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Stories Of Science Gone Wrong, Black Engineers In KCMO, And Opposition To $800 Million Bond Plan

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Luke X. Martin
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KCUR 89.3
It was a high school drafting class that turned DeJ'on Slaughter onto the possibility of becoming an engineer. He is now the community and citizenship director for Turner Construction Company.

For all the times that scientific research has improved our lives, there are other times when science got it horribly wrong. Today, Dr. Paul Offit describes the lessons we have learned, and should be learning, to separate good science from bad. Then, as the National Society of Black Engineers holds its annual convention in Bartle Hall, two Kansas City engineers share their thoughts on the opportunities and challenges facing African-Americans in the field. Finally, the Show-Me Institute's Patrick Tuohey outlines objections to the $800 million general obligation bond proposals on April 4 ballots in Kansas City, Missouri.

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