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A Closer Look At The Cultural Divides In The Ozarks

Frank Morris/KCUR

In many ways, the Ozarks are trying to catch up to modern American culture while still retaining old values. The "code of the hills" still keeps the region mostly white, and it has long been a haven for supremacists.

In the second segment of Thursday's Up to Date, Steve Kraske sits down with KCUR's own Frank Morris and Institute for Research & Education on Human Rights president Leonard Zeskind to talk about the difficult cultural tensions that boil beneath rural Southern Missouri.


  • Frank Morris, News Director, KCUR.
  • Leonard Zeskind​, President of the Institute for Research & Education on Human Rights. Author of Blood & Politics: The History of the White Nationalist Movement from the Margins to the Mainstream.
When I host Up To Date each morning at 9, 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. Reach me at steve@kcur.org or on Twitter @stevekraske.
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