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Spring Sees Kansas City Slowly Reopening

Kansas City Library staffers wait for patrons at Swope Park as part of their Pop In at the Park program at area parks.
Laura Spencer
KCUR 89.3
Kansas City Public Library staffers met patrons at Swope Park during the summer of 2020 as part of their Pop In at the Park program.

Spring is here, and with it some businesses and organizations around Kansas City are pivoting again as they plan how to operate in the new normal.

Segment 1, beginning at 1:00: Kansas City business owners and community leaders about the "new normal."

Some Kansas City businesses — like Mills Record Co. and Knuckleheads — remained open for most of the pandemic. But places like the Kansas City Public Library and Fine Arts Group have been primarily closed, prioritizing digital offerings instead. Some of what the library pivoted to during the pandemic will continue because of its success, but the Fine Arts Group is waiting to see if movie lovers come back for the big screen experience.

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 Up To Date’s senior producer, I construct daily conversations that give our listeners context to the issues of our time. I strive to provide a platform that holds those in power accountable, while also spotlighting the voices of Kansas City’s creatives and visionaries that may otherwise go unheard. Email me at zach@kcur.org.
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