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Seg. 1: Kevin Willmott's Acceptance Speech. Seg. 2: Hermon Mehari. Seg. 3: Paula Saunders

Segment 1: Kevin Willmott delivers his acceptance speech. 

Kevin Willmott won an Oscar for BlacKkKlansman in the category of Best Adapted Screenplay. But he did not give an acceptance speech at the awards ceremony. We've remedied that.

Segment 2, beginning at 10:14: Jazz trumpeter Hermon Mehari comes home.

Hermon Mehari's left us for Paris. On a trip back to Kansas City to perform, he stopped by KCUR to talk about his childhood in Jefferson City, his parents' journey from Eritrea, how he fell in love with the trumpet, what he learned from Bobby Watson, and how his life has changed since crossing the Atlantic. 

Segment 3, beginning at 40:14: Singer Paula Saunders on the origins of her "churchy" vocal stylings.

Paula Saunders is one of three jazz vocalists featured in a weekend-long program at the American Jazz Museum. She talks about the joys and challenges of being a career musician in Kansas City, and learning to love her deep, gritty voice. 

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.