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Most Recent Episodes

Remembering Zora Neale Hurston And Kansas City's Flo Kennedy

In the early 1900s, in a home near 18th and Vine, a young black mother made her daughter promise never to have children. That little girl became a radical feminist, who pried her way into Columbia Law School in a time when they weren't even admitting black men. Historian Sherie Randolph unearths the life and times of the late Flo Kennedy. Plus, an encore broadcast: One local academic on performing around the world as Zora Neale Hurston. Guests: Carmaletta Williams , retired professor, African-American Studies, Johnson County Community College , author and performer, Zora Neale Hurston: Queen of the Harlem Renaissance Sherie Randolph , history professor, Georgia Tech , author of Florynce "Flo" Kennedy: The Life of a Black Feminist Radical

William Least Heat-Moon

The New York Times calls him "one of the most acclaimed travel writers of his time." A chat with William Least Heat-Moon about his Kansas City roots, his new novel and how he got his name. Guest: William Least Heat-Moon

Social Media And Online Communities In KC

Maybe you're a new parent who's seeking some advice as you're feeding your baby in the middle of the night. Or perhaps you're looking to connect with others who share your political view. A look at the role — both positive and negative — of online communities and how they impact our lives. Guests: Ashley Walburn, founder of OMamas, a Facebook group for moms Jeffrey Hall, Associate Professor, Department of Communications Studies at KU Candice Crafton, administrator, Progressive Social Network Kansas City Jonathan Shorman, Statehouse Reporter, The Topeka Capital-Journal

Protest Music

Three musicians discuss the influence of protest music, the theme of this weekend's annual Folk Alliance International conference in KC. Guests: Moddi Danny Cox, local musician Andres Ramirez, local musician and member of Danza Mexica Calpulli Iskali

Living With Pain

When it comes to chronic pain, opioids are the go-to treatment. But in light of the so-called "opioid epidemic," what are the viable alternatives for people living with pain? And what is it like to live with physical pain, knowing it will never fully go away? Guests: Cathy Pendleton , adult program director, Turning Point Myra Christopher , Center for Practical Bioethics Jill Sullivan , living with chronic pain

KU Professor Discovers New Rat Species, Novelist Brit Bennett

A new species of rat has made its way to Discover Magazine 's list of top scientific discoveries in 2016 . KU professor Robert Timm shares how he came across the Rattus detentus , and why he named it after a detainment center on the mammal's home island off the coast of Australia. Plus, novelist Brit Bennett joins us to talk about her new novel The Mothers , ahead of her upcoming talk at the Kansas City Public Library on February 15 . Guests: Robert Timm , associate professor, University of Kansas Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Brit Bennett , novelist, The Mothers

Food Critics: The Best Cocktails In Kansas City

From the old classics to "interactive" cocktails — and don't forget mocktails — there's a drink for everyone in KC. Whether you like your drinks fancy (made with local spirits, fresh herbs and juices and more) or something more simple (usually involving just one type of liquor), KCUR's Food Critics searched out the best cocktails in and around Kansas City in our annual look at libations. Here are their recommendations: Mary Bloch, Around the Block : Bluestem — Bloody Mary. Rye — Bloody Mary. Lidia's — blood orange cosmo. Lidia's — house-made limoncello. Tom's Town — distiller's flight. Samples of Eli's StrongArm Vodka, Pendergast's Royal Gold Bourbon, McElroy's Corruption Gin. Julep Cocktail Club — Auld Lang Syne 12. W Bar — smoked cocktails. Ça Va — French 75. With cognac or gin, lemon and Prosecco. Tavern in the Village — blueberry cilantro margarita. You can see the blueberries floating in the glass. Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar — cucumber lemon press. With cucumber-infused vodka

Creating A Romantic Evening At Home, KC Cocktails

Some Valentine's Day tips for making a meal romantic, then KCUR's food critics search out the best cocktails in and around KC. Guests: Susan Wiegand, author, Cooking as Courtship David Hudnall, The Pitch Mary Bloch, Around the Block Jenny Vergara, Feast Magazine Pete Dulin , local food and beverage writer, author of Kansas City Beer: A History of Brewing in the Heartland

Leadership And Management, Women In Economics

We've all had great bosses ... and not-so-great bosses. But what makes them that way? A Mizzou professor is casting aside assumptions that we've been making about management. In economics, only 30% of Ph.Ds are women. But in our area, some of the biggest names in economics are women. How two local professors have influenced national politics — and ruffled a few feathers— with their research and thought. Guests: Arthur Jago, Professor of Management, University of Missouri Donna Ginther, Professor of Economics, University of Kansas Stephanie Kelton, Professor of Economics, University of Missouri-Kansas City

KC's Steptoe Neighborhood, Remembering Gilbert Guerrero

You've probably driven through this cute little neighborhood between Westport and the Plaza, with its bungalows with stone porches. But you may not know that this neighborhood used to be called Steptoe — and it's where freed slaves built new lives for themselves. Hear more about this historic area and the project to collect and preserve its oral history. Also: Remembering Latino civil rights leader Gilbert Guerrero. Guests: Joelouis Mattox, local historian Delia Gillis, Professor of History and Director of the Center of Africana Studies, University of Central Missouri Raul Murguia Mary Sanchez, editorial columnist , The Kansas City Star Ed Mendez, Principal, Alta Vista Charter Schools

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