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Seg. 1: Kansas City Mayor's Race & GOP Foils Gov. Kelly's Plans. Seg. 2: Unraveling Jackie Robinson.

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A noteable figure in the sports world, Jackie Robinson was also said to be a "model for civil rights protestors," according to his authorized biographer, Arnold Rampersad.

Seg. 1: A recent poll shows Jolie Justus and Steve Miller leading the race for Kansas City mayor, but nearly 30 percent of voters are undecided.

In what's been a quiet mayor's race so far, we asked our political panel if a new Remington Research poll shows a clear-cut winner. "There is still great opportunity for one of the other candidates to step forward," said Dave Helling, of the Kansas City Star. Also, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly is eager to pass education funding and Medicaid expansion, but is getting no support from the Republican-led legislature. We asked our panel how she'll make progress.

Seg. 2, beginning at 26:47: Jackie Robinson was "aware of himself as an athlete, but also aware of the limitations society placed on him, and people like him," says his biographer.

Jackie Robinson was willing to stand-up to authority, and that fighting spirit is likely one thing that made him a great candidate to break the MLB's color barrier, says his biographer Arnold Rampersad, our guest today. Despite his important civil rights work, Robinson, who would have turned 100 in January, died young. "To see his body, in his lifetime, both glorify him and then betray him was sad," Rampersad said.

Arnold Rampersad will discuss the life of Jackie Robinson at Park University's Spencer Cave Black History Month Lecture, 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 25 at the Gem Theater, 1615 E. 18th St., Kansas City, Missouri 64108. For more information, visit Park.edu/SpencerCave.

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.