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Seg. 1: Nayeli Murillo. Seg. 2: Kadesh Flow. Seg. 3: Andi Meyer.

Segment 1: A school secretary is helping immigrants make plans in case of deportation.

For undocumented parents with kids who are U.S. citizens, the risk of having your family separated by deportation is real. Meet the elementary school employee who has stepped into the lives of kids whose parents could be deported.

Segment 2, beginning at 14:29: A local musician's new EP.

Kadesh Flow is a trombonist with The Phantastics. He just released "Room Service," a solo hip-hop album, which he recorded in a hotel room during a gamer convention. Hear more of his story, from leaving his job at Cerner to pursue music to being part of the Nerdy People of Color Collective.

Segment 3, beginning at 32.24: Why representation matters in the arts.

Andi Meyer is part of the cast of Vietgone, the first play that's opening at the Unicorn Theatre with an all-Asian-American cast. She's also hosting an event called "#RepresentationMatters/Changing the Narrative." A look at how KC artists are addressing stereotypes for people of color in theater.

Vietgone, Wednesday, April 18 to Sunday, May 13 at the Unicorn Theatre, 3828 Main St., Kansas City, Missouri 64111, 816-531-PLAY (7529).

#Representation Matters/Changing the Narrative, 5 p.m., Saturday, April 21 at Charlotte Street Open Studios, 1100 Walnut St., Kansas City, Missouri 64106.


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.