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Seg. 1: Blue Springs Mayor | Seg. 2: KC Fed President | Seg. 3: Kansas City Mayor Lucas

Luke X. Martin
KCUR 89.3
In mid-February, Kansas City's Federal Reserve Bank president, Esther George, told Up To Date the economy would remain in good shape as long as people kept spending and had jobs. Six weeks later, neither of those things are true.

Segment 1: "No one is immune" to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, said Mayor Carson Ross.

The spread of the new coronavirus has already delayed local elections in Blue Springs, Missouri, but the full extent of the damage is yet to be known. It will undoubtedly include hits to public health, residents' wallets, tax revenue and more, says the suburb's mayor.

Segment 2, beginning at 15:00: Decisive action now is required to protect the economy.

In times of crisis, Kansas City's Federal Reserve Bank president said the role of her institution is to aggressively protect the health of the economy, which means taking precautions at levels local through global. Unwinding those measures can be worked out post-pandemic.

Segment 3, beginning at 28:25: Mayor Quinton Lucas takes listener questions.

Kansas City's mayor isn't just learning lessons for fighting the COVID-19 outbreak from New York City, he's also looking to New Orleans, Detroit and others — sometimes for tips on what not to do. Today, he fielded wide-ranging questions from KCUR listeners.

KCUR wants to hear stories of what’s helping you get through these tough times.

We want to hear what’s helping you get through these tough times. Whether it’s a random act of kindness or a personal ritual, let us know. Leave a voicemail at 816-398-8207 ‬with your brief story, name, and where you live. You can also email a voice memo to KCUR producer Mackenzie Martin at mackenzie@kcur.org.

When I host Up To Date each morning at 9 a.m., my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. My email is steve@kcur.org.
The Kansas City region has long been a place where different ways of life collide. I tell the stories of people living and working where race, culture and ethnicity intersect. I examine racial equity and disparity, highlight the area's ethnic groups and communities of color, and invite all of Kansas City to explore meaningful ways to bond with and embrace cultures different from their own. Email me at luke@kcur.org.