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Central Standard

Seg. 1: Greeting Card Diversity (R) | Seg. 2: Boys Who Dance (R)

Segment 1: How to make greeting cards more diverse.

Cards are about relationships. So if none of the greeting cards on the shelf represent the person you're reaching out to, or the occasion you're celebrating, it won't feel quite right. Though recent decisions by Hallmark caused controversy, a few months ago they were making moves to make more communities feel "seen" in the greeting card aisle.

  • Monic Houpe, product director, Hallmark
  • Christy Moreno, editorial director, Hallmark 

Segment 2, beginning at 20:51: Men and boys in ballet speak out.

After Good Morning America's Lara Spencer mocked Prince George, age 6, for his enjoyment of dance over the summer, 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.
Melody Rowell is the lead producer for KCUR’s Central Standard. You can find her on Twitter at @MelodyRowell, or by email at melody@kcur.org.
Aviva Okeson-Haberman was the Missouri government and politics reporter at KCUR 89.3.