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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 for more information.

Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
Danie Alexander is the senior producer of Up To Date.