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Seg. 1: Discrimination And 'The American Dream.' Seg. 2: Is Deval Patrick Democrats' Next Big Hope?

Luke X. Martin
KCUR 89.3
For former Massachussetts Gov. Deval Patrick, "the art of politics is accretive, it's about making friends."

Segment 1: Former Kansas City mayoral candidate recalls facing racial and sex discrimination.

From her youth in rural Mississippi to growing up through the civil rights movement, to her eventual career in executive leadership, Janice Ellis spoke of her experiences navigating the political, corporate, and non-profit sectors as a black person, and as a woman.

Segment 2 beginning at 13:24: Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick won't rule out a presidential run in 2020.

Three years after finishing his term as the first African-American governor of Massachusetts, Deval Patrick shows no signs of slowing down. Today, he talked about issues facing our country, his views on the current administration and his own possible White House ambitions.

American Public Square presents 'An Evening with Deval Patrick: Reinvesting in America' at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 1, at Community of Christ Auditorium, 1001 W. Walnut, Independence, Missouri 64050. For more information visit AmericanPublicSquare.org.

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.