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Seg. 1: 30 Americans | Seg. 2: Graffiti Festival | Seg. 3: Lullabies

Segment 1: Telling the American story through art by acclaimed African-American artists. 

There's no hyphen in 30 Americans, an art exhibition featuring masterworks by four decades of African-American artists. That's by design. Hear how Kansas Citians have made this traveling show their own, and why the curator who brought it to the Nelson-Atkins says it's "a long time coming."

Segment 2, begins at 15:12: Graffiti art now has its own festival.

The third annual KC Masterpiece graffiti and public art festival sets the scene for this conversation about the changing culture around graffiti in Kansas City and beyond.

  • Jesse "Chuey" Hernandez, graffiti artist and KC Masterpiece event organizer

Segment 3, begins at 31:18: How fatherhood changed a Kansas City musician, as revealed through an album of lullabies.

Simon Fink is out with a new lullaby album and accompanying songbook chronicling his early years as a father. Turning sleep deprivation into art brought him closer to his kids as well as his grandfather, a lawyer by trade who wrote lullabies for his own family.

Gina Kaufmann is the host of KCUR’s Central Standard, a talkshow fueled by curiosity and critical thinking. You can reach her on Twitter, @GinaKCUR.