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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.

Most Recent Episodes

Bill Shapiro's Final Broadcast

A tribute to the Kansas City tax attorney who spent 40 years hosting a music show devoted to rock and roll. Bill Shapiro recently died at the age of 82. To remember him, we rebroadcasted his final episode of Cyprus Avenue, the "smart" rock and roll show he hosted on KCUR on Saturday nights. His final broadcast includes some of his favorite tunes and reflections on his personal relationship with music.

Seg. 1: Football Catch-up | Seg. 2: Generations Of Chiefs Fans

Segment 1: If you haven't been paying attention to football lately, here's what you need to know. This is why Kansas City is SO excited for Super Bowl LIV. Vahe Gregorian , sports columnist, Kansas City Star Segment 2, beginning at 21:34: What does this year's Super Bowl mean to generations of Chiefs fans? Kansas City Chiefs fans have suffered and struggled over the years. This year though has already been a pretty special one, so we wanted to know: what traditions and rituals have superfans

The Best Vegetarian Food In Kansas City

Segment 1: Meet Kansas City's Veggie Burger Artist Zaid Consuegra at Pirate's Bone is known for the colorful veggie burgers he's painstakingly developed to be both pretty and tasty. He was recently profiled in Bon Appetit with his photo next to a headline that identified him as "The Undocumented Chef." He shares the story of his life and his burgers. Zaid Consuegra , Pirate's Bone Segment 2: A Search For The Best Vegetarian Food In Kansas City Our food critics send us to restaurants throughout

Seg. 1: Anglo Names (R) | Seg. 2: Calvin Arsenia (R) | Seg. 3: Better Leotards

Segment 1: Research shows white-sounding names curry favor in academic settings. Xian Zhao's name means something to him. It means something to his parents. That's why he won't adopt what he calls an "anglo name." But his own research suggests he might be missing opportunities because of that. Xian Zhao , researcher, University of Toronto Segment 2, beginning at 14:47: A recent Calvin Arsenia album is a milestone in his professional and personal growth. A Kansas City harpist and vocalist

Seg. 1: Anglo Names (R) | Seg. 2: Calvin Arsenia (R) | Seg. 3: Better Leotards

Seg. 1: The Iowa Debate Moderator | Seg. 2: A Book For Anxious Kids

Segment 1: A Kansas native moderated the last Democratic debate in Iowa. Brianne Pfannenstiel grew up in Lawrence and got her first job in journalism at the Kansas City Star. Now that she's in a state with a huge voice in this year's election, we wanted to know: How does she feel the Midwest is represented in national discourse today? What does she think of Iowa's role specifically? And, what is it like to moderate a national debate? Brianne Pfannenstiel , chief politics reporter, Des Moines

Seg. 1: Pre-K Update | Seg. 2: Realistic Homework Expectations

Segment 1: Where do efforts towards improving pre-K access and quality in Kansas City stand? In early 2019, a big controversy was Mayor Sly James' push for universal pre-K through a sales tax. Kansas City voters didn't go for the plan on the ballot , but a year later, many people still want something to fill in the gap. Annie Watson , senior associate, School Readiness Consulting Segment 2, beginning at 21:22: Does homework have value? If so, to whom? It's been a cornerstone of education since

Seg. 1: Caitlin Corcoran | Seg. 2: Bad Luck Chuck

Segment 1: Meet the bar owner who doesn't think the customer is always right. Caitlin Corcoran has been a force in the Kansas City food scene for a while now, most recently as the woman behind Ça Va . Her outspoken views on how to create a safe restaurant for both customers and staff have also made a name for her nationally. Does it mean that sometimes certain customers don't like her? Yes, but she's not losing sleep over it. Caitlin Corcoran , former managing partner, Ça Va Segment 2, beginning

Seg. 1: Two Women's Marches | Seg. 2: Hair Conflicts In The Military

Segment 1: A new kind of Women's March in Kansas City aims to include more diverse voices. Since the first Women's March in 2017 after Trump's election, there has been national controversy on how diverse the march really is. This year there are two in Kansas City. Women's March Kansas City has been around for a few years, but Reale Womxn's Rally is new and its organizers say they brought in more diversity from the beginning. What does it mean though that the movement can't stay unified? Justice

Seg. 1: The Pronunciation Of Missouri | Seg. 2: Life After Deportation

Segment 1: Why do some people say Missou-ree and some say Missou-rah? And what are the political ramifications of saying one or the other? It turns out we've been having this debate for basically forever, and which way you say it has a lot to do with parts of your identity. Some people feel really strongly there's a right way to say it, while others have never thought much about it. The people that pay the most attention to it are politians. Kristofor Husted , reporter/producer, KBIA's Show Me

Seg. 1: Immigrant & Latino Healthcare Access | Seg. 2: Cult Of The Soprano

Segment 1: Health insurance can be hard to get in Kansas City, especially if you're Latino or an immigrant. A recent study found that immigrants and U.S. born Latinos account for more than a third of uninsured people in Kansas City , based on the three largest counties in the metro. Randy Capps , director of research for U.S. programs, Migration Policy Institute Segment 2, beginning at 29:30: Why don't sopranos ever play normal, boring characters? One soprano wanted to know, so she researched it

Seg. 1: Immigrant & Latino Healthcare Access | Seg. 2: Cult Of The Soprano

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