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Central Standard

Seg. 1: Hair Discrimination | Seg. 2: Abandoned Kansas City

Segment 1: Kansas lawmakers are debating a bill to end hair discrimination.

The idea behind the CROWN Act is to ban employers and schools from expecting people of color to adopt "white hair norms" in the workplace and the classroom. 

  • Michele Watley, founder, Shirley's Kitchen Cabinet
  • Jenee Osterheldt, culture writer for the Boston Globe and former columnist for the Kansas City Star
  • Emily Brown

Segment 2, beginning at 39:03: An urban explorer tells us what she loves about abandoned places in Kansas City.

Snooping around abandoned buildings in the dark is a regular occurrence for one Kansas Citian, and she's got stories to share.

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.