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Seg. 1: Life For Immigrants In American Detention Centers. Seg. 2: Why Pseudo Science Persists.

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Dozens of immigrant children are being held at The Villages Inc., near Topeka, Kansas. Nine are reported to have been separated from their parents at the border.

Segment 1: The mindset of asylum-seekers in Trump's America.

Sticking to his campaign promise of strictly enforcing the law at our southern border, President Trump's immigration policies resulted in thousands of migrant children being seperated from their parents. Though he ended that policy with an executive order last week, families crossing illegally are still being detained with children. Today, we heard a first-hand account of what it's like living in a family detention center.

Segment 2, beginning at 27:30: Why scientific research is so easily misunderstood.

In spite of overwhelming scientific consensus that there's no link between autism and vaccines, 10 percent of Americans still think the risks posed by vaccinations outweigh the benefits. All too often, portions of the public readily accept false claims about science and health coming from celebrities and politicians. In our second segment, we discussed why scientists don't always take the lead in conversations about science.

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.