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Seg. 1: Kansas Legislature Review | Seg. 2: Author Mitchell Jackson

Segment 1: Kansas governor and lawmakers don't see eye to eye.

Political reporters described a hostile environment  between Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly and the Republican-led legislature. They explained what each side is looking for on the issues of Medicaid expansion, school funding, protecting vulenerable children and the food tax.

Segment 2, beginning at 25:10: Author Mitchell S. Jackson's memoir "Survival Math: Notes on an All-American Family."

Jackson shared stories of his life growing up in a small black community in Portland, Oregon, surrounded by violence, substance abuse and addiction. In a life where obstacles claimed others, including members of his family, the author explained how he avoided being killed or killing others.

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.