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Seg. 1: What Could Have Been In Kansas Medicaid. Seg. 2: "Pure" Culture Of Evangelical Christianity.

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The Kansas government's decision to not expand Medicaid has had adverse effects on residents' access to affordable health care.

Segment 1: Kansas refusal to expand Medicaid has delayed access to medical care and left many poor residents uninsured.

All but 17 states have expanded their Medicaid coverage under a provision in the Affordable Care Act. As one of the abstaining states, Kansas is now feeling the impact of that choice, as shown in a study supported by the REACH Healthcare Foundation. We heard how medical care in the Sunflower State compares to other states that expanded Medicaid.

Segment 2, beginning at 22:34: The purity culture in evangelical Christianity that traps girls in a cycle of shame.

Linda Kay Klein grew up in a culture that stressed purity in its young women, lest they become stumbling blocks to boys and men. Klein related the lessons her church used to impress upon girls the need to remain pure, and discussed how she was finally able to break away from the fear, anxiety and shame those lessons instilled in her.

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.