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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.






4825 Troost Ave, Ste 202 Kansas City, Missouri 64110 816-235-2888


Evel Knievel; Misty Copeland; Lone Tot At Winstead's (R)

In light of a new Evel Knievel museum opening in Topeka earlier this year, we look back at the legacy of an all-American daredevil. Then, we visit with Kansas City native and ballet icon Misty Copeland. Also, we learn about the story of the 'lone tater tot' at Winstead's. Guests: Mike Patterson , The Evel Knievel Museum Frank Morris , KCUR reporter Misty Copeland , ballerina, author

Duration: 00:51:20

Cheese + Beer

Forget wine and cheese ... now there's beer and cheese. A local cheese expert tells us about the best beer and cheese pairings. Plus: a visit to a classic KC restaurant that brought back its fondue nights from the 1970s, then the Food Critics search out the best cheese dishes in and around town. Guests: Lincoln Broadbooks, The Better Cheddar Charles Ferruzza, food writer Mary Bloch, Around the Block Jenny Vergara, Feast Magazine

Duration: 00:27:48

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

Activism; Domestication Of Dogs; The Lost Christmas Tape

When it comes to fighting for a cause, some may picture protestors chaining themselves to machinery or going on hunger strikes. But a former journalist in Kansas fought a proposal for saltwater injection wells in a different way: she read a lot of documents and examined the tiny administrative details. Then: two area researchers on how dogs and humans became friends, then an encore presentation of how a local musician found one family's long-lost Christmas tape at a thrift store. Guests:...

Duration: 00:50:25

Park Parcels; Thomas Hart Benton's "Year Of Peril"

If you voted last election, you may have noticed a few measures concerning parcels of park land. Today, we learn the reasons why they appeared on the ballot and what it means for undeveloped areas in Kansas City. Then, we learn the history behind a controversial series of Thomas Hart Benton paintings made shortly after Pearl Harbor. Guests: Mark L. McHenry, director, KC Parks and Recreation Steve Sitton , site administrator, Thomas Hart Benton Home and Studio State Historic Site

Duration: 00:50:22

Disaster Follow-Up; The Honorary Consulates Of Kansas City

Three months have passed since a series of hurricanes rocked the Caribbean and the U.S. mainland. But are things improving? Today, Kansas Citians with loved ones affected by this year's bout of natural disasters give us an update on how recovery efforts are progressing. Then, we meet KC's honorary consuls: local residents with the official task of representing nations from across the globe. Guests: Amy Duke, Houston native José Marti , Kansas Citian from Puerto Rico, board member, Puerto...

Duration: 00:49:46

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

Women In Theater On Sexual Harassment

We are hearing more stories of sexual harassment and sexual misconduct. But these stories aren't new. How much has changed over time? Three women from three different generations share their perspectives from one industry. Guests: Heidi Van, Artistic Director, The Fishtank Sidonie Garrett, Executive Artistic Director, Heart of America Shakespeare Festival Jae Shanks, sound designer

Duration: 00:49:52

Rodolfo Marron; Liberty's African-American Legacy

For an artist, one year is plenty of time to develop new techniques and mature. Today, we check in on local artist Rodolfo Marron, who, after two residencies in New York, has returned to Kansas City with a new exhibit . Then, learn about Liberty's African-American heritage from the group dedicated to documenting and preserving its history. Guests: Rodolfo Marron, artist Cecelia Robinson, historian, Clay County African American Legacy A.J. Byrd, president, Clay County African American Legacy...

Duration: 00:49:56

How We Got Here

"Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free." Those are words etched on the Statue of Liberty, an icon of our nation's immigrant heritage. But its message barely skims the surface of the various reasons why people migrate to the United States. Today, we dive deeper by listening to Americans — with roots from across the globe — share their personal stories about how they got here. Guests: Nabil Haddad, owner, Winstead's Ilya Papinako, KC resident, immigrant...

Duration: 00:50:47

Embracing (or Rejecting) The Midwest

What does it mean to be a Midwesterner? It's a hard question to answer, but there's definitely something unique about this land between coasts. From our hardworking ethic to our passive-aggressive attitude, we discuss the characteristics, attitudes and habits (both good and bad) that define being Midwestern. Guests: Ricky Hill, research coordinator, ISGMH D. Rashaan Gilmore, host of Unbossed and Unbothered Reagan Bluel, dairy specialist, University of Missouri Extension Idris Raoufi, urban...

Duration: 00:50:40

Katz's Drugs Demolished, What Does It Mean For KC History Buffs?

On the southwest corner of Troost and Linwood Boulevard, Katz's Drug Store was quietly torn down after years of vacancy. Today, we learn what old landmarks have to teach us about Kansas City's history and why the demolition of Katz has garnered so much attention — even from young people who never shopped there. Guests: Kemet Coleman, local musician, The Phantastics Karla Deel, editor-in-chief, Squeeze Box City

Duration: 00:50:00

Food Waste And Leftovers; Church Decides To Omit 'Country Club' From Name

A good Thanksgiving Day meal requires consideration, preparation and even preservation. Today, we hear food safety advice to help keep uneaten leftovers fresh and to learn warning signs of spoiled items. Then, a local congregation shares why they've made the decision to remove the phrase 'Country Club' from their name and learn about the history of the district the church was originally named after. Guests: Jena Roberts , vice president of business development, Novolyze Rev. Chase Peeples ,...

Duration: 00:50:08

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 Brian...

Duration: 00:49:49

Dealing With Clutter

The holidays are approaching, and some of us will be frantically cleaning our homes — and getting rid of clutter — in preparation for guests. Or we'll be visiting parents and relatives, where we might confront the stuff from years past. On this show, we take a closer look at clutter. It's bad and we should get rid of the things that don't bring us joy, right? Maybe not... Guests: Eliza Cantlay, professonal organizer, Simplicana Mary Traylor, costume designer, Lyric Opera of Kansas City

Duration: 00:49:45

History Of Primitivo Garcia; Grasshopper Found In Van Gogh Painting

Vincent Van Gogh loved to paint "en plein air" which meant battling the elements: rain, wind and ... grasshoppers? Today, we speak with the painting conservator at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art who found a century-old grasshopper embedded in Van Gogh's Olive Trees . But first, we learn about the history of a Kansas City hero, Primitivo Garcia. Guests: Irene Garcia, sister of Primitivo Margaret Kelso, Primitivo's teacher Monica Garcia Saenz, niece of Primitivo Mary Schafer, Nelson-Atkins...

Duration: 00:49:55

The Nostalgic Scent Of Hardware Stores (R)

Tools, lumber and bolts are just a few of the things that come to mind when thinking about a hardware store — but how about the smell? Today, meet a local perfume maker who decided to recreate the scent of a Kansas City hardware store. Also, we discuss how the community is affected when these old "mom n' pop" businesses close shop. Guests: Sam Shublom , former employee of Tucker's Hardware Monroe Dodd , local historian Jill McKeever , Kansas City "scentstress" and proprietor of For Strange...

Duration: 00:50:35

Italian Food In Kansas City

Hear the story behind a classic Kansas City restaurant, then visit a new cafe that's located inside an antique mall. Plus: our Food Critics search out the best Italian food in and around KC, from beloved old-school favorites to interesting new takes on the cuisine. Guests: Jasper Mirabile, Jr., chef/owner of Jasper's Restaurant and Marco Polo's Italian Market Ann Scida, owner, Joe's Cellar Charles Ferruzza, 435 Magazine Mary Bloch, Around the Block Jenny Vergara, Feast Magazine

Duration: 00:49:38

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