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Seg 1: Proposed Law Aims To Deter Scrap Metal Thieves. Seg. 2: How White Kids Learn About Race.

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The lucrative scrap metal trade could be encouraging theft in Kansas City, Missouri.

Segment 1: Proposed ordinance looks to reduce theft associated with scrap metal recycling.

In 2015, the scrap metal industry was worth close to $40 billion. With the current tariffs against steel and aluminum, those figures could go even higher. The lure of good money for copper, iron, platinum and other metals has its critics who say it encourages theft, and, recently, the Kansas City, Missouri, City Council has been examining the possibility of an ordinance that would impose harsher restrictions around the sale of scrap metal. Today, we talked with the KCUR reporter who has been following the story.

Segment 2, beginning at 18:22: What white kids of privilege learn about race and racism could change, or perpetuate, the narrative of racial inequality in this country.

A two-year ethnographic study of upper middle-class white families looked at how the children learn about race. Findings showed that even when race is never discussed in the family, parents communicate a number of ideas about it to their offspring and what they say matters much less than what they do. Today, the sociologist behind this research described her observations from her time with the families.

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.