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Politics Of Masks | Living Organ Donation

Segment 1, beginning at 01:00: While coronavirus vaccinations are now widely available, our country remains ideologically divided over the simplest of pandemic safety measures masks.

A political scientist and a psychologist discuss what has caused masks to become culturally and politically polarizing.

Segment 2, beginning at 25:38: April is National Donate Life Month. It serves as a reminder of the importance that organ, eye and tissue donors can make in the lives of others.

Sixty percent of Americans have marks on their driver’s licenses that declare their organs are to be donated upon their death. However, some people opt to donate an organ during their lifetime. A bioethicist and a living donor join us to discuss living organ donation, and their new book, "Kidney to Share."

  • John D. Lantos MD, Glasnapp Family Foundation endowed chair in bioethics, director of Children's Mercy Bioethics Center
  • Martha Gershun, principal, MG Consulting and living donor

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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.
Chris Young
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.
Zach Wilson