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Author: Abby Hoover

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Presented by Kansas City's Northeast News, this podcast dives into all things Historic Northeast. Join Managing Editor Abby Hoover as she interviews community leaders, keeps the community apprised about the happenings in and around City Hall, and discusses the biggest issues facing the Kansas City area.
283 Episodes
On this week's episode of the Northeast Newscast, Publisher Michael Bushnell is joined by Officer Sutton Smith and Sergeant Deb Randol to discuss KCPD's First Impact training on March 31 and April 1. Teens aged 15-19 have the highest crash risk of any age group on the road. Teens are three times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash and the risk is highest during the first 30-90 days of independent driving. First Impact is a FREE 60-90 minute program to introduce parents to the risks their new teen drivers face and will provide parents with the tools to monitor, coach, and support their teen driver to reduce the risk of fatalities and injuries of teen drivers by 20-40%. The program is free but registration is required. Parents, Grandparents, Teens are all welcome. Click to sign up:
On this week's episode of the Northeast Newscast, Publisher Michael Bushnell is at the historic Garment District Museum at 8th and Broadway in downtown Kansas City. They discuss the history of garment factories in Kansas City and what visitors can expect. The garments on display are part of the Kansas City Museum's collections. While usually open by appointment only, it is open Wednesday through Saturday from 1o a.m.  to 4 p.m. while the Kansas City Museum is closed for HVAC upgrades.
On this week's episode of the Northeast Newscast, Becky Haddican and Susan Moss from the Junior League of Kansas City discuss their upcoming event, the sixth annual C3KC conference on March 23, with Publisher Michael Bushnell. The League works to spark change for a better Kansas City through philanthropic work and beyond. C3KC has quickly become a cornerstone of change, presenting relevant and cutting-edge topics focused on social innovation. Panel discussions led by local and national thought leaders provide attendees an opportunity to engage, exchange ideas and network. Tickets are available at 
On this week's episode of the Northeast Newscast, Northeast resident and author Catherine Browder discusses her new book, "Resurrection City: Stories from the Disaster Zone" with EllieAna Hale for the Northeast News.  "Resurrection City" is a captivating collection inspired by the 2011 triple disaster that devastated Northeastern Japan. Browder takes the reader on a journey through communities rocked by each facet of the disaster—earthquake, tsunami, and the nuclear meltdown that followed.
On this week's episode of the Northeast Newscast, Publisher Michael Bushnell is joined in the studio by members of the Kansas City Museum’s Kansas City Airport Sacred Lands History Committee. Over the past few years, Lucille Douglass, Oralee Watkins-McKinzy, Dr. Gene Chavez and Anna Marie Tutera have been hard at work, documenting the history of the enslaved families who were buried on the land where the Kansas City Airport's new terminal sits. Their research will result in a digital exhibit in the terminal, and opportunities for a traveling exhibit.
On this week's episode of the Northeast Newscast, Pembroke Hill School Senior Erin William interviews Publisher Michael Bushnell for her Senior Capstone Project. Erin is a current intern with One Kansas City Radio station's podcast “I’ll Tell You When You're Older." Its first season captures the beauty and complexity of the culture in the Northeast, and her work with the podcast has inspired her current senior Capstone project: "How did the Northeast Kansas City community come to exist and what role did immigration trends play in its origin story?"
On this week's episode of the Northeast Newscast, we're joined by Major Martin Cobbinah, the new Division Commander of the Kansas City Police Department's East Patrol. We discuss his long tenure with the department, the importance of civilian staff to daily operations, and his goals for Kansas City's East Side.
On this week's episode of the Northeast Newscast, we're joined by Christina at Hoxie Collective for details on the final Kessler Park Plan Open House. We discuss the feedback from the community that they have received over the months of planning, opportunities for engagement and volunteering, and plans we can expect to see at the final Open House on Saturday. Join us at the Northeast Kansas City Chamber of Commerce (2657 Independence Ave.) from 10 a.m. to noon to see the final plans and give your input.The plans can be viewed at
On this week's episode of the Northeast Newscast, we're joined by Jerusalem Farm's Project Director Jordan Schiele and AmeriCorps Vista Adam Rossi. We discuss the upcoming Northeast Sustainability Town Hall and the organization's work toward creating a Community Land Trust. The Northeast Sustainability Town Hall on February 11 at 2 p.m. at 606 Gladstone Blvd. will inform neighbors of sustainability plans different groups already have for Northeast and provide an opportunity to ask questions, collaborate and move toward a more sustainable community.Informational meetings for the Northeast Community Land Trust have already started, and video recordings will be available soon. Upcoming meetings at the North-East Branch of the Kansas City Public Library will focus on preparing for homeownership (Feb 4 @ 10 a.m.), understanding the ground lease process (Feb. 25 @ 10 a.m.) and the resale formula, and discussing ongoing commitments (March 11 @ 10 a.m.)
On this week's episode of the Northeast Newscast, we're joined by Kate Barsotti, the president of the Columbus Park Neighborhood Council, and Erin Royals, a tenant and urban planner. We discuss the six-acre Housing Authority of Kansas City property that currently has a Request for Proposals out, the neighborhood's fight against Type 2 Short-Term Rentals, and how nearby stadium builds could affect their tight-knit community. In this discussion, we reference resources that are free and accessible to the public, which will be linked below.Parcel Viewer can be used to search any property and see codes cases, permits, ownership information and more at CompassKC can be used to search public records, explore activity happening in your neighborhood, apply for permits, view a calendar of public hearings, and more at Small Apartment Study that Erin Royals references in the episode can be found here:
On this week's episode of the Northeast Newcast, Publisher Michael Bushnell is joined by recently promoted Kansas City, Mo., Police Chief Stacey Graves. A 25-year veteran of the department, she was previously the acting Deputy Chief of the Patrol Bureau. They discuss community policing, the homicide rate, recruitment and retention of officers, local control and more. 
On this week's episode of the Northeast Newscast we're joined by Anita Dixon, Executive Director of Executive Director at UNESCO Creative City of Music - KC. Dixon was instrumental in Kansas City's recognition as the only Creative City of Music in the United States, and is working to leverage that title into tourism, cultural events and sharing the rich history of Kansas City as the birthplace of Jazz. Learn more about UNESCO Creative City of Music - KC at
On this week’s episode of the Northeast Newscast, the Northeast News staff recaps 2022 in our historic neighborhoods, discusses all of our goals for 2023 and shares some big news. Thanks for joining us and listening to the Northeast Newscast in 2022!
On this week’s episode of the Northeast Newscast, we’re joined by recently re-elected Missouri Representative Michael Johnson, a Democrat who represents District 23 and resident of Northeast Kansas City. We discuss his priorities for the next term, greatest successes and lessons learned in office, redistricting and more.
On this week's episode of the Northeast Newscast we're joined by Rosilyn Temple, founder of Kansas City's Mother's in Charge, an organization that seeks to reduce violent crime through prevention, education and intervention, and to guide and support the families of victims of homicide. Temple has been responding to homicide scenes for nearly a decade, helping families to communicate with police and get services in the immediate future and long term. For more information, visit
On this week's episode of the Northeast Newscast, we're joined by Jackson County's First District Legislator Scott Burnett, who shares the highlights of his 24 years serving the county, discusses what's next for him, and his best advice for incoming legislators.  
On this week's episode of the Northeast Newscast we're at Latinx Education Collaborative, an education nonprofit focused on increasing Latinx representation in K-12 classrooms. Deputy Director Susana Elizarraraz shares her experience growing up in Northeast, teaching at Gladstone Elementary, and deciding to take on a larger role to advocate for and better her community. We discuss Latinx Education Collaborative's mission, why representation matters in education, the resources available for families and teachers, their Fund the Future campaign, Latinx Educator Awards nominees, and more. Visit for more info.
On this week's episode of the Northeast Newscast, we're joined by Director of Inclusive Learning and Creative Impact Glenn North and Executive Director Anna Marie Tutera of the Kansas City Museum.We discuss the development of education programs and curriculum, planning interactive exhibits, using art to teach history, Kansas City's designation as a UNESCO Creative City, and upcoming events at the Museum. Find more information about the Kansas City Museum at
264: KC Tenants Power

264: KC Tenants Power


On this week's episode of the Northeast Newscast, we're joined by KC Tenants Power  Political Director and KC Tenants Organizing Director Wilson Vance.We discuss Kansas City voters passing Question 2, authorizing a $50 million bond for affordable housing, upcoming listening sessions to create a 2023 People's Platform (take their latest survey at , evictions during winter and COVID, the 4,000+ city-wide tenant union, and the future of affordable housing in Kansas City. On October 13, City Council passed a resolution guaranteeing the bond money will be directed to Kansas City’s Housing Trust Fund to create and preserve housing at or below 30% area median income (AMI), or between $550-$750 in rent. Vance, a South Indian Mound neighbor, is passionate about outreach in Northeast Kansas City and other neighborhoods that are underrepresented.
263: Art as Mentorship

263: Art as Mentorship


On this week's episode of the Northeast Newscast, we're sitting down with Art as Mentorship's founder Enrique Chi and Operations Director Peter Beatty.Art as Mentorship is a Northeast Kansas City-based non-profit organization that takes an innovative approach to fully grasp young students’ full potential through music programs. They envision an inclusive community where under-represented artists are emboldened to raise their voices through music.Enrique and Peter share info about the upcoming Rebel Song Academy, the heart of their programming. The 12-week music camp takes an innovative approach to exploring young artists’ full potential through creativity, mentorship opportunities, and fostering their inherent sense of exploration and achievement. Students work directly with industry-professional mentors to write, record, publish, and perform an original song. Find more info at
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Faith Brennan

I really miss hearing Mike on KKFI with Charles Feruzza.

Dec 28th
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