Beth Lipoff

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Beth Lipoff grew up in Overland Park, Kan. and has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and a master's degree in public history from Royal Holloway, University of London.

Her work has appeared in the Kansas City Star, Sunset Magazine, the Johnson County Sun, the Kansas City Jewish Chronicle, Spirit Magazine, Northwestern Magazine, the Lawrence Journal-World and the Independence Examiner.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

What's Showing In Independent, Foreign & Documentary Film, August 2

The Way Way Back is on our critics' list this week.

When some surfers get in too deep with drug smugglers, the waves threaten to pull them under, and a shooting by transit police causes controversy in a ripped-from-the-headlines tale.

On Friday's Up to Date, our indie, foreign and documentary film critics take a look at the films open on the silver screen in Kansas City this week.

Films critics Cynthia Haines, Steve Walker, and Bob Butler reviewed:

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11:45 am
Thu August 1, 2013

The Weekend To-Do List: August 2-4, 2013

The UniverSoul Circus performs in Swope Park July 31-Aug. 4.
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Looking for something fun to start your August this weekend? Brian McTavish has some choices for you on the Weekend To-Do List.

Taylor Swift: The Red Tour (Pop sensation), 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Sprint Center, 1407 Grand Blvd. Tickets: $29.50, $84.50 

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10:50 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Crimes Mar KCATA System

Several violent incidents have happened recently on KCATA buses.
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Public transit is often touted as a better alternative to personal vehicles, but safety concerns have recently plagued the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority buses, after a stabbing and a shooting left a bus driver and passengers seriously injured.

In the second part of Wednesday's Up to Date, we talked with Cynthia Baker, KCATA's director of marketing, about the recent incidents and what the transit authority plans to do to keep buses safe.

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9:40 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Jackson County Exec. Talks Assessments, Courthouse

Mike Sanders is the executive for Jackson County.
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Breaking news update: Mike Sanders has announced he is stepping down as chairman of the Missouri Democratic Party. 

Jackson County is really hopping these days. Between fluctuating property assessments and the courthouse renovation, the county’s missteps and triumphs are keeping people talking. 

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Finding The Philadelphia Chromosome

Jessica Wapner is the author of The Philadelphia Chromosome.

Developing a medicine that attacks the genes of a disease may seem like science fiction, but it’s already been done.

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6:00 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Grasping Hope & Dreams Through Photography

Linda Solomon's Pictures of Hope project let children in difficult situations express their hopes for the future.
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A homeless shelter might seem an unlikely place to look for the hopes and dreams of children, but for one photographer, it's a way to shine a light for children stuck in bad situations.

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12:00 pm
Sun July 28, 2013

Cruising The Country, Southeast To Northwest

Philip Caputo is the author of The Longest Road.

Ever dreamed of cruising across the United States with a retro Airstream trailer named Ethel? What about making that journey in your 70s?
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10:20 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Encore Broadcast: Comedian Jim Gaffigan On The Gaffes Of Parenthood

Jim Gaffigan chats with Steve Kraske on Up to Date.
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Comedian Jim Gaffigan knows that a four-year-old eating a taco and throwing a taco on the floor is pretty much the same thing, and he can teach you a thing or two about co-opting your kid’s Halloween candy.

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Up to Date
11:46 am
Thu July 25, 2013

The Weekend To-Do List: July 26-28, 2013

Midwest Brony Fest comes to Overland Park this weekend.
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Looking for something interesting this weekend? Brian McTavish has some choices for you on the Weekend To-Do List.

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Up to Date
10:40 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Obama's Speech Sparks Discussions On Race

President Obama's remarks on race have sparked national discussion.
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"Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago." President Obama's words have added a new perspective to the discussion about racial attitudes in the wake of George Zimmerman's acquittal in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

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Up to Date
9:57 am
Tue July 23, 2013

A Heist At The Museum

Barbara Shapiro talks about counterfeit art in her new novel.
Credit Rainy Day Books

Forgery and a slick art theft frame a the story of a new novel set in the museum world.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

In The Shoes Of Red Cross Volunteers

The Red Cross responds to local and national disasters.
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We’ve all seen it on TV— a hurricane strikes, leaving thousands without power, food, or clean water for days or even weeks. When disasters happen, the Red Cross is the organization that always seems to be there.

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Up to Date
11:18 am
Mon July 22, 2013

To The Stars From KC

It's not easy, but you can see stars and planets in Kansas City's sky.
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There are plenty of spots to stargaze in Kansas City, and you never know what celestial bodies you might find-- even the Andromeda galaxy.

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10:36 am
Mon July 22, 2013

City Lights Vs. The Night Sky

Paul Bogard is the author of The End of Night.

Ever look up in the sky and wondered why you can’t always see the stars?

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9:54 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' July 19-21, 2013

The Israeli drama Fill The Void looks at life in a Haredi community.

Looking for a great film to see the weekend of July 19-21? Up to Date's indie, documentary and foreign film critics share their three favorites showing on area screens. 

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9:43 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Talking Tannins: Summer Wine

Wine expert Doug Frost has recommendations for your summer picnic.
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Summertime in Kansas City can be sweltering, but a good glass of chilled wine can be just the thing to cool off. 

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Up to Date
11:45 am
Thu July 18, 2013

The Weekend To-Do List: July 19-21, 2013

The fringe festival will feature music, dance, burlesque and more.
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Looking for some fun in the sun this weekend? Brian McTavish has some sparkling choices for you on the Weekend To-Do List.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Behind The Politico Playbook

Politico's Mike Allen wakes up at 3 a.m. each day to compile his daily "Playbook."
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Perplexed by the inner workings of our nation’s capital? Baffled by Beltway politics?

Mike Allen, the man behind the daily Politico Playbook knows how to untangle it all. 

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10:07 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Steve's Bookshelf: Conflicts And Untold Stories

This installment of Steve's Bookshelf includes four different authors.

Sneak behind the lines of Mexico’s brutal drug wars and climb to the top of Mount Everest during the Cold War without leaving your home.

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10:43 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Looking At The Maryville Rape Case

(From right) Melinda Coleman and two of her children, Daisy, 16, and Tristin, 14, in their home in Auburn, Mo.
Credit Peggy Lowe / KCUR

Cases involving teen sexual assault have been on the national radar lately, and one town in the Kansas City area is under that microscope. 

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Up to Date
12:00 pm
Sun July 14, 2013

Parents, Teens & Technology

Popularity is often more of a concern than privacy when teens use technology.
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That tweet that's so important to share now may not look so good later. The immediacy of social media appeals to teens, but in the quest for popularity, many don't think about privacy.

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10:46 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' July 12-14, 2013

The boys vanquish a watermelon in 'The Kings of Summer.'

Looking for a great film to see the weekend of July 12-14? Up to Date's indie, documentary and foreign film critics share their three favorites showing on area screens. 

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

DVD Gurus: Scouting Out 70s Cinema

Paper Moon featured Tatum O'Neal's Oscar-winning performance.

Bruce Lee's final film, a cyborg Yul Brenner and Tatum O'Neal's Oscar-winning performance all have one thing in common-- they hit the silver screen in 1973.

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11:45 am
Thu July 11, 2013

The Weekend To-Do List: July 12-14, 2013

Flashdance is playing at Starlight Theatre.
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Looking for for ways to have some fun this weekend? Brian McTavish has some ideas for you on the Weekend To-Do List. 

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10:36 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Not Slowing Down: The Fastest Man Over 75

Bob Lida will compete in the USA Masters Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
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In 1959, Bob Lida dominated the Big Eight championship with his time in the indoor 440-yard dash.  More than 50 years later, he's still running-- and still a champ.

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9:57 am
Thu July 11, 2013

The Emotional Side Of Medicine

Dr. Danielle Ofri is the author of What Doctors Feel.

Doctor's aren't always objective--or perfect-- when prescribing treatments.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Book Doctors: Summer Reads, Serious And Fun

Neil Gaiman's The Ocean at the End of the Lane is on Book Doctor Steve Paul's list this summer.

A supernatural secret intrigues a 7-year-old, and two girls embark on an ill-fated adventure that ends mysteriously in New York City’s East River. Inside the twisted world of bullying culture, a journalist looks at the power of social media, and we re-visit one woman’s journey on the Pacific Crest Trail. 

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Up to Date
12:00 pm
Sun July 7, 2013

Adopting A Furry Friend

This dog was rescued from an animal shelter.
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Buying a cat or dog from a store isn’t your only option—pet adoption is growing more popular. However, taking in a rescue animal does present challenges. 

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Up to Date
12:39 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Cool DVDs For A Hot Summer

Up to Date's independent, foreign & documentary film critics recommend The Intouchables on DVD.

If you're trying to escape the summer heat, stay cool indoors with one of our independent, foreign and documentary film critics' recommendations of films recently released on DVD.

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Up to Date
12:31 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' July 5-7, 2013

'We Steal Secrets' is on two of our critics' lists for this weekend's Three to See.

Looking for a great film to see the weekend of July 5-7? Up to Date's indie, documentary and foreign film critics share their three favorites showing on area screens. 

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