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Hire Bilinguals, Making Movies, Urban Crows


What’s The Deal With All The Crows?

Every once in a while in winter, you can see thousands of crows gathering in certain spots around Kansas City. Over the past 50 years, these mysterious menaces have been congregating more and more in urban environments, and if you’ve been in the middle of a dive-bombing murder, you know they create quite the disturbance. KCUR's Suzanne Hogan was recently ambushed by a murder of crows, until she found out more about them.

Making Movies And Los Lobos Collaborate On New Album

About a year and a half ago, the local band Making Movies opened for the legendary rock band Los Lobos. Making Movies had been incorporating more Latin rhythms into their Spanish and English-language rock. Los Lobos saxophonist Steve Berlin liked what he heard. Between sets, he asked Making Movies if he could produce their next recording. The Kansas City band is now releasing the result, entitled A La Deriva. this week. And, with the encouragement of Berlin, they’re aiming to develop an international audience.

Snow Day Stories

After the two snowstorms that slammed Kansas City, even the bravest of winter weather enthusiasts found their schedules disrupted.  A lot of people spent their snow days digging their way out. But besides shoveling, many locals did something unanticipated, whether it was dealing with the loneliness of a power outage, or kicking back to play Call of Duty.

Preventing Roof Collapses

The heavy snow last week caused several roof collapses around the Kansas City area. And several more buildings were evacuated for fear of a collapse, including a Macy’s in Overland Park.  Hear our interview with Overland Park Code Administrator, Tim Ryan, to find out more about addressing and preventing roof collapses.

Website Helps Companies Find Bilingual Employees

As Kansas City’s Spanish-speaking population increases, many industries are adapting by hiring more bilingual employees.  But how can they tell when someone is truly bilingual?  Gabe Munoz, and his partner Raul Duran launched a website late last year to assess the language abilities of bilingual job applicants, and help match them with employers. 

Eat This!: UMKC Theatre Dept. Explores Food’s Journey From Farm To Plate

With the growth of the local food movement and a rise in urban farming, some Kansas City diners are increasingly discriminating about what goes on their plates. But a good number of people just eat what's tasty and convenient. With the premiere of Eat This!, the UMKC Theatre department is serving up a unique theatrical experience exploring the social and political debates surrounding food.

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