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Truman Med's Winter Preparations | College Life Under Pandemic

Segment 1, beginning at 4:55: In October, eight area hospitals have had to divert ambulances due to a high number of COVID-19 patients.

Doctors and hospital administrators are dealing with an incredible amount of uncertainty right now, and current conditions at a hospital could change quickly. How Truman Medical Centers are prepared for an expected surge of coronavirus cases, compounded by the start of flu season.

  • Charlie Shields, president and CEO of Truman Medical Centers
  • Dr. Mark Steele, chief medical officer of Truman Medical Centers


Segment 2, beginning at 30:18: Coping with a college senior year like none other

You could say this is a pretty weird year for college students, especially those on the cusp of graduating and entering the job market. For an honest portrayal of what campus life is like, we asked the people who always know what’s going on on — student journalists.

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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.