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Seg. 1: Aaron Rahsaan Thomas. Seg. 2: Mosquitos. Seg. 3: Karen Lisondra.

Segment 1: Meet Aaron Rahsaan Thomas.

He's a screenwriter and producer who is originally from KCK. Last week, he was in a photo of black creatives in Hollywood that went viral. Hear his story — and how that photo changed how some people see race in the industry.

  • Aaron Rahsaan Thomas, Executive Producer of "S.W.A.T." on CBS

Segment 2, beginning at 17:56: Mosquito experts swarm KC.

If you could decimate the mosquito population, would you? Mosquito experts are in town to grapple with some pressing mosquito questions. We talk to one scientist who has been reprogramming mosquito genetics.

Segment 3, beginning at 37:30: A local theater director tells her own story.

This week, The Storytelling Project is on stage at UMKC. Karen Lisondra tells us how her own world travels has influenced her work in KC.

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.
Matthew Long-Middleton has been a talk-show producer, community producer and now is the Media Training Manager with America Amplified. You can reach him at, or on Twitter.