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Seg. 1: Smoking & Vaping Culture. Seg. 2: Carmaletta Williams

Segment 1: Cultural shifts in smoking and vaping.

With smoking banned in most public places — and vaping on the rise among teens — we look at the changing nature of smoking culture.

  • Chris Young, millennial smoker and KCUR assistant event producer
  • Kevin Kufeldt, program manager, Adolescent Center for Treatment at the Johnson County Mental Health Center

Segment 2, beginning at 33:30: Meet the new director of an organization dedicated to preserving local history.

The Black Archives of Mid-America in Kansas City has named Carmaletta Williams as their new executive director. We visit with Williams about her plans to breathe new life into the organization and to connect history with contemporary conversations.

  • Carmaletta "Dr. Carma" Williams, executive director, Black Archives of Mid-America in Kansas City
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.