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Seg. 1: Bio-mimicry. Seg. 2: Folk Art With Lasers. Seg. 3: Fireworks

Segment 1: How the invention of velcro inspired a scientific discipline.

Learn about bio-mimicry, where scientists use to solve modern day problems with natural world solutions. 

  • Becky Plumberg, educator, Science City

Segment 2, beginning at 14:20: Why a local artist uses lasers to craft traditional folk art.

After moving to the United States from Slovakia, a local artist turned to crafts to connect with her homeland.

Becky Plumberg and Veronika Carrender are presenters at the annual Maker Faire at Union Station. The event runs June 23-24 at Union Station. For more information, visit

Segment 3, beginning at 26:36: Local pyrotechnicians share the love of their craft.

If you've been in Kansas City during the 4th of July, you probably would have never guessed that fireworks are, for the most part, illegal here. We visit with two enthusiasts about what keeps them interested in fireworks all year round.

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.