Danie Alexander

Associate Producer, Announcer

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 was completed, Danie continued to spend her mornings assisting senior producer Stephen Steigman as a volunteer 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 started as a temporary on-air announcer and is now the regular voice on Saturday afternoons.  In August 2012 she became the associate producer for Up to Date where one of her assignments is  producing the weekly segment 90-Mile View.  

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.

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Up To Date
9:35 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

William Whitener: Taking A Final KC Bow

Artistic Director William Whitener takes a final turn on the Kauffman stage during rehearsals.
Julie Denesha KCUR

William Whitener became Artistic Director of the Kansas City Ballet in 1996.  After having staged, taught, acquired, commissioned or created 85 works for the organization and seeing it move into its new rehearsal and performance spaces, Whitener now prepares to leave the Ballet and embark on yet another chapter in his remarkable career.

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90-Mile View
10:20 am
Wed May 8, 2013

90 Mile View: Saundra Hayes

Saundra Hayes
Danie Alexander/KCUR

When Saundra Hayes returned to her hometown of Kansas City, Missouri, it wasn’t to become a neighborhood advocate.

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90-Mile View
12:41 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

90-Mile View: Nicole Wright

Nicole Wright in studio with Steve Kraske
Beth Lipoff KCUR-FM

Recent events in the Boston area put the spotlight on law enforcement as the nation followed the investigation and manhunt following the explosions at the city's marathon.

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Up To Date
3:21 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

The Kansas Sales Tax: To Extend Or Not To Extend


Three years ago the Kansas legislature passed a one-cent sales tax with the intention of removing it at a later date.

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90-Mile View
3:04 am
Fri April 12, 2013

90-Mile View: Eric Peterson

Eric Peterson
Danie Alexander KCUR-FM

How many of us followed a childhood dream into the job of our dreams?  Eric Peterson did.

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Up To Date
11:00 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Is It Bioethical? Testing Kids For Adult-Onset Conditions

DNA Strand
www.nist.gov

Should a child be able to grow up unhindered by the knowledge that later in life he or she will suffer from a serious illness?

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90-Mile View
6:00 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

90-Mile View: Rick Behrens

Rev. Rick Behrens
Danie Alexander KCUR-FM

Visit Grandview Park Presbyterian Church on any regular Sunday and, unless you know him, you're unlikely to distinguish Rev. Rick Behrens from his congregation.

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90-Mile View
3:30 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

90-Mile View: Amy Farrand At SXSW

Paul Andrews

This week singer/songwriter Amy Farrand is in Austin, Texas as part of the Midcoast Takeover showcase being presented during SXSW.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

'Who Stole The American Dream?'

Random House

In this country it was long believed that if you worked hard then you could share in the prosperity this land had to offer.  So – who stole the American Dream?

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Sun March 10, 2013

Effects Of An Extended Drought

The harvest of a drought-stricken Kansas cornfield in 2012.
Crazybananas Flickr.com - CC

Recent snowfalls brought much needed moisture to our region.  Even so, the drought of last year has not been broken.  Should it continue for months ... or even years ... what are the potential long-term effects?

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Up To Date
12:31 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Documentary Film Critics' 'Three To See' For March 8 - 10, 2013

Looking for a great film to see the weekend of March 8-10, 2013?

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

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Up To Date
5:08 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

What's Showing In Independent, Foreign & Documentary Film

If one thing stood out in 2012 filmmaking, it was the documentary.

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Up To Date
11:45 am
Thu March 7, 2013

The Weekend To-Do List: March 8 - 10, 2013

The Greater Kansas City International Auto Show takes place March 6 - 10 at Bartle Hall.
Automobile Dealers Association of Greater Kansas City

With the snow melting, it will be easier to get out and about this weekend.  Up to Date's Brian McTavish has some suggestions for where to go and what to do.

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Up To Date
6:00 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Lawyers, Lawmen & Outlaws: The Irish In KC

Jackson County political boss Tom Pendergast
University of Missouri - Kansas City

The Irish played a crucial role in the development of Kansas City.  While their labor helped to literally build the city, their community found members on both sides of the law.

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Up To Date
6:00 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Beyond the Gowns: Carl Cannon On Michelle Obama

First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama
www.whitehouse.gov

By her own admission, Michelle Obama is first and foremost a mother.  However, as the first African-American First Lady of the United States, history is sure to see her as more, advocate and champion included.

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Up To Date
11:29 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Richard Ford Takes Us North Of The Border

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Ford

"First, I'll tell about the robbery our parents committed. Then the murders, which happened later."  With these words Richard Ford begins his latest novel, Canada.

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Up To Date
6:00 pm
Sun February 24, 2013

Going To Great Depths For National Geographic

Brian Skerry

Brian Skerry was inspired by National Geographic at a young age but it took several decades for this underwater photographer to land his dream job.

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90-Mile View
10:05 am
Wed February 20, 2013

90-Mile View: Patricia Porsche

rDanie Alexande KCUR-FM

The last time Patricia Porsche was with us we learned why she became homeless by choice.  When we left off Trish had just worked her way back to being employed and out of a women's shelter.  Today we hear the rest of her story.

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90-Mile View
1:01 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

90-Mile View: Nicole Wright

Danie Alexander KCUR-FM

When we first met Officer Nicole Wright last December we learned why this Kansas City, Mo. native chose to serve on the force and in the neighborhood where she grew up.  Today Nicole returns to tell us about her first call of a day back in January that turned out to be her last call of the day.

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90-Mile View
9:44 am
Wed February 6, 2013

90-Mile View: Patricia Porsche

Being raised to be self-sufficient, gaining the rank of Sergeant during six years of military service and maintaining employment as an experienced office worker doesn't add up to homelessness for most of us.  Before 2007 Patricia Porsche probably would have agreed with you.

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90-Mile View
6:00 am
Wed January 23, 2013

90-Mile View: Howard Blender

Cattle grazing in the Flint Hills

There are few images of the West as iconic as cattle and few people as optimistic as a cattle rancher.  Just ask Howard Blender.

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90-Mile View
6:00 am
Fri January 18, 2013

90-Mile View: Sarah Kessinger

Sarah Kessinger, Publisher of The Marysville Advocate

While many big newspaper companies are struggling to stay afloat, some 8,000 weekly papers are surviving and thriving due in large part to the dedication of the people who publish and edit them.  People like Sarah Kessinger.

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90-Mile View
10:53 am
Wed January 9, 2013

90-Mile View: Rev. Rick Behrens

Rev. Rick Behrens
Danie Alexander KCUR-FM

How do you make a 124-year old church in a socio-economically depressed inner-city neighborhood relevant?  That's the challenge Rev. Rick Behrens has met for 30 years as pastor of Grandview Park Presbyterian Church in Kansas City, KS.

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Up To Date
4:36 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

A Unique Approach To Serving Homeless Veterans

Atecia Robinson

Arthur Fillmore has spent more than thirty years closing the deal in corporate mergers and acquisitions in his professional life as an attorney. But for two decades he’s been unsuccessful in realizing the wish he’s held as a military veteran . . . until now.

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Up to Date
11:31 pm
Tue January 1, 2013

Area Development: 2012 Review & 2013 Preview

Work continues at Plaza Vista, future home of the Polsinelli Shughart law firm.
The Kansas City Business Journal

While the announcement that Swedish furniture retailer Ikea was the big story in area development for 2012 for its many fans in the metro, there was a lot more news about business growth the past year.

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Up to Date
5:00 pm
Tue January 1, 2013

'Call Me Dad, Not Dude'

The Kansas City Star Books

He's been called “a cuter, younger male version of Erma Bombeck."

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Sun December 30, 2012

The Pullman Porter: 'World's Most Perfect Servant' Or Symbol Of Racial Oppression?

Library of Congress

Bellman, concierge, housekeeper, valet: If the job of the Pullman porter  was complex, his place in the American consciousness is even harder to pin down.

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Up to Date
2:31 am
Fri December 28, 2012

DVD Gurus: Favorite Films 50 Years Ago: 1962

What was happening on the cinema scene a half century ago? How have movies changed and in what ways have they remained the same?

This audio is pending

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Up To Date
6:00 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

Paleoanthropologist Donald Johanson On What Lucy Says About Us

Donald Johanson and Lucy

She certainly shook up our family tree that day in 1974. The human family tree that is.

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Up to Date
10:18 am
Tue December 18, 2012

90-Mile View: Amy Farrand

Amy Farrand and her Framus guitar
Credit Paul Andrews

"I've never been the kind of person to say 'I don’t think I could do that' but more like 'I’m gonna do THAT!', says singer/songwriter Amy Farrand and from early childhood that attitude has shaped her life both in and out of the music scene.

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