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Housing Market | Masks In Public | Coronavirus In Kansas | Barbecue Vending Machine

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The latest coronavirus guidelines from the CDC recommending wearing a face mask when out in public causes a problem for black men.

Segment 1: How the coronavirus is changing the real estate market

As the spread of COVID-19 shuts down cities and rattles the stock market, home buyers and sellers are feeling the strain. A Kansas City real estate agent shared how he and his colleagues are changing their practices for helping people to find a home.

Segment 2, beginning at 25:40: Following the latest CDC advice to wear masks in public has some black men worried

In parts of the country, black men wearing masks to protect themselves against the coronavirus have been asked to remove the face coverings or leave the stores. A local father related what goes through his mind before deciding whether or not to don a mask.

Segment 3, beginning at 38:09: How eastern Kansas county came to have the highest death rate in the state

Of Kansas's 105 counties, Wyandotte County ranks the worst for deaths related to COVID-19. The reasons why are complicated.

Segment 4, beginning at 46:48: A new vending machine offers a Kansas City classic

Restaurants all over the metro are closed, so Jones Bar-B-Q's latest idea comes at just the right time. It's a vending machine full of meat with sides.

When I host Up To Date each morning at 9, my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. Reach me at steve@kcur.org or on Twitter @stevekraske.
As senior producer of Up To Date, I want our listeners to hear familiar and new voices that shine light on the issues and challenges facing the myriad communities KCUR serves, and to expose our audiences to the wonderful and the creative in the Kansas City area. Just as important to me is an obligation to mentor the next generation of producers to ensure that the important conversations continue. Reach me at alexanderdk@kcur.org.
Michelle is a reporter covering race, identity and culture and is an assistant talk show producer.