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Seg. 1: Guns In KC Neighborhoods | Seg. 2: America's Pioneer Monuments

Segment 1: 'We tend to feel like we're captives in our own homes and neighborhoods,' says one neighborhood leader.

Last weekend Brian Bartlett became the youngest victim of gun violence this year in Kansas City, Missouri. Today, neighborhood leaders east of Troost revealed how prevalent shootings have become, how residents are taking more action to record and report activitites in their neighborhoods, and the frustration in trying to find a solution to the gun violence.

Segment 2, beginning at 24:20: Public sculptures reveal how we have constructed our cultural history.

There are hundreds of monuments throughout the country honoring the pioneers who settled the American West. But what do these tributes say about our ideas about American exceptionalism, race relations and gender identity?

Cynthia Prescott presents "Rediscovering Kansas City's Pioneer Mothers" at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 18, at the Kansas City Public Library's Central location, 14 W. 10th St., Kansas City, Missouri 64105. Go to KCLibrary.org for more information.

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.
As senior producer of Up To Date, I want our listeners to hear familiar and new voices that shine light on the issues and challenges facing the myriad communities KCUR serves, and to expose our audiences to the wonderful and the creative in the Kansas City area. Just as important to me is an obligation to mentor the next generation of producers to ensure that the important conversations continue. Reach me at alexanderdk@kcur.org.