Beth Lipoff

Intern, Up To Date

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
12:40 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

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

"The Punk Singer" tops critic Steve Walker's list of indie, documentary and foreign films showing this weekend.

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

Cynthia Haines:

  • American Hustle
  • Philomena
  • 12 Years a Slave

Steve Walker:

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Up to Date
11:29 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Parents, Teens And Starting College

College life can be a big adjustment for freshmen.
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Late nights, too much microwave popcorn and a whole lot of work—getting used to college in your first semester is tough.

On Monday's Up to Date, psychologist Wes Crenshaw joins us to talk about the difficulties freshmen have adjusting to a whole new lifestyle away from home. Steve Kraske's son, Nick, just finished his first taste of college, and he joins us to give the view from the trenches.

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Up to Date
11:43 am
Thu December 19, 2013

The Weekend To-Do List: December 20-22, 2013

Look on Brian McTavish's Weekend To-Do List to see how you can skate with Santa.
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Need something to light your winter fire this weekend? Brian McTavish has our Weekend To-Do List for Dec. 20-22.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra (Holiday rock opera), 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Sprint Center, 1407 Grand, Kansas City, Mo., Tickets: $30-$59.50

The Lettermen (Pop), 8 p.m. Friday at Yardley Hall, Carlsen Center, Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, Kan., Tickets: $35

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11:38 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Exploring Some Doggone Fun Poetry

Francesco Marciuliano is the author of 'I Could Chew on This.'

Ever wonder what your dog thinks of that raincoat you made him wear? What about his thoughts on bath time?

In the second part of Thursday's Up to Date, we look at the thoughts of dogs in poetry form, courtesy of writer and humorist Francesco Marciuliano.

Get a taste of his poetry:

Guest:

  • Francesco Marciuliano, author of I Could Chew on This and the Sally Forth comic strip
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Up to Date
11:37 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Getting Jazzy With Bobby Watson

Bobby Watson performs Friday night at Unity Temple on the Plaza.

Even if you don't know what jazz saxophonist Bobby Watson looks like or own one of his albums, you know his sound, because his music greets you each day on Up to Date.

In the first part of Thursday's Up to Date, Watson joins Steve Kraske to talk about his new album, a tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Up to Date
11:20 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Best Books Of 2013 For Children And Teens

Kate McNair, Dennis Ross and Debbie McLeod join Steve Kraske to share their favorite children's, young adult and teen books from this year.

  The cold weather is starting to set in, and your kids will need something to keep them occupied—or you may risk a case of cabin fever.

 In the second part of Wednesday's Up to Date, three librarians join us to offer their recommendations for the best children's, young adult and teen reads. 

The "Best of 2013"

 From Kate McNair, young adult librarian, Johnson County Library:

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Up to Date
10:30 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Kansas City Business Development: A Year In Review

Kevin Collison joins Steve Kraske to discuss this year's business developments in Kansas City.
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We all know that Kansas City likes to be, well, up to date, and several new businesses are helping make that happen. 

In the first part of Tuesday's Up to Date, reporter Kevin Collison joins us to take a look at the top ten developments in Kansas City businesses this year. We'll examine Cerner's announcement for a new campus on Bannister Road, the GSA's move downtown, the sale of Boulevard Brewery to a Belgian company, and more.

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10:27 am
Tue December 17, 2013

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill On The Budget, Sexual Assault In The Military

Sen. Claire McCaskill joins Steve Kraske to talk about the latest legislative issues.
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  We’re nearing the end of this year’s legislative session in Washington, but things aren’t cooling off quite yet.

In the second part of Tuesday's Up to Date, U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill joins Steve Kraske to discuss the future of the farm bill, the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, the recent House budget deal and what’s going on with John Boehner after his speech about the Tea Party to Republican lawmakers.

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11:36 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Debate Still Rages Over KCI Rebuilding Ideas

The debate goes on over whether the KCI airport should build a new terminal.
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Whether or not to rebuild KCI is still a hotly-debated topic, and Kansas City voters might have a say in the matter.

In the second part of Monday's Up to Date, the issue at hand is whether the airport, built in the early 1970s, can still efficiently serve the community's needs with its current infrastructure.

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11:25 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Controversy Brews With Court Ruling, KCMO School Plans

Controversy is ripe in the Kansas City Public Schools over the recent transfer law decisions and plans for the future.
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You might have guessed that the Kansas City, Mo., schools aren’t happy with the recent ruling that will make them pay for students transferring outside their district. Now, they’re channeling that fury through the courts.

In the first part of Monday's Up to Date, we discuss the details of that and take a look at the controversial and secretive long-term plans from the education commissioner for the unaccredited district.

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Up to Date
1:55 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

What's Showing In Independent, Foreign & Documentary Film, December 13

'The Armstrong Lie' is on our critics' list this week.

Lance Armstrong’s fall from grace after years of secrets and denials was ripe for telling on the silver screen. When the complicated web of performance-enhancing drugs collapsed, his career lay in ruins.

On Friday's Up to Date, our indie, foreign and documentary film critics share their reviews of the latest films to hit area screens and talk about their favorites of this year.

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1:54 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

The Film Critics' Top 10 Indie, Foreign And Documentary Films Of 2013

The Crash Reel is just one of the films in our critics' top 10 for the year.

It's that time of year again, and Up to Date's independent, foreign and documentary film critics have picked their favorite films of the year. Drumroll, please, for Cynthia Haines, Steve Walker and Bob Butler's choices. 

Here are their favorites (in no particular order) with some descriptions from Steve Walker:

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Up to Date
12:08 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

The Weekend To-Do List: December 13-15, 2013

The Texas Tenors perform in Kansas City this weekend.
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Is winter putting a chill in your weekend? Brian McTavish has a few ideas about how you can heat it back up on our Weekend To-Do List for Dec. 13-15.

Shooting Star: Christmas Benefit Show for Harvesters (Classic Midwest rock), 8 p.m. Thursday at One Block South, 7300 W. 119th, Overland Park, Kan. Tickets: $15 

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Up to Date
10:51 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Ethics Professors: Don't Be Evil

How Google lives up to its 'Don't be evil' slogan is on the Ethics Professors' slate of topics on Up to Date.
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Google’s unofficial moral slogan is “Don’t be evil,” but some are questioning whether privacy and censorship concerns break that self-imposed creed.

In the first part of Wednesday's Up to Date, the Ethics Professors return to discuss slippery ethics surrounding Google’s well-meaning slogan, preemptive breast cancer surgery based on genetics and more.

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10:51 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Surviving And Thriving After Bacterial Meningitis

Andy Marso, author of 'Worth the Pain: How Meningitis Nearly Killed Me - Then Changed My Life for the Better,' lost all of his fingers except his right thumb to bacterial meningitis.
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Bacterial meningitis has been in the news recently, with outbreaks at Princeton University and the University of California, Santa Barbara. But nine years ago, it made local headlines when a University of Kansas student became seriously ill with the disease overnight.

In the second part of Wednesday's Up to Date, we talk with that student, now a reporter in Topeka, about the disabling effects of the disease and how it's changed his life.

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11:29 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Kelley Hunt Brings Her Sound To Kansas City

Singer-songwriter Kelley Hunt is partnering with the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra for a holiday concert this year.
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Kelley Hunt sings across many genres. Part of her heart may be in R&B but it's the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra she'll partner with this week for a Christmas-themed concert.

In the second part of Monday's Up to Date, she joins Steve Kraske to talk about "Christmas with Kelley Hunt" and her Kansas roots.

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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

Steve Walker:

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Up to Date
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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Up to Date
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.

Guest:

  • 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.

Guest:

  • 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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