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Seg. 1: Emmett Till | Seg. 2: Boys Who Dance

Segment 1: The way we remember Emmett Till is still rooted in race and geography.

A KU professor who thought he knew the Emmett Till story was shocked by what he learned when he traveled to the Mississippi Delta for himself. That sent him on a journey to try to sort through the tangled threads of this haunting history. 

Segment 2: Men and boys in ballet speak out.

After Good Morning America's Lara Spencer mocked Prince George, age 6, for his enjoyment of dance, the collective outrage prompted an apology, as well as a larger discussion about the state of gender norms and expectations in 2019. 

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.