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Statehouse Blend: The Director of Johnson County Mental Health Discusses The State Of Mental Healthc

On this week's episode of Statehouse Blend, the Director of Johnson County Mental Health talks about the state of mental healthcare in Kansas. Guests: Tim DeWeese, Director, Johnson County Mental HealthJim McLean, Executive Editor, Kansas Health Institute

Statehouse Blend: The Director of Johnson County Mental Health Discusses The State Of Mental Healthc

What's Showing In Independent, Foreign & Documentary Film, August 26

Up To Date's film critics review the latest independent, foreign and documentary movies showing in area theaters. Here's a list of the films reviewed on the program: Southside With YouFrank Zappa: Eat That QuestionHands of StoneThe LandEquityHell or High WaterDon't Think TwiceFlorence Foster JenkinsIndignationCafe SocietyCaptain FantasticTallulah

Avaition Director Works To Improve Existing KCI Capabilities

A completely new terminal at Kansas City International Airport may be out of the question (for now), but other changes are in the works. Patrick Klein, director of the Kansas City Aviation Department, speaks about the challenges and misconceptions of ongoing projects, and what travelers can look forward to in the coming years.

The Changing Role Of Women Across The Globe

Activist and author Irene Tinker has spent more than 60 years of her life researching women's contributions to homes and societies all over the world. Despite being encouraged by decades of progress toward parity, she says barriers to equality still exist. Irene Tinker will recount the stories of women from all over the globe who have contributed to the equality movement at the Kansas City Public Library's Central Library at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 25. For more information, and to RSVP, visit KCLibrary.org.

A Great Cocktail Starts With The Right Ice

Making a contest-worthy cocktail takes more effort than just pouring a mixer over the right spirit. You've got to get the correct flavor, balance, presentation, even the appropriate kind of ice! Just the thought of all that work makes one mighty thirsty... Guests: Doug Frost is a master sommelier and master of wine, and one of only four people to achieve both distinctions.Ryan Miller is a bartender and the vice president of the United States Bartender's Guild - Kansas City.Lisa Rodriguez is KCUR's afternoon newscaster and weekend reporter.Brian Ellison is interim host of KCUR's Central Standard and co-host of the podcast Statehouse Blend.Events are scheduled for the 2016 Paris of the Plains Cocktail Festival from Friday, August 28, to Monday, August 29, and take place at several venues in Kansas City. For more information, visit POPFestKC.com.

Reps. Cleaver, Yoder On Presidential Race, DCCC Hacks And $400 Million Iran Payment

Congress is in recess until September but the upcoming general election, ongoing data breaches, and sustained congressional unpopularity means our elected officials won't get much time to relax. While they sit on opposing sides of the aisle, Reps. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Missouri, and Kevin Yoder, R-Kansas, agree there's plenty of work left to be done.

Reps. Cleaver, Yoder On Presidential Race, DCCC Hacks And $400 Million Iran Payment

The Jam Session As An Art Form

Jam sessions are about more than just "noodling" on a horn or keyboard. Saxophonist Tivon Pennicott says jamming is a great way to socialize with other musicians and see how your skills stack up. He's joined by bassist Bill McKemy, who is the director of Education and Public Programs at the American Jazz Museum. Tivon Pennicott will give a clinic on 'The Art of Jam Session' at 9 a.m. on August 20. The presentation is part of the American Jazz Museum's Charlie Parker Celebration, going on through August 30. For more information, visit AmericanJazzMuseum.org.

Using Tech Tools To Increase The Reporting Of Sexual Assualt

For various reasons, victims of sexual assault are often reticent to report crimes. But support systems for them can make a difference in reducing incidents and bringing perpetrators to justice. Researcher, educator, and activist Jess Ladd is attempting to overcome that public health hurdle using a computer system she helped develop, called Callisto. Jess Ladd is a presenter at Kansas City's independently organized TED event, TEDxKC, which starts at 6 p.m. on Friday, August 19, at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. The live and simulcast venues are sold out, but watch party tickets are available. For more information go to TEDxKC.org.

Kansas City Scientist Thinks Flatworm's Ability To Regenerate May One Day Help Humans

Seeing a planarian for the first time, you might not even know what you're looking at. Brown, black, or white in color, these flatworms are about the size of a toenail clipping and have two light-sensing spots on their triangular-shaped heads that make them look cross-eyed. Their simple appearance, though, belies a surprising ability. "You can take one of these animals and cut them into 18 fragments," says Alejandro Sánchez Alvarado, who does this for a living, "and each and every one of those fragments will go on to regenerate a complete animal." Sánchez Alvarado is a scientific investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, who specializes in developmental and cell biology. His laboratory in Kansas City is hosted by the Stowers Institute for Medical Research. "That would be the equivalent of me cutting my little finger and watching my little finger regenerate me," he said in an interview with Steve Kraske on KCUR's Up To Date. Sánchez Alvarado has been studying this

Kansas City Scientist Thinks Flatworm's Ability To Regenerate May One Day Help Humans

Sci-Fi Superstars Play Their 'Wild Cards'

Even if you're not a fan of science fiction, you've probably heard of George R.R. Martin. (Does Game of Thrones ring a bell?) Melinda M. Snodgrass is no slouch herself, having written and edited for Star Trek: The Next Generation. Together, they edit a book series called Wild Cards, which could soon be adapted for television. George R.R. Martin plans to attend Worldcon's MidAmeriCon II, a sci-fi and fantasy convention that runs through August 21 at Bartle Hall. For ticketing information, visit MidAmeriCon2.org. Martin, Melinda M. Snodgrass and several contributors to the 'Wild Cards' series will attend a signing at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown at 5 p.m. on Friday, August 19. For more information, go to RainyDayBooks.com.

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