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International Student Uncertainty | Leon Jordan Documentary | Bobby Watson

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Luke X. Martin
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KCUR 89.3
Bobby Watson's most recent album, "Keepin' it Real," features Curtis Lundy on bass, Victor Jones on drums, Victor Gould on piano, and Josh Evans and Giveton Gelin on trumpet.

A Trump administration policy could force international students home if their American schools go online-only, remembering the life of a local Black political powerhouse, and Kansas City's resident jazz master discusses how COVID-19 turned his touring plans upside down.

Segment 1, beginning at 4:30: International students in the U.S. are facing the prospect of possible deportation.

Colleges and universities are looking for ways to continue educating people without having them convene for in-person classes, but an announcement from the Trump administration suggests foreign students may have to leave the U.S. if their American schools opt for online-only classes.

  • Elle Moxley, education reporter for KCUR
  • Hollie Hall, international student at the University of Kansas
  • Nada Meawad, international student at Park University

Segment 2, beginning at 29:05: Honoring the man who paved the way for Black politicians in Kansas City

Leon Jordan was assassinated in 1970, outside his Green Duck Lounge at the corner of 26th Street & Prospect Avenue. Up to that time, Jordan played a critical role in the establishment of Freedom Inc. and Black political power in Kansas City and the Missouri Capitol.

Segment 3, beginning at 42:01: With a European tour postponed, a new album of music must suffice.

After retiring from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Bobby Watson was set to tour Europe, spreading the gospel of Kansas City jazz. The emergence of the coronavirus pandemic made those plans impossible, but the instrumentalist is still celebrating the release of a new album, "Keepin' it Real."

  • Bobby Watson, jazz saxophonist and educator

Emiel Cleaver's documentary "Leon Jordan: Legacy of Leadership" will air live at 8 p.m., Wednesday, July 15, on KSHB.com, and the 41 Action News Facebook Page and YouTube channel.

The Bobby Watson - Curtis Lundy Quartet will perform at a drive-in concert at 8 p.m., Thursday, July 16, at Plexpod Westport Commons, 800 E. 39th St., Kansas City, Missouri 64111. For more information, visit KCDriveInConcerts.com.

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.
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.
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.
The Kansas City region has long been a place where different ways of life collide. I tell the stories of people living and working where race, culture and ethnicity intersect. I examine racial equity and disparity, highlight the area's ethnic groups and communities of color, and invite all of Kansas City to explore meaningful ways to bond with and embrace cultures different from their own. Email me at luke@kcur.org.