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Kansas City Today
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Kansas City Today is a daily news podcast from KCUR Studios bringing you all things Kansas City, wrapped up in 15 minutes or less. Whether you’re an early bird or a night owl, it’ll be waiting in your feed every weekday. Hosted by Nomin Ujiyediin.

  • With the city at its worst point yet in the pandemic, Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas speaks with host Nomin Ujiyediin about how the city is handling the omicron surge and the ways that politics affect policy.
  • Kansas City Public Schools has regained full accreditation after a decades-long struggle. But while the district is celebrating the news, Superintendent Mark Bedell says they "have a lot of work to do." Plus, workers providing care for people with intellectual anddevelopmental disabilities have been quitting in droves during the pandemic.
  • Missouri Republicans are divided over how to draw new congressional districts that would benefit their own party, leaving House Democrats in a unique position of having leverage over their GOP counterparts this year.
  • Transgender inmates say they're put in danger by the Kansas prison system. Multiple inmates said they were targets of harassment and discrimination by fellow inmates, medical staff and corrections officers.
  • The 2022 legislative sessions have begun in Kansas and Missouri, with issues such as abortion, taxes, education and redistricting at the top of the to-do lists. We'll break down what to expect from state lawmakers on both sides of the border.
  • Last year’s attack on the U.S. Capitol left five people dead and a country more divided. Missouri Rep. Emanuel Cleaver was there on Jan. 6, 2021, and shares his thoughts on the state of democracy today. Plus, hear the latest COVID-19 updates from around the Kansas City metro.
  • Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley was one of several Republicans to dispute President Joe Biden’s victory, despite no evidence of election fraud, and raised his fist in support of insurrectionists who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. One year later, the senator has faced no major political backlash in his home state.
  • Instances of bullying and harassment have been increasing for students of color in Kansas and Missouri, and many parents are worried about their children's safety. Plus, residents of Joplin, Missouri, reflect one decade after a tornado destroyed a third of their town.
  • Recently, the CDC recommended halving isolation periods for people who have tested positive for COVID-19. Plus, Kansas City will be one of a handful of cities using new technology to count those experiencing homelessness.
  • More Africans Americans in Missouri are buying firearms for personal safety. So one gun enthusiast has taken up the mission of educating people about the importance of suicide prevention, to stop a growing crisis in his community.