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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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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.

When I host Up To Date each morning at 9 a.m., 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. My email is steve@kcur.org.
The Kansas City region has long been a place where different ways of life collide. I tell the stories of people living and working where race, culture and ethnicity intersect. I examine racial equity and disparity, highlight the area's ethnic groups and communities of color, and invite all of Kansas City to explore meaningful ways to bond with and embrace cultures different from their own. Email me at luke@kcur.org.