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Seg. 1: Kansas Weather. Seg. 2: Rolf Potts And Souvenirs.

Segment 1: How does weather shape Kansas culture?

It's that time of year when tornado sirens ring out their eerie sound and crazy weather hits the plains. Inspired by a photography exhibit of Kansas tornado sirens, we explore how the weather affects our lives and communities.

Siren Call, through Sunday, April 29 at The Volland Store, 24098 Volland Road, Alma, Kansas 66401, 785-499-3616.

Segment 2, beginning at 33:12: A Kansas-based travel writer on our obsession with souvenirs.

A miniature Eiffel Tower, a plastic snowglobe that encases the White House, a seashell from the beach ... we don't give much thought to souvenirs. A travel writer, who just wrote a book about souvenirs, shares why they tell a story of their own.

Rolf Potts will be speaking about Souveniron Friday, April 13 at The Raven Bookstore, 6 East 7th Street, Lawrence, Kansas 66044, 785-749-3300.

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.
Matthew Long-Middleton has been a talk-show producer, community producer, Media Training Manager and now the Community Engagement Manager at KCUR. You can reach him at Matthew@kcur.org, or on Twitter @MLMIndustries.