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Whether you're in the mood for a senior citizen romance or set on a journey to the 17th century, Up to Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics can help you navigate the many movie listings to find one that fits you.

Cynthia Haines

Wolfpack, R

Delve into the story of two geeky filmmakers who suddenly confront something very serious, and get a view into the the French court of the 17th century. Whatever your tastes, our indie, foreign and documentary film critics have quite a selection for your holiday weekend.

Wolfpack, R, Tivoli

Matt Hodapp / KCUR

On this week's Statehouse Blend, we ask former Kansas legislators to compare and contrast the Kansas legislature then and now.

You can listen to the full episode of Statehouse Blend here.

Guests:

  • Kelly Kultala, Former Senator, 5th District
  • John Vratil, Former Senator, 11th District
  • Tim Owens, Former Senator, 8th District

With the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage, some county clerks have refused to issue marriage licenses, citing religious beliefs. The Ethics Professors discuss performing government duties that conflict with one's faith. Plus, is it okay to break the law in the name of a just cause?

Guests: 

Elle Moxley / KCUR

The newly elected Kansas City Council features a lot of new blood— six out of the 12 members have never served on the council before. 

In the spirit of getting to know our newly elected council men and women, we asked them — what is the greatest challenge facing Kansas City as you start your term?

Lisa Rodriguez / KCUR

At 33, Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway is the image of composure. But when she was appointed to the position just a few months ago, she inherited an office that was still reeling from suicides of former Auditor Tom Schweich, and his aide Spence Jackson.

Nicole Galloway promises to bring a new perspective to Missouri as its state auditor. We talk to Galloway about inheriting an office in the wake of tragedy and whether she has additional political aspirations. 

Trans-Pacific Partnership

Jul 1, 2015

The Trans-Pacific Partnership has been called an "opportunity for American economic development" and an "infringement on its sovereignty." We examine the pros and cons of the proposed trade agreement. 

Guests:

  • Kurt Tong is the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary.
  • Jonathan Weisman is an economic correspondent for The New York Times.
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The young pianist, songwriter and bandleader Alyssa Murray is another noteworthy alumnus of Bobby Watson’s Jazz Studies program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She and her band, The AM Trio, have a stated mission of "combining jazz with the narrative elements of contemporary folk."

This week’s edition of Local Listen features “In the Evening,” a track from The AM Trio’s new EP “As of Now.”

The AM Trio will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, July 3, at Take Five Coffee + Bar.  The Blue Room will host the ensemble at 7 p.m. Monday, July 6.

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Do you have good taste?

Some companies think you do, just because you live in Kansas City.

Kansas City has seen several new products before the rest of the country. Think Wendy’s breakfast menu in 2011 or the McDonald’s Blitz Box 2013, which offered a bundled meal for our Chiefs parties. If you've been here long enough, you might even remember a McPizza.

Now Chipotle is testing out its new chorizo meat option in the Kansas City metro — it started appearing in area locations about a month ago.

The newly elected Kansas City, Missouri, city council features six members who have never served on the before. On yesterday's edition of Up To Date, we spoke to three of those new members, and today we meet two more newcomers to the job. 

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Kansas is facing the lowest number of state highway troopers in ten years. Guest host Brian Ellison examines the reasons for this and looks at efforts to recruit and retain new troopers on both sides of the state line.

Guests:

  • Technical Trooper Cory Beard is with the Kansas Highway Patrol.
  • Capt. John Hotz is with the Missouri Highway Patrol.

The newly elected Kansas City, Missouri, city council features a lot of new blood— six out of the 12 members have never served on the council before. On this edition of Up To Date, we talk with three newcomers to the job.

Guests:

  • Quinton Lucas will be the 3rd District At-Large councilman.
  • Jolie Justus will represent the 4th District.
  • Alissia Canady will represent the 5th District. 

A Hollywood idol filled the spotlight but had to hide his feelings from the world, and a widow discovers she can turn over a new leaf. Emotions swell in Up to Date's indie, documentary and foreign film critics' choices this week. Whether you need a good cry or a hearty laugh, they've got a suggestions for you.

Cynthia Haines

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, PG-13

  • A teenager befriends a classmate diagnosed with cancer.

Ex Machina​, R

Kansas legislators passed a law this year that says that if a court strikes down a 2014 law that removed some powers from the state Supreme Court, the judiciary will lose funding. On this edition of Up To Date, we examine the ensuing battle being waged between the Kansas Judiciary and the executive and legislative branches. 

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The U.S. Supreme Court  handed down some historic decisions this week. Among those was Obergefell v. Hodges in which the Court upheld the right to marry for same sex couples in all 50 states. On this edition of Up To Date, we analyze the decision and hear reactions from across the spectrum. 

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Up to Date's Steve Kraske and KCUR Health Editor Dan Margolies analyze the Supreme Court's 6-3 decision supporting the Affordable Care Act.  Hear President Obama's remarks on the decision as well as an account from attorney Madeleine McDonough who was present in the Court to hear the pronouncement.

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Summer vacation has officially started and for many parents, that means a lot of free time to fill for their kids.

How about a trip to the ancient Martial Empire or to a faraway desert island? These summer reading picks will take your young ones to some of the most remote edges of the earth.

Johnson County Librarians Dennis Ross and Kate McNair and retired librarian Debbie McLeod selected some titles to keep kids and teens reading all summer long.

Recommendations for ages 3-10

  • Smick! By Coreen Cronin, illustrated by Juana Medina. Ages 3 – 6.
  • Princess and the Pony by Kate Beaton, Ages 4 - 8.
  • Rabbit Hill by Robert Lawson, Ages 5-10.
  • Billy’s Booger: a Memior (Sorta) by William Joyce and his younger self. Ages 5 – 10.
  • Princess In Black by Shannon Hale, Ages 6-9. 

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch recently sparked a firestorm by naming a woman who may have been the victim of a sexual assault. On this edition of Up To Date, the Media Critics discuss the newspaper's decision. Plus, they analyze coverage of the Charleston, South Carolina, tragedy and the historic Kansas legislative session.  

Guests:

Matt Hodapp / KCUR

Republican Kansas Rep. Marvin Kleeb from Overland Park provides an insider perspective on the historic 2015 legislative session. 

You can listen to the full episode of Statehouse Blend here.

Guests:

As Kansas City, Missouri residents head to the polls today, The Kansas City Star's Lynn Horsley and Steve Kraske discuss what to watch for as the results come in. 

Rocker Melissa Etheridge answers five questions from Steve Kraske, from her long musical career to her Leavenworth, Kansas roots. 

Melissa Etheridge plays a solo show at the Uptown Theater on Wednesday, June 24 at 8 p.m. For information and tickets, visit www.uptowntheater.com.

NPR's legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg talks about two impending supreme court decisions that will determine the future of the Affordable Care Act, and same-sex marriage itself. 

Advice on money management often seems geared towards the affluent. On this edition of Up To Date, a panel of financial planners give advice on managing and improving finances for those of modest means. 

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With the hope of providing "a shared vision for coordinated cultural development of the region," ArtsKC released its plan in May for the future of the arts in the Kansas City area. This edition of Up to Date looks at the priorities and strategies in the proposal and finds out how new initiatives will be funded.

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Historian David McCullough tells Steve Kraske what four years of research revealed about brothers Orville and Wilbur Wright. Hear what role their sister Katharine played and the characteristics that made them successful in their quest to fly.   

Guest:

  • David McCullough is a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize and author of The Wright Brothers.

Local Listen: Sara Morgan

Jun 19, 2015
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The June release of her six-song EP “Easy to Dream” is likely to make Sara Morgan one of Kansas City’s most popular singer-songwriters. This week’s edition of Local Listen features the country-tinged title track of “Easy to Dream.”

Sara Morgan opens the main stage of the Boulevardia festival in the West Bottoms at 11 a.m. on Sunday, June 21.

A French policeman tries to vanquish a drug ring and a computer programmer finds himself drawn into a surreal world in the films Up to Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics are watching this week. Explore these and the others on their lists this week:

Cynthia Haines

About Elly, not rated

  • A young teacher from Tehran disappears during a seaside outing.

Far From the Madding Crowd, PG-13

When you're talking about wildlife; invasive, alien and non-native mean very different things. On this edition of Up To Date, we discuss the effects native and non-native species have on our environment. 

Guests:

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Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is defending recent moves to raise sales and cigarette taxes in order to balance a state budget hit hard by the governor’s income tax cuts. Brownback told KCUR's Steve Kraske that critics—including Democrats in the statehouse—do not see the big picture.

Kraske: Democrats are out today saying that the fact that you won't acknowledge this is a tax increase, what happened in the last session, is a sign that you’re living in a dream world. What do you say to that?

Brownback: Well, I wish they’d put forward proposals they supported. The Democrats didn’t put forward a single proposal in this legislative session that could be debated, the only thing they wanted to see happen was [that] everything fail, just come crashing down. So if they’re not willing to put forward proposals, I really don’t think they have much credibility to criticize.

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