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Seg. 1: Jordan Reeves | Seg. 2: Harry And The Potters

Segment 1: A thirteen year old with limb difference writes a book with her mom.

Jordan Reeves was born without the bottom half of one arm, and she's spent the thirteen years since then proving that she can do anything, "except monkey bars." She invented a prosthetic limb that shoots glitter and looks like a unicorn's horn and she's founded a nonprofit. Now she and her mom are out with a new book.

Segment 2: A Harry Potter-themed band takes on white supremacy.

In their new album Lumos, a band fronted by two Harry Potters (played by brothers Paul and Joe DeGeorge) has a political message for kids. The songs treat characters from the Harry Potter stories as models for budding young activists.

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.
Aviva Okeson-Haberman was the Missouri government and politics reporter at KCUR 89.3.