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Kansas City Protest Leader | New Downtown Grocery | A Reimagined Oktoberfest

In foreground stands activist Stacy Shaw holding a bullhorn addressing a crowd of protesters.
Carlos Moreno
KCUR 89.3
Attorney Stacy Shaw addresses protestors during a Kansas City rally on Wednesday.

A Kansas City attorney and protest leader describes the local reaction to a grand jury decision in the death of Breonna Taylor, a new grocery store opens in a former food desert, and Kansas City's Oktoberfest moves from Crown Center to your home.

Segment 1, beginning at 4:11: Lawyer turned activist Stacy Shaw is calls for abolishing the police force.

Shaw began to lead Black Lives Matter protests in Kansas City following the killing of George Floyd. She discussed recent Kansas City demonstrations following the Kentucky attorney general's announcement that none of the officers involved in the killing of Breonna Taylor would be charged with her death.

Segment 2, beginning at 28:25: A local grocery store chain with a focus on reducing food insecurity opens a new location.

Popular Lawrence grocer The Merc Co-op recently opened its second location, in Kansas City, Kansas. The company adapted it's newest location to serve the local community, and offers employees a living wage and benefits.

Segment 3, beginning at 45:35: Oktoberfest fans now have the chance to bring the celebration home.

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, KC Bier Co. is offering "Prost in Place" kits complete with German-style beer, mugs, a giant pretzel, and a Spotify playlist of traditional German music.

When I host Up To Date each morning at 9, 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. Reach me at steve@kcur.org or on Twitter @stevekraske.
Chris Young is an Assistant Producer for KCUR’s Up To Date. Contact him at chrisy@kcur.org.
As culture editor, I oversee KCUR’s coverage of race, culture, the arts, food and sports. I work with reporters to make sure our stories reflect the fullest view of the place we call home, so listeners and readers feel primed to explore the places, projects and people who make up a vibrant Kansas City. 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 for KCUR Studios and host of the podcast A People’s History of Kansas City, 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.