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Paycheck Protection Program And Redlining | Jazz Classic 'Zodiac Suite'

Segment 1, beginning at 1:00: How the Paycheck Protection Program, designed to help the most vulnerable during the pandemic, fell short in Kansas City.

The Center for Public Integrity discovered PPP lending in Kansas City actually mirrored decades-old patterns of racial discrimination. The new report published in partnership with The Kansas City Star and Mother Jones found that in the Kansas City neighborhoods “redlined” in the 1930s, fewer PPP loans were given last year than in the rest of the city.

Segment 2, beginning at 25:53: Mary Lou Williams was an accomplished jazz pianist, arranger and composer whose work lives on in a new arrangement of one of her major compositions.

Over her life, Williams collaborated with greats like Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, and Thelonious Monk. In her 'Zodiac Suite', each movement was inspired by a musician born under the astrological sign. Clint Ashlock and the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra are among those contributing to a revival of the suite with a new arrangement.

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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.
Chris Young