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Central Standard

Monday - Friday at 10 a.m.

Central Standard is an arts and ideas show. We tell the stories of people who matter in the Kansas City region.

Central Standard is broadcast weekdays at 10 a.m. on KCUR 89.3 and is available via podcast.

Coming up the week of March 18, 2019:

  • Monday: Queer Eye
  • Tuesday: Mayors 101
  • Wednesday: School  Boards 101 | Literature of American Pop Music
  • Thursday: Youth Climate Strike | Urban Reforestation | Stonewall Choral Piece
  • Friday: Food: Chicken & Eggs

Chicken & Egg

Mar 22, 2019

In a riff on the age old question about what comes first, this is a food show about chicken and eggs. Eggs come first, with a lesson on making Mexican-style eggs using the secret ingredient, which is love. Then the food critics lead a search for the best chicken dishes in town, whether you like it fried, roasted, broasted, boiled, in a sandwich or tamale, biryani or pot pie. 

Segment 1: Why are young people getting involved in climate activism?

Cities nationwide saw young people turn out for a march against climate change on Friday, March 15. We visit with a local student activist to find out why they participated in Kansas City's.

  • Dawson Sims, college sophomore, UMKC

Segment 2, beginning at 10:57: How planting trees can help mitigate climate change.

Segment 1: School boards matter. Here's why.

Even if you don't have kids, school board elections can have a profound impact on the community. We look at how schools are governed, what school board members actually do, and where to find information about candidates.

Mayor 101

Mar 19, 2019

The race for mayor of Kansas City, Missouri, is crowded with candidates. Today, we zoom out and take a look at the job they want. While a lot of candidates campaign on reducing crime and providing basic city services, it turns out that the mayor isn't in charge of the police department or snow removal. So what exactly is the mayor's role, and how does that fit in with the city council and city manager? What's the mayor of Kansas City actually responsible for? We'll ask the questions so you can focus on who to vote for.

Guests:

Queer Eye In Kansas City

Mar 18, 2019

Last weekend, people across the country binge-watched season three of Queer Eye. But locals had an exceptionally compelling reason to watch: this particular season was filmed entirely in the Kansas City area. In this conversation, we revisit favorite moments and hear from fans to find out what they thought.

Segment 1: What happens to a community without access to a four-year college?

The majority of college freshmen enroll at schools within 50 miles from home. But what if there isn't a four-year university nearby? In this conversation, we take a look at the effects education deserts have on communities and how Dodge City, Kansas, is looking to address theirs.

Reporting On Race

Mar 13, 2019

With racial tensions on the rise in recent years, what's it like to be a reporter of color tasked with witnessing events, mediating tricky conversations, and making those stories understandable? In this discussion, we visit with three journalists covering race and culture both locally and nationwide.

Segment 1: Why a Midwesterner is leading the charge to save manatees.

To a native Kansas Citian, a sea animal like the manatee might as well be something mythical like a unicorn or a chupacabra. In this conversation, we learn how a nature lover from Independence wound up leading an organization that helped take the beloved sea cow off the endangered list.

Segment 1: How your 20s are fertile ground for mental illness.

The American College Health Association reports that more than 60 percent of college students had experienced 'overwhelming anxiety' in 2018. But more of them are also seeking help. So what's changing-- the circumstances causing the anxiety, or the culture around asking for help?

Segment 1: The culinary connection between New Orleans and Kansas City.

Andrea Broomfield offers us a look at Cajun cuisine and its historical ties to Kansas City. Then, chef Israel England tells us the secret to rich and delicious gumbo.

  • Andrea Broomfield, Food Historian and Professor
  • Israel England, Owner and Executive Chef of Kansas City Cajun

Segment 2, (beginning at 18:24): McLain’s and the best cinnamon rolls in Kansas City

Segment 1: Kansas women share stories of life on the range.

More women are running ranches in America, according to a recent New York Times article. So what does that phenomenon look like in Kansas? In this conversation, we hear stories out on the range from female ranchers in the heart of America.

Segment 1: Are you using your phone to read this? Us too.

A cell phone today is basically just as important as our wallet and keys; we do not want to leave the house without it. But is this reliance actually an addiction? We talk with parents and smartphone users about why phones are so addictive and how they are affecting our moods, motivations, and parenting.

Segment 1: The United Methodist Church is experiencing a rift among its members over LGBTQ issues.

Last week, the United Methodist Church voted to keep bans on same-sex marriage and LGBTQ clergy, a controversial decision that exposes a divide between traditionalists and progressives. In this conversation, we talk to local members of the Methodist community about the vote's implications, their reactions, and what this means for the future of the Methodist Church. 

Segment 1: If laughter is the best medicine, can a doctor write a prescription for a joke? 

In this conversation, we break down what makes a successful joke, and invite listeners to share a few wisecracks.

  • Dan Margolies, pun enthusiast, KCUR's health and legal affairs editor
  • Ameerah Sanders, stand-up comedian

Segment 2, beginning at 18:49: Books that tickle the funny bone.

Segment 1: Kevin Willmott delivers his acceptance speech. 

Kevin Willmott won an Oscar for BlacKkKlansman in the category of Best Adapted Screenplay. But he did not give an acceptance speech at the awards ceremony. We've remedied that.

Segment 2, beginning at 10:14: Jazz trumpeter Hermon Mehari comes home.

Segment 1: More baby boomers are choosing to open up their own businesses. 

Retirement? Not for these people. Despite the trope of the young, millennial entrepreneur, research shows that people between 55 and 64 make up about a quarter of new entrepreneurs. In this conversation, we talk with an author who's reported on this trend and a 69-year-old businessowner who's living it. 

Segment 1: Teacher pay in Missouri comes in almost dead last compared to the other 50 states.

Missouri places 49th in a study ranking teacher pay state-by-state. In this conversation, we discuss why that is and look into how the issue affects local educators.

Segment 1: A Kansas City non-profit is advocating for people with rare diseases.

When you have a disease that's common, you can expect a swift diagnosis and a level of understanding from friends and family. But that might not be the case if your condition is rarely seen and little-understood, even by medical professionals. Hear about the obstacles facing patients with rare diseases and their families

Segment 1: What makes regional pizza styles unique?

What makes a pizza Neapolitan? Where does one draw the line between St. Louis and New York style pies? We talk with pizza chef Brent Gunnels about these distinctions. Plus, Celisa Calacal gives us a look at a local pizzeria which champions Kansas City's own style of pizza. 

Segment 1: A historic look at the conflict between faith and satire.

From court jesters of the medieval era to comedians of the modern day, humor and religion haven't exactly been the best of friends. In this conversation, a University of Kansas professor recounts a long history of standoffs between faith and wit.

Segment 1: How black cultural institutions can serve as a place for community healing.

It's no secret that Kansas City still bears scars of redlining and segregation, but it's not exactly something you bring up at a party either. So how do we have these important discussions to help our community move forward? A local poet has ideas.

Seg. 1: What Is Populism? Seg. 2: Eddie Moore

Feb 19, 2019

Segment 1: The word 'populism' is being used more and more in national headlines. So what does it mean?

Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Donald Trump are all running for president in 2020. While these candidates may not have much in common, media outlets use one word to describe all of them again and again: populist. In this conversation, we look at what defines populism, and what that word means for politics in both America and abroad.

Segment 1: What are local churches doing to prevent and report abuse?

Abuse in the church is a particular kind of betrayal. And it's an issue church-goers everywhere are wrestling with after news in Texas broke of pastors who could still find work despite long histories of sexual abuse allegations. In this conversation, we hear how local survivors, clergy, and advocates are responding to these stories.

Focus Features

Update: Feb. 25.

When Spike Lee's "BlacKkKlansman," a satire about race in America, won an Academy Award Sunday night for best adapted screenplay, one of the Oscars went to Kansas filmmaker Kevin Willmott, who co-write the film with Lee, Charlie Wachtel and David Rabinowitz.

Segment 1: Community newspaper check-in with Camp Magazine.

From a continent-wide softball competition, to a ‘rainbow wave’ in local government — there’s a lot of news in Kansas City’s LGBTQ community. We visit with the editor of Camp Magazine, to take a look at recent headlines. 

Segment 2, beginning at 13:20: A local icon hangs up his cape.

Segment 1: What's going on with unions in Missouri?

Last year, union membership in Missouri went up, bucking a national trend of declining numbers. But the bigger picture is much more complicated. In this conversation, we take a close look at the current climate of local unions.

Segment 1: The plaza's historic look may see big changes in the future. 

New tenants on the Plaza could change the look of the historic Seville-inspired shopping district. As people wrestle with impending change, balancing nostalgia and aesthetics against commercial hope, we step back and talk about what the Plaza aesthetic is, and whether it's something we as Kansas Citians are attached to. 

Segment 1: Emily Kate’s and gluten-free cuisine

Producer Coy Dugger takes us behind the scenes at Emily Kate’s bakery, which specializes in gluten-free baking. We also hear from Janet Smith who offers tips and tricks for the at-home baker interested in creating gluten-free delights.

Segment 1: MU professor finds that eye behavior can provide mental health analysis.

They say eyes are a window to your soul. But according to a University of Missouri researcher, they're also a window to your stress level.

Segment 2, beginning at 12:44: Local mom shares her story about changing her mind on a controversial issue: vaccines.

Segment 1: The dark side of gambling.

Gambling often conjures up images of casinos, slot machines, and sports betting. But as our guests point out, gambling isn't all fun and games — it can also turn into addiction. One that can have an even greater impact on communities of color.

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