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Kansas City Mayor Lucas | Colleges, Coronavirus & Students

Segment 1, beginning at 3:40: Kansas City's mayor isn't asking to defund the police, just to reform them.

Kansas City's mayor isn't calling for the firing of Kansas City police Chief Rick Smith, either. What he is asking for is a series of changes to department policy that would, among other things, require officers to intervene when they come across other officers using excessive force.

Segment 2, beginning at 30:44: Can colleges and students work together to stop the spread of the coronavirus on campus?

It's tough to be a college administrator right now, but some think it's a mistake for universities to blame students for outbreaks of COVID-19. One Missouri professor who wrote about the issue for The Atlantic says students are inevitably going to socialize, and the playbook colleges use to govern campuses needs to incorporate that.

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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.
Luke X. Martin is an assistant producer for KCUR's Up To Date.
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.