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Seg. 1: Is History Dying? Seg. 2: The Marie Kondo Craze

Segment 1: Decline in history majors raises question: what's the future of our past? 

New data shows a drop in the number of history majors at colleges in the United States. So what does it mean for the future of our history, if there are fewer people studying it?

  • Benjamin Schmidt, history professor, Northeastern University
  • Carolyn Kovar, UMKC student and history major
  • Matt Reeves, PhD candidate in history, UMKC

Segment 2, beginning at 22:29: Marie Kondo your life.

The new Netflix show, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, brings the magic of cleanliness to real people's homes. In this conversation, we find out how a few Kansas Citians are reacting by tidying up their own clutter, how Shintoism and Japanese culture plays a role in this minimalist practice, and where to recycle your old stuff around town.

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.