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Seg. 1: Why Kansas City Voters Are Turning Out. Seg. 2: Later School Start Time Could Help Learning.

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Keith Ivey
Some analysts say voter turnout this year could exceed 50 percent, numbers not seen in a midterm since the 1960s.

Segment 1: Listeners tell us what's driving them to the polls this midterm election.

A woman in Missouri says she is voting for checks and balances on the White House. Another says she is voting for her children and the future of our planet. For some, it is their first time voting in a midterm, or voting at all. Today, we heard about the issues and candidates motivating voters to turn out in what could be record numbers.

Segment 2, beginning at 27:55: Why the average school schedule can be problematic for parents and students.

Not only does the average school day start earlier than most parents go to work, but it ends way earlier than they typically return home. That forces parents to figure out child care arrangements for the odd hours. Some researchers say a later school start time would also more closely match high-schoolers' circadian clock, allowing them to be more attentive in class. So are we stuck with a seemingly bad schedule? We explored the history behind the scheduling of school days, and asked what's keeping it from being better synced up.

Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
Luke X. Martin is associate producer of KCUR’s Up To Date. Contact him at or on Twitter, @lukexmartin.