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Up to Date focuses on pressing issues, both local and national, including politics, economics, planning and design, history and entertainment - topics that have an impact on the lives of the Greater Kansas City region.

  • Monday: This Is What You Just Put In Your Mouth/ Food Allergies 
  • Tuesday: Sarah Chayes: Corruption and Geopolitical Turmoil / Clinton Hercules / Statehouse Blend
  • Wednesday: Royals' GM Dayton Moore /Local Listen
  • Thursday: Peter Slevin Michelle Obama: A Life / Weekend To Do List
  • Friday: TBD

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A well-known writer chooses a book — and we all read it. That's the premise of NPR's Morning Edition Book Club. 

Poison in your mouthwash? Roach killer in your coffee? On this edition of Up To Date, we discuss some of the ingredients in everyday products that may surprise you. 

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  • Patrick Di Justo is a former editor at WIRED and author of This Is What You Just Put In Your Mouth? From Eggnog to Beef Jerky, the Surprising Secrets of What’s Inside Everyday Products.

For the estimated 15 million Americans with food allergies, what they eat can be deadly. On this edition of Up To Date, we discuss how food intolerances develop in children and adults and how to treat them.

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Dr. Jeffrey Wald is an allergist with Kansas City Allergy & Asthma Associates.

If you prefer the light of a movie theater to sunshine, Up to Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics have some suggestions for your light sources this weekend.

Cynthia Haines

Clouds of Sils Maria, R

  • A veteran actress confronts ageism.

Ex Machina, R

  • A young computer programmer is hired to test a new type of artificial intelligence.

Seymour: An Introduction, PG

Explore the story behind the mysterious gnome houses that appeared along a local walkway, and get the inside scoop on a special group of studio musicians. These stories and more are appearing on local screens this weekend, and our indie, foreign and documentary film critics know which ones are worth the ticket price.

The Gnomist,  special showing at the Jewish Community Center May 9

The Gnomist

When Sharon Liese started to hear buzz about tiny fairy homes in an Overland Park forest, she knew it was something special. On this edition of Up To Date, Steve Kraske speaks with Liese about how she and her crew discovered the stores of the three women she features in her 19-minute documentary film, The Gnomist.

How much is a good teacher worth? Around $50 trillion by 2090, according to Eric Hanushek's calculations. On this edition of Up To Date, we discuss the economic value of quality teaching and the radical steps Hanushek proposes to achieve that goal.

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Last year's shootings at Jewish facilities in Overland Park highlighted continuing anti-Semitic attitudes in the United States, but it remains a global problem as well. So much so that in 2004  the U.S. created a position dedicated to fighting anti-Semitism around the world. On this edition of Up To Date, Steve Kraske speaks with the man who holds that job. 

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  • Ira Forman is the U.S. Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism. 

At the same time people were taking to the streets and marching for civil rights in the 1960s, a few men were fighting to end racism simply by going to work — for NASA. On this edition of Up To Date, we learn about the contributions of the first African-Americans to the space program and to the struggle for civil equality. 

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Mat Shoare  is a fixture on the area’s indie-rock scene. He recently released “Right as Rain,” a collection of melodic power-pop songs with gloomy undercurrents.  

  This week’s edition of Local Listen features the album’s opening track which plays as a sardonic fantasy about committing a heinous act.  Here is “Murder”.      To hear more, Mat Shoare will perform at the RecordBar on Friday, May 1. 

Democrat Kansas Rep. Jim Ward from Witchita, provides an insider perspective on the historic 2015 legislative session underway in Topeka. 

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Creative genius is often considered a solo act, but history and science tell us that success more often  stems from collaboration. From John Lennon and Paul McCartney to Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, we discuss the power of working in pairs. 

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Johnson County Museum

Drive around some of Johnson County’s neighborhoods and you may be able to guess when the neighborhood was developed — based on the architecture alone.

Following World War II, ranch houses were being built at record levels. The single-story, open concept style was the perfect starter home for new families.

“It was the first house ever to be mass produced in the United States,” said Mary Van Balgooy.

With a growing reputation for welcoming and fostering tech startups, things became awkward for Kansas City , Mo. last year when ride-hiring services Lyft and Uber came to town. Now that an agreement has finally been reached, we recount the steps it took to get there. 

Guests:

  • Andy Hung is the General Manager of Uber Kansas City.
  • Cindy Circo is Mayor Pro Tem of Kansas City, Mo.
  • Matt Hodapp has been reporting on the Uber story for KCUR.
Ashley Gilbertson

When heading into a war zone, not many choose a camera over a rifle. This edition of Up To Date explores the lives of two war photographers who covered conflict in Iraq, Afghanistan, and in the States. 

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Lisa Rodriguez / KCUR

Between teaching at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, writing for the Kansas City Star, and hosting Up To Date, you might think KCUR’s Steve Kraske doesn’t have time to spend reading. But you'd be wrong.

The voracious non-fiction reader has brought some titles from his bookshelf to share. He spoke with the authors of three of his picks on Up To Date.

Local Listen: La Guerre

Apr 24, 2015
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More than 120 acts are performing Ink’s Middle of the Map Festival this week, and La Guerre is one of them. The solo project of Lawrence-based Katlyn Conroy, La Guerre specializes in intimate indie-rock.

This week’s edition of Local Listen features La Guerre’s muted “Lover’s Sway.” La Guerre will appear at the Record Bar at 4:15 p.m. Saturday, April 25.

Thunderclouds might be creating a scary tableaux outside, but on the silver screen you can choose a different backdrop. Try a suggestion from Up to Date's indie, foreign and documentary critics this weekend.

Cynthia Haines:

Wrecking Crew

  • Documentary about legendary studio musicians

Seymour: An Introduction

  • Documentary about a pianist who found his calling as a teacher

Woman in Gold

If you want to catch a flick in Kansas City, there are plenty of options. You could stream movies from your own couch, or venture out to a multiplex for an IMAX screen experience. We explore what keeps so many Kansas Citians going to smaller, independent movie theaters. 

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For decades, politicians have battled over how to regard people who suffer chronic pain.  Are we a compassionate nation or are we enabling people to take advantage of the system?

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New revenue numbers in Kansas have dipped again, leaving lawmakers with a budget shortfall in the hundreds of millions of dollars. On this edition of Up To Date, we talk about what led to the larger than expected deficit, and what Kansas lawmakers can do to close it. 

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  • Bryan Lowry is with the Topeka bureau of The Wichita Eagle.
  • Duane Goossen served as the Kansas Budget Director from 1998 to 2010.

On this Earth Day, we speak with two conservationists about local and nationwide efforts to protect the planet. We talk about how preserving our air, water and land can be good for business, and the challenges of passing environmental legislation in the United States. 

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Matt Hodapp / KCUR

Republican Kansas Rep. Stephanie Clayton from Overland Park, provides an insider perspective on the historic 2015 legislative session underway in Topeka. 

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HDR, City of Kansas City

In just over two months, Kansas Citians will take to the polls to elect 12 council members that will lead the city for the next four years.

Due to term-limits, half of the seats held by incumbents will be wide open, which means that if Mayor Sly James is re-elected, which looks likely, he will have a council very different from the one he enjoyed his first four years.

You can’t avoid death and taxes, but you can -- and should -- plan for them. The financial planners return on Monday's Up to Date to discuss how you can do that successfully.

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cdbaby.com

  New York based drummer Matt Kane returned to Kansas City last year to record compositions by Ahmad Alaadeen, Pat Metheny and Bobby Watson. The resulting album, Acknowledgement, features the Kansas City Generations Sextet, an ensemble of local luminaries including local saxophonist Steve Lambert and trumpeter Hermon Mehari. This week’s Local Listen is a sensitive rendition of Metheny’s “Question and Answer”.

Matt Kane reunites with members of the band Friday and Saturday, April 24-25, at the Green Lady Lounge to celebrate the release of "Acknowledgement".

  

  The last time the Oakland A’s came to town, the result was one of the wildest come-from-behind victories in Kansas City sports history. Tonight’s rematch at the K marks an historic comeback of another sort, at least for one longtime fan favorite. Commentator Victor Wishna explains in “A Fan’s Notes.”

In the history of Kauffman Stadium, only a handful of men have stepped up to the plate more often than William Raymond Butler, Jr. His 2,422 appearances include seven home openers, one All-Star debut, and, of course, the bottom-of-the-ninth in Game Seven of the World Series. Tonight, he’ll be there again for the first time since. And, for the first time ever, this home plate won’t be home.

The Royals have started this year with the same intensity that electrified the city in October. It’s as if they don’t realize the season ever ended. Which makes it even harder to believe that Billy Butler, the man known as “Country Breakfast,” is now an Oakland Athletic. It’ll be tough to see him in that green-and-gold, only in part because no one looks good in those colors. The A’s will come in here looking to avenge their Wild-Card humiliation. But for Butler and fans, the sure-to-be-bittersweet reunion calls for a warmer brand of payback.

This weekend has it all: rain, Royals and a whole slate of films for you to try. Up to Date's indie, foreign and documentary critics have some suggestions to guide your appointment with the silver screen:

Cynthia Haines

Seymour: An Introduction 

  • Inspirational documentary about 88 year old pianist Seymour Bernstein 

Wild Tales 

  The gun has officially gone off for the 2016 presidential elections, and NPR's team of political correspondents and editors are working around the clock to bring you the latest from the White House and the campaign trail. On this edition of Up To Date, we check in with Tamara Keith, Scott Horsley, and Domenico Montanaro

Jennifer Teege was strolling through her local library in Hamburg, Germany when she happened upon a book about the daughter of a brutal Nazi commandant—and recognized her mother's picture. Her life was turned upside down as she learned more about her infamous grandfather. It resulted in her recently released book, My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me: A Black Woman Discovers her Family’s Nazi Past.

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