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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 or download the VoiceMap app in the AppStore or Google Play.

Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
Luke X. Martin is a reporter focusing on race, culture and ethnicity for KCUR 89.3. Contact him at or on Twitter, @lukexmartin.