Up to Date http://kcur.org en The Best Music of 2014 — So Far http://kcur.org/post/best-music-2014-so-far-0 <p></p><p>We're almost halfway through 2014 and there's already been great music on the local, national and international stages.</p><p>From jazz to experimental ambient music, there's been something for pretty much everyone this year.&nbsp;</p><p>On Friday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date" target="_blank">Up to Date</a>, host Steve Kraske was joined by a panel of music lovers to find the best bands, albums, and tracks so far in 2014.&nbsp;</p><p>Here are our guests' picks:</p><p><strong>Local/Regional</strong></p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 20:32:40 +0000 Cody Newill 58055 at http://kcur.org The Best Music of 2014 — So Far Tackling The World's Problems, One Step At A Time http://kcur.org/post/tackling-worlds-problems-one-step-time <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>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.</p><p></p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 23:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Sangeeta Shastry 40247 at http://kcur.org Tackling The World's Problems, One Step At A Time 90-Mile View: Amy Farrand http://kcur.org/post/90-mile-view-amy-farrand <p></p><p>"I've never been the kind of person to say 'I don’t think I could do that' but&nbsp;more like 'I’m gonna do THAT!', says singer/songwriter <strong>Amy Farrand </strong>and from early childhood that attitude has&nbsp;shaped her life both in and out of the music scene.</p><p></p><p> Tue, 18 Dec 2012 16:18:12 +0000 Steve Kraske & Danie Alexander 29174 at http://kcur.org 90-Mile View: Amy Farrand [VIDEO] Amy Farrand And Her Junk Cello http://kcur.org/post/video-amy-farrand-and-her-junk-cello <p><a href="http://amyfarrand.com/">Amy Farrand</a> builds instruments from found material in her industrial, West Bottoms neighborhood in Kansas City, Missouri.</p><p> Tue, 18 Dec 2012 16:17:04 +0000 Julie Denesha 29137 at http://kcur.org [VIDEO] Amy Farrand And Her Junk Cello [VIDEO] Amy Farrand Performs 'Swing and Sway' http://kcur.org/post/video-amy-farrand-performs-swing-and-sway <p>As part of the <em>Up to Date</em> series 90-Mile View, musician <a href="http://amyfarrand.com/">Amy Farrand</a> performs "Swing and Sway" in her West Bottoms studio. Tue, 18 Dec 2012 15:59:00 +0000 Julie Denesha 29186 at http://kcur.org [VIDEO] Amy Farrand Performs 'Swing and Sway' [SLIDESHOW] Central Standard And Up To Date Live From The Kauffman Center http://kcur.org/post/slideshow-central-standard-and-date-live-kauffman-center <p><a href="http://kcur.org/programs/central-standard">Central Standard</a>&nbsp;and <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date">Up To Date</a> broadcast live&nbsp;at the <a href="http://www.cityage.org/thenewamericancity/">City Age, New American City Conference</a>&nbsp;held at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Tue, 04 Dec 2012 17:19:25 +0000 Julie Denesha 28495 at http://kcur.org [SLIDESHOW] Central Standard And Up To Date Live From The Kauffman Center Up to Date's Indie, Foreign, and Documentary Critics' "Three to See" November 30-December 2, 2012 http://kcur.org/post/dates-indie-foreign-and-documentary-critics-three-see-november-30-december-2-2012 <p>Looking for a great&nbsp;<strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">independent, foreign, or documentary film</strong>&nbsp;to see the weekend of November 30 to December 2, 2012?</p><p> Fri, 30 Nov 2012 18:21:38 +0000 Stephen Steigman & Steve Walker & Cynthia Haines & Steve 28354 at http://kcur.org Up to Date's Indie, Foreign, and Documentary Critics' "Three to See" November 30-December 2, 2012 Boosting Brain Fitness http://kcur.org/post/boosting-brain-fitness <p>It’s not just your abs that need a <strong>regular workout</strong>— it’s essential for<strong> your brain</strong> too. But how do you pump iron with your noodle?</p><p> Tue, 16 Oct 2012 15:03:10 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 26065 at http://kcur.org Boosting Brain Fitness A Fan's Notes: Misplaced Cheers? http://kcur.org/post/fans-notes-misplaced-cheers <p>When the bad news is about the fans instead of the game, you know things just aren’t right.</p> <p>Commentator Victor Wishna has more with this month’s installment of “A Fan’s Notes.”</p> Fri, 12 Oct 2012 15:15:13 +0000 Victor Wishna & Beth Lipoff 25899 at http://kcur.org A Fan's Notes: Misplaced Cheers? DVD Gurus: Hammer Studios' Classic Horror http://kcur.org/post/dvd-gurus-hammer-studios-classic-horror <p><strong>Dracula</strong> bites and the <strong>Mummy</strong> rises as we comb through both frightening and corny moments from <strong>Hammer Studios</strong>’ horror archives.</p><p> Thu, 11 Oct 2012 22:30:55 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 25838 at http://kcur.org DVD Gurus: Hammer Studios' Classic Horror KC's Music Scene Drives Filmmaker's Latest Effort http://kcur.org/post/kcs-music-scene-drives-filmmakers-latest-effort <p>The sounds of Count Basie and Charlie Parker are part of Kansas City’s musical identity. </p> <p>In the second half of Wednesday's Up to Date, we'll hear from the woman behind Kansas City Jazz &amp; Blues; Past, Present &amp; Future, a new documentary that drops by 18th &amp; Vine to explore the city’s famed blues and jazz scene in this year’s Kansas International Film Festival.</p> Wed, 10 Oct 2012 15:56:59 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 25723 at http://kcur.org KC's Music Scene Drives Filmmaker's Latest Effort Book Gives Close Look At McGovern-Eagleton Campaign http://kcur.org/post/book-gives-close-look-mcgovern-eagleton-campaign <p>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.</p> <p>It was history only because of what happened 18 days later, when Eagleton withdrew from the ticket because of his previously undisclosed battle with mental illness, that had included electroshock therapy.</p> Tue, 09 Oct 2012 14:40:14 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 25686 at http://kcur.org Book Gives Close Look At McGovern-Eagleton Campaign Life After Death: Former Death-Row Inmate Damien Echols http://kcur.org/post/life-after-death-former-death-row-inmate-damien-echols <p>In August 2011, Damien Echols was released after 18 years on Death Row.</p> <p>He details his experience with the legal system as part of the “West Memphis Three” and the flawed trial that sent him to Death Row and two friends to prison for life in his book, Life After Death.</p> Tue, 09 Oct 2012 12:39:16 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 25681 at http://kcur.org Life After Death: Former Death-Row Inmate Damien Echols Writer Thomas Kennedy On Cancer & Corporate Life http://kcur.org/post/writer-thomas-kennedy-cancer-corporate-life <p>An <strong>American ex-pat</strong> writes satirically about <strong>corporate life</strong> in a Copenhagen office.</p><p> Mon, 08 Oct 2012 15:32:35 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 25673 at http://kcur.org Writer Thomas Kennedy On Cancer & Corporate Life Up To Date Celebrates 10 Years On KCUR http://kcur.org/post/date-celebrates-10-years-kcur <p>In 2002, KCUR management conceived of a new daily public affairs/news talk show. They hired a newspaper political correspondent, Steve Kraske to host the program, and a KCUR staffer, Stephen Steigman, to produce the show.</p> <p>And today, Up to Date celebrates its 10th anniversary.</p> Mon, 01 Oct 2012 03:43:58 +0000 Stephen Steigman, Steve Kraske & Danie Alexander 25317 at http://kcur.org Up To Date Celebrates 10 Years On KCUR Best Music Of 2012 (So Far) http://kcur.org/post/best-music-2012-so-far <p>Pretend <a href="https://twitter.com/#%21/search/users/%23lastfm">#lastfm</a> asked you to tweet your top three songs so far in 2012, what would you select?&nbsp; Something straight from Billboard, or maybe a tune playing under the radar?</p><p> Thu, 19 Jul 2012 22:30:00 +0000 Steve Kraske, Danie Alexander & Michael Byars 21309 at http://kcur.org Best Music Of 2012 (So Far) Steve Kraske: The Baby Whisperer http://kcur.org/post/steve-kraske-baby-whisperer <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>(No, we're not kidding.)</p> Tue, 24 Apr 2012 21:14:42 +0000 Stephen Steigman 16519 at http://kcur.org Steve Kraske: The Baby Whisperer The Weekend To-Do List http://kcur.org/post/weekend-do-list-15 <p>Looking for something to do this weekend? <em>Up to Date&#39;s</em> <strong>Brian McTavish</strong> offers up a few options in his <strong>Weekend To-Do List</strong> for March 30-April 1, 2012. Thu, 29 Mar 2012 18:30:00 +0000 Kathleen Pointer, Brian McTavish & Steve Kraske 15087 at http://kcur.org The Weekend To-Do List Extreme Cave Diving: Worth The Risks? http://kcur.org/post/extreme-cave-diving-worth-risks <p>There&#39;s a line of work where the risks include toxic layers of hydrogen sulfide and maze-like passageways.&nbsp; (No, we&#39;re not talking the halls of Congress.) It&#39;s the <strong>exploration of underwater caves and blue holes.</strong> Many consider survival to be is the mark of a successful dive ... so, are the risks worth it? Tue, 13 Mar 2012 23:00:00 +0000 Kathleen Pointer, Brian Ellison & Stephen Steigman 14124 at http://kcur.org Extreme Cave Diving: Worth The Risks? A Fan's Notes: The Madness of March http://kcur.org/post/fans-notes-madness-march <p>In just a few days the field of the <strong>NCAA basketball tournament</strong> will be set and <strong>March Madness</strong> will begin in earnest.</p><p>In the latest installment of &quot;A Fan&#39;s Notes,&quot; <strong>Victor Wishna</strong> looks for a method in the madness and finds that the road to the <strong>Final Four</strong> is paved with poetic intentions:</p><p> Thu, 08 Mar 2012 17:44:03 +0000 Victor Wishna & Kathleen Pointer 13858 at http://kcur.org A Fan's Notes: The Madness of March Film Review: Pina http://kcur.org/post/film-review-pina <p>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 Fried Astaire - and add to the list the Oscar-nominated documentary "Pina," a spectacular homage to the avant-garde German choreographer Pina Bausch.</p> Fri, 10 Feb 2012 19:27:58 +0000 Steve Walker 12325 at http://kcur.org Film Review: Pina The Year In Religion http://kcur.org/post/year-religion <p>When <strong>religion</strong> is part of the <strong>news stories</strong> 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 <strong>embroiled in financial shenanigans or sexual abuse</strong>.&nbsp; In today&#39;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. Tue, 20 Dec 2011 00:00:00 +0000 Stephen Steigman, Steve Kraske & Brian Ellison 9315 at http://kcur.org The Year In Religion A Fan's Notes: Sports and Sportsmanship http://kcur.org/post/fans-notes-sports-and-sportsmanship <p>It&rsquo;s long since been <strong>commonplace for presidents to flaunt their inner sports fan</strong>&hellip;to joke about their golf game, invite championship teams to the Rose Garden, or toss out that ceremonial first pitch.<br /><br />But perhaps, says &quot;A Fan&#39;s Notes&quot; commentator <strong>Victor </strong><strong>Wishna</strong>, politicians - including the President and Congress - should pay <strong>more attention to sportsmanship</strong>.<br /> Fri, 09 Dec 2011 20:05:39 +0000 Victor Wishna & Stephen Steigman 8695 at http://kcur.org A Fan's Notes: Sports and Sportsmanship William Least Heat-Moon on 20 Years of "PrairyErth" http://kcur.org/post/william-least-heat-moon-20-years-prairyerth <p></p><p>"It is history, travel, anthropology, geography, journalism, confession, memoir, natural history and autobiography. It is the<strong> life and times of Chase County</strong>, and incidentally everything you need to know about Kansas."&nbsp; So wrote Paul Theroux in his <em>New York Times</em> review of <em><strong>PrairyErth</strong> (A Deep Map)</em> when it was published in 1991.&nbsp; Thu, 08 Dec 2011 19:05:12 +0000 Steve Kraske & Stephen Steigman 8613 at http://kcur.org William Least Heat-Moon on 20 Years of "PrairyErth" Freed Employees Make More Money (For Your Company, That Is) http://kcur.org/post/freed-employees-make-more-money-your-company <p>Professor Isaac Getz talks about his book Freedom, Inc: Free Your Employees and Let Them Lead Your Business to Higher Productivity, Profits, and Growth</p> Mon, 05 Dec 2011 22:00:59 +0000 Steve Kraske & Stephen Steigman 321 at http://kcur.org Freed Employees Make More Money (For Your Company, That Is) Reviews of the Latest Art, Independent, Foreign & Documentary Films http://kcur.org/post/reviews-latest-art-independent-foreign-documentary-films <p>Thanksgiving marks the start of something special.&nbsp; No, not the shopping frenzy, or the decorating, or the baking.&nbsp; It marks <b>the season of movies released in time for holiday viewing!</b>&nbsp; Just in time to let you know what&#39;s out there, our film critics gather round with <b>their picks and pans from the latest in independent, foreign and documentary films</b>.</p><p> Fri, 02 Dec 2011 23:20:02 +0000 Stephen Steigman 344 at http://kcur.org Reviews of the Latest Art, Independent, Foreign & Documentary Films The History of Drunk(en) Driving http://kcur.org/post/history-drunken-driving <p>&nbsp;</p><div>The holiday season will see an uptick in many a social calendar. &nbsp;With that come more opportunities for people to imbibe and then get in their cars. &nbsp;T<strong>he worst results of drunk driving</strong> are well known and the<strong> legal penalties when caught inebriated behind the wheel are severe </strong>yet people persist in doing it. &nbsp;Why?</div><div> Wed, 30 Nov 2011 23:10:00 +0000 Stephen Steigman 187 at http://kcur.org The History of Drunk(en) Driving Kansas City International Airport Eyes Replacement Terminal http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-international-airport-eyes-replacement-terminal <p>Just three years ago the Kansas City Missouri City Council voted down a<strong> single-terminal plan</strong> for <a href="http://flykci.com">Kansas City International Airport</a>. &nbsp;Now it has approved a $4.4 million study to determine how to build and pay for the very same thing.&nbsp;Why the change of heart and how is one terminal better than three?</p><div> Wed, 30 Nov 2011 22:36:59 +0000 Stephen Steigman 185 at http://kcur.org Kansas City International Airport Eyes Replacement Terminal Up to Date: Tour the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts http://kcur.org/post/date-tour-kauffman-center-performing-arts <p>Kansas City, Mo. – 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.</p> Fri, 05 Aug 2011 16:28:00 +0000 Laura Spencer 2302 at http://kcur.org Up to Date: Tour the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts Extreme Couponing http://kcur.org/post/extreme-couponing <p>Kansas City, MO – Coupons are back. Big time. The recession may be partly responsible for the new trend of "extreme couponing", and its devotees are passionate about combining manufacturers' coupons, store loyalty programs, with a goal of coming out with purchase totals as close to $0 as possible.</p> Wed, 15 Dec 2010 14:11:02 +0000 7368 at http://kcur.org Extreme Couponing