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Getting To Mars And Back; Life And Legacy Of James Baldwin

Allan Warren
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Today, we speak with a University of Kansas student who won an international competition focused on designing a spacecraft capable of reaching Mars and returning to Earth.

Then: James Baldwin's legacy still resonates with today's thinkers on race in Kansas City. We discuss how his ideas still relate with the current social climate.


  • Bailey Miller, graduate student, KU School of Engineering
  • Cecilia Belser-Patton, co-founder, Just Systems
  • D. Rashaan Gilmore, host of Unbossed and Unbothered
  • Gwen Grant, president and CEO, Urban League of Greater Kansas City
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.