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Seg. 1: Housing Study | Seg. 2: Sign Language

Segment 1: National perspective on affordable housing in Kansas City.

As new households form, additional housing stock isn't keeping pace, studies show. Meanwhile, rent is rising faster than inflation. It's a nationwide problem, but people are really feeling it in Kansas City.

  • Chris Herbert, managing director, Harvard Joint Centers For Housing Studies

Segment 2: American Sign Language finally counts as a major at the University of Kansas. 

Seeing the flagship university in the state of Kansas adopt American Sign Language as a field of four-year study signals bigger change for the local deaf community.

  • Chriz Dally, president, Museum of Deaf History, Arts and Culture in Olathe
  • April Dunlap, interpreter for Chriz and Facebook Live viewers
  • Stacey Storme, instructor of interpretation, Johnson County Community College and KU

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.
Cody Newill is part of KCUR's audience development team. Follow him on Twitter @CodyNewill or email him at cody@kcur.org.