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Local bookstores are taking on Amazon and winning

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To survive the pandemic, indie booksellers in Kansas and Missouri have found success by directly competing with Amazon for online orders. Plus, a new show at the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art features the work of nine Kansas City women.

Book sales have been consistently strong during the pandemic, but big companies like Amazon have mostly benefited. In bookstores, though, sales fell nearly 30% last year. KCUR's Mackenzie Martin explains what indie booksellers in Kansas and Missouri have done to compete with the big guys and partially redefine what a bookstore is.

The Daum Museum of Contemporary Art in Sedalia, Missouri, opened in 2002 and hosts a boundless collection of works — including from world renowned artists Andy Warhol, Ed Ruscha, and Ansel Adams. KCUR’s Laura Spencer has details on the latest show from nine Kansas City women, which celebrates family and tackles environmental issues and social justice.

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Kansas City Today is hosted by Nomin Ujiyediin. It is produced by Byron Love and edited by Gabe Rosenberg.

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As a newscaster and a host of a daily news podcast, I want to deliver the most important and interesting news of the day in an engaging and easily understandable way. No matter where you live in the metro or what you’re interested in, I want you to learn something from each newscast or podcast – and maybe even give you something to talk about at the dinner table. You can email me at nomin@kcur.org and find me on Twitter @NominUJ.
As an on-demand producer, I am focused on using my skills and experiences across multiple digital applications, platforms and media fields to create community focused audio, video and on-demand products for KCUR Studios. The media that I produce aims to inform, entertain and connect with the Kansas City metro area as we continue to learn from each other. Email me at byron@kcur.org.