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Seg. 1: March Politics Panel | Seg. 2: "Right-sizing" Religious Liberty

Segment 1: Journalists discuss the Kansas City mayor's race, legislative sessions in Jefferson City and Topeka, and politics in Washington. 

In one week, Kansas City voters will narrow the field of mayoral candidates from 11 to two. Today, our political panel discusses issues on the April 2 ballot in Kansas City, Missouri, and the latest happenings in Missouri, Kansas and Washington politics.

  • Eric Wesson, Kansas City Call senior staff writer
  • Cat Reid, 41 Action News reporter
  • Lisa Rodriguez, KCUR afternoon newscaster
  • Jim McLean, Kansas News Service reporter and editor
  • Samuel King, KCUR reporter

Segment 2, beginning at 27:11: What does "religious liberty" really mean?

Principles of religious liberty have been part of American identity since before the founding. But many would say that ideas about the connection between freedom and religion, and freedom of religion have evolved over our country’s history — and some are troubled by the direction of that conversation in this most recent political season.

The Rev. Dr. Aidsand Wright-Riggins delivers the 2019 Walter B. and Kay W. Shurden Lectures on Religious Liberty and Separation of Church and State at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 26 at the Yates-Gill College Union, rooms 221-222, at William Jewell College, 500 College Hill, Liberty, Missouri 64068, and at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 27 in the Baugh-Marshall Chapel at Central Baptist Theological Seminary, 6601 Monticello Rd., Shawnee, Kansas 66226. For more information, visit

Brian Ellison is a guest host of talk shows, newscasts, special coverage and community events for KCUR. Follow him on Twitter @ptsbrian.
Luke X. Martin is a reporter focusing on race, culture and ethnicity for KCUR 89.3. Contact him at or on Twitter, @lukexmartin.