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Segment 1: Former U.S. ambassador thinks "the diplomatic corps is having a very good moment."

Allan Katz was appointed as the ambassador to Portugal and held the post from 2010 to 2013.  When it comes to events surrounding Ukraine Katz said, "I think the biggest problem here was is that these were acts that were contrary to the policy of the United States government." The president's conduct toward Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, Katz feels, has made the foreign service less attractive to potential diplomats. 

Severo Secreto

At the corner of St. John and Askew in Kansas City’s Historic Northeast is a nondescript red brick and stone building that almost blends with the surrounding neighborhood. The exterior stands in contrast to  lively Spanish language movies being screened inside. 

Yosmel Serrano opened the movie theater, La Selva De Los Relojes (or the Jungle of Clocks), to help a Latino community embrace its cultural voice and heritage.

"I know English, but I love Spanish, and I don't want to lose my Spanish and I don't want to lose my art," he says. "So the first thing to be proud of yourself and to be able to integrate into another community is to learn more about yourself."

Erik Harken

This year, the Kansas International Film Festival is mourning the loss of a Kansas City staple.

"When the Tivoli closed, it really made us think about ... why film is important,” the festival's executive director, Stacy Rich, says of the Tivoli Cinemas, which closed earlier this year (it was recently revived at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art). "Independent film allows anyone to have a voice, right?"

Segment 1: Kansas City voters revert Martin Luther King Boulevard back to its previous name, Paseo.

The morning after  Martin Luther King's name was voted off of a major boulevard, we analyze what the controversy and its outcome mean for Kansas City communities. Plus, how this all looks through a national lens.

The Criterion Collection

The first time Rich Acciavatti saw “Carnival of Souls,” he was stuck in bed with the chicken pox. He couldn’t have been more than 8 years old the afternoon it came on TV in the early 1960s. He says he couldn’t sleep for a week.

“I was always talking about ‘Carnival of Souls,’ like through school, through high school, grammar school,” says Acciavatti, a New York-based musician who runs the film’s fan page on Facebook.

“I said, 'This is the scariest movie ever. I hope it comes back one of these days.’”

Segment 1: Republicans in Missouri say gun control is not the answer to gun violence.

Segment 1: Wyandotte advocates push for municipal IDs to mitigate problems faced by residents without photo identification.

Segment 1: Homeless in Lawrence

After the Lawrence Community Shelter cut its capacity almost 50%, where can homeless people legally sleep?

  • Eric Tars, National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty
  • Renee Kuhl, Lawrence Community Center

Segment 2, beginning at 32:14: Missouri in Movies and TV

Seg. 1: Healthy Homes Initiative | Seg. 2: Indie Film Critics

Sep 23, 2019

Segment 1: Some are living in temporary housing after Kansas City's rental inspection program revealed deplorable conditions at a Northland apartment complex.

Landlords are under pressure to ensure healthy living conditions or face sanctions from the Kansas City Health Department. Currently, eight inspectors are reviewing approximately 1,100 complaints over rental properties in the city. 

Julie Denesha / KCUR 89.3

When Kansas City's oldest independent theater closed in April after nearly 40 years in Westport, Tivoli Cinemas owner Jerry Harrington said he didn't expect it to open again

"No, I did not," said Harrington. "I really thought I was retired."

But that was before Julián Zugazagoitia, director and CEO of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art — who Harrington describes as "the man who has many ideas, many good ideas" — reached out to him. 

Starting in October, the Tivoli will re-open as the Tivoli at the Nelson-Atkins. 

Segment 1: Kansas City area officials adapting strategies for climate mitigation  

Since December 2018,  governments in the Kansas City region have been working to make their cities and counties climate resilient.  Two people behind the Metro KC Climate Action Coalition explained how everything from direct renewables agreements to LEED zero standard development are among the tools being used to meet that goal.

Segment 1: Nursing homes in Kansas can be a "black hole" for people with mental illness 

Red flags are being raised about a lack of mental health resources in Kansas, and the affect it's having on people's ability to move into independent living situations. In that state, patients who don't need to be institutionalized but aren't quite ready for independence sometimes end up in nursing homes. The problem is keeping that stop-gap measure from becoming permanent.

The Schweikher House Preservation Trust

A mural showing a stagecoach crossing a snowy, windblown Kansas landscape once graced the walls of the Olathe post office. Albert T. Reid's "The Mail Must Go Through" was created as part of a New Deal-era program that put 29 pieces of art in 26 Kansas post offices. 

The story behind these pieces of art, and the conflicts arising from the democratic process that led to their creation, are the subject of "A New Deal for Public Art in the Free State," a documentary by Kansas City filmmakers Kara Heitz and Graham Carroll.

Segment 1: Orchestra's executive director stepping down after 16 years

Frank Byrnes has kept the Kansas City Symphony financially sound, oversaw its move to Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center and maintained a balanced repertoire between classic and modern composers. Byrne spoke to what he liked most about the job, why he's retiring now and how all the best things in his life trace back to Hawaii.

Portrait Session: Harvey Williams

Jul 19, 2019

Harvey Williams is the founder of a black-owned theater in Kansas City; he sees that as an important addition to the arts ecosystem here in town. In this intimate conversation, Williams tells his own story, which begins at 12th and Vine, and explains why despite all the major iconic roles he's played on Kansas City stages, it matters enough to him carve out a space for diverse voices that he's doing it in his retirement years, when he could be "sitting on the porch, watching the mailman run up and down the street."

Segment 1: Should Kansas City move the Royals to a downtown baseball stadium?

In March, the Kansas City Star's editorial board issued an article stating that "it's time" to start talking about a downtown baseball stadium. In this conversation, we look into how that might play out, evaluate the pros and cons, and hear from Kansas Citians about the idea.

Segment 1: Former U.S. Congressman from Missouri feels Trump administration is 'illegitimate'

Former Republican Tom Coleman, left no doubt about his call for President Trump's impeachent and why he thinks the party should unite against the current administration. 

Segment 1: How a 1990s movie on DVD saved the life of a queer Kansas teen.

Savannah Rodgers is making a documentary about her obsession, as a 12-year-old, with the movie Chasing Amy.

Seg. 1: Always Be My Maybe | Seg. 2: Morel Mania

Jun 20, 2019

Segment 1: The rom-com everyone's talking about gets the Screentime treatment.

Always Be My Maybe is the next generation's Asian-American movie. Hear why.

  • Anthony Sze-Fai Shu, associate professor of English, UMKC
  • Tony Vinh, standup comic from Kansas City
  • Loey Lockerby, freelance film critic
  • Celisa Calacal, associate producer, Central Standard

Segment 2: Morel mushrooms find their way onto drink and dessert menus.

Netflix

Netflix announced Tuesday that its Emmy Award-winning show "Queer Eye" has been picked up for two more seasons. And Season 4, which starts July 19, will again be based in Kansas City. 

Segment 1: Mayoral candidate Jolie Justus shares her plans for Kansas City if elected.

Crime is one of the top concerns Jolie Justus hears when speaking with voters. The mayoral candidate explains why criminal justice reform is in her plans to address the city's crime rate. Justus also discussed her approach to using economic development incentives. 

Laura Spencer / KCUR 89.3

Actor Clifford “Kip” Niven, well-known to theater audiences in Kansas City and a Hollywood mainstay going back to the 1970s, died yesterday from a heart attack at the age of 73.

Niven was known for his role on the 1970s television show "Alice" and for playing in dozens of local productions, as well as his avid support of the Kansas City theater scene.

Popular and ubiquitous in the theater community, Niven cut a wide swath of friendship. That was made evident by the overwhelming shock and grief flooding social media of Niven’s sudden passing.

Seg. 1: Sydney Pursel | Seg. 2: Grant Babbitt

May 6, 2019

Segment 1: Sydney Pursel

A Kansas City-born artist uses all kinds of projects to reconnect with her indigenous roots, and to educate others both in and outside her community. We hear about her art, including a mural she worked on as a part of the new Indigenous Artists Initiative.

  • Sydney Pursel, artist and member of the Iowa tribe of Kansas and Nebraska

Segment 2, beginning at 31:02: Grant Babbitt

Segment 1: Kansas City mourns the death of second major philanthropist in a week. 

Morton Sosland, who rose to run the publishing company that bears his family's name, died on April 25, just two days after he lost his friend and fellow city patron Henry Bloch. Friends recalled Morton's personality, generosity and legacy.     

Seg. 1: UMKC Enactus | Seg. 2: Dan Wayne & Big Fur

Apr 30, 2019

Segment 1: Hacking Hunger

A group of UMKC students is working to redirect food waste so it can feed hungry Kansas Citians. Their approach has earned them global recognition as entrepreneurs. 

  • Andrea Savage, Enactus member & project member of FeedKC
  • Ben Williams, business professor and faculty advisor

Segment 2, beginning at 19:03: Taxidermy On Film

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