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Remembering Bob Dole

Kansas City Today
Crysta Henthorne
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KCUR 89.3

Former Kansas Senator Bob Dole, a one-time Republican presidential nominee, died Sunday after being diagnosed with lung cancer earlier this year. He was 98. We explore Dole’s legacy. Plus, Ricky Kidd and Kevin Strickland both served decades for murders they didn’t commit. Kidd provides a look into what life is currently like for Strickland.

Former Senate Majority leader Bob Dole died Sunday. He was one of the last living national political figures to have fought in WWII. Dole leaves a legacy marked by both fierce partisanship and landmark lawmaking, defined by his willingness to team with Democrats. As KCUR’s Frank Morris reports, Dole always said his pragmatic, self-deprecating approach to governing came from his upbringing on the high plains of Kansas.

Kevin Strickland’s entire adult life has been behind bars — something fellow exoneree Ricky Kidd can empathize with. Kidd, who was released from prison in 2019 after 23 years behind bars, talks to KCUR's Steve Kraske about the challenges of reintegrating into society after decades of incarceration.

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