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Seg. 1: Back-To-School Bras | Seg. 2: Toni Morrison Remembrance

Segment 1: Why the cost of bras that fit is an issue for teens.

Talking to grownups about wearing a bra is hard for pre-teens and teens in any income bracket, but getting bras that fit is that much harder when the social barrier is compounded by a financial one. How a lack of access to bras affects girls in school, and what one local activist is doing about it.

Segment 2: The legacy of Toni Morrison, as felt by Kansas City poets and scholars.

Toni Morrison died in early August. Heartfelt remembrances of the Nobel-prize-winning author continue in Kansas City and beyond weeks later. What is it about her example and her writing that so profoundly influenced local thinkers? Includes readings by all three guests.

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.