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Seg. 1: Incarcerated During Pandemic | Seg. 2: COVID-19 Disrupts Workouts | Seg. 3: College At Home

Matthew Ansley
To help slow the spread of COVID-19 in corrections facilities, hundreds of inmates in Kansas and Missouri have already been released.

Segment 1: Public defenders are calling prisons during pandemic ticking time bombs

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 scare, individual correctional facilities in Kansas and Missouri have decided to release certain prisoners, but public defenders and advocates say a statewide approach is needed to avoid a crisis behind bars.

Segment 2, beginning at 12:45: Working out while staying in

Body weight training is not the same as using a barbell and walking inside might not match the results of power walking around your neighborhood, but the necessity of staying inside is forcing exercisers to get creative.

Segment 3, beginning at 31:05: College students are adjusting to an inability to learn on-campus.

From Kansas City to central China, the springtime back-to-school rigamarole has been thrown into disarray. So how are college students in the metro dealing? We talked to a few who are making the unexpected transition to learning off campus.

KCUR wants to hear stories of 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

Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
Luke X. Martin is a reporter focusing on race, culture and ethnicity for KCUR 89.3. Contact him at or on Twitter, @lukexmartin.