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Seg. 1: Deaf Discrimination In The U.S., Seg. 2: Stephonne Singleton (R)

Segment 1: History of deaf discrimination in the United States.

Members of the hearing-impaired community oft face unique challenges when living in America. We discuss the history of persecution against people with deafness in the United States as well as milestones alongside the path to equal rights. Also, meet the local instructor who teaches deaf refugees their first language: American Sign Language.

For a full transcript of this segment, click here.

Segment 2, beginning at 34:37: For one local artist, music is a quest to find self-love. 

Stephonne Singleton, a singer-songwriter, has spent eight years working on his first album. The Wyandotte County native shares how growing up listening to the singers like Mary J. Blige, Patti LaBelle and Barbara Streisand shaped his musical style.

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.