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Midwest Artists Stop Creating | Academy Awards Pandemic Style

Segment 1, beginning at 1:00: An Artist Inc. survey revealed that nearly 60% of artists surveyed in the Midwest have experienced a decrease in their production.

COVID-19 has done more than take money out of the pockets of artists. It’s also robbed many of their creative output. We get a breakdown of the bigger picture provided by the survey and ask what financial relief has been available for those in the arts.

Segment 2, beginning at 25:27: It’s going to be a different kind of Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday with greater diversity than previous years.

The Film Critics say this year's awarding of the gold statuettes will be "one of the most exciting years in a really long time" as a number of bigger directors held off on releasing films opening the door for smaller films to find screen time. They join Steve Kraske in offering their picks for who will take home the Oscars.

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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.
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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.