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Candidate Yinka Faleti | Gaming & The Pandemic | 'Electric Poe'

Segment 1, beginning at 4:33: Yinka Faleti says he knows "what it will take to lift up the entire state, not just the special interest, not just the powerful and rich."

Some might consider Faleti's story a classic immigrant’s American dream. He knew poverty in his family’s early years in the country, but made his way to West Point and law school, became a prosecutor, entered the nonprofit sector, and is now running as the Democratic candidate for Missouri Secretary of State.

  • Yinka Faleti, Democratic candidate for Missouri secretary of state

Segment 2, beginning at 22:14: What's behind the video game industry's record-breaking year.

The coronavirus lockdowns and social distancing restrictions may well be behind the gaming industry's $10 billion in first quarter sales. Today, players explain what having other worlds to experience means in the midst of the pandemic.

Segment 3, beginning at 42:44: The Coterie is taking the works of Edgar Allen Poe to Union Cemetery for a twilight experience.

The latest offering from The Coterie has actor R. H. Wilhhoit performing nightly , with music by Kansas City's Rex Hobart. Attendees get a plot for four guests to enjoy Poe's "The Premature Burial" and "The Masque of the Red Death" among gravestones in Kansas City's oldest public cemetery.

  • Jeff Church, producing artistic director for The Coterie

Performances of "Electric Poe" begin at sunset each evening through Oct. 31 at Union Cemetery, 227 E. 28th Terrace, Kansas City, Missouri 64108. Details and ticketing information are available at TheCoterie.org.

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Sam grew up in Overland Park and was educated at the University of Kansas. After working in Philadelphia where he covered organized crime, politics and political corruption he moved on to TV news management jobs in Minneapolis and St. Louis. Sam came home in 2013 and covered health care and education at KCPT. He came to work at KCUR in 2014. Sam has a national news and documentary Emmy for an investigation into the federal Bureau of Prisons and how it puts unescorted inmates on Grayhound and Trailways buses to move them to different prisons. Sam has one son and is pretty good in the kitchen.
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.
Chris Young