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Following a hiatus of almost two years, the popular Kansas City blues-rock band Trampled Under Foot (named after the song on Led Zeppelin’s 1975 album Physical Graffiti) has reunited. They’re playing Friday, July 15, and Saturday, July 16, at Knuckleheads.

Three reasons we’re listening to Trampled Under Foot this week:

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Transitioning from picking cotton to painting storefront signs was a big change for a young Mark English growing up in Texas during the Great Depression. 

The change was notable for its pay increase, English remembered, going from earning two dollars a day to a hundred. But painting signs was also his first “art job.” 

At the time, English had yet to take an art class or even meet a self-described artist. 

Matt Hopper is a staple of Kansas City’s jazz scene. A leader of his own bands, he's also a valued accompanist for other musicians. Besides the jam session he hosts every Tuesday at The Phoenix, Hopper plays from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Green Lady Lounge on Thursday, June 9.

Why we're listening to him this week:

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Get in line for your Junior Mints and bag of popcorn, then sit back and enjoy this week's indie, foreign and documentary film recommendations.

Steve Walker

The Man Who Knew Infinity, PG-13

  • This is a flawed, but moving biopic of an impoverished genius mathematician from India who rises through the ranks at Trinity College.

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How To Build A Food Truck In Kansas City

May 4, 2016
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Step outside your office at noon or go to down to the Crossroads on First Fridays and you'll see a huge crop of Kansas City's food trucks in all shapes and sizes, splashed with attention-vying graphics. But, how did their owners decide which vehicle was best for them?

On KCUR's Up to Date, host Steve Kraske caught up with Chef Tito, owner of American Fusion Food Truck and Catering, Chef Brett Atkinson of Wilma’s Good Food Truck and Catering and Dan Stacks, sales manager of Mag Specialty Vehicles in Grain Valley, Missouri, for some truck talk.

Rex Archer and Alex Garza
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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.

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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.

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Marguerite, R

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

King Georges, unrated

What better time than April Fools' Day to host a roundtable of pun pundits? On this edition, our witty committee give their best (and worst) puns a swing. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!

Guests:

  • C.J. Janovy is an arts reporter for KCUR.
  • Dan Margolies is editor of Heartland Health Monitor.
  • David M. Fulk is director of philanthropic giving at KCUR.
  • Greg Hack is a former editor and reporter for The Kansas City Star.
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Missouri Rep. Randy Dunn (D-Kansas City) provides an insider perspective on the Missouri General Assembly as we discuss the so-called "paycheck protection" bill, criminal justice reform, and cuts to the University of Missouri system's budget.

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

Guests:

Remember the water cycle? 

It's typically first learned in elementary school, around third grade. You know, precipitation, evaporation, condensation? Many readers may remember filling out a graphic organizer to help them memorize the steps. Others may recall having to answer a question about the water cycle on a standardized test. 

Apollo 13: Failure Not An Option

Nov 3, 2015

It is an understatement to say that the Apollo 13 mission to the moon did not go as expected. We talk with the  mission's flight director about the mindset and strategies employed by Mission Control as they guided the crew back home.

Guest:

Gene Kranz​ is a retired NASA Flight Director. He guided the Apollo 13 crew home to safety. 

Kansas City is hosting a one-week Pop-Up United Kingdom Consulate. British Consul General Stephen Bridges talks about expanding trade and cultural connections with our city.

For more information about the Pop-Up Consulate events, click here

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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:

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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.

Paul Andrews

"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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