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Photography Exhibit Portrays 100 Years of Missouri Immigrants

A new exhibition entitled “The Missouri Immigrant Experience: Faces and Places” portrays vivid images of the state’s diverse immigrants from the early twentieth century to today.  The exhibit was sponsored by the Missouri Immigrant and Refugee Advocates, a coalition of organizations that advocates for immigrants.

Is Austin's Google Gain KC's Loss?

Google announced last week that it’s building a new high-speed fiber optic network; this time in Austin, Texas. It’s been two years since the company announced it would build its first fiber optic network here – and many residents hoped it would be everywhere by now. We take a look at what’s happened since Google came to KC.

Medicaid Expansion Uncertain In Missouri

Last year’s Supreme Court ruling left a key part of the federal health law up to states to decide: whether to expand Medicaid. Leaders in Missouri are still divided on what to do.  And as Elana Gordon reports, Missouri’s Governor, who supports an expansion, faced one of his toughest crowds yet, when meeting with Senate leadership last week.

Wrangling 150 Kansas Poets In One Poem

It’s been a challenging term for the outgoing Kansas poet laureate, Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg. She lost her home, metaphorically speaking, in 2011 when the Kansas Arts Commission was dissolved by Governor Sam Brownback.  The Kansas Humanities Council recently adopted the program, and is expected to announce a new poet laureate this month.  Meanwhile, Mirriam-Goldberg is holding readings throughout the state of a long poem she edited this past year: To the Stars through Difficulty is based on a Japanese style of collaborative poetry called a renga.

Red Carpet Conversations About '42'

The movie “42” tells the story of baseball player Jackie Robinson, the former Kansas City Monarch who broke the color barrier with his entry into Major League Baseball. A recent sneak preview of the movie in Kansas City featured an appearance by iconic actor Harrison Ford and a handful of his co-stars.

Gluten-Free By Popular Demand

Gluten-free diets -- barring foods that contain wheat, rye and barley -- are all the rage these days. It’s kind of surprising, given that experts estimate only about 1 percent of the U.S. population suffers from Celiac disease, the disorder that causes their immune systems to reject that pesky gluten. But as Harvest Public Media reports, this diet fad and others are largely driven by Americans’ growing appetite for food solutions to their health problems. And in today’s social media world, those ideas move along like hot potatoes.

UMKC Alumnus Wins Guggenheim Fellowship

Each year, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation awards mid-career fellowships to 200 applicants in fields ranging from choreography to plant sciences. Two of the 2013 fellows are Kansas City locals: Mike Sinclair, architectural and fine art photographer; and Narong Prangcharoen, UMKC alumnus and teaching assistant of composition and piano, and freelance composer. Prangcharoen's fellowship is in music composition.

Sylvia Maria Gross is storytelling editor at KCUR 89.3. Reach her on Twitter @pubradiosly.
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