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Seg. 1: "Heartland" By Sarah Smarsh. Seg. 2: For The Birds

Segment 1: Growing up poor in the Heartland.

Local journalist and author Sarah Smarsh has been getting a lot of national attention for her new book, Heartland. On this episode, we chat with Smarsh about the forces that shaped her Kansas childhood.

Note: Our program spoke with Sarah the day after the 2016 Presidential Election. To hear that conversation, click here.

Segment 2, beginning at 36:52: The story behind "For the Birds," an Open Spaces art exhibit.

A young Kansas City artist has taken over an abandoned structure in Swope Park and has filled it with family scenes. Just one thing — the people all have bird heads.

  • Jillian Youngbird, artist
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