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Seg. 1: Patrick Rose. Seg. 2: 10-Minute Plays. Seg. 3: Ingrid Stölzel (R)

Segment 1: Why a Midwesterner is leading the charge to save manatees.

To a native Kansas Citian, a sea animal like the manatee might as well be something mythical like a unicorn or a chupacabra. In this conversation, we learn how a nature lover from Independence wound up leading an organization that helped take the beloved sea cow off the endangered list.

Segment 2, beginning at 16:21: The 'tl;dr' of theatre.

If you don't have the attention span to sit through a two-hour long play (even with an intermission!) then how about a 10-minute one? We find out how a local theatre instructor is teaching aspiring playwrights tools of the trade by creating short stories for the stage.

  • Ron Simonian, playwright

'A Night of 10 Minute Plays' takes place at The Living Room Theatre on Monday, March 18 starting at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit TheLivingRoomKC.com.

Segment 3, beginning at 31:55: Classical music doesn't have to be an intellectual exercise. 

We listen to a new album from a local composer whose musical goal is to make the audience feel goosebumps.

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.