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

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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.

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