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Sen. Roy Blunt | COVID-19 In Kansas Prisons | Early Medical Graduation | 1918 Flu Lessons | Grandpa Willie's Birthday

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Close living quarters puts correctional facilities at high-risk of spread of the novel coronavirus.

Segment 1: U.S. Senator Roy Blunt on reopening the economy

COVID-19 has sent the U.S. economy into a downward spiral, leaving many questioning when and how to reopen the economy. Senator Roy Blunt said the logistics of reopening will take place state by state.

Segment 2, beginning at 13:24: The precautionary steps Kansas prisons are taking to avoid a coronavirus spread

Prisoners destroyed property at a Lansing, Kansas correctional facility, demanding better protection from the coronavirus. Hear what steps the state's Department of Corrections is taking to limit the risk to inmates and staff throughout the prison system.

Segment 3, beginning at 27:23: Medical students volunteer to serve in rural Kansas during pandemic

Special permits and early graduation are allowing fourth-year students at the University of Kansas School of Medicine to assist health care workers battling COVID-19. One early graduate explained why he signed up to help.

Segment 4, beginning at 33:57: How Kansas City can heed the warnings from a nearly century old flu pandemic.

The parallels between the 1918 Spanish Flu and today's coronavirus pandemics are explained.

Segment 5, beginning at 48:48: One granddaughter's request filled her 94-year-old grandfather's mailbox

Unable to be with her grandfather to celebrate his birthday, one Lawrence photographer turned to social media to make his day special. The response not only filled the mailbox of 94-year-old "Grandpa Willie," he also received a birthday serenade from the local fire department.

When I host Up To Date each morning at 9 a.m., 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. My email is steve@kcur.org.
The Kansas City region has long been a place where different ways of life collide. I tell the stories of people living and working where race, culture and ethnicity intersect. I examine racial equity and disparity, highlight the area's ethnic groups and communities of color, and invite all of Kansas City to explore meaningful ways to bond with and embrace cultures different from their own. Email me at luke@kcur.org.
Whether it’s something happening right now or something that happened 100 years ago, some stories don’t fit in the short few minutes of a newscast. As a podcast producer at KCUR, I help investigate questions and local curiosities in a way that brings listeners along for adventures with plot twists and thought-provoking ideas. Sometimes there isn’t an easy answer in the end – but my hope is that we all leave with a greater understanding of the city we live in. Reach me at mackenzie@kcur.org or find me on Twitter @_macmartin.
Elizabeth Ruiz is a freelance producer for KCUR’s Up To Date. Contact her at elizabeth@kcur.org or on Twitter at @er_bentley_ruiz