Andrea Tudhope / KCUR 89.3

Imagine it's 8 p.m. on a Saturday in the mid-1970s.

You're starting the engine of a 1966 Chevrolet Caprice, big block engine, 4-speed manual transmission with a vinyl interior. 

All is dark and quiet in town, but the main square is lit with activity. For perspective, it looks and sounds kind of like American Graffiti — engines revving, music pouring out of open windows, there's hollering and laughter. Cars are lined up, bumper to bumper. For the rest of the night, you're cruising.

Suzanne Hogan / KCUR

The Kansas City metropolitan area is almost equally divided geographically and population-wise between two states —Missouri and Kansas.

But how does this state-divide define us as individuals within the community?

Medical problems, gender identity or varied abilities that put children out of the mainstream can bring overwhelming challenges for the individual and their family. In the first part of Monday's Up to Datewe take a look at how this struggle forms identities for the children and the parents.


  • Andrew Solomon, author of Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity

What Does It Mean To Be A Man?

Sep 12, 2013
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If you were to imagine a man in your mind's eye, what would he look like? What would he sound like? How would he act? In Western culture, the idea of a man provokes thoughts of ruggedness, strength, leadership-- someone unemotional, but powerful. While some of these characteristics are true, they could not apply to every man. But are they altogether outdated, or even false? 

K-Step / Kansas Statewide Transgender Education Project

People who are transgender—meaning that they identify with a gender different from their biological one—face a difficult road to self-acceptance.

Truth Squad.TV

Eye scanning used to be the stuff of science fiction and spy thrillers but not anymore.

Carolyn Kaster / A/P

With the upcoming political conventions, candidates are banking not only on their platforms to win over voters, but on their personalities. 

Who Are You Really?

May 4, 2012
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Are you who you say you are? Do other people see you that way? Can you be one person at home and another person at work? Is that ideal?