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Back To School | How Images Shape Us | Kansas City Oddities

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Independence School District
Independence, Missouri, has had in-person classes for three weeks now, without any major problems, the district's superintendent said.

A check-in with the superintendent of one of the first local districts to have students back in classrooms, how powerful images shape important moments in society, and a selection of weird and wonderful things in "Secret Kansas City."

Segment 1, beginning at 4:09: How back-to-school is going in Independence, Missouri.

Independence was one of the first local school districts to have kids fully back in the classroom. Three weeks in, all seems to be going according to plan. Middle- and high-school students are using a hybrid model. Elementary students are going to school in-person five days a week.

Segment 2, beginning at 26:06: How images shape our memories of important events.

It's been 19 years since planes struck the World Trade Center in New York City, more than three months since the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis and about six months since the first case of the novel coronavirus was confirmed in the Kansas City area. For many people, it's images from these events that will stick with us, not the facts.

  • Roxane Cohen Silver, professor of psychological science, medicine and public health at the University of California, Irvine
  • Carlos Moreno, visual and multimedia journalist at KCUR

Segment 3, beginning at 44:03: A new book delves into 83 weird places and stories in Kansas City.

Did you know that Kansas City is home to the world’s longest snake living in captivity? Or that Bonnie and Clyde had one of their most famous battles here? A new book highlights these and other interesting tales from the city we call home.

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 associate producer of KCUR’s Up To Date. Contact him at luke@kcur.org or on Twitter, @lukexmartin.
Danie Alexander is the senior producer of Up To Date.
Mackenzie Martin is an associate producer at KCUR. Reach out to her at mackenzie@kcur.org or on Twitter @_macmartin.