist community about the vote's implications, their reactions, and what this means for the future of the Methodist Church. Mark Holland , executive director, Mainstream UMC Jim Brandt , professor of historical theology and director of contextual education, Saint Paul School of Theology Adam Hamilton , senior pastor and founder, United Methodist Church of the Resurrection Nanette Roberts , pastor, Grace United Methodist Segment 2, beginning at 38:18: Snow storms and sub-zero temperatures — Kansas City just can't seem to shake what seems to be an extra fierce winter. Why is that? Although it's March, it seems like this winter will never end. To
Mar 05, 2019
Seg. 1: The Jokes Show. Seg. 2: Bibliofiles: Humor
Segment 1: If laughter is the best medicine, can a doctor write a prescription for a joke? In this conversation, we break down what makes a successful joke, and invite listeners to share a few wisecracks. Dan Margolies , pun enthusiast, KCUR's health and legal affairs editor Ameerah Sanders , stand-up comedian Segment 2, beginning at 18:49: Books that tickle the funny bone. The Ancient Greeks say comedy is one of the two pillars of storytelling; humor is still a big part of literature today. The Bibliofiles run through their list of recommendations of books that will make you LOL. Kaite Stover "Good Omens" by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett "Honey, Hush: An Anthology of African American Women's Humor" edited by Daryl Cumber Dance "Last Cattle Drive" by Robert Day "New Hampshire" by Keith Jennison "Bosspyants" by Tina Fe Jeffrey Ann Goudie "Today Will Be Different" by Maria Semple "Going Into Town: A Love Letter to New York" by Roz Chast "Where'd You Go Bernadette" by Maria Semple Mark
Mar 04, 2019
Seg. 1: Kevin Willmott's Acceptance Speech. Seg. 2: Hermon Mehari. Seg. 3: Paula Saunders
Segment 1: Kevin Willmott delivers his acceptance speech. Kevin Willmott won an Oscar for BlacKkKlansman in the category of Best Adapted Screenplay. But he did not give an acceptance speech at the awards ceremony. We've remedied that. Kevin Willmott , filmmaker and KU professor of film and media studies Segment 2, beginning at 10:14: Jazz trumpeter Hermon Mehari comes home. Hermon Mehari's left us for Paris. On a trip back to Kansas City to perform, he stopped by KCUR to talk about his childhood in Jefferson City, his parents' journey from Eritrea, how he fell in love with the trumpet, what he learned from Bobby Watson, and how his life has changed since crossing the Atlantic. Hermon Mehari , Jazz trumpeter Segment 3, beginning at 40:14: Singer Paula Saunders on the origins of her "churchy" vocal stylings. Paula Saunders is one of three jazz vocalists featured in a weekend-long program at the American Jazz Museum . She talks about the joys and challenges of being a career musician in
Mar 01, 2019
Seg. 1: Boomer Entrepreneurs. Seg. 2: Terry Teachout
Segment 1: More baby boomers are choosing to open up their own businesses. Retirement? Not for these people. Despite the trope of the young, millennial entrepreneur, research shows that people between 55 and 64 make up about a quarter of new entrepreneurs. In this conversation, we talk with an author who's reported on this trend and a 69-year-old businessowner who's living it. Chris Farrell , author of "Purpose and a Paycheck" and senior economics contributor, Marketplace Morning Report Bob Etzel, CEO and founder, Nascent Stage Research and Development Segment 2, beginning at 28:29: Wall Street Journal art critic comes home. Before becoming the resident art critic at the Wall Street Journal, Terry Teachout grew up in a small town in Missouri. He talks to us about his roots, art, and career as a writer. Terry Teachout , drama critic, Wall Street Journal
Feb 28, 2019
Seg. 1: Missouri Teacher Pay. Seg. 2: Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon
Segment 1: Teacher pay in Missouri comes in almost dead last compared to the other 50 states. Missouri places 49th in a study ranking teacher pay state-by-state. In this conversation, we discuss why that is and look into how the issue affects local educators. Jessica Piper , high school teacher in Maryville, Missouri Aurora Meyer , spokesperson, Missouri State Teachers Association Elle Moxley , KCUR's education reporter Segment 2, beginning at 40:00: Local 'Edit-A-Thon' helps increase number of online articles about African American artists from Kansas City. Wikipedia offers a breadth of knowledge, with one catch: all of their articles are written by everyday volunteers. So how do you drum up support for subjects that don't necessarily get the digital attention they deserve? Amelia Nelson , Head of Library and Archives, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Feb 26, 2019
Seg. 1: Rare Diseases. Seg. 2: Respect The River
Segment 1: A Kansas City non-profit is advocating for people with rare diseases. When you have a disease that's common, you can expect a swift diagnosis and a level of understanding from friends and family. But that might not be the case if your condition is rarely seen and little-understood, even by medical professionals. Hear about the obstacles facing patients with rare diseases and their families Janell Ridenour , physician's assistant & parent of a child with Rubenstein-Taybi Angela Van Batavia , diagnosed with Common Variable Immunodeficiency Kelly Ranallo , founder, RareKC Segment 2, beginning at 37:41: How Kansas City fell out of love with the river that runs through it, and the researcher who wants to help us fall in love again. When Amahia Mallea was writing a dissertation about the Missouri River, she tried to ride her bike along it; she discovered that although Kansas City shaped and was shaped by the river, it was almost impossible to access. Her attempt to understand
Feb 25, 2019
Seg. 1: Regional Pizzas. Seg. 2: Best Pizza in Kansas City
Segment 1: What makes regional pizza styles unique? What makes a pizza Neapolitan? Where does one draw the line between St. Louis and New York style pies? We talk with pizza chef Brent Gunnels about these distinctions. Plus, Celisa Calacal gives us a look at a local pizzeria which champions Kansas City's own style of pizza. Brent Gunnels , Chef and Entrepreneur Jayson Eggers , Chef and Owner at Long-Bell Pizza Co. Aaron Mulder , Chef and Owner at Long-Bell Pizza Co. Segment 2, beginning at 21:14: Central Standard’s food critics highlight the best pizzas in Kansas City. Our food critics bring us their favorite pies around town. Though crust, sauce, and toppings differ, these slices are a cut above the rest. Mary Bloch, Around the Block Jenny Vergara , Feast Magazine Kasim Hardaway , food stylist and influencer
Feb 22, 2019
Seg. 1: Humorists Vs. Religion. Seg. 2: Wrestling In KC
Segment 1: A historic look at the conflict between faith and satire. From court jesters of the medieval era to comedians of the modern day, humor and religion haven't exactly been the best of friends. In this conversation, a University of Kansas professor recounts a long history of standoffs between faith and wit. Iain Ellis , author, Humorists vs. Religion: Critical Voices from Mark Twain to Neil DeGrasse Tyson Segment 2, beginning at 36:35: Pro wrestling in Kansas City. The personalities, matches, and advertising of wrestling is a larger-than-life phenomenon. And the sport is making something of a grassroots resurgence in Kansas City. So what's it all about? Kraig Keesaman , professional wrestler, a.k.a. "Niles Plonk" Walter Fulbright , co-owner, Journey Pro KC Space Age Love Song, a pro wrestling event, takes place Thursday, February 21 at 7:30 p.m. at Kanza Hall. For ticketing and more information, visit JourneyProKC.com .
Feb 21, 2019
Seg. 1: Glenn North On Community Healing. Seg. 2: I Remember 12th Street
Segment 1: How black cultural institutions can serve as a place for community healing. It's no secret that Kansas City still bears scars of redlining and segregation, but it's not exactly something you bring up at a party either. So how do we have these important discussions to help our community move forward? A local poet has ideas. Glenn North, poet and Director of Public Programs and Events, Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center Segment 2, beginning at 33:50: The historic importance of Kansas City's 12th Street. In the early-to-mid 1900's, Kansas City's 12th Street was an entertainment hub and bustling marketplace for the African American community. It was more than just a street. In this conversation, we visit with the filmmakers of I Remember 12th Street , a documentary that preserves the stories of a place that shaped Kansas City. Rodney Thompson , filmmaker Stinson McClendon , filmmaker I Remember 12th Street will screen at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art on Saturday, March
Feb 20, 2019
Seg. 1: What Is Populism? Seg. 2: Eddie Moore
Segment 1: The word 'populism' is being used more and more in national headlines. So what does it mean? Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Donald Trump are all running for president in 2020. While these candidates may not have much in common, media outlets use one word to describe all of them again and again: populist. In this conversation, we look at what defines populism, and what that word means for politics in both America and abroad. Debra Leiter , assistant political science professor, University of Missouri-Kansas City Uri Friedman , staff writer, The Atlantic Segment 2, beginning at 34:45: Meet a Kansas City musician who infuses jazz with hip-hop. There's a ton of ways to describe music such as genres like jazz, hip-hop, and rock. But local artist Eddie Moore prefers to label his style as "rolling down a hill on a bike with no brakes." Find out why. Eddie Moore, jazz pianist and band leader, We The People We The People will perform at the Blue Room Jazz Club at 8:30 p.m. on
Feb 19, 2019
Seg. 1: Abuse In Churches. Seg. 2: Health And Wellness Librarian
Segment 1: What are local churches doing to prevent and report abuse? Abuse in the church is a particular kind of betrayal. And it's an issue church-goers everywhere are wrestling with after news in Texas broke of pastors who could still find work despite long histories of sexual abuse allegations. In this conversation, we hear how local survivors, clergy, and advocates are responding to these stories. Emily Jaeger , blogger, Finding God's Gifts Stephanie Krehbiel , executive director, Into Account Cheryl Jefferson Bell , associate pastor, United Methodist Church of the Resurrection Melanie Austin , Director of Education, MOCSA Segment 2, beginning at 36:14: What exactly is a "health and wellness" librarian? Librarians in pop culture are generally portrayed as a strict academic type, haunting aisles of bookshelves telling people to "Shh!" But a new librarian in town roundhouse kicks that stereotype by coordinating exercise and health education programs with the Kansas City Public
Feb 18, 2019
Seg. 1: Camp Magazine. Seg. 2: Running Superman Retires. Seg. 3: Teen Activism
Segment 1: Community newspaper check-in with Camp Magazine. From a continent-wide softball competition, to a ‘rainbow wave’ in local government — there’s a lot of news in Kansas City’s LGBTQ community. We visit with the editor of Camp Magazine, to take a look at recent headlines. John Long , editorial director, Camp Magazine Segment 2, beginning at 13:20: A local icon hangs up his cape. Chances are if you've traveled around Midtown or visited a local sporting event, you've seen a man with a cape running around, spreading messages of love. That's Kansas City's own Superman, Michael Wheeler, who will be retiring his cape this month. We hear Wheeler's story about becoming a local icon, as well as stories from Kansas Citians who were inspired by his outreach. Michael Wheeler , Kansas City's Superman Melissa Martin , compiling a photo book of pictures taken with Wheeler Have you taken a photo with Kansas City's running Superman (Michael Wheeler) and would like to share it? If so, email your
Feb 14, 2019