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10:28 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Janet Napolitano Discusses Middle East, Academia

Janet Napolitano is the former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security.
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After her stint as secretary of Homeland Security ended in 2013, former Arizona governor Janet Napolitano became president of the University of California system. The transition made for quite a change, but she said she's up for the challenge.

On Wednesday's Up to Date, we talk with Napolitano about looking in hindsight at Middle East policies and the challenges her new position presents.


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Up To Date
3:29 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Kansas City Women Versus Tom Pendergast

Former Kansas City, Missouri mayor Kay Barnes
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In the 1920s and '30s, Kansas City was defined by the corruption of the political machine run by “Boss” Tom Pendergast. But the machine finally was brought down, in no small part through the efforts of reform-minded women.

Former Kansas City Mayor Kay Barnes tells the story of these “civic housekeepers” whose fight came to a dramatic conclusion with the ballot-box victories of 1940, Pendergast’s imprisonment in the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth, and the smashing of machine-mob rule.


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Up to Date
10:48 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Farm Bill Analysis Yields Surprising Results

Recently, Harvest Public Media took a look at the new Farm Bill, and what they found might surprise you.

On Monday's Up to Date, we discuss how little influence farmers and agricultural groups had in shaping the bill and look at who the major players actually were.


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Up To Date
10:04 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Wolf, Zahnter Prepare To Challenge Pat Roberts

Alvin Zahnter and Milton Wolf are both candidates in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate.

Pat Roberts has represented Kansas in the U.S. Senate since 1997, but he’s up for re-election and facing several competitors in the Republican primary.

On Monday's Up to Date, we talk with two of those challengers, Republicans Milton Wolf and Alvin Zahnter. We discuss about how healthcare laws, the job market and more.


  • Milton Wolf, U.S. Senate candidate from Overland Park
  • Alvin Zahnter, U.S. Senate candidate from Russell, Kan.
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Up To Date
4:54 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Supreme Court's 'Agency Fees' Ruling Impact On Kansas City Unions

Supreme Court Building
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Last week we saw the closing of another Supreme Court session with landmark rulings about religious freedom, cell phone privacy, and recess appointments. But there was another decision: a 5-4 ruling that may have an impact on unions and how they operate, including right in the Kansas City area. On Tuesday's Up To Date,  guest host Brian Ellison talks with the AFL-CIO's Craig Becker on the highest court in the land's ruling on union agency fees.

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Up to Date
2:47 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Many States Fail On Policies For New Parents, Study Says

The National Partnership for Women & Families recently released research that grades each state's policies affecting new parents.

It's scary being a new parent, and many state regulations make the adjustment period very difficult for new moms and dads who have jobs. A recent study gives both Kansas and Missouri a failing grade in this area.

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Up To Date
9:00 am
Tue June 3, 2014

The CIA From The Cold War To Today

Historian and author of "National Insecurity" Mel Goodman visits with Steve Kraske about the changing role of the CIA.
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Since its creation in the late 1940s, the CIA has changed from a relatively limited intelligence agency to a big player in America's military complex. 

On Tuesday's Up to Date, Steve Kraske sits down with ex-CIA analyst Mel Goodman to talk about the changing role of the CIA throughout history. We'll discuss how different presidents transformed the powers and operations of the agency during the Cold War, the War on Terror, and today.


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Up To Date
9:00 am
Mon May 5, 2014

The New Democrat

Al From is the author of The New Democrats and the Return to Power

On Monday's Up to Date, we sit down with Al From, author of The New Democrats and the Return to Power.  He joins Steve Kraske for a look at the history and future of the Democratic Party.  As founder of the Democratic Leadership Council he ushered in a new breed of Democrat with Bill Clinton's administration.   


Al From is founder of the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC). 

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Up to Date
10:18 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Figuring Out The Federal Reserve

Esther George is the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.
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You know the Federal Reserve is important to the government, but what does it really do?

On Tuesday's Up to Date, we talk with Federal Reserve Bank President Esther George about why Kansas City has a Federal Reserve Bank in Kansas City. We'll also look at the history of the bank at its centenary.


  • Esther George, president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City 
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Up to Date
11:12 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Opening Police Records In Kansas

The KSHB-TV report features several stories, including Beverly Stewart's tale about how her daughter was shot dead by police.
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If the police staged a massive raid on your house, complete with assault weapons, you’d want to know why. But finding that out in Kansas is tricky and costly. 

On Monday's Up to Date, we look at a KSHB-TV investigative report on the problems local residents have had getting police records open in the state.


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Up to Date
9:43 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Looking At The State Of KCK And WyCo

Mark Holland has been mayor of Kansas City, Kan., for nearly a year.

It’s been nearly a year since Mark Holland became mayor of Kansas City, Kan., and it’s time to see what influence he’s wielded in the city over that time.

On Wednesday's Up to Date, Mayor Holland joins us in the studio to talk about the city’s economic development, public health programs and other issues.


  • Mark Holland, mayor of the unified government of Kansas City, Kan., and Wyandotte County
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11:21 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Committee 'Green Lights' KU Med Center Building Project

The legislative committee charged with overseeing state building projects today added money to next year’s budget to help the University of Kansas fund construction of a $75 million classroom building on its Kansas City, Kan. campus.

The Joint Committee on State Building Construction voted to add $1.4 million to the fiscal 2015 budget to help pay for bonds that will be issued to fund the project.  The plan is for the state to contribute $15 million over time to help finance up to $35 million in construction bonds.

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Up To Date
11:09 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Grandview Mayor Pleads Guilty

Former Grandview Mayor Stephen Dennis plead guilty to wire fraud after FBI and local news investigations uncovered misuse of $35,000 in charity funds.

Former Grandview Mayor Stephen Dennis, who resigned without explanation last January, has plead guilty to wire fraud. The former mayor admitted Tuesday that he improperly used two checks worth $35,000.

In the second half of Wednesday's Up to Date41 Action News reporter Ryan Kath, who broke the story last month, joins us to discuss this turn of events and what it means for local politics.


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2:24 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

An Interview With The Former U.S. Ambassador To Portugal, Allan Katz

Former U.S. Ambassador to Portugal, Allan Katz, (left) with Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta.
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Allan Katz recently returned from foreign service as the U.S. Ambassador to Portugal to teach at his alma mater, UMKC. Katz was a friend of Barack Obama (before he became President Obama) which he says contributed to being chosen as the ambassador. President Obama nominated Katz in 2009, which was followed by what Katz says was a long, arduous process of congressional approval. Katz says there were difficult times of misunderstanding, such as the publication of Wikileaks, but that if given the opportunity he would serve again. 


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Up to Date
9:45 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Barack Obama: Race & Politics In The Age of Fracture

Steve Kraske talks with University of Pennsylvania professor Thomas Sugrue about how Barack Obama's education and racial background laid the groundwork for much of his approach on current political issues.
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If you want to stir the pot of controversy, adding a dash of race and a pinch of politics is a sure way to spice up the discussion.

On Wednesday's Up to Date, we discuss how President Obama seems to straddle both political and racial divides and why understanding that tension is crucial to navigating the fractious issues that dominate today’s legislative landscape.

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5:15 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Courts Get First Crack At Clay Co. Charter Change

A radical change taking party politics out of Clay County government has been sidetracked on its path to voters in November.

Courts have been asked to intervene and declare the measure as unconstitutional.

The bipartisan panel that designed the change voters would decide drew wrath of the elected, 3-member County Commission. 

To Commissioner Luann Ridgeway it would be a costly experiment. That puts her at odds with a charter committee leader Craig Porter, and both are Republicans.

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Up To Date
3:38 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Recovering Politicians: A Twelve-Step Guide

Missouri Capitol
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We’ve all seen it, a politician’s life derailed by scandal or personal crisis. While in years past that meant retirement from public life, nowadays we’re just as likely to see these individuals re-emerge to campaign another day.

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Up to Date
9:40 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Jackson County Exec. Talks Assessments, Courthouse

Mike Sanders is the executive for Jackson County.
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Breaking news update: Mike Sanders has announced he is stepping down as chairman of the Missouri Democratic Party. 

Jackson County is really hopping these days. Between fluctuating property assessments and the courthouse renovation, the county’s missteps and triumphs are keeping people talking. 

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Behind The Politico Playbook

Politico's Mike Allen wakes up at 3 a.m. each day to compile his daily "Playbook."
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Perplexed by the inner workings of our nation’s capital? Baffled by Beltway politics?

Mike Allen, the man behind the daily Politico Playbook knows how to untangle it all. 

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9:02 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Gov. Nixon Signs New Laws For Veterans

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon signed seven bills into law on Wednesday to support veterans and their families.
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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signed several pieces of legislation on Wednesday aimed to benefit veterans and their families on a tour that included stops at Cape Giardeau and Springfield.  

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Up to Date
10:14 am
Thu June 27, 2013

The Ethics Professors: Government & Privacy

The story of Edward Snowden conjures of images of Cold War politics, such as Spy vs. Spy.
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Should the government be able to access your telephone records? Are the actions of the NSA any worse than companies like Google that constantly mine our information? 

On Thursday's Up to Date, the Ethics Professors, Wayne Vaught and Clancy Martin, join Steve Kraske to discuss what boundaries the government has crossed and where to draw the line. They also explore the gray area of immigration reform.  

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Up to Date
11:04 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Kansas Legislature Finishes In Overtime

The Kansas Legislature passed its budget and tax plan Sunday morning.
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The Kansas Legislature finished its overrunning session in the early hours of June 2, passing its budget and tax plans.

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Up to Date
10:31 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Faulty Property Assessments In Jackson County?

John Wornall House
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Jackson County officials are acknowledging that new valuations on 18,000 residential properties may not be accurate and need additional review.

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Up to Date
9:25 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Legislative Wrap-up: Missouri General Assembly

Missouri capital building

The Missouri General Assembly wraps up today. Will your income taxes be cut? Will sales taxes jump to pay for highways?

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

America's Shifting Foreign Policy

Vali Nasr

Over the past few years, the United States has started to withdraw its aid and influence from regions like the Middle East, and that is creating space for other countries to assume more powerful positions.

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Up to Date
12:10 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

KCK Mayoral Debate

Candidates Mark Holland and Ann Murguia

Join Up to Date at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 1, at the Kansas City, Kan., Main Library, 625 Minnesota Ave., for the final debate of the Kansas City, Kan., mayoral race. Candidates Mark Holland and Ann Murguia will discuss the hot issues of the campaign in a debate moderated by Steve Kraske.

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Up to Date
9:12 pm
Sun February 17, 2013

Candidates Seek Kansas City, Kansas Top Post

In 1997, voters consolidated the governments of Kansas City, Kansas and Wyandotte County into one jurisdiction

When Joe Reardon said he was stepping down as mayor of Kansas City, Kan. and CEO of Wyandotte County, it surprised many.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Former Senator Looks Back At Life In The Center

Ben Nelson

In a country that's increasingly partisan, sometimes it's the centrist who's got a unique point of view.

On Friday's Up to Date, we'll talk with former U.S. Sen. Ben Nelson, a Democrat who spent his time in national government as a swing voter in the center.

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Up to Date
10:58 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Reacting To The State Of The Union Address

President Barack Obama delivering the 2012 State of the Union
The White House

In last night's State of the Union address, Pres. Obama addressed the federal minimum wage, economic growth and tax policy as well as action on gun control, among other things.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

New Session, Old Issues In Missouri

The Missouri Capitol Building in Jefferson City

With the new year comes a new session for Missouri lawmakers in Jefferson City.

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