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.
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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.
At the end of last month, The Local Show began a four part series on suicide. We have received tremendous feedback on Part One.
Schedule for the remaining parts in the series:
Part Two: February 9, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
Part Three: February 16, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
Part Four: February 23, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
The entire series will be presented in a special edition of The Local Show on March 22, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. These segments will rebroadcast numerous times and will also be available online soon after the initial airings.
Here”s a look back at part one:
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Coming up on the next episode of The Local Show: Vivien Jennings sits down with Fred Logan to discuss the challenges of the retail book business in the digital age. KCPT goes inside Turning Point: The Center for Hope and Healing and looks at the various services and benefits offered to individuals, families and friends living with serious or chronic illness. Union Station CEO George Guastello talks to Nick Haines about the new Princess Diana exhibit, new developments at Science City and the challenges of getting the Kansas City treasure back into the black. March 31 marks another Opening Day at the K. To mark the occasion, The Local Show presents this “Crown Minute” which takes a look at how the Kansas City Royal’s logo was created.
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Rainy Day Books is a full-line full-service bookstore, carrying an array of hand-selected Hardcovers and Paperbacks for adults and children alike. They also carry a selection of boxed and individual greeting cards. Among the personal services: they special order Books daily, provide complimentary high quality gift wrapping, and they hand-select appropriate gifts for pick up or shipment.
KCPT goes inside Turning Point: The Center for Hope and Healing and looks at the various services and benefits offered to individuals, families and friends living with serious or chronic illness.
George Guastello was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Union Station Kansas City in December 2008 to lead the effort to build a strategic business and financial plan for the future of the Station. He manages an annual budget of $9 million and is responsible for operation, management and development/growth of the Station and surrounding property it owns. Union Station, a historical landmark and civic asset, was renovated and reopened to the public in 1999. A bi-state cultural sales tax, the first of its kind in the country, funded nearly half of the $250 million renovation. The Station features a science center, planetarium, rail museum, national traveling exhibits, one of the largest 3D giant screen movie theaters, live theater, shops, restaurants and offices. The organization also manages the Kansas City Museum.
Play Ball! March 31 marks another Opening Day at the K. To mark the occasion, The Local Show presents this “Crown Minute” which takes a look at how the Kansas City Royal’s logo, a crown atop a shield with the letters “KC” inside the shield, was created.
Coming up on the next episode of The Local Show: Randy Mason welcomes Zhou Long to The Local Show to discuss his Pulitzer Prize winning opera, Madame White Snake. We take an inside look at the launch of America: Now and Here, a cross-country journey of art and ideas. We profile the Junior League of Kansas City and their new Healthy U program at University Academy. And we pay tribute to five individuals from all over the world who participated in The Great War.
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