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Segment 1: Kid Inventor + Astraphobia. Segment 2: Future Of KC's Jazz Museum.

Segment 1: How people in the Midwest cope when they have a fear of storms.

Spring in the Midwest means blooming flowers and warmer weather ... and also tornado siren tests and scary storms. What is it like for someone with a phobia of severe weather?

Meet a Leawood fifth grader who is one of five finalists in a nationwide contest for her invention, The Storm Sleeper. However, kids aren't the only ones afraid of storms; we hear about astraphobia and the adults who suffer from it.

Segment 2, beginning at 24:47: Moving forward at the American Jazz Museum.

A recent report about the American Jazz Museum suggested that the best way forward for the troubled institution would be to close temporarily — and to start all over on everything, from exhibitions to staffing and financial structuring. We catch up on what's been going on there and hear suggestions on how we should honor our local jazz legacy.

Gina Kaufmann is the host of KCUR’s Central Standard, a talkshow fueled by curiosity and critical thinking. You can reach her on Twitter, @GinaKCUR.
Matthew Long-Middleton has been a talk-show producer, community producer and now is the Media Training Manager with America Amplified. You can reach him at, or on Twitter.