Central Standard Central Standard is a daily radio show that explores what really matters to the people in the Kansas City area. We tell the stories of our city and region from the bottom up and through the perspective of individuals. We are an inclusive forum that explores art, ideas and how the news affects lives and communities.
Central Standard

Central Standard

From KCUR 89.3

Central Standard is a daily radio show that explores what really matters to the people in the Kansas City area. We tell the stories of our city and region from the bottom up and through the perspective of individuals. We are an inclusive forum that explores art, ideas and how the news affects lives and communities.More from Central Standard »

Most Recent Episodes

Keith Stanfield

He started playing the violin at age 3, then he taught himself how to play soccer at 12. Meet local violinist Keith Stanfield, who not only went to music school, but he also played soccer for Western Samoa's World Cup team. Guest: Keith Stanfield, violinist

St. Louis Protests; #MeToo

On September 15 in St. Louis, a former police officer was acquitted in the shooting death of Anthony Lamar Smith. We check on the protests on the other side of the state. Plus, how the MeToo campaign is affecting Kansas Citians. Guests: Willis Ryder Arnold , Reporter, St. Louis Public Radio Rasheen Aldridge, community activist and Fifth Ward Committeeman Michelle Smirnova, Department of Sociology at UMKC Victoria Botero, opera singer

High School Expectations; Psychotronic Film Fest

At a time where groups are banding together to start new high schools in Kansas City, what do we expect from a high school education? Plus: a look at KC's own psychotronic film festival. Guests: Elle Moxley , Missouri Schools Reporter, KCUR Doug Thaman, Executive Director, Missouri Charter Public School Association Kathryn Kirchgasler, Lecturer, School of Education - Curriculum & Teaching , KU Gus Jacob, Assistant Professor, School of Education , UMKC Jaclyn Danger, co-founder, Cannonball

Journalist Ted Genoways; Women Composers

Author Ted Genoways is coming to town this Saturday for a reading from his book, The Blessed Earth: A Year in the Life of an American Farm . Why he advocates for more stories of ordinary Midwesterners. Plus, there are no women composers in the Kansas City Symphony's classical composer series. Why is there a gender gap in classical music? Guests: Ted Genoways , author Libby Hanssen , writer, critic Ingrid Stölzel , composer, music composition professor, University of Kansas

Myra Christopher And Bioethics; Madagascar's Oldest Beetle

Before she accepts the Lifetime Achievement Award in Bioethics , we talk with Myra Christopher about what it's been like to spend decades at the center of the debate on the dignity of death. Plus, one KU scientist just discovered an ultra-rare survivor in Madagascar's whirligig beetle, whose lineage dates back 206 million years . Guests: Myra Christopher, director, PAINS Project Grey Gustafson , postdoctoral research fellow, KU Ecology & Biology

Restaurant News And Trends

Dining out can be a form of entertainment. We take a look at the trends that play into this experience, from communal tables to open kitchens and more. Then, the Food Critics discuss the latest restaurant news in KC: openings, closing, new menus and chefs. Guests: Jenna Telesca, Editor-in-Chief, Nation's Restaurant News Charles Ferruzza, 435 South Mary Bloch, Around the Block Jenny Vergara, Feast Magazine

Rachel Hayes; Ft. Leavenworth Gifts; Isaac Cates

Last month, at Milan Fashion Week, the models at the Missoni show walked the runway under a colorful fabric canopy that was created by a Blue Springs native. We chat with artist Rachel Hayes about her fabric sculptures. Then: Since 1894, military officers from around the world have studied at Ft. Leavenworth's Command and General Staff College . Upon graduation, many of them have presented the college with gifts from their home countries, resulting in a 4000-piece collection. Two curators from a

Cricket In KC; Kids And Sports

At many metro parks, you'll see players from around the world playing cricket. We take a closer look at the growing culture of the sport in Kansas City. Then: a recent article in Time Magazine stated that kids' sports is a $15 billion dollar industry. With the rise of club teams, is the way that kids play sports good for them? Or is it a sacrifice — not only for them, but for the whole family? Guests: Muhammad Aadil, local cricket player Vissu Kottapalli, co-founder of Cric-Clubs Nate Jonjevic

Midwest To Broadway, And Back Again

The musical Between the Lines , based off a bestselling novel by Jodi Picoult and her daughter, just made its world premiere at the KC Rep . It was a huge hit, but will it make it to Broadway? We discuss what it takes to get there with a local artistic director, a national producer and a Broadway performer. Plus, Midwest Coast is the best coast, right? Author Jon Lauck's new book aims to put "flyover country" back on the map. Guests: Eric Rosen , artistic director, Kansas City Repertory Theater

How We Talk About Mass Shootings And Children's Saftey

Many news outlets report that last weekend's shooting in Las Vegas is one of the deadliest in modern U.S. history. We take a moment to consider our country's history of mass casualties, and what constitutes as a "mass shooting" by definition. Plus, how active shooter training in school is changing for kids as gun violence is on the rise. Guests: Philip Duncan , linguistics professor, KU Grant Duwe , author, A History of Mass Murder in the United States Erin Hambrick ​, psychology professor,

Back To Top