Kansas City's LGBTQ Commission | Federal Unemployment | The Scopes Trial Today
LGBTQ commissioners on the issues they want to address, Missouri Governor Mike Parson's solution to Missouri's labor shortage and how a century-old trial resonates today.
Segment 1, beginning at 1:00 : Members of the new commission were sworn in last month and will work with the mayor and the city council on issues affecting the LGBTQ community.
Despite having to create bylaws and learning the ropes of municipal government, the city's newest commissioners already know policies they want to look at. Among those are "safe places" within the city and gender neutral restrooms in all government buildings.
- Justin Short, Kansas City LGBTQ Commissioner
- Moon Glasgow-Brown, Kansas City LGBTQ Commission Chair
Segment 2, begging at 25:51: In a move to force people to look for work, Missouri Governor Mike Parson opts to halt additional federal unemployment benefits.
Gov. Parson joins his counterparts in Alabama, Arkansas, Montana, Mississippi and South Carolina in ending federal unemployment benefits. In making the announcement, the governor said, "It's time that we end these programs that have ultimately incentivized people to stay out of the workforce.” We examine what this could mean for the state's non-employed and its economy.
- Jason Rosenbaum, political correspondent, St. Louis Public Radio
Segment 3, beginning at 38:04: One of the most important freedom cases of the 20th century took place in the small town of Dayton, Tennessee.
In 1925, the Scopes Trial stirred up a conversation over whether modern science should be taught in public schools. While it is no longer illegal to teach the theory of evolution, the arguments brought forth in that trial are continuing in parts of America still.
- Jeffrey Moran, professor of history, University of Kansas, author of "The Scopes Trial: A Brief History with Documents"