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Kansas City's Urban Debate League Is Teaching Students To Talk Across The Divide

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Sumner Academy student Neymara Freeman, left, won Top Speaker in the 2019 Urban Debate National Championships in Washington.

At a time when our country appears more divided than ever, DEBATE-Kansas City teaches students how to research and talk about complicated issues with people on the opposing side.

Kansas City's urban debate league recently finished its 2020 season.

Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
Mackenzie Martin is an associate producer at KCUR. Reach out to her at or on Twitter @_macmartin.