Danie Alexander http://kcur.org en Delirium Tremens Changed Views On 19th Century Alcoholism http://kcur.org/post/delirium-tremens-changed-views-19th-century-alcoholism <p></p><p></p><p>Imagine watching a group of men mutilate the body of your mother.&nbsp; This is what poet Edgar Allan Poe experienced as a hallucination brought on by alcohol-induced delirium tremens, DT’s.&nbsp; On this edition of <a href="http://www.kcur.org/programs/date" target="_blank"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, Steve Kraske talks with historian Matthew Osborn to discover how this condition, first described in 1813, was the catalyst for changing how the medical profession diagnosed and treated the problems of alcohol abuse.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 23:00:25 +0000 Steve Kraske & Danie Alexander 58641 at http://kcur.org Delirium Tremens Changed Views On 19th Century Alcoholism Journalist Examines 'What Wars Leave Behind' http://kcur.org/post/journalist-examines-what-wars-leave-behind <p></p><p></p><p>While armed conflicts are ongoing, media coverage brings images and sounds from the center of war zones to the world. But what happens when the guns go silent and the combatants and media go home?</p><p>J. Malcolm Garcia looks at the people left to survive in the aftermath in his book, <em>What Wars Leave Behind: The Faceless and the Forgotten. </em>On Wednesday's <a href="http://www.kcur.org/programs/date" target="_blank"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, the author talks with Steve Kraske about "the endless messiness of war and the failings of good intentions."</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 15:22:19 +0000 Steve Kraske & Danie Alexander 58271 at http://kcur.org Journalist Examines 'What Wars Leave Behind' Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' June 27 http://kcur.org/post/dates-indie-foreign-doc-critics-three-see-june-27 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><em><a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date">Up to Date</a></em>'s independent, foreign and documentary film critics share their favorites showing on area screens:</p><p><strong>Cynthia Haines:</strong></p><ul><li>Chef</li><li>Belle</li><li>Ida (English subtitles)</li></ul><p><strong>Steve Walker:</strong></p><ul><li><a href="http://kcur.org/post/film-review-woo-big-factory-tiny-village-plots-grand-seduction" target="_blank">The Grand Seduction</a></li><li>Ida</li><li>Cold in July</li></ul> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 08:10:07 +0000 Danie Alexander & Steve Walker & Cynthia Haines 58076 at http://kcur.org Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' June 27 Local Listen: Greg Mackender http://kcur.org/post/local-listen-greg-mackender <p></p><p>The <a href="http://www.kcshakes.org/">Heart of America Shakespeare Festival</a> begins this weekend and while the play may be the thing, there’s live music too.</p><p>During performances of <em>The Winter's Tale</em>, there are three musicians on stage, including resident composer Greg Mackender on percussion and mallets, <span class="st">Sascha Groschang</span>, on cello and Laura Parks on violin.</p><p>"I left a lot of openings for impromptu types of things," says Mackender. "There are other spots where they can get a little livelier, we can play around a little bit."</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 20:44:58 +0000 Danie Alexander & Laura Spencer 57671 at http://kcur.org Local Listen: Greg Mackender KU Science Fiction Conference Explores Reality And Imagination http://kcur.org/post/ku-science-fiction-conference-explores-reality-and-imagination <p></p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 18:08:01 +0000 Suzanne Hogan, Danie Alexander & Hannah Copeland 57290 at http://kcur.org KU Science Fiction Conference Explores Reality And Imagination A Closer Look At The Berkley Riverfront Development http://kcur.org/post/closer-look-berkley-riverfront-development <p></p><p></p><p>An Indianapolis firm has been chosen to develop the first phase of the Berkley Riverfront Development. The deal between the Port Authority of Kansas City and Flaherty &amp; Collins marks the starting point for the Authority’s master plan to create “a world class urban village” on a 55-acre site. When finished there will be apartments, parking, office space, and retail shopping. On Thursday's <a href="http://www.kcur.org/programs/date" target="_blank"><em>Up to Date</em></a> Steve Kraske finds out the details of the Berkley Riverfront Development.</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 17:00:51 +0000 Steve Kraske, Danie Alexander & Hannah Copeland 57206 at http://kcur.org A Closer Look At The Berkley Riverfront Development Local Listen: 77 Jefferson http://kcur.org/post/local-listen-77-jefferson <p></p><p>The summer months are reggae season in Kansas City.&nbsp; Known for sweet vocals and loping rhythms, Kansas City's <strong><a href="http://77jefferson.com/" target="_blank">77 Jefferson</a></strong> has been one of the region's most popular purveyors of the Jamaican sound since its inception in 2006.&nbsp; From the band's most recent album “Rarities Vol. 2” comes the breezy track,"Call On Me".</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 15:40:51 +0000 Danie Alexander & Bill Brownlee 56927 at http://kcur.org Local Listen: 77 Jefferson The Impact Of EPA's Emissions Standards On Missouri And Kansas http://kcur.org/post/impact-epas-emissions-standards-missouri-and-kansas <p></p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 20:22:45 +0000 Steve Kraske & Danie Alexander 56898 at http://kcur.org The Impact Of EPA's Emissions Standards On Missouri And Kansas College Connections Center Works To Stop "Summer Melt" http://kcur.org/post/college-connections-center-works-stop-summer-melt <p></p><p>A new program in the metro is aimed at ensuring that graduating high school seniors intending to go to college don't become victims of "summer melt", the phenomenon where students set for college in the spring don't make it to campus in the fall.</p><p><br />The Kansas City Metro College Connections Center is designed to combat summer melt, an issue especially acute for low-income and first-generation college students.&nbsp; Steve Kraske previews the new Center's goals with MCC-Penn Valley President <strong>Joe Seabrooks</strong> and KCUR reporter <strong>Elle Moxley</strong>.</p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 20:38:38 +0000 Steve Kraske & Danie Alexander 56813 at http://kcur.org College Connections Center Works To Stop "Summer Melt" America's Chronic Pain Problem http://kcur.org/post/americas-chronic-pain-problem <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If you’ve got a shooting pain in your back that won’t quit or nagging, achy knees, you might be one of millions of Americans who suffer from chronic pain.</span></p><p>On Tuesday's&nbsp;<a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date" target="_blank"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, Steve Kraske sits down with Judy Foreman to discuss her new book,&nbsp;<em>A Nation in Pain</em>. We'll get to the bottom of why our society fails to fully treat nearly 100 million Americans who live with chronic pain.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske, Danie Alexander & Cody Newill 56702 at http://kcur.org America's Chronic Pain Problem Board Games In The Digital Age http://kcur.org/post/board-games-digital-age <p></p><p></p><p>You’d think that the popularity of digital games like Angry Birds and Minecraft spells the end for the more traditional Monopoly and Risk but not so fast says one man. In this segment of <a href="http://www.kcur.org/programs/date" target="_blank"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, Steve Kraske talks with Eric Martin of <a href="http://boardgamegeek.com/blogger/17/w-eric-martin" target="_blank">BoardGameGeek </a>for a look at how board games are faring in this digital age.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p> Fri, 30 May 2014 20:58:07 +0000 Steve Kraske & Danie Alexander 56586 at http://kcur.org Board Games In The Digital Age Meet Three Outstanding Law Enforcement Canines http://kcur.org/post/meet-three-outstanding-law-enforcement-canines <p>Law enforcement dogs these days can do some incredible things: sniffing out the chemicals used to start an arson fire, getting illegal drugs off our streets, or finding evidence in shootings and explosives investigations.</p><p>On this edition of&nbsp;<em>Up to Date, </em>host Steve Kraske&nbsp;meets three law enforcement dogs, and their handlers, to find out what it takes for a dog to become a key part of a law enforcement team.</p><p><strong>Roxi&nbsp;</strong></p> Thu, 29 May 2014 18:18:49 +0000 Steve Kraske & Danie Alexander 56508 at http://kcur.org Meet Three Outstanding Law Enforcement Canines How Spring Is Shaping Up For Area Gardens And Trees http://kcur.org/post/how-spring-shaping-area-gardens-and-trees <p></p><p></p><p>Spring is the season of possibility and hope. Just ask any gardener. Seeds go in the ground, are lovingly tended and then . . .&nbsp; Mother Nature steps in. On Wednesday's <a href="http://www.kcur.org/programs/date" target="_blank"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, Steve Kraske talks with two experts to get some advice for your gardens and trees.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Wed, 28 May 2014 19:40:33 +0000 Steve Kraske & Danie Alexander 56447 at http://kcur.org How Spring Is Shaping Up For Area Gardens And Trees Northland Symphony Orchestra's Got Game ... And Film Scores http://kcur.org/post/northland-symphony-orchestras-got-game-and-film-scores <p></p><p>Video game sound has evolved from the simple electronic theme music of Super Mario Bros. to the lush orchestral arrangements that accompany gamers' top choices today.&nbsp; Recognizing the popularity of these games has inspired the musical selections for an upcoming concert by the <a href="http://www.northlandsymphony.org" target="_blank">Northland Symphony Orchestra</a>.</p> Tue, 27 May 2014 22:37:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Danie Alexander 56417 at http://kcur.org Northland Symphony Orchestra's Got Game ... And Film Scores Local Listen: My Brothers & Sisters http://kcur.org/post/local-listen-my-brothers-sisters <p></p><p></p><p>Performances by My Brothers &amp; Sisters are a spectacle.&nbsp; The self-described "14-piece pop orchestra" from Kansas City includes string and horn sections, and a large chorus.&nbsp; The ambitious project has been documented on "Violet Music: Volume One" a recently-released album that took over a year to record.&nbsp; This edition of Local Listen features a song that showcases the soulful side of this expansive ensemble.&nbsp; Here is "How To Move What To Wear".</p> Fri, 23 May 2014 21:11:52 +0000 Danie Alexander & Bill Brownlee 56248 at http://kcur.org Local Listen: My Brothers & Sisters The Best Travel Apps For Your Summer Excursions http://kcur.org/post/best-travel-apps-your-summer-excursions <p></p><p>The summer months are fast approaching, which means summer vacations are too. Whether you're taking a day trip or an international excursion, travel apps can take some of the burdens of planning, booking, even packing, off your shoulders.</p><p>In the first half of Friday's&nbsp;<a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, guest <strong>Dustin Jacobsen&nbsp;</strong>joins Steve Kraske&nbsp;with his recommendations for travel apps to help with everything from currency conversion to finding good hotel deals.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p> Fri, 23 May 2014 16:44:47 +0000 Steve Kraske, Danie Alexander & Cody Newill 56226 at http://kcur.org The Best Travel Apps For Your Summer Excursions A Fan's Notes: None Of Our Business http://kcur.org/post/fans-notes-none-our-business <p></p><p></p> Thu, 22 May 2014 21:12:14 +0000 Victor Wishna & Danie Alexander 56154 at http://kcur.org A Fan's Notes: None Of Our Business The Most Checked-Out Children's Books At Johnson County Libraries http://kcur.org/post/most-checked-out-childrens-books-johnson-county-libraries <p>In recent years,&nbsp;<em>Harry Potter</em>, <em>The Hunger Games</em>&nbsp; and <em>Twilight</em> series have&nbsp;been favorites among young readers. However, a&nbsp;survey of the most frequently&nbsp;checked out books at the Johnson County libraries also includes classics from decades past.</p> Tue, 20 May 2014 20:00:00 +0000 Beth Lipoff & Danie Alexander 55651 at http://kcur.org The Most Checked-Out Children's Books At Johnson County Libraries Cindy Hoedel On Life In Matfield Green, Kansas http://kcur.org/post/cindy-hoedel-life-matfield-green-kansas <p>When you live in a town with fewer than 60 residents well, let's just say,&nbsp;there must be something special about it to make you give up&nbsp;the city life.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 16 May 2014 21:02:57 +0000 Steve Kraske & Danie Alexander 55859 at http://kcur.org Cindy Hoedel On Life In Matfield Green, Kansas Be Prepared For Travel Abroad http://kcur.org/post/be-prepared-travel-abroad <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Many college students often spend a summer abroad for additional course credit or just to see a bit of the world. In the second portion of Friday's </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Up to Date</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Steve </span>Kraske<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> talks with a member of the State Department for some advice that could make their, or anyone's, time away from home as safe as possible.</span></p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p> Fri, 16 May 2014 20:55:18 +0000 Steve Kraske & Danie Alexander 55862 at http://kcur.org Be Prepared For Travel Abroad Online University Offers Missourians An Alternate Route To Degrees http://kcur.org/post/online-university-offers-missourians-alternate-route-degrees <p></p><p></p> Wed, 14 May 2014 16:04:45 +0000 Steve Kraske & Danie Alexander 55712 at http://kcur.org Online University Offers Missourians An Alternate Route To Degrees Local Listen: Kantorei Of Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/local-listen-kantorei-kansas-city <p></p><p></p><p>Since 2009 Kantorei of Kansas City has been accentuating the region's reputation as a hotbed of superior classical vocal ensembles.&nbsp; Kantorei of Kansas City's latest album,“Music and Sweet Poetry, Choral Music by Matthew Harris,” was released by the British record label Resonus Classics on Valentine's Day.&nbsp; In this edition of Local Listen, we enjoy "Fantasy on La Bamba," a gorgeous but decidedly lighthearted arrangement of the 1958 Ritchie Valens hit "La Bamba".</p> Fri, 09 May 2014 21:14:28 +0000 Danie Alexander & Bill Brownlee 55505 at http://kcur.org Local Listen: Kantorei Of Kansas City Public Transportation: Trends And Challenges http://kcur.org/post/public-transportation-trends-and-challenges <p></p><p></p><p>A new era in public transportation is underway in Kansas City with the construction of the downtown streetcar system, but will the future needs of aging baby boomers and mobile millennials be met?&nbsp;</p> Tue, 06 May 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Danie Alexander 55271 at http://kcur.org Public Transportation: Trends And Challenges How Human Sex Life Compares To The Birds And The Bees http://kcur.org/post/how-human-sex-life-compares-birds-and-bees <p></p><p></p><p>The publisher of <a href="http://www.penguin.ca/nf/Book/BookDisplay/0,,9780670785919,00.html?NATURE%27S_NETHER_REGIONS_Menno_Schilthuizen" target="_blank"><em>Nature's Nether Regions</em></a> begins the book summary this way: "What’s the easiest way to tell species apart? Check their genitals."</p> Tue, 06 May 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Danie Alexander 55273 at http://kcur.org How Human Sex Life Compares To The Birds And The Bees The Debate Over The Missouri Tax Cut Bill http://kcur.org/post/debate-over-missouri-tax-cut-bill <p></p><p>Gov. Jay Nixon is expected to veto the proposed Missouri income tax cut later today.</p><p>On April 23, <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date" target="_blank"><em>Up to Date's</em></a> Steve Kraske spoke with Amy Blouin, Executive Director of the Missouri Budget Project, who opposes the tax cut, and Patrick Ishmael, a policy analyst with the Show-Me Institute who supports the signing of the bill.</p> Thu, 01 May 2014 20:02:05 +0000 Steve Kraske & Danie Alexander 55080 at http://kcur.org Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' April 25 - 27 http://kcur.org/post/dates-indie-foreign-doc-critics-three-see-april-25-27 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Looking for a great film to see the weekend of&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">April 25 - 27</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">?&nbsp;</span><a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date" style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>Up to Date</em></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">'s indie, documentary and foreign film critics share their three favorites showing on area screens.</span></p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Cynthia Haines:</span></strong></p> Sat, 26 Apr 2014 00:30:32 +0000 Danie Alexander 54796 at http://kcur.org Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' April 25 - 27 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' 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? 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