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Seg. 1: Resurgence Of Anti-Semitism | Seg. 2: Kansas City's Country Connection

Segment 1: "All genocides ... begin with words," says one Emory professor concerned about a rise in anti-Semitic rhetoric. 

Anti-Semitism is on the rise around the world, concerning scholars and Jewish communities. Money that could be spent in programming and outreach is being redirected to security measures for area Jewish Centers. "The fear in the community is palpable," says Gavriela Geller, executive director for Jewish Commuity Relations Bureau-American Jewish Committee.

Segment 2, beginning at 22:09: The country music genre has roots right here in Kansas City.

Country music is thriving in the area, with Kansas City boasting three different stations dedicated to it. Today,we tracing the history of the music through the Ozarks and the Kansas City area, and hear songs from local artists.

  • Chuck Haddix, host of KCUR's Fish Fry and director of UMKC's Marr Sound Archives
  • Joy Peterson, longtime country music DJ, and co-host of financial talk shows in Kansas City and Omaha

Chuck Haddix and Joy Peterson will discuss country music's Kansas City connections at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 7 at Kansas City Public Library's Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St., Kansas City, Missouri 64112. Go to KCLibrary.org for more information.

During the episode, Steve Kraske provided details about a local event for Deborah Lipstadt which is at capacity.

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.