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Local Artifacts From The Atomic Era, KC's Fado Novato Songs Of Heartache And Struggle

Susan B. Wilson

Local Artifacts
From The Atomic Era
Once upon a time, youth in the 50s and 60s lived in fear. They practiced going to “fallout” shelters to escape the atomic bomb. Independence resident Michael Scheibach has studied this period of American history extensively. In addition to combing through school newspapers, Sheibach’s collection of photographs, posters and other artifacts from Kansas City high schools tells the story of an America trying its best to prepare for the possibility of annihilation.

Early Teen Years Inspired Innocence Project Chief
There is a new chief executive at the Kansas City based Midwest Innocence Project. The not-for-profit corporation works to free men and women behind bars for crimes they did not commit. The project was started a decade ago through the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law to investigate and do the legal work necessary to free the wrongly convicted. 

KC Currents Suburban School Series: Hickman Mills
The Kansas City, Mo. school district gets all the press, but school districts all over the metro area deal with big challenges. That’s why we’re launching a new series to look at suburban schools. This week takes a look at the first school district in the state of Missouri, Hickman Mills. This year has been one of its toughest ever.

Fado Novato, Songs Of Heartache And Struggle
It started as an argument at a bar about what’s the saddest music in the world. And what started as a fun argument between friends expanded into a collaboration of Kansas City local talent—to learn and immerse into a musical genre that has recently made the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List.

Behind The Scenes: The Kansas City Ballet Costume Shop Prepares For ‘The Nutcracker’
In a basement room at the Bolender Center, Costume Shop Supervisor Jennifer Carroll and her assistant Joey Gee spend busy days fitting and repairing the costumes as the Kansas City Ballet prepares for its annual production of The Nutcracker. Amid racks of vividly colored silks and chiffons, the two sew, dye, and in some cases, rebuild costumes that have played a core part of the production for years.

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.
Sylvia Maria Gross is storytelling editor at KCUR 89.3. Reach her on Twitter @pubradiosly.
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