This week on The Local Show, we talk to Brian and Kevin Fleming, Kansas City brothers and inventors of Bag Bowls, who recently got national exposure for their product on ABC’s Shark Tank. We continue our Women and Girls Lead series with a profile of violinist Elizabeth Suh Lane. Union Station just premiered a brand new exhibit called “The Science of Rock ‘n’ Roll” and we give you a sneak peek. In a partnership with students at Johnson County Community College, we take a closer look at a program which has students taking roles in bringing food from the farm to the table.
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This week, we continue our performARTS series with a closer look at The Folly Theater. As part of Global Entrepreneurship Weekend, the Kauffman Foundation hosted a Startup Demo Day to give local entrepreneurs an opportunity to pitch their ideas to mentors and potential investors. The new Ken Burns documentary The Dust Bowl will begin airing on Sunday evening here on KCPT. Johnson County Community College history professor and Executive Director of the Sustainability Center Jay Antle discusses the documentary and gives some local perspective on this dirty phenomena which has been cropping up in Western Kansas as recently as this month. The Gem Theater hosted a centennial celebration to honor Gordon Parks and The Local Show was there to capture some of the highlights.
This week, we feature extended local contributions to the national documentary Veterans Day 11.11.11 which will air at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 11. We honor some of the local people who put service above self. Their stories are told in the new book Kansas City Spirit: Stories of Service Above Self. Contributing authors Bruce Mathews and Mamie Hughes sit down with Nick Haines to highlight what you can expect to discover in the book. We continue our series Women and Girls Lead with a profile of local artist Peregrine Honig.
This week on The Local Show, Producer Sandy Woodson gives us a different perspective on the multi-million dollar haunted house industry in the West Bottoms. Best selling author and Kansas City native Gretchen Rubin discusses her latest book, Happier At Home: Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon a Project, Read Samuel Johnson, and My Other Experiments in the Practice of Everyday Life. We take a look at the cutting edge research taking place at KU Med’s Clinical Research Center which is attracting patients from as far away as New Zealand to take part in clinical trials. And we share some success stories from adults who have learned to read thanks to Literacy KC.
This week on The Local Show, Randy Mason sits down with local filmmaker Terence O’Malley to discuss his latest film Tom & Harry: The Boss and The President which examines the complicated relationship between Harry Truman and Tom Pendergast. We profile three local mothers who are caught in The Low Wage Trap which puts them at risk of losing childcare subsidies with even the slightest increase in pay at their jobs. Editor Steve Paul talks about the new book, Kansas City Noir, which features short stories set in the seedy underbelly of Kansas City from some of the area’s most talented writers. And we look at an outreach program of the Kansas City Symphony which gives grade school children an opportunity to get hands on with the tools of the trade for musicians.
This week on The Local Show, we examine trends in the movie theater business with David Brain, President and CEO of Entertainment Properties Trust, a Kansas City based real estate investment trust (REIT) which has invested over $1.4 billion in megaplex theaters around the country. We profile the local non-profit MINDDRIVE and its innovative approach to energizing the minds of at-risk high school students. We continue our Women and Girls Lead series with a profile of Kansas City Star columnist, Jenee Osterheldt. And finally, we share scenes from two current theater productions: The Mystery of Irma Vep at the Kansas City Repertory Theater and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson at the Unicorn Theater.
More than two years after Congress passed and the President signed the Affordable Care Act, KCPT goes on location to get a status report on how Kansas and Missouri are implementing the federal healthcare law. Nick Haines talks with regional health leaders and looks at how the law is impacting small business owners, the uninsured, college students and those with pre-existing medical conditions. Is the law working as planned? And what about efforts in Kansas and Missouri to block some provisions from going into effect?
Guests include: Jay Anghoff, Regional Director for U.S. Health Department, Andrea Routh, Executive Director of Missouri Health Advocacy Alliance, Sheldon Weisgrau, Director of the Health Reform Resource Project, Ryan Barker, Public Policy Director for the Missouri Foundation for Health, Cindy Hermes, Kansas Insurance Commission.
Nick Haines talks to KC Zoo Director Randy Wisthoff about what’s in store for visitors this year and what people can look forward to seeing at the zoo in the near future. Randy Mason gets a first hand look at the installation of the newest edition to the Nelson-Atkins Sculpture Garden, the Roxy Paine dendroid “Ferment.” After the encore has been played and the lights come up or the buzzer sounds and the fans go home, what goes on behind the scenes at The Independence Event Center? The Local Show takes a behind the scenes look at what has to happen to make the event experience a pleasant one for ticket-holders at the IEC.
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This week on The Local Show, Shirley Helzberg and Julia Irene Kauffman share some of their favorite highlights from the inaugural year of The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.
As part of our continuing performARTS series, Randy Mason gets a behind the scenes look at Paul Mesner Puppets as they celebrate their 25th year. Former Kansas City Star sports columnist Joe Posnanski talks about the challenges he faced while writing his New York Times Bestseller, Paterno. And finally, we share some images of the installation of the DC-3 atop The Roasterie in its new home in the Kansas City skyline.
Tune in to KCPT March 3 at 7 p.m. for a special edition of The Local Show for an advance look at Ferment, the 56-foot tall “dendroid” coming soon to The Kansas City Sculpture Park.
This 56-foot stainless steel sculpture of a tree by internationally acclaimed artist Roxy Paine will be permanently installed in the Kansas City Sculpture Park at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. The tree was commissioned by Martin Friedman, Hall Family Foundation consultant for the Museum’s Sculpture Park for 20 years, and was funded by the foundation.
“Ferment” was constructed at Paine’s studio in Treadwell, NY and will be transported to the Museum. The sculpture will be installed at the site over a period of two weeks.
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