Beth Lipoff

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Beth Lipoff grew up in Overland Park, Kan. and has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and a master's degree in public history from Royal Holloway, University of London.

Her work has appeared in the Kansas City Star, Sunset Magazine, the Johnson County Sun, the Kansas City Jewish Chronicle, Spirit Magazine, Northwestern Magazine, the Lawrence Journal-World and the Independence Examiner.

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10:42 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' December 19-21

Both of our critics recommend giving 'Wild' a try this weekend.

Looking for a break from the holiday craziness? Up to Date's independent, foreign, and documentary film critics have a few suggestions for you:

Cynthia Haines:

  • Wild
  • Birdman
  • St. Vincent

Steve Walker:

  • Wild
  • The Theory of Everything 
  • The Babadook
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2:55 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' December 5-7

'Force Majeure' made our critics' lists this week.

Still recovering from Thanksgiving? Try a good film for your relaxation this weekend. Up to Date's independent, foreign, and documentary film critics have a few recommendations for you:

Cynthia Haines:

  • Force Majeure
  • Nightcrawler
  • Whiplash

Steve Walker:

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1:22 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

What's Showing In Independent, Foreign & Documentary Film, December 5

'Pelican Dreams' is just one of the films the critics discussed on Up to Date.

Life on the open prairie can drive you crazy, and Tommy Lee Jones knows it in his latest flick.

On Friday's Up to Date, our independent, foreign and documentary film critics review The Homesman, as well as a new Stephen Hawking biopic, and we check out the story of a scramble to survive an avalanche-- and what that can do to a family.

Also on the agenda: our critics share their top 10 films of the year.

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10:58 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Family Traditions For The Holidays And Beyond

Cream cheese-stuffed celery is a tradition for some families.
Credit Rob Friesel / Flickr-CC

From serving stuffed celery sticks with cream cheese on the Thanksgiving table to participating in the Pilgrim Run every year or bringing kilts, scotch and good cheer to houses on New Year's Eve, family rituals take many different forms.

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11:32 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' November 21-23

'Force Majeure' is on critic Steve Walker's list this week.

With Thanksgiving approaching, lots of movies are opening. If you're looking for an alternative to the latest blockbuster,  check out these suggestions from Up to Date's independent, foreign, and documentary film critics:

Cynthia Haines:

  • Birdman
  • Skeleton Twins
  • Citizenfour

Steve Walker:

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11:52 am
Wed November 19, 2014

"Fashion's Enduring Marriage To Color"

Leatrice Eiseman is the author of 'Pantone on Fashion'.

Color has a wide-ranging impact on our day-to-day lives, but we don't always pay attention to it. It emotes memory and can determine an era-- just think of the 1960s.

On this edition of Up to Date Steve Kraske talks with Leatrice Eiseman about Pantone on Fashion: A Century of Color in Design. They discuss the psychological aspects of different hues, how the eye views color, and Pantone's Color of the Year. 

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10:58 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Examining The Power And Scandal Of Nelson Rockefeller

Richard Norton Smith is the author of 'On his Own Terms.'

Gerald Ford bumped Nelson Rockefeller off the 1976 presidential ticket. Two years later, the colorful four-term governor of New York managed to create scandalous headlines with the circumstances of his death.

On this broadcast of Up to Date, Steve Kraske and historian Richard Norton Smithe delve into the life and times of the former vice-president. They discuss his rise to political prominence and his rocky, but unapologetic, personal life.

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1:29 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

DVD Gurus: Film Noir

Actress Peggy Cummins joined Steve Kraske and the DVD Gurus in the studio.
Credit Beth Lipoff / KCUR

Beautiful women, crime and doomed lovers dominate the screen when it comes to film noir. At their height, these films featured star players, such as Humphrey Bogart, Burt Lancaster and Marilyn Monroe.

On Friday's Up to Date, our DVD Gurus highlighted their favorites of the genre. We also talked with a few special guests from the Noir City film festival.

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12:57 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' November 14-16

Bill Murray chills as a child mows his backyard dirt patch in 'St. Vincent.'

The weather's awfully cold, but movie theaters should be nice and toasty this weekend. Up to Date's independent, foreign, and documentary film critics have a few suggestions for you once you get there:

Cynthia Haines:

  • Birdman
  • St. Vincent
  • Citizenfour

Steve Walker:

  • Citizenfour
  • Nightcrawler
  • Rosewater
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11:57 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' November 7-9

Our critics recommend the Edward Snowden documentary 'Citizenfour.'

Take the chill out of the autumn air with a good film this weekend and check out these recommendations from Up to Date's independent, foreign, and documentary film critics:

Cynthia Haines:

  • Skeleton Twins
  • St. Vincent
  • Birdman

Steve Walker:

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11:15 am
Fri November 7, 2014

What's Showing In Independent, Foreign & Documentary Film, November 7

'Birdman' is just one of the films our critics discussed this week.

A marriage proposal leads one woman to hiding out in the home of her 16-year-old best friend, and a young boy finds an unlikely friend in the bawdy, hedonistic veteran next door.

On Friday's Up to Date, our indie, documentary and foreign film critics are back to review the latest films showing on area screens. We also look at the story of Edward Snowden and how an actor tries to make a comeback on Broadway.

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11:24 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Political Pundits: Election Aftermath

Political Pundits Robyn Kuhlmann and Dave Helling discuss the November election.
Credit Beth Lipoff / KCUR

Kansas was a fierce battleground in this election, but when the dust settled, it was the Republicans who eked out a victory for the governor’s office. Their 10-point Senate win came with less political sweat.

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11:39 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Remembering The Legacy Of WWI's Buffalo Soldiers

Soldiers from the 367th Infantry were one part of the many units of Buffalo Soldiers in World War I.
Credit Western Newspaper Union / NARA/Wikimedia Commons

They served with distinction in World War I but the Buffalo Soldiers are not always remembered for their contributions during the Great War.

On Monday's Up to Date, we look at these regiments of African-American soldiers, their heroism and the racism they faced. 

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11:25 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Saved By The Whistle: Truman's Campaign Of 1948

Credit University Press of New England

Candidates crisscross the country with relative ease these days, but back in 1948, a real train whistle ruled a whistle-stop campaign. That year the presidency went to Harry Truman after he covered 31,000 miles by rail and gave 352 speeches along the way.

On Monday's Up to Date, we take a look at the underdog effort that kept Truman in the White House.

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12:22 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' October 31-November 2

Melissa McCarthy talks with Bill Murray in 'St. Vincent.'

Feeling festive with the Halloween weekend? Up to Date's independent, foreign, and documentary film critics share their favorite films showing on area screens:

Cynthia Haines: 

  • Birdman
  • St. Vincent
  • Rudderless

Steve Walker: 

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Up to Date
11:09 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Political Pundits: Midterm Election Blitz

Paul Davis and Sam Brownback are running a very close race for governor.

There’s a chill in the air, and a forbidding wind is rustling through the trees. But which is scarier—the ghouls and ghosts of Halloween or the campaigning for the midterm election?

On Friday's Up to Date, the Political Pundits return to talk about the issues surrounding the close races in Kansas for secretary of state, governor and especially for the U.S. Senate, where a leadership change is a real possibility.

Plus, we have a look at the buzz surrounding the Missouri governor’s race of 2016. 

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12:34 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

For Some KC Businesses, World Series Impact Isn't So Big

People are flocking to buy Royals gear, but some local businesses aren't seeing a World Series boom.
Credit Julie Denesha / KCUR

Here in Kansas City, the hotels are booked solid, and people are snatching up anything in royal blue. For some sectors of the business community, life is very, very good right now. For others, the baseball action doesn't translate into extra dollars.

On Wednesday's Up to Date, we take a look at how the World Series is having an impact on the local economy and why it might not be pumping in extra money as much as redistributing business success.

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10:28 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Voter Guide: Races In Kansas, Amendments In Missouri

Kansas voters face several close races at the polls next Tuesday, while Missouri voters must sort through a tangle of ballot amendments.
Credit Keith Ivey / Flickr-CC

The campaigning is getting intense in the last week before this year's general election. From the fierce Senate and governor's races in Kansas to a handful of constitutional amendments over the state line in Missouri, there's a lot of information to plow through on your way to the ballot box.

On Monday's Up to Date, we explore some of the key issues of these races.

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10:28 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Janet Napolitano Discusses Middle East, Academia

Janet Napolitano is the former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security.
Credit United States Department of Homeland Security / Wikimedia Commons

After her stint as secretary of Homeland Security ended in 2013, former Arizona governor Janet Napolitano became president of the University of California system. The transition made for quite a change, but she said she's up for the challenge.

On Wednesday's Up to Date, we talk with Napolitano about looking in hindsight at Middle East policies and the challenges her new position presents.

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10:00 am
Wed October 22, 2014

In Wake Of Angel Hooper Shooting, The Community's Role In Decreasing Violence

Angel Hooper died last week after being shot in a drive-by.

As Kansas City prepared for the spotlight of the World Series, a little girl stepped out of a local convenience store. A car drove by, someone fired shots, and in seconds, six-year old Angel Hooper was dead. In the days since her murder, the Kansas City Police Department has received only two tips in its investigation.

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1:22 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Debate Continues Over Plans For Kemper Arena

The future of Kemper Arena remains uncertain.
Credit Americasroof / Wikimedia Commons

Two competing plans are in the works for the future of Kemper Arena-- one would tear down Kemper Arena, the other would keep it.

On Friday's Up to Date, Steve Kraske discussed the two plans with Kansas City Star reporter Lynn Horsley and Kansas City Councilman Ed Ford, who is chair of the planning and zoning committee. The first plan, from the Foutch Brothers, would spend $22 million to acquire Kemper Arena from the city, then repurpose it for youth basketball, volleyball and other athletics. 

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1:07 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

That Sniffle Probably Isn't Ebola, KU Med Chief Says

A worker in Guinea takes precautions related to Ebola.
Credit European Commission DG ECHO / Flickr-CC

We've all heard about the specter of the Ebola outbreak, yet many people don't understand what Ebola actually is.

On Friday's Up to Date, Steve Kraske discusses how the virus spreads and how to tell if you've just got the flu and not Ebola with the chief medical officer of the University of Kansas Hospital, Dr. Lee Norman.

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12:56 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' October 18-20

'The Green Prince' made both our critics' lists this week.

The World Series doesn't start until Tuesday, but area theaters have movies ready now. Up to Date's independent, foreign, and documentary film critics share their favorite films showing on area screens:

Cynthia Haines:

  • The Skeleton Twins
  • The Drop
  • The Green Prince

Steve Walker: 

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Up to Date
3:25 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Challenger For Kansas Governor, Paul Davis Talks Education, Taxes

Paul Davis joins Steve Kraske in the studio on Up to Date
Credit Beth Lipoff / KCUR

Taxes, public schools and energy are just three of the issues on the radar for the contentious governor's race in Kansas.

On Wednesday's Up to Date, gubernatorial challenger Paul Davis joined Steve Kraske in the studio for a discussion about his campaign. Gov. Sam Brownback declined to appear, citing scheduling conflicts.

Davis addressed the credit rating downgrades Kansas has faced in the last year.

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3:01 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Before They Were Royals: On The Field In High School

Credit Keith Allison / Flickr-CC

You’ve seen the boys in blue dominating the field in Baltimore and at the K, but they weren’t always pros.

We take a peek into the past of a few of the Royals… to see how they played in high school.

  • Tim Collins, pitcher
  • Hometown: Worcester, MA

Dave Nordman, deputy managing editor of sports at the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, remembers Collins who "was always the smallest player on his team" at 5'5", but "even for his size, he was just the best player on his team by far." (Collins is now 5'7".)

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5:06 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Candidates For Johnson County Commission Chair Debate Taxes, Transparency

Ed Eilert and Patricia Lightner are both running for Johnson County Commission Chair.

The race for county commission chair in Johnson County is already hot and getting more fiery. Monday on Up to Date, Steve Kraske spoke with the two candidates, incumbent Ed Eilert and challenger Patricia Lightner.

The two  disagreed on the openness of the county's current government.

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2:53 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Flipping Through The Pages At Prospero's

Steve Kraske interviewed the owners of Prospero's Books in Kansas City, Mo.
Credit Beth Lipoff / KCUR

The book business is alive and well at Prospero's Books in Kansas City, Mo. The store gained notoriety a few years ago when co-owners Tom Wayne and Will Leathem burned a funeral pyre of books out of frustration at the state of the business.

On Friday's Up to Date, Steve Kraske stopped by the store to discuss its history, good reads and more.

Guests: 

  • Tom Wayne, co-owner of Prospero's Books
  • Will Leathem, co-owner of Prospero's Books
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1:12 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' October 10-12

'The Notebook' takes a look at the experience of two children during World War II.

Looking for films to see when you're not glued to the Royals games? Up to Date's independent, foreign, and documentary film critics share their favorite films showing on area screens:

Steve Walker:

Cynthia Haines

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Up To Date
3:40 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Passing The College Application Process

Credit TheBlackHour.com

It's that time of year when many high school seniors take on a new title, college applicant. For them and their parents it can be an all-consuming process. On this edition of Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with Pembroke Hill teacher and college counselor, Tom Medlock, and one of its students going through the process, Seun Adebo. They examine the elements of the total package that is a college application.

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10:52 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Senate Challenger Greg Orman Gears Up For Final Four Weeks

Greg Orman, Senate challenger to Pat Roberts joins Steve Kraske on Up to Date.
Credit Beth Lipoff/KCUR

Senate races in Kansas aren't usually big news in the rest of the country, but this is an unusual year. Greg Orman, challenger to incumbent Pat Roberts, is running as an independent. If he wins, that would make him a much more powerful senator.

On Monday's Up to Date, we talk with Orman about how he's different from Roberts, what his main policy stances are and how his background got him to this moment. We invited Pat Roberts to join this discussion, but he did not respond to our repeated requests.

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