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Seg. 1: Maternal Mortality | Seg. 2: Solicited Advice

Segment 1: What's behind the statistics for maternal mortality in Missouri?

Missouri ranks 42nd in the United States for maternal outcomes, with a number of pregnancy or childbirth related deaths per capita among the worst in the nation, according to a recent article in the Kansas City Star. Our guests say that's an indicator of poor health in the state overall.

  • Tracy Russell, executive director, Mother & Child Health Coalition
  • Beth Simpson, pediatrician, Children's Mercy Hospital
  • Keri Ingle, Missouri State representative

Segment 2: Former mayors offer advice to mayor-elect Quinton Lucas.

KCUR asked four former mayors and the current one what advice they'd give to the new mayor, and their answers reveal the pressures of the position and strategies for overcoming them.

  • Congressman Emanuel Cleaver
  • Mark Funkhouser
  • Kay Barnes
  • Charles Wheeler
  • Sly James
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.
Sylvia Maria Gross is storytelling editor at KCUR 89.3. Reach her on Twitter @pubradiosly.