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Seg. 1: Clay County Audit Updates (R). Seg. 2: Audio Tour Charts Kansas City's Divided Past.

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Luke X. Martin
KCUR 89.3
Youth services manager Angel Tucker says the idea for an app was borne out of yearly bus tours the Johnson County Public Library puts on for area students.

Segment 1: State auditor says her look into Clay County government is forthcoming.

Many in the metro think of Clay County politics as dull, but disputes on the board of commissioners and accusations of misused public money are anything but tedious for concerned citizens there. Today, we reviewed a segment from July about what drove one group to ask state officials to take a closer look. Then, we got an update on the audit in question.

Segment 2, beginning at 27:00: An app-powered, self-led tour is spreading knowledge about Kansas City's segregated history.

From Prairie Village to the Country Club Plaza, Kansas City's landscape is littered with sites relevant to a long history of segregation and discrimination. A new smartphone app-based audio tour is making that history more accessible — and audible. We met the developer of the audio tour and learned about a yearly bus tour, hosted for area students by the Johnson County Public Library, that inspired it.

To learn more about the Dividing Lines tour through Kansas City, visit VoiceMap.me or download the VoiceMap app in the AppStore or Google Play.

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 culture editor, I oversee KCUR’s coverage of race, culture, the arts, food and sports. I work with reporters to make sure our stories reflect the fullest view of the place we call home, so listeners and readers feel primed to explore the places, projects and people who make up a vibrant Kansas City. Email me at luke@kcur.org.