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Seg. 1: Women in Soccer | Seg. 2: Police Twitter

Segment 1: In honor of the Women's World Cup, we ask what's up with the sport here in Kansas City.

We lost our professional women's soccer team in 2017. Kansas City isn't alone; the national league is having a hard time maintaining enough teams to sustain their seasons, despite the sport's popularity among girls.

  • Gemma Clarke, author, Soccer Women: The Icons, Rebels, Stars and Trailblazers Who Transformed the Beautiful Game
  • Greg Echlin, sports reporter, KCUR
  • Carrie Fry Robinson, founder and director, Finesse Soccer Training Academy

Segment 2: When police departments tweet, does that help them serve and protect?

The Twitter feeds of local police departments are often cheeky, whether referencing lusty deer and the traffic risk they pose during car-deer-crash season, or munchies on 4/20. What's that about?

  • Sarah Boyd, Kansas City Police Department
  • Danny Chavez, Lenexa Police Department
  • Raul Perez, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Laverne
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.
Anne Kniggendorf is a freelance writer at KCUR and is the author of Secret Kansas City. Follow her on Twitter, @annekniggendorf.