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Advice For May Gardening In Kansas City, And The Social Science Of Hacking

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After figuring out a teacher's password with a program he created in high school, Kevin Mitnick knew hacking was his calling. But there's more to hacking than simply understanding computers, says Mitnick. It's about understanding people.

Are all those April showers making your May flowers feel a little soggy? Today, we get tips for late-spring gardening from the Kansas City Community Gardens. Also, we speak with Kevin Mitnick about how hackers can use digital know-how and social engineering to work their way into your computer. Mitnick gave up hacking after a five-year stint in prison for computer-related crimes. Now he helps companies and governments secure their own digital networks.

The Linda Hall Library hosts "The Art of Invisibility: Kevin Mitnick in Conversation with Jeff Lanza" at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 4. The event is sold out but a stream of the event is available. Go to LindaHall.org for more information.

Kansas City Community Gardens hosts an information session and fundraiser on Saturday, June 10, at Bier Station in Kansas City, Missouri. Check KCCG.org soon for more information.

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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.