Meat Industry Turmoil | Quarantining Alone | Craft Brewery Survival | Newest Kauffman Scholar
Pandemic troubles for meat producers and packers, how those living on their own can maintain social health, Kansas City brewers work to stay afloat, and a Grandview High School junior gets a surprise celebration.
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.
- Christina Stella, reporter for NET and Harvest Public Media
- Amy Mayer, reporter for Iowa Public Radio and Harvest Public Media
- Frank Morris, national correspondent for NPR based at KCUR
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.
- Jeff Hall, professor of communication studies at the University of Kansas
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?
- Chris Meyers, co-founder and co-owner of Crane Brewing
- Rafi Chaudry, co-owner of Torn Label Brewing Co.
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.
- Jarri Brooks, junior at Grandview High School
We want to hear what’s helping you get through these tough times.
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