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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.

THIS WEEK:

  • Monday:  The Making of a Food Truck / Cartoon Ducks and the Perils of Parenting
  • Tuesday: Lesley Stahl / Saving Islamic Manuscripts from Al-Qaeda / Statehouse Blend
  • Wednesday: TDB / Former Amb. Delano Lewis / Local Listen 
  • Thursday: Papa: Hemingway in Cuba / Greg Orman on Independent Voters / Weekend To-Do List
  • Friday: TDB / Haskell University Pres. Venida Chenault

In the 1950s, Delano Lewis was a student at segregated Sumner High School in Kansas City, Kansas. Since then, he's held top positions in the Peace Corps, served as president of NPR, was a board member at Apple and served as the U.S. Ambassador to South Africa.  

Delano Lewis speaks about the power of education on his life tonight at 5 p.m. at the Kauffman Foundation. To register to attend go to www.kauffman.org.

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In his 18 years working for Hallmark, Brian Gordon saw plenty of people get fired.

Even so, he'd convinced himself that it wasn't his turn.

"Well, surely Hallmark thinks so highly of me they wouldn't dream of letting me go in a million years," he told Steve Kraske on KCUR's Up To Date.

But in June of 2015, he received an email informing him that his time with the company was finished.

"You would have thought I'd get a card or something," Gordon says.

Becoming a grandparent can have vivid effects on a person. Journalist Lesley Stahl's new book, Becoming Grandma, explores the evolution of close relationships, personal transformation, and the intense joy that came over her when she held her grand-daughters for the first time.

When Al-Qaida moved into Timbuktu, Mali, the terror group was bent on enforcing Shariah law, threatening many historical artifacts in the region. That's when an African collector and adventurer, Abdel Kader Haidara, took it upon himself to salvage and smuggle more than 370,000 ancient manuscripts out of harm's way.

Guest:

Courtesy Photo, Steve Paul

In many ways, Kansas City is a different city than it was 30 years ago. But in some ways, it’s the same.

Take it from two people whose job has been to write about it for the last three decades or so.

Editorial page writers Barbara Shelly and Steve Paul recently took buyouts at The Kansas City Star after 32 and 41-year-careers at the paper, respectively.

With the birth of his first-born, Brian Gordon quickly learned that parenting wasn't exactly what he'd expected, much less what had been promised. So Gordon turned to cartooning, creating a duck family to comment on the joys and pains of parenthood in Fowl Language: Welcome to Parenting

You may not have heard of Octave Chanute before but, if you live in or around Kansas City, chances are you're affected by his work. Local historian Bill Nicks explains Chanute's lasting importance to aviation, and where you can still find evidence of his legacy in the metro.

Sony Pictures Classics

Thank goodness the weekend's finally here! Up To Date's indie, foreign, and documentary film critics are back, too, with this week's recommendations.

Cynthia Haines

Marguerite, R

  • A secretly-snickering audience pushes an off-pitch performer out of her personal bubble and into the limelight.

Miles Ahead, R

Rex Archer and Alex Garza
Brian Ellison / KCUR 89.3

The greatest threat to public health in the face of bioterrorism, viral pandemics and natural disasters may actually be less of a headline-grabber: An insufficient budget.

Speaking on KCUR’s Up to Date on Friday, the former chief medical officer of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said that while various programs are in place to protect against biological weapons and disease outbreaks, the system could still break down at the state and local level.

For a century Jewish cuisine in America was the recipes that arrived with immigrants from Eastern Europe ... matzo balls, brisket, bagels and latkes. Now the influence of Mediterranean Jews is making its way to our shores.

Guest:

  • Chef Joyce Goldstein is a food consultant and the author of The New Mediterranean Jewish Table: Old World Recipes for the Modern Home.

The majority of Kansas City area companies aren't marketing to other countries.  On this edition of Up to Date, we learn how a new strategy is attempting to aid local enterprises in becoming global ones.

Guests:

Aleksi Ollila / Wikimedia Commons

Keeping it real has its limitations.

Pretend your way out of them this weekend by encountering the ardent make-believe of ambitious air guitarists, the living legacy of a legendary animator and the unquenchable pursuit of assorted paraphernalia associated with the most famous fizzy water in the world.

Need more? Wow, you do need a break. Ready… set …pretend!

1. U.S. Air Guitar Contest

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 A lot of hip hop sounds great on record but can disappoint live audiences, especially if it's just one guy with a microphone rapping over a recorded track. Olathe rapper Duncan Burnett avoids that by performing with a live band, often consisting of the best jazz instrumentalists in the area. Burnett's flows don't shy away from his faith, but calling him a "Christian rapper" would be missing the point.

Most people have experience with a boss or manager who was less than inspiring. Former Kansas state Rep. Ed O'Malley, who heads up the Kansas Leadership Center in Wichita, says leadership is an activity, not a role, and should not be limited to those in high places.

For those who suffer from food allergies, limiting certain foods can be a matter of life or death. Even though we’ve come a long way in understanding these allergies, more children are being diagnosed with them.

Guests:

  • Dr. Chitra Dinakar is a pediatric allergy & immunology physician at Children’s Mercy Hospital. She’s also a professor of pediatrics at the UMKC School of Medicine.
  • Dr. Natasha Burgert is with Pediatric Associates of Kansas City.

Along the presidential campaign trail, candidates are deriding free trade agreements, like the pending Trans-Pacific Partnership. But here in the Midwest farmers and ranchers, the people behind one of our biggest industries, are bucking the trend.

Guests:

  • Kristofer Husted is a reporter for KCUR's Harvest Public Media. He's based at KBIA in Columbia, Missouri.
  • Chad Hart is an associate professor of economics at Iowa State University, where he's a crop markets specialist.
Leicester City Football Club

Yes, the Royals are back, flashing the magic that made them World Series champs, Sporting KC’s cruising along at the top of the standings, and fans across Kansas City are feeling blue—in that good way that we’re almost used to by now.

Which is why I want to talk about Lester.

Who’s Lester? Exactly. But if you don’t know, then you’re missing the greatest underdog story in the history of sports.

It's widely acknowledged that college graduates earn more than non-graduates, but given the ever-increasing cost of higher education, is it still worth the investment? Up To Date's Smart Money Experts weigh in. Also, an update on recent financial headlines. 

Guests:

St. Thomas Aquinas

When Riley Pint uncorked a 102-mile-per-hour pitch in February he may not have known the exact velocity, but he knew it felt good. Baseball scouts and coaches, meanwhile, knew they wanted to see more of the St. Thomas Aquinas High School senior on the mound.

Pint says pitching professionally would suit him just fine. "It's something I strive for, to be there [in the MLB] one day," Pint said during a phone interview on KCUR's Up To Date, "It's just a little earlier than I expected, I guess."

Gaining prominence first as Lieutenant Sulu on Star Trek, George Takei's fame has spread off the stage, too. On this edition of Up To Date, Takei talks about his work advocating for social justice and how he maintains such a deft social media presence.

George Takei will appear at Planet Comicon Kansas City at Bartle Hall on May 21 and 22. For more information, or to buy passes, visit the Planet Comicon website.

She was touring Europe in her teens, plays fluently in genres from jazz to Baroque, and her music was launched with space shuttle Atlantis. We speak with multiple Grammy Award-winning guitarist Sharon Isbin, and sample some of her music.

Sharon Isbin will be performing with mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard at the Folly Theater on April 15 as part of the Harriman-Jewell performing arts series. For more information, go to hjseries.org.

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At the end of a long week, it's easy to feel run down. Try to take some comfort in knowing you're not alone. Up To Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics have recommendations featuring brilliant but addled and hard-headed (or just plain delusional) leads dealing with some issues of their own.

Cynthia Haines

The Adderall Diaries, R

When it comes to taxes, are we morally obligated to pay them to help our society? As presidential nominating conventions come up, is it ethical for a party to change the rules to block a candidate, even if he or she has a large majority of the popular vote? Up To Date's Ethics professors tackle these issues and more.

Guests:

  • Clancy Martin is a professor of philosophy at UMKC.
  • Adrian Switzer is an assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy at the UMKC.
Matthew Long-Middleton / KCUR 89.3

Rep. Gail McCann Beatty (D-Kansas City) joined KCUR's Statehouse Blend podcast to discuss how the legislature could reconcile the differences between the House and Senate budgets. 

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

Paul Howey

He’s managed to become a public radio star — without saying a word.

If you’re a regular KCUR listener, you’ve heard his name countless times.

BJ Leiderman is the composer of the theme music heard on Morning Edition, Weekend Edition, Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, Car Talk and Marketplace, to name a few.

“I’m the luckiest composer in the land,” Leiderman told Steve Kraske on KCUR’s Up To Date.

Across the globe, distinct political institutions and governing mechanisms have developed, but how and when did political order even begin? Starting with our primate ancestors through the eve of the French Revolution, we look at how our politics continue to evolve — or not — today.

Guest:

As major league teams spend more and more money on pitchers, arm injury rates for the men — and boys — on the mound are becoming increasingly common.

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Is there anything Roy Blount, Jr. hasn't written about?  We speak with the author about his latest book, Save Room For Pie, sharing a stage with Bruce Springsteen, and some of his most notable celebrity interviews. 

Up To Date's film critics review the latest independent, foreign and documentary movies showing in area theaters.

Here's a list of the films included in the program:

  • Marguerite
  • Krisha
  • Midnight Special
  • Demolition
  • Baskin
  • King Georges
  • I Saw the Light
  • City of Gold
  • Eye in the Sky
  • Hello, My Name is Doris
  • Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict
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The Kansas City FilmFest starts April 13, so it's time to bone up on the latest flicks. Up To Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics recommend these movies to get you started.

Cynthia Haines

Marguerite, R

  • A secretly-snickering audience pushes an off-pitch performer out of her personal bubble and into the limelight.

King Georges, unrated

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