KCPT Special Correspondent Sam Zeff examines the disturbing trends in suicide in Kansas and Missouri. KCPT’s Education Reporter Lindsey Foat checks in on the Mayor’s initiative to combat summer reading slump. Randy Mason sits down with Patrick Neas and Emily Behrmann to talk about Radio Bach. Thill Media profiles Kansas City Fire Department Rescue Division Chief Todd Ackerson.
A startling report from the CDC shows a 40 percent increase in suicides among baby boomers, especially men. The start of the recession resulted in a spike in the number of suicides and the rate is climbing even faster in Johnson County where experts theorize that financial challenges were proving too much for boomers accustomed to a successful and prosperous life. The rates of suicide in Kansas and Missouri continue to be above the national average. Reporter Sam Zeff examines this disturbing trend.
Around 80 percent of Kansas City kids are lagging in reading skills and the summertime break often results in a significant drop off when the kids return to school. Mayor Sly James made combating summer slump as one of the key components of his Turn the Page Initiative which aims to help kids read at grade level by third grade. Lindsey Foat reports on the results of summer literacy programs around the metro.
Randy Mason is joined by Patrick Neas and Emily Behrmann to discuss the recent launch of Radio Bach. Neas, classical music’s morning voice in Kansas City for many years with KXTR, and Behrmann, general manager of Johnson County Community College’s Carlsen Center, talk about this new media partnership and how the internet radio idea got started.
Todd Ackerson, Rescue Division Chief for the Kansas City Fire Department, was honored last month at the MARC Regional Leadership Awards. Ackerson trains regional rescue teams how to handle special, technical situations such as water rescue and recovery and search and recovery from building collapses. Thill Media produced this profile of Ackerson.