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Seg. 1: Healthcare Champion Retires | Seg. 2: Black Cycling Champion

Segment 1: CEO of the Health Forward Foundation stepping down but says "I won't be disappearing, I will continue to be a troublemaker in some way."

Dr. Bridget McCandless has been a leading health care advocate for the underserved and uninsured in the community for years. Among her proudest accomplishments is the foundation's efforts on Tobacco 21 that raised the legal purchase age of cigarettes from 18 to 21. On the other hand, McCandless said it was a "grave disappointment" that Missouri and Kansas failed to expand Medicaid leaving some 300,000 citizens behind. "We squandered the most important thing we have in our states, which is our people. That's unconscionable." 

Segment 2, beginning at 24:50: Known around the world, Major Taylor broke the color barrier for black athletes at the turn of the 20th century.

In a time when there was only a few hundred cars, but millions of bicycles, Marshall "Major" Taylor was a commanding presence in the sport of competive cycling and the first black American to win U.S. and world championships. Author Michael Kranish recalled Taylor's career and explained why he is not better remembered today.

Michael Kranish presents "Major Taylor: America's First Black Sports Hero" at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 2 at the Plaza branch of the Kansas City Public Library, 4801 Main St., Kansas City, Missouri, 64112. RSVP requested.

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.