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11:44 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Former Secretary Of State Madeleine Albright's Jewelry Diplomacy

Serpent Pin, circa 1860. Designer unknown. Secretary Albright wore this golden snake brooch to a meeting on Iraq after Saddam Hussein's press called her a serpent.
John Bigelow Taylor

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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3:32 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

The Best Music of 2014 — So Far

Sylvan Esso, pictured here, is just one of the groups that our music lovers picked as one of the best of 2014 so far.
Credit Ross Grady / Flickr-CC

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

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Up To Date
6:00 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

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

Mary Pipher's book, published in June 2013.
Credit Mary Pipher / MaryPipher.net

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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Up to Date
10:18 am
Tue December 18, 2012

90-Mile View: Amy Farrand

Amy Farrand and her Framus guitar
Credit 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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Performance
10:17 am
Tue December 18, 2012

[VIDEO] Amy Farrand And Her Junk Cello

Amy Farrand
Julie Denesha KCUR

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

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Performance
9:59 am
Tue December 18, 2012

[VIDEO] Amy Farrand Performs 'Swing and Sway'

Amy Farrand
Julie Denesha KCUR

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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Business & Tech
11:19 am
Tue December 4, 2012

[SLIDESHOW] Central Standard And Up To Date Live From The Kauffman Center

Central Standard host Jabulani Leffall and Producer Matthew Long-Middleton prepare for the Central Standard broadcast.
Julie Denesha KCUR

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.

Up to Date
12:21 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Up to Date's Indie, Foreign, and Documentary Critics' "Three to See" November 30-December 2, 2012

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

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Up to Date
10:03 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Boosting Brain Fitness

Human brain
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?

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Up to Date
10:15 am
Fri October 12, 2012

A Fan's Notes: Misplaced Cheers?

Matt Cassel
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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Up to Date
5:30 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

DVD Gurus: Hammer Studios' Classic Horror

The Mummy
monstermemories.blogspot.com

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

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Up to Date
10:56 am
Wed October 10, 2012

KC's Music Scene Drives Filmmaker's Latest Effort

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

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Up to Date
9:40 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Book Gives Close Look At McGovern-Eagleton Campaign

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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Up to Date
7:39 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Life After Death: Former Death-Row Inmate Damien Echols

Damien Echols
Peter Ash Lee

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

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Up to Date
10:32 am
Mon October 8, 2012

Writer Thomas Kennedy On Cancer & Corporate Life

Thomas E. Kennedy

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

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Up to Date
10:43 pm
Sun September 30, 2012

Up To Date Celebrates 10 Years On KCUR

Up to Date celebrates 10 years on KCUR

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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5:30 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Best Music Of 2012 (So Far)

Cepro.com

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?

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4:14 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Steve Kraske: The Baby Whisperer

Steve Kraske and Hamza Husein

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.)

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Up to Date
1:30 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

The Weekend To-Do List

Ollie's Egg Hunt is Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
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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.

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6:00 pm
Tue March 13, 2012

Extreme Cave Diving: Worth The Risks?

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?

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Up to Date
11:44 am
Thu March 8, 2012

A Fan's Notes: The Madness of March

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:

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Film
1:27 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

Film Review: Pina

Water, water everywhere in "Pina"

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.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Mon December 19, 2011

The Year In Religion

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.

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Commentary
2:05 pm
Fri December 9, 2011

A Fan's Notes: Sports and Sportsmanship

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.

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Books
1:05 pm
Thu December 8, 2011

William Least Heat-Moon on 20 Years of "PrairyErth"

"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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Business
4:00 pm
Mon December 5, 2011

Freed Employees Make More Money (For Your Company, That Is)

If people can be free to act in the best interest of their company, the results will be tremendous, says business school professor Isaac Getz.

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Arts
5:20 pm
Fri December 2, 2011

Reviews of the Latest Art, Independent, Foreign & Documentary Films

Thanksgiving marks the start of something special.  No, not the shopping frenzy, or the decorating, or the baking.  It marks the season of movies released in time for holiday viewing!  Just in time to let you know what's out there, our film critics gather round with their picks and pans from the latest in independent, foreign and documentary films.

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Up to Date
5:10 pm
Wed November 30, 2011

The History of Drunk(en) Driving

 

The holiday season will see an uptick in many a social calendar.  With that come more opportunities for people to imbibe and then get in their cars.  The worst results of drunk driving are well known and the legal penalties when caught inebriated behind the wheel are severe yet people persist in doing it.  Why?

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Up to Date
4:36 pm
Wed November 30, 2011

Kansas City International Airport Eyes Replacement Terminal

Just three years ago the Kansas City Missouri City Council voted down a single-terminal plan for Kansas City International Airport.  Now it has approved a $4.4 million study to determine how to build and pay for the very same thing. Why the change of heart and how is one terminal better than three?

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Performance
11:28 am
Fri August 5, 2011

Up to Date: Tour the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

photo: Laura Spencer/KCUR

The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts will hold its grand opening in mid-September, but finishing touches are already well underway, from the installation of the 5,548-pipe Casavant Freres organ in Helzberg Hall, to the addition of decorative touches in reception suites, to the finishing of the parking garage.

Kansas City, Mo. – (Up to Date, August 5, 2011)

Listen to the broadcast here.

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