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Lieutenant Governor Candidate | A Politicized High Court | Moving During Coronavirus

Courtesy of Jackie Nguyen
Mobile coffee shop owner Jackie Nguyen relocated during the coronavirus pandemic to Kansas City from New York City.

A former Kansas City councilwoman is running to unseat Missouri's Republican second-in-command, an unexpected death on the Supreme Court raises questions about politics and the judiciary, and something else about the pandemic: More Americans than ever are leaving urban areas.

Segment 1, beginning at 3:52: It's time for culturally competent leadership in Missouri, said Canady.

The lieutenant governor's office wasn't on Alissia Canady's radar until she was recruited to run for it but Canady is ready and willing to serve, she said. Canady criticized the current leadership in Jefferson City, especially on their response to the coronavirus. "Delayed action is costing business owners every day," she said. "The longer it takes for us to contain community spread ... it further delays business getting back to usual."

Segment 2, beginning at 22:44: The politicization of the Supreme Court

You may recall from high school civics class that our court system is not supposed to be political — our judges and our politics aren’t supposed to intertwine. But as we’re seeing once again with the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the selection process of U.S. Supreme Court judges is intensely political.

Segment 3, beginning at 32:20: On relocating your life during a pandemic

About 5% of urban dwellers across the country have picked up sticks and left the big city during the pandemic, said Zachary Mannheimer, who helps rural communities plan for growth. Will the trend continue? Today, we asked a former resident of New York City and San Diego-native what drew her to the middle of the map during a global health crisis.

Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
Danie Alexander is the senior producer of Up To Date.
Mackenzie Martin is a producer for KCUR's Up To Date, Real Humans By Gina Kaufmann and People's History of Kansas City. Reach out to her at or on Twitter @_macmartin.
Luke X. Martin is a reporter focusing on race, culture and ethnicity for KCUR 89.3. Contact him at or on Twitter, @lukexmartin.