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DACA Ruling Reactions | Kansas City's 1968 Uprising | The Perfect Grilled Burger

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Alex Martinez, shown on the right in 2018 with immigrant Miguel Morales, came to the U.S. at the age of 14.

Reactions to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on an Obama-era immigration program, a comparison of current Kansas City protests to those that occurred after the death of Martin Luther King Jr., and how to make the best grilled burger for dad on Father's Day.

Segment 1, beginning at 4:35: The Supreme Court has left open the door for another attempt to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

While conservatives decry the decision, a ruling by the Supreme Court is being celebrated by hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children. Two DACA recipients living in Kansas City offered their reactions, and an expert on the court analyzed the decision.

Segment 2, beginning at 27:29: The killing of two Black men, 52 years apart, sparked strong, sometimes violent protests in Kansas City.

An examination of the unrest on the day of Martin Luther King Jr.'s funeral in 1968, and in the wake of this year's police killing of George Floyd. The death of each man was just the spark for protests that followed, fueled by decades of racial inequity.

Segment 3, beginning at 41:32: The perfect grilled burger requires just a few ingredients and some simple instructions.

Whether you're a grilling novice or veteran, one Kansas City meat master has advice for selecting and preparing the right meat, the ideal number of toppings and more.

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.
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.
Chris Young is an Assistant Producer for KCUR’s Up To Date. Contact him at chrisy@kcur.org.