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Seg. 1: Kansas City School Board | Seg. 2: Millennials & Charlie Parker

Segment 1: The Kansas City Public School Board prepares for a new school year

Both new and returning school board members are preparing for the start of the school year next week. They talked about the timeline for accreditation, the inefficiency of charter schools and how the Jackson County reassessment issues are making an impact on the district. 

  • Pattie Mansur, member-at-large and board chairwoman
  • Marvia Jones, Subdistrict 4 board member
  • Manny Abarca, Subdistrict 3 board member


Segment 2, beginning at 25:15: The life and legacy of Charlie Parker

Throughout the month of August, KC Jazz Alive will be putting on events celebrating Kansas City native Charlie Parker, who changed the jazz industry forever. We explored how millennials are connecting with jazz and the great Charlie Parker. 

  • Chuck Haddix, curator of UMKC's Marr Sound Archives and author of "Bird: The Life and Music of Charlie Parker"
  • Mitch Butler, coordinator of Jazz Studies, UMKC

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Steve Kraske is an associate teaching professor of journalism at UMKC, a political columnist for The Kansas City Star and has hosted "Up to Date" since 2002. He worked as the full-time political correspondent for The Star from 1994-2013 covering national, state and local campaigns. He also has covered the statehouses in Topeka and Jefferson City.