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Virtual School | Hair Discrimination | Radio Theatre

Segment 1 beginning at 4:05: Kansas City Public Schools is looking at a possible return to in-person classes.

After a month of having only virtual classes, Kansas City Public Schools is considering letting some students return to school. Superintendent Mark Bedell says internet access is one problem, even after the district pushed out more than 6,000 internet hot spots. Also, only 80-84% of students are connecting on a daily basis.

Segment 2 beginning at 30:35: Kansas City is now one of the only cities in the country where hair discrimination is illegal.

After months of work from council members, the Kansas City Council voted to pass the CROWN Act last week, which stands for Create a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural Hair. Now, CROWN Act advocates are hoping it gets passed in Kansas and Missouri.

Segment 3 beginning at 46:35: The Kansas City Actors Theatre is switching from theater to radio.

To safely perform during the pandemic, the Kansas City Actors Theatre has started a new radio show. New episodes air at noon on Fridays on KKFI 90.1. “Since the audience can’t come to us, we’re gonna come to them,” Walter Coppage said.

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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.
Chris Young
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.
Liam Mays