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When A Child's Stomach Pain Is Something Serious, And When It's Just Bellyaching

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 19:27:05 +0000

Tummy troubles, belly burdens, gastrointestinal grievances — call them what you will, but no one likes having a stomachache. That goes double for children. Today, Drs. Natasha Burgert and Craig Friesen help us figure out when a soothing word is just what's needed to settle your youngster's upset stomach, or when it might be a harbinger of something more severe.

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Embracing (or Rejecting) The Midwest

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 18:34:09 +0000

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 habits (both good and bad) that define being Midwestern. Guests: Ricky Hill, research coordinator, ISGMH D. Rashaan Gilmore, host of Unbossed and Unbothered Reagan Bluel, dairy specialist, University of Missouri Extension Idris Raoufi, urban design activist Emily Farris, food critic

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New Version Of 'A Christmas Carol' Is A Dream Come True For The Kansas City Rep's Eric Rosen

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 11:40:00 +0000

Ten years ago, when Eric Rosen was angling for the job as artistic director of Kansas City Repertory Theatre, he pitched a new adaptation of A Christmas Carol . It was something he'd wanted to do for years while running a theater company in Chicago. Now he's finally bringing it to the stage. "It's sort of a dream project in the sense of having a scope and a cast and a capacity to make something huge that we don't often get to do," Rosen says. The Kansas City Rep has staged an annual production of A Christmas Carol for nearly 40 years. But, when Rosen started at the Rep, his attention was diverted by other holiday shows: A Christmas Story, a musical based on the film, which premiered in Kansas City and went on to Broadway; and The Santaland Diaries, drawn from David Sedaris ' stories about his time as a Macy's elf during the holiday season. But he continued to re-read A Christmas Carol and think about how much more of Dickens' own words he'd like to include in a production. This year,

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Kansas City's Cross-Dressing Past, And How Mental Health Arguments Hinder Solutions To Gun Violence

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 21:34:57 +0000

Drag is big these days in pop culture, but the cross-dressing tradition goes back further than most people realize. Today, we trace its roots on the American frontier. Then, we take a close look with sociologist and researcher Jonathan Metzl at claims that gun violence in America is primarily a mental health issue, and not one related to the easy availability of firearms.

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Katz's Drugs Demolished, What Does It Mean For KC History Buffs?

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 17:57:43 +0000

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 attention — even from young people who never shopped there. Guests: Kemet Coleman, local musician, The Phantastics Karla Deel, editor-in-chief, Squeeze Box City

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KanCare Concerns A Challenge For Officials Seeking To Renew Privatized Medicaid Plan

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 22:59:33 +0000

Kansas officials seeking to renew KanCare are asking people covered by the privatized Medicaid program to trust them to make it better. In a series of recent public hearings, state officials have assured providers and beneficiaries that KanCare 2.0 will fix the administrative and service-delivery problems that have plagued the current program since its inception. Dynel Wood isn’t convinced. She runs a small Johnson County company that provides support services for Kansans with disabilities. “We’ve heard before that things would be better,” Wood said after a recent public hearing in Olathe. “We’ve been promised things and it doesn’t happen. There is a trust issue.” Since 2013, three for-profit companies known as managed care organizations have administered KanCare, which provides health insurance to more than 420,000 low-income, disabled and elderly Kansans. Though many states have contracted with MCOs to run their Medicaid programs, Kansas was the first to privatize services for people

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Youth Violence Program Comes To KCK, And KCMO Court Gets National Recognition

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 21:21:01 +0000

Today, a look at how a new initiative is gearing up to combat youth violence in Kansas City, Kansas. Then, we get some insight into the Kansas City Municipal Domestic Violence Court. The U.S. Department of Justice's STOP Violence Against Women initiative recently awarded the court "mentor" status — the first municipal court to earn such a distinction. Its judge and coordinator talk with guest host Danie Alexander about the role the court plays in rehabilitating offenders.

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Food Waste And Leftovers; Church Decides To Omit 'Country Club' From Name

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 18:01:08 +0000

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 made the decision to remove the phrase 'Country Club' from their name and learn about the history of the district the church was originally named after. Guests: Jena Roberts , vice president of business development, Novolyze Rev. Chase Peeples , minister of Country Club Congregational United Church of Christ LaDene Morton, author of The Country Club District of Kansas City

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Harvest’s Done, But Deciding What To Do About Dicamba Isn’t

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 11:00:00 +0000

In the hopes of not repeating a problematic year for soybean crops, farmers across the U.S. are deciding how best to protect their crops and their livelihood next year from drift damage caused by the weed killer dicamba .

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Commentary: Kansas City Hall Of Famer Has Character

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 20:12:48 +0000

Fans know their favorite teams are full of drama, on the field and sometimes off. Players come and players go, but at every game there’s at least one real character whose only job is to be a good sport. Commentator Victor Wishna explains in this month’s edition of 'A Fan’s Notes.' Who says there’s no good news anymore? You may have missed this, but just last week the Kansas City Royals’ own Sluggerrr — you know, the 6-foot-9 lion who dances on the dugout between innings — was inducted into the National Mascot Hall of Fame . Yeah, that’s really a thing. And as of next year, it will be a place. A new 25,000-square-foot, multi-million-dollar hall will open in Whiting, Indiana, 20 minutes outside of Chicago. Sluggerrr joins an elite group. Out of an estimated 5,000 costumed mascots in American pro and college sports, less than two dozen have made it into the hall — voted in because they “demonstrate a major impact on their sport, and/or community.” Besides every Royals home game, Sluggerrr

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Holiday 'Wine-ing' And Dining, And Kansas Veteran's Vietnam Memories Still Haunt Him

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 18:53:39 +0000

Thanksgiving is practically upon us, marking the start of the holiday season. Today, we listen back to a conversation with Master Sommelier Doug Frost and others to get you prepared for winter partying with some great wine and drink pairing ideas. Then, we sit down with Vietnam veteran and poet John Musgrave . More than 40 years after the end of the conflict, he still struggles to understand a war he was eager to join but disillusioned with once he got there.

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Lonnie And Ronnie McFadden

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:56:05 +0000

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 organization. Hear their story, which starts at 29th and Euclid. Guests: Lonnie McFadden Ronnie McFadden

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Falling In Love Helped A Country Boy From Missouri Make Beautiful Cuban Music

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:00:00 +0000

When Michael McClintock and Dálida Pupo Barrios met, it was not love at first sight. Pupo Barrios was doing her job, working for the Cuban minister of culture, accompanying McClintock's tour group when he first visited the country. McClintock had been interested in Latin American music since he was a young teenager in Neosho, Missouri. His uncle, who taught him to play guitar, had wide-ranging musical tastes and schooled McClintock not just in blues and classic rock but also flamenco and finger-style acoustic guitar. And McClintock's parents, who were into jazz musicians like Miles Davis and John Coltrane, visited Rio de Janeiro in the late 1980s and returned with a love of Brazilian music. “I got a little bit more exposure than your normal country boy from Neosho,” McClintock says. He came to Kansas City in 2002 to study classical guitar at the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance, where his teachers had been heavily influenced by the Spanish and South American repertoire. And the

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Liberalism's Identity Crisis, And Truman's 'Accidental' Presidency

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 22:25:04 +0000

In more than 30 years of writing for The New Yorker , Adam Gopnik has covered everything from the science of meditation to the relationship between baseball and art. Today, he joins Steve Kraske to help recalibrate the true meaning of liberalism. Then, we find out why some consider Harry Truman's presidency an accident , which nonetheless changed the course of history in its first few months. Adam Gopnik will present 'Radical Liberalism: A Manifesto For A New Movement' at the Cockefair Chair lecture series in Pierson Auditorium on the UMKC campus. The program starts at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 16. For more information, visit the . A.J. Baime discusses his book ' The Accidental President: Harry S. Truman and the Four Months That Changed the World ' at Unity Temple on the Plaza at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 16. For ticketing information, go to .

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Domestic Violence Over Generations; Procedural Rules

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 17:53:19 +0000

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 happens when civility breaks down? Why the rules of debate are important. Guests: Damon Daniel, President, Ad Hoc Group Against Crime Scott Mason, Rose Brooks Center Alicia Jones, Manager, Family Support Services, Ad Hoc Group Against Crime Brian Ellison, host of KCUR's Statehouse Blend Missouri and former member of the National Association of Parliamentarians

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Acclaimed Kansas City Poet Michelle Boisseau Dies At 62

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:26:09 +0000

"One thing that a poet needs more than anything else — well, you need a sense of language — but you need people who love you. And I have that," the poet Michelle Boisseau told New Letters on the Air host Angela Elam earlier this year. "I have incredible colleagues, and of course my husband Tom [Stroik], and people who believe in your work. Just keep doing it." Boisseau died on Wednesday of lung cancer. But her advice to "just keep doing it" will resonate through the work of the students she taught at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (where she had been on the faculty since 1995), aspiring poets who read the textbook she helped write ( "Writing Poems" ), other writers whose work she improved as associate editor of UMKC's BkMk Press , and poetry readers across the globe. "'Writing Poems' was the first textbook I used when I first started teaching poetry many, many years ago, long before I ever knew Michelle," says Hadara Bar-Nadav, Boisseau's colleague on the faculty at UMKC. "It

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Social Workers, Interaction Officers Are New KCPD Chief's Approach To Community Policing

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 03:26:24 +0000

As Kansas City continues to see increases in violent crime , new Kansas City, Missouri, Police Chief Rick Smith says he’s doubling down on community policing. The chief, who was selected in July , says he wants to expand the number of community interaction officers. He's also embedded a social worker in the Central Patrol Division. Gina English had been at the Kansas City No Violence Alliance, a collaboration between law enforcement, prosecutors and government aimed at reducing violent crime. The new chief believes a non-uniformed employee of the force can be a valuable presence in sensitive situations. RELATED: KCPD Chief Rick Smith Knows Nothing About Violence Prevention Group Aim4Peace English says she has a lot of freedom to define her job. She accompanies officers on nuisance calls, or calls of a non-law enforcement nature, which are the majority. She directs community members to resources. Recently, she stood before a class of high schoolers at De LaSalle High School to talk

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Latest Ratings For KC Public Schools, And Police Chief Rick Smith On Making City Safer

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 23:03:57 +0000

Today, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released the latest data on the state's public schools, so we ask Kansas City Public Schools Superintendent Mark Bedell to explain where his district did well and what areas still need improvement . Then, this summer, Kansas City, Missouri, got a new chief of police, a 29-year veteran of the force. We talk with Chief Rick Smith and the president of the police board about reinstating community policing, increasing diversity in the ranks and reducing racism. We also find out what a requested increase in officers and dispatchers would mean in the fight to reduce crime in the metro.

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Dealing With Clutter

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 19:47:43 +0000

The holidays are approaching, and some of us will be frantically cleaning our homes — and getting rid of clutter — in preparation for guests. Or we'll be visiting parents and relatives, where we might confront the stuff from years past. On this show, we take a closer look at clutter. It's bad and we should get rid of the things that don't bring us joy, right? Maybe not... Guests: Eliza Cantlay, professonal organizer, Simplicana Mary Traylor, costume designer, Lyric Opera of Kansas City

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Writing About Women And War, And Brian Selznick On 'Wonderstruck,' The Movie

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 20:48:15 +0000

Author Whitney Terrell told the story of a female soldier in his novel, The Good Lieutenant . His consultant for that book, Angela Fitle, lived it in the Army during Operation Iraqi Freedom II. They share their thoughts on the female experience of war. Then children's author Brian Selznick reveals what it was like to condense his novel Wonderstruck ​ into the screenplay for the just-released film version. Whitney Terrell and author Helen Benedict present 'Women and War' at the Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 14. For more information, go to . Brian Selznick will introduce a screening of 'Wonderstruck' at Tivoli Cinemas at 3 p.m. on Saturday, November 18. This event benefits The Rabbit hOle . To purchase tickets, visit .

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