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UMKC Going 'Forward' | Bicycling With Butterflies

Segment 1, beginning at 1:00: Changes are coming to a post-pandemic University of Missouri-Kansas City.

The University of Missouri-Kansas City is reimagining its future with a new initiative that introduces three new schools and cuts several programs. With an eye towards financial stability and innovation, the university is committing at least $50 million dollars over the next five years to "UMKC Forward."


Segment 2, beginning at 28:30: This Johnson County woman cycled the migratory path of monarch butterflies for 10,000 miles.

Sara Dykman's new book details how she followed the roundtrip migration of monarch butterflies between Mexico and Canada on a bicycle. Her goal for the trip was to be a "spotlight" for the monarchs, educating people about plants that are beneficial to them and other ways to help the butterflies thrive.

Sara Dykman has two upcoming virtual events. Monarch Watch and Raven Book Store in Lawrence are hosting her on April 13th at 7pm and the Missouri Prairie Foundation is hosting her on April 28th at 4pm. Event details are at www.beyondabook.org.

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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.