S3 Ep5 - The KC Streetcar expansion from Union Station to the Country Club Plaza will be running through midtown as early as 2025. But as ridership increases along this route, so may the cost of living for many the area, including affordable […]
S3 Ep4 - As media consumption continues to climb, media literacy and the ability to discern fact from fiction or opinion is more important than ever. How do we interact with the news? How do we evaluate what we share? And ultimately, how […]
S3 Ep. 3 - The Kansas City PBS documentary “Nichols’ Folly: A Century of the Country Club Plaza” explores the complicated history behind the nation’s first planned suburban shopping center. This month, “Flatland in Focus” examines the future of the Country Club Plaza and what […]
S3 Ep 2 - In 2017, voters approved a 1/8 cent sales tax with the goal of spurring economic development in disadvantaged neighborhoods of the city. So far, the Central City Economic Development (CCED) sales tax has awarded over $53 million and funded 39 […]
S3 Ep. 1 - D. Rashaan Gilmore hosts a thoughtful conversation about aging in place and the supports available for the increasing number of families who find themselves becoming caregivers as their loved ones age. This season premiere of Flatland in Focus is part […]
S2 Ep12 - Kansas City is beginning a discussion about how it might make amends through reparations for inequities toward Black residents through reparations. Flatland In Focus will report on the deeply intentional work that’s already being done within the Black community, documenting […]
S2 Ep.11 - Transgender rights continue to dominate headlines as legislatures across the country push restrictive laws. Those most directly affected by these measures must look at how they will access gender-affirming care, who will legally provide it and where they can find […]
S2 Ep10 - While funded programs in Missouri exist to guide youth with disabilities entering young adulthood, families still struggle to find what they need because of barriers such as time, income and paperwork. Kansas City parents say programs are hard to find […]
S2 Ep 9 - The new Kansas City International Airport terminal houses the largest collection of public art in the history of the city's One Percent for Art program.
S2 Ep 8 - This episode of Flatland in Focus features guests from the Kansas City PBS program Passing the Baton, a series of conversations between prominent civil rights leaders in Kansas City and the next generation of trailblazing local leaders. Passing the Baton […]
S2 Ep 7 - Many jobs in our area are performed by folks who have immigrated to the US, but the complexities of our immigration system can make this labor easy to exploit. This month, the Flatland team looks at industries that survive on […]
S2 Ep 6 - This special episode of Flatland invites our reporting team to the table to provide updates to some of the stories our series has covered over the last year including recreational marijuana, homelessness, healthcare workers and reproductive rights.
S2 Ep 5 - In collaboration with filmmaker Sandy Woodson’s documentary AIDS in KC, Flatland takes a look at the healthcare inequities that continue to impact those living with HIV in our community.
S2 Ep 4 - The current tumultuous nature of US politics has left many wondering – how is democracy working nowadays? The Flatland team takes this question to those growing up in a time of polarizing politics and pressing existential issues to find out […]
S2 Ep3 - What’s the best way to participate in our democracy? The Flatland team explores one of the unique ways Missouri citizens are able to make direct changes to the state constitution known as the ballot initiative. We take a look at […]
S2 Ep 2 - The legalization of medical marijuana in Missouri has resulted in $30 million in sales in June 2022 alone. As an upcoming ballot measure seeks to legalize recreational use, Flatland looks at who currently benefits most from this emerging industry and […]
S2 E1 - With the Supreme Court having overturned Roe V. Wade, all eyes turn to the constitutional amendment on the ballot in Kansas. The Flatland team takes a look at the consequences the decision would have for reproductive rights in our region.
S1 Ep10 - This month Flatland takes some time to celebrate our inclusive spaces in Kansas City, how far our community has come in the fight for LGBTQIA rights and what is still needed to make our region a place for everyone.
S1 Ep9 - Gun violence in our Metro seems to be an issue we can’t ignore. With four out of 10 Americans living at home with a gun, the Flatland team talks to gun owners and community leaders about how to keep our […]
S1 Ep8 - The midwest has the highest potential for wind energy generation in the US. The Grain Belt Express would transmit wind power from western Kansas through Missouri and Indiana, making renewable energy available for more consumers. However, arguments against the project […]
S1 Ep7 - This month on Flatland we’re hearing from healthcare professionals about the toll recurring Covid-19 surges are taking on our healthcare system. While our most recent surge of Omicron was often described as mild, the number of hospitalizations still packed beds […]
S1 Ep6 - Police staffing is not an exact science, and it is increasingly complex. But there are studies by the U.S. Department of Justice and policing organizations addressing what variables should be considered and what hasn’t proven to be the most efficient […]
S1 Ep5 - Between increasingly intense heat waves and freezing cold spikes, a warming planet means unexpected weather events will be more common. As demand for utility services rises during these times, so do our monthly bills. We’ll look at why these costs […]
S1 Ep4 - Despite a permanent increase to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and an abundance of food waste across the country, food insecurity persists in Kansas City. A growing network of organizations seeks to get free, healthy food into the hands […]
S1 Ep3 - School board races across the U.S. found themselves revolving around controversy over Critical Race Theory, a legal framework that studies the history of racism in American institutions. But across most K-12 curricula, the teaching does not exist.
S1 Ep2 - Over the last year and a half, efforts to end homelessness have accelerated in Kansas City. Emergency shelter interventions saved the lives of many but resulted in relatively few long term solutions. Service providers and city officials turn their efforts […]
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