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Seg. 1: How Safe Is Kansas City From Catastrophic Flood? Seg. 2: The Modern Role Of Libraries.

Luke X. Martin
KCUR 89.3
Steve Potter, center, and Sean Casserly, right, joined Up To Date guest host Brian Ellison in a live broadcast from Johnson County's new Monticello library branch.

Segment 1: Twenty-five years after the "Great Flood of 1993," is Kansas City any safer?

Like most cities in the Missouri River basin, the danger of flooding is a fact of life in Kansas City. Floods in 1993 caused 50 deaths and $15 billion in damages, but rains every year furrow the brows of civil engineers. Today, we learned about the infrastructure projects keeping Kansas City safe from collosal floods and normal downpours alike. We also asked where the weak spots are in the system, and what work is left to be done.

Segment 2, beginning at 23:27: How does a millennium-old institution stay relevant?

In a conversation broadcast live from Johnson County Library's newest branch, we ask local leaders in the industry what separates public libraries from online bookmongers like Amazon and digital forums like Facebook or Twitter. Despite the ease with which people can download and order books, video and audio online, library systems on both sides of the state line expect sustained expansion.

Brian Ellison is a guest host of talk shows, newscasts, special coverage and community events for KCUR. Follow him on Twitter @ptsbrian.
Luke X. Martin reports on race, culture and ethnicity for KCUR 89.3.