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Seg. 1: School Bus Solutions | Seg. 2: Midwestern Gothic

Segment 1: How a fractured school system contributes to problems with transportation.

Kansas City, Missouri, public school kids travel to school on dated buses that crisscross the city inefficiently. That cuts into school budgets, as well as time spent in class and on extra-curriculars. Big thinkers are taking on the issue and envisioning new models for getting kids to and from school.

  • Katie Boody, Founder and CEO, Lean Lab
  • Ashley Hand, CityFi, author of this article on inefficiencies in the school bus system
  • Errol Sharpe, bus driver

Segment 2: The author of an acclaimed new horror novel set in Kansas discusses "Midwestern Gothic."

Does Scott Thomas really have it in for Kansas, as an NPR review of his new book suggests? Or does he keep setting his horror stories in the state for another reason? 

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.