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Exonerating The Innocent | KCI Airport Update | Sarah Smarsh On Dolly

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Miracle of Innocence
Exonerees Lamonte McIntyre and Darryl Burton co-founded Miracle of Innocence after spending more than two decades behind bars for crimes they didn’t commit.

Two Missouri exonerees are now working to free others who were wrongly convicted, the city's Aviation Department says construction is going well at the Kansas City International Airport's new terminal, and Sarah Smarsh's new book is a love letter to Dolly Parton.

Segment 1, beginning at 4:20: Exonerees from Kansas and Missouri are now working to free others wrongly convicted.

After spending more than two decades behind bars for crimes they didn't commit, Lamonte McIntyre and Darryl Burton are teaming up to free the innocent and help them once they're released. "I feel like I'm constantly trying to catch up to a world that moved on without me," said McIntyre.

Segment 2, beginning at 27:00: Aviation deputy director says the new KCI terminal promises a "more leisurely and enjoyable experience."

Despite the pandemic, construction on the new $1.5-billion terminal at Kansas City International Airport is moving along on time and under budget. The last time there was a project of this size underway in Kansas City was 1970.

Segment 3, beginning at 37:36: Sarah Smarsh's new book looks at the "unifying figure" of Dolly Parton.

As a fifth-generation Kansas farm girl, Sarah Smarsh grew up listening to a lot of old country music. In her family, the music served as a language for women to talk about their feelings. In "She Come By It Natural," Smarsh looks at how Dolly Parton's music gave a voice to working class women.

Miracle of Innocence will host a virtual gala, “Turning Dreams Into Reality”, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 28. To register or donate, go to MiracleofInnocence.org.

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.
Chris Young is an Assistant Producer for KCUR’s Up To Date. Contact him at chrisy@kcur.org.
Mackenzie Martin is a producer for Up To Date, Real Humans By Gina Kaufmann, and other podcasts at KCUR Studios. Reach out to her at mackenzie@kcur.org or on Twitter @_macmartin.