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America's Need For The Written Word, And State Auditor Calls Out UM System Compensation

Missouri Auditor's Office

Today, bestselling author and political activist Francine Prose shares her thoughts on the importance of the written word. She says the First Amendment is under threat, and explains why what we write counts now more than ever. Then, we speak with Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway, who says certain executive payments the University of Missouri System awards break the law. Finally, Bill Brownlee updates us on KCUR's Band of the Week, The Elders.

Francine Prose will speak about the critical need for the written word, and her latest novel, 'Mister Monkey,' at the Kansas City Public Library's Plaza Branch at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 8, as part of the María Rosa Menocal Lecture Series. For more information, visit

Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.