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Broadband Service In Kansas | Waxahatchee

Shot of the back end of an old Ford pickup with medium green cab and soft yellow bed. Katie Crutchfield is seated across the top of the cab wearing a blue dress.
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"Saint Cloud," released March 27, 2020, earned Crutchfield the seventh spot on the Rolling Stone's best albums of 2020.

What's keeping parts of Kansas from getting good internet service, and Waxahatchee on post-pandemic touring and her latest album.

Segment 1, beginning at 1:00: Using the internet was an integral part of making it through the pandemic, however, many in Kansas still lack a reliable connection.

For as many as 173,000 Kansans, the lack of good broadband internet causing trouble with working remotely, virtual classes and telehealth appointments was highlighted by the pandemic. Fixing a problem that some Kansans have endured for years comes down to more then just running cable to where service is needed.

Segment 2, beginning at 25:42: Straight off three sold out shows at Lemonade Park and a torrent of praise for her 2020 album, Katie Crutchfield, aka Waxahatchee, has had a pretty big year.

Crutchfield talks about being able to play in-person concerts now that life is returning to normal and how getting sober changed the way she looks at music.

  • Katie Crutchfield, singer-songwriter
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