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Voter Suppression Past & Present | Researching Family Trees

Segment 1, beginning at 4:56: Voter suppression could affect the outcome of the upcoming election.

According to analysis from Zippia.com, Missouri and Kansas are among the 10 most difficult states in which to vote. Missouri has strict rules for absentee voting and both states have controversial voter ID laws that many consider a form of suppression.

Segment 2, beginning at 34:11: Searching into one's family genealogy has become a popular pastime during the pandemic.

Many people began to research their family history when quarantining back in March. The Midwest Genealogy Center, a part of the Mid-Continent Public Library, has free resources for those digging into the past and librarians who can help people research their distant relatives.

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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.
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