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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 April 1st, 2019:

  • Monday: Downtown Baseball Stadium | Nerds of Nostalgia
  • Tuesday: Dementia Friendly KC | Bird Botanicals
  • Wednesday: 3.2 Beer | A Friend for Henry
  • Thursday: Modern Monetary Theory | One Small Step
  • Friday: KC Film Fest | Grass Dwelling | Heartland Glass Festival

Mentoring For Urban Youth

Dec 7, 2011
Legacy Foundation

There's an old proverb that asks, how do you eat an elephant? The answer, one bite at a time. Join us for a look at two area organizations that are doing their part, bite by bite, to help address the needs of KC's urban youth in the areas of childhood obesity, literacy and youth violence.

Comedian Mike Baldwin

Dec 7, 2011

Meet a KC comedian who just took first place at the Seattle International Comedy Festival, the competition that launched comics like Mitch Hedberg. We'll hear how he's developed his technique and routine, and some common myths of stand-up comedy.

GUEST:
Mike Baldwin, comedian

Francis Bacon And The Gulf Oil Spill

Dec 7, 2011

On today's show, a conversation about the influence of 17th Century Renaissance poets on modern environmental thought. Modern environmental thought breaks down into two different schools. One says science can create new technology to solve the environmental crisis, and the other school of thought calls that approach pure hubris, and argues for a more ethical treatment of nature in the first place. We'll speak with Johnson County Community College English professor Anthony Funari about how the origins of this modern debate lies in the 17th Century writings of Francis Bacon.

What's in a Name?

Dec 6, 2011
flickr/Myles!

These days, parents like giving their kids unique names. That means using Google, naming kids after celebrities, and just plain making names up. But does what we're called affect who we turn out to be?

Multicultural Marketing

Dec 6, 2011
Nicholas Segura

 The U.S. has long been known as a melting pot of different races and cultures. But the diversity within our country isn’t always reflected in the TV commercials, billboards, and other forms of advertising that are ubiquitous. Hispanic people represent more than 10% of the population in the U.S. But according to our guest Nicholas Segura, only about 5% of advertising spending targets the Hispanic market.

GUEST:
Nicholas Segura, 385 Agency

Parenting

Dec 5, 2011
Flickr/Daquella manera

Can you ever love your child too much? Today on the show, join Dr. Bruce Liese for a look at what happens when parents are too attuned to their children, and how our culture’s obsession with happiness can lead our children towards an unhappy adulthood.

GUEST:
Dr. Bruce Liese, University of Kansas School of Medicine 

flickr/pink_fish13

Join the conversation with Walt Bodine, co-host Charles Ferruzza and the Food Critics as we discuss great places to dine around town. Plus, in the second half of the hour, critics and callers gab about their favorite places to grab a burger around town.

Rememering Phil Miller, The Story of Fishbone

Dec 1, 2011

Poet and mentor Phil Miller believed that anyone can write a good poem who's willing to do the work. Join poets Randy Ratliff and Eve Ott as we remember Phil's determinedly democratic approach to poetry, and his contributions to the Riverfront Reading series.

GUESTS:
Randy Ratliff, poet
Eve Ott, poet

SECOND HALF

A New Life at Any Age

Nov 30, 2011

For today's show, a reminder that it's never too late to find true love. Newlyweds Fern Shurr, 96, and Paul Tredo, 83, join us to share their story. On her wedding day, Fern told KCTV 5 that it felt like she was embarking on a "whole new life," with Paul.

GUESTS:
Fern Shurr, newlywed
Paul Tredo, newlywed

Alzheimer's Awareness

Nov 29, 2011

Just before the end of Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month, we sit down with experts in the field. We'll talk warning signs, stages, treatments, and new research happening in the Midwest. Plus, another story from The Creativity Connection.

On TV: Fall Survivors, Holiday Specials

Nov 29, 2011

When TV critic Aaron Barnhart is on his social networks, the question he gets most frequently is, "Should I keep watching (your favorite new show here), or is it about to get canceled?" To come up with an answer, Aaron has developed a mathematical formula for interpreting viewership data across networks. We'll find out what shows he thinks will be sticking around until Spring. Plus, a look at our favorite holiday TV specials.

Today's show features guest host Bill Anderson.

Thanksgiving Recipes Remixed

Nov 21, 2011
Beth Bader

Here’s an idea for mixing up Thanksgiving dinner this year – hide your old recipes. Today on the show local food writers Beth Bader and Emily Farris are joining us with some incredibly easy and creative twists on traditional dishes.

Halloween Frankenfun Dractacular

Oct 31, 2011

Today on the show, the art slash kids show Whoop Dee Doo returns to take another stab at making radio. They’ve created a spooky Halloween Frankenfun Dractacular to debut live on today’s show.

Computer Guys: Patent Law

Oct 10, 2011
orangesparrow / Flickr

There's a lot more to that One-Click buying button you see on Amazon.com than just easier online shopping. Behind the scenes, lawsuits rage and those who develop new technology scramble for patents. For this show, the Computer Guys, George Costelle and Thos. O'Brian, stop by and are bringing along Jim Kernell, a Patent/IP attorney.

 

Emotional Intelligence

Oct 3, 2011

In the era of Facebook and Twitter – one TMI update or insensitive comment could have lasting consequences. Join Dr. Bruce Liese and guest host Bill Anderson today for a look at a kind of intelligence that has nothing to do with your IQ, but everything to do with success in your relationships and career – your emotional intelligence.

Luckily even if you aren't in tune with your emotional intelligence, you can learn to adapt. Dr. Liese says:

The Effects of Restricting Payday Lending

Sep 20, 2011
Andrea Silenzi

Payday loan shops provide small, short-term loans. A typical loan ranges in size from $100 to $500, and must be repaid within two weeks. The industry contends that such loans help people pay for unforeseen expenses.

But many people believe that such loans are harmful because of the amount of interest charged. In the state of Missouri, the average APR on payday loans is above 400%.

Using Technology To Travel

Sep 19, 2011
Ed Yourdon / Flickr

If you have a smartphone, it probably goes everywhere with you… but, what if you’re leaving the country? Can you charge your iPad in Costa Rica? And much will your mobile phone company charge for roaming in Malaysia? Join the Computer Guys as they search for the best ways to avoid technology snafus on your travels abroad.

Moral Behavior

Sep 6, 2011

Today on the show, let's take a look at morality. How did you determine your ideas of what’s right, and what’s wrong? How come you can know that something's wrong and still do it? Does it matter if someone’s watching? Dr. Bruce Liese joins us to explain how moral judgments and behaviors work.

Computer Guys: The True Cost of a Computer Virus

Aug 15, 2011
stuartpilbrow / Flickr

Today on the show, we ask the Computer Guys to tell us everything they know about how we can protect ourselves from a computer virus, and exactly how much that should cost. Is free antivirus software more expensive than the paid version? Where can you get a reliable rating of the various anti-virus products, and what devices need protecting? Is there an anti-virus pill you can take?

How Joe Holt Copes

Aug 11, 2011
New York Times

In a recent New York Times, you might have spotted a profile of Joe Holt from Lee's Summit. The article was part of a series looking at people who function normally despite severe mental illness. Today on Central Standard, we'll hear his story, and invite you to join the conversations about how you came to peace with your own inner struggles.

Greed

Aug 8, 2011
Ruben Swieringa / Flickr

Why do some people have an excessive desire to possess more than they need? Our guest Dr. Bruce Liese says that greed is its own punishment.

“As we get more,” Dr. Liese says, “it is less rewarding. It’s an interesting phenomena—greed is counterintuitive if you believe in the law of diminishing returns.”

From the beginnings of greed in childhood to Facebook friend greed, we delve into what makes us want—and when it goes wrong. Join us for a conversation about the origins and social implications of the "never enough" syndrome.

A Mural Guide to Kansas City

Aug 4, 2011

For two weeks, I’ve been searching for Kansas City’s most memorable and massive murals.

Remembering Veteran Jacob Andrews

Jun 23, 2011
Courtesy of Lauri Turner

Every day, on average, 18 U.S. veterans commit suicide. On April 5th of this year, infantryman Jacob Andrews went into the woods behind his Kansas City home and joined that grim statistic. We'll hear his story from his mother Laurie Turner and reporter Bill Murphy Jr., who told Andrews' story in Stars and Stripes magazine.

The KC Renga: Ghost Over Water

Jun 1, 2011

At the beginning of May, a national art project started here in Kansas City.  This was first stop on a national tour for a conversation in the form of America Now and Here.  Here’s how a Renga works — more than 30 Kansas City poets were challenged to write ten lines each….the subject that emerged is Kansas City, with references to cattlemen, ghosts, prairie grass, and Troost.

The KC Renga: Ghost Over Water

Jun 1, 2011

At the beginning of May, a national art project started here in Kansas City.  This was first stop on a national tour for a conversation in the form of America Now and Here.  Here’s how a Renga works — more than 30 Kansas City poets were challenged to write tens lines each….the subject that emerged is Kansas City, with references to cattlemen, ghosts, prairie grass, and Troost.

Residential Composting

May 25, 2011

Dan Heryer and Brooke Salvaggio from BADSEED Farms visit the studio to talk about ways to compost at home and their new residential composting program starting next month. 

Brooke says that 75% of our household waste is compostable.  Residential composting can be done using any natural materials. 

Residential Composting

May 25, 2011

Dan Heryer and Brooke Salvaggio from BADSEED Farms visit the studio to talk about ways to compost at home and their new residential composting program starting next month. 

Brooke says that 75% of our household waste is compostable.  Residential composting can be done using any natural materials. 

It's "Air" Time, Baby!

May 19, 2011

When you work on a radio talk show and you’re waiting for your guests, who have names such as Romeo DanceCheetah (That’s one word: DanceCheetah) and Björn Türoque (Pronounced Born to rock), and they are renowned air guitarists in town for a regional air guitar contest, you discover 10 things:

The Troubadours Poetry Club

May 18, 2011

Kansas City’s own Turner High School is carrying on the tradition of the Troubadours of old.  Teachers Marlee Stempleman and Jessica Kendall have fashioned a poetry project called the Troubadours Poetry Club where students express themselves by writing and reading their own works.  This morning on Central Standard, Marlee Stempleman and two club members stop in to share their craft.

Here are a few poems written by young Turner Troubadours:

I Remember
By Anna Stark

Virtual Desktop Computers

May 12, 2011
David Shaughnessy

Today’s show includes a segment on how Boulevard Brewing Company deployed virtual desktop computers throughout its brewhouses.

A virtual desktop computer is like a conventional computer, with a monitor, keyboard, and other peripherals. But the computer unit itself (the part that stores files and runs programs) isn’t located near the peripherals. Instead, it’s housed in a data center. This allows computer hardware to be used more efficiently, because one server computer in a data center can function as several “virtual machines.”

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