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Seg. 1: Rep. Cleaver | Seg. 2: COVID-19 & Missouri Prisons | Seg. 3: Social Relationships Suffer

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Missouri Department of Corrections Director Anne Precythe said her system has experienced only one inmate death due to COVID-19. It's the only known case among the department's incarcerated population.

Segment 1: With Sanders out of the race, the Democratic Party's 2020 presidential nomination is all but secured.

Loyalty, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver said, is very important and it goes a long way in explaining why Missouri's 5th District congressman was an early endorser of former Vice President Joe Biden's 2020 presidential bid. Now that Biden's main challenger has dropped out, does he have a chance of winning majorities in Missouri?

  • U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Missouri

Segment 2, beginning at 15:45: How Missouri is caring for its incarcerated population during pandemic

Missouri's Department of Corrections lost its first inmate to COVID-19 this week. Officials said the deceased is the only known case in the prison system, but many adjustments are being made to ensure state facilities aren't a source of community spread of the novel coronavirus.

  • Anne Precythe, director of the Missouri Department of Corrections

Segment 3, beginning at 25:55: Loneliness, social interaction and staying in place

Hiding from the novel coronavirus has forced massive change on our ability to interact with others on a daily basis, but it could be an opportunity to learn new methods of communication. We explored the value of replacing face-to-face interactions with digital ones and the dangers inherent in doing so.

  • Jeff Hall, associate professor of communications and director of the Relationships and Technology Lab at the University of Kansas

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 mackenzie@kcur.org.

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 luke@kcur.org or on Twitter, @lukexmartin.