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State Parks | Small Businesses Go Digital | Wynton Marsalis

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The Strawberry Swing Indie Craft Fair
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Stay-at-home orders have forced local businesses and places like the Strawberry Swing Indie Craft Fair to move online to varying success.

Segment 1, beginning at 4:10: State parks are still mostly open, despite COVID-19.

All of the state parks in Kansas are still open and only a few in Missouri are closed. While some park services are currently suspended, both states are seeing an increase in new users and are closely monitoring the situation to see when full services can resume.

Segment 2, beginning at 22:50: Local businesses are increasing their digital presence to stay afloat.

There has never been a more important time to have an online store for Kansas City businesses. It's hard, though, because many of the things they sell are also available on Amazon, and they can't replicate the same atmosphere online.

Segment 3, beginning at 39:04: A new jazz album celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Lied Center of Kansas.

Each of the Rock Chalk Suite’s 15 movements takes inspiration from a different University of Kansas hoops legend. It was written and recorded by the musicians of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis.

You can listen to the full interview between Steve Kraske and Wynton Marsalis here.

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.
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.