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
9:41 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' August 23-25

'Blackfish' is one of our critics' Three to See.

Looking for a great film to see the weekend of August 23-25?

Cynthia Haines:

  • Blackfish
  • The Hunt
  • 20 Feet From Stardom

Steve Walker:

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Up To Date
11:45 am
Thu August 22, 2013

The Weekend To-Do List: August 23-25, 2013

The 2013 Paris of the Plains Bartending Competition cocktail-making contest features local food and live music.
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Looking for cools ways to spend a hot weekend? Brian McTavish has some options for you on the Weekend To-Do List.

Lawrence Busker Fest (Variety of street musicians and other performers), Busker Ball preview show at 7 p.m. Thursday, at the Granada Theater, 1020 Massachusetts, 5 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday on the streets of downtown Lawrence, Kan. Admission: Free (Busker Ball $8 adults; $5 kids) 

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Up to Date
4:00 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Sizzling Summer, Hot Issues: Congressmen Cleaver & Yoder

The U.S. Capitol Building in Summer
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The weather isn’t the only think that’s still got some heat behind it. Although Congress is in recess, hot-button topics such as immigration and sequestration cuts are still in the news.

In the first part of Thursday's Up to Date, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D, MO-5) and Rep. Kevin Yoder (R, KS-3) join us to talk about these issues and shed some light on where Congress might be headed when it goes back into session in September.

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Up to Date
4:00 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Past Bleeding Into Present: Quantrill's Raid

Bleeding Kansas, Bleeding Missouri looks at the long-held tensions on the two states' borders.

Bleeding Kansas wasn’t just a figurative term, and if you need proof, just look at Quantrill’s Raid on Lawrence.

On Wednesday's Up to Date, we examine the circumstances that led to the famous massacre, from the 1861 sacking of Osceola in slave-state Missouri to other rising violence of the Civil War with guests Jonathan Earle and Diane Mutti Burke, who edited Bleeding Kansas, Bleeding Missouri: The Long Civil War on the Border.

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Up to Date
12:00 pm
Sun August 18, 2013

Looking At The Friendfluence Factor

Author Carlin Flora speaks with Steve Kraske on the importance of 'friendfluence.'

Do you remember that friend your mom said was no good? Or that buddy your dad said was a bad influence on you? As it turns out, they might have been right.

In the first part of Monday's Up to Date, we talk with Carlin Flora, author of Friendfluence: The Surprising Ways Friends Make Us Who We Are, about how friends shape our personalities and help create the mold for our attitudes and future actions.

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Up to Date
12:00 pm
Sun August 18, 2013

Taking The Leap... Off A Building

Maj. Alastair Mcartney did a base jump off of the Liberty Memorial Aug. 19.
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What's it like to leap off tall buildings in a single bound?

In the second part of Monday's Up to Date, we talk with base-jumper Alastair Macartney about Monday morning's jump off of Kansas City's Liberty Memorial, why he chose this profession and find out whether he looks down before he takes the plunge.

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Up to Date
11:45 am
Fri August 16, 2013

The Weekend To-Do List: August 16-18, 2013

Kansas City's Ethnic Enrichment Festival features many different cultures.
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Looking for a rocking good weekend? Brian McTavish has some options for you on the Weekend To-Do List.

The Rainmakers with the Nace Brothers (Midwest rock), 8 p.m. Friday at CrossroadsKC, 417 E. 18th. Admission: Free (no blankets or lawn chairs)

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Up to Date
11:00 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' August 16-18

The Audience, starring Helen Mirren, is on Cynthia Haines' list this week.

Looking for a great film to see the weekend of August 16-18? 

Up to Date's indie, documentary and foreign film critics share their three favorites showing on area screens.

Cynthia Haines:

  • The Hunt
  • 20 Feet From Stardom
  • The Audience

Steve Walker:

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

The Shifting Face Of Parenthood

Jeremy Adam Smith is the author of The Daddy Shift.

Only a few decades ago, it was almost unheard of for men and women to swap traditional gender roles at home. The idea of a stay-at-home dad isn’t so foreign anymore, and these “Mr. Moms” are making their impact on society’s larger ideas of breadwinners and nuclear families. 

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Up to Date
10:56 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Changing Lives, One Step At A Time

Anne Mahlum is the Founder of Back on my Feet.
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Exercise is generally supposed to make you feel better, but one running club effort is aiming a little bit higher. 

In the second part of Thursday's Up to Date, we take a look at how Anne Mahlum's Back On My Feet running clubs for homeless people are changing the way we look at those who live on the street and how they see themselves.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Cybersecurity: What The Snowden Case Means For You

Officials worldwide are examining cybersecurity in wake of Edward Snowden's leak of classified information about surveillance by United States officials.
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The NSA’s monitoring programs are no secret anymore. But assuming you’re not someone with nefarious plans for national security, what does that mean for  online privacy?

In the first part of Thursday's Up to Date, we talk cybersecurity with expert David Fidler about how governments are responding, the long-term fallout from the Snowden case, and how far the U.S. needs to go when it comes to ferreting out the terrorists among us.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Steve's Bookshelf: Fighting Outlaws, Wars & A Mysterious Disease

Susannah Cahalan, Jeff Shaara and Mark Lee Gardener's books are all on Steve's Bookshelf.

Pull off a bank job in the Wild West with Jesse James, join Ulysses S. Grant as he leads Union troops into the entrenched Confederate stronghold of Vicksburg and solve the puzzle of a woman's month of madness.

On Wednesday's Up to Date, we talk with the authors of the latest titles on Steve’s Bookshelf:

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Parents, Teens & High School Dating

Psychologist Wes Crenshaw talks with Steve Kraske about teen relationships.
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It’s almost back to school time, and that means worrying about getting the right school supplies, remembering a locker combination and, if you’re a teenager, figuring out how you fit in the dating scene.

On Tuesday's Up to Date, we talk with psychologist Wes Crenshaw and teen experts Kendra Schwartz and Josie Myers about how teens might find real love in high school, while swimming in a sea of hormones, hook-ups and angst.

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90-Mile View
11:50 am
Mon August 12, 2013

90-Mile View: Nicole Wright

Nicole Wright is a Kansas City, Mo., police officer.
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Being a police officer is about many things: patrolling a beat, helping other officers maintain order, and sometimes, providing extra security to visiting dignitaries.

Kansas City, Mo., police officer Nicole Wright returns to speak with Steve Kraske about what it's like to work be part of the special security detail at the NAACP national convention for the organization’s chairman, Roslyn M. Brock and what the mood was there when they heard the verdict of the Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman case.

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Up to Date
12:00 pm
Sun August 11, 2013

The Media Critics, August 12, 2013

The Media Critics discuss how news organizations covered different stories.
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Everyone's got an opinion on what that media's doing right-- and what it's doing wrong. On Monday's Up to Date, we talk with a few experts from the trenches about recent headlines: Derek Donovan, public editor at The Kansas City Star, Peggy Lowe of Harvest Public Media, and Pam Fine, Knight Chair & professor of journalism at the University of Kansas all weigh in on the topics. 

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Up to Date
11:42 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' August 9-11

Fruitvale Station is on Cynthia Haines' list this weekend.

Looking for a great film to see the weekend of August 9-11?  Up to Date's indie, documentary and foreign film critics share their three favorites showing on area screens. Cynthia Haines: 

  • 20 Feet From Stardom
  • Fruitvale Station
  • Mud

 Steve Walker: 

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Up to Date
11:45 am
Thu August 8, 2013

The Weekend To-Do List: August 9-11, 2013

Great Midwest Balloon Fest takes place Aug. 9 and 10 at the Great Mall of the Great Plains.
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Looking to take off with a fun activity this weekend? Brian McTavish floats some options for you on the Weekend To-Do List.

Great Midwest Balloon Fest (50 hot air balloons in flight), 4 to 11 p.m. Friday, 1 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Great Mall of the Great Plains, I-35 and 151st, Olathe, Kan. Admission: $10; $5 ages 6 to 12

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Construction Projects Growing In KC

Cerner's redevelopment of the old Bannister Mall may bring 15,000 jobs to the area.
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Kansas City seems to be building its way to an economic recovery. Take, for instance, Cerner's proposed redevelopment of the property that formerly housed Bannister Mall -- with office buildings that could potentially house 15,000 new jobs. 

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Payday Loans Elude Stiffer Regulation In MO

Short-term lenders make big profits in Missouri. QC, which mostly does business as Quik Cash, has 101 outlets in Missouri and in 2012, one-third of the company's profits came from the state, twice as much as from California, its second-most profitable state.
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Payday lenders are notorious for their sky high interest rates, and the people who use these storefront creditors are oftentimes the ones least able to pay.

In the first part of Wednesday's Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with ProPublica reporter Paul Kiel about the situation in Missouri, where attempts to regulate these businesses—such as capping interest rates—keep getting defeated.  

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Dyan Cannon On Stage, Screen & Life

Dyan Cannon speaks with Steve Kraske on Up to Date.
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Heaven can wait for Dyan Cannon. The actress still has plenty she’d like to do, including a guest spot at the New Theatre Restaurant, starting later this month. 

On Tuesday's Up to Date, we talk with the three-time Academy Award-nominated actress. She’s also known for her three-year marriage to actor Cary Grant, who was 33 years her senior.

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Up to Date
12:00 pm
Sun August 4, 2013

Produce Wars: The Dirty Dozen Vs. The Clean 15

The Clean 15 are the least pesticide-contaminated fruits and vegetables.
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"Organic" has been the buzzword in produce for years, but not everyone has the budget to buy only fruit and vegetables with that certification.

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Up to Date
12:00 pm
Sun August 4, 2013

Lessons Learned: First-Year Teachers

After their first year in the classroom, two teachers are telling Steve Kraske about their experiences.
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For some, stepping in front of 30 kids to talk about math or English would be a nightmare. For teachers, it’s just another day at work.

In the first part of Monday's Up to Date, we talk with teachers Caitlin Rowe, Ashley Martinez, Jacque Flowers, who have just finished their first year in the classroom, about what they’ve learned, surprises they encountered and what keeps them coming back.

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Up to Date
10:51 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' August 2-4

Fruitvale Station is playing in Kansas City this week.

Looking for a great film to see the weekend of August 2-4? Up to Date's indie, documentary and foreign film critics share their three favorites showing on area screens. Cynthia Haines: 

  • 20 Feet From Stardom
  • Kon-Tiki
  • Mud

Steve Walker: 

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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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Up to Date
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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Up to Date
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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Up to Date
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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Up to Date
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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Up to Date
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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