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Kansas City Crime, Policing And Reparations | Crossword Puzzles' Golden Age

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Kansas City, Missouri Mayor Quinton Lucas

Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas speaks on the police budget, the board of police commissioners, and the Second Amendment Preservation Act, and crossword puzzle masters demystify their design process.

Segment 1, beginning at 1:00: It has been a momentous month in Kansas City government.

Mayor Lucas provided updates on the lawsuit launched by the Board of Police Commissioners against the city, finding a police commissioner to fill the empty seat on the board, what effect he thinks the recent passage of HB85 will have in fighting gun violence in Kansas City, and why he joined 10 other mayors of American cities to announce efforts to explore reparations to Black Americans.

Segment 2, beginning at 27:25: Constructors reveal the intricacies of crossword design and the reasons they are so popular.

Whether it is the Sunday edition of the New York Times, a smartphone app, or the back of a cereal box, crossword puzzles have captivated American audiences for over a century. Get an inside look at what it takes to build and solve these popular word challenges.

Join KCUR's Dan Margolies and puzzle masters David Steinberg and Amanda Rafkin for KCUR's Virtual Crossword Puzzle Tournament on Thursday, June 24, from 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Competitors and spectators can purchase tickets here.

Brian Ellison is a guest host of talk shows, newscasts, special coverage and community events for KCUR. Follow him on Twitter @ptsbrian.
Danie Alexander is the senior producer of Up To Date.
Chris Young is an Assistant Producer for KCUR’s Up To Date. Contact him at chrisy@kcur.org.