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Meat Industry Turmoil | Quarantining Alone | Craft Brewery Survival | Newest Kauffman Scholar

Four glasses of craft-brewed beers on a wooden tray.
The drop in business due to the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in layoffs at some small Kansas City craft brewers, and curbside service in an attempt to weather the shutdown.

Segment 1, beginning at 4:10: The problems coronavirus has created for the producers, processors and workers of America's meat industry

Slaughterhouses are being ordered by the president to continue operating even though thousands of workers have tested positive for COVID-19. Reduced demand has forced some hog producers to take drastic measures.

Segment 2, beginning 26:00: Being the sole occupant of your home doesn't mean being alone or lonely.

While some may be wondering how long they can quarantine with others — 24/7 under the same roof — those who live alone are now devoid of having friends and family in their usual social spaces. We hear advice for getting through the pandemic shutdown while flying solo.

Segment 3, beginning at 43:05: Can Kansas City craft breweries hang on?

The current shutdown has made it tough for breweries to keep their heads above water. So what are they doing to keep their businesses going until they can open to the public once again?

Segment 4, beginning at 52:20: Kansas City high school junior starts his day with a life-changing announcement

A Grandview High School student and athlete had no clue what awaited him outside his apartment on the first day of May.

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, 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.
Michelle is a reporter covering race, identity and culture and is an assistant talk show producer.
As a producer for Up To Date, my goal is to inform our audience by curating interesting and important conversations with reliable sources and individuals directly affected by a topic or issue. I strive for our program to be a place that hosts impactful conversations, providing our audience with greater knowledge, intrigue, compassion and entertainment. Contact me at elizabeth@kcur.org or on Twitter at @er_bentley_ruiz.
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 and reporter at KCUR Studios, 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.
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.