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Seg. 1: Incarcerated During Pandemic | Seg. 2: COVID-19 Disrupts Workouts | Seg. 3: College At Home

Segment 1: Public defenders are calling prisons during pandemic ticking time bombs In light of the ongoing COVID-19 scare, individual correctional facilities in Kansas and Missouri have decided to release certain prisoners, but public defenders and advocates say a statewide approach is needed to avoid a crisis behind bars. Tricia Rojo Bushnell , executive director of the Midwest Innocence Project Segment 2, beginning at 12:45: Working out while staying in Body weight training is not the same as using a barbell and walking inside might not match the results of power walking around your neighborhood, but the necessity of staying inside is forcing exercisers to get creative. Cassandra Coffee , local chapter organizer for GirlTrek Jay Ashman , co-owner of Kansas City Barbell Segment 3, beginning at 31:05: College students are adjusting to an inability to learn on-campus. From Kansas City to central China, the springtime back-to-school rigamarole has been thrown into disarray. So how are


3 Apr 2020

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Seg. 1: Kansas Gov. Kelly | Seg. 2: Olathe Coronavirus Response | Seg. 3: Personal Finance Questions

Segment 1: Adapting Kansas counties, businesses, schools and employees to coronavirus Gov. Laura Kelly has signed a series of executive orders aimed at safeguarding the health of Kansans during the COVID-19 pandemic. We asked her about criticism that the measures went too far, and whether she’s considering a statewide stay-at-home order. Gov. Laura Kelly , D-Kansas Segment 2, beginning at 21:15: Officials in the Johnson County, Kansas, seat are working to connect residents to available resources. County health departments are taking the lead in Kansas' response to the coronavirus pandemic, and elected officials in Olathe are focused on being their effective supporting players. That includes getting the word out to diverse communities about the dangers posed by COVID-19, and the resources available to people taking a hit because of it. Tim Danneberg , director of communications and customer services, Olathe, Kansas Segment 3, beginning at 32:10: Pandemic gives rise to unique personal


27 Mar 2020

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Seg. 1: Blue Springs Mayor | Seg. 2: KC Fed President | Seg. 3: Kansas City Mayor Lucas

Segment 1: "No one is immune" to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, said Mayor Carson Ross. The spread of the new coronavirus has already delayed local elections in Blue Springs, Missouri, but the full extent of the damage is yet to be known. It will undoubtedly include hits to public health, residents' wallets, tax revenue and more, says the suburb's mayor. Carson Ross , mayor of Blue Springs, Missouri Segment 2, beginning at 15:00: Decisive action now is required to protect the economy. In times of crisis, Kansas City's Federal Reserve Bank president said the role of her institution is to aggressively protect the health of the economy, which means taking precautions at levels local through global. Unwinding those measures can be worked out post-pandemic. Esther George , president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City Segment 3, beginning at 28:25: Mayor Quinton Lucas takes listener questions. Kansas City's mayor isn't just learning lessons for fighting the COVID-19


1 Apr 2020

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Seg. 1: Helping The Homeless | Seg. 2: Essential Workers In Pandemic

Segment 1: How the coronavirus pandemic is affecting the least fortunate among us. One advocate for people experiencing homelessness says that population is always in crisis. When you add a worldwide pandemic to the mix, the stakes are even higher for them and the organizations that work to provide them the resources to survive. Stephanie Boyer , CEO of reStart Precious Stargell Cushman , CEO of Community LINC Segment 2, beginning at 33:00: Many grocery store clerks, plumbers and laundromat attendants are reporting to work like normal. What or who qualifies as an essential business or worker? The question is gaining new importance as states, counties and cities throughout the metro consider how to enforce stay-at-home orders and stemming the spread of COVID-19. Ray Dlugolecki , community health division manager for the Jackson County Health Department Nia Richardson , manager of KC BizCare KCUR wants to hear stories of what’s helping you get through these tough times. We want to hear


31 Mar 2020

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Seg. 1: North KC Mayor Pro Tem | Seg. 2: Library Offerings | Seg. 3: Small Businesses Suffer

Segment 1: North Kansas City responds to the coronavirus pandemic. An immediate concern for this Northland municipality is warm weather attracting still too many people to public parks. In the medium- and long-term, local businesses will be hit hard — a revenue loss that will undoubtedly make a dent in the small city's budget. Bryant Delong , North Kansas City mayor pro tem Segment 2, beginning at 14:20: Physical public libraries are closed, but offerings online continue. From online Friday family fun nights to virtual business classes, libary systems in the region are adapting to the new inability to open the doors and let the public in to their physical structures. Some of those practices could stick around after COVID-19 recedes. Debbie Siragusa , Kansas City Public Library interim director Steve Potter , Mid-Continent Public Library director Sean Casserley , Johnson County librarian Segment 3, beginning at 30:50: The coronavirus pandemic will have profound impacts on the regional


30 Mar 2020

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Seg. 1: COVID-19's Frontline Fighters | Seg. 2: Dividing Household Chores

Segment 1: Health care workers continue to work in unsafe environments. A lack of protective gear and the silent nature of COVID-19 are just two new concerns piled on top of existing ones Kansas City health care providers deal with during the pandemic. Many are already coming to terms with the idea they will likely contract the virus. Dr. Allison Edwards , owner of Kansas City Direct Primary Care Heidi Lucas , state director of Missouri Nurses Association Segment 2, beginning at 35:45: Getting house work done while working from home Has the work-from-home nature of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic changed the division of labor when it comes to household chores or child care? We explored the implications of such a shift, and whether they stand to persist after work-arrangements return to normal. Francine Deutsch , author of " Halving it All: How Equally Shared Parenting Works ," and professor emerita of psychology at Mt. Holyoke College KCUR wants to hear stories of what’s helping you


2 Apr 2020

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Seg. 1: Stranded In Peru | Seg. 2: Kansas Educators Respond | Seg. 3: Coronavirus & Missouri Schools

Segment 1: Kansas City, Kansas, family stuck in Peru His wife and daughter have been in Lima, Peru, since January, and Brian Copeland felt like spending some vacation time hanging out with them there. He didn't expect he'd end up spending weeks on lockdown in a three-bedroom apartment with six other people. Brian Copeland , Kansas City, Kansas, resident Segment 2, beginning at 15:59: Kansas public schools, in the days of coronavirus Kansas' public schools were the first in the nation to close statewide in light of the spread of COVID-19. The decision was made to help defend the health of everyone in Kansas, but it came with major implications for students, teachers, staff and parents. Charles Foust , Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools superintendent Randy Watson , Kansas commissioner of education Segment 3, beginning at 37:35: Missouri superintendents adjust to pandemic Missouri's education commissioner said we're in truly uncharted territory, so planning for a pandemic like this was


26 Mar 2020

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Seg. 1: Joanna Wilson | Seg. 2: Gladstone Mayor Carol Suter | Seg. 3: Food Insecurity Panel

Segment 1: Wife's Facebook post seen by hundreds meant one more hospital visit with her husband before he died Five days after he was diagnosed, Dennis Wilson became Johnson County's first death caused by COVID-19. His wife, Joanna Wilson, explained how after being sent home from the hospital where Dennis had been admitted, she took to Facebook to update friends and family on her husband's condition. She related how, despite hospital visitation restrictions at this time, she was able to visit Dennis before he died thanks to the efforts of hospital staff who saw her post. Joanna Wilson , widow of Dennis Wilson Segment 2, beginning at 19:21: City officials in smaller municipalities also feeling the brunt of the coronavirus Although considerably smaller than Kansas City, Gladstone, Missouri is facing many of the same problems presented by the coronavirus, but with a fraction of the resources of its larger neighbor. Gladstone mayor Carol Suter gave us an update on how her city is getting


24 Mar 2020

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Seg. 1: Rep. Emanuel Cleaver | Seg. 2: Legal Queries From Coronavirus | Seg. 3: Mayor Quinton Lucas

Segment 1, beginning at 4:12: Current Washington debates revolve around who should get a bailout due to the COVID-19 crisis. Congress seems willing to shell out massive amounts of cash to make up for lost economic activity, but lawmakers can't yet agree on who should get checks and for how much. Kansas City's congressman said his proposals are aimed at the least-advantaged — those making less than $50,000 annually. He also gave updates on his own attempts to get back to Washington to vote, the availability of test kits and misinformation about the new coronavirus. U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver , D-Kansas City Segment 2, beginning at 16:17: Fallout from the spread of the new coronavirus is creating unprecedented legal conundrums. Employment (and unemployment) technicalities, evictions and so many more legal processes are seemingly unclear because of the ongoing pandemic. Though they couldn't offer specific legal advice, we asked legal experts to address common concerns that have arisen from


23 Mar 2020

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Seg. 1: Rep. Sharice Davids | Seg. 2: Coronavirus & Communication | Seg. 3: Art & Social Distancing

Segment 1: "I'm going to continue to work really hard, I'm just going to do it from home," said U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids. Despite deciding to self-quarantine after potential exposure to the novel coronavirus, Kansas' U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids said she's still working to ensure any stimulus package out of the Capitol prioritizes people who need it most. She also emphasized the importance of practicing social distancing, listening to public health officials and taking the coronavirus situation seriously. U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids , D-Kansas Segment 2, beginning at 15:13: How to practice social distancing without social isolation To stem the spread of coronavirus, people have been told to physically distance themselves. It means friends and neighbors have had to get creative about connecting with others while heeding the recommended six feet of distance. Katie Kriegshauser , psychologist and director of the Kansas City Center for Anxiety Treatment Segment 3, beginning at 33:08: The arts


20 Mar 2020

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