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Kansas City's Confusing Reopening | Distance Learning Vs. Expectations | Kids At Home

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Laura Spencer
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KCUR 89.3
As restaurants like Aixois Bistro in Kansas City, Missouri, prepare to restart dine-in service, confusion abounds over what it means to reopen.

Segment 1, beginning at 4:43: Why reopening during the pandemic feels so confusing

With rules varying from city to city, metro leaders fear the confusion around reopening will result in a lack of compliance. In a move that could add to the confusion, the Kansas City Health Department director says he's anticipating a need to tighten up again before the end of June.

Segment 2, beginning at 14:43: Does distance learning live up to expectations?

Online learning was supposed to be the savior of higher education. After schools nationwide were forced into it by the pandemic, how did it go? Our experts say it's no easy task to adapt an in-person lesson plan for online classes.

Segment 3, beginning at 34:22: How Kansas City kids are dealing with being stuck at home

After hearing a lot from adults during this pandemic, we open up the phone lines to the kids. How are they getting by with their family these days, and what do they think about all of this to begin with?

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.
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.
Elizabeth Ruiz is a freelance producer for KCUR’s Up To Date. Contact her 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 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.