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Fantasy Baseball Game | Kemper Museum Reopening | Kansas City Bus Fares

Robbie Makinen, CEO of KCATA from 2016-2022.
Julie Denesha
KCUR 89.3
KCATA CEO Robbie Makinen says free public transportation city-wide would be a boon for riders and the region.

A baseball-themed, fantasy role-playing game with Kansas City ties has gained popularity during the pandemic, the Kemper Museum is reopening with limited capacity, and how free bus fares in the Kansas City region give residents equal chances at a vote.

Segment 1, beginning at 5:06: A designer of a new fantasy baseball game calls Kansas City home, and the Kansas City Breath Mints his home team.

From umpires incinerating players to a pitcher choosing to pitch from the moon, the new game called blaseball is open to almost any outcome. “Nothing is expected in blaseball,” said game designer Joel Clark. “It surprises me every single day.”

  • Joel Clark, game designer, The Game Band
  • Nemi Gallegos, Kansas City resident and Breath Mints fan

Segment 2, beginning at 26:36: The Kemper Museum is now open to a limited number of patrons.

After months of being closed, the Kemper Museum is finally open to guests who register online. Masks are required and the institution is cleaned on a regular basis. One of their new exhibitions is a series from an Ethiopian artist who uses salvaged electronics sent to his country to make art that represents the impact wasted technology has on our global environment.

Segment 3, beginning at 38:20: The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority eliminated bus fares when the pandemic began.

To limit interactions between drivers and riders, KCATA has stopped charging bus fares through 2020, but officials hope free public transportation can eventually be made permanent. The president of the transportation authority said the change would give riders a better shot at job opportunities, an equal chance to vote, and could have positive impacts on the economy to the tune of more than $1 million a month.

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