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Seg.1: Hospital Closing Impacts Raytown Nonprofit. Seg. 2: "BlacKkKlansman," From Book To Film.

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John David Washington (above) portrayed Ron Stallworth in "BlacKkKlansman" the film version of Stallworth's memoir of the same name.

Segment 1: River of Refuge is a nonprofit organization that helps transition homeless families into permanent housing.

River of Refuge had a history of helping families living in motels before it offically opened at Park Lane Hospital that had been vacant for a decade. For the two years it's been there, leadership has shared resources and knowledge with the Two Rivers Psychiatric Hospital next door. All that will end when the hospital closes next month, leaving an empty building. We asked the founder of Rivers of Refuge about safety concerns and how it will affect plans to build more units for the homeless in February.

  • John Wiley, Pastor at the River Church Family, founder of River of Refuge.

Segment 2, beginning at 21:53: Realizing no one would believe him, black author of bestselling book kept his job files as proof he had worked his way into the Klu Klux Klan.

Ron Stallworth was the first black detective in the Colorado Springs police department. Today, he's  known for the memoir "BlacKkKlansman: Race, Hate, and the Undercover Investigation of a Lifetime."  Stallworth recalled how he infiltrated the Klan then, along with screenwriter Kevin Willmott, discussed how the book became the award-winning film.

Ron Stallworth and Kevin Willmott will be in conversation at 11:30 a.m., January 18, at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown, Count Basie Ballroom, 200 W 12th St, Kansas City, Missouri 64105. For more information go to rainydaybooks.com or call 913.384.3126.

When I host Up To Date each morning at 9, 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. Reach me at steve@kcur.org or on Twitter @stevekraske.