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Seg 1: Missouri Prison Conditions Raise Concerns. Seg. 2: Seattle Band Fights For Name Recognition.

Missouri state Rep. Brandon Ellington, wearing a black hoodie and glasses, sits behind a microphone.
Luke X. Martin
KCUR 89.3
Missouri state Rep. Brandon Ellington, of Kansas City, has continually been denied tours of Crossroads Correctional facility in Cameron.

Segment 1: A Kansas City state representative spotlights poor conditions at a Northwest Missouri correctional facility.

Crossroads Correctional facility in Cameron, Missouri, is still recovering from a violent riot on May 12. In the wake of that uprising, which involved more than 200 inmates, the facility was placed on lockdown. The inmates were denied hot meals and family visits for 4 months. Today, we discussed the conditions inmates are still dealing with. 

Segment 2, beginning at 27:10: Meet the band sparking a federal debate about free speech and illicit language.

Thunderpussy is an all-female rock band started in Seattle in 2015. They released their debut album in May 2018, which features a collection of 1970s-inspired anthems. They spoke with us about their raucus sound, their spectacular live shows and — record scratch! — the pending Supreme Court case to patent their name. 

  • Molly Sides, vocalist
  • Whitney Petty, guitarist

Thunderpussy performs at 8 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 16 at the Riot Room, 4048 Broadway St., Kansas City, Missouri 64111. For ticketing information, go to or

Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.