This week, we find out about the “biggest” star in the 2012 Olympics…the stadium which was built by Populous, an sports architecture firm headquartered in Kansas City. Nick Haines sits down with the man who went from playing in stadiums to designing them…Scott Radecic, Senior Principal at Populous Sports Architecture and former NFL linebacker. We share a sneak peek at the new three-part PBS program Homeland: Immigration in America, a co-production between KCPT and Nine Network of Public Media in St. Louis, which focuses on issues surrounding immigration in the heartland. And we continue our performARTS series with a profile of the Kansas City Actors Theatre.
The 2012 Summer Olympics start July 27 in London and Kansas City can be proud to play a big hand in the the almost month long global sporting event.
You may not know this, but London’s Olympic Stadium is designed by Populous, the sports architecture firm, with its world headquarters in the River Market right here in Kansas City. More than a hundred architects with Populous, which changed its name from HOK Sport in 2009, worked on the stadium design. The company has offices in London and around the world.
We sat down with Populous Senior Principal Scott Radecic to talk about how this local sports architecture firm is playing such an integral part in the London games and innovative sports venues around the globe.
Last week, KCPT was putting Kansas City on the national programming map as part of the PBS Summer Arts Series when it aired Homecoming: The Kansas City Symphony presents Joyce DiDonato which showcased the Kansas City Symphony and the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts on PBS stations across the country.
This week, Kansas City is back in the national spotlight as PBS runs a documentary series that examines the issue of immigration through the lens of one state…Missouri. HOMELAND was jointly produced by KCPT and KETC, our sister PBS station in St. Louis.
Part One of HOMELAND airs July 26 immediately following The Local Show at 8 p.m. here on KCPT.
This next story begins about ten years ago when the artistic director of a theater we won’t name decided not to cast local actors in major roles. Not surprisingly, that didn’t go over too well with some very talented people here in town. And it soon led to the birth of the Kansas City Actors Theatre.
Since then, that other organization has changed its policy, but the Actors Theatre goes on, gearing up this summer for its eighth season.
As part of our performARTS series in conjunction with KC Studio Magazine, we take you inside the Kansas City Actors Theatre.