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Season One Podcast Episodes

The Filter Ep. 6 | 'Melanin'
Race has been even more top of mind lately. But there’s a little-discussed aspect to the conversation of race. Colorism and…
Race & History
The Filter Ep. 5 | 'Be Free'
In this episode, we mark Juneteenth, also known as Jubilee or Freedom Day, dig into the history of what that day was really a…
History + Podcast
Dropping June 24: The Filter Connects the Dots, From Juneteenth to Black Lives Matter
Next Wednesday, The Filter will give you a history lesson that centers on Juneteenth, chronicling racism from the 1800s to no…
Race & Education
The Filter Ep. 4: 'Graduation Day'
It’s graduation season. But for college graduates living in a pandemic, ceremonies have been postponed and family gathering…
The Filter Ep. 3: 'Dear God'
Some people go on runs to cope with stress. Some tackle home projects. And others pray or meditate.  That got us thinkin…
Arts & Culture
The Filter Ep. 2: 'Alone Together'
In early March, the coronavirus pandemic didn’t seem like it would hit the U.S. this hard. And then it did.  The numbe…
Arts & Culture
Introducing a new podcast from Flatland: 'The Filter'
"The Filter," Flatland’s newest podcast, mics up under-reported stories in Kansas City. The podcast will give context to is…

About The Filter

Get to know the hosts:


The Filter - Ieshia Downton | Illustration by Yup Yup Design

Co-host Ieshia Downton | Illustration by Yup Yup Design

Ieshia Downton (she/her/hers) is the co-host and creator of The Filter podcast and social media coordinator at Kansas City PBS. She is a Kansas City native with Caribbean roots and an interest in cultural storytelling and reporting. Before joining Kansas City PBS, Ieshia contributed to KC Studio magazine and un’ruly magazine as a feature writer. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism, with an emphasis in magazine writing.

The Filter - Vicky Diaz-Camacho | Illustration by Yup Yup Design

Co-host Vicky Diaz-Camacho | Illustration by Yup Yup Design

Vicky Diaz-Camacho (she/her/hers) is the co-host and creator of The Filter podcast and the community reporter for Flatland at Kansas City PBS. Raised in El Paso, Texas, a border city in the Southwest, Vicky’s roots as half-Mexican and Puerto Rican inform much of her reporting, which tends to focus on culture, race and health. Before joining Kansas City PBS, she interned at NPR and worked as a Kansas City Business Journal data journalist. She graduated from the University of Kansas School of Journalism focused on news and editing and is a proud University Daily Kansan alumna.