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Now displaying: December, 2016
Dec 28, 2016

Dave Helling and Scott Canon talk with the Star's new editorial page editor, Colleen Nelson, about 2016 campaign coverage.  Nelson covered the Clinton campaign and the Obama White House for the Wall Street Journal.

Dec 20, 2016

Kansas City Star reporters Donna McGuire and Glenn E. Rice talk about the troubled Crimes Against Children unit of the Kansas City Police Department. New detectives man the operation now, but others who worked cases of child assault and rape in recent years have come under investigation, and criticism from prosecutors, for sloppy work that's jeopardized criminal cases and left children vulnerable to attack by predators. 

Dec 13, 2016

Kansas City Star reporter Mike Hendricks joins Dave Helling to discuss the subject of an extensive Star investigation into firefighter deaths.  Many such deaths might be prevented, the reporters found, but for a variety of reasons best practices aren't always followed.

Dec 7, 2016

The Kansas City Star's Washington correspondent, Lindsay Wise, joins Dave Helling and Scott Canon to discuss the local impact of the Donald Trump transition.

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