Glenn Rice of the Kansas City Star and Dave Helling of the Star's editorial board discuss changes and challenges for the Kansas City Police Department, including the search for a new chief, the unsettled Board of Police Commissioners, the high crime rate, and proposed body cameras. All on Deep Background.
Lawmakers in Kansas ground through another marathon session this year, ultimately upending the supply side tax cuts that have defined much of Sam Brownback’s time as governor.
They battled, as well, to sort out school financing, heading home still unsure whether they’ve got the distribution formula and the funding behind in a shape that the courts will let stand.
Legislators also imposed new regulations on amusement park rides after the death of one lawmaker’s son at the Schlitterbahn water park in Kansas City, Kan.
Hunter Woodall, the Star’s Topeka correspondent, and political writer Bryan Lowry sat in on the “Deep Background” podcast to what happened in the Kansas capital this year, and what might yet come if Brownback vetoes key legislation.
Missouri Governor Eric Greitens, dark money, presidential ambitions -- and the special session. Join Jason Hancock and Dave Helling of The Kansas City Star as they discuss these topics and more on Deep Background.
Higher education reporter Mara Williams talks regional college campuses and their turmoil, in higher education broadly and the particular stories developing at the universities of Missouri, Kansas and Kansas State.
The Kansas City Star's Mark Davis and Dave Helling talk about the latest developments at Sprint, one of Kansas City's most important employers.
Obamacare.. . Maybe to come.
The baffling world of modern American medicine, and the many obstacles that stand between patient and doctor, explain part of the reason the country struggles to find a political consensus on government’s role in delivering health insurance.
Lynn Horsley, Steve Vockrodt, and Dave Helling of the Kansas City Star discuss the growing push for an airport vote in November. How will politicians, the business community -- and most importantly, the public -- respond? It's all on Deep Background.
Militia, sovereign citizens, Freemen movements came before. Now the alt-right ascends, says Star reporter Judy L. Thomas in a podcast.
TextEditorMembers of the Star’s editorial board, who’d argued for giving President Donald Trump, weigh in on his White House tenure as he nears 100 days in the Oval Office.
Details of a death of a detainee at the Jackson County Jail have raised new questions about management of the facility -- and whether taxpayers will soon need to consider expanding jail space. The Star's Mike Hendricks and Dave Helling of the Star's editorial board discuss the newest revelations, and plans to address the jail's problems, in the Deep Background podcast.
Worries about how technology changes our lives are creeping into our culture. Books, TVs and movies continue to reflect society’s love with, and nervousness about, how technology is changing the world. Three Star reporters discuss art’s themes on technology.
TextEditorFood and beverage writer Sarah Gish talks about IPAs, stouts and sours in summing up the vibrant Kansas City beer scene.
Kansas City voters will decide whether to spend $800 million in the coming decades to fix infrastructure, mitigate flooding, replace an animal shelter and comply with federal rules on disability accommodation. They'll also decide whether to eliminate potential jail sentences for municipal charges on marijuana possession.
Jason Hancock, Bryan Lowry, and Dave Helling dissect the first half of the Missouri legislative session and the first two months of Eric Greitens' term as governor.
The Kansas City Star's Melinda Hennenberger recently traveled to central Africa, and discusses the ongoing humanitarian and political crisis that is costing hundreds of thousands of lives. Dave Helling of the Star is part of the discussion.
Dave Helling, Blair Kerkhoff, and Steve Vockrodt of The Kansas City Star discuss the Big 12 men's basketball tournament in downtown Kansas City -- why it's here, why it might stay here, and who might win.
TextEditorStar reporter Mike Hendricks talks about his work documenting the high risk firefighters face from cancer and the uphill battle they and their beneficiaries must overcome to prove their jobs made them sick.
TextEditorKansas City Star reporter Maria Torres talks about work she did with columnist Vahe Gregorian and photographer/videographer Jill Toyoshiba to piece together the story of the events that led to Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura driving through a guardrail to his death in his native Dominican Republic.
Aaron Deacon of KC Digital Drive joins the podcast to talk about what impact Google Fiber has had on Kansas City, it's internet connectivity and tech innovation.
Bryan Lowry, the new lead political reporter for the Star, joins the Deep Background podcast to talk about Gov. Sam Brownback and the Kansas Legislature's efforts to find a way out of a budget hole. Then the conversation turns to Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens and his unconventional approach to governing.
Dave Helling, Colleen McCain Nelson, and Melinda Hennenberger of The Kansas City Star's editorial board discuss the eventful first ten days of President Donald Trump's administration. It's time to take him literally.
The Kansas City Council is asking voters in an April election to raise property taxes for fixing streets, sidewalks and other infrastructure improvements. Voters will also consider a small hike in the sales tax to boost economic development on the city's east side. City Hall reporter Lynn Horsley explains what's going on.
Kansas Capitol correspondent Hunter talks about the way forward for a state with budget problems and Gov. Sam Brownback's final stretch in public office. Then Diane Stafford chats about how your workplace, job, and job security are changing in an Uber-influenced world of the gig economy. The latest "Deep Background" podcast from The Kansas City Star.
The Consumer Electronics Show, Kansas City's own tech scene and the balance between gadgetry convenience and privacy mark the latest Deep Background podcast conversation with Leah Becerra, Jay Pilgreen and Scott Canon of The Kansas City Star.