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Seg. 1: Defining Socialism | Seg. 2: Tourism In KC

Segment 1: UMKC political science professors give us a lesson in what socialism is, and what it isn't.

With a democratic frontrunner who doesn't shy away from being labeled a socialist, the need to understand the term (and its baggage in US politics) is more crucial than ever. We start with the basics and take it from there.

  • Max Skidmore, professor of Political Science, UMKC
  • Deborah Leiter, associate professor of Political Science, UMKC

Segment 2: How an increase in tourism could affect Kansas City.

Between the marketing boost Kansas City received from Queer Eye and the big Super Bowl win that put our contagious hometown pride on national display, the metro has attracted some serious attention. Will that translate to travelers? And if so, what does that mean for locals?

  • Jason Fulvi, President and CEO, Visit KC
  • Zachary Manheimmer, principal, Alchemy Community Transformations

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.
Noah Taborda is a Sports Broadcasting Journalism major who hopped on the short flight from Chicago to hone his trade at the University of Missouri. He hopes to cover a meaningful moment or two in his future career.