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Seg. 1: Reactions To Kavanaugh. Seg. 2: Kansas Women Were Among Group Of First Female Aviators.

Keith O'Brien, white male in shirt and tie wearing headphones and seated in front of a microphone in the KCUR studio.
Luke X. Martin
KCUR 89.3
Author of 'Fly Girls,' Keith O'Brien notes of female aviators of the 1920s, "If you could prove your equality, if you could prove your ability in the sky, you had done it on the grandest of stages."

Segment 1: Second accusation of sexual misconduct against Supreme Court nominee increases some people's doubts about confirmation.

As Christine Blasey Ford prepares to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee about her claim of sexual assault by U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, another woman has come forward accusing President Trump's candidate of the same thing. While those on Capitol Hill wrestle with how to proceed, we looked at the ethical questions involved and asked listeners if they thought the allegations should halt the confirmation process.

Segment 2, beginning at 27:42: The women who challenged male aviators in the golden age of flying.

The time between the World Wars saw an increased interest in flight, partly due to the popularity, and danger, of airplane racing. While this was considered a solely male domain, a small group of women challenged that thinking. Today, we learned about five of these female pilots and how they helped to pave the way for women in aviation.

Keith O'Brien will discuss 'Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History,' 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 25 at the Linda Hall Library, 5109 Cherry St., Kansas City, Missouri 64110. The event is free but registration is required.

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.