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At COVID-19 Epicenter | Native Communities & Coronavirus | Social Distancing Correctly | Neighborhood Tour Of "Wicked"

Shoppers with shopping carts stand in line while maintaining social distance.
Adrien Delforge
As more businesses open up, questions about how to stay safe from infection while in public abound.

Segment 1, beginning at 4:20: Lending a hand in New York when hospitalizations were at their peak

This Kansas City doctor went to Queens, New York, to help in the medical response to COVID-19. What he saw was overloaded health systems and conditions he’d never before encountered.

Segment 2, beginning at 17:30: A look at how native communities in the region are weathering the pandemic

Federal aid money that has already been distributed to state and local governments throughout the country has yet to be received by tribal governments like the Kickapoo Tribe of Kansas. It's just one of many hurdles native communities are up against during the pandemic.

Segment 3, beginning at 31:40: Stay-at-home orders are being relaxed, but the best safety practices are not changing.

Experienced medical professionals answered your burning questions about social distancing post-shutdown. Are backyard barbecues with neighbors OK? When must I wear my face mask? Can my kids go swimming in a public pool?

Segment 4, beginning at 52:50: Kansas City 9-year-old "defies gravity"

A couple who owns a theater supplies company put on a neighborhood tour of "Wicked" with their 9-year-old daughter, who then decided she wanted to spread the joy to other people as well.

  • Courtney Perry
  • Isabel Perry

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

Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
Luke X. Martin is a reporter focusing on race, culture and ethnicity for KCUR 89.3. Contact him at or on Twitter, @lukexmartin.
Mackenzie Martin is a producer for KCUR's Up To Date, Real Humans By Gina Kaufmann, and A People's History of Kansas City. Reach out to her at or on Twitter @_macmartin.