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Coronavirus Q&A | Negro Leagues 100th Anniversary | Social Unrest In Films

From the 2011 film "Contagion", Kate Winslet as Dr. Erin Mears standing at the open trunk of her car wearing a winter parka holding a clipboard, pen and protective face mask.
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Kate Winslet (above) as Dr. Erin Mears in the 2011 film "Contagion" that follows what happens when there is an outbreak of a fatal disease. It portrays many of the elements seen in the current novel coronavirus pandemic.

The lasting effects of COVID-19 and how the coronavirus is affecting schools reopening, celebrating the first organized professional Black baseball league, and how prescient past movies have been when compared to current protests and the pandemic.

Segment 1, beginning at 5:28: As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the Kansas City metro area, we get an update and reminders on stemming the coronavirus outbreak.

An infectious disease specialist addressed issues around schools opening and playing sports, the latest in testing and vaccine progress, and answered callers questions regarding businesses and schools not following city and county mask mandates.

Segment 2, beginning at 26:41: Despite the pandemic, Kansas City museum is managing to honor the founding of the Negro National League.

The restrictions to slow the spread of the coronavirus have not stopped the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum from marking the 100th anniversary of the league that had the likes of Satchel Paige and Jackie Robinson in its ranks. Its grassroots campaign, "Tipping Your Cap" has U.S presidents, sports greats and everyday fans doffing their hats in honor of the National Negro League.

  • Bob Kendrick, President of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

Segment 3, beginning at 36:57: An examination of films representing protest and public reaction to events real and imagined.

Four films based on actual and fictitious events offer sometimes eerily close parallels to current events. The Cinephiles selected "Medium Cool," "Marie Antoinette," "Contagion" and "Let the Fire Burn" to reflect on a country divided by race, rulers who ignore the people, reactions to a deadly pandemic and the use of deadly force by police.

  • Mitch Brian, University of Missouri - Kansas City film professor and co-host of the podcast “007X7" that investigates the James Bond films seven minutes at a time
  • Erin Hamer-Beck, communications studies instructor at the University of Missouri - Kansas City, lecturer in the Liberal Arts Department at the Kansas City Art Institute, and an English instructor at Metropolitan Community College-Longview
Brian Ellison is a guest host of talk shows, newscasts, special coverage and community events for KCUR. Follow him on Twitter @ptsbrian.
Luke X. Martin is a reporter focusing on race, culture and ethnicity for KCUR 89.3. Contact him at or on Twitter, @lukexmartin.
Grace Cole is an intern for KCUR's Up To Date.
Danie Alexander is the senior producer of Up To Date.