Kansas City Today is a daily news podcast from KCUR Studios bringing you all things Kansas City, wrapped up in 15 minutes or less. Whether you’re an early bird or a night owl, it’ll be waiting in your feed every weekday. Hosted by Nomin Ujiyediin.
Charlie Parker's plastic sax, a Kansas City treasure
How Charlie Parker's plastic saxophone ended up as the centerpiece of Kansas City's American Jazz Museum — and how it's being revived for a new album. Plus: Midwest climatologists and meteorologists face stress, burnout and even death threats when they talk about climate change.
Remembering former Kansas City mayor Richard 'Dick' Berkley
Richard Berkley, Kansas City's longest-serving mayor, died Wednesday at 92. We'll remember his leadership, especially during one of Kansas City's darkest moments, the Hyatt Regency skywalk collapse in 1981. Plus, the Kansas City Police Department is spending thousands on technology some say is ineffective.
A Kansas City Public Schools union has some grievances
In a matter of months, the union representing maintenance, custodial and cafeteria workers at Kansas City Public Schools went from a cordial relationship with the district to filing seven class-action grievances. What's caused the tension?
Doulas are making a difference for Kansas moms
The number of severe complications during labor and delivery has increased for Kansas moms. For moms of color or women enrolled in Medicaid, complications are even more common. One of the state’s Medicaid contractors is now covering doula services as a way to help.
A look at 2024 elections in Kansas and Missouri
We’re less than one year away from the 2024 elections. As the political landscapes take shape that will determine the future of abortion, taxes, education and more in both Kansas and Missouri, what will we be watching in the next 12 months?
Reconnecting with Native culture in Lawrence
A new generation of Native American students in Lawrence, Kansas, is learning the art of thatching and reconnecting with a Great Plains tradition. Plus: A Black karate master from Kansas City represented the U.S. at a world kickboxing tournament.
My new go to for KC local news
Forget the sensationalistic, commercial TV news, this is my new go-to for KC, Missouri, and Kansas news. Professional, concise but in depth with the occasional human interest story but no “fluff,”, this is the place to start for local news. I pair this with NPR’s Up First podcast and am up to speed on the news before so finish my morning commute. Five stars.
Great idea. Wish they’d pay more attention to City Hall.
I believe the most impactful think a citizen can do is be informed on and participate in local politics. I’d like to know more about the happenings at City Hall in KCMO. Also, I think maybe you need two shows. One for the MO side and one for the KS side of the metro. Sexting scandals and bee keeping ordinances in Johnson County have absolutely no impact on people on the Missouri side. In other words, we have no local news. The Star is garbage and the local news channels have gone downhill.
Good radio show
I learned a lot from this show. The host is very knowledgeable and has a sweet voice. Very pleasant!