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A Lifetime Of Kansas City Activism, And The Leader Of 'America's Orchestra'

Luke X. Martin
KCUR 89.3

As a former county lawmaker, teacher, community planner, advocate and volunteer, Mamie Hughes has had a lasting impact on Kansas City. Today, we look at life of one of the metro's most dedicated activists.

Then, we meet the enthusiastic conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra, and ask what it's been like leading "America's Orchestra" for more than 20 years.

As part of the Harriman-Jewell Series, Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra will celebrate the music of George Gershwin at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 24. For ticketing information, visit

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