Danie Alexander

Producer, Up To Date

Danette (Danie) Alexander first came to KCUR in 2007 as an intern for Up to Date after completing her B.A. in Communications at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. After her KCUR internship, Danie continued as a volunteer, assisting senior producer Stephen Steigman with the show.  Her radio experience also includes stints with public radio's New Letters on the Air as a broadcast engineer and on local public radio as host of a weekly overnight call-in show.

In December 2011, Danie became a temporary on-air announcer, eventually serving as the regular voice on Saturday afternoons.  In August 2012 she accepted the position of associate producer for Up to Date where she produced the award-wining weekly segment 90-Mile View. Her current duties as producer for the program began in September of 2014.

Danette Alexander also holds a B.S. degree from William Woods University. Originally from Long Island, NY, she and her husband Steven Alexander live in Raytown when they’re not working on their future retirement property on Tablerock Lake.

Ways to Connect

Swipe left or swipe right, mobile dating apps have gotten traction with the younger crowd but do they lead to lasting connections? We ask how young people are using them: as a path to a relationship, or to find sex?

Guests:

  • Wes Crenshaw is board certified in couples and family psychology and the author of I Always Want to Be Where I'm Not: Successful Living with ADD and ADHD.
  • Lauren is an architectural engineer in her early twenties and Tinder user.

Steve Kraske talks with University of Kansas film professor John Tibbetts about his new book, Those Who Made It: Speaking with the Legends of Hollywood. A collection of interviews with Hollywood stars and directors spanning more than three decades, the book includes conversations with Spielberg, Altman, Roger Ebert, Michael Moore, and John Houseman.

Known for their annual migration to and from Mexico, monarch butterflies are declining in number as their habitat decreases. Learn what the University of Missouri is doing to support these long-distance flyers in the Show-Me State.

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Doc Severinsen is best known for leading The Tonight Show band when Johnny Carson was host. In this conversation with Steve Kraske, Severinsen recalls starting under the tutelage of his father then moving on to the likes of Tommy Dorsey and Benny Goodman before landing the gig he would play for thirty years.

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Claire Adams was one of the Kansas City area’s most eclectic musicians even before she began collaborating with the chamber music ensemble Classical Revolution KC. Adams plays bass in the blues-rock band Katy Guillen and the Girls, and is the front person of the ornate folk-pop group, Claire and the Crowded Stage

For its 100th edition, Local Listen features “Enough,” a song that showcases Adams’ new venture with Classical Revolution KC.

Harvard-trained Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor studied schizophrenia and severe mental illnesses. Then, in 1996, she suffered a severe stroke that left her unable to walk, talk, read, write, or recall any of her life. Over the course of eight years she recovered and in this conversation with Steve Kraske, reveals what that experience taught her.

The November resignation of R. Bowen Loftin as chancellor of the University of Missouri's Columbia campus occurred at the height of student protests there and many attributed his decision to the unrest. Steve Kraske talks with the journalist who traced Loftin's stepping down to another source, one that began well before the first protestor's tent was pitched on the Mizzou quad.

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Sex trafficking occurs in all fifty of the United States and too often the victims are our children. Steve Kraske examines sex trafficking with a Kansas City FBI agent and the filmmaker of a documentary that looks at the effects on the victims, their families and law enforcement.

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It's a well-known saying that America is a melting pot, and with each wave of immigrants, more tradition, foods and other things made their way into the mix.

On this edition of Up to Date, we talk about how different wines, ciders and ales made their way to our shores and which ones you might like to put on your Thanksgiving table.

Guest:

  • Doug Frost, master sommelier and master of wine

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This past Monday, Kansas City bore witness to the best and the worst that can happen to this town. The same night that saw the Royals win their battle in Houston over the Astros … saw two Kansas City, Missouri, firefighters lose their lives as they battled a two-alarm fire on Independence Avenue. Steve Kraske talks with IAFF Local 42 President William Galvin about the traditions and protocol of honoring those who lose their lives in the line of duty.

The Telling Project takes the stories of local veterans and veteran family members and turns them into scripts. Those same vets and family members then rehearse those scripts and present them in their community. Two participating area veterans and the founder of The Telling Project talk with Steve Kraske about the Kansas City version.

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John Heilemann co-authored the definitive books on presidential campaigns: Game Change on the 2008 election and Double Down, Game Change 2012. He speaks with Steve Kraske about the in-depth research and interview process used in writing those manuscripts, and we get his thoughts on the current race.

John Heilemann is one of the speakers at Village Shalom's Ages of Excellence dinner on Oct. 22, 2015.  

Chronicle Books

Up to Date host Steve Kraske makes no bones about it, he does not like cats. Find out if Francesco Marciuliano and KCUR staffers can change his mind as they explore Marciuliano's humorous book, You Need More Sleep: Advice From Cats.

They were not the best of friends but, as the two first female Supreme Court Justices, Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg were allies on key cases affecting the rights of women. Linda Hirshman, author of Sisters in Law, describes the lives and relationship of these two remarkable women.

Ernest James Zydeco combines the funky styles of the bandleader’s native Louisiana with the good-time blues and swing of Kansas City. Local Listen features “Tough Times Waltz,” a selection from the band’s new album “Automatic Harvester.”

Ernest James Zydeco performs Friday, September 25, at BB’s Lawnside BBQ and Saturday, September 26, at Llywelyn’s Pub.

His character, Jerry, was the butt of numerous jokes on NBC's Parks and Recreation which ran for seven years. Actor Jim O'Heir fills in Steve Kraske on what went on at last weekend's Emmy Awards, what it was like working on Parks & Rec and the reason he's in town.

Jim O'Heir appears in 'You Can't Take It With You' at the New Theatre Restaurant September 24 through November 29. For more information go to newtheatre.com

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Byron Motley was born in Kansas City, Mo. but the first time he stepped off the plane in Cuba he knew he was home. He talks with Steve Kraske about expressing his love for the country and its people in his book Embracing Cuba

The third annual conference of the Kansas Statewide Transgender Education Project (KSTEP) was held recently in Manhattan. Steve Kraske talks with KCUR's CJ Janovy who covered the conference and one of the event's presenters about the challenges and advances of transgender residents of the Sunflower State.

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Sports fans understand inertia; after all, it’s Red Thursday, Blue October is just around the corner, and we’re not moving from the couch. But what about the teams we’re watching? How much does momentum matter? Commentator Victor Wishna propels us through the theories in this month’s edition of A Fan’s Notes.

What's the process being used to determine how well teachers are educating their students? Steve Kraske examines how educators are evaluated in Kansas and Missouri.

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In 2014 Kansas lawmakers passed a bill changing how district court chief judges are selected. Since then judges have filed lawsuits against the state and legislators have made it possible to stop funding the judiciary.  Steve Kraske traces the timeline in the ongoing conflict and asks what the next move will be.

Guests:

  • Kansas State Sen. Jeff King, Chair of the Judiciary Committee.
  • Matthew Menendez, Counsel, Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice.

The McFadden Brothers, Ronnie and Lonnie, have been front-line entertainers in Kansas City for years with their combination of singing, tap dancing, sax and trumpet. In this conversation with Steve Kraske, they recall the influences that shaped their professional lives.

For area animal organizations with a "no-kill" policy, keeping their charges sheltered, fed and socialized  strains available resources.  Fostering programs temporarily place dogs, cats and other animals with qualified people until a forever home can be found.

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Northeast Kansas City Chamber of Commerce

The notion of handguns and hookers so often linked to Independence Avenue in Kansas City, Mo. is fading. Replacing it is a lively, friendly neighborhood where a diverse population of residents and business owners are changing things altogether.

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For thousands of people in prison there is the hope of parole. Whether that hope is realized lies in the hands of a select few, and the control parole boards exercise is broad and discretionary.

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  Six accomplished members of Kansas City’s indie-rock scene have joined forces as The Philistines to create what they characterize as “interstellar psychedelic rock 'n roll.”  Twitch of the Death Nerve, the lead single from the band’s forthcoming debut album, is this week’s Local Listen.

The Philistines perform Friday, July 31, at the Tank Room

After an 18-month closure and $8 million in renovations, the National Museum of Toys and Miniatures is ready to open its doors once again.  Community Development Director Cassie Mundt tells what it took to store the museum's 72,000 items and what visitors can now expect to see at the museum.

The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures reopens on Saturday, August 1, 2015 .

Moving Out

Jul 13, 2015

Whether heading off to college or to a new job, many young adults are preparing to be on their own for the first time.  Up to Date looks at how teens and twenty-somethings can successfully take the training wheels off their adulthood.

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  At Tuesday night’s All-Star Game in Cincinnati, the Kansas City Royals will field four starters and as many as seven players altogether—all-time Royals records. Sure, it’s just an exhibition, but as “A Fan’s Notes” commentator Victor Wishna sees it, there’s a lot more on display.

  

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Up to Date's Steve Kraske and KCUR Health Editor Dan Margolies analyze the Supreme Court's 6-3 decision supporting the Affordable Care Act.  Hear President Obama's remarks on the decision as well as an account from attorney Madeleine McDonough who was present in the Court to hear the pronouncement.

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