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Kansas City Health Director | Johnson County Sheriff | Personal Finance Questions | Theater Via Zoom

Johnson County Sheriff Calvin Hayden at KCUR in 2017.
Luke X. Martin
KCUR 89.3
Johnson County Sheriff Calvin Hayden, during an Up To Date appearance in 2017. His office oversees a corrections facility in downtown Olathe and one near the New Century airport.

Segment 1: What's keeping Kansas City from opening back up.

Are two years of rolling shutdowns in the country's future? Without widespread testing and robust contact tracing, Kansas City's top health official worries it might become reality.

Segment 2, beginning at 22:55: The Sheriff's Office is 'truly lucky' to have no known cases, Hayden said.

The spread of COVID-19 has forced change on Johnson County's sheriff and his deputies. Day-to-day policing is obviously affected, operations at county jails have adjusted, and the department's budget is sure to take a hit.

Segment 3, beginning at 31:15: Personal finance, pandemic edition

Government aid programs old and new are coming into play for families and individuals who are out of work because of stay-at-home orders. The Smart Money Experts addressed questions about stimulus checks, unemployment applications, personal finance and more.

Segment 4, beginning at 48:50: Theater arts for the digital stage

Dire circumstances can sometimes produce innovative ideas. When lockdown put a crimp on the local theater scene, Nathan Bowman's first thought was, "what can we do to try to help support or at least provide some sort of an outlet for all these artists, who are all of a sudden in crisis mode?"

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 culture editor, I oversee KCUR’s coverage of race, culture, the arts, food and sports. I work with reporters to make sure our stories reflect the fullest view of the place we call home, so listeners and readers feel primed to explore the places, projects and people who make up a vibrant Kansas City. Email me at luke@kcur.org.
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.
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.