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Seg. 1: Hawley's Political Moves | Seg. 2: Bobby Watson's Next Chapter

Segment 1: What the junior senator from Missouri can gain from the issues he chooses to tackle.

Freshman Sen. Josh Hawley has been vociferous in his opposition to Facebook's influence, has ripped Democrats for their impeachment inquiry and, after visiting the Hong Kong protests, suggested in a tweet the city's chief executive should resign. Hear analysis of Hawley's political moves and how much they matter to Missouri voters.

  • Robynn Kuhlmann associate professor of American politics and research methods, University of Cental Missouri
  • Aviva Okeson-Haberman, Missouri politics and government reporter, KCUR 

Segment 2, beginning at 23:47: A jazz great is wrapping up his time in academia and looking forward to his next chapter.

At the end of the current academic year, Bobby Watson will hang up his hat as director of jazz studies at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and return to touring and playing music full time. The Kansas City jazz legend reflects on his time, and his students at UMKC. "This has been a great 20-year chapter," he says. "I'm ready to fly again."

  • Bobby Watson, William D. and Mary Grant/Missouri Professor of Jazz Studies, and UMKC's director of Jazz Studies
As a host and contributor at KCUR, I seek to create a more informed citizenry and richer community. I want to enlighten and inspire our audience by delivering the information they need with accuracy and urgency, clarifying what’s complicated and teasing out the complexities of what seems simple. I work to craft conversations that reveal realities in our midst and model civil discourse in a divided world. Follow me on Twitter @ptsbrian or email me at brian@kcur.org.
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