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Seg. 1: Audience Takes Sides During Kansas City Gun Program. Seg. 2: Teaching 9/11 As History.

Jeanette Jones wearing headphones and seated at a microphone in the KCUR studio.
Luke X. Martin
KCUR 89.3
To teach her students about the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, history teacher Jeanette Jones addresses Islamaphobia. "It's important for us to separate these acts from the religion," she said.

Segment 1: American Public Square panelists agree on securing firearms in the home and little else during conversation on ways to prevent children dying from gun violence. 

According to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, every day in this country seven children die from gun violence: four are murdered, three die from suicide and one is killed unintentionally. In a search for common ground when it comes to protecting our kids from gun violence, KCUR and American Public Square teamed up for "Up in Arms: Kids and Guns." Today, we listened to excerpts from the panel discussion that had audience reactions breaking the Square's civility rules.

Segment 2, beginning at 28:58: How educators talk about 9/11 to students not alive or too young to remember terrorist attacks.

It's been seventeen years since planes flew into the towers at the World Trade Center, long enough now that students in K-12 schools have no memory of that day. So what are they taught about 9/11? Today, one history teacher told us about pushing students to examine the event that left them growing up in the shadow of terrorism.

When I host Up To Date each morning at 9, 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. Reach me at steve@kcur.org or on Twitter @stevekraske.
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.