Seg. 1: Former Kansas Ag Secretary's Run For Governor. Seg. 2: Is Being Black A Health Risk? | KCUR

Seg. 1: Former Kansas Ag Secretary's Run For Governor. Seg. 2: Is Being Black A Health Risk?

Jun 29, 2018

Segment 1: Former four-term state representative and agriculture secretary Josh Svaty wants the state's top job.

Josh Svaty stepped into politics as a 22-year-old Kansas state representative. The Democrat grabbed his seat from a Republican incumbent in the heart of the state, and went on to serve three full terms in the House. He started a fourth, but left the Legislature to become Kansas secretary of agriculture. Today, the farmer and businessman told us about his gubernatorial hopes, and his stance on issues like abortion, the Second Amendment and education funding. 

  • Josh Svaty, Democratic candidate for Kansas governor 

Segment 2, starting at 27:17: African-Americans have a higher risk of developing serious health problems.

Is being black in the U.S. a health hazard? That's what one journalist wrote in the latest edition of The Atlantic. In some areas of the country, there is a 20-year life-expectancy gap between whites and blacks, who suffer disproportionately from a slew of serious health problems. We learned how social and environmental factors contribute to these health disparities, and asked what needs to happen to close the gap.