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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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Kansas City, MO




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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Getting To Mars And (Maybe) Back; Life And Legacy Of James Baldwin

Today, we speak with a University of Kansas student who won an international competition focused on designing a spacecraft capable of reaching Mars and returning to Earth. Then: James Baldwin's legacy still resonates with today's thinkers on race in Kansas City. We discuss how his ideas still relate with the current social climate. Guests: Bailey Miller , graduate student, KU School of Engineering Cecilia Belser-Patton , co-founder, Just Systems D. Rashaan Gilmore , host of Unbossed and...

Duration: 00:49:13

Cornbread + Oxtail + Soups And Stews

A chef tells us about the "secret" off-menu cornbread at his restaurant, and we visit a local Ethiopian/Caribbean place to find out more about its braised oxtail dish. Then, the Food Critics search out the best soups and stews in and around Kansas City. Guests: Stacey Tramel, Executive Chef, The Oliver Cherven Desauguste, co-owner, Mesob Charles Ferruzza, KCUR Food Critic Mary Bloch, Around the Block Jenny Vergara, Feast Magazine

Duration: 00:50:07

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

Students React To Gun Violence Through Art; Dollar General

Today, meet two students from the Central Academy of Excellence in Kansas City who are using art to tell stories about gun violence. Then, find out how communities, both rural and urban, are affected by the expansion of dollar stores such as Dollar General. Guests: Charlette Wafer , academic coach, Central Academy of Excellence LaShawna Bussey , student, Central Academy of Excellence Logan Bates , student, Central Academy of Excellence Sarah Nassauer , reporter, The Wall Street Journal David...

Duration: 00:49:59

Missouri Education Board; History Of Foster Care

The Missouri Board of Education is currently in the middle of a political kerfuffle — so, how will area students and teachers be affected? Today, we break down the responsibilities of the Missouri Board of Education and explain their relationship with the schooling system. Then, we learn about the formation of the foster care system in America and its history throughout the past century.

Duration: 00:49:46

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

KC 'Standard' Songs; Exploring Area Breweries, Distilleries and Vineyards

What makes a song a Kansas City song? We revisit the classic "standards" that once defined the KC sound. Plus: a local writer takes us on a tour of the nearby breweries, distilleries and vineyards on both sides of the state line. Guests: Chuck Haddix , host of KCUR's "The Fish Fry" and Director, Marr Sound Archives Pete Dulin , author of Expedition of Thirst: Exploring Breweries, Wineries, and Distilleries across the Heart of Kansas and Missouri

Duration: 00:50:33

Bibliofiles: Romance

Love is hard to define — so how do you analyze a whole literary genre with rules built around the concept? Today, KCUR's 'Bibliofiles' explain the themes, constructs and plot devices behind the romance genre. They also recommend their favorite books featuring romantic elements and wade through controversy stirred up by a condescending article on romance novels featured in the New York Times . Guests: Jeffrey Ann Goudie, freelance book critic​ Mark Luce , The Barstow School Kaite Stover ,...

Duration: 00:49:39

Scott Hawley; Michael Byars (R)

Scott Hawley is a geneticist at the Stowers Institute. We hear how his career has its roots in a high school gym class ... and how that influences his work today. Plus: get to know the man behind your morning commute. He shares a story about the time he spent New Year's Eve playing Missile Command. Guests: Scott Hawley, Stowers Institute for Medical Research Michael Byars , KCUR Morning Announcer

Duration: 00:50:20

Screentime: Wonder Woman (R)

We explore what the theatrical release of a new Wonder Woman movie says about evolving perspectives on femininity and feminism. Guests: Loey Lockerby , film critic Ayesha Hardison , associate professor, KU's English, Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies Viviana Grieco , assistant professor of history, UMKC's Women's & Gender Studies Jen Appell , singer-songwriter

Duration: 00:49:04

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 , assistant...

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

KC Meals Worth Coming Home For + Pizza

It's the time of year when KC expats come home for the holidays. We take a look at the restaurant meals that they have to have during their visit, and a chat with a KC native whose New York barbeque restaurant has become a hangout for homesick Kansas Citians. Plus: we say goodbye to Fun House Pizza in Raytown , which is closing after 53 years, and our Food Critics search out the best pizza in and around town. Guests: Josh Bowen, owner/pitmaster, John Brown Smokehouse Charles Ferruzza, KCUR...

Duration: 00:49:48

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

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 member,...

Duration: 00:49:47

Kansas City's Community Newspapers Review 2017

Looking back, this year was slammed with national news: tropical storms, wildfires, protests and even Twitter wars. But plenty happened here in Kansas City, too! So before entering a new year, we check in with community newspapers to learn about the important local stories of 2017. Guests: Jay Senter, publisher, Shawnee Mission Post Eric Wesson, staff writer, The Call Joe Arce, publisher, KC Hispanic News Barbara Bayer, editor, Jewish Chronicle

Duration: 00:50:19

Education And The Kansas State Constitution; Best Podcasts Of 2017

Why is school funding a constant debate in the Sunflower State? Today, we look at how the Kansas Constitution defines the government's responsibility concerning education. Then, we review the greatest podcasts of 2017 — just in time for emergency holiday downloading. Guests: Bill Rich , professor, Washburn University School of Law Lauren Ober , host, The Big Listen Madeline Fox , reporter, Kansas News Service

Duration: 00:49:40

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

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