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Bridging The Digital Divide In Kansas City, Live Music For A Living

Suzanne Hogan

Roundtable Discussion: Bridging The Digital Divide In Kansas City
Studies from Google indicated that 42 percent of lower income areas in Kansas City didn’t have access to Internet. Google Fiber has plans to address that with super high-speed Internet service. But not so fast—there have been issues with getting the community connected. KC Currents hosted a roundtable discussion to break down the digital divide.

Google Makes Final Push For Fiber
Kansas City leaders were thrilled when they beat out 11,000 other cities for something called Google Fiber.  Now residents are competing to bring the blazing fast internet service to their neighborhood first. The search-engine company is building an infrastructure to offer households internet speeds 100 times faster than they currently get and has also rolled out its own TV offering.  But Google’s doing things differently than traditional internet providers.

Live Music For A Living
This week’s odd job is more of a rocking job. Tim Finn has been covering music for the Kansas City Star for more than 16 years. He’s met countless bands and performers. He’s also seen the local music scene grow and prosper. Finn reveals his favorite artists to see live, as well an experience with a hard rock group that changed his way of thinking about music and its fans.

Coterie Theatre’s Sex Ed Goes On Stage And To School
One in four Americans who test positive for HIV is 20 years old or younger. Among Kansas City’s most visible prevention efforts is the Dramatic Health Education Project, which is celebrating 20 years of delivering messages about sexual responsibility to area youth. As the Coterie Theatre is a partner in the project, it is marking the anniversary with a production of the rock musical “Spring Awakening,” based on a controversial play written in 1891 about the importance of sex education.

Sylvia Maria Gross is storytelling editor at KCUR 89.3. Reach her on Twitter @pubradiosly.
A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Susan admits that her “first love” was radio, being an avid listener since childhood. However, she spent much of her career in mental health, healthcare administration, and sports psychology (Susan holds a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Bloch School of Business at UMKC.) In the meantime, Wilson satisfied her journalistic cravings by doing public speaking, providing “expert” interviews for local television, and being a guest commentator/contributor to KPRS’s morning drive time show and the teen talk show “Generation Rap.”
As a health care reporter, I aim to empower my audience to take steps to improve health care and make informed decisions as consumers and voters. I tell human stories augmented with research and data to explain how our health care system works and sometimes fails us. Email me at alexs@kcur.org.
Every part of the present has been shaped by actions that took place in the past, but too often that context is left out. As a podcast producer for KCUR Studios and host of the podcast A People’s History of Kansas City, I aim to provide context, clarity, empathy and deeper, nuanced perspectives on how the events and people in the past have shaped our community today.

In that role, and as an occasional announcer and reporter, I want to entertain, inform, make you think, expose something new and cultivate a deeper shared human connection about how the passage of time affects us all. Reach me at hogansm@kcur.org.
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