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Sundays at 5pmRebroadcast Mondays at 8pm Host: Susan B. Wilson Producer & Co-Host: Sylvia Maria Gross Assistant Producer: Alex Smith Contact: kccurrents@kcur.org or 816.235.6696Follow our Tweets: www.twitter.com/kccurrents For a weekly reminder of what's coming up on KC Currents, send an email to kccurrents@kcur.orgThe Latest From KC CurrentsPlanting New Grocery Stores In Rural Food Deserts Rural America is losing its grocery stores. Fewer people are living in the countryside, and mom-and-pop markets can't compete with big chains. But as KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross reports, some small towns are finding creative ways to buck the trend. K-State Program Supports Rural Groceries With grocery stores in rural Kansas closing at record speed, having access to healthy food is a growing issue. Sylvia Maria Gross interviews K-State Professor David Proctor about what options are available for small town groceries.

Healthy Hip Hop With Local Rapper Roy Scott, Inside The Studio & Documentary Of Artist Jim Leedy

Susan B. Wilson

Healthy Hip Hop With Local Rapper Roy Scott
Most adults realize that kids turn a deaf ear to lectures about what's good for them.  That's one of the reasons ex-urban rapper Roy Scott made a series of CDs for kids--using hip hop beats to convey messages about healthy lifestyle habits.  He also started the Lend a Hand Family Foundation –a non-profit that spreads educational messages to youth. This work and his music also dovetail with his day job as an outreach specialist for Blue Cross Blue Shield.

Some In Mo. Still Back Rep. Akin Despite Comments
Republican Congressman Todd Akin came under heavy criticism for comments he made about women’s bodies in cases of “legitimate rape.” Akin is in the middle of a U.S. Senate race in Missouri, and he is now feeling pressure from the GOP to withdraw. Akin apologized for his choice of words, but hasn’t announced any plans to bow out of the race. In fact, it seems some Missourians are backing him more strongly now than ever before.

A Check In On Harvesters
Nothing is more basic to human needs than food. Recent numbers suggest a slight decrease in hunger problems in the Kansas City area. However, non-profit and on-site meal services are not experiencing a decrease in demand, and these services are facing potential budget cuts. Harvesters, the local community food bank that serves a 16-county area, relies on government funding to meet their needs. Harvesters executive director Karen Haren, a well-respected advocate for those in need, speaks out on the state of Harvesters and the importance of feeding the hungry.

Hannibal, Mo.: Art Abounds In Twain’s Hometown
Samuel Clemens, the man behind the famous pen name “Mark Twain” grew up in the river town of Hannibal, MO.  It was there Clemens drew inspiration for such works as “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.” Now, more than 125 years after that book’s publication, there is a new set of characters in Twain’s boyhood home.
Jim Leedy: The Documentary
In the 1980s, The Crossroads was a blighted area in downtown Kansas City, complete with abandoned warehouses. And then The Crossroads became “Leedyville,” a nod to artist Jim Leedy. It was Leedy who encouraged other artists to set up studios in the area to create what is now a thriving art district. He also encouraged business owners to move in and revamp the area. On Friday, “Leedy: The Documentary” debuted at the Screenland Crossroads.

Inside Jim Leedy’s Art Studio
Central Standard host Jubulani Leffall met up with artist Jim Leedy to see some of his newest paintings and ceramic sculptures. Leffall learned that Leedy’s relationship with materials is best described as a collaboration.

My Farm Roots: Too Deep To Get Washed Away
Harvest Public Media started a series called “My Farm Roots.” These are Americans’ stories and memories of rural life. This week, Barb and Lynn Handy share their story of farming their land along the banks of the Missouri River in Percival, Iowa.  The couple has lived there together since they were married 52 years ago.

Sylvia Maria Gross is storytelling editor at KCUR 89.3. Reach her on Twitter @pubradiosly.
A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Susan admits that her “first love” was radio, being an avid listener since childhood. However, she spent much of her career in mental health, healthcare administration, and sports psychology (Susan holds a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Bloch School of Business at UMKC.) In the meantime, Wilson satisfied her journalistic cravings by doing public speaking, providing “expert” interviews for local television, and being a guest commentator/contributor to KPRS’s morning drive time show and the teen talk show “Generation Rap.”
As a health care reporter, I aim to empower my audience to take steps to improve health care and make informed decisions as consumers and voters. I tell human stories augmented with research and data to explain how our health care system works and sometimes fails us. Email me at alexs@kcur.org.
Every part of the present has been shaped by actions that took place in the past, but too often that context is left out. As a podcast producer for KCUR Studios and host of the podcast A People’s History of Kansas City, I aim to provide context, clarity, empathy and deeper, nuanced perspectives on how the events and people in the past have shaped our community today.

In that role, and as an occasional announcer and reporter, I want to entertain, inform, make you think, expose something new and cultivate a deeper shared human connection about how the passage of time affects us all. Reach me at hogansm@kcur.org.
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