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There's been a lot of public and private investment in Kansas City's downtown since the 1990s. Sarah McCammon /NPR hide caption

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As Kansas City Booms And Sprawls, Trying Not To Forget Those In Between

The city's suburbs are growing and its downtown is once again thriving - but what's happening in the middle?

Forest On The Sun Thrupence
Rinse Repeat Thrupence
Truth Lies Low Andrew Bird

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Coca-Cola Offers A Sweet Quest: A Million Bucks To Replace Sugar

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Young bodies may more easily rebound from long bouts of sitting, with just an hour at the gym. But research suggests physical recovery from binge TV-watching gets harder in our 50s and as we get older. Lily Padula for NPR hide caption

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Get Off The Couch Baby Boomers, Or You May Not Be Able To Later

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No Sugar No Cream Oddisee
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Double 07 (Instrumental) The Alchemist
A Last Dance With Leon Doctor Flake
Sweep Out Doctor Flake

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3, 2, 1 ... Beeeep! Your Microwave's 50th Anniversary Is Ready

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As Kansas City Booms And Sprawls, Trying Not To Forget Those In Between

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