Up To Date

Weekdays at 11 a.m.

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.

THIS WEEK:

  • Monday: Do You Talk Funny? Improving Public Speaking
  • Tuesday: Student Mobility Initiative / Statehouse Blend
  • Wednesday: A New Look at Walt Disney / Local Listen
  • Thursday:  Ethics Professors / Weekend To-Do List
  • Friday: Indie, Foreign and Documentary Film Critics

As Kansas City continues to wait for its streetcars, Up To Date asks Executive Director of the Streetcar Authority Tom Gerend what is causing the delay and what we can expect when the cars finally do arrive. 

For many, the idea of public speaking is petrifying — nobody wants to put an audience to sleep with a dull talk. One solution: learn from stand-up comics and inject a little humor into your speech. 

Guest:

Whether you want to view World War I from the trenches, explore the war's Christmas truce or cruise the skies, our Video Gurus have something to feed your historical need. Check out what they had to say on this edition of Up to Date.

All Quiet on the Western Front, unrated (before current ratings)

Explore the world of David Foster Wallace. Find out if you really can tell someone's sexuality by their voice. Jump into the fiery rhetoric as it flies between Gore Vidal and William Buckley. Up to Date's indie, foreign and documentary critics have found a wide variety of options to spice up your weekend.

Cynthia Haines  

Listen To Me Marlon, not rated

Too often in the face of disaster, needed supplies and equipment are bogged down by transport difficulties and red tape. Dara Dotz is working to transform the humanitarian process — by incorporating 3-D printing to make tools on the spot.

Dara Dotz is one of the presenters at TEDxKC, which takes place from 5-11 p.m. on August 29 at the Kauffman Center for Performing Arts. For information, visit www.tedxkc.org.

College football isn’t about touchdowns or bowl games— it’s about money. That's according to Gilbert Gaul, author of Billion-Dollar Ball: A Journey Through the Big-Money Culture of College Football. Gaul spent years finding out just how far universities will go for a winning football pro gram. 

Shooting Star was the most commercially-successful rock band to emerge from Kansas City in the 1980s. International hits like “Tonight” combined progressive rock with radio-friendly pop.

This week's edition of Local Listen features “This Is Our Town,” a hard-charging track from Shooting Star’s new album “Into the Night.”

Shooting Star will open for Boston at Starlight Theatre on Sunday, Aug. 30. 

In its 25 years in  orbit, the Hubble Space Telescope has had a great impact on our ability to visualize the universe.  The job of processing the digital images sent by the telescope belongs to Zoltan Levay, who works in the Office of Public Outreach at the Space Telescope Science Institute.

Olympian and cancer-survivor Scott Hamilton has overcome his share of challenges. We trace his incredible journey and discuss how it shaped his outlook on life.

Scott Hamilton is one of the presenters at TEDxKC, which takes place from 5-11 p.m. on August 29th at the Kauffman Center for Performing Arts. For information, visit www.tedxkc.org

As the nation looks back on the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which ravaged cities and communities along the Gulf Coast, we discuss how well the Kansas City area is prepared to deal with disasters of similar proportions — both natural and man-made.

Guests:

  • Chris Carroll is Emergency Planner for the city of Kansas City, Missouri.
  • Justin Sorg is the Planning and Exercise Program Manager for the Mid-America Regional Council.
Courtesy photo / City of Merriam, Kansas

When Ken Sissom became the mayor of Merriam, Kansas, in 2008, he knew exactly what he was getting into.

He was on the police department in Merriam for 26 years, serving the last 13 as police chief.

“When I became mayor in 2008, I had attended every city council meeting, with the exception of maybe four or five, since 1992. So there were no surprises for me on the Mayor’s job,” he said.

For a city of its small size — only 4.5 square miles — it has 600 business, which makes it an interesting place to govern.

Matt Hodapp / KCUR

Republican Kansas Rep. RonRyckman Jr. from Olathe provides an insider perspective on the Kansas Legislature as we discuss free lunches from lobbyists, block grants, and extraordinary need funding for schools.

This is an excerpt from Statehouse Blend. You can listen to the full episode here, or by subscribing on itunes.

Guests:

When it comes to your car, the question is not whether you will breakdown, but when. Walt Brinker has performed more than 2,000 roadside assists free of charge — and without a mechanic. He shares some easy ways to prevent breakdowns and tips for how to fix them. 

Guest:

Walt Brinker is the author of Roadside Survival: Low-Tech Solutions to Automobile Breakdowns.

The Equal Rights Amendment has one of the longest sagas in U.S. Congressional history. Passed in 1972 but never ratified, advocates continue to pursue strategies for its enactment.

Guest:

Jessica Neuwirth is the founder of the ERA Coalition, which has over 50 member organizations. She is the author of Equal Means Equal: Why the Time for an Equal Rights Amendment Is Now.

Beth Lipoff / KCUR

How long can you let your lawn grow before the city gets involved?

In Overland Park, Kansas, that number is 8 inches, according to Kim Hendershot, supervisor of code compliance for the city. In Parkville, Missouri, you can let it grow a whole foot. 

Up To Code

Aug 21, 2015

How long can you neglect your yard before the city gets  involved? On this edition of Up To Date, we talk about how homeowners can run afoul of city codes and the consequences for different violations.

Guests:

  • Kim Hendershot is the supervisor of code compliance for the City of Overland Park.
  • Sean Ackerson is the assistant city administrator for the City of Parkville.

Senate-Bound

Aug 21, 2015

Blaine Stephens knew he was up against the odds when he applied for a U.S. Senate intern position. As the Plattsburg, Missouri, high-schooler packs his bags for Washington,  D.C. Up To Date caught up with him to learn how he made the cut. 

Guest:

  • Jason Rae served as a Senate page 10 years ago. He is currently a senior associate at Nation Consulting in Milwaukee. 
Courtesy photo / KCATA

Four months into his new job as president and CEO of the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority, Joe Reardon has several things to brag about, and a few still on the to-do list.

The former mayor of Kansas City, Kansas, appreciates being able to focus on a single mission for a change.

“It's an exciting time, and the first four months have been great. We're singularly focused on connecting people ...  I'm loving every minute of it,” Reardon told Steve Kraske on Up To Date.

His charge is to connect multiple jurisdictions across the metro that have their own public transit system into a single, metro-wide system, under the brand, “Ride KC.”

“When we're out on a day-to-day basis, we don't pay attention to the jurisdictions. And this economy doesn't either, so were trying to develop a system that allows us to really answer to that call,” he said.

The documentaries are thick on the ground this week, whether you want to explore of the life of Marlon Brando, take on the warring voices of Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley or watch a man confront the effects of a genocide. Or, if you're not in the mood for serious contemplation, Up to Date's indie, foreign and documentary critics also have a comedy in mind for you.

Cynthia Haines

Best of Enemies, R

The Unified Government Of Wyandotte County

Kansas City, Kansas mayor Mark Holland wants his residents to help him solve a city budget puzzle.

The CEO of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County is in the middle of a listening tour to hear what residents think their government should do with an extra $12 million a year — which stems from the paying off of bonds for the Village West development.

As Garrison Keillor makes his way across the country on his "America The Beautiful" farewell tour, Up To Date caught up with him to discuss his long radio career and what's next for the much-beloved host.

Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion: The America The Beautiful Tour" comes to Kansas City at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, August 22 at Starlight Theater. For tickets and information, visit www.kcstarlight.com

Kansas City, Kansas Mayor Mark Holland is in the middle of a “listening tour” across Wyandotte County to find out how residents think the Unified Government should spend a $12 million-per-year windfall coming to the county. 

Samantha Fish’s billing at the Spirit of KC Fest reflects her elite status in Kansas City’s music community. The blues-rock artist headlines over five other noteworthy locally-based acts.

This week's Local Listen features “Highway’s Holding Me Now,” a blistering song from Fish’s new “Wild Heart” album.

The Spirit of KC festival is at Crossroads KC on Saturday, August 22. 

Matt Hodapp / KCUR

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach  joins Statehouse Blend to discuss voter fraud, immigration, and his treatment in the media.

This is an excerpt from Statehouse Blend. You can listen to the full episode here, or by subscribing on itunes.

Guests:

  • Kris Kobach, Kansas Secretary of State
  • Melissa Carlson, Citizen Voice
  • Nick Haines, Executive Producer of Public Affairs, KCPT

For area animal organizations with a "no-kill" policy, keeping their charges sheltered, fed and socialized  strains available resources.  Fostering programs temporarily place dogs, cats and other animals with qualified people until a forever home can be found.

Guests:

Schools don’t teach financial literacy to kids these days, so that makes it even more important to teach some of those skills at home. From playing “store” with your kids to teaching them how to balance a budget, Up To Date's panel of financial planners discuss how to talk about money at different stages of growing up. 

Guests:

The kids have gone back to school, and maybe it's time for you to go back to the movie theater. Up to Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics have a few ideas to spruce up your weekend.

Cynthia Haines

Best of Enemies, R

  • The thing that’s quite amusing is the pompous attitudes of these men and their accents.

Mr. Holmes, PG

Whether it's a Buckley-Vidal debate that gets your blood pumping or an exploration of the late David Foster Wallace, Up to Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics have given the verdict to help you select your weekend entertainment. Here are the films they discussed:

Best of Enemies, R, Tivoli

National History Day

Fifteen-year-old Jay Mehta is inspired by Winston Churchill.

So much in fact, that he spent over 300 hours studying his life and character to put on a performance that won first place in his category in the annual National History Day contest, which attracts more than 600,000 student historians nationwide. 

His ten-minute performance starts before 1940 when Hitler began his campaign in Western Europe, Prime Minister Chamberlain resigned, and Churchill became Prime Minister.   

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill has battled through a political world dominated by men to get where she is today. She talks about that journey in her memoir, Plenty Ladylike.

Senator McCaskill will speak at 2 p.m. Sunday, August 16 at Unity Temple on the Plaza. For admission information, visit www.rainydaybooks.com.

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