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Seg. 1: Changing How We Use Social Media. Seg. 2: New Kansas City Fire Chief Is Department Veteran.

Luke X. Martin
KCUR 89.3
Newly-appointed Kansas City Fire Department Chief Gary Reese compares heading the department to running a business. "If you're not efficient and proficient at extinguishing fires and taking people to the hospital, you're going to have problems," he says.

Segment 1: How has our relationship with social media has changed over time?

In light of a report that data was harvested from 50 million unknowing Facebook users, many are rethinking their relationships with social media. Today, we explored the changing public perception of online social networks.

  • Ethan Kross, professor of psychology, University of Michigan

Segment 2 beginning at 21:37: New Kansas City, Missouri, fire chief shares his vision for the department.

Last week, the Kansas City Fire Department named a new chief, 23-year department veteran Gary Reese. In the second half of our episode, we got his perspective on the fire budget, unifying his department and the future of firefighting in Kansas City and beyond.

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.