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Seg. 1: Pupil Research. Seg. 2: Former Anti-Vaxx Mom. Seg. 3: Negin Farsad

Segment 1: MU professor finds that eye behavior can provide mental health analysis.

They say eyes are a window to your soul. But according to a University of Missouri researcher, they're also a window to your stress level.

Segment 2, beginning at 12:44: Local mom shares her story about changing her mind on a controversial issue: vaccines.

Changing one's opinion on a controversial subject isn't easy. We meet a former anti-vaxxer and parent who reassessed her views on vaccination.

  • Elizabeth Behrens, local parent and former anti-vaxxer

Segment 3, beginning at 30:12: A New York comedian falls 'head-over-heels' for Kansas City.

As Kansas Citians, we're used to having coastal 'Big City' authors write articles about our town in an eye-roll inducing manner, so it's a rare treat when one actually resonates with our community. In this conversation, we visit with a New York comedian who finds genuine humor and also acknowledges some serious issues in the City of Fountains.

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.