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Seg. 1: Leavenworth Prison Breaches Attorney-Client Privilege. Seg. 2: Kansas City's LGBT Landmark.

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Luke X. Martin
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Jon Barnett, left, was deeply involved in the push to add sexual orientation to Kansas City Civil Rights Ordinance. Filmmaker Austin Williams is working on a documentary about the initiative.

Segment 1: From 2001 to 2013, more than 1,300 phone calls to attorneys from prisoners at a Leavenworth detention facility were improperly recorded.

Considered a bedrock of the American justice system, KCUR reporting has uncovered what appears to be repeated attorney-client privilege violations at a privately-run detention facility in Leavenworth, Kansas. Today, we discussed the ongoing investigation into the improperly recorded phone calls, some of which were shared with federal prosecutors, and considered the implications of the alleged breaches.

Segment 2, starting at 25:41: New documentary showcases the controversy and tension surrounding Kansas City's landmark 1993 ordinance barring discrimination based on sexual orientation.

It's been 25 years since sexual orientation was added to Kansas City's Civil Rights Ordinance. It was one of the city's most controversial moves, and created rifts in the community that are still felt. To understand better the push to outlaw discrimination against lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and people with HIV/AIDS, we met a local activist who was the first openly gay candidate for city council, and learned about a upcoming documentary chronicling the initiative.

  • Jon Barnett, LGBTQ activist
  • Austin Williams, filmmaker and University of Missouri-Kansas City adjunct professor of history

Jon Barnett and Austin Williams will discuss the addition of sexual orientation to Kansas City's Civil Rights Ordinance at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 6, at the Kansas City Public Library's Plaza Branch, 4801 Main Street, Kansas City, MO 64112. Footage from William's upcoming documentary, 'The Ordinance Project,' will also be featured. For more information, visit KCLibrary.org.

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.
The Kansas City region has long been a place where different ways of life collide. I tell the stories of people living and working where race, culture and ethnicity intersect. I examine racial equity and disparity, highlight the area's ethnic groups and communities of color, and invite all of Kansas City to explore meaningful ways to bond with and embrace cultures different from their own. Email me at luke@kcur.org.