Danie Alexander

Associate Producer, Announcer

Danette (Danie) Alexander first came to KCUR in 2007 as an intern for Up to Date after completing her B.A. in Communications at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. After her KCUR internship was completed, Danie continued to spend her mornings assisting senior producer Stephen Steigman as a volunteer with the show.  Her radio experience also includes stints with public radio's New Letters on the Air as a broadcast engineer and on local public radio as host of a weekly overnight call-in show.

In December 2011, Danie started as a temporary on-air announcer and is now the regular voice on Saturday afternoons.  In August 2012 she became the associate producer for Up to Date where one of her assignments is  producing the weekly segment 90-Mile View.  

Danette Alexander also holds a B.S. degree from William Woods University. Originally from Long Island, NY, she and her husband Steven Alexander live in Raytown when they’re not working on their future retirement property on Tablerock Lake.

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Up To Date
3:44 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign And Doc Critics' 'Three To See' January 23-25

Steve Carell portrays John du Pont in "Foxcatcher."
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  The weather forecast for the next few days makes getting out and about a no-brainer.  Top off your weekend  by taking in a movie.  Up To Date's indie, foreign and documentary critics offer their picks to see this weekend.

Cynthia Haines:

  • Selma
  • Boyhood
  • Birdman

Steve Walker:

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Up To Date
1:46 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Local Listen: Bassist Bob Bowman

 Bob Bowman has been a fixture on Kansas City’s jazz scene for years.  He recently released Songs for Sandra, a radiant album that demonstrates why Bowman is respected as the dean of Kansas City’s bassists.  This edition of Local Listen features the new track Street Cartwheels

Hear More: Bob Bowman will perform with his group Bow Dog at the Blue Room on Friday, January 23.

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Up To Date
12:19 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

The "News Sorority": The Rise Of Female News Anchors

Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric and Christiane Amanpour shattered the glass ceiling when they broke into the boys' club of TV news. These gifted journalists transformed the way Americans view the news.

On this edition of Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with the author of a new book that examines the struggles these women faced on their path to the anchor chair. We look at the individual strengths that shaped them and pushed them to success, and what their legacies will be. 

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Arts & Culture
10:19 am
Fri January 2, 2015

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' January 2-4

Miles Teller (left) is an aspiring drummer and J.K. Simmons his demanding teacher in "Whiplash".
Credit Miramax

Weather reports are calling for bitter temperatures this weekend so a warm movie theater may be just the place to spend some time.  The Up to Date independent, foreign, and documentary film critics have some suggestions that will make it worth getting in the car:

Cynthia Haines:

  • Boyhood
  • Wild
  • Whiplash

Steve Walker:

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Up To Date
10:52 am
Fri December 26, 2014

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' December 26-28

Benedict Cumberbatch (left) as Alan Turing and Charles Dance (right) as Commander Denniston in "The Imitation Game".
Credit Black Bear Pictures

It is a tradition for many to take in a movie over the holiday weekend.  If you're trying to decide which to see, Up to Date's independent, foreign, and documentary film critics have a few suggestions for you:

Cynthia Haines:

  • Boyhood
  • Wild
  • Whiplash

Steve Walker:

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Up To Date
10:28 am
Fri December 26, 2014

The Best Independent, Documentary And Foreign Films of 2014

"Boyhood" was the only film that made all three Top Ten lists of the Up to Date reviewers.
Credit IFC Entertainment

For those who prefer art houses for their film viewing, it's been a very good year. From the class system that develops on a train of the future to musician Nick Cave marking his 20,000th day on the planet to a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland,  independent, documentary and foreign filmmakers have given moviegoers plenty to choose from.

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Up To Date
4:00 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Local Listen: Black Crack Review

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Black Crack Review, BCR for short, has been puzzling and thrilling audiences in Kansas City with an eccentric blend of rock, jazz and world music for decades.

This week's edition of Local Listen features "AfroKlez," a representative track from BCR's 1995 album "Off-World Beat."

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Up To Date
2:11 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Planned Use For Drone At University Of Missouri

An Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) hovers over a cornfield.
Credit nimbus.unl.edu

In the Middle East the U.S. military has used drones with great effect.  More properly called UAS or UAV for Unmanned Aerial Systems or Vehicle, their use on American soil for more peaceful purposes have been a source of controversy.

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Up To Date
1:34 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Jazz Singer Karrin Allyson Is Back In Kansas City

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A gypsy life isn't unusual among musicians and Karrin Allyson certainly leads one.  Her official biography includes a childhood in the Midwest, schooling in the Bay area, a stint in Minneapolis, a home base now in New York City and tours that take her around the world.

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Up To Date
2:06 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Journalism In World War I Through The Pen Of A Kansas City Reporter

Otto Higgins, World War I correspondent for the Kansas City Star, in uniform.
National World War I Museum

For many families in America during World War I, newspaper reports were their only connection with loved ones serving in the trenches. On this edition of Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with a journalism historian and an archivist from the World War I museum about the life of journalists reporting from the front lines during the Great War.

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Up To Date
2:45 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

The State Of Women's Healthcare In Kansas And Missouri

In recent years, women in Kansas and Missouri have found it harder to access complete health care. In this edition of Up to Date, we talk with two providers about the reasons healthcare access is more difficult. We also discuss the challenges health centers face in providing care, and the difficulties patients face in accessing care. 

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Up To Date
7:15 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

What Makes A Crime One Of Hate

Mourners attend a memorial for Abdisamad Sheikh-Hussein, the Somali teen killed by a hit-and-run driver.
Credit Cody Newill / KCUR

This spring a man opened fire at Jewish sites in Overland Park, KS killing three.  Just last week a Kansas City, Mo. Muslim Somali youth died after he was the target of a hit-and-run.  Go east and the Bosnian community in St. Louis in the first week of this month has seen one of its members murdered and another dragged from her car and beaten.

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Up To Date
2:17 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Is Kansas City, Missouri On The Right Track?

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Throughout the year we put the Kansas City metro area under a microscope examining the details of the events and issues facing its residents and leaders.

On this edition of Up to Date, we zoom out for a broader view. Steve Kraske and three area journalists bring us their analysis, thoughts, and observations on what's working and what's not in Kansas City, Mo. 

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Up To Date
10:59 am
Wed December 3, 2014

The End Of Life For A Champion Tree

The felled logs of the giant silver maple.
Courtesy/Christopher Jones

Trees have lives, but even as long as those lives can be, trees do die. When a tree's condition threatens structures and utility lines, property owners come face to face with the inevitable. On this edition of Up to Date, one such owner tells the tale of a tremendous silver maple that once shaded his backyard. Joining the conversation is a spokesperson for KCP&L with steps utilities take to keep power lines clear and safe.

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Up To Date
5:28 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

KCK Mayor Mark Holland: 'We're Going To Move The Needle'

The Healthy Campus master plan for development in downtown Kansas City, Kan.
Credit Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kan.

“We don’t have time to wait for a survey to find out what people need. We’ve already known the work, and we know what people need.” That was at-large Commissioner Mark Holland in March of 2013 at a mayoral candidate forum.

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Arts & Culture
11:05 am
Mon December 1, 2014

PHOTOS: A Glimpse At Johnson County's Mid-Century Modern Architecture

A new exhibition at the Johnson County Museum in Shawnee, Kan., attempts to answer a tough question: What is modernism?

After World War II, architecture across the United States went through a radical, modern transformation. And Johnson County, Kan. was no exception. It was a time when North Americans believed "the future was bright and possibilities were endless."

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Arts & Culture
1:18 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Kansas City Artist Uses Bread As A Means Of Social Change

In one of his community projects, Fresh Bread, Sean Starowitz set up shop in vacant lots and sold bread, priced for the neighborhood.
Credit Sean Starowitz / Courtesy photo

Bread can serve as an important connector between people.

It can fuel discussions, break through social barriers and institute change. 

A 2014 Charlotte Street Foundation award winner, Sean Starowitz is an artist whose work is hard to place on the walls of galleries. As the artist-in-residence at Farm to Market Bread Co., his projects often focus on bread and community. 

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Up To Date
12:34 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Local Listen: Kasey Rausch

Kasey Rausch is the most prominent member of a new generation of dedicated folk musicians in Kansas City. This week's edition of Local Listen features a rollicking song from Rausch’s new album, Guitar in Hand.  Take a listen to "The Gospel of Winfield."

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Up To Date
5:23 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Overland Park Man Treks Across Kansas, Again

Henry Fortunato outside his home in Overland Park, Kansas.
Credit courtesy of Henry Fortunato

One day in mid-September, Henry Fortunato stepped out the front door of his home in Overland Park, Kansas and began a walk that would continue for the next 39 days and take him to the western edge of the state.

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Up To Date
12:27 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Wes Crenshaw: How ADHD Affects Couples

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Millions of teens and adults have been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

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Up To Date
2:43 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Renée Blanche: Maintaining The Calm With 20 Years Of 'Night Tides'

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Over the course of 20 years the KCUR music program Night Tides has offered “an eclectic blend of contemplative instrumental and electronic music” on the airwaves every Sunday from 8 p.m. - midnight. Right along with those soothing melodies has been the distinctive voice of its host, Renée Blanche.

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Up To Date
12:09 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Fund For Teachers Lets Educators Bring Unique Experiences To Their Classrooms

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Fund for Teachers provides local educators the money to gain unique experiences from around the world and bring them back to their students, and school communities. On this edition of Up To Date, guest host Danie Alexander talks with a panel about the process and results of this program. 

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Up To Date
2:42 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Veterinarian Wayne Hunthausen: Preparing Your Pet For Cold Weather And The Holidays

Yellow Labrador Retriever
Credit Hand / Wikimedia Commons

Here comes cold weather. And here come the holidays. So it's probably a good time to have a conversation about how to prepare your dogs or cats for all this.

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Up To Date
3:46 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

A Fan's Notes: An Ode To The Kansas City Royals

Kansas City Royals players celebrate one of their many victories from the 2014 season.
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The outlook wasn't brilliant for the Royals at the end.

The score stood three to two, with only one chance to extend
This magnificent, magical season. And from where we sat,
With Bumgarner in, hope was dim as K.C. came to bat.

Hosmer: down. Butler: out. Is this how we’d end the story?
Would the heroes of ’85 not pass on their glory?
Gordo stepped to the batter’s box, locked in, and snapped his gum,
And thousands—make that millions—pondered just how far we’d come.

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Up To Date
12:08 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Dirt: The Foundation Of Civilizations

Credit Anne Biklé

Dr. David Montgomery is a Professor of Geomorphology at the University of Washington.  He works to bring the impact of geological processes on human history to a wider audience.  Montgomery joins Steve Kraske to explain why dirt is the foundation of civilizations, how we're losing it to erosion, and the lessons geology teaches us.

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Up To Date
2:20 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Kansas City's Union Cemetery: The Garden Of Time

Grave markers at Kansas City's Union Cemetery.
Credit Union Cemetery Historical Society

Union Cemetery in Kansas City, MO is the city’s oldest public cemetery. It serves as the final resting place for some of the area’s early pioneers, civic leaders and veterans. On this broadcast of Up to Date, we look at this "hidden gem in the middle of a busy city" and the new book that tells the story of Union Cemetery.

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Up To Date
2:50 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Local Listen: White Girl

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In one of the most striking transformations on the Kansas City music scene in recent memory ... Martin Bush has completely reinvented himself.  Once a prominent metallic punk rocker, Bush is now a dance music guru.  Operating under the moniker White Girl, Bush makes industrial electronic music. 

This week's edition of Local Listen features the A-side of the new 7-inch single "M.E.T.R.O.R.O.C.K."

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Up To Date
4:04 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Former U.S. Poet Laureate Writes A Poem For The Kansas City Royals

Billy Collins, U.S. Poet Laureate 2001-2003, joined Steve Kraske in-studio Thursday.
Credit Bill Anderson / KCUR

When Up To Date host Steve Kraske was joined in studio by Billy Collins, he wasn't expecting the former U.S. Poet Laureate to have scribed a few lines a la Casey at the Bat as he waited in the green room.

But, impressed by the Royals and their fans, Collins offered this tribute.

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Up To Date
3:10 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

The Suburban, Domestic And Middle Class Poetry Of Billy Collins

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Billy Collins likes to remind people that he once served as Poet Laureate of the United States when he gives talks around the country. It serves as a punch line of sorts for him, but what a line it is. 

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Up To Date
12:57 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

DiDonato Invites 40,000 Fans To Sing With Her At Kauffman Stadium

Mezzo soprano Joyce DiDonato, a Royals fan for decades, sings the National Anthem on Wednesday.
Credit courtesy: Joyce DiDonato

After a social media campaign with the twitter hashtag #LetJoyceSing, a Change.org petition, an invitation from Major League Baseball to sing in Game 7 of the World Series -- and the Royals victory that assured there would be a Game 7, Prairie Village, Kan. native Joyce DiDonato is ready to sing the National Anthem in the final game.

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