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Push Growing To Pause, Not Cancel, Medicaid For Kansans In Custody

Today, when mentally ill Kansans land in a psychiatric hospital or behind bars, they lose Medicaid coverage. When they’re freed, the daunting chore of signing up for government health coverage starts from scratch. Now, a push gaining steam among state lawmakers would merely pause that coverage, keeping care and critical medications ready for mental health patients when they get out.

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Sport Burger

Nov 5, 2010

I have found that most people like to talk about food.  If you can’t think of anything clever to say at a party, you can always break the social ice by asking people what they like to eat.  It’s a nice way to start a conversation, and you might even learn something.

How exactly do robo-calls help politicians? You know what I’m talking about—those automated, prerecorded phone messages we get on our landlines (those of us who still have landlines).

I don’t know anyone who ever says, “Wow, I got the nicest, most informative robo-call the other day.  The information was so pertinent and it really convinced me that that person was the right one for the job!”

I lost a good friend last week and, in a way, so did you. His name was Arthur Schuetz. He died six days from his 99th birthday.

He was my neighbor for years in the College Hill area. Art lived a quiet life, to my knowledge never making any newscast, never getting his photo and name splashed across the newspapers, never running for public office, never having streets or schools or businesses named for himself.

Paleteria La Reyna

Oct 8, 2010

I’ve been walking a lot lately, and not just because the weather is finally behaving.  I’ve been trying to balance the amount of exercise I get with the number of popsicles I have been eating.  This summer was the summer of the the paleta for me.  A paleta is a Mexican popsicle, and I have been quite obsessed with them, to the point where I was eating one a day during the month of August, hence, the new exercise regime.

Greetings from The Land That Time Forgot, also known as Wichita, Kansas. We’ve been a little slow to accept some of them new-fangled things that other towns have had for years. Take bicycles, for instance. We weren’t too sure they’d catch on so we waited a while. Then the other day I noticed an actual bike lane on First Street in the College Hill area. Right there against the curb was the white outline of a bicycle indicating a bike lane. At first I thought it was a crime scene. Like on TV where the police draw a chalk outline around the victim, in this case a bicycle.

Manna Wok

Sep 24, 2010
Fletcher Powell / KMUW

If you didn’t already know this, I’m half Asian-- half Filipino, specifically. I grew up eating rice with every meal, fish with heads on, chicken with feet on, fermented things, and every soy product known to man.  My parents are adventurous eaters, so my brother and sister and I ate all kinds of weird stuff from the get-go.  There is no food I won’t try at least once.

My Tho

Sep 10, 2010

I have good news. We are seriously blessed with wonderful Vietnamese food in Wichita.

If you are unfamiliar with Vietnamese cooking, it is easy to like, even for a beginner. It’s fresh and healthy, relying on noodles and rice, small amounts of meat, and lots of vegetables and fresh herbs. Oftentimes raw ingredients will be used to garnish cooked dishes by the diner to her own tastes, so it’s a great cuisine for people who like to play with their food.

Isn’t passion great? Not the romantic kind of “oh, baby, I love you, I love you” passion, but the everyday sort of passion that people feel for practically every kind of imaginable thing.

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OnWords: Word Of The Year

Late in December each year, authorities on language such as those who curate the Oxford English Dictionary release their word of the year. I use the word “curate” purposefully to describe what those who assemble dictionaries do, as the best description of a dictionary I ever heard was that it is a “museum for words.”

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KMUW Music

Peter Cunningham

For Those Who Came After: Songs of Resistance from the Spanish Civil War is the latest release by stalwart New York City band Barbez. Joining the collective on this historically charged recording is vocalist Velina Brown, a longstanding member of the San Francisco Mime Troupe. The material heard on For Those Who Came After celebrates the International Brigades, including the American Abraham Lincoln Brigade (ALB), which pledged solidarity against fascism between 1936 and 1938 in Spain.

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Wednesday, January 24

Listen for selections from the 2017 release from Reeves Gabrels, Imaginary Friends Live plus music from Jean Luc Ponty’s 1977 album Enigmatic Ocean.

Thursday, January 25

We’ll hear music from Learn To Swim, the 2017 effort from The Cavves plus music from For Sale: Live At Maxwell’s 1986 from The Replacements.

Friday, January 26

When The Replacements came to an abrupt end in 1991, founding member Tommy Stinson formed a new project named Bash & Pop. That group issued one album, 1993’s Friday Night Is Killing Me, before disbanding for nearly 25 years. We’ll hear selections from the 2017 reissue of Friday Night Is Killing Me as well as music from A Nod Is As Good As a Wink … to a Blind Horse, the 1971 album from Faces, featuring Rod Stewart, Kenney Jones (The Who) and Ronnie Wood (Rolling Stones).

Saturday, January 27

We remember some of the musicians we lost in 2017, including Allan Holdsworth, Chuck Berry and Tom Petty.

Monday, January 29

Listen for music from Especially For You, the 1986 release from The Smithereens as well as Based On A True Story, the 1988 album by The Del-Lords.

Tuesday, January 30

 We’ll hear selections from Shuttered Room, the 1982 debut by The Fixx plus selections from Play Deep, the 1985 release from The Outfield.

Wednesday, January 31

We preview our February features: Simple Minds and Nona Hendryx.

Thursday, February 1

 We’ll hear music from Life In A Day, the 1977 debut from Simple Minds as well as selections from Songs to Learn and Sing, the 1985 release from Echo & The Bunnymen.

Friday, February 2

 It’s our New Month, New Music feature including selections from Walk Between Worlds by Simple Minds, the latest from First Aid Kit and more.

Saturday, February 3

 Listen for selections from The Fugitive, the 1983 release from Genesis co-founder Tony Banks as well as his bandmate, Mike Rutherford’s 1980 solo debut, Smallcreep’s Day. 

Monday 1.22.18

Night Train continues with more Best of 2017 for the January feature, previews jazz concerts for the coming week, and marks birthdays of trombone great J.J. Johnson, bassist Eberhard Weber, singer Lizz Wright, saxophonist Tony Campise, and pianist Addison Frei.

Tuesday 1.23.18

Night Train joins in with Global Village tonight to mark the birthday of gypsy jazz guitar great Django Reinhardt. Plus more of the Best of 2017, and birthdays as well of vibes player Gary Burton and saxophonist Benny Waters, who continued to perform and record into his 90s. We’ll hear more from and about Benny Waters in hour two of the show in a Jazz Profiles special.

Wednesday 1.24.18

As part of the January feature looking back at jazz in 2017, Night Train devotes this program to a remembrance of jazz artists who passed away in the last year, including trombonist Roswell Rudd, singers Kevin Mahogany and Jon Hendricks, guitarists Larry Coryell and John Abercrombie, saxophonist Arthur Blythe, and in hour two a special devoted to singer Keely Smith.

Thursday 1.25.18

Night Train joins in with Global Village tonight to mark the birthday of pianist, composer and bossa nova giant Antonio Carlos Jobim. Plus more of the Best of 2017, and birthday salutes as well for singer Etta James, and for saxophonist, arranger, composer and bandleader Benny Golson. We’ll hear from Benny Golson from Jazz Stories and ArtWorks interviews in hour two of the show.

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January 26/28

Crossroads celebrates the centennial birthday of blues slide guitar great Elmore James with classic recordings, covers of his songs (from the Allman Brothers, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Stevie Ray Vaughan and more), and a special in hour two of the show.

We’ll also mark birthdays of soul singers Bobby Blue Bland and also of Bettye LaVette, including a preview of her new album of Dylan covers and a track she did for the new Elmore James centennial compilation, Strange Angels.

And we’ll get to a few more Crossroads favorites of 2017, including Savoy Brown, Wee Willie Walker, and Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm.

Roots, Radicals and Rockers: How Skiffle Changed the World

Billy Bragg, Faber & Faber Social

Skiffle remains a phenomenon largely foreign to American listeners. Here, musician and activist Billy Bragg describes the music that inspired the likes of Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney and countless others across England in the years after World War II. You can trace a direct line from this music to the early, amphetamine-fueled work of The Beatles straight down to the Sex Pistols.

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