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Seg. 1: Kansas City Muslims Take Civic Initiative. Seg. 2: The Cinephiles On Films For Kids.

Daniah Hammoude wearing a red hijab sits in front of a microphone in the KCUR studio.
Luke X. Martin
KCUR 89.3
Daniah Hammouda of Kansas City's Muslim Civic Initiative. "We need to have a social and political presence," she says of the Muslim community in the Kansas City area.

Segment 1: Young adults head up organization leading the Muslim community in civic learning and action.

Not usually known for being politically involved in the U.S., more Muslims are running for office this cycle than since the 9/11 attacks. Two organizers with the KC Muslim Civic Initiative spoke of what it is doing to empower the area's 30,000 Muslim Americans to become more civically engaged.

  • Daniah Hammouda, KC Muslim Civic Initiative co-founder
  • Osama Ehtesham, KC Muslim Civic Initiative organizer

 Segment 2. beginning at 23:11: The elements for making a great flick for young audiences.

Should screenwriting for kids be different than for adults? Our Cinephiles answered that question, and asked how far one can go in writing a terrifying villain for a children's story. They shared four examples of great movies for children: "The Jungle Book," "Moana," "E.T." and "Space Camp."

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.