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Seg. 1: Voting In Judicial Retention Elections. Seg. 2: Kansas City's Only Pay-What-You-Can Café.

Luke X. Martin
KCUR 89.3
Thelma's Kitchen, an initiative of Reconciliation Services at 31st and Troost, has been operating on a pay-what-you-can basis since the summer.

Segment 1: Why voting to retain (or not retain) judges matters.

The confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, and the shift to a more conservative court, has shown that persons picked to serve on the bench matter. This holds true at the state level too. But unlike the federal courts, judges who serve in the Kansas or Missouri state courts are required to stand for retention. That means you decide if they keep their jobs. Today, we got advice on informing yourself and voting responsibly in these oft-overlooked elections.

Segment 2, beginning at 22:22: Can a restaurant transform Troost?

Here’s an intriguing concept for a restaurant: You pay what you can afford. And if you don’t have much money, maybe you volunteer some time. That’s the concept of Thelma's Kitchen, a community café at 3101 Troost Ave. named after a woman who was known in the neighborhood for taking care of others. The eatery builds on Reconciliation Services' 30 years as a community advocate, aiming to transform Troost from a dividing line to a gathering place.

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.