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Seg. 1: Will Platte County House Race Go Blue, Too? Seg. 2: Written Word Helps Heal Wartime Wounds.

Two Missouri General Assembly candidates sit with headphones on behind microphones for a radio interview.
Luke X. Martin
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Voters in Missouri House District 13 will decide between Mitch Brewer, left, a broadcast journalist formerly with FOX 4 and 41 Action News, and Vic Allred, who owns five Jazz: A Louisiana Kitchen cafes.

Segment 1: Parkville candidates for Missouri House look to replace term-limited state Rep. Nick Marshall.

Lauren Arthur's big Senate win in Clay County has many Missouri Democrats hoping the same could happen in the neighboring state House race for District 13. We sat down with the two major-party candidates to discuss their proposed policies on a gas tax increase, marijuana legalization, violent crime and more.

  • Vic Allred, restaurateur and Republican candidate for Missouri House District 13
  • Mitch Weber, broadcast journalist and Democratic candidate for Missouri House District 13

Segment 2, beginning at 24:32: Using poetry to change veteran perspectives on wartime moral injuries.

Poet Brian Turner says humans live in three different time zones: the past, the present and the future. "But the past weighs so heavily — it’s the massive weight that pushes us into the present," he told KCUR on Wednesday. For some military personnel, past wartime deeds can be especially hard to overcome. Turner shared his insights on using poetry to help assuage the guilt associated with battle.

Brian Turner will take part in the first of five weekly sessions of the Veterans Writing Workshop, 10:15 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 15 at the Kansas City Public Library's Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St., Kansas City, Missouri 64112. For more information and to RSVP, visit KCLibrary.org.

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.
The Kansas City region has long been a place where different ways of life collide. I tell the stories of people living and working where race, culture and ethnicity intersect. I examine racial equity and disparity, highlight the area's ethnic groups and communities of color, and invite all of Kansas City to explore meaningful ways to bond with and embrace cultures different from their own. Email me at luke@kcur.org.