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
4:00 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

From Poetry To A Prairie Home

Garrison Keillor joins Steve Kraske on Up to Date.

He’s a Minnesota guy on public radio with a loyal following. No, we're not talking about our own Steve Kraske.

On Wednesday's Up to Date, Garrison Keillor joins Steve to talk about his new book of poetry, O, What a Luxury: Verses Lyrical, Vulgar, Pathetic and Profound. We take a look at how he stays on top of his game when writing and producing and find out what he does to get around writer’s block.

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10:52 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Shutdown: What Does It Mean For You?

U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder (R, KS-3) visited the office of U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D, MO-5) on Tuesday to discuss the Federal Government's partial shutdown with Steve Kraske.

When the country woke up Tuesday morning, it found a partially-shutdown federal government That meant 800,000 workers furloughed, services curtailed, national parks closed, the EPA virtually shuttered and much more. 

On Tuesday's Up to Date we talk with Congressmen Emanuel Cleaver and Kevin Yoder about the latest negotiations between Republicans and Democrats and between factions within the Republican Party.

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Up to Date
12:00 pm
Sun September 29, 2013

Former Royals Outfielder Looks Back

Former Royals outfielder Willie Wilson discusses his life in a new book, 'Inside the Park.'

From the highs of professional baseball and even the World Series to the lows of drug addiction and bankruptcy, former Royals player Willie Wilson has had quite the journey.

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Up to Date
10:29 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' Sept. 27-29

Steve Walker recommends 'Thanks For Sharing' this weekend.

Looking for a great film to see the weekend of Sept. 27-29? Up to Date's indie, documentary and foreign film critics share their three favorites showing on area screens. 

Cynthia Haines:

  • Short Term 12
  • Salinger
  • In A World

Steve Walker:

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Up to Date
10:09 am
Fri September 27, 2013

An Interplanetary KC Concert

The concert will feature images of the solar system to accompany the music of Holst's 'The Planets.'
Credit Jet Propulsion Lab of the United States

When Gustav Holst composed his orchestral suite “The Planets,” he definitely had the solar system in mind. A local concert aims to add the picture Holst might have envisioned in a multimedia experience.

In the second part of Friday's Up to Date, we talk about the new concert from the University of Missouri-Kansas City's Conservatory Wind Symphony that combines the piece with high-definition photographs of the solar system and a high-definition film from NASA solar system explorations.

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9:48 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Triple Threat: Dance Companies Join For Performance

Megan Horton, Shane Tice, Latra Wilson dance as part of the Owen/Cox Dance Group.
Credit Charles Stonewall/owencoxdance.org

It's the ultimate collaboration for three dancing companies in Kansas City. The Kansas City Ballet will join forces with Owen/CoxDance Group and Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance to present a triumvirate of original work .

On Friday's Up to Date, we talk about why this collaboration is so groundbreaking and what it means for dance culture in the city.

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Up to Date
4:00 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Haddix On Charlie Parker

Chuck Haddix is the author of "Bird: The Life and Music of Charlie Parker."

The sweet saxophone of Charlie Parker became legendary in jazz music, but the Kansas City hometown talent had a rocky life, with musical highlights and the lows of heroin addiction.

In the first part of Thursday's Up to Date, we talk with KCUR’s Chuck Haddix about Bird: The Life and Music of Charlie Parker, the new biography he’s written on Parker. We’ll examine the stories it brings to light about the troubled but talented musician, his meteoric rise and his steep fall. 

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Up to Date
10:45 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Social Media Maelstrom: Is A Tweet Protected Speech?

KU Prof. David Guth's tweet has sparked a debate on what is protected speech.

Should lawmakers withhold funding from the University of Kansas if the school doesn’t fire a professor over a highly controversial tweet? Professor David Guth blasted the National Rifle Association on Twitter in the wake of the Navy Yard shooting on Twitter, and now many are calling for accountability.

In the first part of Tuesday's Up to Date, we discuss just how far employers can go when their employees make charged statements on social media.  

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Up to Date
9:49 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Fixing Fiscal Policy

U.S. lawmakers may be working late into the night this week to avoid a government shutdown.
Credit David Iliff/Wikimedia Commons

With the House of Representatives and the president once again butting heads over the federal budget, a government shutdown is looking more likely by the day.

On Tuesday's Up to Date, Bob Bixby of the Concord Coalition joins Steve Kraske to talk about the economy, the effect a shutdown could have on the country if Congress doesn’t pass a new budget and how the debt ceiling debate figures into the equation.

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Up to Date
9:45 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' Sept. 20-22

Lake Bell stars in 'In A World'.

Looking for a great film to see the weekend of Sept. 20-22? Up to Date's indie, documentary and foreign film critics share their three favorites showing on area screens.    Cynthia Haines:

  • Short Term 12 
  • In A World
  • Hannah Arendt

Steve Walker:

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Up to Date
4:00 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

The Festive Circuit Of Art Fairs

The Plaza Art Fair, as it looks today.
Tim Samoff/Flickr-CC

Every year, a cadre of visual artists joins with live musicians for a festival of food, photography, sculpture and more on the Country Club Plaza. 

On Friday's Up to Date, we take a look at the business side of the Plaza Art Fair. We discuss the fair’s long history, what it takes to plan an event like this and hear what it’s like to be a traveling artist who lives on the art fair circuit.

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Up to Date
1:18 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

The Weekend To-Do List: Sept. 20-22, 2013

Rancid appears with Tim Timebomb & Friends and the Interrupters this weekend in Lawrence.

Looking to celebrate the arrival of some fall weather this weekend? Brian McTavish has a few suggestions for you. 

Sail Rock 2013 (Soft rock classics by Christopher Cross, Gary Wright, Orleans and Firefall), 7:30 p.m. Friday at Starlight Theatre in Swope Park. Tickets: $15 to $100.

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Up to Date
4:00 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Talking Text With Michael Chabon

Michael Chabon joins Steve Kraske to discuss his latest novel, Telegraph Avenue.
Credit Portrait: Ulf Andersen/Getty

Pulitzer Prize-winner Michael Chabon’s novels have taken readers to a world of comics in World War II-era New York and posed an alternative history where Jews fleeing the Holocaust settle in Alaska.

In the first part of Thursday's Up to Date, we discuss his latest story, Telegraph Avenue,and find out how he gets his inspiration and what keeps him writing at all hours of the night.

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Up to Date
4:00 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

35 Years Of Memories With Cyprus Avenue

Bill Shapiro joins Steve Kraske to talk about Cyprus Avenue.

The sounds of Cyprus Avenue have filled this station’s airwaves for three and a half decades now, and host Bill Shapiro is still going strong. 

In the second part of Wednesday's Up to Date, we talk with him about how he got plugged in to do the show, some of his best memories of Cyprus Avenue’s 35 years and take a look at his five favorite artists. 

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Up to Date
4:00 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

A Return To Washington For Former Congressmen

Former U.S. congressmen Alan Wheat and Kenny Hulshof join Steve Kraske to talk about their current work in Washington.
Credit Vcelloho / Flickr-CC

What do you do after your congressional career is finished?

In the first part of Wednesday's Up to Date, we catch up with two former U.S. congressmen from Missouri, Alan Wheat and Kenny Holshuf, who have returned to Washington as policy advisors on behalf of a local law firm.

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Up to Date
10:00 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Singing A Renaissance Aria

Joyce DiDonato joins Steve Kraske on Up to Date to discuss her latest role with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City.

From London to New York, Joyce DiDonato has performed on some of the world's biggest stages, but Kansas City holds a special place in her heart.

In the second part of Tuesday's Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with the Prairie Village native about her latest role in the Lyric Opera's The Capulets & The Montagues. Opera general director and CEO Deborah Sandler joins the conversation, too.

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Up to Date
4:00 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Hometown Jazz With Karrin Allyson

Karrin Allyson chats with Steve Kraske on Up to Date.
Credit Beth Lipoff/KCUR

Jazz and Kansas City go well together live and on the radio.

On Tuesday's Up to Date, we talk with singer Karrin Allyson about her headlining kick-off for the 12th Street Jump series. Her performance Monday night is part of a series being taped for the radio show.

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Karrin Allyson is a Grammy-nominated singer and pianist who born in Great Bend, Kan.

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Up to Date
12:00 pm
Sun September 15, 2013

Parents, Teens & Sexual Development

Psychologist Wes Crenshaw joins us to discuss how sexual material teens find online affects their development.
Credit Jessica Zee/ Flickr-CC

When it comes to pornography, the days of sneaking a peek at a Playboy at the drugstore have faded. The internet seems to have everything, and that’s especially true when you’re talking about porn.

On Monday's Up to Date, psychologist Wes Crenshaw joins us to discuss how the availability and increasing explicit nature of pornography is affect sexual development in teens. We discuss why the impact of pornography is different today and how parents can approach the topic with their teens.

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Up to Date
11:45 am
Fri September 13, 2013

The Weekend To-Do List, Sept. 13-15, 2013

The Chiefs take on the Dallas Cowboys this weekend.
Credit Justin Morbeck/ Flickr-CC

Looking for a a fun refuge from some rainy weather? Check out Brian McTavish's suggestions on the Weekend To-Do List.

Dancefestopia (Multiple music stages with 60 artists, including Wiz Khalifa, Mac Miller, Infected Mushroom), 2 p.m. Friday to 5:30 a.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. Saturday to 5:30 a.m. Sunday at Berkley Riverfront Park, south bank of Missouri River between Kit Bond Bridge and Heart of America Bridge. Tickets: $125 (weekend pass); $85 for camping (weekend pass)  

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Up to Date
9:48 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' Sept. 13-15

Blue Jasmine is a must-see for both Steve Walker and Cynthia Haines this week.

Looking for a great film to see the weekend of Sept. 13-15? Up to Date's indie, documentary and foreign film critics share their three favorites showing on area screens. 

Cynthia Haines: 

  • Hannah Arendt
  • 20 Feet From Stardom
  • Blue Jasmine

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Up to Date
4:00 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Singing Along With Karaoke

Tenor Nathan Granner sings 'We Are The Champions' on Up to Date's karaoke show.
Credit Beth Lipoff/KCUR

Is your song confident, like Queen’s “We Are The Champions?” Or do you let out your inner Whitney Houston as you belt out “I Will Always Love You?”

On Friday's Up to Date, we look at karaoke and what it means to those who grab a mic and sing for the crowd at their favorite bar. We also talk about the emotional release some participants find in the activity.

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Up to Date
4:00 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Finding A Housing Refuge

Families have financial trouble moving from weekly motels to permanent housing.
Credit Pam Morris/ Flickr-CC

If you saw a school bus stop to pick up children at a motel, what would you think? One Kansas City man who saw just that decided to help.

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Up to Date
4:00 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

A Presidential Bond: Likable Ike & Tricky Dick

Dwight Eisenhower and Richard Nixon won the presidential election in 1952 and in 1956.

It was an odd couple who won the 1952 presidential race: Likable Dwight "Ike" Eisenhower and tricky Richard "Dick" Nixon. 

In the second part of Thursday's Up to Date, we’ll take a look at the complicated relationship between the two men with Jeffrey Frank, author of Ike and Dick: Portrait of a Strange Political Marriage.

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Up to Date
4:00 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Analyzing The Texting And Driving Problem

KU professor Paul Atchley studies distracted drivers.
Credit Jason Weaver/ Flickr-CC

We all know that texting while driving often results in accidents, and a New Jersey court recently ruled that it's not only the driver who's responsible-- if you know someone's driving when you send a text, you might be held responsible if he or she gets into an accident.

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Up to Date
4:00 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Biking, Bamboo Style

Lance Rake has designed a bamboo frame for bikes.
Credit Lance Rake

When you think of getting a bicycle, finding one made of bamboo isn't usually your first thought.

In the second part of Wednesday's Up to Date, we talk with University of Kansas design professor Lance Rake about how he took an underused Alabama crop and turned it into an economic stimulus for the town of Greensboro, Ala.

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Up to Date
10:19 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Annual Zoo Conference Decends On KC, Examines New Challenges

Lions lounge at the Kansas City Zoo.
Credit Shawn Kinkade/ Flickr-CC

Lions, tigers and (panda) bears, oh my! Two thousand zoo and aquarium professionals are in Kansas City this week for the annual convention of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. 

In the first part of Tuesday's Up to Date, we take a look at the challenges zoos face these days and how that's been affecting attendance. We also discuss what zoos are hoping their visitors get out of the experience. 

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Up to Date
10:02 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Fall TV Preview: Network Vs. Cable

TV critic Sarah Smith recommends new show Super Fun Night this fall.

Do you prefer the suspense of a 22-week TV season or a gluttonous weekend marathon to watch a year of a show all at once? 

In the second part of Tuesday's Up to Date, we take a look at what’s ahead as fall TV shows premiere in a few weeks. Kansas City Star TV critic Sara Smith joins us to share her picks and explain why cable shows are beating out their broadcast counterparts and how the networks can catch up.

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Up to Date
12:00 pm
Sun September 8, 2013

Peeking Behind Washington's Political Curtains

Mark Leibovich is the author of This Town.

Would you have guessed that the funeral of “Meet the Press” host Tim Russert would be a crucial networking event? On Monday's Up to Date, we talk with Mark Leibovich, The New York Times Magazine’s chief national correspondent and author of This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral-Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking!-in America's Gilded Capital,  about how the elbow rubbing game works inside the beltway and why getting your name in print makes the difference between success and obscurity in the capital city. 

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Up to Date
10:57 am
Fri September 6, 2013

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

Museum Hours is on critic Steve Walker's list this week.

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

  • 20 Feet From Stardom 
  • Blackfish
  • The Audience

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Up to Date
12:00 pm
Sun August 25, 2013

Preschoolers & Gunplay: What's Normal?

On Monday's Up to Date, we explore how much gunplay is normal for children.
Credit Kamal Zharif Kamaludin/Flickr-CC

Playing cops and robbers is just part of normal childhood, right? Should we be more concerned about what children learn through these games?

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