U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver | Independence Mayor Weir | Individual Rights V. Public Good | What Are You Doing?
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.
- Eileeen Weir, mayor of Independence, Missouri
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.