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: Bob Priddy of Missourinet / Keeping mentally ill out of Johnson & Wyandotte County jails
  • Tuesday:  Journalist roundtable looks at Kansas City, Mo.
  • Wednesday: Al Brooks of Ad Hoc Group Against Crime
  • Thursday: Women's Health Care in KC / Review of Candidates for MO Education Commissioner /  A Fan's Notes /  Weekend To-Do List
  • Friday: Best Children's Books of 2014

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Up To Date
2:49 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Best Books Of 2014 For Children And Teens

Books have the remarkable ability to enthrall, captivate and inspire. When kids are trapped indoors during the cold winter months books  can transport them into new and fascinating worlds.

On this edition of Up to Date, Steve Kraske and three Johnson County librarians review their top picks in children's literature. 

The Best Children's Books of 2014:

From Kate McNair, young adult librarian at the Johnson County Library: 

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1:18 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' December 12-14

'Last Days in Vietnam' made our critics lists this week.
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If the grey skies are getting you down, why not take a trip to the cinema to lift the gloom? Up to Date's independent, foreign, and documentary film critics have a few recommendations for you:

Cynthia Haines:

  • Force Majeur
  • Birdman
  • Last Days in Vietnam

Steve Walker:

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12:13 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Local Listen: Oleta Adams

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Oleta Adams has been a favorite of area audiences since she began showcasing her lustrous voice in Kansas City jazz clubs and hotel lounges over three decades ago. 

This week's edition of Local Listen features Adams' rendition of "Winter Wonderland," a selection from her 2006 album "Christmas Time With Oleta."

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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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1:56 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

A Fan's Notes: Are We Not Entertained?

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The late, great George Carlin had a classic bit on the differences between baseball and football. One’s a game, he explained. The other is, well, more like war. After all, baseball is played in a park, football on a gridiron. The aim is to blitz and sack the opponent, to break through the line with traps, bombs, even a shotgun. The object in baseball? To go home, and be safe.

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1:49 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Finalists For Missouri Education Commissioner

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The slate of candidates to replace Missouri Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro has been narrowed to five finalists. On this edition of Up to Date, we examine what the selection committee is looking for in the candidates, what local school districts would like to see in their next commissioner, and who are the frontrunners. 

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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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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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2:24 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Missourinet's Bob Priddy On Covering The Statehouse And Retirement

Bob Priddy standing in the Missouri Statehouse.
Credit Steve Mays / blog.missourinet.com

Bob Priddy is one of the most highly respected journalists in Missouri. He has spent forty years covering the governors, senators and lawmakers that have passed through the Capitol building.

On this edition of Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with the recently retired news director of Missourinet about the ins and outs of politics in Jefferson City, what drew him to reporting, and his thoughts on the Senate's decision to boot the news media to the basement. 

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12:39 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Kansas Program Offers Police Alternative To Jail For Mentally Ill

Area police departments are looking for was to reduce the numbers of  mentally ill and substance abusers ending up in jail. A new program in Wyandotte and Johnson Counties is helping to address this very issue. Rainbow Services, Inc provides a way for law enforcement officers to bring people they encounter to resources that can help them.

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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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2:31 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Ethics Professors: Giving Police The Benefit Of The Doubt

Police in riot gear in Ferguson, Missouri.
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  In the wake of grand juries not indicting the police officers involved in the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. and the choking death of Eric Garner in New York City, the actions of police officers are receiving intense public scrutiny. 

On this edition of Up to Date, Steve Kraske and the Ethics Professors look at the question of whether police officers are too often given the benefit of the doubt. 

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3:29 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Chuck Todd On President Obama's Legacy

President Barack Obama entered the White House in 2008 espousing change, hope, and a new America. In his latest book, The Stranger: Barack Obama in the White House, Chuck Todd of NBC's Meet the Press examines the successes and failures of Obama's presidency. In this edition of Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with Todd about the politics and psychology of the presidency, and why President Obama has been unable to accomplish more. 

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12:06 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Local Listen: Megan Birdsall

Megan Birdsall is Kansas City's finest young jazz vocalist. As musically accomplished as she is personable, Birdsall is a delightful entertainer. This week's edition of Local Listen features "Hey There (You With the Stars In Your Eyes)" from her album, "Little Jazz Bird."

Hear More: Birdsall will perform at the recently relocated Take Five Coffee + Bar in Overland Park, KS on Friday, December 5th at 8pm.  

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12:04 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Madeleine Albright On The State Of America's Foreign Policy

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Madeleine Albright was the first woman to become Secretary of State when she took her oath of office in 1997.  On this edition of Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with Secretary Albright about the rise of ISIS in the Middle East, life after the state department, and the importance of women in politics.

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10:59 am
Wed December 3, 2014

The End Of Life For A Champion Tree

The felled logs of the giant silver maple.
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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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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.
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“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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12:20 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

FBI Probe Of St. Joseph School District Focuses On Misuse Of Maintenance Staff

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The St. Joseph School District is facing a raft of problems these days. The federal investigation into the District's improper use of stipends continues with a third subpoena issued on Nov. 20. On this edition of Up to Date, we get the latest on the continuing scandal. 

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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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10:58 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Family Traditions For The Holidays And Beyond

Cream cheese-stuffed celery is a tradition for some families.
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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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1:21 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Capturing Voices: Preserving Personal Stories

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The holidays bring good food, lots of family, and fascinating tales. When families unite, storytelling takes center stage as we recall childhood memories and the ups and downs of life. On this edition of Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with a personal historian and StoryCorps' David Isay about the process and significance of preserving family stories in preparation for the National Day of Listening

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1:20 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Hope, Memory, And Passwords

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Passwords are a huge part of our technology driven world. In order to be safe, they are supposed to be long, full of numbers and symbols. We're also supposed to have an arsenal of different codes at our disposal. But the truth is people often use their passwords as a form of memory. On this edition of Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with journalist Ian Urbina about the hidden truths behind our passwords.

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1:40 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Doctors Express Concerns Over Proposed Research Regulations

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  A new proposal from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services would change the way we regulate medical research. Some doctors disagree with the changes believing that it will  confuse patients, and make participation in clinical trials more difficult. On this edition of Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with a bioethicist and an outcomes researcher about why they oppose altering research guidelines. 

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12:06 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Winning Marriage Equality

Gay marriage advocates have been gaining key victories all over the country. These successes are part of a larger strategy that's been in the works for years.

On this edition of Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with the author of a new book about why winning at the state level is a key part of the plan to change laws nationwide. We also check out what's next in the campaign for marriage equality.

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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.
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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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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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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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Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Film Review: Questions About Manhood Snowball In 'Force Majeure'

Johannes Bah Kuhnke, Vincent Wettergren, Clara Wettergren and Lisa Loven Kongsli in 'Force Majeure'
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A potentially devastating mishap on a family vacation in the French Alps chills a marriage in Swedish filmmaker Ruben D. Ostlund's gripping and beautiful Force Majeure. The event — an ultimately benign avalanche at a ski resort — stops short of being catastrophic. But a fight-or-flight response by the husband and father buries the family in something less tangible than snow.

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3:11 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Managing Holiday Kitchen Chaos

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Thanksgiving is just around the bend, and with it comes the influx of family, good food, and ... chaos. The pressure to get that turkey just right or having too many cooks in the kitchen at one time can make the  holidays  more than a little stressful. On this edition of Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with three Kansas City chefs about their tips on maintaining calm in busy kitchens and how to avoid a full-blown culinary disaster. 

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