Up To Date http://kcur.org en Local Listen: Ensemble Ibérica http://kcur.org/post/local-listen-ensemble-ib-rica <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Often characterized by Americans as the blues of Portugal, fado is a melancholy music.&nbsp; Vocalist Rodrigo Costa Félix is one of three Portuguese fado artists that will headline a concert Saturday, July 12, at <a href="http://www.jccc.edu/performing-arts-series/events/current/fado.html" target="_blank">Polsky Theatre</a> on the campus of Johnson County Community College.&nbsp; Kansas City's Ensemble Ibérica, a group led by event organizer Beau Bledsoe, will open the show.&nbsp; This week's Local Listen features Ensemble Ibérica's "Fado Pechincha."</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 23:01:07 +0000 Danie Alexander & Bill Brownlee 58788 at http://kcur.org Local Listen: Ensemble Ibérica Michael Feinstein: Ambassador Of The Great American Songbook http://kcur.org/post/michael-feinstein-ambassador-great-american-songbook <p></p><p>His career includes multi-platinum recordings, 200-plus live performances per year, two Emmy and five Grammy nominations, conductor of the Pasadena Pops, nightclub owner, and that’s just the half of it. Perhaps his greatest recognition, though, is as “Ambassador of the Great American Songbook”. On Friday's <a href="http://www.kcur.org/programs/date" target="_blank"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, Michael Feinstein talks with Steve Kraske about his love of classic American popular music and his efforts to preserve it for future generations.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 22:26:09 +0000 Steve Kraske, Danie Alexander & Hannah Copeland 58779 at http://kcur.org Michael Feinstein: Ambassador Of The Great American Songbook Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' July 11-13 http://kcur.org/post/dates-indie-foreign-doc-critics-three-see-july-11-13 <p>Looking for a great film to see the weekend of July 11-13? <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>'s independent, foreign, and documentary film critics share their favorites showing on area screens:</p><p><strong>Steve Walker: </strong></p><ul><li><em>Obvious Child</em></li><li><em>Begin Again</em></li><li><em>Ida </em></li></ul><p><strong>Cynthia Haines: </strong></p><ul><li><em>Ida </em></li><li><em>A Hard Day's Night </em></li><li><em>Chef</em></li></ul> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 18:04:59 +0000 Beth Lipoff 58761 at http://kcur.org Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' July 11-13 What's Showing In Independent, Foreign & Documentary Film, July 11 http://kcur.org/post/whats-showing-independent-foreign-documentary-film-july-11 <p></p><p>Examine the personal relationships of three disturbed couples and hear the controversy about the political influence of two conservative Kansas billionaires. &nbsp;</p><p>On Friday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, our indie, foreign, and documentary film critics examine the latest films showing on area screens.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:56:37 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 58760 at http://kcur.org What's Showing In Independent, Foreign & Documentary Film, July 11 Should Rest Requirements For Truckers Be Relaxed? http://kcur.org/post/should-rest-requirements-truckers-be-relaxed <p></p><p></p><p>When New Jersey prosecutors charged the truck driver who crashed into comedian Tracy Morgan's limo, they said the man behind the wheel had not slept in more than 24 hours.&nbsp; Not long after that accident, the Senate Appropriations Committee voted to rescind some of the rest requirements for big rig drivers.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:57:10 +0000 Steve Kraske & Danie Alexander 58702 at http://kcur.org Should Rest Requirements For Truckers Be Relaxed? Death of Kansas City Veteran Emphasizes Need For Timely PTSD Treatment http://kcur.org/post/death-kansas-city-veteran-emphasizes-need-timely-ptsd-treatment <p></p><p></p><p>The death last month of 26-year old Army veteran Isaac Sims in a confrontation with Kansas City, Missouri police raised many questions including whether this loss of life could have been prevented.</p><p>On this edition of <a href="http://www.kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a> Steve Kraske brings together a panel to look at the events leading up to Sims' death, the special municipal court that works with veterans facing criminal charges, and a therapy program treating military PTSD sufferers while they are still on active duty.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:14:12 +0000 Steve Kraske & Danie Alexander 58700 at http://kcur.org Death of Kansas City Veteran Emphasizes Need For Timely PTSD Treatment The Weekend To-Do List: July 11-13 http://kcur.org/post/weekend-do-list-july-11-13 <p></p><p>Whether it's live music, comedy theatre, or the largest water slide on earth, Brian McTavish's Weekend To-Do List has got you covered for summertime entertainment!</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 18:42:25 +0000 Brian McTavish & Hannah Copeland 58684 at http://kcur.org The Weekend To-Do List: July 11-13 Safety Issues Arise As Drivers Must Keep On Truckin' http://kcur.org/post/safety-issues-arise-drivers-must-keep-truckin <p>Trucks crisscross the country every day to keep the economy pumping, but recent accidents involving driver fatigue have some re-examining trucking regulation.</p><p>On Thursday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we talk about the pressures weighing on long-haul truckers and how the demands they face can push them to drive when it’s really not safe.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Todd Spencer, </strong>executive vice president at OOIDA</li><li><strong>Jeff Burns,</strong> attorney at Dollar, Burns &amp; Becker Trial Attorneys</li></ul> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 58612 at http://kcur.org Safety Issues Arise As Drivers Must Keep On Truckin' Delirium Tremens Changed Views On 19th Century Alcoholism http://kcur.org/post/delirium-tremens-changed-views-19th-century-alcoholism <p></p><p></p><p>Imagine watching a group of men mutilate the body of your mother.&nbsp; This is what poet Edgar Allan Poe experienced as a hallucination brought on by alcohol-induced delirium tremens, DT’s.&nbsp; On this edition of <a href="http://www.kcur.org/programs/date" target="_blank"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, Steve Kraske talks with historian Matthew Osborn to discover how this condition, first described in 1813, was the catalyst for changing how the medical profession diagnosed and treated the problems of alcohol abuse.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 23:00:25 +0000 Steve Kraske & Danie Alexander 58641 at http://kcur.org Delirium Tremens Changed Views On 19th Century Alcoholism Get A Clue: Looking At Crosswords http://kcur.org/post/get-clue-looking-crosswords <p></p><p>Look down, not up, and maybe have a glance sideways. Working on a crossword means examining words and letters in a way you usually wouldn't when you're just reading.</p><p>On Wednesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we look at the history of the crossword puzzle over the last hundred years.</p><p><strong>Guests: </strong></p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 16:28:40 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 58608 at http://kcur.org Get A Clue: Looking At Crosswords The True Life Of Kansas City Zookeepers http://kcur.org/post/true-life-kansas-city-zookeepers <p></p><p>So, you like animals? You enjoy watching them, taking care of them, and talking about them? Would you make a good zookeeper? Guest Host<a href="http://kcur.org/people/brian-ellison"> Brian Ellison</a> takes a look at the true life of Kansas City Zoo zookeepers on Tuesday's <em>Up to Date</em>. Find out what it's really like to chase a fugitive chimpanzee and keep the penguins healthy and happy in their habitat. Speaking of penguins, you can watch the penguins at the Kansas City Zoo live <a href="http://www.kansascityzoo.org/node/671">right here</a>.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 21:55:08 +0000 Brian Ellison, Hannah Copeland & Scott Ross 58549 at http://kcur.org The True Life Of Kansas City Zookeepers Supreme Court's 'Agency Fees' Ruling Impact On Kansas City Unions http://kcur.org/post/supreme-courts-agency-fees-ruling-impact-kansas-city-unions <p></p><p>Last week we saw the closing of another Supreme Court session with landmark rulings about religious freedom, cell phone privacy, and recess appointments. But there was another decision: a 5-4 ruling that may have an impact on unions and how they operate, including right in the Kansas City area. On Tuesday's <em>Up To Date,&nbsp; </em>guest host <a href="http://kcur.org/people/brian-ellison">Brian Ellison</a> talks with the AFL-CIO's Craig Becker on the highest court in the land's ruling on union agency fees.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 21:54:35 +0000 Brian Ellison & Hannah Copeland 58550 at http://kcur.org Supreme Court's 'Agency Fees' Ruling Impact On Kansas City Unions History And Future of Kansas City Scottish Rite Temple http://kcur.org/post/history-and-future-kansas-city-scottish-rite-temple <p></p><p>When you think of the Masons, images of secret societies and rituals may come to mind—but what about their architecture?</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 21:39:36 +0000 Brian Ellison & Hannah Copeland 58348 at http://kcur.org History And Future of Kansas City Scottish Rite Temple Weekend To-Do List: July 4-6 http://kcur.org/post/weekend-do-list-july-4-6 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Have a star-spangled weekend with this sizzling list of area entertainment from Brian </span>McTavish<span style="line-height: 1.5;">!</span></p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 18:08:01 +0000 Brian McTavish & Hannah Copeland 58337 at http://kcur.org Weekend To-Do List: July 4-6 The Untold Journey Of Civil Rights Photographers http://kcur.org/post/untold-journey-civil-rights-photographers <p></p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Brian Ellison & Hannah Copeland 58294 at http://kcur.org The Untold Journey Of Civil Rights Photographers Many States Fail On Policies For New Parents, Study Says http://kcur.org/post/many-states-fail-policies-new-parents-study-says <p>It's scary being a new parent, and many state regulations make the adjustment period very difficult for new moms and dads who have jobs. A recent study gives both Kansas and Missouri a failing grade in this area.</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 19:47:42 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 58273 at http://kcur.org Many States Fail On Policies For New Parents, Study Says Missouri And Kansas Among Worst States For New Parents http://kcur.org/post/missouri-and-kansas-among-worst-states-new-parents <p></p><p>A new study has rated Missouri and Kansas among the worst states in the country for new parents.</p><p>The National Partnership for Women &amp; Families <a href="http://www.nationalpartnership.org/research-library/work-family/expecting-better-2014.pdf">gave both states a failing grade</a> in the third edition of "Expecting Better," an analysis of economic supports for state and private sector workers with new children.</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 16:04:51 +0000 Cody Newill 58274 at http://kcur.org Missouri And Kansas Among Worst States For New Parents Journalist Examines 'What Wars Leave Behind' http://kcur.org/post/journalist-examines-what-wars-leave-behind <p></p><p></p><p>While armed conflicts are ongoing, media coverage brings images and sounds from the center of war zones to the world. But what happens when the guns go silent and the combatants and media go home?</p><p>J. Malcolm Garcia looks at the people left to survive in the aftermath in his book, <em>What Wars Leave Behind: The Faceless and the Forgotten. </em>On Wednesday's <a href="http://www.kcur.org/programs/date" target="_blank"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, the author talks with Steve Kraske about "the endless messiness of war and the failings of good intentions."</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 15:22:19 +0000 Steve Kraske & Danie Alexander 58271 at http://kcur.org Journalist Examines 'What Wars Leave Behind' Sunscreen & Swimming: Staying Safe In And Out Of The Water http://kcur.org/post/sunscreen-swimming-staying-safe-and-out-water <p></p><p></p><p>July is here and with it come picnics, fireworks, and trips to the local swimming hole. As the holiday weekend approaches, families throughout the Kansas City area are seeking relief from the heat at pools, lakes and rivers. But with a series of recent swimming-related accidents in the region, what should you know about summer safety?</p><p>On Tuesday's&nbsp;<a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date" target="_blank"><em>Up to Date</em></a> we discuss staying safe in and out of the water - whether you're working on your tan or enjoying a dip.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 21:02:58 +0000 Steve Kraske & Scott Ross 58188 at http://kcur.org Sunscreen & Swimming: Staying Safe In And Out Of The Water Kansas City's TEDxKC Challenges You To Participate http://kcur.org/post/kansas-citys-tedxkc-challenges-you-participate <p>Since 2009, Kansas City has hosted its own extension of the TED lecture series, TEDxKC. This year, something new has been introduced: members of the public are invited to submit their own lecture ideas, for the chance to win a place in the lineup of presenters.</p><p>On Tuesday's&nbsp;<a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date" target="_blank"><em>Up to Date</em></a> we talk about this year's TEDxKC - this year's theme, the challenge, why a spot on stage is up for grabs, and how you can participate.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 15:45:02 +0000 Steve Kraske & Scott Ross 58190 at http://kcur.org Kansas City's TEDxKC Challenges You To Participate Douglas County Grants Same-Sex Divorces Despite State Ban On Same-Sex Marriages http://kcur.org/post/douglas-county-grants-same-sex-divorces-despite-state-ban-same-sex-marriages <p></p><p>Kansas' constitutional ban on gay marriage hasn't stopped same-sex couples from getting divorced in Douglas County. &nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Monday's&nbsp;</span><a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank"><em>Up to Date</em></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Steve </span>Kraske<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> sat down with David Brown, a family lawyer in Lawrence who has personally helped two same-sex couples divorce.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 19:59:38 +0000 Cody Newill 58160 at http://kcur.org Douglas County Grants Same-Sex Divorces Despite State Ban On Same-Sex Marriages LGBT Issues: Divorce And Marriage http://kcur.org/post/lgbt-issues-divorce-and-marriage <p></p><p>What happens if things go sour for a married gay couple? Many Kansas counties would dismiss any divorce cases without hearing them, but not Douglas County.</p><p>In the second part of Monday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we&nbsp;examine how its policy is different and take a look at other new developments affecting the local LGBT community.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 16:47:47 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 58146 at http://kcur.org LGBT Issues: Divorce And Marriage Political Polls: Kansas Races http://kcur.org/post/political-polls-kansas-races <p></p><p>A new poll shows Gov. Sam Brownback trailing opposing Democrat Paul Davis, who’s showing support from independents and Republicans that many didn’t expect.</p><p>In the first part of Monday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we talk about that race, how Sen. Pat Roberts is faring against the competition and what former Missouri Congressman Todd Akin is saying this week.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 16:22:26 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 58144 at http://kcur.org Political Polls: Kansas Races Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' June 27 http://kcur.org/post/dates-indie-foreign-doc-critics-three-see-june-27 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><em><a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date">Up to Date</a></em>'s independent, foreign and documentary film critics share their favorites showing on area screens:</p><p><strong>Cynthia Haines:</strong></p><ul><li>Chef</li><li>Belle</li><li>Ida (English subtitles)</li></ul><p><strong>Steve Walker:</strong></p><ul><li><a href="http://kcur.org/post/film-review-woo-big-factory-tiny-village-plots-grand-seduction" target="_blank">The Grand Seduction</a></li><li>Ida</li><li>Cold in July</li></ul> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 08:10:07 +0000 Danie Alexander & Steve Walker & Cynthia Haines 58076 at http://kcur.org Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' June 27 The Best Music of 2014 — So Far http://kcur.org/post/best-music-2014-so-far-0 <p></p><p>We're almost halfway through 2014 and there's already been great music on the local, national and international stages.</p><p>From jazz to experimental ambient music, there's been something for pretty much everyone this year.&nbsp;</p><p>On Friday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date" target="_blank">Up to Date</a>, host Steve Kraske was joined by a panel of music lovers to find the best bands, albums, and tracks so far in 2014.&nbsp;</p><p>Here are our guests' picks:</p><p><strong>Local/Regional</strong></p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 20:32:40 +0000 Cody Newill 58055 at http://kcur.org The Best Music of 2014 — So Far Film Review: To Woo A Big Factory, Tiny Village Plots 'The Grand Seduction' http://kcur.org/post/film-review-woo-big-factory-tiny-village-plots-grand-seduction <p>When independent films feature a small town and a huge corporation at their core, they are usually depicted as foes like David and Goliath – the good and the average against the lumbering giant.</p><p>"Local Hero" from 1983 comes to mind, as does<em>&nbsp;"</em>Promised Land," the recent movie about fracking in the Midwest.<em>&nbsp;"</em>The Grand Seduction<em>,"&nbsp;</em>however, reverses that formula, proving that the battle lines aren’t always drawn that cleanly.</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 17:05:47 +0000 Steve Walker 57759 at http://kcur.org Film Review: To Woo A Big Factory, Tiny Village Plots 'The Grand Seduction' The Weekend To-Do List: June 27-29 http://kcur.org/post/weekend-do-list-june-27-29 <p></p><p></p><p>Make the final weekend in June your best one yet with Brian McTavish's Weekend To-Do List!</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 20:00:32 +0000 Steve Kraske, Brian McTavish & Hannah Copeland 57997 at http://kcur.org The Weekend To-Do List: June 27-29 College Tuition Rises While State Funding Decreases http://kcur.org/post/college-tuition-rises-while-state-funding-decreases <p></p><p></p><p>It's a struggle today for college students to pay their tuition. As costs continue to rise, states are backing away from funding higher education. Steve Kraske talks with the co-author of a <a href="http://chronicle.com/article/An-Era-of-Neglect/145045/">recent report</a> on this very problem. They look at why lawmakers in so many states are turning their backs on helping students get their degrees.</p><p><strong>Learn More: </strong>Find out who pays for public higher education, <a href="http://chronicle.com/article/Who-Pays-More/145063/">the state or the student</a>.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 19:34:05 +0000 Steve Kraske & Hannah Copeland 57993 at http://kcur.org College Tuition Rises While State Funding Decreases Students Lose Seats At Allen Fieldhouse After Vote To Cut Athletics Fee http://kcur.org/post/students-lose-seats-allen-fieldhouse-after-vote-cut-athletics-fee <p></p><p></p><p>Earlier this month the University of Kansas athletics department announced that Section U, a 120-seat area of Allen Fieldhouse previously reserved for students, would be reallocated to donor seating. The decision was a direct response to an attempt by the Student Senate to cut the mandatory athletics fee charged to all KU students.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Scott Ross 57928 at http://kcur.org Students Lose Seats At Allen Fieldhouse After Vote To Cut Athletics Fee World Cup: USA Needs To Draw With Germany On Thursday http://kcur.org/post/world-cup-usa-needs-draw-germany-thursday <p></p><p></p><p>On Wednesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we talk with Sporting KC player, Chance Myers, for insight on team USA's strategy to move on to the next round and one step closer to the championship.</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 21:02:29 +0000 Steve Kraske & Hannah Copeland 57931 at http://kcur.org World Cup: USA Needs To Draw With Germany On Thursday