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Kansas & Missouri Voting | Chickens In Prairie Village | Letters Of T. S. Eliot

A group of chickens graze on grass.
Grant Gerlock
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Harvest Public Media
The Prairie Village City Council is considering rules for allowing backyard chickens in city limits.

Registering and voting in this years' elections will look different because of the pandemic, a Kansas suburb considers rules for residents to keep backyard chickens, and newly-revealed letters of Missouri native T. S. Eliot provide a deeper understanding of the famed poet.

Segment 1, beginning at 4:12: July 8 is the last day to register to vote in Missouri. Kansas voters must register by July 14.

Voters in Kansas and Missouri will head to the polls Aug. 4 for primary elections, but the COVID-19 pandemic has opened up other voting options for people in both states.

Segment 2, beginning at 24:46: An ordinance allowing chickens in Prairie Village passed by an 8-4 vote, but zoning changes are still needed.

The city of Prairie Village is on the cusp of allowing residents to keep chickens on their property. There remain a few concerns from city council members, including noise and smell, permitting and the purpose of said chickens.

Segment 3, beginning at 39:33: Recently-unsealed letters from T. S. Eliot reveal much more about the poet than we knew before.

It was a St. Louis-born man who wrote what is considered one of the most important poems of the 20th century — T. S. Eliot. Now, a trove of long-sealed letters is giving readers and researchers a new window into the life and times of the poet, essayist, playwright and critic.

  • Frances Dickey, associate professor of American literature and director of Online Programs at the University of Missouri
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