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Kansas City's Police Scorecard | 'The Founding Mothers Of NPR'

Kansas City police detain a protestor during a motorcade for Donald Trump on Sept. 26, 2020 at Mill Creek Park.
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A new study by the Police Scorecard Project ranks the Kansas City, Missouri, police department (shown above during the 2020 Black Lives Matter protests) lower than both St. Louis and Kansas City, Kansas.

How the KCPD ranked in a nationwide report, and the story of the four women who were pivotal to the growth of NPR.

Segment 1, beginning at 1:00: The Police Scorecard ranked the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department 495 out of 500 departments across America.

Much of the information from the review had to be collected through publicly available information on individual departments. When it came to collecting data on over 16,000 law enforcement agencies Samuel Sinyangwe says, "the federal government could tell you how much rainfall there was in rural Oklahoma going back almost a hundred years, but they couldn't tell you how many people were killed by the police last year or the year before that."

Segment 2, beginning at 27:02: NPR is celebrating its 50th birthday this year and much of the organization's early success can be attributed to four groundbreaking women.
Susan, Linda, Nina and Cokie are the names of the four women credited as "the founding mothers of NPR." The history of these award-winning journalists dates back to the inception of National Public Radio. "It is really a kismet story of timing and of all these terrific personalities who were there at the beginning of public radio," says author Lisa Napoli.

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.
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.
Trevor Grandin is a contributing producer for KCUR Studios.