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

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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.

Guests:

  • 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
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.