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Seg. 1: Special Session On Guns? | Seg. 2: Inclusion In Theater

Segment 1: Lawmakers from urban districts want their counterparts from rural Missouri to come witness the devestation guns create in their cities.

Members of Missouri's Legislative Black Caucus expressed frustration with Gov. Mike Parson for his unwillingness to take up gun violence in next month's special session. They say they're not shocked, but disheartened, by the lack of urgency to address the issue.

Segment 2, beginning at 26:00: The casting in a Kansas City musical a created controversy on social media.

Vida Bikales says it was, "seeing how passionate our actors of color were on social media," that spurred the Barn Players theater to create an inclusion focus group to help address diversity in the theater community. Recent controversy at another theater has some wondering how inclusive Kansas City's drama community is, and whether that diversity extends beyond the on-stage actors.

  • Vida Bikales, president of the board for the Barn Players
  • Ile Haggins, participant of the inclusion focus group meeting
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