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Uzazi Village, Self-Realization Fellowship, Medicine Museum

Monica Sandreczki

  KC Group Fights Breast-Feeding Disparities With Education, Support

It’s widely accepted that breast-feeding is the best way to feed an infant. But in some communities, breast-feeding has fallen out of favor. Nationally, only about 60 percent of African-American women attempt to nurse their babies. And many of them stop within the first three months. But breast-fed babies are less likely to die of SIDS or develop asthma and obesity later in life — health issues that occur most often in African-Americans. In Kansas City, Mo. Uzazi Village — a Swahili word meaning birth — is trying to address such infant health disparities, particularly through breastfeeding.

With Feral Hogs, The Goal Is Control

Feral hogs are a big, expensive problem. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates the prolific procreators cause $800 million in damages each year to agriculture alone by destroying land and rooting up crops. Some states have successfully wiped out feral swine out by taking action early. But some states, like Missouri with more entrenched populations have shifted their focus from eradication to control.

Self-Realization Fellowship Boasts Local Saint

Kansas City is the home base for several big religious organizations, like the Church of the Nazarene and the Community of Christ Latter-Day Saints Church. But KC also boasts being the hometown of a saint. The Self-Realization Fellowship, an international meditation group with roots in India, recognizes a late Kansas City business tycoon as one of its greatest yogis and spiritual masters.

Local Doctor Honors Medicine’s Past in New Museum

Medicine is changing pretty fast these days, with new procedures, treatments and drugs coming out all the time. But one area doctor has been out on a mission to pay homage to medicine’s past: the mistakes, breakthroughs and lessons that might be taken for granted today. Dr. Bruce Hodges started out collecting medical relics from around the region as a kind of hobby, but it has grown way beyond the confines of his house.

Prison Dairy Serves Up Buffalo Milk

When you think of a dairy farm, you’re probably envisioning black and white cows dotting a rolling hillside. But there are countless deviations of that pastoral setting. One of the more interesting dairy operations in the country is a water buffalo dairy that’s behind razor-wire fences in Southern Colorado.

Blues Musician Cassie Taylor Settles Down In Kansas City

For the past decade, blues singer and bassist Cassie Taylor has made her home on the road. At age 16, she started touring with her father, bluesman Otis Taylor. She started her own solo career a few years after that. While Taylor has no plans to slow down, the 26-year-old veteran is settling down a bit. She recently got married and moved to Kansas City. Hear Taylor talk about some of the true-life stories of the blues life, and love lost and found, the subjects of her latest CD, Out of My Mind. Her next show is Sept. 14 in Lawrence, Ks.

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