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Seg. 1: Snack Shack + Michael Corvino. Seg. 2: Food Critics On Burgers.

Segment 1: The diner-style burger.

The news that Shake Shack is coming to Kansas City has sent people in a tizzy. We take a Shake Shack fan to Snack Shack in Downtown Overland Park. Then, a talk with Michael Corvino, a James Beard Award semifinalist, about the cheeseburger on his menu that's earning raves.

Segment 2, beginning at 11:39: KCUR's Food Critics search out the best burgers in and around Kansas City.

Who doesn't love a good burger? From the thin patty served in a plastic basket to a thicker one with fancy toppings — and don't forget the veggie burger — our critics share their recommendations for the tastiest in town.

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.