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Walt Bodine, Pat Jordan, Hospice Cards, Eudora Jewish Cemetery

Julie Denesha

Walt Bodine Remembered As Giant Among Broadcasters

Our friend and colleague Walt Bodine died early Sunday morning at the age of 92.  Walt was a lifelong  broadcaster, teacher, author, and friend of Kansas City. His son, Marty, said Walt died peacefully, surrounded by family. Hear about the career of this icon of the airwaves.

A Vision Taking Shape For KC's Arts And Culture Plan

In January, the Mayor’s Task Force for the Arts launched a series of meetings - at community centers, libraries, and other venues - to try to map out a vision for Kansas City’s arts and cultural policy. Ideas and feedback are still being collected for the first comprehensive review in nearly 2 decades. Listen in on the process, and hear from Porter Arneill, Municipal Arts Commission Director.

Pat Jordan On The Future of Arts in KC

The co-chair of the Mayor’s Task Force on the Arts is a woman who’s been a formidable presence in Kansas City’s art scene since the early 1990’s.  Pat Jordan is best known for leading the revival of the 1912 Gem Theatre on 18th and Vine. She’s also opened galleries and organized arts programs for youth. The Missouri Arts Council recently recognized Pat Jordan’s contributions by awarding her the “Leadership in the Arts” award. We sat down with Jordan to hear more about her decades of work and her vision for the future of Kansas City in the arts.

Hallmark Petitioned For ‘End Of Life’ Cards

It seems like there’s a greeting card for everything these days: But what about a card for being in hospice, or at the end stages of life? That’s the idea of a high-profile patient advocate, who’s turned her attention to Kansas City, because of Hallmark, of course.

Historic Designation Reveals Jewish Roots of Eudora

The Lawrence Jewish Community Congregation recently succeeded in getting a 19th-century Jewish cemetery in Eudora, Kansas listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It’s the last trace of a pioneering Jewish community that helped found the tiny town. 

Remembering John Mark Eberhart

We lost another member of the KCUR family this week.  John Mark Eberhart was a “Book Doctor” on the Walt Bodine Show and Up To Date.  He was also a poet and book review editor for the Kansas City Star.  John Mark died Tuesday morning after a battle with cancer.  In his memory, hear a recording from 2008 of Eberhart reading one of his poems. 

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