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Here To Listen: Liberty, Missouri

A visit to the town of Liberty, Missouri and its outlying areas to hear about a growing Mormon community, a legendary teacher in the city’s formerly segregated schools and William Jewell College’s evolving role in the town.


  • President Jeremiah Morgan, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • Elder George Peterson, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • Rudi, Lori, Ethan and Ashton Garcia
  • Dr. Cecelia Robinson, professor emeritus, William Jewell College
  • Shelton Ponder, playwright
  • Dr. J. Anthony Snorgrass, The Center for Digital Advocacy, Avila Universiy
  • Elizabeth MacLeod Walls, president, William Jewell College
Laura Ziegler has been a producer with NPR in Washington D.C. and national NPR reporter covering the Midwest. Currently she’s a community engagement reporter and producer at KCUR. Email her at or reach her on Twitter @laurazig.
Ron Jones returned to KCUR in September, 2013 as Director of Community Engagement.  He is now the program director.