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Seg. 1: Play Links Civil Rights Movement Then & Now. Seg. 2: City Councilors On KCI, Police Budget.

Luke X. Martin
KCUR 89.3
Besides being KCUR's race and culture reporter, Michelle Tyrene Johnson is the writer of a new play, 'The Green Duck Lounge.'

Segment 1: Kansas City playwright uses murders of Leon Jordan and James Townsend as inspiration to connect 1960s civil rights movements to today's.

In the long history of Kansas City's Green Duck Lounge, two of its owners, both considered icons in the community, were each was shot dead, one in 1970 and the other in 2015. The murders are the basis for a new work, which couples the civil rights activities of the 60s to those of today.

​Michelle Tyrene Johnson's 'The Green Duck Lounge' runs at the Rhynsburger Theatre on the University of Missouri campus in Columbia from February 21 to 25. For times and tickets, visit Theatre.Missouri.edu.

Segment 2, beginning at 17:03: City Council members on the state of Kansas City.

A panel discussion with City Council members about the latest developments surrounding KCI, what infrastructure in Kansas City most urgently needs attention, and whether the police department needs a bigger proportion of the city budget than the 76 percent allotment it already receives.

When I host Up To Date each morning at 9, 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. Reach me at steve@kcur.org or on Twitter @stevekraske.
As senior producer of Up To Date, I want our listeners to hear familiar and new voices that shine light on the issues and challenges facing the myriad communities KCUR serves, and to expose our audiences to the wonderful and the creative in the Kansas City area. Just as important to me is an obligation to mentor the next generation of producers to ensure that the important conversations continue. Reach me at alexanderdk@kcur.org.