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Seg. 1: Where Is Kansas City Streetcar Headed? Seg. 2: Laura Ingalls Wilder's Missouri Life (R)

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Laura Ziegler
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KCUR 89.3
After a streetcar extension community breifing this month, streetcar authority executive director Tom Gerend said, "the feeling was 'let's just build it already.'"

Segment 1: Streetcar authority chief says, "we're trying everything we can" to fund a lengthening of streetcar corridor.

Kansas City, Missouri, officials continue to move forward with plans for expansion of the city's streetcar system. In the weeks to come voters will weigh in on a one percent sales tax to pay for the extension. As the city prepares to send ballots out to voters in the transportation development district on May 1, we asked what the chances are for landing millions of dollars in federal funding, and what the alternatives would be if that money doesn't come through. 

Segment 2, beginning at 23:38: Author wins Pulitzer Prize for biography of beloved children's author.

In February, Caroline Fraser joined us to discuss her biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder, which offers an in-depth recounting of the American writer's life beyond the "Little House" books she wrote. In honor of this week's news that Fraser won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in Biography, we presented an encore of that interview.

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.