NPR in Kansas City
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations
Up To Date

College Life & Coronavirus | Income Tax Advice | A 'White Tears' Firing

University of Missouri
Colleges and universities across the country are making preparations for a fall semester unlike any other.

The COVID-19 pandemic is introducing new challenges to the American tradition of going away for college, how an extended tax filing deadline is affecting tax payers and professionals, and a former 41 Action News reporter describes what led her to sue the media outlet.

Segment 1, beginning at 4:38: Sending your teen off to college this year could mean no visits home for the holidays.

If you are thinking of sending your college-age kids back to campus for the fall semester, there are unprecedented factors to consider. The ongoing pandemic means families need to formulate a plan in case the student contracts the coronavirus, if they need to quarantine before a visit home, and if they find they can't be successful in online-learning situations.

Segment 2, beginning at 24:09: What you do to financially weather the pandemic this year could mean a higher tax bill next year.

Receiving unemployment benefits, pulling money from 401(k) accounts, and taking out a loan this year may count as income when you file taxes next year. Hear advice on how to handle those situations, and what to do if you're not going to meet this year's July 15 tax deadline.

Segment 3, beginning at 39:42: Lisa Benson hopes her actions forced 41 Action News personnel "to confront their racial bias."

A court ruled last year that Lisa Benson was indeed retaliated against by her former employer, but stopped short of saying she was discriminated against because of her race. The experienced Black journalist says the hardest part of her ordeal was knowing coworkers who complimented her work in private "would never, ever support me in the daylight."

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.
Grace Cole is an intern for KCUR's Up To Date.
Elizabeth Ruiz is a freelance producer for KCUR’s Up To Date. Contact her at or on Twitter at @er_bentley_ruiz