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Can you imagine what it would be like to regain your sense of hearing … after years of silence? One man’s story, as well as questions — within the deaf community — about whether deafness is something that requires correction.


  • Bridgette Polson, mother of a deaf child
  • Rob Jefferson, regained his sense of hearing with a cochlear implant
  • Katie Locus, English teacher at the Kansas School for the Deaf
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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.