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Jackson County Lawmakers On Fixing The Jail, And How Journalism Can Use Virtual Reality

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Tensions over the Jackson County jail continue to mount. Attorneys for former inmates filed a class-action lawsuit last week that would force authorities to address the detention center's dangerous, dirty conditions. Today, we speak with two Jackson County legislators about what they'd do to improve the facility. Then, we kick off a week full of conversation with presenters from this year's TEDxKC. First up, Robert Hernandez teaches us how new technology is helping journalists tell more immersive stories in completely new mediums.

Robert Hernandez will speak about the intersection of technology and journalism at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts at 6 p.m. on Friday, August 14. Seats are sold out, but watch party tickets and live streaming are available at TEDxKC.org.

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.