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Seg. 1: Election Mandate | Seg. 2: Lonely Together | Seg. 3: Valor Deferred

Segment 1: A New York Times reporter sees votes for Quinton Lucas as votes for neighborhoods.

The weekend before Kansas City's mayoral election, a story appeared in the New York Times suggesting that this election came down to a choice: continued emphasis on downtown, or a shift toward prioritizing neighborhoods struggling in downtown's shadow. The author joins us to reflect on the outcome.

  • John Eligon, reporter, The New York Times

Segment 2: Loneliness is bad for our health, but whose job is it to tackle the problem?

KCUR's Alex Smith just conducted a cross-cultural examination of loneliness as a public health crisis, both here and abroad. Can we learn anything from Britain, where there's a formal campaign to reduce loneliness nationwide? BONUS: A librarian's list of resources for overcoming loneliness.

  • Alex Smith, health reporter, KCUR
  • Kaite Stover, Kansas City Public Library
  • Daniel Serda, urban planner, Greater KC LISC

Segment 3: Medals of Valor are being awarded to veterans of color 100 years later.

Veterans of World War I from minority groups (including African-Americans, Jewish-Americans, Asian-Americans and Latinos) were overlooked for medals of valor in their own lifetimes; Park University historians are righting that wrong.

  • Timothy Westcott, director, George S. Robb Centre for the Study of the Great War
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.