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All you need to know about Arts & Culture.






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Sheri 'Purpose' Hall

Sheri "Purpose" Hall is a spoken word poet, an author, an ordained minister and an activist. She's represented Kansas City in national poetry slams and recently, a video of her performing one of her poems, "Irregular Rape Poem," has gone viral. Hear her story. Guest: Sheri "Purpose" Hall

Duration: 00:49:47

Hung Liu (R)

In this encore presentation: meet artist Hung Liu. At age 16, she was sent to work in the Chinese countryside as part of Mao Zedong's Cultural Revolution, where intellectuals (and young people) were sent to be "re-educated." During her time there, she created art that was considered illegal: paintings of things she found pretty, candid photographs of peasants working in the fields. Hear how she — and her art — found a "second home" in Kansas City. Guest: Hung Liu , artist

Duration: 00:49:53

Screentime: I, Tonya + Marbles

Can marbles come back? Inspired by an exhibit at the National Museum of Toys/Miniatures, we take a look at the history and appeal of the game. Then: a conversation about I, Tonya, the movie that shines more of a light on Tonya Harding's story. We discuss class, gender, abuse and fame on the ice rink. Guests: Scott Rice McBride, marble collector/expert Bonyen Lee-Gilmore, former competitive ice skater Michelle Smirnova, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology , UMKC Scott Mason, Rose...

Duration: 00:49:50

Angela Cervantes And 'Coco'; The Virtues Of Winter Weather

Coco, the latest movie from Disney's Pixar Studios, has been praised for its portrayal of Mexican folklore. Meet the local children's book author who has been tapped to turn the screenplay into a book. Plus: From the frigid temps over the holidays to today's sleet, you're probably tempted to stay in and hunker down until spring. But some people are choosing to go and do things outside. We find out why. Guests: Angela Cervantes , author of the junior novelization of Disney's Coco Ben Holmes,...

Duration: 00:50:35

Tim Harte; Women In Politics

A new play, Trench Warfare , is about two infantry soldiers in World War I. We talk with the local musician who composed the score for the play; he shares how he evoked the feelings of WWI with a seven-piece orchestra and a computer. Then: Sexual misconduct has been an issue in the Kansas and Missouri statehouses. Two women in politics from both sides of the state line compare notes from their experiences on the job. Guests: Tim Harte, composer Abbie Hodgson, former legislative staffer from...

Duration: 00:49:48

Jade Suit At The Nelson; The Outhouse Documentary; Mike Dillon

In our January arts show: we hear more about a new exhibition at The Nelson that features artifacts from the tombs of kings of ancient China — including a burial suit that's made from over 4000 pieces of jade. The producer of a new documentary brings us back to The Outhouse, the storied cinderblock music venue in the middle of a cornfield outside of Lawrence. Plus: get to know Mike Dillon, a musician with KC roots. He'll be playing the music of Elliott Smith on the vibraphone at the Toy and...

Duration: 00:50:33

Anna Weber; Finding A School That Addresses Special Needs

Anna Weber worked on the set of the Steven Spielberg's movie, The Post. She shares how recreating the newsroom made her think about history and the role of journalism ... and about her dad, a longtime editor at The Kansas City Star. Then: a look at the ongoing challenges for families who are trying to find a great school for their kids with special needs. Guests: Anna Weber, author of " Working on 'The Post' Helped Me Pay Tribute To My Father The Newspaperman " Sarah Wren Otto, teaches...

Duration: 00:50:25

Deaf Discrimination; Isaac Cates (R)

Members of the hearing-impaired community often face unique, and sometimes difficult situations even when living in America. Today, we discuss the history of persecution against people with deafness in this country and the milestones alongside the path to equal rights. For a full transcript of that segment, click here . Plus, the story behind the song, "Hold On," by Isaac Cates & Ordained. Guests: Rev. Debbie J. Buchholz, pastor, Deaf International Community Church William Ennis ,...

Duration: 00:51:16

Protest Music (R)

Three musicians discuss the influence of protest music, what makes a song political and how protest songs of times past compare (or differ) to today's. Guests: Moddi Danny Cox , local musician Andres Ramirez , local musician and member of Danza Mexica Calpulli Iskali

Duration: 00:49:46

The Year In Arts

From a collaboration between a big-band trombonist and two local rappers to an opera about an ill-fated expedition on Mt. Everest, it's been a busy year in the local arts scene. Our panel of avid arts-goers share their favorite moments from 2017. Guests: C.J. Janovy , KCUR Arts Reporter Glenn North , Poet Laureate of the 18th & Vine Jazz District; Director of Education and Public Programs at the Black Archives of Mid-America Jose Faus , artist and founding member, Latino Writers Collective...

Duration: 00:49:45

'Brave Ones' — These Kansas City Students Made Art From Arguments

"Where are the brave ones?" Academic coach Charlette Wafer looks out across an auditorium of students, administrators and community members at Central Academy of Excellence. She's reciting a poem. "Where are the brave ones? The ones who don't use guns to solve problems. The ones who are mentors and provide support before things get started. The ones who aren't afraid to snitch. The ones who are brave enough to stitch ... Our wounds, our community, our families, our city back together....

Duration: 00:04:58

Addressing Sexual Misconduct

It seems like news is constantly breaking about men accused of sexual misconduct, harassment or assault. There's a feeling of change in the air, but there is also confusion. We explore how Kansas Citians are responding. We hear what women want in the workplace, and we talk to men who are rethinking their behavior and perspectives. Plus: your thoughts and questions. Guests: Sherry Turner, Founder, OneKC for Women Bob Keeney, local small business owner Quinton Lucas , KCMO City Council...

Duration: 00:49:47

Monsignor Stuart Swetland

Today, Stuart Swetland is the president of Donnelly College, which U.S. News & World Report recently recognized as the most diverse college in the Midwest . But in 1985, when TWA Flight 847 was hijacked, he was a Navy officer who was called to participate in a rescue mission with grim chances for survival. Hear his story. Guest: Stuart Swetland, President, Donnelly College

Duration: 00:50:03

Fountain City Brass Band; Noah Geller; KU Fact Checking With Russia

Kansas City is home to the best brass band in the country. Hear more about the Fountain City Brass Band, which recently placed second and third at two international brass band competitions. Then, the concertmaster of the Kansas City Symphony discusses his labor of love: performing in Shir Ami , a group that revives the lost music of the Holocaust. Plus: a new project that pairs KU journalism professors with their Russian counterparts to teach techniques for determining what's real news ......

Duration: 00:49:48

Plant Artist; What Is The Middle Class?

When you think of moss, you may conjure up images of dense woods. But a new restaurant on the Plaza features a moss wall. We talk to the local artist who created it, and we hear his vision for a harmonious life. Plus: As one of the most significant tax bills in recent history gets ironed out, there has been talk about what it could do for the middle class. What is the middle class — and what does it mean to be middle class today? Guests: Morten Klinte, plant artist, The Fat Plant Society...

Duration: 00:50:15

Quadratic Formula Rap + Smells Of Kansas City

Meet a soon-to-be-NASA engineer from Missouri who raps about math . Plus: what are the smells of KC, both past and present? We explore the rich tapestry of Kansas City scents, good and bad, and how they affect our experience of a place. Guests: Dajae Williams, senior at Missouri S&T , created the quadratic formula rap Jill McKeever, local fragrance maker, For Strange Women Nicolas Bock, architect and contributor to Squeezebox

Duration: 00:50:19

Artist Kevin McGraw; Sci Fi Author Christine Shuck; The Architects + Pajama Jam

On this December arts show: the story behind " Uplift ," a new exhibit that's inspired by ladders, and a local science fiction writer on her book, which takes place in the aftermath of the second civil war in the United States. Plus: pajamas and punk rock at the museum? The Nelson hosts a pj party for grown-ups, featuring the music of The Architects. We catch up with drummer Adam Phillips ... and talk about fuzzy onesies. Guests: Kevin McGraw , artist Christine Shuck , author, Gliese 581:...

Duration: 00:49:59

'Big Sonia'; Changing Your Mind

Sonia Warshawski is a Holocaust survivor who ran a tailor shop in Metcalf South Mall. A documentary about her life is in theaters now. What does this survivor story mean to a younger generation? Plus: On KCUR's Central Standard, we're examining what it takes to change someone's mind . We talk to a local man, who tells us about leaving the religious sect in which he was raised. Guests: Leah Warshawski, Producer and Co-Director, Big Sonia Carter Whitten Omri Gillath, Professor, Department of...

Duration: 00:50:30

Lonnie And Ronnie McFadden

The McFadden brothers are musicians, singers and tap dancers. They learned how to tap from their father, the legendary Smilin' Jimmy McFadden, and they've just received a 2017 Living Legends awards from the Tapology Music Institute, a national organization. Hear their story, which starts at 29th and Euclid. Guests: Lonnie McFadden Ronnie McFadden

Duration: 00:49:43

Domestic Violence Over Generations; Procedural Rules

Domestic violence happens privately at home, but it tears at the fabric of entire communities. A look at the impact of domestic violence over generations. Then: the hallowed halls of government are supposed to represent our highest ideals. But what happens when civility breaks down? Why the rules of debate are important. Guests: Damon Daniel, President, Ad Hoc Group Against Crime Scott Mason, Rose Brooks Center Alicia Jones, Manager, Family Support Services, Ad Hoc Group Against Crime...

Duration: 00:49:49

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