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The word "they" — referring to people who identify as neither male or female — made the Oxford Dictionaries' shortlist for the 2015 Word of the Year. We explore the evolving use of "they" with a local transgender activist and a Standards & Practices editor at NPR.


  • Luke Harness, local transgender activist
  • Mark Memmott, Supervising Senior Editor, Standards & Practices at NPR


People don't make cameos in news stories; the human story is the story, with characters affected by news events, not defined by them. As a columnist and podcaster, I want to acknowledge what it feels like to live through this time in Kansas City, one vantage point at a time. Together, these weekly vignettes form a collage of daily life in Kansas City as it changes in some ways, and stubbornly resists change in others. You can follow me on Twitter @GinaKCUR or email me at gina@kcur.org.
Matthew Long-Middleton has been a talk-show producer, community producer, Media Training Manager and now the Community Engagement Manager at KCUR. You can reach him at Matthew@kcur.org, or on Twitter @MLMIndustries.