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
10:06 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Documentary Critics' 'Three To See'

Wayne White is the artist featured in the documentary, "Beauty is Embarrassing".
brkly

Looking for a great independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of September 21-23, 2012? Up to Date's critics share their three favorite showing on area screens.

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Up to Date
9:39 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

The End Of Men

If there’s one thing the economic downturn has shown us, it’s the ability of women to adapt.

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Up to Date
9:56 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

The Obama White House & The Supreme Court

Barack Obama and John Roberts' first run-in came during the inauguration of the President, during which the Chief Justice flubbed the oath of office.

Of all the ideological battles being fought in this country, none will have more impact on its future than those being waged between the White House and the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Up To Date
6:00 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Making Divorce Better For Children

SteadyHealth.com

Even with rates falling, divorce is still a common occurrence in the United States, yet have we gotten any better at putting ourselves, and our children, through the process?

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Up to Date
3:44 pm
Sun September 16, 2012

Libraries Meeting Needs Of Diverse Communities

The 2nd National Joint Conference of Librarians of Color is being held this week in Kansas City, Missouri.
2nd National Joint Conference of Librarians of Color

Demographers predict that by the year 2050, African-Americans, Asian Pacific Islanders, Latino/Hispanics, and Native Americans will constitute the majority of Americans.

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Up To Date
2:36 pm
Sun September 16, 2012

KU Study: Role Of Rural Living In Obesity

The Land Report

A common picture of the country life includes living in open spaces and eating food fresh from the farm.

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Up To Date
6:25 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Documentary Critics' 'Three To See'

Virginie Ledoyen in Farewell, My Queen
GMT Productions

Looking for a great independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of September 14-16, 2012? Up to Date's critics share their three favorite showing on area screens.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

DVD Gurus: The Bomb

Them! released in 1954 by Warner Bros. Pictures
Warner Bros. Pictures

The dawn of the atomic age reverberated throughout the world.  It even found its way to Hollywood.

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Up To Date
2:50 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

The Weekend To-Do List: September 14 - 16, 2012

Expo Americas at Union Station Saturday and Sunday.
expoamericas.com

Need something to do for the weekend of September 14-16? Fear not! Brian McTavish returns with the Weekend To-Do List for Kansas City.

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Up To Date
8:39 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Living The Artist's Life

Hillstead Publishing

It's one thing to create art and quite another to make a living as an artist.  After all, the phrase "starving artist" exists for a reason.

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Up To Date
11:01 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Writing 'Paterno'

Simon & Schuster

For a sportswriter like Joe Posnanski it had to be a dream come true: unprecedented access to the most revered figure in college football, Joe Paterno. 

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Up To Date
6:00 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

What It Takes To Win And Hold The White House

"The Candidate: What It Takes to Win and Hold the White House" by Samuel L.Popkin
Oxford University Press

No matter how charismatic a candidate may be, it's not the individual who wins the Presidency, it's the team around him or her.

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Up To Date
9:59 pm
Sun September 9, 2012

Decoding Political Rhetoric

Mitt Romney(l) and Barack Obama(r)
AP Photos

If you watched the political conventions of the past two weeks, did you find yourself nodding in agreement or shaking your head in disbelief during the many speeches given? 

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Up To Date
1:08 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Online Flirting

favim.com

A gentle touch . . . eyes that find yours across the room . . . a lowering of the voice.  These are physical signs that can be taken as flirting in a face-to-face situation.

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Up to Date
5:03 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Study Shows Health Care Disparities In Missouri LGBT Community

Illustration by Tracey O’Donnell

If you are a gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered Missourian your chances of finding and getting the same level of health care as the rest of the state are significantly reduced.

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Up To Date
4:38 pm
Mon September 3, 2012

Techsperts: Carhacking, Good Enough For Govt Work & Top Gadgets

As cars become linked to the internet, opportunities for hackers to take control of your car grow.
wyotech.edu

Do you love having a "connected" car; one with GPS, Bluetooth, even a vehicle-immobilization system?  Would you love it as much if you knew hackers could access your automobile through any one of those or other electronic features?

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Up to Date
1:54 pm
Sun September 2, 2012

What Are You Doing For Labor Day?

From left: Bridget Lancaster, cook, and Christopher Kimball, host of America's Test Kitchen Radio.
America's Test Kitchen

Hopefully you're enjoying the day off just like we are here at Up to Date.  In our place, Christopher Kimball and the crew from America's Test Kitchen will taste some wine, check out the latest kitchen gadgets and throw some shrimp on the barbie as only ATK can.  Have a great holiday and we'll be back Tuesday!

Up To Date
12:16 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Religion Roundtable: Weddings

Hindu ceremony
Hakim Sons Films

Whether as participant or observer, sooner or later we all go to a wedding.  And whether under a mandap or chuppah, at the altar or in the parsonage, ceremonies in any faith are marked by one common denominator: a couple embarking on a life together.

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Cops & Crime
5:55 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Bishop Finn: 'Boys Will Be Boys'

Bishop Robert Finn
kansascity.com

The Kansas City Star reported Thursday afternoon on comments made by Bishop Robert Finn regarding pornographic images of children on a priest's computer.

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Up To Date
2:39 am
Thu August 30, 2012

The Eyes Have It

Biometric iris scan
Truth Squad.TV

Eye scanning used to be the stuff of science fiction and spy thrillers but not anymore.

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Up To Date
1:34 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Remember When Pluto Was A Planet?: The Half-Life Of Facts

"The Half-Life of Facts: Why Everything We Know Has an Expiration Date" by Samuel Arbesman
Penguin Group (USA)

A fact is something that actually exists; reality; truth.  Until it isn't anymore.  How does that happen?

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Up To Date
4:04 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Steve Kraske Reports From Republican National Convention

The Republican National Convention is currently underway in Tampa, FL.
RNC

Today guest host Brian Ellison talks with the man he's sitting in for, Steve Kraske

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Up To Date
8:36 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

It's Official: UMKC Is 'Cool School'

An aerial view of the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
UMKC

As thousands of students make their way through an academic day at the University of Missouri - Kansas City, a dedicated group steadfastly works to make environmental improvements to the campus. 

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Up To Date
8:00 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Applying Open-Source Thinking To Higher Education

Shai Reshef, President of the University of the People.
University of the People

What if the next great breakthrough in cancer treatment or developing alternative fuels resides in the mind of someone living today? 

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

'Ascent Of The A-Word: Assholism, The First 60 Years'

Professor Geoffrey Nunberg
http://geoffreynunberg.com/

It’s the guy who cuts you off in traffic. The woman who just walks to the front of the line. No doubt about it, the world is full of, well...assholes. The self-assured, the snotty, the blowhards, and the all-around jerks are everywhere, whether its in our daily life or in the media.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Better Evacuation Plans For Hurricane Victims

Robert Fogarty
http://briangorbett.com/2011/10/behind-the-mic-ciw-social-entrepreneurship/robert-fogarty/

As Hurricane Katrina demonstrated seven years ago this week, the destruction wrought by hurricanes is evident not just in the storm's power, but also in poorly executed evacuation plans.

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Up to Date
11:33 am
Mon August 27, 2012

New Changes In U.S. Patent Law

Patent attorney Stan Baker
Kimberly Baker

Last September President Obama signed the America Invents Act which made some significant changes to the patent System.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Sun August 26, 2012

'The Athena Doctrine'

John Gerzema
Young & Rubicam Brands

Social theorist John Gerzema set out to learn what the next generation of entrepreneurs will be like.

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Up to Date
1:40 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Ai Weiwei Director Alison Klayman

Alison Klayman

The documentary Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry tells the story of China's greatest contemporary artist who is also one of his country's most passionate dissidents.

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Up to Date
12:51 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Up to Date's Indie, Foreign, and Documentary Critics' "Three to See"

Still from Ruby Sparks

Looking for a great independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of August 24-26, 2012? Up to Date's critics share their three favorite showing on area screens.

Cynthia Haines: Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, Queen of Versailles, Ruby Sparks

Steve WalkerMoonrise Kingdom, Queen of Versailles, Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, Ruby Sparks

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