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Seg. 1: Role Of Swope Park In KC. Seg. 2: Rasheedat Badejo

Segment 1: Swope Park is over twice the size of Central Park. Are we using it as well as we could?

Swope Park is one of the largest municipal parks in the country. It's a massive 1,805 acres in size and Kansas City, Missouri Parks and recreation refers to it as the "crown jewel" of the parks system. We explore the role of Swope Park in our community and learn how a history of segregation continues to influence it to this day.

Segment 2, beginning at 35:21: A local actress who chose a career in theatre over nuclear chemistry.

Meet a Kansas City born-and-raised thespian who teaches aspiring young actors in the Metro, Rasheedat Badejo. She's moving to New York soon, so we decided to check-in and learn more about her story and what lies ahead on the horizon.

  • Rasheedat "Ras" Badejo, actress
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.