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Mayor Lucas | Vulnerable Populations | Masks | Digitally Deprived | Making Movies

Luke X. Martin
KCUR 89.3
Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas just extended the city's stay-at-home order until May 15th.

Segment 1: Kansas City, Missouri residents now must stay at home longer

The spread of the new coronavirus has made it difficult for workers and business owners in Kansas City, but Mayor Lucas says he doesn't want the city "jumping back out and seeing a rapid increase in infections." The extension of the order until May 15th is "about saving lives."

Segment 2, beginning at 11:49: People uniquely at risk from COVID-19.

What additional steps do those more endangered by the coronavirus take in their daily lives? People with cystic fibrosis, immune deficiency and Crohn's disease and their caregivers described the pandemic's impact on the immunocompromised.

  • Stephanie DuCharme
  • Elle Moxley, KCUR education reporter
  • Cristina Pels

Segment 3, beginning at 32:36: The "dos and don'ts" of wearing face masks.

Now that the CDC has recommended the wearing of face masks in public, we get a doctor’s advice for properly wearing, cleaning and disposing of face masks.

Segment 4, beginning at 37:38: Social distancing without the virtual savvy.

We’ve become a society infinitely dependent on communication with devices and social media, especially now that we're inside. How is all of this impacting the seniors who don’t have cell phones, the internet or do have them, but don’t know how to use them?

  • Ina P. Montgomery, founder and executive director of Urban TEC

Segment 5, beginning at 47:30: Making Movies' frontman on making movies in quarantine.

Kansas City band Making Movies is creating a music video using crowdsourced videos from fans stuck at home right now. To participate in the video for Everybody Wants to Rule the World, you can sign up here.

We want to hear what’s helping you get through these tough times. Whether it’s a random act of kindness or a personal ritual, let us know. Leave a voicemail at 816-398-8207 ‬with your brief story, name, and where you live. You can also email a voice memo to KCUR producer Mackenzie Martin at mackenzie@kcur.org.

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.
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
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.
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.