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Seg. 1: Rodeo Clown Paintings | Seg. 2: Kansastan | Seg. 3: Day Of The Dead

Segment 1: New paintings by a Kansas City artist examine the 'brash volume' of public discourse.

Rodeo clowns, talkshow hosts, preachers. To Michael Schliefke, they're symbols for what public discourse has become. 

Segment 2: A Kansas-born author creates literary buzz with 'halal fiction.'

Farooq Ahmed has written a dystopian Civil War novel imagining Kansas as a holy state for Muslims. The border war between Kansas and Missouri becomes a scriptural story of religious proportions. 

Segment 3: Central Avenue comes together to celebrate Day of the Dead.

Three weeks after tragedy struck Central Avenue, the annual Day of the Dead celebration brings the community back out for music, dancing, costumes, face-painting, and lots and lots of food. 

  • Edgar Galicia, Central Avenue Betterment Association
Gina Kaufmann is the host of Real Humans By Gina Kaufmann. You can reach her on Twitter, @GinaKCUR.
Anne Kniggendorf writes about arts and culture for KCUR and is the author of Secret Kansas City. Follow her on Twitter, @annekniggendorf.