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Seg. 1: Technology In Prison | Seg. 2: Unidentified

Segment 1: A KU research team got a grant to bring technology training to women's prisons.

The population of women in U.S. prisons has risen 834 percent over the past 40 years. More than half of the women now in prison are mothers of children under 18. After interruptions in their educations and resumes, technology training could help them begin planning for re-entry.

  • Hyunjin Seo, associate professor, digital/emerging media, University of Kansas

Segment 2: Reports of UFO sightings are being formally investigated in new ways.
A town hall meeting was in Kansas City  over the Summer to discuss sightings in the area (one of which was Tweeted out by the National Weather Service). It turns out that responses to such reports are changing, both here at home and on the national security front.

  • Margie Kay, Mutual UFO Network (MUFON)
  • Bryan Bender, Defense Editor, Politico
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 staff writer/editor at the Kansas City Public Library and freelance contributor to KCUR. She is the author of "Secret Kansas City."