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UMKC Going 'Forward' | Bicycling With Butterflies

Luke X. Martin
KCUR 89.3
Sara Dykman stopped by KCUR during her cycling adventure in May 2017.

The University of Missouri-Kansas City is reimagining its future with a new initiative for a post-COVID-19 world and a Kansas City native followed monarch butterflies from Mexico to Canada and back.

Segment 1, beginning at 1:00: Changes are coming to a post-pandemic University of Missouri-Kansas City.

The University of Missouri-Kansas City is reimagining its future with a new initiative that introduces three new schools and cuts several programs. With an eye towards financial stability and innovation, the university is committing at least $50 million dollars over the next five years to "UMKC Forward."

Segment 2, beginning at 28:30: This Johnson County woman cycled the migratory path of monarch butterflies for 10,000 miles.

Sara Dykman's new book details how she followed the roundtrip migration of monarch butterflies between Mexico and Canada on a bicycle. Her goal for the trip was to be a "spotlight" for the monarchs, educating people about plants that are beneficial to them and other ways to help the butterflies thrive.

Sara Dykman has two upcoming virtual events. Monarch Watch and Raven Book Store in Lawrence are hosting her on April 13th at 7pm and the Missouri Prairie Foundation is hosting her on April 28th at 4pm. Event details are at

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.
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 or on Twitter @_macmartin.