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
12:17 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

90-Mile View: Autumn Days In KCPD East Patrol

East Patrol Station of the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department
Credit Kansas City Missouri Police Department

Fall weather brings changes for Officer Nicole Wright as she works her beat for the Kansas City, Mo. Police Department. Kids are back in school, there's Chief's home games to work, but as for October 31, well, as Wright observes, "everyday's Halloween" in East Patrol.

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Up To Date
3:37 am
Fri October 25, 2013

90-Mile View: Warsaw, Missouri Shuts Down For The Season

Participants ready to welcome visitors to Heritage Days in Warsaw, Missouri.
Credit The Benton County Enterprise

The economy in Warsaw, Missouri in Benton County relies heavily upon visitors coming to Truman Lake, water controlled by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  When the government shut down earlier this month so did all the facilities the Corps controls along the lake.

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90-Mile View
2:09 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

90-Mile View: A Rancher's Gamble

A life dictated by the seasons and the weather is always a risky one and no one knows it better than Flint Hills cattle rancher Howard Blender.

Today Howard talks with Steve Kraske about the hazards ranchers face every day.  From the impact of the recent South Dakota snowstorm, to selling cattle by internet auction, Howard tells of the gambles he takes and the best cattleman's answer he ever heard to the question "Why do you keep doing it?".

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90-Mile View
6:00 am
Fri October 11, 2013

90-Mile View: A Bug In Your Ear

Tobacco Barn
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Dr. Gary Yarbrough has practiced family medicine for more than 30 years and since 1994  has tended to the people in and around Parsons, KS.

The author of House Calls, Dr. Yarbrough has told us of some of the more memorable moments and patients he's encountered over the decades.  In this edition of 90-Mile View, he talks with Steve Kraske about his latest book and shares the tale of one man's misfortune in a Kentucky tobacco barn.

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Up To Date
11:04 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Mark Twain: The Man Behind The Name

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"All large political doctrines are rich in difficult problems — problems that are quite above the average citizen's reach. And that is not strange, since they are also above the reach of the ablest minds in the country; after all the fuss and all the talk, not one of those doctrines has been conclusively proven to be the right one and the best." ~ Mark Twain

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90-Mile View
10:50 am
Wed September 25, 2013

90-Mile View: Rev. Rick Behrens

Credit Danie Alexander / KCUR-FM

One of the budgetary battles going on in Congress at the moment is what to do with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The current focus on funding the government and its programs has pushed other issues like immigration reform off the front page.

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Up To Date
10:07 am
Sun September 22, 2013

Saving The Environment With Policy And Protest

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. (left) and Bob McKibben (right)
Credit Concert for the Climate

If commitment was all it took to reverse global warming and stop pollution of of land, air and water, then Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Bill McKibben would be considered environmental superheroes.

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Up To Date
6:00 am
Fri September 6, 2013

90-Mile View: Eric Neill

Eric Neill among his "ladies" at Neill & Sons Dairy.
Credit Frank Morris / KCUR

"When life hands you lemons, make lemonade." So goes the saying, but when your life is milk, lots of milk, what do you do?

On this edition of 90-Mile View, dairyman Eric Neill tells Steve Kraske how things are going on the farm, including getting ready to bring new "ladies" into the herd.  Then Eric's partner, and wife, Julie has been busy exploring other options for the dairy's daily production. When life hands you milk . . .

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Up To Date
5:05 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Social Entrepreneurship: Making Changes By Making Money

Red Dirt is a Kansas City-based social enterprise.
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Imagine starting a business for any other reason but to make a profit. There is a subset of business owners who do just that ... social entrepreneurs.

These executives look to organize, create and manage a venture to make social change. On Friday's Up to Date we examine social enterprise: from what drives someone to start a business aimed at bettering the lives of others, to the process of taking an idea all the way to market, to how the funds find their way to worthwhile causes.

Guests:

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Up To Date
4:23 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

The Fastest Ride in History Though the Heart of the Grand Canyon

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In the spring of 1983, the convergence of the largest El Niño event on record, a massive snowmelt and a desperate scramble to avoid a catastrophic dam failure saw three men create a legend.

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Up To Date
3:38 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Recovering Politicians: A Twelve-Step Guide

Missouri Capitol
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We’ve all seen it, a politician’s life derailed by scandal or personal crisis. While in years past that meant retirement from public life, nowadays we’re just as likely to see these individuals re-emerge to campaign another day.

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Up To Date
12:55 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' August 30 - September 2

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Looking for a great film to see the weekend of August 30-September 2? Here's our critics' choices.

Cynthia Haynes:

  • Blue Jasmine
  • 20 Feet From Stardom
  • Blackfish

Steve Walker:

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Up To Date
2:40 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

The Weekend To-Do List: August 30 - September 2, 2013

Looking for a way to celebrate a labor-free holiday? Brian McTavish has some options for you on the Weekend To-Do List.

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Up To Date
4:00 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Frances Perkins: The Woman Behind The New Deal

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt is credited with implementing major changes in labor and social welfare: unemployment compensation, child labor laws, the 40-hour work week, and Social Security among them. However, the driving force behind these policies was the first woman to serve as a Cabinet member.

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Up To Date
4:00 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

90 Mile View: James White

Hellen Cook's disappearance came to our attention during our last conversation with The Benton County Enterprise publisher James White.

On this edition of 90-Mile View, James is back with the rest of Hellen's story: who she was beyond the headlines and what her family is doing to improve the process of finding lost loved ones in the future.

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Up To Date
3:50 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

TEDxKC: Defy Impossible

What can be accomplished when an idea that seems impossible is pursued despite the odds? That's the question being answered at this year's TEDxKC event.

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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.
Credit Danie Alexander / KCUR-FM

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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90-Mile View
6:00 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

90-Mile View: Carole Brown

Carole Brown at her cabin in the Flint Hills.
Credit Steve Kraske / KCUR-FM

Many of us ask ourselves at some point: "What am I doing and why am I doing it?" For one woman the question looms larger with her choice to pursue a lifestyle that embraces isolation and eschews the modern.

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Up To Date
5:52 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Autism: A Tale Of Two Families

The artwork of 10-year old Elijah Nessel who has autism.

One of the problems of autism is that its origins are still fairly mysterious. But a more pressing, everyday concern for parents is how to pay for therapy for their children without going bankrupt.

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Up To Date
12:01 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

A Fan's Notes: MLS Stars Shine In KC

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Barely a year after baseball's best swooped through town, another All-Star Game will kick off Wednesday night at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan. The fanfare may be more subdued, but as Victor Wishna cautions in this month's edition of A Fan's Notes, don't believe the lack of hype: soccer--especially soccer in Kansas City--is major league.

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90-Mile View
10:37 am
Thu July 18, 2013

90-Mile View: James White

According to the 2010 census, the population of Warsaw, Missouri is 2,127 but in the summer this town along Truman Lake sees an influx of tourists and summer residents. Keeping an eye on it all is The Benton County Enterprise publisher James White.

Today James explains how long "the season" runs and what it means to the year-round residents and business owners of Warsaw. Plus, we catch up on the latest news coming out of the Benton County.

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90-Mile View
11:06 am
Fri June 28, 2013

90-Mile View: Howard Blender

Cattle in the Flints Hills of Kansas

Two years of extreme drought. The failure of Congress to pass the Farm Bill. Life hasn't gotten any easier for cattle rancher Howard Blender.

In this edition of 90-Mile View, Howard gives Steve Kraske an update on conditions in Chase County as he and others struggle with the effects of too little rain from Mother Nature and too little support from legislators.

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90-Mile View
3:17 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

90-Mile View: Rev. Rick Behrens On Immigration Reform

Rev. Rick Behrens
Credit Danie Alexander / KCUR-FM

Rev. Rick Behrens is pastor of Grandview Park Presbyterian Church in Kansas City, Kansas, an inner-city church with a congregation and a community largely made up of immigrants.  In this installment of 90-Mile View, Rick talks immigration policy and reform with Steve Kraske and what it means to the people he serves.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Superman: Flying High At 75

"Superman: The High-Flying History of America's Most Enduring Hero" by Larry Tye
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He is the original superhero of modern times and this year fans around the world celebrate the 75th birthday of Superman.

90-Mile View
1:51 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

90-Mile View: Eric Neill

Weather plays a major role in agriculture.  Just ask dairyman Eric Neill.  Last summer it was drought, then record snows this past winter.  Now it's rain . . . lots and lots of rain.

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Up To Date
2:16 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

90-Mile View: James White

James White is the fifth-generation publisher of the Benton County Enterprise, the weekly paper started by his great, great grandfather in 1879 down in Warsaw, Missouri.

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Up To Date
11:23 am
Tue May 28, 2013

K.C. To D.C., Driven By Social Media

MindDrive's converted 1967 Karmann Ghia
Credit MindDrive.org

The goal: Have at-risk students take an old rundown car, restore it and convert it to run on electric power then drive it from K.C. to D.C.   If that's not enough, have it powered solely by social media interaction.

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90-Mile View
11:11 am
Fri May 24, 2013

90-Mile View: Eric Peterson

Siemens advanced technology locomotive being put into service with Amtrak.
Siemens

Trains have been making news lately, both good and bad.  Amtrak engineer Eric Peterson can relate.

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Up To Date
10:54 am
Thu May 23, 2013

The Ethics Professors: Political Scandals, Clothing Consciousness & Federal Fumbles

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Would you pay more for an article of clothing if it meant the person who made it worked in safe factory conditions and earned a fair wage?

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Up To Date
6:00 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

90-Mile View: Dr. Gary Yarbrough

Gary Yarbrough, M.D.
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Dr. Gary Yarbrough has practiced family medicine in small towns for 30 years.  In that time he's met some memorable people.

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