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Vetting 'Alternative Facts' | Mahomes' Playoff Outlook

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Patrick Mahomes (left) after the tackle in the divisional round playoff game against the Cleveland Browns that took him out of the game and into the NFL's concussion protocol

A professor explains her university's course that's teaching students how to determine truth from fiction and a look at concussion and Patrick Mahomes' chances of suiting up for Sunday's AFC championship.

Segment 1, beginning at 4:54: Hearing Kellyanne Conway utter the now famous phrase pushed one professor to create a course for determining fact from fiction.

In defending a higher crowd number at Donald Trump's inauguration, Conway laid the foundation that kicked off four years of the president disparaging mainstream media as "fake news." Prof. Erika Martin is teaching her students the work it takes to get truthful information.

Segment 2, beginning at 29:36: Patrick Mahomes has been in concussion protocol since sustaining an injury during the Chiefs' playoff win against the Cleveland Browns.

Kansas City Chiefs fans are waiting to hear if the team's star quarterback will be cleared to play in the conference championship game. A professor working on a smart football helmet explains concussion and we ask how well back up quarterback Chad Henne can manage against a staunch Buffalo Bills defense.

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