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Seg. 1: Strawberry Hill. Seg. 2: Violence In Pop Music

Segment 1: An iconic KCK neighborhood teeters on the brink of change.

Strawberry Hill overlooks the Kansas and Missouri Rivers, I-70, the West Bottoms and downtown. It's maintained its identity as a Croatian neighborhood, despite several waves of new arrivals and teetering on the edge of gentrification for more than a decade. Could that accelerate? And what would that mean?

  • Anna Cole, Strawberry Hill resident
  • Nick Tomasic, Strawberry Hill native
  • Daniel Serda, urban planner and lifelong KCK resident

Segment 2, beginning at 35:01: Pop music lyrics are heavy on violent messaging.

Rap and hip-hop often get a ... well, 'bad rap' ... for having violent lyrics. But new research shows that violent messaging is at least as prevalent in pop music, if not more-so.

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.