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Seg. 1: 'Working Class' Poems. Seg. 2: Story Of KC's Seal. Seg. 3: Chloe Puetz

Segment 1: Local poet writes collection based on his working class roots. 

For Robert Stewart, poetry isn't ethereal — it's a working class endeavor. He shares how his background as a plumber's apprentice, ditch-digger and truck driver shaped his worldview as a writer. 

Segment 2, beginning at 19:29: Find out why the designer who made KCMO's official seal only charged the city $1. 

A blue and fuchsia fountain in the shape of a heart has been the logo of Kansas City, Mo. for over 25 years. But it almost didn't happen. Hear the story behind the search for KC's official seal. 

  • Rachel Eilts, daughter of Patrice Jobe, designer of Kansas City's official seal

Segment 3, beginning at 33:40: Meet the Blue Valley North senior who won Kansas City's own "American Idol" style competition.

After winning a scholarship from KC SuperStar 2017, Chloe Puetz discusses her next steps on pursuing a singing career.

  • Chloe Puetz, senior, Blue Valley North High School

Auditions for KC SuperStar 2018 are open until Wednesday, March 7th. For more information, visit TheJKC.org.

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.