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New Kansas City Manager | Elections 2020 Preview | The Evolution Of Zombies

Closeup of zombies pressed against a fence and reaching out toward the camera.
Long a character in literature, film, and television, the zombie has undergone a dramatic change in the last decade.

Brian Platt's nomination to be city manager of Kansas City, Missouri, was approved by a Council vote of 9-4, a final rundown of races and issues to watch in Kansas and Missouri, and how the pop culture persona of the undead has changed.

Segment 1, beginning at 4:11: "I have no concern with being able to build trusting, working relationships with everyone in Kansas City," Brian Platt said.

After a 9-4 vote by city council members that broke largely along racial and geographic lines, Brian Platt is slated to be the next city manager of Kansas City, Missouri. The current business administrator of Jersey City, New Jersey, Platt was the only white candidate and the least experienced of the four finalists. Nonetheless, Mayor Quinton Lucas was impressed with Platt's performance in his current position — enough to ask for the council's approval.

Segment 2, beginning at 19:32: One more look at what’s on the ballot for Kansas and Missouri voters

Though Election Day may not be the end of campaign maneuvers, Nov. 3 cannot come soon enough for some. As we head into the last weekend before the final day to vote, we get assessments on where various races stand.

Segment 3, beginning at 53:58: One of horror's most popular character types has become more human.

Zombies first appeared in literature in the 17th century, and in film in 1932. But it was the popular TV series "The Walking Dead" that elevated the cannibalistic undead to pop culture stars.

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