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Seg. 1: Media Critics | Seg. 2: Willows Maternity Sanitarium

Segment 1: Media bias and covering assassination in Iraq

Our Media Critics discussed early coverage of a top Iranian commander's assasination, and how continuing coverage could influence public opinion. The critics also discussed how both journalists and news consumers can manage their own personal biases.

  • Peggy Lowe, KCUR reporter and investigative producer with APM Reports
  • Steve Wolgast, Knight Chair at the William Allen White School of Journalism at the University of Kansas

Segment 2, beginning at 27:52: Kansas City was once the country's adoption epicenter.

Just up the hill from Union Station, the Willows Maternity Sanitarium played host to thousands of young, unwed girls as they gave birth and gave up their new babies. However, the Willows was just one reason that Kansas City was once known as the Adoption Hub of America.

KelLee Parr will discuss his book at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 5, at Kansas City Public Library's Central Library,  14 W. 10th St., Kansas City, Missouri 64105. Find more information at KCLibrary.org.

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.