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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.

  • In the first months of the pandemic, health care workers were applauded as heroes against COVID-19. A year and a half later, they find themselves coping with burnout and hostility from the public as vaccines and masks become politicized.
  • A political action committee focused on supporting police wants to recall Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas and several city council members. And following a year-long hiatus, the Plaza Art Fair makes a comeback.
  • Pushback from LGBTQ advocates got Chick-fil-A removed as a possible food option at the new KCI airport terminal. And with Kansas City expecting as many as 1,200 refugees from Afghanistan this fall, a new public school is developing programs to help ease their transition.
  • Old World bluestem grass is crowding out native plants and remaking Kansas grasslands and pastures. Unless landowners and researchers stop it, the invasive species could change the Kansas prairie forever. Also, FBI data reveals hate crimes are on the rise in Kansas and Missouri.
  • Missouri’s chief disciplinary counsel is asking the state Supreme Court to suspend the law licenses of a St. Louis couple that pleaded guilty to waving guns at unarmed Black Lives Matter protesters. Also, why Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft wants local elections to become partisan.
  • Nebraska Furniture Mart, one of the busiest retailers in the region, stands to get a nearly $1.5 million property tax refund on its Kansas City, Kansas, location after winning an appeal to a state tax board. What could this mean for other big box retailers?
  • Two Kansas City BBQ legends will be inducted into the Barbecue Hall of Fame Saturday at the 2021 American Royal World Series of Barbecue. We look at their decades long legacies and contributions to one of Kansas City's most iconic entrees.
  • Missouri highways are lined with signs warning against drinking and driving, but these are not exactly what they seem. The signs are part of a penalty the state pays for allowing passengers to drink. Also, how the St. Louis World's Fair of 1904 offered the best and worst of America.
  • A Kansas City man's plea for native flower justice has united gardeners around the world. Plus, the latest news from Kevin Strickland's innocence case.
  • School staffing agencies say if more workers take time off over the flu and holiday season, schools could reach a breaking point. Kindergarten enrollment fell 9% and preschool enrollment dropped 21%. The lack of early education could affect how students perform for years to come.