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Coronavirus Q&A | Negro Leagues 100th Anniversary | Social Unrest In Films

Segment 1, beginning at 5:28: As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the Kansas City metro area, we get an update and reminders on stemming the coronavirus outbreak.

An infectious disease specialist addressed issues around schools opening and playing sports, the latest in testing and vaccine progress, and answered callers questions regarding businesses and schools not following city and county mask mandates.

Segment 2, beginning at 26:41: Despite the pandemic, Kansas City museum is managing to honor the founding of the Negro National League.

The restrictions to slow the spread of the coronavirus have not stopped the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum from marking the 100th anniversary of the league that had the likes of Satchel Paige and Jackie Robinson in its ranks. Its grassroots campaign, "Tipping Your Cap" has U.S presidents, sports greats and everyday fans doffing their hats in honor of the National Negro League.

  • Bob Kendrick, President of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

Segment 3, beginning at 36:57: An examination of films representing protest and public reaction to events real and imagined.

Four films based on actual and fictitious events offer sometimes eerily close parallels to current events. The Cinephiles selected "Medium Cool," "Marie Antoinette," "Contagion" and "Let the Fire Burn" to reflect on a country divided by race, rulers who ignore the people, reactions to a deadly pandemic and the use of deadly force by police.

  • Mitch Brian, University of Missouri - Kansas City film professor and co-host of the podcast “007X7" that investigates the James Bond films seven minutes at a time
  • Erin Hamer-Beck, communications studies instructor at the University of Missouri - Kansas City, lecturer in the Liberal Arts Department at the Kansas City Art Institute, and an English instructor at Metropolitan Community College-Longview

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Brian Ellison is substitute host of Central Standard and Up To Date and has served in a variety of roles at KCUR since 2008. He has been acting producer and associate producer of Up To Date and was acting producer of The Walt Bodine Show. A member of the Religion Newswriters Association, he also contributes occasionally to KCUR news coverage. Even before joining the KCUR staff, he was a producer and frequent guest on Up To Date's "Religion Roundtable," as well as a committed listener and volunteer.
Luke X. Martin is an assistant producer for KCUR's Up To Date.
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Danette (Danie) Alexander first came to KCUR in 2007 as an intern for Up to Date after completing her B.A. in Communications at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. After her KCUR internship was completed, Danie continued to spend her mornings assisting senior producer Stephen Steigman as a volunteer with the show. Her radio experience also includes stints with public radio's New Letters on the Air as a broadcast engineer and on local public radio as host of a weekly overnight call-in show.