The Unspoken Rules Of Kansas City Etiquette03/26/15
"Kansas City nice." It's a term you hear all the time around here, but what does it mean? Is there such a thing as a Kansas City-specific code of...
Shrinking Middle Class Paints Difficult Picture For Kansas City, Nation
The middle class is seemingly ever-present in American politics and ideals. President Obama pushed for what he calls "middle class economics" in his...
Earthquakes On The Rise In Oklahoma: Is Oil To Blame?
Earthquakes are more frequent than ever in Oklahoma, and they're hitting harder. KCUR's Frank Morris visits Kansas's neighbor to the South and gets...
Roeland Park: The Small City With A Big Reputation
Roeland Park is a self-governing city in a 1.6-mile radius. Locals know it as a convenient place to stock up on carloads of stuff at big box stores. Or...
A Long-Lost Ancestor In The Human Family Tree
It's not every day a researcher stumbles on 1.9 million year-old fossils of human ancestors. But the University of Missouri's Carol Ward did just that...
Researchers Say, Think Twice Before Rewarding Kids With Prizes
My Little Ponies may be great enticements for toilet training, but new research shows that material rewards for accomplishments can lead to materialism...
Food Critics: The Best Creative Meat Dishes In Kansas City
From nose to tail, chefs are getting creative with all parts of the animal. Whether it’s game or offal, we go beyond chicken breast to talk about the...
High School Math Teacher Solves Kansas Funding Formula
Why is the Kansas school funding formula so complicated? Or is it, really? Get a lesson on school funding, how the formula works, and why it will likely...
David Ford On Art, Economics And Bearing Witness In Guatemala
Artist and coffee shop owner David Ford has been traveling to Guatemala since the 1980s. In recent years, he started seeing doll heads, called muñecas,...
Ferguson Update: Check-In On Our Neighbors To The East
There have been two Department of Justice Reports, two police officers shot, and several high-level resignations since our last conversation about the...
Kansas City's West Bottoms: The Neighborhood We're Always Rediscovering
There's talk of a West Bottoms revitalization. But the truth is, every fifteen years or so, the industrial stockyards district experiences a new kind of...
Checking In On Wyandotte County's Central Avenue
Central Avenue is a business corridor cutting across seven neighborhoods in Kansas City, Kan. The street has seen a major cultural shift over the past...
What Makes An Authentic Irish Pub?
As St. Patrick ’s Day approaches, many of us will be celebrating our (real or fictional) Irish heritage at local bars and pubs. But, what exactly makes...
Puppets Bring Paul Mesner's Inner World To Life
Paul Mesner has never been bored. "I was a pretty shy kid, but I also was and still am very content to be by myself,"' he says. "There's tons I can do...
Do-It-Yourself Public Works
Recently in Columbus Park, some folks built a pop-up/DIY skate park in an underused portion of a city street. Why do people go outside the typical...
Story Of A Song: Nuwayv's "We Shinin'"
Earlier this year when the Folk Alliance International conference was underway in Kansas City, Central Standard interviewed local musicians from...
There Are More And More Coyotes In Kansas City, But Don't Panic
It’s that time of year when we’ll start to see more and more mammals scurrying about around the city. Mammals like foxes, squirrels and, yes, maybe even...
Finding Humor In Autism
Comedy can come from unexpected sources, for example, parents of children who have autism. It can be hard for these parents to talk about their...
Kansas City Comedians Face Tough Crowds And Empty Seats
When Kansas City comedians tour nationally, it almost feels like cheating. Used to small crowds and tough audiences in KC, they’re surprised by the...
Anti-Semitic Incidents Raise Alarm In Missouri And Kansas
Nearly a year ago, three people were shot and killed outside the Jewish Community Center and Village Shalom in Overland Park, Kan. The only suspect,...
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