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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.

Gina Kaufmann is the host of Real Humans By Gina Kaufmann. You can reach her on Twitter, @GinaKCUR.
Melody Rowell is the lead producer for KCUR’s Central Standard. You can find her on Twitter at @MelodyRowell, or by email at