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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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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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Gina Kauffman is a Great Interviewer

By KC Ray - Dec 01 2017
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I'm a regular listener to Up to Date with Steve Kraske, which lead me to start listening to C.S. I got hooked for a couple of reasons: 1) the interesting subjects on the show and 2) Gina K is a Great Interviewer! She asks the questions I would want to know, is quick with relevant follow-up questions and 3) SHE STAYS OUT OF THE GUESTS' WAY when they are responding!

Local favorite

By KarlyKo - Jul 16 2017
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I just moved to the Kansas City area and quickly found Central Standard on the NPR station. I look forward to listening throughout the work week, and I'm happy that I can download episodes later if I miss them! Gina Kaufman is a great host: she facilitates discussion and politely pushes guests on answers for more interesting stuff

iTunes Ratings

30 Ratings
Average Ratings
22
7
0
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1

Gina Kauffman is a Great Interviewer

By KC Ray - Dec 01 2017
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I'm a regular listener to Up to Date with Steve Kraske, which lead me to start listening to C.S. I got hooked for a couple of reasons: 1) the interesting subjects on the show and 2) Gina K is a Great Interviewer! She asks the questions I would want to know, is quick with relevant follow-up questions and 3) SHE STAYS OUT OF THE GUESTS' WAY when they are responding!

Local favorite

By KarlyKo - Jul 16 2017
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I just moved to the Kansas City area and quickly found Central Standard on the NPR station. I look forward to listening throughout the work week, and I'm happy that I can download episodes later if I miss them! Gina Kaufman is a great host: she facilitates discussion and politely pushes guests on answers for more interesting stuff

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Central Standard

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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.

Seg. 1: MLK Park | Seg. 2: Understanding Arrogance

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Segment 1: Kansas City does have something named for Martin Luther King, Junior. A month after Martin Luther King's name was voted off of a major boulevard, a cleaning effort is underway at a long-neglected park named after the civil rights icon. The park's been dedicated to King since 1978. Donald Rankins , site administrator, Martin Luther King Jr. Square Park Michelle Tyrene Johnson , Race, Identity & Culture reporter, KCUR Segment 2: A new study from MU reveals three types of arrogance, and six levels of it. Arrogance has never really been studied, in part because there hasn't been a shared understanding of what it even is. A scholar at the University of Missouri has taken the first step toward changing that. Nelson Cowan , professor, University of Missouri Department of Psychological Sciences

Dec 02 2019

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Seg. 1: Female Fire Chief | Seg. 2: Paying For News | Seg. 3: Bison

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Segment 1: What it's like to be the first woman in charge at the Kansas City Fire Department. As Donna Maize takes over as Fire Chief, she makes Kansas City history and achieves a lifelong dream. Donna Maize , fire chief, Kansas City Fire Department Segment 2, beginning at 18:30: How a paywall is changing everything for the Shawnee Mission Post. As newspapers struggle for subscribers across the country, a news site in Johnson County has only grown since asking readers to pay. Jay Senter , editor/founder, Shawnee Mission Post Segment 3, beginning at 36:35: 10 years ago, they welcomed 13 bison. Today, they have 100. Seeing bison out on the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve in the Flint Hills may feel natural, but it wouldn't have happened without human intervention. Paula Matile , conservation specialist, The Nature Conservancy

Nov 27 2019

49mins

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Seg. 1: Heidi Gardner | Seg. 2: My Fellow Kansans

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Segment 1: A Kansas City native's take on being a Saturday Night Live cast member in 2019. On a visit home, Heidi Gardner discusses her roots in Kansas City, her most popular characters and what it's like to respond to today's news with humor. Heidi Gardner , cast member, Saturday Night Live Segment 2, beginning at 25:30: Episode 4, Season 2, My Fellow Kansans . We continue sharing weekly installments of this podcast from the Kansas News Service. In this episode, we take a hard look at the hospitals that are closing in rural Kansas.

Nov 26 2019

49mins

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Food Critics: The Best Duck Dishes In Kansas City In 2019

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Yes, Kansas City is known for its chicken — whether it's fried , barbecued or one ingredient of many . What about the other birds out there, though? On the Friday before Thanksgiving, KCUR's food critics took a moment to consider not just turkey but also grouse, quail, pheasant and duck. Especially duck. "Pheasant, quail and squab should all be on this list," said Mary Bloch. "But duck seems to be more favored." "I like to refer to ducks as beef that fly," said wild game expert James Worley. "Duck breast is very similar to a steak."

Nov 24 2019

49mins

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The Biggest Kansas City Restaurant News Of Fall 2019

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As evidenced by recent openings, closings and bankruptcies , the Kansas City restaurant scene is extremely competitive right now. "Lots of players are competing for the same dollars, employees and customers," said KCUR Food Critic Jenny Vergara. "Only the strongest operators will survive." Friday on KCUR's Central Standard , Vergara, Liz Cook and Mary Bloch shared the most important food stories in Kansas City from the past few months.

Nov 23 2019

49mins

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Seg. 1: Car City | Seg. 2: Bisexuality & Aging

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Segment 1: If Kansas City wants to go green, we have to drive less. Can we do it? Transportation is the biggest source of carbon dioxide emissions in the United States, with most of that coming from cars and trucks, but how realistic is it to expect people to break up with their cars in a city that was built for the automobile? Angie Schmitt , author, We Can't Stop Global Warming Without Reducing Driving Michael Wells , Missouri Valley Special Collections Librarian, Kansas City Public Library Daniel Serda , city planner, LISC Segment 2, beginning at 39:22: KU was a part of the first international study on how bisexual identity intersects with the ageing process. Understanding why older bisexual adults have higher rates of health problems—like depression and anxiety—is personal for Sarah Jen. Sarah Jen , assistant professor, University of Kansas School of Social Welfare

Nov 18 2019

49mins

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Seg. 1: Foreign Service | Seg. 2: Slow Travel

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Segment 1: What aspiring Foreign Service Officers from Kansas City are taking away from the impeachment hearings. Recent congressional hearings have put Foreign Service Officers in the spotlight. How do their jobs now look to those hoping to one day be like them? Mia Richardson , volunteer, Peace Corps in North Macedonia Jack Still , junior, William Jewell College Segment 2, beginning at 34:48: When your bike is also your traveling companion. A local biker, who documents her solo bike trips on Instagram , recently won a train trip from Amtrak to take her bike with her to West Virginia. Kim Horgan , local biker and instagrammer, Kansas City

Nov 25 2019

50mins

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Seg. 1: Climate Change Inequality | Seg. 2: Crochet Lady | Seg. 3: Kansas Rice Farm

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Segment 1: Climate change affects people unequally. We talk about what this inequality looks like when it comes to housing, the needs of low-income residents, and more. Richard Mabion, Founder, Building A Sustainable Earth Community Tom Jacobs, Environmental Programs Director, Mid-America Regional Council Segment 2, beginning at 28:10: A KU student went viral for crocheting at a football game. She was just there to see a professor accept an award that she had nominated him for, but ESPN turned her into an internet sensation. Hailey Solomon, Civil Engineering Senior, KU Segment 3, beginning at 32:10: The first-known rice to be grown in Kansas is in Franklin County. Koji Nakao grew up outside of Hiroshima to a family that wasn't wealthy enough to grow rice. To make up for lost time, he and his wife, Susan, are now experimenting with their own rice paddies. Susan Nakao, rice grower, Kansas

Nov 07 2019

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Food Critics: The Best Rice Dishes In Kansas City In 2019

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The Kansas City food scene is more international than it used to be, and whatever else might be in those global dishes, the key to a lot of them is rice.

Nov 09 2019

49mins

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Seg 1: Best Birds | Seg. 2: Fall Restaurant News

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Segment 1: Thanksgiving's got us thinking about turkey (and duck and quail and pheasant). Hunters and chefs are making plans for fall birds. From the key to a good brine to the effect of flooding on duck season, we get the inside story. Plus, the food critics help us find the best places to go in Kansas City for the fowl-less-eaten. Charles D'Ablaing , owner, Brookside Poultry Company James Worley , outdoorsman, conservationist, squirrel-grilling champion, self-described tomato whisperer Jenny Vergara , contributing editor, Feast Magazine Liz Cook , food critic, The Pitch Mary Bloch , food critic, Central Standard Segment 2: The food critics discuss the biggest restaurant stories this season. Some exciting new places have opened this fall and Central Standard's food critics let us in on their favorites. But it's also been a season of goodbyes: what the most surprising restaurants closings of the past few months say about the dining culture in Kansas City. Jenny Vergara , contributing

Nov 22 2019

49mins

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Danny Cox (Repeat)

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The life story of a Kansas City folk musician and civil rights icon. From freedom songs to commercial jingles ("the grass pad's high on grass"), Danny Cox has been a reconigzable Kansas City voice for decades. But his introduction to the city was also an introduction to our history with segregation and racism. This show originally aired in 2015. Danny Cox , musician

Dec 13 2019

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Best Books We Read In 2019

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Enjoy this guide to the best books read by our Bibliofiles and KCUR staffers in 2019. The books that matter most as we look back on the year aren't always the books that were published this year. It's the ones we actually read. This collection of compelling reads is mostly recent, but runs the gamut, providing lots of options as you make your own reading list for 2020. Bonus: find out which of our panelists is a "Jo" and which is an "Amy" (as interpreted through the lens of Little Women). Kaite Stover , director of readers' services, The Kansas City Public Library Mark Luce , teacher at the Barstow School and lecturer at the University of Kansas Jeffrey Ann Goudie , freelance writer and book reviewer Melody Rowell , producer, Central Standard CJ Janovy , digital managing editor, KCUR Erica Hunzinger , news editor for the Kansas News Service and Missouri politics editor for KCUR Dan Margolies , health and legal affairs editor, KCUR

Dec 11 2019

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Seg. 1: Remembering Tiberius Klausner | Seg. 2: My Fellow Kansans

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(audio) Segment 1: He came to Kansas City as the youngest concertmaster in the country in the 1950s; he died this year, leaving a poweful legacy behind. Before calling Kansas City his home for 64 years, Romanian-born Tiberius Klausner's life intersected dramatically with 20th century geopolitics. His obituary tells quite the tale of a talented young Jewish man born in Romania, with World War II on the horizon. He fell in love with gypsy violin music, and his violin got him out from behind the iron curtain. Bill McGlaughlin , former music director, Kansas City Symphony Segment 2: Episode 6, Season 2, My Fellow Kansans . This season of the podcast concludes with a trip to Dodge City.

Dec 10 2019

49mins

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Holiday Hosting Tips

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How to impress this holiday season without driving yourself nuts. Our expert Kansas City hosts include a restaurateur who feeds people like they're her personal dinner guests and a bartender who makes strangers feel like friends. Chrissy Nucum , owner, KC Pinoy Susan Avery , bartender, Cafe Europa

Dec 06 2019

31mins

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Seg. 1: Greta Of Lawrence | Seg. 2: Charlie Mylie's Book | Seg. 3: Tuba World Record

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Segment 1: Morgan Orozco is a sixteen-year old who's playing an active part in local government. Sick of waiting for adults to do something about climate change, this high schooler is taking matters into her own hands. Morgan Orozco , Sustainability Advisory Board member, City of Lawrence; vice chair, Kansas High School Democrats Segment 2, beginning at 23:16: A tale of mice, friendship and what's really important. Charlie Mylie is out with his first children's book, Something For You . But Kansas Citians may already know him from a past project where he dressed in gold and went to different locations promising to draw anything patrons requested. Charlie Mylie , author/illustrator, Something for You Segment 3, beginning at 42:38: Kansas City holds the world record for largest tuba ensemble. The Kansas City Symphony beat out the competition for the Guinness World Record with a whopping 835 tubas in December 2018 during the annual TubaChristmas event. Stephanie Brimhall , education

Dec 05 2019

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Seg. 1: Artist Apartments | Seg. 2: My Fellow Kansans

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Segment 1: Why attracting artists is a goal for a new affordable-housing complex. Pendleton Arts Block is a new project unfolding in the historic Northeast, providing affordable housing with an eye toward attracting artists. Because of competitive grant funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the effort to transform this block is happening on a national stage. This is a discussion about what affordable housing means for artists, and for the ecosystem of a city. David Brint , principal and co-founder, Brinshore Patrick Sisson , senior reporter, Curbed Segment 2, beginning at 24:30: Episode 5, Season 2, My Fellow Kansans . In our latest weekly installment of a podcast from the Kansas News Service, a visit to the once-decimated Greensburg, KS, where rebuilding and rebranding have only gotten the town so far.

Dec 03 2019

50mins

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Seg. 1: MLK Park | Seg. 2: Understanding Arrogance

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Segment 1: Kansas City does have something named for Martin Luther King, Junior. A month after Martin Luther King's name was voted off of a major boulevard, a cleaning effort is underway at a long-neglected park named after the civil rights icon. The park's been dedicated to King since 1978. Donald Rankins , site administrator, Martin Luther King Jr. Square Park Michelle Tyrene Johnson , Race, Identity & Culture reporter, KCUR Segment 2: A new study from MU reveals three types of arrogance, and six levels of it. Arrogance has never really been studied, in part because there hasn't been a shared understanding of what it even is. A scholar at the University of Missouri has taken the first step toward changing that. Nelson Cowan , professor, University of Missouri Department of Psychological Sciences

Dec 02 2019

49mins

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Seg. 1: Female Fire Chief | Seg. 2: Paying For News | Seg. 3: Bison

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Segment 1: What it's like to be the first woman in charge at the Kansas City Fire Department. As Donna Maize takes over as Fire Chief, she makes Kansas City history and achieves a lifelong dream. Donna Maize , fire chief, Kansas City Fire Department Segment 2, beginning at 18:30: How a paywall is changing everything for the Shawnee Mission Post. As newspapers struggle for subscribers across the country, a news site in Johnson County has only grown since asking readers to pay. Jay Senter , editor/founder, Shawnee Mission Post Segment 3, beginning at 36:35: 10 years ago, they welcomed 13 bison. Today, they have 100. Seeing bison out on the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve in the Flint Hills may feel natural, but it wouldn't have happened without human intervention. Paula Matile , conservation specialist, The Nature Conservancy

Nov 27 2019

49mins

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Seg. 1: Heidi Gardner | Seg. 2: My Fellow Kansans

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Segment 1: A Kansas City native's take on being a Saturday Night Live cast member in 2019. On a visit home, Heidi Gardner discusses her roots in Kansas City, her most popular characters and what it's like to respond to today's news with humor. Heidi Gardner , cast member, Saturday Night Live Segment 2, beginning at 25:30: Episode 4, Season 2, My Fellow Kansans . We continue sharing weekly installments of this podcast from the Kansas News Service. In this episode, we take a hard look at the hospitals that are closing in rural Kansas.

Nov 26 2019

49mins

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Seg. 1: Foreign Service | Seg. 2: Slow Travel

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Segment 1: What aspiring Foreign Service Officers from Kansas City are taking away from the impeachment hearings. Recent congressional hearings have put Foreign Service Officers in the spotlight. How do their jobs now look to those hoping to one day be like them? Mia Richardson , volunteer, Peace Corps in North Macedonia Jack Still , junior, William Jewell College Segment 2, beginning at 34:48: When your bike is also your traveling companion. A local biker, who documents her solo bike trips on Instagram , recently won a train trip from Amtrak to take her bike with her to West Virginia. Kim Horgan , local biker and instagrammer, Kansas City

Nov 25 2019

50mins

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Food Critics: The Best Duck Dishes In Kansas City In 2019

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Yes, Kansas City is known for its chicken — whether it's fried , barbecued or one ingredient of many . What about the other birds out there, though? On the Friday before Thanksgiving, KCUR's food critics took a moment to consider not just turkey but also grouse, quail, pheasant and duck. Especially duck. "Pheasant, quail and squab should all be on this list," said Mary Bloch. "But duck seems to be more favored." "I like to refer to ducks as beef that fly," said wild game expert James Worley. "Duck breast is very similar to a steak."

Nov 24 2019

49mins

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The Biggest Kansas City Restaurant News Of Fall 2019

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As evidenced by recent openings, closings and bankruptcies , the Kansas City restaurant scene is extremely competitive right now. "Lots of players are competing for the same dollars, employees and customers," said KCUR Food Critic Jenny Vergara. "Only the strongest operators will survive." Friday on KCUR's Central Standard , Vergara, Liz Cook and Mary Bloch shared the most important food stories in Kansas City from the past few months.

Nov 23 2019

49mins

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Seg 1: Best Birds | Seg. 2: Fall Restaurant News

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Segment 1: Thanksgiving's got us thinking about turkey (and duck and quail and pheasant). Hunters and chefs are making plans for fall birds. From the key to a good brine to the effect of flooding on duck season, we get the inside story. Plus, the food critics help us find the best places to go in Kansas City for the fowl-less-eaten. Charles D'Ablaing , owner, Brookside Poultry Company James Worley , outdoorsman, conservationist, squirrel-grilling champion, self-described tomato whisperer Jenny Vergara , contributing editor, Feast Magazine Liz Cook , food critic, The Pitch Mary Bloch , food critic, Central Standard Segment 2: The food critics discuss the biggest restaurant stories this season. Some exciting new places have opened this fall and Central Standard's food critics let us in on their favorites. But it's also been a season of goodbyes: what the most surprising restaurants closings of the past few months say about the dining culture in Kansas City. Jenny Vergara , contributing

Nov 22 2019

49mins

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Seg. 1: Car City | Seg. 2: Bisexuality & Aging

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Segment 1: If Kansas City wants to go green, we have to drive less. Can we do it? Transportation is the biggest source of carbon dioxide emissions in the United States, with most of that coming from cars and trucks, but how realistic is it to expect people to break up with their cars in a city that was built for the automobile? Angie Schmitt , author, We Can't Stop Global Warming Without Reducing Driving Michael Wells , Missouri Valley Special Collections Librarian, Kansas City Public Library Daniel Serda , city planner, LISC Segment 2, beginning at 39:22: KU was a part of the first international study on how bisexual identity intersects with the ageing process. Understanding why older bisexual adults have higher rates of health problems—like depression and anxiety—is personal for Sarah Jen. Sarah Jen , assistant professor, University of Kansas School of Social Welfare

Nov 18 2019

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Seg. 1: College Athletes Profiting | Seg. 2: Hyper-Palatable Foods

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Segment 1: Why former college athletes care that future college athletes might financially benefit from their name and image. Many think statements by the NCAA are a step forward since student athletes bring in millions for their respective universities, but others say it's not enough of a step. Michael Watson , former college basketball player, University of Missouri-Kansas City Carrie Fry Robinson , former college soccer player, Indiana University Patrick Hruby , journalist who covers athletes' rights and college sports, Washington D.C. Segment 2, beginning at 35:32: Why certain foods are almost impossible to stop eating once you start. A new KU study is taking the first step in understanding what makes certain foods trigger brain-reward centers and nullify the areas that usually tell us to stop eating. Dr. Tera Fazzino , Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of Kansas

Nov 14 2019

48mins

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Seg. 1: Bolivian Demonstration | Seg. 2: Geoff Jolley | Seg. 3: My Fellow Kansans

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Segment 1: Why a group of Bolivians in Kansas City demonstrated in the streets. In response to news that the president of Bolivia had stepped down, a group met outside Union Station in solidarity with friends and family involved in much riskier demonstrations back in Bolivia. Their message was not about one candidate versus another, but the democratic process itself. Bernardo Jordan , event organizer, Bolivia nos necesita Segment 2, beginning at 8:05: A big next step after a career in firefighting and politics. Geoff Jolley is giving up being a politician and firefighter to work on the issues that made him want to run in the first place. Geoff Jolley , Executive Director, Greater Kansas City LISC Segment 3, beginning at 27:58: Episode 3, Season 2, My Fellow Kansans . In this weekly installment of a podcast from the Kansas News Service, Kansans who think there's a way for shrinking Kansas towns to thrive. It's called "shrink smart."

Nov 12 2019

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Seg. 1: Families Living Downtown | Seg. 2: Black Midwesterners

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Segment 1: Families live in downtown Kansas City, but it wasn't necessarily built with them in mind. The accepted wisdom in Kansas City has long been that families want houses in the suburbs and that the market for downtown is young professionals and empty nesters, but families have lived downtown for generations. Rick Usher , Assistant City Manager, Kansas City Sara McComsey , downtown resident, Kansas City Segment 2, beginning at 32:10: People don't think of black people when they think of who lives in the Midwest. Kansas City writer L. L. McKinney recently wrote an essay on the "magic" of being a black Midwesterner as part of a series of essays by black Midwesterners. L. L. McKinney , author, " I Am a Black Kansan in a Sea of Red, White, and Blue "

Nov 11 2019

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Food Critics: The Best Rice Dishes In Kansas City In 2019

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The Kansas City food scene is more international than it used to be, and whatever else might be in those global dishes, the key to a lot of them is rice.

Nov 09 2019

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Seg. 1: Missouri Mushrooms | Seg. 2: The Best Rice

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Segment 1: Missouri is home to choice wild edible fall mushrooms. A hunt for wild mushrooms at Burr Oak Woods launches a conversation about foraging Missouri mushrooms. Then, a James Beard Award-winning chef offers mushroom-cooking expertise for the home cook. Alix Daniel , Missouri Department of Conservation and the Kansas City Chapter of the Missouri Mycological Society Brittany Martinez , founder, Kansas City Chapter of the Missouri Mycological Society Gerard Craft , executive chef, Niche Food Group based in St. Louis Segment 2, beginning at 24:13: The food critics help us find the best rice dishes on Kansas City menus. Paella, biryani, dirty rice and bibimbap. The key ingredient in all these dishes, from cuisines around the world, is rice. Whether it's carmelized and crispy or soft and soupy, a hot bowl of rice with something savory is the perfect cold-weather meal. Bonjwing Lee , food photographer, ulterior epicure Jenny Vergara , contributing editor, Feast Magazine Danielle

Nov 08 2019

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Seg. 1: Climate Change Inequality | Seg. 2: Crochet Lady | Seg. 3: Kansas Rice Farm

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Segment 1: Climate change affects people unequally. We talk about what this inequality looks like when it comes to housing, the needs of low-income residents, and more. Richard Mabion, Founder, Building A Sustainable Earth Community Tom Jacobs, Environmental Programs Director, Mid-America Regional Council Segment 2, beginning at 28:10: A KU student went viral for crocheting at a football game. She was just there to see a professor accept an award that she had nominated him for, but ESPN turned her into an internet sensation. Hailey Solomon, Civil Engineering Senior, KU Segment 3, beginning at 32:10: The first-known rice to be grown in Kansas is in Franklin County. Koji Nakao grew up outside of Hiroshima to a family that wasn't wealthy enough to grow rice. To make up for lost time, he and his wife, Susan, are now experimenting with their own rice paddies. Susan Nakao, rice grower, Kansas

Nov 07 2019

49mins

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