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Seg. 1: Yoonmi Nam | Seg. 2: Evolving Urban Wildlife

Segment 1: An artist makes us look more closely at the disposable still life piling up on the kitchen table.

When Yoonmi Nam looks at the takeout containers, junk mail and plastic bags that accumulate around her, she sees a still life. Translating these objects into ceramics and putting them on a pedestal, she gives weight and permanence to the things that briefly populate our lives before getting tossed aside.

  • Yoonmi Nam, aritst, For Now at Haw Contemporary (through October 30)

Segment 2: Some species are evolving, on the genetic level, to survive human cities. What can they teach us?

What do New Jersey fish, Denver coyotes, New York City rats and Puerto Rican lizards have in common? They are evolving to survive in a built environment. How a new generation of biologists is pioneering the field of urban wildlife.

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.
Noah Taborda started his journalism career in public radio at KBIA in Columbia, Missouri, covering local government while earning his bachelor’s degree in radio broadcasting at the University of Missouri School of Journalism.