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Revised COVID-19 Guidelines | Experiencing Mother's Day

Segment 1, beginning at 1:00: Kansas City, Missouri has loosened its pandemic restrictions but some wonder if it might be too soon.

The city's health director says there is currently a surge of hospitalizations, particularly among young, unvaccinated people. Under the new guidelines, bars and restaurants no longer have restricted operating hours or are required to socially distance patrons. When it comes to indoor gatherings people five years of age and older will need to mask up if within six feet of each other. The only exception is if you and everyone else getting together all know everyone is vaccinated.


Segment 2, beginning at 29:04: One woman celebrates her mother's life through recreating a recipe and another reveals why she and others choose to be childfree.

Kansas Citian Natalie Torres Gallagher tells how she reclaimed the heritage of her mother by cooking her rice recipe. For other women, their decision to be childfree means no celebration is needed. Dr. Amy Blackstone explains the growing movement of women choosing to forgo motherhood.

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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.