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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 December 10, 2018:

  • Monday: Autism in Adulthood | Oceans and the Midwest
  • Tuesday: Westport Check-in | Cause Coffee & New Do-Gooder Stores
  • Wednesday: A Mouse Divided | Ferdinand The Bull
  • Thursday: Mo Willems | The Model T & Regional German Dialect
  • Friday:  Food: Steaks

Segment 1: The forgotten Kansas Citian behind Mickey Mouse.

The story of how Mickey Mouse got his start is part of Kansas City mythology. But Walt Disney isn't the only Kansas Citian responsible for the famous mouse. We'll hear the story of another man whose role in making Mickey is just as crucial.

Segment 1: McCoy's Public House and Brewery is closing.

Westport has a vibrant daytime scene, as well as a lively nightlife, and McCoy's has been a long-time staple for both. We talk about the changing nature of the neighborhood, alongside concerns of security, privitization, and old, historic buildings. 

Segment 1: Autism in adults, from diagnosis to intervention.

Many of the therapies available for people on the autism spectrum are geared towards children, but what if you weren't diagnosised until you were 60? One woman's story sheds light on the challenges that arise for adults diagnosed with austism later in life.

Photographing Rock Stars

Dec 7, 2018

On display at the Kansas City Public Library are iconic photographs from Rolling Stone magazine, taken in the 1960s and '70s. The man behind the camera was Baron Wolman, the magazine's first Chief Photographer. His pictures of rock stars like Jimi Hendrix and Mick Jagger influence the way we still think about their star power, and helped pioneer the field of music journalism.

Segment 1: Should Kansas City's football team consider changing their name?

Segment 1: What medical marijuana looks like in practice.

Missouri votes approved Amendment 2 in November, legalizing the use of medical marijuana in the state. So what happens next? We'll talk about all the hoops that have to be jumped through before dispensaries start opening in our area.

Segment 1: Teaching kids about identity.

Concepts like race, gender and social class can be difficult concepts to address — even for adults. So how do you talk to children about those ideas?

Segment 1: Jabari Asim on race in America.

"We Can't Breathe" is a collection of essays exploring how the legacy of racism fits into the stories we tell about our past. On this episode, author and St. Louis native Jabari Asim discusses storytelling in his St. Louis neighborhood, the complexity of the founding fathers, and why racism doesn't surprise him.

Segment 1: A make-over with the Fab Five.

The owner and chef of Succotash in Kansas City recently food-styled the lifestyle book: "Love Yourself, Love Your Life.”

Segment 2, beginning at 16:43: How to stock your holiday bar.

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Kansas City chef Beth Barden just finished a job she never anticipated having: food-stylist for the new coffee table book "Queer Eye: Love Yourself, Love Your Life."

Like the "Queer Eye" television show, which recently wrapped filming its third season in Kansas City, the book is full of lifestyle advice, with pearls of widsom ranging from how to select the right cut of denim to what your go-to meal says about you.  

Segment 1: Turning a life of cystic fibrosis into art.

Last time we spoke with artist Dylan Mortimer, he was coming off of a seemingly successful lung transplant and breathing freely for the first time in his life. Now his body is rejecting those donor lungs. Hear insights into his artistic, emotional, and physical journey as he awaits a second transplant and continues to exceed his life expectancy. 

Segment 1: Is recycling still working?

After the recent closure of one of Kansas City's busiest free drop-off recycling centers, we take a look at state of the recycling system here in the Metro. 

Segment 2, beginning at 37:42: Iconic television tower might become a piece of art.

Segment 1: An exit interview with the director of the ACLU of Kansas.

Kansas City native Micah Kubic is leaving his post as the executive director of the ACLU of Kansas to take on the same role at the ACLU of Florida. We talk with Kubic his projects, his life in Kansas City, his time consulting local politicians, and how we reacts to being called the anti-Kobach. 

For some, genetic testing can provide answers to lifelong questions. But DNA also raises unique ethical conundrums when it comes to privacy and discrimination. On this episode, we dive into the personal stories and moral curiosities about DNA.

Guests:

Segment 1: Celebrating indigenous foods at Thanksgiving.

Turkey, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce are staples for the modern-day Thanksgiving feast. But the story of the first Thanksgiving is one where indigenous people prepared food with ingredients and cooking methods native to North America. We explore native cuisine with two indigenous chefs.

Segment 1: The finale of My Fellow Kansans.

This election season was a doozy in Kansas. So we look back with one last episode of My Fellow Kansans, exploring the outcome of the governor's race and putting it in context.

Segment 2, beginning at 21:25: The marching band experience.

Marching bands keep spectator spirits high. But there's more to it than the music. KCUR intern Sofia Gillespie brings us this story.

Sofia Gillespie / KCUR 89.3

Sara Corrigan of Overland Park is a designer. But instead of making logos out of ink, she makes them with high school and college band students on football fields.

“Marching band for me, the visual is what it is about,” says Corrigan.

Corrigan has been involved with marching bands for more than 20 years, both performing and offering choreography expertise on her website March and Spin. She balances her time designing halftime shows, judging performances, and working in the cafeteria at an elementary school.  

Segment 1: Kansas City poet wins International Latino Book Award

A local poet has won two major awards this year, for her work in both English and Spanish. On this episode, we speak with Xánath Caraza about poetry as a way to break silence, the best way to produce a lot of art, and the women that have had significant influence on her life. 

Paul Andrews

Forty years is a long time to spend in one place, doing one thing. Especially when the goal is to ruffle feathers.

But that's what the Unicorn Theatre's producing artistic director Cynthia Levin has done, turning an anti-establishment theater into an established venue.

Portrait Session With Artistic Director Cynthia Levin

Nov 16, 2018

For the past 39 years, Cynthia Levin has made the Unicorn Theatre's stage her home, family, and legacy. We spoke with her about growing up in an activist family, using theater to examine social issues, and giving a voice to the voiceless in her role as the Producing Artistic Director of the Unicorn. This hour-long interview marks the latest installment of our Portrait Sessions. 

Seg. 1: Food Safety & Feeding The Homeless. Seg. 2: They Call Me Sauce

Nov 15, 2018

Segment 1: Food safety and feeding the homelessness in Kansas City.

The Kansas City Health Department recently intercepted food intended for the homeless out of concern for food safety, then used bleach to ensure it would not be consumed. The story has gone viral, generating a heated discussion in the metro and beyond. On this episode, we address the underlying tensions about how to help, and the needs in our community still going unmet -- with upwards of 4,000 people enduring homelessness.

Segment 1: Stan Lee's local impact on entertainment culture.

Stan Lee, the creator of the Marvel Comics Universe, passed away earlier this week. On this episode, we speak with local artists and collectors who were influenced by Lee's legacy.

Segment 2, beginning at 35:00: The Baker Street Irregulars.

Segment 1: Why is predicting Kansas City weather so hard?

In Kansas City, you can regularly experience three seasons in one day. We talk with local meteorologists about how different elements of Kansas City such as altitude, latitude and longitude combine to create our signature weather, once named most unpredictable among major US cities

Segment 1: 100 years since the 1918 epidemic, but we still battle influenza.

Historians are still debating how many people died from the flu pandemic in 1918, at least 2,000 Kansas Citians included. We talk about the politics and protocols of treating the flu in the past and learn how to best prevent the spread of the flu this season.

Food Critics: Grits And Diners

Nov 9, 2018

Segment 1: Grits.

Whether you like them or not, grits are making a comeback on menus across the nation. Grits have been around a long time; they are a meal indigenous to North America. We talk with a local chef about the variety and versatility of grits. 

Segment 2, beginning at 13:10: Diner dining in Kansas City.

Segment 1: How to remember war.

How World War 1 was a pivotal moment in how we memorialize wars, with Kansas City's Liberty Memorial playing a key role.

Post-Midterm Election Reactions

Nov 7, 2018

The day after the 2018 midterm elections, two political science professors join us to talk about who turned out to vote, and how that affected the outcomes. The discussion includes high turnout for young voters, changing rural demographics in Kansas and Missouri, the importance of identity for voters and candidates, and whether Kansas just turned blue as some are claiming, or not. 

Seg. 1: Election Words. Seg. 2: National Novel Writing Month.

Nov 6, 2018

Segment 1: Where does the word vote come from?

Voting and elections have their own vocabulary, with words like poll, tally, ballot, and candidate. We discuss with scholars to learn the origins of voting words and how they came to be associated with the election season. We also check in with a KCUR reporter out at the polls on this election day.

Protecting Your Vote

Nov 5, 2018

On the day before the midterm elections, we discuss the process of voting and how to ensure your vote is protected. Plus, a look at two recent episodes of My Fellow Kansans covering gubernatorial candidates Kris Kobach and Laura Kelly.

Guests:

Segment 1: Jason Sudeikis brings it for his friends.

Jason Sudeikis returns to his hometown for Thundergong, with a star-studded lineup of comedy and music. The proceeds go towards a local non-profit founded by a childhood friend who lost a leg unexpectedly in 2005; his foundation now supports others who need prosthetic limbs. The two friends talk about everything from yacht rock to the scourge of indecency.  

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