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Kansas City's climate justice college

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A small college in Kansas City, Kansas, is teaching its students about the role they can play in reversing climate change. Plus, the city manager of Kansas City, Missouri, talks about what's being done to improve road conditions and fight climate change.

High temperatures continue to break records and weather events strengthen every year. This has prompted schools and universities to incorporate more environmentally centered courses into their curriculums. KCUR's Barb Shelley explains how Donnelly College in Kansas City, Kansas, is teaching its students about environmental justice while trying to lead by example.

Much of the news coverage about Kansas City is, naturally, about the big stuff: police, schools, health care. But the actual city operation is about lots of smaller things that loom large for residents. On KCUR's Up To Date, host Steve Kraske spoke with Brian Platt, the city manager of Kansas City, leading off with drivers' biggest headache: potholes.

Kansas City Today is hosted today by Peggy Lowe. It is produced by Byron Love, Trevor Grandin and KCUR Studios and edited by Gabe Rosenberg and Lisa Rodriguez.

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I’m a veteran investigative reporter who came up through newspapers and moved to public media. I want to give people a better understanding of the criminal justice system by focusing on its deeper issues, like institutional racism, the poverty-to-prison pipeline and police accountability. Today this beat is much different from how reporters worked it in the past. I’m telling stories about people who are building significant civil rights movements and redefining public safety. Email me at lowep@kcur.org.
Trevor Grandin is a contributing producer for KCUR Studios.