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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 mackenzie@kcur.org.

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.
The Kansas City region has long been a place where different ways of life collide. I tell the stories of people living and working where race, culture and ethnicity intersect. I examine racial equity and disparity, highlight the area's ethnic groups and communities of color, and invite all of Kansas City to explore meaningful ways to bond with and embrace cultures different from their own. Email me at luke@kcur.org.
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.