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Seg. 1: Nathan Louis Jackson. Seg. 2: Second Hand King. Seg. 3: Derby Fashion.

Segment 1: A new play about gun violence in Kansas.

Nathan Louis Jackson's new play, "Brother Toad," is set in Wyandotte County and Johnson County. It's about two men who are going down different paths when it comes to protecting their families. Hear more about the play and about Jackson's changing views on guns.

  • Nathan Louis Jackson, playwright

"Brother Toad," through Sunday, May 27 at the Kansas City Repertory Theatre's Copaken Stage, 1 H&R Block Way, Kansas City, Missouri 64105, 816-235-2700.

Segment 2: Meet a doo-wop rapper — and find out what that is.

A local musician has combined his love of doo-wop music and rap. He explains how he was inspired to pair these two genres.

Second Hand King at NPR's Tiny Desk Concert: The Best of KC Show, 4 to 10 p.m., Saturday, May 5 at Bier Station, 120 East Gregory Blvd., Kansas City, Missouri 64114.

Segment 3: Fashion tips for the Kentucky Derby.

Headed out to any Kentucky Derby watch parties this Saturday? A fashion enthusiast has advice on what to wear.

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.