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Kansas Legislative Review | Social Distancing & Public Spaces | Penguins At The Museum

A Kona Grill bartender's back reflected in the mirrored back of the bar. Various liquor bottles lined up in front of mirror
Chris Haxel
KCUR 89.3
At Kona Grill on May 15, workers prepped the bar and dining room for customers.

Segment 1, beginning at 4:20: The biggest story lines to come out of the state lawmaking session in Topeka

Kansas lawmakers and Gov. Laura Kelly are at loggerheads over just how much power the governor has during an emergency. We learned the implications of a past-midnight move by the Legislature to strip her of those powers, and what other work took place under this session in the Kansas Capitol.

Segment 2, beginning at 31:25: Making public spaces social distance-friendly

Social distancing is key to stopping the spread of the new coronavirus, but giving big-city residents enough space to stay safely apart can be tough. The Kansas City Council is letting restaurants create makeshift patios, but what other ideas are there to transform the way we use public spaces?

Segment 3, beginning at 50:55: When penguins run the museum

You've likely seen last week's viral video of three Humboldt penguins from the Kansas City Zoo admiring Monet's "Water Lilies," Caravaggio's "Saint John the Baptist in the Wilderness," and other works at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. We hear the backstory that led to the feathered field trip.

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 Up To Date, Real Humans By Gina Kaufmann, and other podcasts at KCUR Studios. Reach out to her at or on Twitter @_macmartin.