Seg. 1: Kansas City Zoo's $7-Million Aquarium Ask. Seg. 2: Human Rights Watch Sees U.S. Regression. | KCUR

Seg. 1: Kansas City Zoo's $7-Million Aquarium Ask. Seg. 2: Human Rights Watch Sees U.S. Regression.

Sep 13, 2018

Segment 1:  Why public money is needed to get a proposed underwater attraction off the ground.

With more than $60 million already raised for a 700,000-gallon aquarium proposal, the future of an artificial seascape at the Kansas City Zoo depends largely on the willingness of Kansas City, Missouri, leaders to kick in about $7 million of taxpayer money. Today, a zoo leader described his vision for a new salt-water exhibit that Midwesterners could enjoy any time of year, and explained why private donors are insisting on financial support from the city.

Segment 2, beginning at 20:10: American human rights leadership not what it once was.

Sarah Margon's argument is simple: Since Donald Trump became president, America has beat a retreat when it comes to human rights. Today, Human Rights Watch's main point of contact with the U.S. government explained the ways in which she thinks the country's reputation has regressed, and what that backslide means for other countries looking to take on the mantle of human rights.

The International Relations Council is hosting "An Evening with Sarah Margon," 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 13 at Stinson Leonard Street law firm, 1201 Walnut St., Suite 2900, Kansas City, Missouri 64106. For more information and to register to attend, visit IRCKC.org.