Up To Date http://kcur.org en Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' April 18-20 http://kcur.org/post/dates-indie-foreign-doc-critics-three-see-april-18-20 <p>Looking for a great film to see the weekend of April 18-20? <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>'s indie, documentary and foreign film critics share their three favorites showing on area screens.</p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Steve Walker:</strong></p><ul><li><em>The Unknown Known</em></li><li><em>The Grand Budapest Hotel</em></li><li><em>Particle Fever</em></li></ul> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 23:16:49 +0000 Beth Lipoff 54400 at http://kcur.org Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' April 18-20 Local Listen: Kristie Stremel http://kcur.org/post/local-listen-kristie-stremel <p></p><p>For this Local Listen, we turn to longtime area favorite, Kristie Stremel who has a sure-handed grasp of the dynamic potential in a pop song.&nbsp; Her single, <em>Cry It All Out</em>, combines a tender voice with a delicate arrangement while kicking up a great big, noisy celebration.&nbsp; From the album <em>Songwriter</em> here is Kristie and <em>Cry It All Out</em>.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:37:33 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 54397 at http://kcur.org Local Listen: Kristie Stremel DVD Gurus: When Good Directors Go Bad http://kcur.org/post/dvd-gurus-when-good-directors-go-bad <p></p><p>For every Million Dollar Baby, there’s a film like The Rookie. Even Steven Spielberg, who climbed the heights of Hollywood with E.T., Indiana Jones and Saving Private Ryan hit the bottom with 1941.</p><p>On Friday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, the DVD Gurus return to examine how even a great director can come out with a flop. In their sights are Clint Eastwood, Mike Nichols, John Boorman and other directors who have been silver screen darlings and rotten tomato rejects. We look at films that range from completely bizarre to just plain bad.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:52:31 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 54385 at http://kcur.org DVD Gurus: When Good Directors Go Bad The Weekend To-Do List, April 18-20, 2014 http://kcur.org/post/weekend-do-list-april-18-20-2014 <p>Looking for ways to defy the rain this weekend? Brian McTavish has an array of options on the Weekend To-Do List.</p><p><a href="http://theriotroom.com" target="_blank"><strong>Ben Kweller </strong></a>(Rock), 9 p.m. Friday at the Riot Room, 4048 Broadway, Kansas City, Mo. Tickets: $15 to $45&nbsp;</p><p><strong><a href="http://ticketmaster.com" target="_blank">Lawrence Burlesque Collective’s Spring Fling</a></strong> (A burlesque prom with the Cave Girls and Card Table Theatre), 10 p.m. Saturday at The Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence, Kan. Tickets: $15&nbsp;</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:45:00 +0000 Steve Kraske, Brian McTavish & Beth Lipoff 54327 at http://kcur.org The Weekend To-Do List, April 18-20, 2014 Finding The Origins Of Tornado Chasers http://kcur.org/post/finding-origins-tornado-chasers <p></p><p>The booming thunderstorms and crazy spring weather have moved in, and any Midwesterner knows what comes with them—tornadoes. Most of us retreat to basements when those sirens sound, but a select few take that as a cue to go hunting for the cyclones.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 54272 at http://kcur.org Finding The Origins Of Tornado Chasers The Disappearance of Investigative Journalism http://kcur.org/post/disappearance-investigative-journalism <p></p><p>Following the 2008 financial meltdown, many were left asking, "where were the journalists at?"&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>On the second half of Wednesday's&nbsp;<a href="http://kcur.org/program/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, host Steve Kraske discusses the lack of investigative journalism in recent years with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist&nbsp;<strong>Dean Starkman</strong>.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:26:03 +0000 Steve Kraske & Cody Newill 54269 at http://kcur.org The Disappearance of Investigative Journalism Web Exclusive: Edward James Olmos on Lt. Castillo Of Miami Vice http://kcur.org/post/web-exclusive-edward-james-olmos-lt-castillo-miami-vice <p></p><p></p><p>If Miami Vice was the hottest show on television in the '80s then Lt. Martin Castillo was the coolest character.&nbsp; As portrayed by Edward James Olmos, Castillo was a man of few words and a mysterious past.&nbsp; In this excerpt of his interview with Steve Kraske, Olmos recalls the conditions under which he took the role and why he didn't look at actors Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas during his first season on the show.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:24:28 +0000 Steve Kraske & Danie Alexander 54266 at http://kcur.org Web Exclusive: Edward James Olmos on Lt. Castillo Of Miami Vice Actor And Activist Edward James Olmos http://kcur.org/post/actor-and-activist-edward-james-olmos <p></p><p>Science fiction fans will recognize him as Commander William Adama from <em>Battlestar Galactica</em>, but <strong>Edward James Olmos</strong>&nbsp;is also well known for his activism in the Latino and Chicano community.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>On the first half of Wednesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><i>Up to Date</i></a>, host Steve Kraske sits down with Olmos to discuss his long career in Hollywood and his numerous efforts to reach out to Chicano youth. Olmos&nbsp;gave the Cesar Chavez Lecture at the University of Missouri-Kansas City on Tuesday.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:11:50 +0000 Steve Kraske & Cody Newill 54267 at http://kcur.org Actor And Activist Edward James Olmos Connie Stevens: Hollywood, Elvis & The New Theatre http://kcur.org/post/connie-stevens-hollywood-elvis-new-theatre <p></p><p>Need to take your mind off of the IRS today?&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Tuesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we do our best to distract you from your taxes with a visit from actress Connie Stevens. Join us as we talk with her about </span>1960s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Hollywood, what it was like to date Elvis and how she likes acting with her daughter at The New Theatre Restaurant.</span></p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 54162 at http://kcur.org Connie Stevens: Hollywood, Elvis & The New Theatre JCC Shootings: How The Community Is Responding http://kcur.org/post/jcc-shootings-how-community-responding <p></p><p>Communities in the Kansas City metropolitan area are in shocked mourning after multiple shootings left three people dead Sunday afternoon.</p><p>On Monday's<a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em> Up to Date</em></a>, we talk with a local man who was at the Jewish Community Center when two people were shot about what it was like to be in the lockdown there. We also check in with KCUR's Laura Ziegler to get the latest on the alleged shooter and talk with a local pastor about how the community is responding to the deaths.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:00:02 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 54151 at http://kcur.org JCC Shootings: How The Community Is Responding Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' April 11-13 http://kcur.org/post/dates-indie-foreign-doc-critics-three-see-april-11-13 <p>Here are <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>'s critics' favorite indie, doc and foreign films showing on Kansas City-area screens the weekend of April 11-13.&nbsp;</p><p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Cynthia Haines:</span></strong></p><ul><li><em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lunch Box</span></em></li><li><em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Particle Fever</span></em></li><li><em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Unknown Known</span></em></li></ul><p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Steve Walker: </span></strong></p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:12:56 +0000 Beth Lipoff 54053 at http://kcur.org Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' April 11-13 What's Showing In Independent, Foreign & Documentary Film, April 11 http://kcur.org/post/whats-showing-independent-foreign-documentary-film-april-11 <p></p><p>Take a peek at the inner-workings of CERN’s Large Hadron Collider, and get a look into the life of labor leader Cesar Chavez. When it’s on the silver screen, you’ve got an all-access pass.</p><p>On Friday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, our independent, foreign and documentary film critics take a look at the latest films opening in Kansas City.</p><p>Our critics' list:</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 53982 at http://kcur.org What's Showing In Independent, Foreign & Documentary Film, April 11 A Fan's Notes: Great Expectations http://kcur.org/post/fans-notes-great-expectations <p></p><p></p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 23:18:40 +0000 Victor Wishna & Danie Alexander 54017 at http://kcur.org A Fan's Notes: Great Expectations What Happens To Due Process For Kansas Teachers? http://kcur.org/post/what-happens-due-process-kansas-teachers <p></p><p>A controversial move by Kansas lawmakers has teachers up in arms all over the state.&nbsp; Steve Kraske talks with Kansas State Rep. John Bradford, who supported the change in the law, and Mark Desetti of the Kansas National Education Association.&nbsp; They'll discuss how it will now be easier to fire teachers by eliminating their due-process rights and how supporters say that will improve education.&nbsp; They also look at how this affects job security for teachers as well as their ability to criticize administrators when called for.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 19:00:44 +0000 Steve Kraske & Danie Alexander 53990 at http://kcur.org What Happens To Due Process For Kansas Teachers? The Weekend To-Do List: April 11-13, 2014 http://kcur.org/post/weekend-do-list-april-11-13-2014 <p></p><p>Need to put the Spring in your step? Check out Brian McTavish's Weekend To-Do List for April 11-13.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong><a href="http://newtheatre.com" target="_blank">“Miracle on South Division Street” starring Connie Stevens </a></strong>(Stage comedy), Dinner seating at 6:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, noon and 6:30 p.m. Saturday, 12:15 p.m. Sunday at the New </span>Theatre<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Restaurant, 9229 Foster, Overland Park, </span>Kan<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Tickets: $33 to $55</span></p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 16:45:00 +0000 Steve Kraske, Brian McTavish & Beth Lipoff 53978 at http://kcur.org The Weekend To-Do List: April 11-13, 2014 A Look Into Kansas City's Past http://kcur.org/post/look-kansas-citys-past <p></p><p>1940 was a pivotal year for Kansas City. Tom Pendergast’s rule through corruption and debauchery had crumbled, leaving the new local government to reform a city hungry for jazz and liquor.</p><p>On Thursday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we examine how Kansas City was different in the World War II era. On the way, we take a look at how the “<a href="http://paris-of-the-plains.blogspot.com/" target="_blank">Paris of the Plains</a>” changed from a den of iniquity to the city we know today.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske, Beth Lipoff & Cody Newill 53924 at http://kcur.org A Look Into Kansas City's Past A Fan's Notes: The Bucking Stops Here http://kcur.org/post/fans-notes-bucking-stops-here <p>We are on the verge of what every sports fan dreads worse than the agony of defeat: the occasional lull. The Winter Olympics, timed so perfectly to counter the post-Super Bowl hangover, are winding down, while March Madness and Royals Opening Day remain just out of reach.</p><p>Fortunately, I’ve found an antidote, not to mention the perfect answer to two weeks of ice dancing: The bulls are coming to town!</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 22:07:52 +0000 Victor Wishna & Stephen Steigman 51571 at http://kcur.org A Fan's Notes: The Bucking Stops Here Examining 2016 Election Buzz http://kcur.org/post/examining-2016-election-buzz <p></p><p>The buzz around Washington is about the next presidential election— and they’re talking about Hillary Clinton. It might seem like it’s a long way off, but inside the beltway, it’s never too soon for that kind of chatter.&nbsp;</p><p>On Wednesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we’ll talk about that speculation with Carl Cannon, the Washington bureau chief of RealClearPolitics, and Time Magazine's David von Drehle. We’ll also take a look at some of the other issues heating up the capital this week.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 53851 at http://kcur.org Examining 2016 Election Buzz Figuring Out The Federal Reserve http://kcur.org/post/figuring-out-federal-reserve <p></p><p>You know the Federal Reserve is important to the government, but what does it really do?</p><p>On Tuesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, 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.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Esther George,</strong>&nbsp;president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City&nbsp;</li></ul> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 15:18:37 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 53798 at http://kcur.org Figuring Out The Federal Reserve In The Trenches Of The White House Press Corps http://kcur.org/post/trenches-white-house-press-corps <p>You’re in Washington, and you’ve got the plum assignment—covering the White House. You might get to ride on Air Force One and travel the world with the president, but is it really as glamorous as it sounds?</p><p>On Monday's<em><a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"> Up to Date</a></em>, we talk with NPR’s Tamara Keith and Bloomberg’s Margaret Talev about their experiences as White House correspondents. We discuss the&nbsp;challenges and the excitement of reporting on the president, and what it’s like to be in that briefing room.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 16:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 53795 at http://kcur.org In The Trenches Of The White House Press Corps Local Listen: Scruffy And The Janitors http://kcur.org/post/local-listen-scruffy-and-janitors <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p>This year’s <a href="http://www.middleofthemapfest.com" target="_blank">Middle of the Map</a> music festival began Thursday night and will continue through Saturday at &nbsp;locations in and around Westport.</p><p>Our “Local Listen” segment focuses on musicians from the Kansas City area that will be sharing the stage with regional and national artists. &nbsp;</p><p>Today, we travel up I-29 a bit and give a listen to one of the newest bands to come out of St. Joseph: Scruffy and the Janitors. Here is “Shake it Off.”</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 22:31:43 +0000 Michael Byars & Danie Alexander 53719 at http://kcur.org Local Listen: Scruffy And The Janitors A Day At The K With Up To Date http://kcur.org/post/day-k-date <p>Take a look behind the scenes with the <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a> team on our Day Opening &nbsp;broadcast at Kauffman Stadium.</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 20:35:23 +0000 Beth Lipoff 53710 at http://kcur.org A Day At The K With Up To Date Live From The Royals Home Opener http://kcur.org/post/live-royals-home-opener <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Last year was arguably the best year for the Kansas City Royals in recent memory - 86 wins put the boys in blue above .500, but just short of the playoffs.</p><p>For this hour of <a href="http://www.kcur.org/programs/date" target="_blank"><em>Up to Date</em></a> we take you out to the ballpark for the Royal’s home opener and Steve Kraske introduces you to some of the people who keep the team running.<br />&nbsp;</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 12:39:55 +0000 Steve Kraske & Danie Alexander 53675 at http://kcur.org Live From The Royals Home Opener Ethics Professors: Who Should Get Organ Donations? http://kcur.org/post/ethics-professors-who-should-get-organ-donations <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>In the Midwest, the supply of organs for patients who need transplants to live is relatively strong. &nbsp;But, that’s not the case in many locations across the country.<br /><br />Currently, donated organs are distributed through local and regional networks, but there is talk of changing that system to one that basically puts everyone on equal footing.</p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 20:14:53 +0000 Steve Kraske & Danie Alexander 53644 at http://kcur.org Ethics Professors: Who Should Get Organ Donations? The Weekend To-Do List: April 4-6, 2014 http://kcur.org/post/weekend-do-list-april-4-6-2014 <p></p><p>Wash away the recent rainy weather with Brian McTavish's Weekend To-Do List for April 4-6.</p><p></p><p><a href="http://www.middleofthemapfest.com/"><b>Ink's Middle of the Map Fest </b></a>Music festival with more that 120 bands at six venues.&nbsp; Thursday, Friday, Saturday. Gary Numan performs at 11 p.m. Thursday at Ernie Biggs Piano Bar. Country Club Plaza and Westport area. Tickets: $55 three-day-pass</p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 17:37:23 +0000 Steve Kraske, Brian McTavish & Cody Newill 53641 at http://kcur.org The Weekend To-Do List: April 4-6, 2014 Four Penetrating Documentaries Highlighted At 2014 Kansas City FilmFest http://kcur.org/post/four-penetrating-documentaries-highlighted-2014-kansas-city-filmfest <p>Film festival curators work diligently to give audiences an eclectic menu with as much breadth and depth as possible. The 2014 edition of the <a href="http://kcfilmfest.org/">Kansas City FilmFest</a> offers dozens of experimental, animated, and even “Afrofuturist” short films, as well as narrative comedies and dramas hoping to generate buzz. But from the offerings previewed by this writer, the strength of this year’s festival rests on its documentaries.</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 16:57:12 +0000 Steve Walker 53459 at http://kcur.org Four Penetrating Documentaries Highlighted At 2014 Kansas City FilmFest Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' March 28-30 http://kcur.org/post/dates-indie-foreign-doc-critics-three-see-march-28-30 <p>Here are <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/dat"><em>Up to Date</em></a>'s critics' favorite indie, doc and foreign films showing on Kansas City-area screens the weekend of March 28-30.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Click the highlighted links for Steve Walker's reviews of the films. </span></p><p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Cynthia Haines: </span></strong></p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 16:42:17 +0000 Beth Lipoff 53341 at http://kcur.org Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' March 28-30 How Corporate Giants Are Dominating Online Commerce http://kcur.org/post/how-corporate-giants-are-dominating-online-commerce <p></p><p>You can post just about anything you want on the internet, but when it comes to e-commerce, the online world is dominated by a few major players.</p><p>On Wednesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we examine the corporate giants that control the online marketplace and discuss how consumers might revolt against their monopolies.</p><p><strong>Guest:&nbsp;</strong></p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 16:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 53525 at http://kcur.org How Corporate Giants Are Dominating Online Commerce A Day In The Life Of An Average Pakistani http://kcur.org/post/day-life-average-pakistani <p></p><p>Haroon Ullah knows the pace and color of daily life in Pakistan and the delicate balance between secular and religious culture.</p><p>On Wednesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we talk with him about the struggles of an ordinary middle-class family just trying to live life in a region that's seen constant upheaval.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 16:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 53530 at http://kcur.org A Day In The Life Of An Average Pakistani One Journalist's Bleak Forecast Of America's Landscape http://kcur.org/post/one-journalists-bleak-forecast-americas-landscape <p></p><p>If you look at America through journalist George Packer’s eyes, you’ll see a landscape where familiar staples of society, such as Social Security and privacy, are disappearing in a country-wide decline in civilization.</p><p>On Tuesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we talk with the National Book Award winner about his latest book, why he sees such a bleak picture for the country and how we might make it to the light at the end of the tunnel.</p><p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Guest: </span></strong></p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 15:36:32 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 53462 at http://kcur.org One Journalist's Bleak Forecast Of America's Landscape