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Sheila Albers | Optometry During A Pandemic | KC Library's New Director

Segment 1, beginning at 4:03: An Overland Park mom demands for reform two years after her son was shot to death by police.

John Albers was 17 and struggling with mental health issues when an Overland Park police officer shot him to death in 2018. Today, his mother continues to fight for what she says could have kept him alive — transparency and better training for first responders.

Segment 2, beginning at 29:24: How eye doctors are working through the pandemic.

Practicing medicine during a pandemic is challenging for both doctors and the patients, especially in the world of optometry, where eye doctors tend to move in close to patients to examine or operate on them.

Segment 3, beginning at 39:33: A new leader takes over at the Kansas City Public Library.

John Herron succeeds Crosby Kemper III, and takes over at a time when the library's public events and finances have taken a hit. He comes from UMKC, where he was the interim dean of the the College of Arts and Science.

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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.
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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.