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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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The Battery Tour

AY Young is a local musician who's making a name for himself across the country with solar-powered, community-centered concerts. We hear the story of how he learned to rap without ever having heard rap music, and he fills us in on what to expect from his Open Spaces show this Sunday. Plus, a look at the latest episode of My Fellow Kansans . AY Young , musician and performer; founder of the Battery Tour


Seg. 1: Missouri Beekeepers. Seg. 2: Rainy Harvest.

Segment 1: What is the state of the honeybee in Missouri? Most of the news we hear about honeybees is bad news. Is it really all doom and gloom? Or are honeybees doing better than we thought? Jerry Hayes , vice president, Vita Bee Health North America Clayton Lee , president, Missouri State Beekeepers Association Segment 2, beginning at 24:18: Can rain be too much of a good thing for farming? Fall is the busiest season for farmers, working day in and day out to harvest the summer's crops....


Seg. 1: Parks Director Mark McHenry. Seg. 2: Climate Change Report.

Segment 1: Forty-four years at Kansas City Parks and Rec. From his early years mowing grass, to repairing fiberglass kangaroos at Penguin Park, to overseeing the vast system of parks and boulevards, we hear about Mark McHenry's long career in Parks and Recreation. And yes, he says, it's a lot like the TV show . He plans to retire from his post as Director this December. Mark McHenry , director of Kansas City Parks and Recreation Segment 2, beginning at 17:20: How does climate change affect...


Food Critics: The Best Middle Eastern Food In Kansas City In 2018

When he was in college, Kansas City author Adib Khorram taught himself to make Persian food. Khorram, who grew up in Gladstone with an Iranian-born father , hadn't always felt comfortable embracing that part of his background when he was kid. The struggle to find cultural belonging would later be mirrored in his semi-autobiographical young adult novel. Another thing that found its way into his book, "Darius The Great Is Not Okay"? Iranian cuisine. In conversation with Gina Kaufmann and...


Seg. 1: Honey. Seg. 2: Pita Bread. Seg. 3: Middle Eastern Food.

Segment 1: The seasonal nature of honey. Like wine, honey a product of the world around it -- weather, region, time of year all impact the crop. Today, we chat with some beekeepers about the varieties their bees in Raytown produce. Erik Messner, co-owner of Messner Bee Farm Rachael Messner, co-owner of Messner Bee Farm Segment 2 (beginning at 15:55): A Middle Eastern bakery in south Kansas City churns out thousands of pieces of pita bread a day. KCUR intern Celisa Calacal set out to learn...


Seg. 1: Lice Removal Services. Seg. 2: Steamboat Sunken Treasure.

Segment 1: Did you know that lice prefer O+ bloodtypes and round hair follicles? There is a stigma around having lice, but keeping quiet about the issue can actually be detrimental to public health. We learn some fun facts about lice, as well as a non-toxic way to treat them in Kansas City. Raquel Garcia , owner of Strand by Strand Segment 2, beginning at 15:37: The Steamboat Malta is an historic treasure buried in our own backyard. After decades of hearing the rumor that a steamboat was...


Seg. 1: Young New Voters. Seg. 2: National Coming Out Day.

Segment 1: With age comes responsibility, and these 18 year-olds are exercising their right to vote. We talk with college students who are looking forward to voting for the first time this November. But first, the president of Rock the Vote tells us what it takes to get young people to turn out to the polls. Carolyn DeWitt , president of Rock the Vote Suan Sonna , first-year at Kansas State University Arielle Von Der Hyde , first-year at Johnson County Community College Drew Simms ,...


The Renaissance Festival

The Renaissance Festival is something of a divisive subject in Kansas City. Some people don't quite "get it" while others are obsessed. We hear what the 'huzzahs!' are all about from the perspective of local performers. Plus, a look at the latest episode from My Fellow Kansans . Guests: Kaite Stover , tarot reader Kurt Hanover , known as Bloodbeard the Pirate Brian Wendling , known as Bob the Incredible Juggler


Janelle Monáe (R)

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. Natasha Ria El-Scari , local writer and poet Rachel Christia, vocalist, Pink Hawks Jeneé Osterheldt, culture writer, The Boston Globe (formerly a columnist of the Kansas City...


Seg. 1: Legacy of Cafe Tacvba. Seg. 2: Stray Cat Film Center. Seg.3: The Kemper's Teen Arts Council.

Segment 1: After nearly 30 years, Cafe Tacvba continues legacy of pushing the boundaries of Latin rock. Mexican rock band Cafe Tacvba, deemed by some to be the Beatles or Radiohead of Latin American rock, are on an international tour and it's bringing them to Kansas City. Today, local musicians talked about their favorite songs from the group, what the band's pioneering success has meant to them, and how the group has influenced their own music. Enrique Chi , front man in Latin rock band...


Here To Listen: Liberty, Missouri

A visit to the town of Liberty, Missouri and its outlying areas to hear about a growing Mormon community, a legendary teacher in the city’s formerly segregated schools and William Jewell College’s evolving role in the town. Guests: President Jeremiah Morgan , Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Elder George Peterson , Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Rudi, Lori, Ethan and Ashton Garcia Dr. Cecelia Robinson , professor emeritus, William Jewell College Shelton Ponder ,...


Seg. 1: "Heartland" By Sarah Smarsh. Seg. 2: For The Birds

Segment 1: Growing up poor in the Heartland. Local journalist and author Sarah Smarsh has been getting a lot of national attention for her new book, Heartland . On this episode, we chat with Smarsh about the forces that shaped her Kansas childhood. Sarah Smarsh , author, Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth Note: Our program spoke with Sarah the day after the 2016 Presidential Election. To hear that conversation, click here . Segment 2,...



Leeds, an area of Kansas City that is known primarily as an industrial zone today, was once a self-contained African-American community. We visit with community members to find out what growing up in the Leeds neighborhood was like and what made that area of Kansas City unique. Plus, a look at the latest podcast episode from My Fellow Kansans . Cheryl Looney , grew up in Leeds Earline Bentley , grew up in Leeds Gary Kremer , executive director, The State Historical Society of Missouri


Seg. 1: The Tree. Seg. 2: The Hemp Breakers. Seg. 3: Bob Jones Shoes Closing

Segment 1: It's never too late to travel back home, even when you're 90 years old. We visit with a Kansas City filmmaker and actress about a locally-made movie exploring themes of aging, memories and wanderlust. Stephen Pruitt , filmmaker, "The Tree" Joicie Appell , leading actress, "The Tree" Segment 2, beginning at 24:01: How do you piece together a historical narrative when the information isn't readily available? Curator of African American Collections at Emory University and former...


Seg. 1: Twist On A Hot Sauce Recipe That Traveled From Korea to Kansas. Seg. 2: Food Critics.

Segment 1: Twist on a Korean hot sauce available throughout the Kansas City region. Angela Hong grew up watching her mom make the Korean hot sauce, Gochuchang. As an adult, she started making it for her family, but had to adjust to accommodate her daughter's food allergy. Today, that recipe adjustment has made it into bottles and onto shelves around the city. Angela Hong , owner of Born With Seoul Segment 2: Food Critics Kansas City is more than just barbecue, and KCUR's Food Critics set out...


Seg. 1: #WhyIDidntReport. Seg 2: Life With Food Allergies

Segment 1: Why do people not report their experiences of sexual assault? After Christine Blasey Ford said Judge Brett Kavanaugh assaulted her in high school, President Trump tweeted that had it really happened, her parents would have reported it. This has sparked a social media movement of people sharing their stories with the hashtag #WhyIDidntReport. We took calls from our community, and talked with a therapist and local advocate. Victoria Pickering , director of advocacy, MOCSA Susan...


How Kansas City Inspires Artist Sanford Biggers

Sanford Biggers is not a Kansas City native, but the city's history and culture has inspired a few of his multi-media works. As a part of Open Spaces, he has another installation coming up on October 5th . We'll hear about how he's getting ready for that performance, the ways he encourages viewers to take a second look at his art, and how he found a love of painting after a run-in with the law. Sanford Biggers , Open Spaces performance artist, October 5th


Free-Range Kids

Is the world today more dangerous for children? Or are parents being overprotective? On this episode, we dive into a conversation about parenting and free-range kids. Guest: Lenore Skenazy , president, Let Grow Lenore Skenazy will host a discussion on free-range parenting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, September 25 at Johnson County Community College. The event is sponsored by the Kansas Policy Institute. Attendance is free but RSVPs are required. For more information visit FreeRangeKansas.com .


Monarch Butterflies

It's that time of year when monarch butterflies emerge from cocoons in our area to join the butterflies migrating south to Mexico. On this episode, we learn what's at stake for monarch butterflies and the environment. Plus, we learn how to create a monarch waystation . Orley "Chip" Taylor , founder and director, Monarch Watch


Portrait Session: Olathe-Native Artist Angela Dufresne

This Artist Is Not In Kansas Anymore: Angela Dufresne's Journey From Olathe To New York City Yesterday, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art opened a new exhibit of Angela Dufresne's work, called Making a Scene . The artist and Olathe native joins us today to talk about growing up in Kansas as a queer person, and how she uses art to challenge gender and sexual norms. This hour-long interview is part of our Portrait Session series. Angela Dufresne , artist