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Kansas City's Northeast Newscast

Presented by Kansas City's Northeast News, this podcast dives into all things Historic Northeast. Join Managing Editor Abby Hoover as she interviews community leaders, keeps the community apprised about the happenings in and around City Hall, and discusses the biggest issues facing the Kansas City area.

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Northeast Newscast Episode 56 - the Catholic Charities housing play in the Northeast

This week on Kansas City’s Northeast Newscast, managing editor Paul Thompson sat down with representatives from Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph about their ambitious housing plans for the Historic Northeast. The conversation included Jarrod Sanderson, Executive Director of Housing Development; Kevin Murphy, Executive Director of Marketing and Communications; and Carl DiCapo, the former KC Parks and Recreation commissioner who is helping Catholic Charities raise funds for their housing endeavor.The organization already owns two lots in the Indian Mound neighborhood, where they are planning to construct energy-efficient, 1,120 square-foot, three-bedroom, one bathroom homes.“The lots are purchased, we’re waiting on permits to get approved to start building the first two; and that’s proof of concept,” Sanderson said. “We want to do 20 more after that, and then hopefully, scale up to 100 a year for 10 years.”

32mins

26 Jun 2018

Rank #1

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Northeast Newscast Episode 100: New East Patrol Major discusses Northeast community

On this week’s episode of the Northeast Newscast, we are speaking with new East Patrol Major, Doug Niemeier. Major Niemeir, a Kansas City native, has roots in the Northeast community and has been with the Kansas City Police Department for 24 years. He discusses his previous work with the department, his history in Northeast Kansas City, and what community policing means to him.

30mins

13 Aug 2019

Rank #2

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Northeast Newscast 53 - An introduction to Phil Glynn, 2019 KCMO Mayoral Candidate

2019 KCMO Mayoral candidate Phil Glynn - one of two candidates from outside of City Council - joins Northeast News managing editor Paul Thompson for the latest episode of Kansas City's Northeast Newscast. Glynn discusses his experiences as a business owner in Kansas City, talks about his motivations for running for Mayor, and speaks passionately and eloquently about a plethora of issues: including the expenditure of $800 million in General Obligation bond dollars, the ongoing saga of the American Jazz Museum board, and the proper way to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Glynn also discusses his ties to the Historic Northeast through his time serving as the Board President of Northeast Community Center, displaying a surprising understanding of the makeup of the area.

38mins

24 May 2018

Rank #3

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Northeast Newscast Episode 78: A look into the life of a former Kansas City gang member

On this week’s episode of the Northeast Newscast, we are talking to Johnny Waller, a former Kansas City gang member who lived a life of crime and violence, but now, after earning three degrees, works to improve the community, pass local and state legislation, and create a unified force to reduce violence and enhance the quality of life in KC. Waller gives a glimpse into the mentality of gang members, as well as environmental factors that contribute to crime in communities. 

32mins

19 Mar 2019

Rank #4

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Northeast Newscast episode 112: An update on Northeast Alliance Together (NEAT) with Scott Wagner

On this week’s episode of the Northeast Newscast, we are speaking with Scott Wagner, director of Northeast Alliance Together (NEAT). Wagner discusses main priorities NEAT is working on, including housing and jobs in the community, gives an update on the Lykins neighborhood project, and talks about being recently selected to be on the Board of Parks and Recreation Commissioners. 

29mins

7 Nov 2019

Rank #5

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Northeast Newscast Episode 113: A detailed look at Pendleton Heights with Whitney Barnardo

On this week’s episode of the Northeast Newscast, we are speaking with Whitney Barnardo, former president of Pendleton Heights Neighborhood Association.Pendleton Heights is holding an election on Tuesday, November 12 to elect multiple board members, including president.Barnardo discusses her time as president, assets and challenges of the Pendleton Heights Neighborhood, projects she worked on during her two years, and what work she believes still needs to be done. 

45mins

12 Nov 2019

Rank #6

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Northeast Newscast Episode 111: Ghost Stories of the Northeast

On this week’s episode of the Northeast Newscast, to celebrate Halloween, we are listening to spooky tales of ghostly encounters from our neighbors right here in the Northeast.Cindy Khin talks about her chilling encounters inside the 110-year-old Tiffany Castle and recounts the life of the man whom the home is named after. Stephan Zweifler tells us the tale of a woman whose body is buried in Elmwood Cemetery but whose spirit lives amongst the guests at the Inn at 425 on Gladstone Avenue. Kent Dicus walks us through the 133-year-old history of his home in Pendleton Heights and discusses how he has recorded proof that he is not alone in the building. Dale Castle recounts the hauntings during a ghostly investigation at an undisclosed building in the Northeast.

1hr

30 Oct 2019

Rank #7

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Periodically Buzzed: 8.14.19 Edition

On this week's episode of Periodically Buzzed, the Northeast News staff discusses the headlines in the 8.14.19 issue of the Northeast News.

15mins

15 Aug 2019

Rank #8

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Northeast Newscast Episode 110: An update on KCPD's East Patrol Division with Major Doug Niemeier

On this week’s episode of the Northeast Newscast, we are getting an update on KCPD’s work in the Northeast with East Patrol Major Doug Niemeier. Major Neimeier discusses recent clean ups, overall crime in Northeast, discussions about Cliff Drive, and the Crime Stoppers TIPS hotline. 

23mins

23 Oct 2019

Rank #9

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Northeast Newscast Episode 102: Behind the scenes with KCPD's Mounted Patrol Unit

On this week’s episode of the Northeast Newscast, we are speaking with Sergeant Joey Roberts, supervisor of the Mounted Patrol Unit. Roberts discusses what a day in the life of a Mounted Patrol Officer looks like, the importance of community policing, what training looks like for both officers and horses, and introduces us to all the hard-working horses that make up the unit. 

16mins

27 Aug 2019

Rank #10

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120: How KC CARE Health Center is serving the community

This week, we are speaking with Dr. Kelsey Ryan, a women’s health physician at KC Health Care Center.  Dr. Ryan discusses the expansion of the prenatal services department, women’s health services that are offered, accessibility and affordability of healthcare, and the importance of women prioritizing their health.

24mins

30 Dec 2019

Rank #11

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124: The Future of Pendleton Heights Neighborhood with Chris Binkley

On this week’s episode of the Northeast Newscast, we are speaking with Christopher Binkley, President of Pendleton Heights Neighborhood Association. A resident of the neighborhood for several years, he discusses his love for the community, the assets and challenges of the neighborhood, recent development, and his vision for the neighborhood in the upcoming years. 

44mins

29 Jan 2020

Rank #12

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Northeast Newscast 61 - The trial and sentencing of convicted arsonist Thu Hong Nguyen, w/ Jim Mesh

This week on Kansas City's Northeast Newscast, managing editor Paul Thompson sits down with Jim Mesh - brother of fallen firefighter John - about the fateful October 12, 2015 Independence Avenue fire that claimed the lives of his brother and fellow firefighter Larry Leggio, while severely injuring two others. Mesh opened up about the trial of Thu Hong Nguyen, the emotional sentencing hearing on Friday, September 21, and much more.

38mins

28 Sep 2018

Rank #13

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Northeast Newscast Episode 108: A look at Kansas City's 3rd District with Councilman Brandon Ellington

On this week’s episode of the Northeast Newscast, we are speaking with 3rd District At-Large Councilman Brandon Ellington.Councilman Ellington discusses his priorities for the 3rd District, current ordinances he is working on, assets and challenges of the east side, and what it will look like to unify this segment of Kansas City. 

32mins

9 Oct 2019

Rank #14

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Northeast Newscast Episode 117: A closer look at the KC Tenants Bill of Rights

On this week’s episode of the Northeast Newscast, we are speaking with Tara Raghuveer, director of KC Tenants, and James Owen, leader of KC Tenants, to get a closer look at the KC Tenants Bill of Rights. Raghuveer has worked alongside fellow tenants in Kansas City to help develop the KC Tenants Bill of Rights that will be placed before City Council Thursday, December 12.Today, her and Owens discuss concerns from landlords, policy and process, negotiations that were made, homeownership in Kansas City, and what the next steps are for the package. 

37mins

11 Dec 2019

Rank #15

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126: The 2020 Census with Scott Wagner

On this extra episode of the Northeast Newscast, we are speaking with Scott Wagner, director of Northeast Alliance Together (NEAT) regarding the 2020 Census. Wagner discusses in detail what the census is, why it is important, and how it impacts residents. 

22mins

7 Feb 2020

Rank #16

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Northeast Newscast Episode 115: Women's Health Panel (Part Two)

This week’s episode of the Northeast Newscast is part two of our women’s health panel.The four women on the panel discuss the topic of women’s health and breast cancer.Our panel included Joni Wickham, breast cancer survivor and co-founder at Wickham James Strategies and Solutions; Bridgette Williams, breast cancer survivor and executive director of the Heavy Constructors Association of Greater Kansas City; Emily Kalmer, Missouri government relations director at the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network; and Jan Thomas, executive assistant for Hogan Prep and 2019 Portrait of Hope for the American Cancer Society.The panel discusses the resources available at the American Cancer Society, obstacles women face to receive care, accessibility and affordability of treatment, the importance of women prioritizing their health, and personal stories of overcoming breast cancer. 

25mins

27 Nov 2019

Rank #17

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Northeast Newscast 119: Discussing Missouri's 19th District with Representative Ingrid Burnett

On this week’s episode of the Northeast Newscast, we are speaking with Representative Ingrid Burnett.Burnett represents the 19th District, which encompasses the Northeast area of Kansas City, parts of Sugar Creek, Independence, and Jackson County in the Missouri House of Representatives. She was elected to her first two-year term in November 2016.In addition to her legislative duties, Representative Burnett has worked as an educator since 1979. During her 37 years in the education field, Representative Burnett worked as a counselor, teacher, and principal in the Catholic and Independence Public School Systems. This week, Burnett discusses protecting juveniles and their right to counsel, medical marijuana, the Fix the Glitch issue with Kansas City public and charter schools, and more. 

39mins

23 Dec 2019

Rank #18

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Northeast Newscast Episode 58 - a conversation w/ Jason Kander, KCMO Mayoral candidate

This week on Kansas City's Northeast Newscast, 2019 Kansas City, Missouri Mayoral candidate Jason Kander sits down for an interview with managing editor Paul Thompson. Kander talks about the 2018 primary elections, his priorities for curbing violent crime in Kansas City, how he handles political celebrity, and the time he was being tear gassed while the Kansas City Royals were trading star center fielder Carlos Beltran.

29mins

10 Aug 2018

Rank #19

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Northeast Newscast Episode 57 - KCPD officials answer tough questions about its failed Hispanic Citizen's Academy

In this episode of Kansas City's Northeast Newscast, managing editor Paul Thompson sits down with KCPD officials Jason Cooley and Chato Villalobos, who reply to questions and comments provided by readers on social media in the wake of the department's unsuccessful Hispanic Citizen's Academy last month. While the Northeast News news has already printed the Q&A in both English and Spanish, we're now presenting the discussion in an audio format to provide some additional context.

45mins

10 Jul 2018

Rank #20