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Central Standard is KCUR's new talk, news magazine and call-in show hosted by Jabulani Leffall, an award-winning print, broadcast and multimedia journalist with extensive experience in storytelling and conducting interviews on multiple media platforms.

Central Standard is KCUR's new talk, news magazine and call-in show hosted by Jabulani Leffall, an award-winning print, broadcast and multimedia journalist with extensive experience in storytelling and conducting interviews on multiple media platforms.
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Central Standard is KCUR's new talk, news magazine and call-in show hosted by Jabulani Leffall, an award-winning print, broadcast and multimedia journalist with extensive experience in storytelling and conducting interviews on multiple media platforms.






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David Wayne Reed Draws Artistic Inspiration From His Family's Kansas Farm

As a kid growing up on his family’s farm in Louisburg, Kansas, David Wayne Reed just wanted to perform. He wore his mom’s heels, a cinched-up shirt as a dress, and a wig to entertain visiting seed salesmen. He also choreographed dances for the hay crew. “As kind of a slightly effeminate little kid, (farming) was hard, it was masculine, and I didn’t know that I really fit in. I kind of felt like a little bit of a square peg,” Reed told guest host Brian Ellison on KCUR’s Central Standard....


David Wayne Reed

He's an actor, writer, storyteller ... and now, filmmaker. While growing up on his family's farm in Louisburg, Kansas, David Wayne Reed used to dress in drag and perform shows for the hay crew and visiting seed salesmen. He became a founding member of KC's Late Night Theatre. And in his new film, he returns to his farm roots. David Wayne Reed


Seg. 1: History Of Sprint. Seg. 2: Populating The Americas. Seg. 3: Fingerprinting Technology.

Segment 1: From Abilene to KC: The history of Sprint. It's a multi-billion dollar company with thousands of local employees. But did you know that Sprint got its start in Abilene, Kansas? Over a century ago, a farmer-turned-businessman started stringing lines through town and bought up local independent telephone companies. Hear how the company grew from there. Michael Hook, Director, Dickinson County Heritage Center John Hoffman, author of That Was a Pin? and retired Senior Vice President...


Seg. 1: T-Shirts. Seg. 2: Comedian Tony Vinh.

Segment 1: The cultural and personal history of T-shirts. T-shirts are our personal billboards; they can make a statement about what we care about or where we've been. Inspired by " My Tee & Me ," a new exhibit at the Kansas City Museum, we take a look at why T-shirts are so interwoven with our cultural history as a country ... and our own personal histories as well. Denise Morrison, Director of Collections and Curator at the Kansas City Museum at the Historic Garment District My Tee & Me:...


Seg. 1: Gifted Education. Seg. 2: Mark Bittman

Segment 1: The ins and outs of gifted education. What does "gifted student" really mean? We learn about the challenges, benefits and pitfalls of keeping fast learners engaged. Carmen Hubbard , gifted resource teacher, Kansas City Public Schools Rita Barger , professor, UMKC School of Education Segment 2, beginning at 25:59: cookbook author and journalist Mark Bittman shares tips on grilling. Summer is around the corner and the smell of grilled meats and veggies are wafting through the air....


Seg. 1: Nature's Super Moms. Seg. 2: Fossil Hunting (R)

Segment 1: What does motherhood mean in the animal world? Humans really rely on moms to survive. But in the animal world, this experience may vary — especially since some species eat their young. We learn about different examples of motherhood across various species. Paulyn Cartwright , professor, department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at KU William Leo Smith , associate professor, department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at KU Sean Putney , Kansas City Zoo Segment 2, beginning at...


Seg. 1: Trout. Seg. 2: Noodles.

Segment 1: How to prepare trout. Chef Martin Heuser is a fan of trout; he grew up fishing and eating it in Germany and Austria. Plus, it's the only dish on his menu that hasn't changed since he opened his restaurant six years ago. Now that it's trout season, he tells us why it's so versatile, and he shares tips on how to cook it at home. Martin Heuser, chef/owner, Affäre Segment 2, beginning at 10:44: Noodle dishes in Kansas City. A visit to Anna's Oven to find out more about its chicken &...


Seg. 1: Etzanoa. Seg. 2: Kansas Dinosaur. Seg. 3: Mary Beth Tinker.

Segment 1: The ancient civilization that once thrived in Kansas. About a year ago, a researcher at Wichita State University found the city of Etzanoa, an indigenous settlement that once thrived in Kansas. Limited tours for the public are just now getting started, but accessing the site can be hard: there's a modern city on top of the ancient one. Donald Blakeslee, archaeological anthropologist, Wichita State University Segment 2, beginning at 14:13: The dinosaur that called Kansas home....


Seg. 1: Sweep Of Homeless Camps. Seg. 2: Opening New Bookstores.

Segment 1: A ride-along with the police through homeless camps touched a nerve on social media. Around the end of April, police officers and social service workers went searching for homeless camps in Kansas City's Northeast neighborhood. This "sweep out" of the camps elicited strong conflicting feelings. A journalist who went on a ride-along with the police on that day shares his perspective. Paul Thompson, Managing Editor, Northeast News Segment 2, beginning at 18:02: Is it a good time...


Seg. 1: Kevin Young. Seg. 2: Streetcar Expansion

Segment 1: Poetry Editor for The New Yorker was influenced by childhood in Topeka. Kevin Young's latest collection of poems Brown reminisces about his childhood in Kansas and how figures like Linda Brown, James Brown and John Brown have made an impact on both a historic and personal level. Kevin Young , poetry editor of The New Yorker and director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture Segment 2, beginning at 24:00: Should the streetcar expand southwards? The streetcar's...


Seg. 1: Water In Kansas. Seg. 2: Hunting For Morels

Segment 1: The state of water in Kansas. About three years ago, there were major concerns for the future of water in Kansas . Now that a few years have passed, what does the availability of water look like today? Ruben Bartel, Well Drilling Incorporated and Southwest Windmill & Water Well Jim Butler, section chief of geo-hydrology, Kansas Geological Survey Mark Rude, executive director, Groundwater Management District in Garden City Segment 2, beginning at 22:51: Where to find morel...


Seg. 1: Nathan Louis Jackson. Seg. 2: Second Hand King. Seg. 3: Derby Fashion.

Segment 1: A new play about gun violence in Kansas. Nathan Louis Jackson's new play, " Brother Toad ," is set in Wyandotte County and Johnson County. It's about two men who are going down different paths when it comes to protecting their families. Hear more about the play and about Jackson's changing views on guns. Nathan Louis Jackson, playwright " Brother Toad ," through Sunday, May 27 at the Kansas City Repertory Theatre's Copaken Stage, 1 H&R Block Way, Kansas City, Missouri 64105,...


Janelle Monáe

In her new album, "Dirty Computer," Janelle Monáe reveals more of herself than ever before. And, in recent weeks, she has been sharing more of her story, from her background in Kansas City, Kansas, to her sexuality. A look at the music, life and persona of Janelle Monáe ... and what her story means to Kansas Citians. Jene é Osterheldt, columnist, The Kansas City Star Natasha Ria El-Scari , local writer and poet Rachel Christia, vocalist, Pink Hawks


Seg. 1: Couples Court. Seg. 2: Writing Your Family's Stories. Seg. 3: Una Walkenhorst.

Segment 1: Meet the Cutlers. The Cutlers aren't your typical Kansas City couple. Not only do they practice law together, but they also host a reality TV court show that was recently nominated for an Emmy. Dana Tippin Cutler and Keith Cutler, " Couples Court with the Cutlers " Segment 2, beginning at 19:06: How to turn your genealogy into a story. From mail-order DNA kits to online access to vital records, there are so many tools now for those who want to research their lineage. But do...


Seg. 1: Evictions In Kansas City. Seg. 2: Affordable Housing

Segment 1: The consequences of eviction. For families, eviction can be a devastating experience. We take a look at eviction in Jackson County and throughout the Metro to find out how it is affecting local households. Tara Raghuveer , director, Kansas City Eviction Project Jane Worley, supervising attorney, Legal Aid of Western Missouri Segment 2, beginning at 27:40: Affordable housing in downtown Kansas City is on the decline. Is there enough affordable housing in Kansas City? How is...


Seg 1: Kansas City Girls Preparatory Academy. Seg 2: Prom And Equality

Segment 1: What will an all-girls public education institute look like in Kansas City? The Kansas City Girls Preparatory Academy will open its doors in 2019 as the first single-gender, open-enrollment charter public school in Kansas City. Today, we learn more about the benefits and drawbacks to single-sex education. Susan Wilson, vice chancellor of Diversity and Inclusion at UMKC Tara Haskins, school leader, Kansas City Girls Preparatory Academy Segment 2, beginning at 30:48: How can proms...


Seg. 1: JC Gregg. Seg. 2: Tatsu's Restaurant + French Food.

Segment 1: 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 — and find out why he experiments with baking in the middle of the night. JC Gregg , baker Segment 2, beginning at 14:47: Exploring French food and drink in KC. A visit to Tatsu's, a classic French restaurant that opened in Prairie Village in 1980. Then, the food critics search out the best French dishes in and...


Eleven-Year-Old From Leawood Has Patent Pending For Her Invention

After her neighbor’s house was struck by lightning, Julia Luetje, an eleven-year old from Leawood, Kansas developed a fear of thunderstorms. “I’m afraid of storms,” said Luetje. “I don’t like hearing them or seeing the lightning.” Flashing lights, loud booms and a downpour of rain — it’s a pretty reasonable thing for a kid to be scared about. But when the elementary school Luejte attended held an inventor’s fair, she decided to face her fears. Luetje created an invention she named “The...


Segment 1: Kid Inventor + Astraphobia. Segment 2: Future Of KC's Jazz Museum.

Segment 1: How people in the Midwest cope when they have a fear of storms. Spring in the Midwest means blooming flowers and warmer weather ... and also tornado siren tests and scary storms. What is it like for someone with a phobia of severe weather? Meet a Leawood fifth grader who is one of five finalists in a nationwide contest for her invention, The Storm Sleeper . However, kids aren't the only ones afraid of storms; we hear about astraphobia and the adults who suffer from it. Julia...


Seg. 1: MLK Boulevards. Seg. 2: Royals Reporter Maria Torres.

Segment 1: What should we consider when naming a street after Martin Luther King, Jr.? Kansas City is one of the few cities in the country that doesn't have an MLK Boulevard. A discussion on the movement to rename The Paseo after Martin Luther King, Jr. Anita Dixon, historian and commentator Susan Berger, photographer, " Martin Luther King Dr. " Segment 2, beginning at 32:45: Meet The Star 's New Royals Reporter. She's the 26-year-old reporter for The Kansas City Star who has taken over...


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