books http://kcur.org en How Elephants Helped Win World War II http://kcur.org/post/how-elephants-helped-win-world-war-ii <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tanks and ammo certainly played a big part in winning World War II, but the Pacific theater had another large asset—elephants.</span></p><p>On Thursday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;talk about the man who led these animals against the Axis powers and the bond he developed with these surprisingly gentle giants.</span></p><p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Guest:</span></strong></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:00:59 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 59372 at http://kcur.org How Elephants Helped Win World War II From Jefferson To Obama, Pop Culture Infuses The White House http://kcur.org/post/jefferson-obama-pop-culture-infuses-white-house <p>When you think about presidents and pop culture, you might picture Obama’s Twitter account, but you might not realize that other ventures with mass-appeal have been affecting the White House for a few centuries.</p><p>On Thursday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we’ll talk about the influence everything from theater to books to the internet have had on the presidency since Thomas Jefferson was in charge.</p><p><strong>HEAR MORE:</strong> Tevi Troy speaks at 6:30 p.m. July 24 at the Plaza branch of the Kansas City Public Library.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 59375 at http://kcur.org From Jefferson To Obama, Pop Culture Infuses The White House 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 Get A Clue: Looking At Crosswords http://kcur.org/post/get-clue-looking-crosswords <p></p><p>Look down, not up, and maybe have a glance sideways. Working on a crossword means examining words and letters in a way you usually wouldn't when you're just reading.</p><p>On Wednesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we look at the history of the crossword puzzle over the last hundred years.</p><p><strong>Guests: </strong></p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 16:28:40 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 58608 at http://kcur.org Get A Clue: Looking At Crosswords The Untold Journey Of Civil Rights Photographers http://kcur.org/post/untold-journey-civil-rights-photographers <p></p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Brian Ellison & Hannah Copeland 58294 at http://kcur.org The Untold Journey Of Civil Rights Photographers 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' Experts Say Dark Humor Has Always Been Part Of Kid Lit http://kcur.org/post/experts-say-dark-humor-has-always-been-part-kid-lit <p>Local children's author and illustrator Daniel Miyares&nbsp;visited the <em>Central Standard </em>studio to discuss his recent picture book, <em>Pardon Me!</em></p><p>The book, aimed at 4-7 year-olds, tells the story of a bird on a perch who is visited by several of his supposed swamp friends until the frustrated critter is so crowded he can't take it any more. In the end, the bird is (spoiler alert!) finally left alone, only to be eaten by a crocodile who finishes his meal with a burp. "Pardon me," says the crocodile. &nbsp;</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 18:05:49 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton, Sylvia Maria Gross & Matt Hodapp 58147 at http://kcur.org Experts Say Dark Humor Has Always Been Part Of Kid Lit FULL AUDIO: Hillary Clinton Speaks In Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/full-audio-hillary-clinton-speaks-kansas-city <p>Former First Lady, U.S. Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton visited Kansas City on Sunday June 21 where she s<span style="line-height: 1.5;">poke with Rainy Day Books co-owner Vivien Jennings in front of a crowd of thousands at the Midland </span>Theatre.<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The former Secretary of State was in town to promote her memoir, 'Hard Choices.'</span></p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 15:08:34 +0000 Stephen Steigman 57825 at http://kcur.org FULL AUDIO: Hillary Clinton Speaks In Kansas City Book Doctors: Summer Reading http://kcur.org/post/book-doctors-summer-reading <p></p><p>A 16-year-old American bride of the Austrian emperor brings her lively passion to the oppressively formal royal court, and a true life deadly texting-while-driving story explores the influence of technology on the human mind.</p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 15:38:37 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 57390 at http://kcur.org Book Doctors: Summer Reading Kansas City Artists Reflect On The Legacy Of Maya Angelou http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-artists-reflect-legacy-maya-angelou <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">never</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> forget how you made them feel." For Maya Angelou, these words were a way of life. Her poetry and prose, even her off-the-cuff remarks during interviews, made people feel things deeply.</span></p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 16:27:26 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton, Matt Hodapp & Cody Newill 56726 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Artists Reflect On The Legacy Of Maya Angelou Maya Angelou, On Trying To 'Do Better And To Be Better' http://kcur.org/post/maya-angelou-trying-do-better-and-be-better <p>Poet, memoirist and political activist Maya Angelou died Wednesday at the age of 86, reportedly after a long illness.&nbsp;</p><p>“Hello, good morning ..." is how Angelou opened the conversation when we talked by phone last week. At home in Winston-Salem, N.C., she joked about the weather in the Midwest.</p><p>"Because I think you people change weather in the way that other people change clothes," she said with a laugh.</p> Thu, 29 May 2014 13:13:49 +0000 Laura Spencer 56463 at http://kcur.org Maya Angelou, On Trying To 'Do Better And To Be Better' Kansas City Crime Writer Shares Four Chilling Murder Locations http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-crime-writer-shares-four-chilling-murder-locations <p>Fourth-generation Kansas Citian Joel Goldman has set all of his crime novels in the Kansas City area, in places like the Country Club Plaza, the Quindaro neighborhood, and the historic Northeast neighborhood.</p><p>These places aren’t just settings. Goldman considers them characters in his novels. Strawberry Hill, the Kansas City, Kan. neighborhood where many Serbians and Croatians settled, is one of the backdrops in his book <em>Shakedown</em>.</p> Thu, 22 May 2014 21:15:36 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross & Gina Kaufmann 56186 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Crime Writer Shares Four Chilling Murder Locations Crime Writer Joel Goldman Turns Kansas City Into A Character http://kcur.org/post/crime-writer-joel-goldman-turns-kansas-city-character <p><a href="http://www.joelgoldman.com/">Joel Goldman</a> was a trial lawyer in Kansas City when he came down with a medical condition that meant he couldn’t practice law. So he took all that knowledge of the law, plus some intriguing true crime stories, and turned them into fiction.</p> Wed, 21 May 2014 21:00:01 +0000 Gina Kaufmann & Matthew Long-Middleton 56172 at http://kcur.org Crime Writer Joel Goldman Turns Kansas City Into A Character Museum Plays Pivotal Role In New Novel From Nelson-Atkins Docent http://kcur.org/post/museum-plays-pivotal-role-new-novel-nelson-atkins-docent <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Barbara Stuber has shown generations of schoolchildren and adults through the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. She’s worked as a docent there for 25 years. Stuber’s new novel, </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Girl In Reverse</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, highlights the museum’s collection - including its Asian art.</span></p><p>The book’s set in the early 1950s, the Korean War is underway, and teenager, Lily Firestone, who’s adopted and Chinese, faces discrimination. But, at the museum, she finds a link to her culture and her past.</p> Wed, 21 May 2014 16:37:54 +0000 Laura Spencer 56038 at http://kcur.org Museum Plays Pivotal Role In New Novel From Nelson-Atkins Docent Navigating Without A Technical Crutch http://kcur.org/post/navigating-without-technical-crutch <p></p><p>When you get in your car, do you turn on your GPS? What would you do if it didn’t work?</p><p>On Wednesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we take a look at the lost art of navigating, based on experience and innate directional sense, and not blindly following Siri’s instructions as you turn each corner.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p> Thu, 08 May 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 55364 at http://kcur.org Navigating Without A Technical Crutch War: How Violence Can Lead To Stability http://kcur.org/post/war-how-violence-can-lead-stability <p></p><p>War is bloody, tragic and violent, but it also has benefits for society—even if it doesn’t feel that way when the bullets are flying.</p><p>On Tuesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we talk with a historian about his idea that war ultimately leads to stability and prosperity, despite the high body counts it takes to get there.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 54872 at http://kcur.org War: How Violence Can Lead To Stability Returning Home To Build A New Life http://kcur.org/post/returning-home-build-new-life <p></p><p>It can be a lonely, difficult life when you’re a farmer on the high plains of western Kansas.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Wednesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we discuss a new memoir about a woman who returned to the family farm. We talk with her about the hardships she faced-- ghosts from her past, adjusting back to farm life after years away and dealing with the looming threat of drought as the nearby river levels kept dropping.</span></p><p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Guest:</span></strong></p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 54629 at http://kcur.org Returning Home To Build A New Life Ray Bradbury Remembered By Loving Biographer http://kcur.org/post/ray-bradbury-remembered-loving-biographer <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Writer Ray Bradbury was an American icon. His work straddled genres, uniting the seemingly-disparate worlds of science fiction and high literature, haunting readers' imaginations with side shows, skeletons, bright stars, the dark skies of space, solitary front porches and late night train whistles.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 16:57:27 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton & Kate Baxendale 53874 at http://kcur.org 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 Life Lessons From A KC Author http://kcur.org/post/life-lessons-kc-author <p></p><p>Becky Blades found herself bubbling over with advice for her daughter, but she knew bombarding her daughter with life lessons wasn't the best way to go about sharing it.</p><p>On Friday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we talk with Blades about how, in writing down this advice with a good dose of humor, she created the book <em>Do Your Laundry or You'll Die Alone.</em></p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 17:04:22 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 53001 at http://kcur.org Life Lessons From A KC Author Tracing The Atomic Age http://kcur.org/post/tracing-atomic-age <p></p><p>If you want drama, the story of how we developed atomic energy has it. From the novelty of X-rays to the destructive power unleashed in Hiroshima, to a major energy source — all the up and downs are there.&nbsp;</p><p>On Thursday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we talk with an author who has traced the details of these events and many in-between to construct a history of the atomic age. We look at how scientists managed to get from Marie Curie’s discovery to the Manhattan Project and beyond.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 15:27:14 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 52886 at http://kcur.org Tracing The Atomic Age How Bystanders Made A Murder Case Famous http://kcur.org/post/how-bystanders-made-murder-case-famous <p></p><p>If you heard or saw a crime happening, what would you do? The people who heard Kitty Genovese scream as she was murdered didn’t do anything, in a famous case that became known for the bystander effect.&nbsp;</p><p>On Tuesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we talk about the case that helped drive the development of the 911 emergency call system and what new details about the killing have emerged over the years.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 15:39:23 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 52455 at http://kcur.org How Bystanders Made A Murder Case Famous Missouri's Poet Laureate Draws On King Kong For Inspiration http://kcur.org/post/missouris-poet-laureate-draws-king-kong-inspiration <p></p><p>From King Kong to a certain accident-prone coyote, the things that inspire Missouri's third poet laureate are different, to say the least.&nbsp;</p><p>On Tuesday's<a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em> Up to Date</em></a>, we talk with William Trowbridge about his unusual muses and his tenure as poet laureate.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>William Trowbridge,</strong> Missouri poet laureate</li></ul><p><strong>HEAR MORE: </strong>William Trowbridge speaks at 7 p.m. March 11 at the Mabee Theater at Rockhurst University for the Midwest Poetry Series.</p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 15:34:45 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 52458 at http://kcur.org Missouri's Poet Laureate Draws On King Kong For Inspiration The Book Doctors: Adventure Tales http://kcur.org/post/book-doctors-adventure-tales <p>Follow the adventures of a boy as he swaps toys for grown-up pursuits and childhood tales of Lenin for the American Dream. And if you like a little adventure, join a pizza hotline operator as he tries to figure out how to deal with a time traveler.</p><p>On Monday's <a href="http://kcur.org/progams.date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, the Book Doctors return to share these tales and more as they tell us about the books that have been keeping them warm this winter.</p><p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Guests:</span></strong></p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 17:26:04 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 52388 at http://kcur.org The Book Doctors: Adventure Tales How Lincoln's Confidants Remade His Image http://kcur.org/post/how-lincolns-confidants-remade-his-image <p>The image we have of Abraham Lincoln today as the Great Emancipator, father figure and military genius might not be what it is if not for two men: John Hays and John Nicolay. “The boys,” as the president affectionately called them, were Lincoln’s right-hand men during the course of his presidency.</p><p>On Friday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we talk about the men who dutifully reshaped Lincoln’s image in the years following his assassination.</p><p><strong>Guest: </strong></p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 17:58:14 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 51974 at http://kcur.org How Lincoln's Confidants Remade His Image Critiquing Books, From Both Sides Of The Page http://kcur.org/post/critiquing-books-both-sides-page <p></p><p>In the literary world, the book critics seem have all the power when your labor of love hits the shelves. But what would authors say if they could sit in the power seat?</p><p>On Thursday's<a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em> Up to Date</em></a>,&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">we talk about critical process works and look at book reviews from both sides of the page.</span></p><p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Guests:</span></strong></p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 17:35:25 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 50881 at http://kcur.org Critiquing Books, From Both Sides Of The Page Encore Broadcast: The Children's Blizzard http://kcur.org/post/encore-broadcast-childrens-blizzard <p>January 12, 1888, began as an exceptionally warm winter day. Farmers were tending to their fields as boys and girls raced to school with no coats or gloves.&nbsp;</p><p>Mid-morning in the Dakotas and around afternoon dismissal in Nebraska, hurricane-force winds and torrential snow engulfed the plains. By midnight, wind-chills had plummeted to 40 below zero.</p><p>The next morning, up to 500 people lay dead on the prairie, many of them school children, who died while trying to find their way home.</p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 16:39:59 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 50818 at http://kcur.org Encore Broadcast: The Children's Blizzard From Slavery To Higher Ed http://kcur.org/post/slavery-higher-ed <p>He had his portrait painted by artist Charles Willson Peale, and he was a literate man—in short, Yarrow Mamout was unusual for an 18th-century slave in America.</p><p>On Friday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we look at his legacy over six generations and how his family moved from a life of slavery to producing a Harvard graduate in 1927.</p><p><strong>Guest:&nbsp;</strong></p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 20:27:19 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 50570 at http://kcur.org From Slavery To Higher Ed On The Road With William Least Heat-Moon http://kcur.org/post/road-william-least-heat-moon <p>After losing his job and his first wife, William Least Heat-Moon needed to do some soul searching. Thirteen thousand miles and dozens of no-name towns later, he had plenty of stories to tell.</p><p>In the first part of Thursday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we sit down with the <em>New York Times</em> best-selling author to talk about that fateful trip and his career since.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 16:09:29 +0000 Steve Kraske, Beth Lipoff & Cody Newill 49692 at http://kcur.org On The Road With William Least Heat-Moon