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A redesigned and more diverse art museum

The Spencer Museum of Art has a new gallery and curators have been deliberate in their selection of more diverse artwork — and an unexpected literary twist. Plus: The Kansas City jazz community is mourning the sudden loss of Ronald McFadden, legendary tap-dancer and musician and one half of the McFadden Brothers.

The fourth floor gallery of the University of Kansas' Spencer Museum of Art has undergone a makeover. Curators hope to cater to a wider audience with a more diverse array of artwork, and they've also partnered with local writers to help respond to the chosen art. KCUR's Julie Denesha has the story.

This week saw the sudden passing of a Kansas City jazz great. A member of the jazz duo the McFadden Brothers, Ronald McFaddenis remembered as a gifted singer, saxophonist and tap-dancer. Up To Date's Steve Kraske spoke with singer David Basse and musician Greg Carroll about McFadden's life and legacy.

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