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Healing A Culture Of Violence, Ferguson's Fortune 500 Company, And BBC's 'The Response'

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Increasing violence in Kansas City has gotten a lot of attention, leading one church to sponsor a forum where community members can workshop ideas to solve the problem. We'll preview that discussion. Then, we find out how the presence of a Fortune 500 company in Ferguson, Missouri, illustrates a history of fiscal imbalance and racial capitalism. Finally, BBC World Service radio program The Response is broadcasting the health stories of Americans, and is looking for your submission.

All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, at 4501 Walnut  Street, will host #KCTalks: Healing a Culture of Violence at 6:30 pm. on Thursday, February 2. For more information, visit AllSoulsKC.org.

Walter Johnson will give the Richard D. McKinzie lecture at the Kansas City Public Library Plaza Branch at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 1. For more information, visit KCLibrary.org.

Submit your own health experience to 'The Response' by using the voice recorder on your smartphone to tell your story in two minutes. Email your story to theresponse@bbc.co.uk. For more information, visit BBC.co.uk.

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.