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Seg. 1: Manifest Destiny And Modern Race Relations. Seg. 2: Turmoil In Jackson County Legislature.

Sam Zeff
KCUR 89.3

Segment 1: How a redrawn border influences modern Mexican-American identity

When the U.S.-Mexico border moved at the end of the Mexican-American War, more than 100,000 Mexicans suddenly found themselves living on U.S. territory. Today, we considered how this history, more than 100 years in the making, impacts modern race relations.

Segment 2, beginning at 28:43: Power struggles among Jackson County leadership

While it might seem like the county government doesn't normally do a whole lot, the Jackson County Legislature has a full plate right now. As representatives grapple with how to reform the county jail, officials are squabbling over control. We asked two local journalists to explain why the legislature is so dysfunctional, and whether the infighting is wasting tax dollars.

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.