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'Da 5 Bloods' | Reopening Hillsboro, Kansas | Forest Bathing

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Suzanne Hogan
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KCUR 89.3
Looking for a way to destress? A mindful meander through the woods might do the trick, research suggests.

Spike Lee and Kevin Wilmott's latest film shows the struggles of Black men who fought in the Vietnam War, a central Kansas town weathers the pandemic while facing challenges to reopening, and the health benefits of spending time in nature is exemplified by forest bathing.

Segment 1, beginning at 4:25: Spike Lee and Kevin Willmott explore issues of race and culture in their latest film.

The searing portrait of the experiences of Black soldiers in Vietnam addresses a history of discrimination relevant today. "African American soldiers have always fought for rights they didn't have," Willmott explained.

Segment 2, beginning at 26:30: Reopening comes with a different set of challenges for small communities outside the Kansas City area.

Quarantine measures in Hillsboro, Kansas, haven't affect the city budget yet, but, between mixed receptions to reopening and a shortage of workers, the city faces more challenges ahead.

Segment 3, beginning at 43:30: 'Forest bathing' is from the Japanese term for a slow, deliberate walk in a forest.

It's no secret that spending time outdoors is good for your health.
Researchers have found that taking a walk in a forest can result in more significant reductions in blood pressure and certain stress hormones than taking the same walk in a city.

Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
Danie Alexander is the senior producer of Up To Date.
Chris Young is an Assistant Producer for KCUR’s Up To Date. Contact him at chrisy@kcur.org.
Mackenzie Martin is an associate producer for KCUR's Central Standard. Reach out to her at mackenzie@kcur.org or on Twitter @_macmartin.