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Vanessa Thomas

Vanessa Thomas is a singer who is living her dream life in Lawrence. She's a vocal coach, a church music director and a mom of four. Oh, and she also tours the country to perform with the legendary Doc Severinsen. Hear her story: how she overcame the trauma of abuse through music, and how her hometown of Clay Center, Kansas, played a big part in connecting her to the world. Guest: Vanessa Thomas

Duration: 00:49:57

Evolution Of Blogging; Climate Change And Nutrition

Initially, blogs were personal online journals; by the mid-2000s, they went mainstream. What has happened to blogging since then? Especially now that all those other feeds started filling our spare moments and our minds? Then: how climate change may be affecting the nutrition content of our food. Guests: Bev Weidner, blogger, Bev Cooks Dan Gillmor, Professor of Practice, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication , Arizona State University Helena Bottemiller Evich, Senior...

Duration: 00:49:52

Campus Of The Future; Race And KC's Social Scene

What does the college campus of the future look like? An architect from a local firm sees some radically different changes. Then: a recent article in The Kansas City Star says that the social scene here isn't inclusive of people of color. We'll hear how some young African-Americans don't feel like there's a place for them in the metro ... and how it's driving them to move elsewhere. Guests: Jeff Funovits, principal and campus planning director, Populous Aaron Randle, The Kansas City Star ;...

Duration: 00:50:23

KC Musician Kemet Coleman On Being An Urbanist, Rapping For Mayors

The Phantastics describe themselves as “dance floor activators.” For the last six years, they’ve been activating local dance floors with songs that meld rap, jazz, gospel, funk and more. “We definitely try to incorporate as many genres as possible to create not chaos, but a winding river of music,” rapper Kemet Coleman told host Gina Kaufmann on KCUR’s Central Standard . According to Coleman, The Phantastics are an “intergenerational, interdisciplinary” diverse group. It consists,...

Duration: 00:16:21

Julián Zugazagoitia

Julián Zugazagoitia runs a classic Kansas City institution, but his own story is international. His grandparents fled fascism in Europe, and he grew up in Mexico as the son of a renowned actress. Hear more of his story. Guest: Julián Zugazagoitia, Director and CEO, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Duration: 00:50:31

DACA Student; 'Magnetic Fields'; Tacos

A local college student talks about the contested future of DACA ( Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and how it's shaping her life; an exhibit at the Kemper Museum raises questions about identity politics and art; the tacos of KCK. Guests: Lisandra Garcia Erin Dziedzic, curator, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art Shinique Smith, artist Alex Contreras, Don Antonio's

Duration: 00:49:40

'Cliff(ie) Notes'; Dolores Huerta

A local writer and playwright tells us about her irreverent grandma, who she calls an "R-rated black Yoda." Then: Dolores Huerta co-founded the National Farmworkers Association with Cesar Chavez, but she may be one of the least-known activists in American history. In light of a new documentary coming out this month, we hear more about Huerta from her great-niece, who lives in KC. Guests: Michelle Tyrene Johnson, author of Cliff(ie) Notes: Lessons from a Badass Grandma Jacquie Fernandez-Lenati

Duration: 00:49:40

'Men on Boats'; Quixotic; The Phantastics

Meet the creative forces behind some of the exciting art stuff going on in September. We talk to the director of a play where ten manly explorers are played by women. Then, the dance troupe that choreographs shows off the sides of buildings. Finally, a KC musician who activates local dance floors and local politics. Guests: Missy Koonce, director, " Men on Boats " Anthony Magliano, founder and creative director, Quixotic Cirque Nouveau Kemet Coleman , The Phantastics

Duration: 00:49:43

Segregation And 'The Color Of Law'; Diversity In KC's Art Scene

The racial divide in Kansas City and across the U.S. is not just the result of individual prejudice, and developers like J.C. Nichols. We'll discuss this and more, with author Richard Rothstein, who's coming to Kansas City soon to talk about his new book, The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America . Plus, is Kansas City's art scene homogenous? One outgoing artist weighs in. Guests: Richard Rothstein , author, researcher, Economic Policy Institute...

Duration: 00:50:03

Hidden Racism In Children's Literature; Poet Jessica Ayala

Have you ever revisited a favorite book from your childhood . . . to find that it is actually racist? As our society's thoughts on race continue to evolve, we'll consult the author of the new book Was the Cat in the Hat Black?: The Hidden Racism of Children's Literature, and the Need for Diverse Books . Plus, we hear from Kansas City artist and activist Jessica Ayala, whose new collection of poetry, Huelga , will be released this Saturday, Aug. 26. Guests: Philip Nel ​, author, professor,...

Duration: 00:50:22

'It's Americana': 3 Trails West On Being One Of The Only Practitioners Of Cowboy Music In KC

On a sunny summer afternoon, a group of cowboys took to the outdoor stage in front of the Raphael Hotel on the Plaza and started singing in four-part harmonies. That band, 3 Trails West , is one of the only practitioners of cowboy music in Kansas City — and has been named the band of the year by the Academy of Western Artists and the Western Music Association. But what exactly is cowboy music? It isn’t country music. Or country-western. “It’s sort of the music you’d hear in the old...

Duration: 00:49:52

Ron Megee (R)

A chat with the local actor and director about being an out teen in Blue Springs, how he helped create the campy and irreverent Late Night Theatre group and how, until fairly recently, he couldn't perform onstage without throwing up. Guest: Ron Megee, Late Night Theatre

Duration: 00:49:31

Michael Smith; 'Elephants In The Coffee'

On the 10th anniversary of his eponymous restaurant, chef Michael Smith talks about embarking on a new concept: making his version of Tuscan cuisine. Then, a local filmmaker on his new documentary about the growing conflict between coffee plantation workers and elephants. Guests: Michael Smith, chef, Michael Smith Restaurant and Extra Virgin D.K. Bhaskar, filmmaker, Elephants in the Coffee

Duration: 00:49:43

Screentime: Ozark

In a new Netflix series, a family flees from Chicago and goes into hiding at the Lake of the Ozarks. We take a closer look at Ozark and how the show represents Missouri — and the larger urban-rural divide in the Midwest. Guests: Chris Mundy, showrunner for Ozark Melissa Lenos, KCUR arts contributor and Assistant Professor of English at Donnelly College Michael Duggan, Lake of the Ozarks native

Duration: 00:50:01

Street Performers; Friends With Your Ex; How To Eclipse In KC

Performing in public for unsuspecting audiences . . . You've seen it in big cities on street corners and on subways, but what about here in KC? We tap into the local scene. Are you friends with your ex? We'll talk to a KU researcher about why . Plus, advice on where to watch the solar eclipse in and around Kansas City . Guests: Ann Holliday , program director, Art in the Loop Rod Sipe , busker Benjamin Rosenthal , artist-in-residence, Charlotte Street Foundation Rebecca Griffith, affiliate...

Duration: 00:50:10

Kansas Artist Mike Hartung Gets His First Exhibit At 73 Years Old

His paintings have been called “exuberantly cheerless.” Artist Mike Hartung loves that description. The 73-year-old painter, who lives in Lindsborg, Kansas, has made around 700 paintings over his career. His first exhibit, “Gas Stations, Laundromats and the Spaces Between,” opens this month in three venues across Kansas . Hartung has also been described as a recluse, which he disputes, pointing to his recent exhibit openings in Salina and Lindsborg. “For a recluse, there were sure a lot of...

Duration: 00:35:16

The Closing Of Crick Camera; 73-Year-Old Artist Mike Hartung's First Show

73-year-old Mike Hartung has been producing art in his studio in Lindsborg, Kansas since the 1970s. 700 paintings later, he's finally having his first exhibit : "Gas Stations, Laundromats and the Spaces Between." Plus, Crick Camera Shop closed its doors for good back in January. We'll hear from a former employee who photographed the final days as an homage to film in the era of digital. Guests: Angie Jennings , president, Society for Contemporary Photography Mike Hartung ​, artist Richard...

Duration: 00:50:07

Archie Scott Gobber; Kyle Hatley; Julia Haile

Some of the exciting stuff on KC's arts calendar this month: an artist residency at the Nelson-Atkins; a three-person, 90-minute version of Macbeth; and a chat with soul singer Julia Haile. Haile will be performing Gen Listen KC's Stockyards Sounds on Tuesday, August 8. Guests: Archie Scott Gobber , artist-in-residence at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Kyle Hatley, actor and director, The Tragedy of Macbeth Julia Haile, singer, The Buhs and Hi-Lux

Duration: 00:50:02

Stephanie Roberts; Vi Tran; Johnson County's Poor Farm

A talk with the creator and director of two new shows that are premiering at the Kansas City Fringe Festival this weekend. One show was inspired by a box of old letters; the other by folk music. Plus: there used to be a poor farm at 119th and Ridgeview Road; it was another time period's model for helping the homeless. The story of Johnson County's poor farm and the attitude towards poverty that it represents. Guests: Stephanie Roberts , creator of Write to Me Vi Tran, Director, Will The...

Duration: 00:50:02

3 Trails West And Cowboy Music + 'Big Red One'

Cowboy music is not the same as country-western. A talk with some of the musicians of 3 Trails West — one of the few practitioners of true cowboy music in Kansas City. Plus: the legendary history of the " Big Red One " (1st Infantry Division). Based at Fort Riley, Kansas, it's the longest continuously-serving division in the United States Army ... and it recently celebrated its 100th anniversary. Guests: Leo Eilts, 3 Trails West Roger Eilts, 3 Trails West Robert Smith, First Infantry...

Duration: 00:49:52

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