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This is DAY TO DAY. I'm Madeleine Brand in the studios of NPR West. And from Kansas City, welcome back, Alex Chadwick.


Madeleine, we're here this week broadcasting from Union Station. Here is a little factoid: it's the second largest train station still operating in the country after New York's. We've been talking to people about what it means to be in the middle, and let me play you some more of what we've heard.

Unidentified Woman #1: I believe that being in the middle is a lot safer than I guess the edges of the country...

Unidentified Man #1: It is very calm and...

Unidentified Man #2: I love the Midwest, you know, the people, the mentality, and laidback.

Unidentified Woman #2: A bit more well rounded.

Unidentified Man #3: Sort of trapped, trapped in between these sort of different cultures.

Unidentified Woman #3: We value the land. We value our work ethic. And we value family and community. And to me that's really what being in the middle is all about.

CHADWICK: We've got more ahead from Kansas City, but back to you, Madeleine, for the big story of today.

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