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Seg. 1: Weird Weather Words | Seg. 2: KC's Culinary DNA | Seg. 3: Otto P. Higgins

Segment 1: Weird Weather Words.

Bomb Cyclone. Polar Vortex. Snowmageddon. If you've listened to weather forecasts as of late, there have been some really strange words. Why is that, and what do they mean?

  • Al Pietrycha, science and operations officer, National Weather Service

Segment 2, beginning at 15:23: KC's Culinary DNA

Google asked the question: where has Kansas City's food scene been and where is it headed? In this conversation, we find out how a local food critic answered.

Segment 3, beginning at 33:11: Otto P. Higgins.

While World War I was "over there" for many Kansas Citians, Star reporter Otto P. Higgins brought the chaos, gunfire and long waits in the ditch back home through his reporting on the frontlines. Hear his story.

  • James Heiman, author, Front Lines to Headlines: The World War I Overseas Dispatches of Otto P. Higgins

James J. Heiman will discuss his book Frontlines to Headlines at the Midwest Genealogy Center in Independence at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 26. For more information, visit MyMCPL.org.

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.