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The bold rock and brash stage presence of Kangaroo Knife Fight is better suited to cavernous concert halls than the humble taverns where this Kansas City band most often performs.  This week’s edition of Local Listen features “It’s You,” an arena-ready burst of melodic rock.   

Catch them live at Danny's in Lenexa on Saturday, April 11. 

When you listen to the latest soulful reggae from The New Riddim you could easily believe it was created in Jamaica in the 1970s. Yet the Kansas City band’s “Second Sight” was, in fact, recorded locally.

This week’s edition of Local Listen features their song “Shoot the Piano Player.”

You catch them Friday, March 20, at Davey's Uptown Ramblers Club on Main and 34th in Kansas City, Mo. Doors open at 9. 

A recent scandal at the University of North Carolina involved academic fraud within the athletic department. In this edition of Up To Date, we examine the causes and solutions for the challenges facing today's student athletes. 

Guests:

For parents, whether to let your children sleep with you is a big decision. On Wednesday's Up to Date, two pediatricians address some of the controversy surrounding co-sleeping. Plus, they give advice on how to acclimate your kids to sleeping alone. 

Guests:

  • Dr. Natasha Bergert, pediatrician, Pediatric Associates on the Plaza.
  • Dr. Jeffrey Colvin, pediatrician, Children's Mercy Hospital.

Reverend Nelson “Fuzzy” Thompson, one of Kansas City’s leading civil rights leaders, died last weekend. Thompson was a long time president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Greater Kansas City. For years, he helped stage the annual citywide commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., one of the largest such celebrations in the nation.

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As U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and then the first female Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright often signaled her mood or opinions with the brooch she had pinned to her suit. 

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We're almost halfway through 2014 and there's already been great music on the local, national and international stages.

From jazz to experimental ambient music, there's been something for pretty much everyone this year. 

On Friday's Up to Date, host Steve Kraske was joined by a panel of music lovers to find the best bands, albums, and tracks so far in 2014. 

Here are our guests' picks:

Local/Regional

Tackling The World's Problems, One Step At A Time

Jul 15, 2013
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We’d all like to make a difference in the world, but doing so on our own might seem overwhelming. And when it comes to global issues such as climate change, tackling such big challenges can feel impossible.

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"I've never been the kind of person to say 'I don’t think I could do that' but more like 'I’m gonna do THAT!', says singer/songwriter Amy Farrand and from early childhood that attitude has shaped her life both in and out of the music scene.

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Amy Farrand builds instruments from found material in her industrial, West Bottoms neighborhood in Kansas City, Missouri.

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As part of the Up to Date series 90-Mile View, musician Amy Farrand performs "Swing and Sway" in her West Bottoms studio.

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Central Standard and Up To Date broadcast live at the City Age, New American City Conference held at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

Looking for a great independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of November 30 to December 2, 2012?

John A. Beal

It’s not just your abs that need a regular workout— it’s essential for your brain too. But how do you pump iron with your noodle?

Jeffrey Beall

When the bad news is about the fans instead of the game, you know things just aren’t right.

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Dracula bites and the Mummy rises as we comb through both frightening and corny moments from Hammer Studios’ horror archives.

The sounds of Count Basie and Charlie Parker are part of Kansas City’s musical identity.

40 years ago this year, George McGovern , the Democratic nominee for president, made history by picking Missouri's Tom Eagleton as his vice-presidential running mate.

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In August 2011, Damien Echols was released after 18 years on Death Row.

An American ex-pat writes satirically about corporate life in a Copenhagen office.

In 2002, KCUR management conceived of a new daily public affairs/news talk show. They hired newspaper political correspondent Steve Kraske to host the program and a KCUR staffer, Stephen Steigman, to produce it.

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Pretend #lastfm asked you to tweet your top three songs so far in 2012, what would you select?  Something straight from Billboard, or maybe a tune playing under the radar?

Over the years, plenty have poked fun at the calming nature of public radio (the "Delicious Dish," anyone?)  But no producer thinks it's good when their host lulls listeners to sleep.  Unless, that is, that listener is a crying 8-month-old baby suffering from great discomfort - like teething.

In the final portion of Wednesday's Up to Date, hear the story of Hamza Husein, whose infancy is a bit more manageable due to the sultry and soothing sounds of Steve Kraske.

(No, we're not kidding.)

The Weekend To-Do List

Mar 29, 2012
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Looking for something to do this weekend? Up to Date's Brian McTavish offers up a few options in his Weekend To-Do List for March 30-April 1, 2012.

National Geographic

There's a line of work where the risks include toxic layers of hydrogen sulfide and maze-like passageways.  (No, we're not talking the halls of Congress.) It's the exploration of underwater caves and blue holes. Many consider survival to be is the mark of a successful dive ... so, are the risks worth it?

A Fan's Notes: The Madness of March

Mar 8, 2012

In just a few days the field of the NCAA basketball tournament will be set and March Madness will begin in earnest.

In the latest installment of "A Fan's Notes," Victor Wishna looks for a method in the madness and finds that the road to the Final Four is paved with poetic intentions:

Film Review: Pina

Feb 10, 2012

Think of all the great dance sequences put on film - from the Kit Kat Club in "Cabaret" to the New York streets where Sharks fought Jets in "West Side Story" to anything with Gene Kelly or Fred Astaire.

When religion is part of the news stories of the day, it can be very good - as when people of many faiths work together to provide disaster relief - or very bad, as when religious institutions become embroiled in financial shenanigans or sexual abuse.  In today's pluralistic world, even stories that might never be covered by the religion desk - like foreign policy debates, armed conflicts worldwide, or presidential election campaigns - have undeniably religious angles and implications.

It’s long since been commonplace for presidents to flaunt their inner sports fan…to joke about their golf game, invite championship teams to the Rose Garden, or toss out that ceremonial first pitch.

But perhaps, says "A Fan's Notes" commentator Victor Wishna, politicians - including the President and Congress - should pay more attention to sportsmanship.

"It is history, travel, anthropology, geography, journalism, confession, memoir, natural history and autobiography. It is the life and times of Chase County, and incidentally everything you need to know about Kansas."  So wrote Paul Theroux in his New York Times review of PrairyErth (A Deep Map) when it was published in 1991. 

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