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Seg. 1: Adults With Autism. Seg. 2: Oceans And The Midwest.

Segment 1: Autism in adults, from diagnosis to intervention.

Many of the therapies available for people on the autism spectrum are geared towards children, but what if you weren't diagnosed until you were 60? One woman's story sheds light on the challenges that arise for adults diagnosed with autism later in life.

Segment 2, beginning at 36:00: What we do in the Midwest affects our oceans.

The fertilizer used in farming, chemicals used in water treatment plants, single-use plastics like drinking straws; a discussion about the connection between the Midwest and oceanic life.

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.