Segment 1: 2019 highlights from the religion beat
From Paris and Christchurch to St. Louis, Missouri, storylines on religion and faith took us around the world over the last year. We reviewed those with the most impact, including the evangelical embrace of President Donald Trump's policies.
- Brian Ellison, KCUR contributor and executive director of the Covenant Network of Presbyterians
- Debra Mason, University of Missouri School of Journalism professor emerita and former publisher of Religion News Service
Segment 2, beginning at 24:40: When corrupt officials and sellers of sin ruled Kansas City
Long before raucus Saturday nights became de rigueur in the Power and Light District or the streets of Westport, Kansas City was known by many revelers as "the best city this side of hell." That's because it hosted more than its share of illegal sex work, under-the-radar gambling halls and drinking establishments that disregarded prohibition restrictions.
- Karla Deel, writer and author of "Storied & Scandalous Kansas City: A History of Corruption, Mischief and a Whole Lot of Booze"