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90-Mile View: Eric Peterson

Danie Alexander

How many of us followed a childhood dream into the job of our dreams?  Eric Peterson did.

By the age of 8 Eric had his first train set and taken his first ride on the railroad.  Even then he knew what he wanted, to be a train engineer, and not for just any rail line, but for Amtrak.  In this 90-Mile View installment, Steve Kraske talks with Eric about making it to Choo Choo U and what the recent news on Amtrak ridership means to him and the future of the passenger train service he loves.

As senior producer of Up To Date, I want our listeners to hear familiar and new voices that shine light on the issues and challenges facing the myriad communities KCUR serves, and to expose our audiences to the wonderful and the creative in the Kansas City area. Just as important to me is an obligation to mentor the next generation of producers to ensure that the important conversations continue. Reach me at alexanderdk@kcur.org.