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Seg. 1: Empowering Kansas City Renters. Seg. 2: Living On The Edge And Climbing To New Heights.

File photo by Luke X. Martin
KCUR 89.3
Tara Raghuveer is establishing a tenant-power organization to help Kansas City renters.

Segment 1: Organizer fears that, "If we wait five years to make a bold intervention . . . we won't have people of color, workers and poor folks able to live in our city anymore."

A new tenant-power organization looks to help the more than twenty-thousand renters in the Kansas City area deal with issues related to poorly managed rental properties. Tara Raghuveer is behind the effort and she spoke about informing tenants of their rights and providing relief in the ongoing affordable housing crisis.

Segment 2, beginning at 25:12: For pioneer climber, scaling  the big rocks is where he finds peace.

At 49, Mark Synnott has been rock climbing for more than 30 years. He spoke about the skills needed to scale hundreds, even thousands, of feet on unforgiving surfaces.

  • Mark Synnott, professional climber and author of  "The Impossible Climb: Alex Honnold, El Capitan and the Climbing Life"

Mark Synnott will speak about "Life on the Vertical," 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Muriel Kauffman Theatre, 1601 Broadway Blvd, Kansas City, Missouri 64108. Tickets are available through the Kauffman Centerwebsite.

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.