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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 »

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Seg. 1: Role Of Swope Park In KC. Seg. 2: Rasheedat Badejo

Segment 1: Swope Park is over twice the size of Central Park. Are we using it as well as we could? Swope Park is one of the largest municipal parks in the country. It's a massive 1,805 acres in size and Kansas City, Missouri Parks and recreation refers to it as the "crown jewel" of the parks system. We explore the role of Swope Park in our community and learn how a history of segregation continues to influence it to this day. Dan Cameron , artistic director and curator, Open Spaces Daniel Serda

Seg. 1: The 'Side Effects' Of Education. Seg. 2: Civility In Modern Politics

Segment 1: Are we taking the wrong approach to education research? Results-oriented education research often overlooks the side effects that accompany common teaching practices. We learn how the approach medical research makes can help educators avoid damaging policies from the start. Yong Zhao , author, What Works May Hurt: Side Effects in Education Segment 2, beginning at 15:14: Does civility in politics have limits? From refusing service in restaurants to name-calling at the highest level in

Seg. 1: The 'Side Effects' Of Education. Seg. 2: Civility In Modern Politics

Bibliofiles: Suburbia

The 'dark side' of suburbia has been a running theme in American literature for at least a couple of decades. The theme has many forms: existential boringness, the soul-sucking blandness of conformity or as an evil secret lurking behind a too-pleasant veneer. On this episode, the Bibliofiles dive into a discussion about how suburban life is represented in literature and recommend new and noteworthy releases. Kaite Stover , Director of readers' Services, Kansas City Public Library Our House by

Seg. 1: Expert Tomato Advice. Seg. 2: Best Tacos in Town

Segment 1: Tomato season is upon us. Here's everything you need to know. James Worley blogs about growing and eating tomatoes in Kansas City. He also organizes the annual "totally tomato weekend." Hear his growing tips and favorite recipes as he makes the case that all local menus should revolve around tomatoes right now. James Worley , KC Tomato Times & Totally Tomato Weekend Segment 2, beginning at 13:28: The food critics lead a search for the best tacos in Kansas City. Beginning with a

Seg. 1: History Of Soccer In KC. Seg. 2: Nerf Gun Wars At Fairway City Hall

Segment 1: How soccer came to Kansas City. Despite the local furvor over this year's World Cup, soccer wasn't always popular in Kansas City. We find out how immigrant families helped popularize the sport back in the 1950's and learn how our city's professional scene has changed over the years. Chris Medina , Executive Director of the Guadalupe Centers Rick Benben , Head Coach of the UMKC Men's Soccer Team Peter Sloan , member of the Brookside Soccer Club since the early 1980's Segment 2,

Seg. 1: History Of Soccer In KC. Seg. 2: Nerf Gun Wars At Fairway City Hall

Seg. 1: Deaf Discrimination In The U.S., Seg. 2: Stephonne Singleton (R)

Segment 1: History of deaf discrimination in the United States. Members of the hearing-impaired community oft face unique challenges when living in America. We discuss the history of persecution against people with deafness in the United States as well as milestones alongside the path to equal rights. Also, meet the local instructor who teaches deaf refugees their first language: American Sign Language. For a full transcript of this segment, click here . Rev. Debbie J. Buchholz , pastor, Deaf

Seg. 1: Deaf Discrimination In The U.S., Seg. 2: Stephonne Singleton (R)

Atchison, Kansas (R)

At one point in history, Atchison, Kansas was positioned to be one of the main connecting points for the railways between Missouri and Kansas. The town played an important role in the Civil War, and had many significant residents. But what's going on there today? KCUR's Central Standard revisits a road trip to Atchison. Come along with us. Guests: Marge and Mike Begley , owners, Paolucci's Molly Jamvold​, server, Paolucci's Bill Grippin, life-time Atchisonian Chris Taylor, executive director,

Seg. 1: Kansas City Soul Music. Seg. 2: Souvenirs (R)

Segment 1: A look back at Kansas City soul music. Johnny Starke goes hunting for old 45s — recordings of soul music made in Kansas City. He's the subject of a new film that followed him on his quest to find the perfect record. We also hear about KC soul music and why it's almost a "secret history" to some. Anthony Ladesich , filmmaker Johnny Starke , record collector Segment 2, beginning at 33:17: A Kansas-based travel writer comments on our obsession with souvenirs. A miniature Eiffel Tower, a

Seg. 1: A 'Lost Boy Of Sudan' Creates Music In Kansas City. Seg 2: Remembering Ruth Shechter

Segment 1: Refugee of South Sudan performs here in the Metro. Dominic Leek's home village in South Sudan was raided during the Second Sudanese Civil War. At the age of eight, he escaped Sudan and eventually found refuge in Kansas City. Hear Dominic's story and learn why he uses music to relay messages of peace to his home country. Dominic Leek , musician, G-Dinkas Segment 2, beginning at 32:17: Memories of a Kansas City civil rights leader. Ruth Shechter was a leader in Kansas City's fight

Seg. 1: A 'Lost Boy Of Sudan' Creates Music In Kansas City. Seg 2: Remembering Ruth Shechter

Seg. 1: Go Dog Go, With Puppets. Seg. 2: Fair Pictures. Seg. 3: Eems On Making Music Without A Genre

Segment 1: A puppeteer takes on a beloved childhood classic with virtually no narrative, but lots of dogs. Mesner Puppet Theater is staging two very different productions this summer: P.D. Eastman's Go, Dog, Go! and The Tempest , by William Shakespeare. Mike Horner , Artistic Director, Mesner Puppet Theater Segment 2, beginning at 12:35: A photographer on being the artist-in-residence at the Missouri State Fair. Rather than turning his lens on animals, rides or performers, Matt Rahner focused on

Seg. 1: Go Dog Go, With Puppets. Seg. 2: Fair Pictures. Seg. 3: Eems On Making Music Without A Genre

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