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Seg. 1: Missouri Inmates Struggle For Health Care. Seg. 2: KC Teens Create Real-Life Advice Videos.

Josie Hoskins seated in the KCUR studio wearing headphones and with a microphone in front of him.
Luke X. Martin
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KCUR 89.3
Josie Hoskins says it was through Youth Ambassadors that he learned he had "the right to be happy, the right to seek artistic fulfillment and the right to be black in America."

Segment 1: Few infected convicts in Missouri prisons are receiving newer hepatitis C drugs that are more effective, and more expensive.

According to an Emory University study, about 30 percent of individuals with hepatitis C infection in this country will pass through the U.S. correctional system in a given year. Few of them will receive the needed and effective treatment for the disease. Today, we learned why inmates are likely not receiving the antivirals that could save their lives.

Segment 2, beginning at 20:46: Provocative digital campaign draws attention to childhood trauma in Kansas City.

To become more active participants in their communities, underserved teens in the Youth Ambassadors education and employment programs are giving voice to their lived experiences. In the second half of the program, one participant explained how a new series of provocative short videos was inspired by his and other ambassadors' stories.

  • Josie Hoskins, Paseo Academy of Fine Arts graduate
  • Paige O'Connor, Youth Ambassadors executive director
Elle Moxley covered education for KCUR.
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.