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Seg. 1: 'Adulting' With Michelle Tea. Seg. 2: Grammy-Nominated Oleta Adams On Success, Kansas City

Segment 1: Growing up is hard, just ask writer and critic Michelle Tea. 

Her road to adulthood wasn't always an easy one, but she made it there. Today, Michelle Tea told us about growing up in poverty and about her coming of age as a queer person in an unwelcoming culture. She offered her perspective on how to find your way as a young artist.

Segment 2, beginning at 34:10: An internationally-acclaimed singer on her rise to fame and making a home in Kansas City. 

She got famous in Kansas City ... and then she stayed here. Today, we talked with four-time Grammy-nominated singer Oleta Adams about her simultaneous rise to fame and planting roots in the Midwest. Plus, we got details on the Folly Theater's recent renovation.

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.