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Reform School Abuse | Kansas City Jobs Market | Race, Ethnic & Gender Studies | MTV's Cultural Imprint

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The University of Missouri-Kansas City will begin offering a Bachelor of Arts degree in race, ethnicity and gender studies during the fall 2021 semester.

A reform school in rural Missouri closes after allegations of abuse and neglect, how the local job market is responding to the coronavirus pandemic, one Kansas City university is rolling out a new academic department, and a retrospective analysis of MTV's video content in the 1990s.

Segment 1, beginning at 3:59: Boyd and Stephanie Householder deny allegations of physical abuse and neglect at their faith-based reform school.

Circle of Hope Girls' Ranch, in rural Southwest Missouri, has come under scrutiny after allegations of physical abuse and neglect, according to reporting done by the Kansas City Star. The Householders now say they're closing the school in the wake of the accusations, some of them from their own daughter.

Segment 2, beginning at 17:42: With many businesses closed or limiting operations during the pandemic, where are the jobs right now in Kansas City?

The Mid-America Regional Council closely monitors job growth in the Kansas City area. They cite programming jobs, services sales, trade skills and construction as sectors of growth during a time when job prospects may seem scarce.

Segment 3, beginning at 29:28: UMKC will let students more closely study systemic issues of race, ethnicity and gender.

The quick establishment of the new department was driven by student demand. "Given the level of civil unrest we've seen in our society in recent years," department interim chair Toya Like said, "this is a resurgence of what we’ve seen time and time again in our nation's history."

  • Toya Like, associate professor and interim chair, Race, Ethnic and Gender Studies Department at the University of Missouri-Kansas City

Segment 4, beginning at 44:47: Why a University of Kansas professor reviewed 90s music videos in MTV’s "Buzz Bin."

MTV, said music researcher Brad Osborn, "(was) like the internet before anyone had the internet," and its series of "buzz-worthy" music videos was often an influential cultural tastemaker. That's why its lack of diversity and abundance of stereotypes was a concern to Osborn.

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.
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.
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.
Chris Young is an Assistant Producer for KCUR’s Up To Date. Contact him at chrisy@kcur.org.