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Seg. 1: Elderhood | Seg. 2: 816 Day

Segment 1: A new book on aging proposes a third stage in life.

First comes childhood, then adulthood and finally, elderhood, which begins roughly in your 70s and can last for decades. It comes with a unique set of challenges, joys and needs, and our cultural reluctance to acknowledge that comes at a cost.

Segment 2: How 816 Day got started, and the album coming out on 816 Day this year.

The date corresponding to the Kansas City, Missouri, area code has become an official citywide holiday. Hear the story of how it happened and plans for 2019, including an attempt to assemble the largest-ever outdoor gathering of two-steppers. Plus, the story of the album set to drop at 8:16 am on 816 Day, followed by an album release party at 8:16 pm.

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.