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KCK Native On Being The First African-American To Train For NASA

When he was 4 years old, Ed Dwight built an airplane out of orange crates from Safeway in the backyard of his house in Kansas City, Kansas. But while growing up in a segregated Kansas City in the 1930s and 1940s, he never dreamed that he could be an airplane pilot. And he certainly didn't think he'd be the first African-American to train as an astronaut for NASA. But then, a local newspaper changed the course of his life. He was a paperboy for the The Kansas City Call and the The Kansas City Kansan . One day, he picked up his papers for delivery, and the front page of The Call featured a big photo of a black pilot standing on the wing of an F-86 Sabrejet. That pilot, Dayton Ragland, was a Kansas City, Missouri native who had been shot down over North Korea and held as a prisoner of war. "And I wigged out," Dwight told host Gina Kaufmann on KCUR's Central Standard . "I said, 'This is insane. I didn't even know they let black pilots get anywhere near airplanes.' And why didn't I know

Chiefs History, Brookside's 'Bird Lady' Statue

Before you pack away your Chiefs gear: A look back at the history of the team and how they helped shape KC. Plus, Question Quest discovers why people keep leaving little bird figurines around a statue in Brookside. Guests: Monroe Dodd, KCUR's resident historian Joel Thorman, Editor, Arrowhead Pride

Avery Jackson, National September 11 Museum Photos Found In Lee's Summit

She recently made history as the first transgender person to be featured on the cover of National Geographic . A chat with Avery Jackson and her mom. At the National September 11 Memorial & Museum , there's a giant wall with the portraits of all the people who were killed in the World Trade Center terrorist attacks. Until recently, though, seven people weren't included. Hear how the photos of five of them were located in a cave in Lee's Summit. Guests: Avery Jackson, nine-year-old transgender girl Debi Jackson, Avery's mom Jan Seidler Ramirez, Chief Curator and Senior Vice President of Collections, National September 11 Memorial & Museum Terry Sloan, National Records Center, Lee's Summit Tammy Meckley, Associate Director, U.s. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Avery Jackson, National September 11 Museum Photos Found In Lee's Summit

Eviction

According to national statistics, when rent goes up, so does the number of evictions. What does this look like locally? From 2000 to 2015, Kansas City saw an average of 27 evictions per day. As part of an ongoing conversation about Kansas City's changing rental market, we discuss the causes and consequences of eviction. Guests: Kaily Ross , Kansas City mother, formerly evicted tenant Tara Raghuveer ​, researcher, Evicted , deputy director, National Partnership for New Americans Brent Schondelmeyer ​, deputy director of community engagement, Local Investment Commission (LINC)

7 New And Noteworthy Developments In Kansas City Restaurants This Winter

Happy new year! KCUR's Food Critics — Charles Ferruzza , Mary Bloch and Jenny Vergara — have been keeping up with the latest news from KC's restaurant scene. They shared their picks with guest host Brian Ellison on Friday's Central Standard . 1. Kansas City Restaurant Week starts today, and according to Bloch, there are two schools of thought about it. "It's kind of like Valentine's Day and New Year's Eve," she said. "It's a little bit more crowded and the service is usually slower because they're slammed." But she encouraged people to try it for the good deals that benefit local charities. Ferruzza stressed that reservations are mandatory: "You have to have them," he said. And don't forget to tip, said Vergara. "For $15 for a three-course lunch and $33 for a three-course dinner, you need to include tax, drinks and tip onto that as well," she said. "If you're going to go out and take advantage of these wonderful deals, please tip your servers. They're working so hard." 2. Kansas City

7 New And Noteworthy Developments In Kansas City Restaurants This Winter

Food Critics: The Best Pasta Dishes In Kansas City

When it's cold out, a big, hearty bowl of pasta really hits the spot. Whether it's a creamy mac and cheese or something a little more sophisticated (squid-ink noodles, anyone?), KCUR's Food Critics search out the best pasta dishes in and around Kansas City. Here are their recommendations: Mary Bloch, Around the Block : The Antler Room — any pasta dish. All homemade, all outstanding. The Rieger — any pasta dish. Changes up all the time, very seasonal. Carmen's Café — fettuccine al diablo. Columbus Park Ramen Shop — ramen. Not all pasta has to be Italian. Eddie V's — truffled mac and cheese. Fabulous. You can see the shavings of truffle. Journeyman Café — house-made cavatelli. Extra Virgin — poblano mac and cheese. Bella Napoli — scoglio. Squid-ink pasta with mussels, clams, squid and shrimp. Charles Ferruzza, The Independent and Shawnee Mission Post : Jasper's Restaurant — lasagna. A good lasagna, solid. Anthony's Restaurant — lasagna. Cucina della Ragazza — lasagna. Lidia's — lasagna.

Pasta, Restaurant News

A visit to a local olive oil shop , then KCUR's Food Critics search out the best pasta dishes in and around KC. Plus, the latest news from KC's restaurant scene. Guests: Charles Ferruzza, The Independent and Shawnee Mission Post Mary Bloch, Around the Block Jenny Vergara, Feast Magazine

National Weather Service's Mike July, MLK's K-State Speech, Story Of A Song

From 60 degrees to a winter weather advisory in just a couple of days: yes, the weather here can be manic. A chat with Mike July, who recently retired from the National Weather Service office in KC, about the art of forecasting ... and about his witty social media posts. Then, in 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. gave a surprising speech at K-State. We'll hear about the impression it left on Kansans. Plus, an encore presentation of The Grisly Hand's tribute to Richie Restivo , a Kansas City trumpeter who got everyone into music. Guest: Mike July, former Senior Forecaster, U.S. National Weather Service of Kansas City

National Weather Service's Mike July, MLK's K-State Speech, Story Of A Song

Midwestern Representation And The Electoral College, The Character Of The Chef

Before the Jan. 20 presidential inauguration puts the election to rest, we ask, does Midwestern representation in national politics depend on the Electoral College? Plus, Kansas City recently lost a long-time member of its culinary community: Jennifer Maloney. With her passing, we take a moment to consider the character of the chef. Guests: Jay Dow , political science professor, University of Missouri Drew Penrose , legal director, FairVote Howard Hanna , chef and owner, The Rieger Celina Tio , chef and owner, Julian , appeared on The Next Iron Chef , and Top Chef Masters Bonjwing Lee , food photographer and blogger, The Ulterior Epicure

Midwestern Representation And The Electoral College, The Character Of The Chef

Kansas City's Chinese Art Collection, Youth Sports: Life-Long Injuries, Benefits

On display now in " Emperors, Scholars and Temples " at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art are "rarely seen objects" from the museum's extensive collection of Chinese art. Turns out, the collection is actually world-renowned. How did this come to be for a museum in Kansas City? Plus, we consider the long-term affects, good and bad, of the sports and repetitive activities of our youth. If you were a catcher for your softball team, your ankles and knees know what we're talking about. Guests: Marc Wilson , formerly both curator of Chinese art and director, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Sherry Fowler , professor of Japanese Art, University of Kansas Amanda Grimes , teaching assistant professor, UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies Trent J. Herda ​, assistant professor, Health, Sport and Exercise Sciences, University of Kansas Gary Abbot , assistant professor of modern dance, UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance

Kansas City's Chinese Art Collection, Youth Sports: Life-Long Injuries, Benefits

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