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Hiawatha Mayor Collins | Kansas City Zoo | COVID-19 Etiquette | One Man Marathon

Three African elephants in their outdoor enclosure at the Kansas City Zoo. Animals at the zoo have been without visitors since the park closed to the public on March 18 due to COVID-19.
Laura Spencer
Elephants and other animals at the Kansas City Zoo have been without visitors since the park closed to the public on March 18 due to COVID-19.

Segment 1, beginning at 4:27: One Kansas mayor wants more support for small businesses.

The mayor of Hiawatha said the Kansas governor is doing the best she can but if he could speak with her he'd want to see more funding for small businesses. The mayor said no one from his community has tested positive for the coronavirus and he'd like to get people back to work.

Segment 2, beginning at 14:27: The Kansas City Zoo will reopen with new social distancing precautions.

Some animals are missing the bustle of visitors at the Kansas City Zoo. Hear what safety measure the zoo is implementing to encourage a safe return for visitors on May 16.

  • Sean Putney, chief zoological officer at the Kansas City Zoo
  • Jessica Cunningham, animal care manager of shows and ambassador animals

Segment 3, beginning at 32:10: How social etiquette rules are adjusting due to the coronavirus.

Practicing what language to use will help you better respond to a scenario when someone is making you feel unsafe. But first, you should "control what you can control," one etiquette expert says.

Segment 4, beginning at 52:56: Man set to run his first Boston Marathon took to Johnson County streets instead

This year's marathon being rescheduled for September 14 due to COVID-19 didn't stop one runner from completing a 26-mile course in front of an unexpected crowd and finish line.

  • Dave Ewers, associate principal at Shawnee Mission North High School

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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 for KCUR Studios and host of the podcast A People’s History of Kansas City, 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 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.