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Central Standard

Seg. 1: Gay Softball | Seg. 2: First Fridays

Segment 1: The Gay Softball World Series comes to Kansas City.

As the Gay Softball World Series gets under way here in town, the Kansas City Royals host their first ever official Pide Night at the K. 

  • Scott Switzer, Executive Director, Gay Softball World Series 2019
  • Rick Leavitt, founder of a gay softball team and league in Florida 25 years ago, now a Kansas Citian

Segment 2: First Friday has lost its festival license. Now what?

In the aftermath of a lethal shooting at First Fridays in August, the event has lost insurance to cover street events. Until that's resolved, the streets can't be closed off for food vendors, street performances and pedestrian traffic (galleries and business will still open as usual). But are there deeper tensions around what people want the citywide art party to be going forward?

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.
Sylvia Maria Gross is storytelling editor at KCUR 89.3. Reach her on Twitter @pubradiosly.
Anne Kniggendorf writes about arts and culture for KCUR. Follow her on Twitter, @annekniggendorf.
Aviva Okeson-Haberman is the Missouri government and politics reporter at KCUR 89.3. Email her at aviva@kcur.org.