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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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Seg. 1: Baby Zoo Animals. Seg. 2: Chris Good. Seg. 3: Female Impersonation In Pendergast Era
Segment 1: Fight the winter blues with adorable baby animals. The Kansas City Zoo welcomed a baby king penguin named Blizzard. We hear about how Blizzard and other new babies are doing, along with the ways animals are "encouraged" to mate. Sean Putney , Senior Director of Zoological Operations, Kansas City Zoo Segment 2, beginning at 16:30: Kansas City filmmaker's latest work selected for Sundance Film Festival. Crude Oil , a short film by local filmmaker Chris Good, will debut in the Sundance Film Festival. He tells us how he makes his "aggressively stylized" films accessible by casting his friends and other KC natives. Chris Good , filmmaker Segment 3, beginning at 34:06: Female impersonation in the Pendergast era. "Wide-Open Town: Kansas City in the Pendergast Era" is a new book exploring the ripple effect Pendergast had on far-flung aspects of our city's culture. When nightclubs and caberets across the country shut down performances from female impersonators during Prohibition, the
Jan 22, 2019
Portrait Session With SuEllen Fried
SuEllen Fried wanted to dance. She never anticipated this passion would lead her to a life of advocacy for child-abuse prevention and prison reform. By working with patients through dance therapy, she developed a focus on bullying in early childhood . She has co-authored three books on the subject and travels around the nation advocating practical steps in prevention and promoting awareness. This hour-long interview is the latest installment in our Portrait Session series. SuEllen Fried, prison reform activist, author, and public speaker
Jan 18, 2019
Seg. 1: Smoking & Vaping Culture. Seg. 2: Carmaletta Williams
Segment 1: Cultural shifts in smoking and vaping. With smoking banned in most public places — and vaping on the rise among teens — we look at the changing nature of smoking culture. Chris Young , millennial smoker and KCUR assistant event producer Kevin Kufeldt , program manager, Adolescent Center for Treatment at the Johnson County Mental Health Center Segment 2, beginning at 33:30: Meet the new director of an organization dedicated to preserving local history. The Black Archives of Mid-America in Kansas City has named Carmaletta Williams as their new executive director. We visit with Williams about her plans to breathe new life into the organization and to connect history with contemporary conversations. Carmaletta "Dr. Carma" Williams , executive director, Black Archives of Mid-America in Kansas City
Jan 18, 2019
Seg. 1: Pre-K For All? Seg. 2: Chiefs Nation
Segment 1: The debate over free pre-kindergarten. At face value, the idea of universal preschool sounds great. And that's exactly what Kansas City Mayor Sly James is trying to accomplish with his proposal calling for a sales tax to fund it. But he's facing quite a bit of opposition, notably from the local school districts. Mayor James joins us to lay out his plan, and then school superintendent Dan Clemens explains his concerns with the proposal. ​Sly James ​ ​, Mayor of Kansas City, Missouri ​Dr. Dan Clemens ​, Superintendent of North Kansas City Schools Segment 2, beginning at 34:15: What's at stake for the Chiefs this Sunday? ​For the first time in 25 years, the Kansas City Chiefs are headed to the AFC Championship. A long-awaited victory, spanning decades and even generations, is close. So what exactly does this mean, both for the team and the city? Two die-hard Chiefs fans explain. Pete Sweeney ​, editor in chief of Arrowhead Pride Justin Kaufmann ​, brother to host Gina Kaufmann
Jan 16, 2019
Seg. 1: Snow Days. Seg. 2: Passion For Deaning.
Segment 1: Fallout from a snowstorm. From a missing snow-person to more serious issues like coping with school closures from one district to another, Kansas Citians have stories about this crazy snowfall. Plus, KCP&L explains why some people's power comes on faster than others after widespread outages. Angela DeWilde , Start at Zero Andre M. Perry , The Brookings Institution, author of The Route School Buses Take to Equality Taylor Fourt , Hyde Park resident who made (and lost) a 7-foot snow-woman Gina Penzig , Kansas City Power & Light Segment 2, beginning at 23:43: A Haskell dean on borderless classrooms and "unapologetic tribalism." Julia Good Fox, a member of the Pawnee Nation, describes how she landed at Haskell, why it felt like home, and how that informs her passion for both deaning at the school and tweeting about it. This segment originally aired in March, 2018. Julia Good Fox , Dean, College of Natural and Social Sciences at Haskell Indian Nations University
Jan 15, 2019
Seg 1: Orwell's Manifesto. Seg 2: Artist Visits Border.
Segment 1: A KU sociology professor discovers a manifesto by George Orwell. A new book by David Smith, in collaboration with an artist, reveals there's more to Orwell than 1984. Much of the book is devoted to a manifesto Orwell wrote three years before that celebrated novel. It called for an international organization to prevent "psychological warfare." David Smith , author, George Orwell Illustrated Segment 2, beginning at 24:11: Artist discusses recent travels along the US-Mexico border. As the federal government remains shut down due to conflict over budgeting for a wall at the US-Mexico border, a Kansas City artist who crossed that border as a child returns, this time with US citizenship. Hear his story and observations. Israel Garcia , artist and gallery owner, Garcia Squared
Jan 14, 2019
Food Critics: Soups & Stews
Segment 1: Winter restaurant news Best meals of 2018, and the latest openings and expected restaurant arrivals. Segment 2, beginning at 28:24: The best soups and stews around Kansas City Get an inside look at Teocali’s albondigas soup and the people who make it. Also, the critics highlight some of the best soups and stews available this season. Charles Ferruzza , KCUR food critic Mary Bloch , Around the Block Jenny Vergara, Feast Magazine
Jan 11, 2019
Seg. 1: Most Typical Counties. Seg. 2: Block By Block History
Segment 1: Four nearby counties are "the most typical in the U.S." according to recent study. A recent study by Echelon Insights , a research and polling firm based in Washington D.C., ranked the top 25 most typical counties in America. Two on the list include Jackson and Clay county in Missouri, as well as Shawnee and Sedgwick in Kansas, respectively. So what makes us so typical? And what does 'typical' even mean? Patrick Ruffini , partner and co-founder, Echelon Insights Segment 2, beginning at 25:10: Local journalist investigates history of Midtown block by block. When it comes to local history, sometimes it's best to scale down. On this episode, we visit with a local writer who has compiled stories, photographs and memories of individual blocks in Midtown to learn more about our city's past. Mary Jo Draper , editor, Midtown KC Post
Jan 10, 2019
Seg. 1: The Shutdown Show. Seg 2: General Hospital #2.
Segment 1: Kansas City stories about the federal government shutdown. From an entrepreneur whose plans to open his own business have been thwarted, to the federal employee who made the daunting decision to borrow against her pension. Hear stories from Kansas Citians whose lives are in limbo on day 18 of a federal government shutdown. James Stutsman , founder, City Barrel Brewing "Ms. Johnson," federal government employee Sam Zeff , politics reporter, KCUR Segment 2, beginning at 36:30: A new book on the Pendergast era. "Wide-Open Town: Kansas City in the Pendergast Era" is a new book exploring the ripple effect Pendergast had on far-flung aspects of our city's culture. In this conversation, how Pendergast's need for support from black voters translated to support for a black public hospital in Kanas City, staffed by black medical professionals and serving black patients. Jason Roe , digital history specialist, Kansas City Public Library
Jan 09, 2019
Seg. 1: Minimum Wage. Seg. 2: K-State Cyber Defense Club
Segment 1: The local impact of a minimum wage increase. In November, 62% of Missouri voters supported Proposition B , a measure to raise the minimum wage across the state, gradually, to $12 an hour by 2023. On this episode, we explore what happens to local economies when the minimum wage increases and its societal effects. Ben Zipperer , economist, Economic Policy Institute Fran Marion , line cook and member of Stand Up KC Segment 2, beginning at 33:17: K-State club takes second place in National cyber defense competition. There are a plethora of after school activities: drama, photography, soccer, basketball — the list goes on. So why not cyber security? We learn about a club at K-State that took top honors in the U.S. Department of Energy's 2018 CyberForce Competition. BreAnn Anshutz , president, K-State Cyber Defense Club
Jan 08, 2019
Kansas City Homicides In 2018
There were more than 200 homicides in the Kansas City metro area in 2018. That's a big number, but it also constitutes a 10% drop from the previous year's count. What the numbers tell us and what they miss when it comes to homicide, plus insights into what we ought to pay more attention to when we talk about violent crime in our communities. Chris Haxel , KCUR's Guns & America reporter Rosilyn Temple , director, KC chapter of Mothers in Charge Damon Daniel , president, Ad Hoc Group Against Crime Sgt. Robert Gibbs , Kansas City police officer and liaison, No Violence Alliance
Jan 07, 2019
Seg. 1: Aaron Wrinkle. Seg. 2: Renée Stout. Seg. 3: The Freedom Affair.
Segment 1: Missouri native lands first exhibit at the Nerman Museum. Aaron Wrinkle returns to his roots as a painter in the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art's exhibit " Pulse ." Wrinkle has spent his recent years in and around Los Angeles exploring conceptual art through a variety of mediums. A graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute, this is Wrinkle's first museum exhibit. Aaron Wrinkle , artist Segment 2, beginning at 17:21: Renée Stout's career as an artist is on display at the Belger Arts Center. The Women's Caucus of Art recently awarded sculptor and artist Renée Stout their Lifetime Achievement Award. " Church of the Crossroads ," now on display at the Belger Arts Center, is a collection of "conjured" pieces that span the length of her career as an artist. Renée Stout , artist Segment 3, beginning at 37:16: New soul group The Freedom Affair splashes onto the Kansas City music scene. The Freedom Affair is a recently-formed soul band featuring three lead vocalists and a six
Jan 04, 2019
Seg. 1: Space Lawyer. Seg. 2: Instagrammers Of Kansas City
Segment 1: Local lawyer finds a niche in space law. Space is an exciting new frontier challenging humanity to advance in math, science, and engineering. But what is it mean for advances in the law. Who owns space? We hear from a Kansas City lawyer who has made a name for himself in dealing with the ownership of objects originating from space. Chris McHugh , lawyer Segment 2, beginning at 15:25: Instagram stars of Kansas City. Get enough followers on Instagram and you could be paid to advertise products in your posts. It's a phenomenon that "regular" people with thousands of social media followers are experiencing. On this episode, we visit with three local Instagram influencers to discuss how their social savviness created both careers and communities. Kasim Hardaway , @kasimjhardaway Patience Randle , @inkandfable Kaley Kocinski , @kaleyfromkansas
Jan 03, 2019
Seg. 1: Mark Twain's Favorite Food. Seg. 2: Nick Vedros
Segment 1: Mark Twain's love letter to American cuisine. Samuel Clemens, AKA Mark Twain, was an avid writer and traveler. He was also a champion of America's regional foods. While homesick in Europe, he wrote an extensive list of the foods he missed, like prairie hen and peach cobbler. On this episode, we speak with the author who's been following in Twain's culinary footsteps, first for a book in 2011, and now for a podcast. Andrew Beahrs , author, Twain's Feast Segment 2, beginning at 36:17: A local photographer in a survey of American portraiture. Kansas City's Nick Vedros is one of just 9 living photographers in an exhibit showcasing the great American portrait photography of the past century. Hear the stories behind both photos included in the show: one of George Brett, one of James Earl Jones. Nick Vedros , photographer Portraits Americana: A Brief Survey of American Portrait Photography is on display at the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art through January 6. For more information,
Jan 02, 2019
Portrait Session With Alejandro Sánchez Alvarado
Originally from Caracas, Venezuela, Alejandro Sánchez Alvarado is a medical researcher at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research in Kansas City. We spoke with him about his start in biology, learning English through public radio, and his current research regenerating dead cells . This hour-long interview marks the latest installment of our Portrait Sessions. Alejandro Sánchez Alvarado , investigator, Stowers Institute for Medical Research
Dec 21, 2018
Seg. 1: Social Media Fasting. Seg. 2: Shopping Local.
Segment 1: What would we be doing if we weren't on Facebook? #LogOutFacebook has gained a lot of momentum after news that security breaches specifically targeted people of color. The movement calls for people to boycott Facebook for a week. So what happens with all that extra time? It may not be as life-changing as one would hope. Chandelis Duster , digital reporter, NBC News and MSNBC Jeff Hall , professor of communication studies, University of Kansas Segment 2, beginning at 37:41: Holiday shopping at local businesses. We speak with an indie craft fair owner about the best local spots to get handmade gifts for everyone this holiday season. Katie Mabry van Dieren , curator and owner, The Strawberry Swing
Dec 20, 2018
Seg. 1: Performances of Tru at Prospero's. Seg. 2: Bibliofiles: 2018's Best Non-Fiction.
Segment 1: A bookstore stage for a literary legend. Tru is a one-man production about writer Truman Capote's lonely Christmas in 1975. We speak with the actor about preparing for the role and what he has learned about Capote's character. The play is on at Prospero's Books until December 30th . Will Leathem , owner, Prospero's Books Philip blue owl Hooser , actor Segment 2, beginning at 14:40: The best of non-fiction in 2018. We talk with the Bibliofiles about their favorite non-fiction books in 2018. Common themes include self-help books "with attitude," political tomes, and meditations on female friendships. Mark Luce , The Barstow School "Let's Go (So We Can Get Back): A Memoir of Recording and Discording with Wilco, Etc." by Jeff Tweedy "Basketball: A Love Story" by Jackie MacMullan, Rafe Bartholomew, and Dan Klores "All the Pieces Matter: The Inside Story of The Wire" by Jonathan Abrams "Brief Answers to the Big Questions" by Stephen Hawking Jeffrey Ann Goudie , freelance
Dec 19, 2018
Seg. 1: The Sugar Plum Fairy. Seg. 2: Black Privilege App. Seg. 3: JC Gregg.
Segment 1: Kansas City Ballet's first black Sugar Plum Fairy. Ballerina Whitney Huell is making history as the first African-American woman to play the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Kansas City Ballet's version of The Nutcracker. We talk with her about her career and what it means to have dancers of color on the stage in lead roles. Whitney Huell , ballerina, Kansas City Ballet Segment 2, beginning at 17:50: Checking in with a new app to connect people with black-owned businesses. An app that's something of a mix between LinkedIn and Yelp is hoping to bridge the entrepreneurial gap by connecting members of the community with black-owned businesses. After launching six months ago in Kansas City, we hear about their progress and larger goals. Reginald Gray , executive director, Black Privilege app Segment 3, beginning at 37:07: Meet a home baker who puts his own spin on classic French desserts. He's a self-taught baker who competed on "The Great American Baking Show." Hear JC Gregg's story —
Dec 18, 2018
Seg. 1: Holocaust Education. Seg. 2: Molly Krause
Segment 1: Education and the Holocaust. What's the best way to preserve the memories and lessons of a really painful past? We'll hear from two people working to educate adults and kids alike on personal histories from the Holocaust. Steve Cole , second-generation speaker, Midwest Center for Holocaust Education Jenny Buchanan , history teacher, Blue Valley High School Segment 2, beginning at 32:57: Local author reflects on experience of losing father to AIDS. Topeka native Molly Krause was in high school before she learned that the reason her parents divorced was because her dad was gay. Over the next ten years, she would try to get to know him, but he died from AIDS when Molly was in her twenties. Her new memoir, Float On , tells the story of her complex family that stood out from others around them. Molly Krause , author, Float On: A Memoir
Dec 17, 2018
Food Critics: Steak
Segment 1: Deciphering different cuts of steak. What's a ribeye? A filet mignon? A tenderloin? We talk with a local butcher about the differences in cuts of meat. Mike McGonigle , owner, McGonigle's Market Segment 2, beginning at 14:23: Where to get the best steak. Kansas City’s reputation as a cow town has birthed a rich barbeque culture, but also supplies delicious steak dinners. The food critics discuss their favorite cuts and the best spots around town to get a hearty steak. Mary Bloch , Around the Block Charles Ferruzza , KCUR food critic Jenny Vergara , Feast Magazine
Dec 17, 2018