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U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver | Independence Mayor Weir | Individual Rights V. Public Good | What Are You Doing?

Joseph Pearson
Stay-at-home orders and restrictions on large gatherings have some concerned about their right to free assembly and to worship.

Segment 1: Missouri's Fifth District congressman wants additional monies for Paycheck Protection Program.

Based on the experience of the 2008 economic collapse, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver said he and many of his fellow House members knew that the coronavirus appropriations Congress has made "was just going to be a pittance in terms of the need." Cleaver discussed what the under-funding could mean for the greater Kansas City area.

Segment 2, beginning at 13:03: Kansas City, Missouri suburb continues to stand with its larger neighbor in addressing the novel coronavirus

Mayor Eileen Weir offered her thoughts on how the threat of COVID-19 is being handled within the region and answered questions about where the FBI's investigation of her city stands.

Segment 3, beginning at 24:14: The debate over which comes first, an individual's rights or the safety of the general public.

Two experts discussed whether the rights granted individuals as American citizens are absolute or whether they can ever be restricted in order to ensure the well-being of us all.

  • Beth Vonnahme, associate professor of political science at the University of Missouri - Kansas City
  • Allen Rostron, professor of law at the University of Missouri - Kansas City

Segment 4, beginning at 34:22: How people are filling their free time while staying at home more.

From the latest social hot spot to old-school communication, we asked KCUR listeners what they've been doing to fill the time at home.

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.

Brian Ellison is a guest host of talk shows, newscasts, special coverage and community events for KCUR. Follow him on Twitter @ptsbrian.
Melody Rowell is the lead producer for KCUR’s Central Standard. You can find her on Twitter at @MelodyRowell, or by email at melody@kcur.org.
Luke X. Martin reports on race, culture and ethnicity for KCUR 89.3.
Mackenzie Martin makes podcasts for KCUR Studios. You can find her on Twitter @_macmartin.
Michelle is a reporter covering race, identity and culture and is an assistant talk show producer.