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Seg. 1: Preparing To Be A Statehouse Freshman. Seg. 2: From A Life Cut Short, A Special Friendship.

Luke X. Martin
KCUR 89.3
Kansas Rep.-elect Rui Xu, left, and Missouri Rep.-elect Matt Sain are both preparing to make the transition from ordinary citizen to state lawmaker.

Segment 1: How newly-elected lawmakers get up to speed before taking office.

There's new staff to meet, colleagues to greet, committee assignments, and dorms to move into — well, that last one might not apply, but becoming a new state lawmaker can be a lot like going off to college. We spoke with two freshman lawmakers from the Kansas City area about making the transition to the statehouse.

  • Missouri Rep.-elect Matt Sain, D-Kansas City
  • Kansas Rep.-elect Rui Xu, D-Westwood

Segment 2, beginning at 24:25: A short but intense friendship lives on through letters.

One of the first things that intrigued Sarah Ruhl about Max Ritvo was that he was a poet and a comedian. "Poets who are funny are a rare and amazing species of human being," she says. Illness took Ritvo's life as his creative output peaked, but not before he and Ruhl decided to create a book from their years of correspondence. Today, she spoke about the special bond they created.

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.