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Seg. 1: Dylan Mortimer. Seg. 2: Parent Involvement In Schools.

Segment 1: Turning a life of cystic fibrosis into art.

Last time we spoke with artist Dylan Mortimer, he was coming off of a seemingly successful lung transplant and breathing freely for the first time in his life. Now his body is rejecting those donor lungs. Hear insights into his artistic, emotional, and physical journey as he awaits a second transplant and continues to exceed his life expectancy. 

Segment 2, beginning at 14:00: Parent involvement in schools can help bolster a child's education. But are expectations changing?

Some Parent Teacher Associations, or PTAs, can barely pool together the funds to provide an annual family picnic. Others can fund an entire salary for a teacher. On this episode, a conversation on parental involvement in schools.

  • Elle Moxley, KCUR Missouri schools reporter
  • Amy Shuffelton, philosophy of education professor, Loyola University 
  • Michael Dayton, director of student recruitment and community outreach, KIPP KC
  • Megan Peters, parent, Shawnee Mission School District
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.