Back To Missouri! HuffPost’s Listen To America Tour Stops In Kansas City

Jenna Amatulli

On week five of HuffPost’s Listen To America road trip, we headed back to the state we started in and stopped in Kansas City, Missouri.

Just along the Kansas border, Kansas City, Missouri, has some of the best craft brews and barbecue the country has to offer. It also has such a variety of gorgeous fountains and boulevards that it’s adopted quirky nicknames like the “City of Fountains” and the “Paris of the Plains.” 

Stopping by the city’s historic 18th & Vine District is a must for jazz fans and sports fans alike. Between the American Jazz Museum, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and the MLB Urban Youth Academy (a stunning and free-to-enter baseball/softball complex for urban core kids ages 6-18, slated to open in 2018), downtown Kansas City really offers something for everyone.

HuffPost stopped by Union Station to listen to residents and held a panel at the Diastole Scholars’ Center to hear from transgender veterans and leaders about their military experience and life in the Midwest.

Here’s what our time in Kansas City looked like: 

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The HuffPost tour bus sits in the Union Station parking lot during HuffPost's visit to Kansas City, Missouri, on Oct. 10, 2017, as part of Listen To America: A HuffPost Road Trip. The outlet will visit more than 20 cities on its tour across the country.

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People visit the Listen To America table during HuffPost's visit to Kansas City.

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Dancers Marisa Whiteman, Divya Rhea and Gavin Abercrombie are interviewed.

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A logo on a door during HuffPost's visit to Union Station in Kansas City.

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Rainie Jazeh and Diana Jones get off the bus after an interview.

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Augustus the dog visits the Listen To America tents.

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Dancers Divya Rhea, Gavin Abercrombie and Marisa Whiteman show off their dance moves.

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Dancer Gavin Abercrombie dances in Kansas City.

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Dancer Divya Rhea shows off her moves.

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Marisa Whiteman demonstrates a leap.

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Moderator Ash R. Allee and panelists Suzanne Wheeler, Debi Jackson, Carmen Xavier and Randall Jensen take part in the "Serving One's Country and Being True to Oneself" event at the Diastole Scholars' Center in Kansas City.

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Panelist Debi Jackson speaks to the audience.

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Panelist Suzanne Wheeler speaks.

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Tamra Tucker asks questions of panelists Suzanne Wheeler, Debi Jackson, Carmen Xavier and Randall Jensen.

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Ron Jones of KCUR speaks to the audience before the "Serving One's Country and Being True to Oneself" event.

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Randall Jensen speaks to the audience.

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.