Up To Date

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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: Up to Date is off. Enjoy Reveal documentary on citizens using cameras to record police behavior
  • Tuesday: Crisis in Congress / Export-Import Bank / Statehouse Blend
  • Wednesday: Annie Presley: Read This When I'm Dead /America's Infrastructure/ Local Listen
  • Thursday: Religion Survey of America / Pianos On Parade / Weekend To-Do List
  • Friday: Sports Technology

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There's a better way to prepare  your loved ones for your death. Local author Annie Presley sits down with Steve Kraske to discuss her workbook Read This... When I'm Dead: A Guide to Getting Your Stuff Together for Your Loved Ones.  They also look back on some of her more memorable moments as a political fundraiser. 

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Two journalists are traveling across the country in a 1949 Hudson Commodore to explore the state of America's infrastructure.  On this edition of Up to Date, we spend some time with them during their stopover in Kansas City.

Guests:

  • Aileen Cho is Senior Editor of Transportation Projects for the Engineering News-Record and ENR.com.
  • Dan McNichol is an author and journalist whose work focuses on mega construction projects in the United States and around the world.

Do you know what the Export-Import Bank of The United States does? On this edition of Up To Date, guest host Stephen Steigman discusses the role of the bank and why it matters in Kansas City.

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  • Fred Hochberg is the Chairman and President of the Export-Import Bank of the United States. 

Extreme partisan divisions have given the U.S. Congress a bad rap. Its inability to compromise has resulted in an ineffective government and public disapproval. We look at the effects of having such a polarized institution with two former congressmen who offer suggestions for how it might be saved.

Guests:

  • Tom Davis (R) represented Virginia's 11th district from 1994 to 2008.
  • Martin Frost (D) represented Texas' 24th district from 1979 to 2005. 
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On this week's Statehouse Blend, reporters from the Kansas Statehouse dissect what we've seen so far and what we can expect as the session heads into overtime. 

This is an excerpt from Statehouse Blend. You can listen to the full episode here.

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Hotel Muehlebach Centennial Times

In May of 1915, the Hotel Muehlebach opened its doors in downtown Kansas City with a 500 balloon release from the roof. In the 100 years since, there have been booms and busts, multiple renovations, and visits from Babe Ruth, The Beatles and 16 presidents.

At its opening, the Muehlebach was boasted as the most opulent hotel in Kansas City, originally with 12 stories, 500 rooms, two restaurants, a tea room and a music room. It was the first hotel in the area to have air conditioning — a luxury at the time.

The combination of bored kids with lots of free time in the summer can be a challenge for parents, especially those living in the urban core where resources are stretched and choices are often limited. On this edition of Up To Date, guest host Danie Alexander discusses summer programs for inner city youth in Kansas City.

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Need something to fill the hours of your three-day weekend? Up to Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics have a few suggestions for you.

Cynthia Haines:

Ex Machina, R

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

The Wrecking Crew, PG

  • Documentary about legendary studio musicians

Seymour: An Introduction, PG

Local Listen: Cadillac Flambé

May 21, 2015

  Cadillac Flambé is one of the acts slated to perform on one of six stages at the Westport Roots Festival this Saturday. The Kansas City ensemble is a battle-tested blues-rock band. This week’s edition of Local Listen features the seething title track of Cadillac Flambé’s 2014 album “Old American Law.”

The Westport Roots Festival takes place Saturday and Sunday, May 23 - 24.   

New Master Plan for Johnson County Libraries

May 21, 2015

There's a new master plan for the Johnson County Library system. On this segment of Up to Date, hear consultants' recommendations how many new libraries should be built and which existing ones should be expanded.

Guests:

  • Christopher Leitch is the Community Relations Coordinator for the Johnson County Library.
  • Jill Eyres is an Associate at Group 4 Architecture, Research & Planning.  She is a consultant on the library master plan.

Just how risky is eating poultry? On this edition of Up to Date, we look at salmonella contamination in poultry processing and the health risks to consumers.

Guests:

  • David E. Hoffman is the correspondent for Frontline's The Trouble with Chicken. He is also a Pulitzer Prize winner and a contributing editor at The Washington Post.
  • Peggy Lowe is the investigative editor for KCUR and Harvest Public Media that follows agricultural issues in the Midwest.

When a President leaves office, the thousands of papers and other material relating to the events of his presidency are just ripe for the creation of a presidential library.

On Wednesday's Up to Date, we get the scoop on what you can find in a presidential library and how they work.

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Dwight Eisenhower came into the presidency with a storied background as a U.S. Army general, but when he got into office, he did his best to keep the country out of wars.

On Wednesday's Up to Date, we discuss how he used his strategic experience to keep the peace.

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Fantasy sports used to be the province of stat geeks, the kind who made a hobby of analyzing every last box score. But today, it’s a mega-industry unto itself that’s only gaining momentum, from the stadium to the statehouse. Commentator Victor Wishna explains in  “A Fan’s Notes.”

We sports fans love sports because they are at once games of skill and games of chance. Lacing a line drive past a diving third-basemen—that’s skill. But then, the wind pushes it just foul. Such are the chances.

But what if, you know, you’re just pretending?

Feuding motorcycle gangs have made national headlines after Sunday's deadly fight in Waco, Texas. On this edition of Up To Date, reporter Sam Zeff speaks with Steve Cook, who's with the Midwest Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Investigators Association, about motorcycle clubs in the Kansas City area. 

If you favor a hike in the minimum wage, are you obligated to boycott businesses that don't pay their employees enough? Also, should a distasteful comment on Twitter ruin your life? The Ethics Professors tackle these issues on this edition of Up To Date

On this edition of Up To Date, we continue our ongoing conversation about the economics of Kansas City's east side. 

Guests:

  • Rev. Dr. Vernon Howard is with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the Urban Summit.
  • Councilman Scott Taylor represents the 6th District. He is chair of the Special Committee on Small Business.
  • Councilman Jermaine Reed represents the Kansas City’s 3rd District.
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If you were awake in the Kansas City metro around 11:25 p.m. Saturday, you may have heard a tornado siren ... but you may have not.

Around the same time, the National Weather Service was sending emergency alerts warning about flash floods in the area, creating confusion for many Kansas Citians.

Check out what Kansas Citians were tweeting:

George Mitchell’s career in public service has been one of the most distinguished in recent times. After 15 years in the Senate, Mitchell’s work as a negotiator in Northern Ireland and the Middle East earned him the Presidential Medal of Freedom. 

If your spring allergies have you hiding inside, our indie, foreign and documentary film critics have the perfect entertainment ideas for you.

Cynthia Haines:

The Wrecking Crew, PG

  • Documentary about legendary studio musicians

Dior and I, not rated

  • Behind-the-scenes documentary featuring the preparation of the first haute couture collection by creative director Raf Simmons for the fashion house Christian Dior 

Clouds of Sils Maria, R

Flatland KC

As the movement for equal rights grew during WWII, an internal struggle was underway among black publications to see who would be the voice of African Americans. 

In 1941, representatives from black publications around the nation gathered to form The National Negro Publishers Association, now called the National Newspaper Publishers Association, of which The Kansas City Call was a founding member.

The Call, Kansas City's prominent black newspaperwas established in 1919 by Chester A. Franklin. Its managing editor was Lucile Bluford.

Maz Jobrani has used his Iranian heritage to shape his comedy, and he laughs in the face of the stereotypes he sees of Middle Eastern people.

On Wednesday's Up to Date, we talk with him about when he was asked to wear a turban on stage, what it's like to be a panelist on NPR's Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! and his Axis of Evil comedy tour.

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Author Jen Lancaster has learned never to take a Prada bag to the unemployment office or wear a fur coat to the animal shelter. She's lived like Martha Stewart and discovered that pie is not the answer.

On Wednesday's Up to Date, she joins Steve Kraske to discuss her origins as a blogger, how her projects become memoirs and her new book, I Regret Nothing.

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Local Listen: Behzod Abduraimov

May 13, 2015
Behzod Abdurainov

Although he’s lived in Kansas City for seven years, Behzod Abduraimov will make his Kansas City solo recital debut on Friday at the Folly Theater. The 24-year-old pianist is the artist-in-residence at Park University's International Center for Music.

This week’s edition of Local Listen features a portion of Abduraimov’s rendition of Sergei Prokofiev’s Piano Sonata No. 6, a piece that will be included in his performance at the Folly Theater.

Once the sole property of science fiction and our imaginations, the technologies coming out of current space programs at NASA are a case of life imitating art. Learn the latest projects underway as we prepare to travel to Mars and which space designs are finding practical uses here on the third planet from the sun.

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There’s a simple, inexpensive way parents can promote academic success in kids. Surround them with books.

Researcher Mariah Evans headed a 20-year, worldwide study that found “the presence of books in the home” to be the top predictor of whether a child will attain a high level of education.

More so even, than the education level of their parents. Those from highly educated and higher-income families however, may not feel the difference quite as significantly.

Republican Kansas Rep. John Rubin from Shawnee, provides an insider perspective on the historic 2015 legislative session underway in Topeka. 

This is an excerpt from Statehouse Blend. You can listen to the full episode here.

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The culture for gay, bisexual, lesbian, transgender, and queer teens appears to be changing so rapidly that it’s hard to keep up. We explore this swiftly changing environment and how it affects teens as they explore sexual identity during high school.

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  • Dr. Wes Crenshaw is a psychologist board certified in couples and family psychology.
  • Julia Poe is a senior at Shawnee Mission East who identifies as bisexual. She’s Editor-in-Chief of the Shawnee Mission East Harbinger.

Lightning has been striking all over the metro this week, and Up to Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics have a few recommendations to light up your weekend--without the rain.

Cynthia Haines:

Wrecking Crew, PG 

  • Documentary about legendary studio musicians

Ex Machina, R

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

Seymour: An Introduction, PG

On April , The Village Square’s Kansas City group hosted a panel discussion on "American Justice: The Impact of Incarceration." An expert panel examined imprisonment as the most effective form of achieving public safety, the racial disparities that exist in our prison system, and the alternatives to solving these issues. Former U.S. Ambassador Alan Katz moderated the conversation. 

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