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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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?

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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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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

90-Mile View: Nicole Wright

Kansas City, Mo. Police Officer Nicole Wright
Bill Anderson KCUR

Nicole Wright returned from college wanting to make a difference in her home town of Kansas City, Missouri.  Six years later, Officer Wright's beat is still the neighborhood where she was raised by her mother: 28th and Wabash, part of East Patrol.

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Up To Date
9:37 am
Fri December 7, 2012

'We Are Superman'

Kevin Howdeshell

In the heart of Kansas City, at the intersection of 31st and Troost, a select few work to transform a dividing line into a gathering place.

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Up to Date
6:37 pm
Sun November 25, 2012

U.S. Representatives Emanuel Cleaver & Kevin Yoder

U.S. Representatives Kevin Yoder (left) and Emanuel Cleaver were recent recipients of the Consensus Civility Award.
www.cleaver.house.gov

With only five weeks left in the 112th Congress, Representatives and Senators are under pressure to find common ground among themselves and with the President to avoid the fiscal cliff.

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Central Standard
6:00 pm
Sun November 25, 2012

The Government Cloud

Credit Jackson's book GovCloud II

This year the US Government mandated that federal agencies consider cloud computing as they make new IT investments and by 2014 that mandate will expand.  What benefit does this technology have to taxpayers and to the agencies themselves?  Where do these projects currently stand? And what has been the impact to Kansas City?

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Up To Date
10:58 pm
Thu November 22, 2012

DVD Gurus: Films For Which We're Always Thankful

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jim Belushi star in Columbia Pictures' Red Heat.
Columbia Pictures

A weekend full of eating, shopping, football and leftovers leaves many of us grateful for an opportunity to collapse on the sofa and watch a movie at home.

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Central Standard
6:58 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Diverse And Achieving Schools: Where Are They And Are They Worth It?

Credit Michael Petrilli

Often parents seeking to give their children an education filled with diverse racial and socioeconomic peers struggle to find schools that are also high-achieving.  Michael Petrilli and Dr. Lawson Bush give insights into overcoming this sometimes daunting challenge and the varying merits behind its thinking.

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Central Standard
3:28 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Missouri Mavericks: Winning In Independence

Credit Missouri Mavericks

Name the area professional sports team to make it to the playoffs the last two seasons.  Hint: it doesn't play in Kansas City.

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Central Standard
12:08 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Growing From Local to International Business

World Trade Center Kansas City

Are you a metro-area small business looking to expand into the global market?  Well you're in luck.


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Central Standard
12:48 pm
Sun November 11, 2012

Financial Planning For Non-Traditional Couples

SurvivalWoman flickr

When you are part of a non-traditional couple, understanding your financial options is crucial

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Food & Drink
9:08 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Are Healthy & Halloween Mutually Exclusive?

Spooky Soup
Beth Bader http://expatriateskitchen.blogspot.com/

On Halloween it's not just ghosts and goblins you need to fear.  There's enough candy out there to fuel a perpetual sugar high.

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Central Standard
12:47 am
Tue October 30, 2012

Exploring The Paranormal

C.R.E.E.P.Z Ghost Commandos

A sudden drop in room temperature, a recorded EVP, and a motion detector going off.  All signs that you are not alone.

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Central Standard
12:06 am
Tue October 30, 2012

Ghosts, Ghouls And Monsters Of Missouri

The History PRess

New York may have Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman but Missouri is not without a headless story or two of its own.

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Central Standard
6:39 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Books And Publishers: Doomed To Extinction?

blackgate.com

In the face of electronic readers and digital downloads, it's easy to point a finger and say there lies the reason books and, by extension, those who write and publish them are going the way of the dinosaurs.

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Central Standard
5:51 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Back In The Swing After Breast Cancer

Andrews McMeel Publishing

You weathered the diagnosis, underwent surgery, and made it through multiple rounds of chemotherapy.  In short, you've survived breast cancer.

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Central Standard
9:43 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Pizza!

weneedacoma.blogspot.com

In 1987 Congress designated October as National Pizza Month and we at Central Standard are nothing if not dedicated to the observance of this acknowledgment of one of our favorite foods.

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Central Standard
6:40 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Aptly Named Gem Theater Celebrates 100 Years

The Gem Theater celebrates its 100th anniversary this month.
Downtown Council of Kansas City

It started as the Star Theater in 1912.  Back then it was a one-story building presenting silent films.  Just one year later it was renamed the Gem Theater.

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Central Standard
3:54 pm
Sun October 21, 2012

Computer Guys: OS Monogamy And Special Needs Accessibility

Computer mouse alternatives allow control of a computer's cursor for those challenged by a regular mouse.
especialneeds.com

For the longest time the Microsoft Windows Operating System (OS) was the dominant player in computing.  Then Apple introduced its OS and has since overtaken Microsoft.

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Central Standard Friday
2:37 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Food Critics: Best Meals Under $10

ny.eater.com

You're staring at an empty refrigerator realizing if you want to eat you're going to have to go out.  A quick check of the wallet shows it not much fuller than the fridge. So where can you find a decent meal for less than $10?

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Central Standard
2:04 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

The Biggest Deal

What does $20.1 billion get you?  Well, if you're Japan's SoftBank Corp., it gets you 70% of the third-largest wireless carrier in the United States.

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Central Standard
10:48 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Adania Shibli: Growing Up In Palestine

Author Adania Shibli
Stavros Petropoulos

Adania Shibli grew up in Palestine which became a source of inspiration for her writing. 

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Central Standard
9:40 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Art As Therapy

arttherapyforchildren.com

Part of viewing art is interpreting the artist's intent, figuring out what the creator is trying to say.  Because it can be so personal, is a physical form of expression, and allows communication of thoughts and feelings that might not be articulated otherwise, art makes for good therapy.

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