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Kansas City's COVIDpreneurs | Kansas Inspired Album

Segment 1, beginning at 5:08: Despite the ongoing pandemic new businesses are still opening.

"COVIDpreneur" is a new trend occurring in the midst of the pandemic. Businesses ranging from handbags to bed and breakfasts to construction companies have opened up in recent months. "As a startup, you don't know what the next day is gonna hold," Shawanna Meeks, founder of Meeks Me Smile Studios, said.

Segment 2, beginning at 33:08: The songs on Kevin Morby's latest release were written in 2017 but fit this pandemic time.

Being isolated away from the music industry and experiencing melancholy with the setting sun resulted in "Sundowner." Composed in his backyard shed, Morby worked through Kansas weather without air conditioning or heat.

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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.
Liam Mays