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Seg. 1: Black Women Entrepreneurs | Seg. 2: Healing Masculine

Segment 1: A new exhibit at the Fed highlights a surge of businesses owned by black women.

Between 2002 and 2012, the number of businesses owned by black women in America increased 179%, while overall business ownership only increased by 20%. A report by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City dug into the data to understand the phenomenon. What inspired these business owners? What pushed them?

Segment 2, beginning at 36:12: A local podcast host is trying to redefine masculinity.

Do you have to be macho or manly to be considered masculine? What does it even mean to be masculine? That's what Shym, the host of a new Kansas City podcast, is trying to figure out though in-depth conversations.

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