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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10:16 am
Mon December 9, 2013

How JFK's Death Changed The Secret Service

Clint Hill protected Jackie Kennedy when he was in the Secret Service.

The shock of the Kennedy assassination stunned the nation, but it also sparked a massive review of how the Secret Service operated.

In the first part of Monday's Up to Date, we talk with Clint Hill, the Secret Service agent who protected Jackie Kennedy in Dallas and beyond, about his role that day and how it changed him and the agency watching out for the president.

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11:18 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' December 6-8

Philomena is on Steve Walker's list this weekend.

Looking for a great film to see the weekend of Dec. 6-8? Up to Date's indie, documentary and foreign film critics share their three favorites showing on area screens.

Cynthia Haines:

  • Muscle Shoals
  • 12 Years a Slave
  • All is Lost

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2:56 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin Weighs In On Teddy Roosevelt

'The Bully Pulpit' is historian Doris Kearns Goodwin's latest work of presidential history.

He’s the namesake of your kid’s cuddly toy, but Teddy Roosevelt wasn’t a big softie. His fierce battle for the 1912 presidential nomination had both Roosevelt and Taft baring their teeth.

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11:45 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Preview: Sporting KC Takes On Salt Lake For MLS Cup

Sporting KC will cap off a successful season by taking on Real Salt Lake this weekend in the MLS Cup.
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There's a flurry of professional sports activity in Kansas City this weekend, but it's not for a football game. Soccer is taking center stage. 

On Saturday, Sporting Kansas City will host Real Salt Lake at Sporting Park for the MLS Cup championship. It’s the first time a championship game has been played in Kansas City, and if Sporting wins, it will be their first title since 2000, when they were still known as the Wizards.

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10:57 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Connecting Chronic Illness And Domestic Abuse

Kansas City agencies offer help for victims of domestic abuse.
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Domestic abuse isn’t a new problem, but a recent study about it may surprise you. It turns out that the victims suffer high rates of chronic illnesses.

In the first part of Wednesday's Up to Date, we discuss why that is and take a critical look at the resources available for domestic abuse victims in Kansas City and what’s missing from the conversation when it comes to improving the options available.

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10:32 am
Tue December 3, 2013

A Look Inside The Political Process

Political maneuvering and upcoming elections are on the slate with our pundits on Up to Date
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Political maneuvering is nothing new in Kansas City, and nowhere has that been more apparent lately than in the failed attempt to get a translational medicine tax established in Jackson County.

On Tuesday's Up to Date, our political pundits discuss where political money goes and the latest in Missouri, Kansas and federal lawmaking. 

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10:05 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Techsperts: 11 Nerdy Holiday Gift Ideas

Samsung's Galaxy Gear Smart Watch is one of the gadgets catching our Techsperts' eye this season.
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If you're always losing your keys or you're concerned about the efficiency of your driving habits, well, there's an app for that. 

In the second part of Monday's Up to Date, the Techsperts offer their gift guide for the newest gadgets, perfect for your favorite techie.

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9:51 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Tuning Up The Turkey: Thanksgiving Food And Wine

Ted Habiger assembles his pork belly sandwiches with Brussels sprout slaw in the studio.
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Thanksgiving means turkey, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie… and all the carbs you could want. Although we’ve all got our tried and true favorites, you won’t ruffle too many feathers if you try a couple of new dishes this year.

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9:51 am
Tue November 26, 2013

How The U.S. Meat Industry Beefed Up Its Production

Factory farming has become common in the American meat industry.
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Got a beef with the meat industry? You’re not the only one, but it’s taken many decades for the industry to assume the shape it has today.

In the first part of Tuesday's Up to Date, we talk about the history of meat production and distribution in the United States. We examine the shift from family to factory livestock farming, how government intervention has affected the industry and how the popularity of organics is changing the conversation.

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9:49 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Giving Thanks With StoryCorps

StoryCorps collects audio recordings of personal stories from people all over the country.
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The day after Thanksgiving isn't just the nation's craziest shopping day. It's also the day StoryCorps asks for stories that honor those for whom we feel grateful in life.

In the second part of Tuesday's Up to Date, we look at ten years of StoryCorps' 'National Day of Listening.'

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Dave Isay, founder and president of StoryCorps and author of Ties That Bind: Stories of Love and Gratitude from the First Ten Years of StoryCorps 

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12:24 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Sporting KC Heads To Championship Game

Sporting KC's Aurelien Collin plays during a game against the San Jose Earthquakes.
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The roar of the crowd confirmed what Sporting KC did this weekend at Sporting Park: They secured a spot at the MLS Cup being held in Kansas City Dec. 7.

In the second part of Monday's Up to Date, KCUR's Greg Echlin joins us to give a preview for that game.

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  • Greg Echlin, KCUR sports reporter
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10:30 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Exceptional Children And The Search For Identity

Andrew Solomon is the author of 'Far From the Tree.'

Medical problems, gender identity or varied abilities that put children out of the mainstream can bring overwhelming challenges for the individual and their family. In the first part of Monday's Up to Datewe take a look at how this struggle forms identities for the children and the parents.

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  • Andrew Solomon, author of Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity
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1:04 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' Nov. 22-24

'Blue is the Warmest Color' is on Steve Walker's list this weekend.

Looking for a great film to see the weekend of Nov. 22-24? Up to Date's indie, documentary and foreign film critics share their three favorites showing on area screens. 

Cynthia Haines:

  • 12 Years a Slave
  • Muscle Shoals
  • Dallas Buyers Club 

Steve Walker

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5:12 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

What Is Common Core, And Does It Make Sense?

The Blue Valley and North Kansas City school districts are adapting to the new Common Core standards for classroom learning.
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Common Core is the latest trend in classroom curriculum, but not everyone’s convinced that it’s better than previous plans. For each new education strategy, schools have to change gears and adapt—and that’s easier said than done.

On Thursday's Up to Date, we talk about what makes this plan different and how local school districts are adjusting.

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1:39 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

The Assassination Of JFK, 50 Years Later

John F. Kennedy rides in the Nov. 22 Dallas motorcade, shortly before he was shot.
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If you were old enough to understand, chances are you remember what you were doing 50 years ago when you heard President John F. Kennedy had been shot.

On Friday's Up to Date, we look back at the assassination of JFK through the lens of the Secret Service, doctors at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas and a few of the ever-popular conspiracy theories.

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1:05 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

The Weekend To-Do List: Nov. 22-24, 2013

Gary Neal Johnson returns in his iconic role as Scrooge in the Kansas City Repertory's 'A Christmas Carol.'
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Kansas City is abuzz with things to do this weekend, and Brian McTavish has selected a few for our Weekend To-Do List for November 22-24.

The Fairy Princess (Kansas City holiday season icon), kids can visit with the Fairy Princess following Saturday’s 6 p.m. lighting ceremony at Zona Rosa, I-29 and Barry Road, Kansas City, Mo. Admission: Nominal fee to have your picture taken with Her Highness.

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10:14 am
Wed November 20, 2013

A 20-Year View For MoDOT

Missouri's roads will need $70 billion in repairs and maintenance work over the next two decades, but the budget only allows for $17 billion of work.
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The Missouri Department of Transportation just released its 20-year plan for the state’s roads and bridges. MoDOT expects it will have about $17 billion dollars to pay for the plan. However, if it completed all the maintenance and construction suggested by Missouri citizens in a recent survey, it would need a budget of $70 billion. 

On Wednesday's Up to Date, we talk about the plan and how the state will prioritize its future projects.

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11:03 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Examining Technology's Effect On Early Pregnancy Detection

Technology has made it easier to detect pregnancy earlier.
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It wasn’t until the second half of the 20th century that expectant parents could see and hear their baby through means of ultrasound and Doppler. With those advances also came a dramatic change in how we view early pregnancy loss.

In the first part of Tuesday's Up to Date, we talk with a historian of women’s health about the impact of technology on first trimester miscarriages and how what was once considered an abnormal period is now the lossof a baby.

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11:03 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Politics And Prose: Bob Woodward

Journalist Bob Woodward joins Steve Kraske to talk politics on Up to Date.

He's famous for his work in the Washington Post exposing the Watergate scandal, and journalist Bob Woodward is still addressing contentious issues. 

In the second part of Tuesday's Up to Date, we get his views on the Affordable Care Act and how Washington works today. 

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Bob Woodward, journalist. His latest book is The Price of Politics.

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3:48 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Parents, Teens And Being LGBT

It's easier to be be openly gay in today's teen culture than it was just a few years ago.
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The experience of being  an openly gay, transgendered or bisexual teen has changed dramatically, just in the past few years. It's especially evident for those young adults who choose to come out to friends and family while they're in high school.

On Monday's Up to Date, psychologist Wes Crenshaw joins us with a few teen guests to talk about their experiences with the rapid change in attitudes.

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1:15 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Audra McDonald: From Broadway To Kansas City

Audra McDonald's performances on Broadway include roles in Carousel, Porgy & Bess and 110 in the Shade.
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She’s won Tony awards and dazzled Hollywood, and now Audra McDonald is blending her voice with the Kansas City Symphony. 

On Friday's Up to Date, we talk with the versatile songstress about her career and how she’s using her fame to support causes like marriage equality and pet adoption.

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1:05 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Pat Conroy: Remembering An Abusive Father

Pat Conroy is the author of The Death of Santini.

Families are complicated for everyone, and author Pat Conroy knows this well. His first memoir, The Great Santini, explored the abusive relationship Conroy had with his father.

In the second part of Thursday's Up to Date, Conroy joins Steve Kraske to talk about the follow-up to that book, The Death of Santini, which explores the interactions between Conroy and his father after The Great Santini was published.

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12:34 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Covering Climate Change As Heat Turns Up

Reporter Justin Gillis covers the environment and climate change for the New York Times.
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When you write about climate change, you have to be able to take the heat from all sides— those who deny what scientists are saying and those who think you’re giving too many concessions to that group. 

On Up to Date, we speak with a New York Times reporter about his coverage of the environment.

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  • Justin Gillis, New York Times reporter
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10:50 am
Wed November 13, 2013

How Smartphone Videos Aid Investigators

Advances in technology mean much more footage of public events is available today than in 1963.
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When John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963, the Zapruder film provided investigators with key evidence of the shooting. Fifty years later, crime scene investigation has evolved into a complex science, and now, with smartphones, and other mobile devices, video footage of events is readily available to assist investigators in solving crimes.

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2:33 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

The Film That Shaped America's JFK Memories

The Zapruder film recorded the moment Kennedy was shot.

The silently haunting images of the Zapruder film captured the moment John F. Kennedy was shot during that famous Dallas parade in 1963. Those images have become part of the mythology that surrounds the event, both for the conspiracy theorists and others. 

On Wednesday's Up to Date, we talk with historian Max Holland, who has analyzed the effect of the film on how the American people understand the 50-year-old assassination.

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10:06 am
Tue November 12, 2013

Media Critics: Accuracy And Paying For Sources

The Media Critics take a look at how the rush to break news often ends with inaccurate information.
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We’ve all seen the news breaking on Twitter, on Facebook and on the TV news tickers, but how often does the rush to be first end in a chorus of apologies for getting it wrong? 

On Tuesday's Up to Date, the Media Critics join Steve Kraske to discuss the big issues in journalism today. 

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12:04 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Retiring Planned Parenthood Leader Reviews Years Of Battles

Peter Brownlie is retiring as president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri.

Protests and legal challenges are common when you’re the regional head of the prominent family planning organization, Planned Parenthood.

In the first part of Monday's Up to Date, we sit down with Peter Brownlie, the retiring president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri. Brownlie discusses his legal battles with former Kansas Attorney General and District Attorney Phill Kline, protests, and why he wore a bulletproof vest to work.

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11:32 am
Mon November 11, 2013

VFW Adapts To Changing Veteran Needs

The Veterans of Foreign Wars have chapters all across the United States.
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Today's recent veterans are finishing their service with different experiences than previous generations, and Veterans of Foreign Wars groups across the country are trying to figure out how to adapt.

On Monday's Up to Date, Adjutant General John Hamilton joins Steve Kraske to talk about the changing needs of veterans.

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  • Adjutant General John Hamilton recently finished his term as the commander-in-chief of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
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11:02 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Duke Ellington: Behind The Jazz

Terry Teachout's new book is 'Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington.'

Duke Ellington's jazzy orchestrations are the stuff of music legends. However, his star power hid a very private life.

In the second part of Friday's Up to Date, Wall Street Journal drama critic and biographer Terry Teachout takes us into the world of Ellington.

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10:59 am
Fri November 8, 2013

A Look At The New KU Basketball Film, 'Jayhawkers'

Kevin Willmott's latest film is 'Jayhawkers.'

KU basketball had a different sort of atmosphere back in the 1950s. In addition to some Phog, one of the things that changed the weather there was a certain player called Wilt Chamberlain.

On Friday's Up to Date, we talk with local filmmaker Kevin Willmott about his newest movie, Jayhawkers, that takes a look at the Chamberlain era and how it changed KU forever. 

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