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A few weeks ago, I had an interesting phone conversation with a KCUR listener. “Stop bashing Trump,” she told me. “Give him a chance.” We went back and forth a bit — she voiced her concerns about the country’s current direction and media bias; I talked about the urgent need for credible news organizations such as NPR and KCUR to do their job objectively and thoroughly.

“We are not a divided country,” she said, arguing that this is a narrative manufactured by the media.

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More than 20 years ago, in 1994, philanthropist Muriel McBrien Kauffman started talking about a vision for a performing arts center in Kansas City. After years of planning, selecting architect Moshe Safdie, fundraising, and finally building —the $326 million Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts opened to the public in September 2011. 

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"We need to finish the 18th and Vine District," said Kansas City, Missouri, Manager Troy Schulte in an opening statement at Wednesday evening's public forum on three different but intersecting plans for the historic Jazz District.

Schulte was joined on the pulpit of the Centennial United Methodist Church by 3rd District Councilman-at-Large Quinton Lucas and Harrietta Harris, a plaintiff in the court challenge to a private development plan for the Parade Park Homes.

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There's no doubt about it, having a job isn't what it used to be. 

In the 21st century, companies that once seemed untouchable are laying off workers pretty regularly. And, in the ever-changing environment there is no telling who — or what — could do your job better or cheaper in the next decade. 

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For years, the Kansas City Chiefs dominated the hearts of local sports fans.

But we wanted to know how the Kansas City Royals’ recent World Series win and national attention changed the conversation, even as the Chiefs flirted with a chance at the Super Bowl.

When we asked Kansas Citians to draw a line in the sand and answer, “Is Kansas City a football or baseball town?” we suspect a little bit of “Midwestern nice” took over.  

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Recent success from the Kansas City Chiefs and Kansas City Royals begs the question local sports fans have been waiting to answer their whole lives.

Tell KCUR: Is Kansas City a football or baseball town? Why?

Kansas Citians rallied for the Royals in 2015 when they won the World Series. And in 2016, the Chiefs flirted with the Super Bowl.

So, tell us, would you paint our town red — or blue? And don't forget to explain yourself.

Kansas Citians Share Health Care Horror Stories

Jan 7, 2016
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A broken jaw during gall bladder surgery. Waiting 95 minutes for a doctor’s appointment. Being hit by a nurse.

When we asked, “What was your worst experience with health care in Kansas City?” you didn’t hold back.

Complaints ranged from access to health care to interactions with health professionals and facilities gone wrong.

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We've all had experiences with health care that were less than ideal.

Maybe it was a botched surgery. A bill with a lot of zeroes. Or long wait times in an emergency room.

As our health reporting desk, Heartland Health Monitor, digs into health disparities in Kansas City, we want to hear more about the local health system through the eyes and ears of our audience.

Tell KCUR: What was your worst experience with health care in Kansas City?

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Our Tell KCUR question was straightforward: What question would you like us to answer in 2016?  Your responses were insightful, challenging and sometimes surprising.

But bottom line, KCUR 89.3 has a lot of work to do.

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You're probably used to us reaching out to you with questions.

This time, we're reaching out to you for questions.

As 2015 quickly comes to a close, KCUR's newsroom is looking ahead to 2016. We're planning out coverage for the new year, and we're curious about what you're curious about.

Tell KCUR: What question should KCUR 89.3 answer in 2016?

What do you want our team of reporters to look into? What questions do you have about Kansas City or the region? What subjects or issues do you want us to devote our resources to?

PHOTOS: Where Kansas City Mothers Pump Breast Milk

Dec 4, 2015
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Going back to work after having a baby can create a daunting to-do list for new mothers.

Find a quality day care, adjust work schedules, come up with a contingency care plan when the baby’s sick — and so on.

 And if the mom nurses or breast feeds, high on that list is figuring out how and where she will pump her breast milk when she’s away from her baby.

In the past couple of weeks, we’ve been asking new moms to share photos of where they pump.  

Tell KCUR: Show Us Where You Pump

Nov 20, 2015
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Maybe it's a cozy room that your employer provides. Perhaps it's a broom closet or your car. Or maybe you've had to get resourceful in a public bathroom.

Nursing mothers, we want to know where you pump your breast milk when you're away from your babies.

As our morning talk show, Central Standard, prepares for a program on maternity, help us shed some light on breastfeeding friendly (or unfriendly) workplaces in the Kansas City area.

Tell KCUR: Show Us Where You Pump (Or Pumped)

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Recent racially charged protests at the University of Missouri-Columbia have stirred up memories of the hostility toward blacks that Kwame Thompson says he saw and experienced at the university.

Thompson, a 1995 Mizzou graduate, describes his transfer to the University of Missouri as “culture shock,” explaining the campus had few black faculty members at the time.

“I can only remember ever being called (the N word) twice in my life,” Thompson tells us. “Both were at Mizzou.”

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For many former students of the University of Missouri-Columbia, events of recent weeks bring back memories. Some are good, but many are not. For those alums, racial bias has always been part of the sub-text of their Mizzou experience.

Tell KCUR: What's Your College Experience With Race?

Nov 13, 2015
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The issue of race has exploded once again on college campuses, with the University of Missouri, among others, erupting in protests.

As student activists speak out in Columbia, Missouri, — where University of Missouri President Tim Wolfe resigned after a series of racist problems that students said he ignored — we want to know more about what this emotional issue means to you.

Tell KCUR: What's Your College Experience With Race?

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It’s hard for an active-duty or former military service member to make it through Veterans Day without hearing this: “Thank you for your service.”

From seemingly well-intentioned passersby to a deluge of businesses, the November refrain isn’t always a welcome one, however.  

“Where is that coming from?” Herb Comstock, a 67-year-old U.S. Army veteran in Overland Park, Kansas, tells us. “Is it like, ‘Thanks for holding the door?’ Or is it heart felt?”

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If you have to make it through a night of the living dead, Kansas City is a decent place to be.

In a CareerBuilder ranking of U.S. cities on how they could survive a zombie apocalypse, Kansas City came in at No. 8

(In another rundown, Columbia, Missouri, came in at No. 1.)

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It turns out, some of the best Royals' stuff comes from family.


Every Christmas, fond memories rush over Mary Mathews of loved ones who are no longer with her — and the Kansas City baseball team.  

When we asked fans this week to share their most loved Royals stuff, Mathews, of Grandview, Missouri, took a photo of two simple Christmas ornaments that commemorate the team's 1985 World Series win.

Tell KCUR: Show Us Your Most Loved Royals Stuff

Oct 16, 2015

Hey Royals fans, you know all those T-shirts, baseball cards, banners and bobbleheads you've collected over the years?

We want to see them.

Tell KCUR: Show us your most loved Royals stuff.

Share photos of your most prized Royals gear and memorabilia on Twitter with the #TellKCUR hashtag or go to our Facebook page and leave your photo in a comment. 

Don't forget to tell us why you love it so much!!

Tell KCUR: What's For Dinner?

Oct 2, 2015
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Dinner. It comes every night, whether you look forward to coming up with a menu or dread figuring out how to fill your plate.

Maybe you're whipping up a gourmet supper. Perhaps you're indifferent — whatever your significant other makes is fine with you.

You could be running out for a quick bite or dining out for a four-course meal. Or maybe you're lucky just to heat up some leftovers.

Tell KCUR: What's for dinner?


Jonathan Richard of Brookside recalls being a homesick undergraduate student at Drake University in Iowa in the mid 1990s.

Joining Sigma Chi fraternity made him feel like he was part of a family, even though his real family was in Boston.

“The secret rituals and camaraderie immediately created a special and altogether unique sense of pride and belonging,” Richard wrote us in an email.

“There were certainly stupid antics and drunken parties — but no more so than the typical experience of a college student.”

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When you think of Greek life, do you have fond memories or are there things you'd rather forget?

Or maybe there's a reason you never rushed a fraternity or sorority at all.

With fraternities and sororities making headlines in Kansas — a task force's recommendations for the University of Kansas to make changes to freshmen recruitment have been rejected — we want to know more about your experiences with  this part of college.

Kansas Citians Weigh In On The City's Best Bathrooms

Sep 11, 2015
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Apparently, blogging about bathrooms is a thing in Kansas City.

We spoke with two people who write about the Kansas City bathroom scene this week on Central Standard.

"A Bathroom Site" blogger Kayla Regan judges local water closets on privacy and cleanliness. For "Pee Party" blogger David Hudnall of The Pitch, he knows he's found a good bathroom when the room has some sort of odd flourish.

Where Are The Best Restrooms In Kansas City?

Sep 4, 2015


Sometimes the best part of going out … is having to go.

We want to make a list of the best restrooms in Kansas City, so what are your favorites?

Maybe you love the vintage sinks at a trendy restaurant. Perhaps you’re enamored with the plush toilet paper at a fancy hotel.

Or maybe you like the funky wallpaper in a not-so-funky bathroom at a local shop.

Tell KCUR: Where are the best restrooms in Kansas City?

What Kansas Citians Say The Song Of The Summer Is

Aug 27, 2015
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Summer breezes may make you feel fine, but for many, summertime is all about the music.

We wanted to build a summer 2015 playlist, so we asked, “What’s your song of the summer?” on the air and on social media.  

Tell KCUR: What's Your Song Of The Summer?

Aug 21, 2015


If you were building a soundtrack for summer 2015, what would be at the top of your playlist?

You know, that one song that plays over and over in your head and defines the summer.

When we polled our newsroom, Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood" and The Weeknd's "Can't Feel My Face" were two popular favorites.

Tell KCUR: What's your song of the summer?

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If you can’t be at home, find some peace and quiet.

That’s what we heard this week on social media when we asked, “Where are you most comfortable when you’re not at home?”  

Many of the responses were tied to the solace of the outdoors, particularly running trails and the woods. On Facebook, Michelle Hammack said her home away from home is a “dirt road.”

Some people preferred indoor silence.



For some, it’s a quiet reading corner in the crowded public library.

For others , it’s the same spot at the bar in their favorite local pub, or table at the corner coffee shop.

Maybe your favorite home-away-from-home is an art gallery or museum.

When we heard at one of our neighborhood meetings that some felt their community offered a lack of gathering spots, we got to wondering — where do you like to hang out?

TELL KCUR:  Where are you most comfortable when you’re not at home?

Garage Sale Finds

Jul 30, 2015

Responding to our query about garage sales, two of our listeners explain their favorite finds.


  • Brad Lieffring
  • Lynette Fisk

What Is Your Greatest Garage Sale Find In Kansas City?

Jul 24, 2015

Maybe seeing your grandmother's linens on sale in a stranger's driveway brought a smile to your face.

Perhaps antique china in pristine condition made you jump for your wallet. Or possibly it was something more practical, like a fully functional riding lawnmower with a $5 price tag.

With garage sale season in full swing in Kansas City, we're curious about what secondhand treasures you've discovered.

Tell KCUR: What is your greatest garage sale find in Kansas City?