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Seg. 1: State Of Public Safety | Seg. 2: McDonalds & Black America

Segment 1: Previewing 2020's public safety stories

Kansas City has been staring down a violent crime problem for years and officials at both the state and federal levels are primed to implement a myriad of solutions. But KCUR reporters said it could be months before we see any results.

  • Chris Haxel, Guns and America reporter at KCUR
  • Sam Zeff, metro reporter at KCUR

Segment 2, beginning at 25:56: Where fast food and black entrepreneuership meet

In the 1960s, McDonald's helped opened the door for black entrepreneurs to gain wealth in their own neighborhoods. Despite the good intentions, the relationship between fast food franchises and black communities quickly became complicated.

Marcia Chatelain will discuss her book at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 14, at Kansas City Public Library's Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St., Kansas City, Missouri 64112. 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.