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Seg. 1: The Shutdown Show. Seg 2: General Hospital #2.

Segment 1: Kansas City stories about the federal government shutdown.

From an entrepreneur whose plans to open his own business have been thwarted, to the federal employee who made the daunting decision to borrow against her pension. Hear stories from Kansas Citians whose lives are in limbo on day 18 of a federal government shutdown. 

  • James Stutsman, founder, City Barrel Brewing
  • "Ms. Johnson," federal government employee
  • Sam Zeff, politics reporter, KCUR

Segment 2, beginning at 36:30: A new book on the Pendergast era.

"Wide-Open Town: Kansas City in the Pendergast Era"is a new book exploring the ripple effect Pendergast had on far-flung aspects of our city's culture. In this conversation, how Pendergast's need for support from black voters translated to support for a black public hospital in Kanas City, staffed by black medical professionals and serving black patients.

  • Jason Roe, digital history specialist, Kansas City Public Library
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.