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Seg. 1: High Aspirations Mentorship | Seg. 2: Immigration & Pop Culture

Segment 1: Kansas City urban core program fills vital role of mentorship.

Kansas City's Henry Wash gives much credit to his mentor Henry Bloch for seeing him as a social entrepreneur and inspiring his nonprofit organization High Aspirations. Wash discussed the significant problems black boys face, the importance of them having consistent guidance, and the opening of his new facility. 

  • Henry Wash, founder and director of High Aspirations

Segment 2, beginning at 22:12: The relationship between pop culture and immigrants in the United States.

Immigrant communities find their place in America in all sorts of ways. Historian Sandra Enriquez explained how pop culure not only influences immigrants, but how newcomers' contribute to our language, food, music and more.  

  • Sandra Enriquez, assistant history professor and director of the public history emphasis at UMKC

Becoming American: Immigration and Popular Culture Monday, May 13  6:30 p.m. at the Kansas City Central Library, 14 West 10th St., Kansas City, Missouri 64105. RSVP at

Brian Ellison is a guest host of talk shows, newscasts, special coverage and community events for KCUR. Follow him on Twitter @ptsbrian.