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Screentime: 'The Founder,' And Kansas City's McDonald's Stories

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Based on a true story, the new film 'The Founder' tells the tale of how struggling salesman Ray Kroc found the McDonald's brothers and their California burger shop. We meet a few Kansas Citians whose own personal stories cross paths with growth of the family burger joint turned billion-dollar chain.

Plus, one long-time McDonald's worker shares his story, and his fight for higher wages.


  • Nabil Haddad, owner Winstead's, formerly janitor turned franchise owner, McDonald's
  • Bob Bernstein, co-founder, Bernstein-Rein, created the 'Happy Meal'
  • Richard Eiker, long-time McDonald's worker, Stand Up KC leader
  • Russ Simmons, KCUR film critic
Gina Kaufmann is the host of KCUR’s Central Standard, a talkshow fueled by curiosity and critical thinking. You can reach her on Twitter, @GinaKCUR.
Andrea Tudhope is an award-winning multimedia journalist based in Kansas City, Missouri. She is currently coordinating producer for America Amplified, a national public media community engagement initiative funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.