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
12:11 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

The Weekend To-Do List, Nov. 1-3, 2013

The Crown Center Ice Terrace opens this weekend.
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Looking for something to do this Halloween weekend? Check out Brian McTavish's Weekend To-Do List for Nov. 1-3, 2013.

Straight No Chaser (A cappella), 7:30 p.m. Sunday at The Midland, 1228 Main. Tickets: $29.50-$49.50 

Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt (Singer/songwriters and their guitars), 8 p.m. Sunday at the Uptown Theater, 3700 Broadway. Tickets: $32.25-$141.85  

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Up to Date
3:19 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Finding A Fairly-Priced Funeral

Josh Slocum joins Steve Kraske to talk about the difficulties of navigating funeral planning.
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Planning a funeral can be one of the most personal and vulnerable times for any family, but that doesn’t stop funeral homes from trying to up-sell grieving friends and family on gold rimmed caskets and other additional merchandise.

On Thursday's Up to Date, we talk with Josh Slocum, executive director of Funeral Consumers Alliance, who believes consumers are getting stiffed when it comes to laying themselves or loved ones to rest. We also discuss why green burial is making a comeback.

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Up to Date
1:44 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Persian Poetry Brings The Past To The Present

Rumi's poetry has been popular for centuries, as seen in this 16th century book.
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It's been 800 years, but the words of Rumi, a 13th century Persian poet, still seem to entrance people

In the second part of Wednesday's Up to Date, Steve Kraske speaks with Rumi scholar Coleman Barks about the poet's legacy and why his verses continue to thrive.

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Up to Date
1:41 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

The Challenges Of Caregiving

Deborah Shouse is the author of 'Love in the Land of Dementia: Finding Hope in the Caregiver's Journey.'

No one says that caring for a sick relative is easy, especially when Alzheimer’s disease is involved. However, the day to day struggles of caregivers are often lost in the shuffle. 

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Up to Date
5:22 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Is Translational Medicine Too Taxing For Jackson County?

Jackson County residents will be voting on the translational medicine sales tax.
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Jackson County voters head to the polls on November 5 to vote on a 1/2 cent sales tax increase to fund a translational medicine institute. 

In the first part of Tuesday's Up to Date, a proponent and opponent of the tax meet in our studios to debate the controversial proposal, including how county residents will actually benefit from the project.

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Up to Date
11:45 am
Fri October 25, 2013

The Weekend To-Do List, Oct. 25-27, 2013

The Kinsey Sicks parody group performs at Johnson County Community College this weekend.

Looking for something to ward off the chill this weekend? Check out Brian McTavish's Weekend To-Do List for October 25-27, 2013.

Deborah Voigt (Soprano in recital), 8 p.m. Friday at the Folly Theatre, 300 W. 12th. Tickets: $25-$75 

The Kinsey Sicks (Parody group), 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Polsky Theatre, Johnson County Community College. Tickets: $25-$30 

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Up to Date
10:38 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' Oct 25-27

The National Theatre of London's presentation of Frankenstein, on screens at the Tivoli, is on Steve Walker's list this week.

Looking for a great film to see the weekend of Oct. 25-27? Up to Date's indie, documentary and foreign film critics share their three favorites showing on area screens. 

Cynthia Haines:

  • Salinger
  • Parkland
  • Gravity 3D

Steve Walker:

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Up to Date
4:00 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Reconstructing Lives And Bodies After Breast Cancer

Implants such as this one are often part of breast reconstructive surgery.
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When we talk about breast cancer, much of the conversation often centers on treatments such as chemotherapy and mastectomies. But once the cancer’s gone, patients still have a long recovery ahead.

On Thursday's Up to Date, we talk about how reconstructive surgery options have changed and the new options available to women that can help them retain core muscles.

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Up to Date
4:00 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Children's Book Puts Reader In The Story

Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett join Steve Kraske to discuss their new book, 'Battle Bunny.'

A boy gets a book he thinks is cheesy-- a tale about a bunny and his birthday. His next move is to take a pen to the pages of the book and make the story a bit more interesting.

In the second part of Thursday's Up to Date, we take a look at a lighter side of life with children’s book authors Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett as we talk about their new book, Battle Bunny

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Up to Date
4:00 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Reaching For International Gender Equality

Kristin Hetle joins Steve Kraske to talk about projects encouraging gender equality.

Gender equality is a major issue in many parts of the world, and the United Nations is working to promote it.

In the second part of Wednesday's Up to Date, we’ll talk with Kristin Hetle, UN Women's director of strategic partnerships, who has taken experiences from her home country of Norway to help lead a push for international gender equality.

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Up to Date
4:00 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

WWI: Making History Come Alive

Author Robert Massie discusses World War I with Steve Kraske.

Making history come alive is tricky, but some historians manage to paint people like the czars of Russia or Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany not just as dusty textbook figures.

In the first part of Wednesday's Up to Date, we talk with historian Robert Massie about his vivid descriptions of the powerful people pulling the strings behind World War I.

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Up to Date
4:00 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

From War To Peace: Soldiers And PTSD

David Finkel is the author of 'Thank You For Your Service.'

Not all war wounds are as obvious as a missing limb, as we’ve learned from scores of veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. 

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Up to Date
12:00 pm
Sun October 20, 2013

1913: Before The Great War

Charles Emmerson joins Steve Kraske to discuss the state of the world in 1913, just before World War I started.

By 1919, much of continental Europe lay in ruins in the aftermath of World War I. Prior to that conflict, with three European empires ruled by the “Kingly cousins,” most people thought a war was nearly impossible.

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Up to Date
11:47 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' Oct 18-20

The JFK assassination film Parkland is on Cynthia Haines' list this week.

Looking for a great film to see the weekend of Oct. 18-20? Up to Date's indie, documentary and foreign film critics share their three favorites showing on area screens. 

Cynthia Haines:

  • Parkland
  • In A World

Steve Walker:

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Up to Date
4:00 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

DVD Gurus: Putting A Fright In Halloween Night

Mad Love is on the DVD Gurus' list of their favorite horror films.

That chill in the air isn’t the only thing that will give you goosebumps. With the approach of Halloween, all kinds of spooky stuff is coming your way.

On Friday's Up to Date, DVD Gurus Mitch Brian and Jason Heck join us to share their favorite horror films. We’ll follow the creepy tale of a pair of hands with minds of their own, cower from an invisible demon and duck a mad man’s sharp axe. They’ll leave you wanting to check under the bed before you go to sleep tonight.

Mitch:

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Up to Date
11:45 am
Thu October 17, 2013

The Weekend To-Do List, Oct. 18-20, 2013

The Chambers of Edgar Allen Poe is one of many haunted houses in Kansas City.
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Looking for something to do this Fall weekend? Check out Brian McTavish's Weekend To-Do List for October 18-20, 2013.

Bonnie Raitt with Marc Cohn (Blues, r&b, rock, pop), 8 p.m. Friday at The Midland, 1228 Main. Tickets: Sold out

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Up to Date
9:40 am
Thu October 17, 2013

KC Sports: Covering The Rollercoaster

As a columnist for the Kansas City Star, Sam Mellinger follows the ups and downs of teams such as the Royals.
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Covering sports in Kansas City can be a real rollercoaster. Often, you’re reporting on a losing season, but sometimes you hit a high point, like the current Chiefs’ season. 

On Thursday's Up to Date, we talk with Kansas City Star sports columnist Sam Mellinger about what it’s like to write about sports in this town.

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  • Sam Mellinger is a sports columnist for the Kansas City Star.
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KC Currents
9:04 am
Thu October 17, 2013

The Difficult Task Of Raising Kids To Be Bilingual

A kindergarten teacher at the Kansas City Chinese School points to characters on the white board.
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More and more research is coming out telling us that being bilingual is good for your brain. It makes you more competitive in a global marketplace, and for many of us, language is our strongest link to our cultural heritage. But even if you’re bilingual, when you live in an English-speaking community, it’s not always easy to pass that language on to your child.

To make the process easier many families turn to language schools, where kids learn language in a classroom setting on the weekend.

Teaching a second generation

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Up to Date
4:00 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Neal Conan: Talking About The Nation & The News

Neal Conan shares a laugh with former Talk of the Nation Political Junkie Ken Rudin during his interview on Up to Date.
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If his face isn’t familiar to you, his voice will be. Neal Conan was host of Talk of the Nation for 11 years, and he’s been behind the microphones of NPR for even longer.

On Wednesday's Up to Date, he joins us in the studio to talk about his memories of the long-running call-in show, his experiences working in the news business and what’s next on the horizon for him.

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Up to Date
4:00 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Chris Matthews: Tip, The Gipper & The Debt Ceiling

Chris Matthews joins Steve Kraske to talk about bipartisan politics.

Way back in 1981 when Ronald Reagan was president, politics simply worked, or at least that’s what Chris Matthews says.

On Tuesday's Up to Date, we talk with Matthews about his new book, Tip and the Gipper: When Politics Worked, which chronicles the bipartisan efforts of President Reagan and then Speaker of the House Tip O’Neil to raise the debt ceiling and pass other important legislation back in 1981, and why Congress just can’t seem to do the same now.

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Up to Date
12:00 pm
Sun October 13, 2013

Parents, Teens & Divorce

Divorce can be painful for everyone. Dr. Wes Crenshaw joins Steve Kraske to talk about what parents can do to make it less hurtful for teens.
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Divorce presents difficult situations for any family, but it can be especially disruptive to teenagers. Just how much it affects them depends on how parents shape the situation.

On Monday's Up to Date, psychologist Wes Crenshaw joins us with a few teen guests to talk about what it’s like to be caught in the middle, what parents can do to make the transition easier and what factors mark the difference between a clean break and a chaotic split.

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Up to Date
10:03 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' Oct. 11-13

Cynthia Haines recommends 'Salinger,' which centers on the reclusive author.

Looking for a great film to see the weekend of Oct. 11-13? Up to Date's indie, documentary and foreign film critics share their three favorites showing on area screens.  Cynthia Haines:

  • Salinger
  • Parkland
  • Fruitvale Station

Steve Walker:

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Up to Date
4:00 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Looking Back At The Sunflower Ammunition Plant

The Sunflower Ammunition Plant is the focus of a new exhibit at the Johnson County Museum.
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The Midwest is generally a calm place, but a new museum exhibit in Johnson County is recalling a place that was potentially explosive.

On Friday's Up to Date, we talk about the history and development of the Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant. A former plant manager and the top government official both join us today to give an inside look at what it was like to work there.

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Up to Date
4:00 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Messy Battles Of Family Law

Family lawyer Margaret Klaw discusses her experiences with Steve Kraske.

Family law can be a messy profession. Between acrimonious divorces and bitter custody battles, the terrain is often rocky and difficult to navigate.

In the first part of  Thursday's Up to Date, we talk with a lawyer who’s spent nearly 30 years balancing these types of battles. We’ll discuss how family lawyers stay detached from the raw emotions of their cases, why she sometimes feels like she’s a therapist for her clients, and why personal grievances should stay out of court—even in a divorce case.

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Up to Date
12:54 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Government Shutdown: Update With Rep. Cleaver

U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver joins Steve Kraske on Up to Date to take a look at the latest with the government shutdown.

U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D, MO-5) joins Steve Kraske to give an update on what happening with the federal government shutdown and the impending debt ceiling issue.

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Up to Date
9:45 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Barack Obama: Race & Politics In The Age of Fracture

Steve Kraske talks with University of Pennsylvania professor Thomas Sugrue about how Barack Obama's education and racial background laid the groundwork for much of his approach on current political issues.
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If you want to stir the pot of controversy, adding a dash of race and a pinch of politics is a sure way to spice up the discussion.

On Wednesday's Up to Date, we discuss how President Obama seems to straddle both political and racial divides and why understanding that tension is crucial to navigating the fractious issues that dominate today’s legislative landscape.

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Up to Date
4:00 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

The Book Doctors: Chills & Thrills

The Book Doctors bring their favorite mysteries and chillers to Up to Date.
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With a chill creeping into the air, it’s that time of year. You want to curl up on the couch with a blanket and a book.

On Tuesday's Up to Date, the Book Doctors return to add some goosebumps to match the chill as you get ready for Halloween with their favorite mysteries and maybe a touch of horror. 

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Up to Date
12:00 pm
Sun October 6, 2013

Woodrow Wilson: From Isolation to WWI

A. Scott Berg joins Steve Kraske to talk about his biography of Pres. Woodrow Wilson.

As a president, Woodrow Wilson isn’t in the top five that all school kids know, but his impression on this country is, nonetheless, a lasting one. 

On Monday's Up to Date, we talk with biographer A. Scott Berg about the man who tried isolationism but ultimately had to lead the nation into a world war.

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Up to Date
11:45 am
Thu October 3, 2013

The Weekend To-Do List: Oct. 4-6, 2013

The American Royal Barbecue fires up this weekend.
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Looking for some fun on a crisp and cool fall weekend? Brian McTavish has a few choices for you on the Weekend To-Do List.

American Royal Barbecue (American Royal World Series of Barbecue Contest, live entertainment, vendors, fireworks), Thursday through Sunday at the American Royal grounds in the West Bottoms. Admission: $15 at the gate; discount for kids

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Up to Date
4:00 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

The Ethics Professors: Congressional Pay & Healthcare

The Ethics Professors tackle the issue of Congressional pay during a shutdown.
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When thousands of federal employees are being forced to go without a paycheck indefinitely because of inaction in Congress, is it really ethical for members of Congress to keep accepting their own paychecks?

On Thursday's Up to Date, the Ethics Professors join us to discuss that and other issues of murky morals. Should we consider signing up for healthcare part of a civic duty to lower medical costs for everyone? And how should we set a limit when it comes to the cost and scope of treatment?

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