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Seg. 1: When Public Art Is Problematic. Seg. 2: Cleaning Up The Corner Gas Station.

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The removal last year of Confederate statues, like this one in New Orleans, sparked debates throughout the country, but was only the latest episode in an ongoing public reckoning with controversial history.

Segment 1: Monuments, memorials and public art displays require accountability, years after installation.

The furor over Confederate statues and monuments in 2017 was just the latest in the history of our reckoning with public art. From the pulling down of a statue of King George III in 1776 to recent examples in Kansas City, Missouri, and Overland Park, Kansas, we learned why some of these pieces become "out of sync" with present day values and ideals.

  • Erika Doss, professor of American Studies, University of Notre Dame

Segment 2 beginning at 23:42: To keep gas station sites clean, Kansas City neighborhoods engage their owners.

Gas stations and their accompanying convenience stores are a common sight in Kansas City's eastern neighborhoods, but residents want them to be better-maintained. Today, we heard how communities are trying to get proprietors more invested in the areas their businesses serve.

  • Aaron Randle, features and pop culture reporter, Kansas City Star
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.
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.