To interrupt violence in Kansas City, Aim4Peace believes that you must have your doctorate in “Streetology.” This means that with training and a research-based approach, the best people to intervene and prevent violent crime are those who were once the perpetrators.
This method of violence prevention is profiled in the Frontline documentary The Interrupters, which aired on KCPT on February 14, 2012. The film follows the courageous work of the CeaseFire violence prevention project, which treats the violence plaguing some of Chicago’s roughest neighborhoods like an infectious disease. The Interrupters illustrates that much like a major health epidemic, shootings and retaliatory violence can spread through a community infectiously.
In many US cities, violence is considered a major public health issue for urban areas where homicide is a leading cause of death and portions of the population even expect that they will die as a result of violent crime.
CeaseFire uses the following three-pronged approach, which is akin to public health methods of controlling diseases:
- Identification & detection
- Interruption, Intervention, & risk reduction
- Changing behavior and norms
Using this public health approach, CeaseFire has effectively been able to reduce the number of homicides and shootings in several of Chicago’s roughest neighborhoods. Kansas City’s Aim4Peace, which was founded in 2008, uses the CeaseFire model and focuses its efforts on the approximately 30 square-mile area of the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department’s East Patrol. For the past 20 years the East Patrol has had the highest number of violent crimes, drive-by shootings and homicides in the city. Currently Aim4Peace has five mediators, who work directly to interrupt violence. Last November, Aim4Peace lost one of their own when, according to an article in the Kansas City Star, Aim4Peace mediator Terrance Jackson was gunned down while working.
Aside from Chicago and Kansas City, the only other city with a violence prevention group using the CeaseFire approach is Safe Streets project in Baltimore.
Learn more about Aim4Peace, volunteer opportunities and sign a commitment to peace on their website.
PBS NEWSHOUR presents a one-hour special broadcast commemorating the 10th anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001. The PBS NEWSHOUR team will examine the significance of the day in many different communities across the nation. Hari Sreenivasan will narrate an account of the three major memorial observances at Ground Zero in New York City, at the Pentagon near Washington, DC, and in rural Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Jeffrey Brown will speak with several contributors to a new book, Legacy Letters; all have written letters, filled with insights gained in the past 10 years, to the family members they lost when the Twin Towers collapsed in New York. Ray Suarez will explore the attitudes of American Muslims, their efforts to get beyond the deep mistrust caused by 9/11 and their perspectives on what the future looks like for them; the story will be shot in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Judy Woodruff introduces viewers to a generation of young Americans who know only a post-9/11 world and visits a small town in California that has made extraordinary contributions, in terms of young lives lost, to the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Gwen Ifill will explore a decade of war’s impact on hundreds of thousands of soldiers and their families and the nation’s efforts to care for them.
The broadcast will also include several pieces of a “video quilt” the PBS audience has been invited to help produce, using the PBS NEWSHOUR’s social media sites.
Do you happen to have a stash of potentially valuable breakables such as glass, china and porcelain lying around your humble abode? What about collectibles such as vintage toys or heirloom furniture? Well guess what? One of PBS’s most popular shows is heading into to Kansas City.
Watch the Antiques Roadshow Special Monday, March 11, 2013 at 7pm to find out how you can be a part of the visit! Call (888) 203-1747 for YOUR tickets to the show on August 10, 2013.
Yes, Antiques Roadshow is rolling into town for the first time in 11 years. Mark your calendars…August 10th is the date…though no venue has yet been released. Like KCPT’S The Local Show on Facebook and we’ll keep you updated on any of the treasure trove of details as they become available. You have until April 8 to apply to receive two free tickets. Your chances of being selected will depend on the number of eligible applicants for each city and are not affected by how early or late you apply within the application period.
KCPT has been celebrating its 50th birthday and a brand new book charts the audacious rise of channel 19. It’s written by Kansas City attorney, civic leader and the station’s first president Ed Matheny, Jr. who had a front row seat for the station’s start.
You can have your own copy of The Audacious Rise of KCPT by liking The Local Show Facebook page. We have two books to give away.
You can purchase a copy of the book from The Kansas City Store.
Last week, KCPT was putting Kansas City on the national programming map as part of the PBS Summer Arts Series when it aired Homecoming: The Kansas City Symphony presents Joyce DiDonato which showcased the Kansas City Symphony and the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts on PBS stations across the country.
This week, Kansas City is back in the national spotlight as PBS runs a documentary series that examines the issue of immigration through the lens of one state…Missouri. HOMELAND was jointly produced by KCPT and KETC, our sister PBS station in St. Louis.
Part One of HOMELAND airs July 26 immediately following The Local Show at 8 p.m. here on KCPT.
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BBC World News will continue to air on KCPT2 at 5am and 11:30pm, but there is a new addition BBC World News America airing on KCPT2 at 5:30pm.
Whether it’s the global economy, the ongoing turmoil in North Africa and the Middle East, Japan’s earthquake crisis, the environment, or the arts, what happens “out there” matters more and more here in America, and BBC World News America will be there to cover it.
Matt Frei and Katty Kay will continue to anchor the program from Washington, and our crack production team will continue to open a window to the world each and every weekday.
Kansas City based comic David Naster is still performing stand up in comedy clubs coast to coast and on some of the world’s finest cruise ships. But increasingly, he is in hot demand as a healthcare speaker. David Naster is considered an authority on the healing power of humor. He’s written several books on the subject, including You Just Have To Laugh. Now he has produced a new documentary that is currently making the rounds on the film festival circuit.
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