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Central Standard is an hour-long, live, call-in program. Central Standard brings you stories that surprise, intrigue and engage, with a strong focus on how these stories impact Kansas City and the region.
||CleanMonsignor Stuart Swetland||Today, Stuart Swetland is the president of Donnelly College, which U.S. News & World Report recently recognized as the most diverse college in the Midwest . But in 1985, when TWA Flight 847 was hijacked, he was a Navy officer who was called to||12/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFountain City Brass Band; Noah Geller; KU Fact Checking With Russia||Kansas City is home to the best brass band in the country. Hear more about the Fountain City Brass Band, which recently placed second and third at two international brass band competitions. Then, the concertmaster of the Kansas City Symphony discusses h||12/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPlant Artist; What Is The Middle Class?||When you think of moss, you may conjure up images of dense woods. But a new restaurant on the Plaza features a moss wall. We talk to the local artist who created it, and we hear his vision for a harmonious life. Plus: As one of the most significant tax||12/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMonroe Dodd; The Nutcracker; Glory Days||Few people bring Kansas City's history to life like Monroe Dodd. But in light of our resident chronicler's move to Colorado, we indulge on one more journey through the great folklore of our town. Then, Kansas City Ballet's lead dancer, Lamin Pereira,||12/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEvel Knievel; Misty Copeland; Lone Tot At Winstead's (R)||In light of a new Evel Knievel museum opening in Topeka earlier this year, we look back at the legacy of an all-American daredevil. Then, we visit with Kansas City native and ballet icon Misty Copeland. Also, we learn about the story of the 'lone tater||12/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCheese + Beer||Forget wine and cheese ... now there's beer and cheese. A local cheese expert tells us about the best beer and cheese pairings. Plus: a visit to a classic KC restaurant that brought back its fondue nights from the 1970s, then the Food Critics search out||12/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanQuadratic Formula Rap + Smells Of Kansas City||Meet a soon-to-be-NASA engineer from Missouri who raps about math . Plus: what are the smells of KC, both past and present? We explore the rich tapestry of Kansas City scents, good and bad, and how they affect our experience of a place. Guests: Dajae||12/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanActivism; Domestication Of Dogs; The Lost Christmas Tape||When it comes to fighting for a cause, some may picture protestors chaining themselves to machinery or going on hunger strikes. But a former journalist in Kansas fought a proposal for saltwater injection wells in a different way: she read a lot of||12/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPark Parcels; Thomas Hart Benton's "Year Of Peril"||If you voted last election, you may have noticed a few measures concerning parcels of park land. Today, we learn the reasons why they appeared on the ballot and what it means for undeveloped areas in Kansas City. Then, we learn the history behind a||12/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDisaster Follow-Up; The Honorary Consulates Of Kansas City||Three months have passed since a series of hurricanes rocked the Caribbean and the U.S. mainland. But are things improving? Today, Kansas Citians with loved ones affected by this year's bout of natural disasters give us an update on how recovery efforts||12/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanArtist Kevin McGraw; Sci Fi Author Christine Shuck; The Architects + Pajama Jam||On this December arts show: the story behind " Uplift ," a new exhibit that's inspired by ladders, and a local science fiction writer on her book, which takes place in the aftermath of the second civil war in the United States. Plus: pajamas and punk ro||12/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean'Big Sonia'; Changing Your Mind||Sonia Warshawski is a Holocaust survivor who ran a tailor shop in Metcalf South Mall. A documentary about her life is in theaters now. What does this survivor story mean to a younger generation? Plus: On KCUR's Central Standard, we're examining what it||11/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWomen In Theater On Sexual Harassment||We are hearing more stories of sexual harassment and sexual misconduct. But these stories aren't new. How much has changed over time? Three women from three different generations share their perspectives from one industry. Guests: Heidi Van, Artistic||11/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRodolfo Marron; Liberty's African-American Legacy||For an artist, one year is plenty of time to develop new techniques and mature. Today, we check in on local artist Rodolfo Marron, who, after two residencies in New York, has returned to Kansas City with a new exhibit . Then, learn about Liberty's Afric||11/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow We Got Here||"Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free." Those are words etched on the Statue of Liberty, an icon of our nation's immigrant heritage. But its message barely skims the surface of the various reasons why people migrat||11/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEmbracing (or Rejecting) The Midwest||What does it mean to be a Midwesterner? It's a hard question to answer, but there's definitely something unique about this land between coasts. From our hardworking ethic to our passive-aggressive attitude, we discuss the characteristics, attitudes and||11/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKatz's Drugs Demolished, What Does It Mean For KC History Buffs?||On the southwest corner of Troost and Linwood Boulevard, Katz's Drug Store was quietly torn down after years of vacancy. Today, we learn what old landmarks have to teach us about Kansas City's history and why the demolition of Katz has garnered so much||11/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFood Waste And Leftovers; Church Decides To Omit 'Country Club' From Name||A good Thanksgiving Day meal requires consideration, preparation and even preservation. Today, we hear food safety advice to help keep uneaten leftovers fresh and to learn warning signs of spoiled items. Then, a local congregation shares why they've mad||11/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLonnie And Ronnie McFadden||The McFadden brothers are musicians, singers and tap dancers. They learned how to tap from their father, the legendary Smilin' Jimmy McFadden, and they've just received a 2017 Living Legends awards from the Tapology Music Institute, a national||11/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDomestic Violence Over Generations; Procedural Rules||Domestic violence happens privately at home, but it tears at the fabric of entire communities. A look at the impact of domestic violence over generations. Then: the hallowed halls of government are supposed to represent our highest ideals. But what||11/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
For a local broadcast, excellent content
Typically, it seems like your local talent broadcasters don't have interesting topics or relavant information. But Lefall seems to get it and provide you with information that has "traction". I find myself relistening to the content over and over. ~ Jeremy Snowden.
I love this show!!
Central Standard is the most interesting show on KCUR, and possibly even NPR as a whole! I don't know how he comes up with such varied topics, and they are always interesting!!! I listen in my car live whenever I can, and download the podcast all the time!
I just moved to the Kansas City area and quickly found Central Standard on the NPR station. I look forward to listening throughout the work week, and I'm happy that I can download episodes later if I miss them! Gina Kaufman is a great host: she facilitates discussion and politely pushes guests on answers for more interesting stuff