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
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

Up To Date
2:36 am
Fri August 24, 2012

What's Showing In Art, Independent, Foreign And Documentary Film

David and Jackie Siegel, the subjects of the documentary "The Queen of Versailles".
Coourtesy of Magnolia Pictures

A dream house, the perfect woman, and one of our greatest singer-songwriters are among the topics of the films being reviewed today. 

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Up To Date
3:19 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

The Weekend To-Do List: August 24-26

Crypticon Kansas City
Crypticon Kansas City

Looking for something to do the weekend of August 24- 26, 2012?  Brian McTavish is back with Up to Date's Weekend To-Do List.

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Up To Date
12:41 am
Thu August 23, 2012

Ethics And Politics: Can We Have Both?

Mark Lynch on toonpool

Mention "ethics" and "politics" in the same statement and wait for the eye-rolls and derisive snorts to start.

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Up To Date
12:42 am
Tue August 21, 2012

Rep. Todd Akin Under Pressure To Drop Out

The Jaco Report Fox 2 St. Louis

Amid a firestorm of criticism for his remarks about rape, Missouri Congressman Todd Akin refuses to withdraw from the race for U.S. Senator.  

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Up To Date
12:21 am
Tue August 21, 2012

Update On Kansas City Public Schools

Kansas City Public Schools

Missouri's  annual report for school districts came out last week and for the first time in a long time the news for Kansas City wasn't all bad.  In fact, there's been some improvement.

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Up To Date
2:21 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Politicians Passing As One Of Us

Pres. Barack Obama enjoys a beer at the Iowa State Fair.
Carolyn Kaster A/P

With the upcoming political conventions, candidates are banking not only on their platforms to win over voters, but on their personalities. 

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Up To Date
2:02 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

US Rep. Kevin Yoder Responds To FBI Investigaton Of Israeli Trip

Kevin Yoder fields questions from reporters at KCUR studios.
Frank Morris KCUR

The news is out that during a trip to Israel in 2011, Kansas Congressman Kevin Yoder joined a group of  Republican lawmakers for a quick dip into the Sea of Galilee.  

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Up To Date
1:42 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

The Weekend To-Do List: August 17-19

The Ethnic Enrichment Festival takes place Aug. 17-19 in Swope Park.
Ethnic Enrichment Festival

Looking for something to do the weekend of August 17-19, 2012?  Brian McTavish is back with Up to Date's Weekend To-Do List.

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Up to Date
10:15 am
Thu August 16, 2012

The 'Flexbook': A Textbook Replacement

Who needs textbooks any more? And given how much they cost, even if you do need them, it's a huge expense in university education.

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Up to Date
12:53 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

Ending The Myth Of Amateurism In College Sports

State Library and Archives of Florida

College athletes are considered amateurs in their sports because they are not allowed to be paid for their efforts. 

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Up to Date
5:30 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Best Music Of 2012 (So Far)

Cepro.com

Pretend #lastfm asked you to tweet your top three songs so far in 2012, what would you select?  Something straight from Billboard, or maybe a tune playing under the radar?

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Up to Date
1:18 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

'Operation Blockbuster' Shuts Down Massive Drug Ring

The 2009 arrest of Alejandro Corredor was just the beginning of "Operation Blockbuster."
Kansas City Star

As head of one of the most successful drug operations, Alejandro Corredor moved hundreds of pounds of cocaine, meth, and marijuana from Mexico through Kansas City.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

DVD Gurus: 40+ Years of Woody Allen

Woody Allen

"A relationship is like a shark, it has to constantly move forward or it dies...and I think what we got on our hands is a dead shark."

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Up To Date
4:22 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Politics in the Workplace

PMAA

Are there legal repercussions for political expression in the workplace? Find out, as we talk with lawyer Brian Finucane, who specializes in labor and employment law.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

George The First: A Presidential Study In Contrasts

Official portrait of George H. W. Bush, former President of the United States of America.

As a one-term president, George H. W. Bush stands as an anomaly.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

The Weekend To-Do List: July 13-15

Catch "Bingo!: The Winning Musical" at the Crown Center Heartland Theater Thursday through Sunday.

Looking for some summer entertainment? Kansas City has plenty of celebrities, American Idols, ska bands & musicals in town this weekend, so check out our List for the latest acts in town.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Media Critics: Fake Bylines, Anderson Cooper & An Ecdysiast Reporter

Anderson Cooper recently outed himself as gay in an email: "The fact is, I’m gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn’t be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud.”

These days, it's hard to tell if you're reading a celebrity tabloid or the day's headlines.

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Up to Date
2:01 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

The All-Star Game Hits Kansas City

The MLB All-Star Game is in Kauffman Stadium

The throngs gather at Kauffman Stadium for the biggest summer sporting event, but for many, it's more than just a game.

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Up to Date
10:08 pm
Sun July 8, 2012

Hotels, Hospitals & Jails

With the success of his memoir Jarhead, author Anthony Swofford found fame and fortune.   In the ensuing years he went through a lot of cash, women and drugs all the while striving to reconcile his relationship with his father.

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Up to Date
5:24 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

The Man Who Planted Trees

Holmboe Conifer Forest, Wisconsin State Natural Area #79
wackybadger Flickr

Once upon a time, among the iconic scenes of the West were mountains covered with green, fragrant pine trees.  Nowadays, you’re more likely to see entire forests of  brown.   That’s because since 1997 more than 41.7 million acres have suffered partial or total death of conifer trees.

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Up to Date
11:22 am
Fri June 15, 2012

Avenue Of The Arts

Tomeka Weatherspoon KCUR

In Friday's Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with show producer Stephen Steigman on a lawn outside the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts where one of the installations for this year's Avenue of the Arts is located.

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Up to Date
10:20 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Writing What Didn't Happen: Historical Fiction

There's no debating that a good non-fiction book can bring life to overlooked history.  But when everything's been told about that event....or you have an idea for an "alternative" history, where to turn? Historical fiction.

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Up to Date
9:09 am
Mon May 14, 2012

The Information Diet

O'Reilly Publishing

The great thing about modern technology?  We can easily and cheaply access data on just about anything 24/7.  The down side?  It’s being done in such great quantity and with such little regard for quality that it has led to "information obesity."

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