Up To Date

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Up to Date focuses on pressing issues, both local and national, including politics, economics, planning and design, history and entertainment - topics that have an impact on the lives of the Greater Kansas City region.

  • Monday: Live from Kauffman Stadium
  • Tuesday:  Dr. Wes Crenshaw: Young Voters
  • Wednesday: Death of Angel Hooper / Janet Napolitano / Local Listen
  • Thursday:  Candidate Kelly Kultala / The Weekend To-Do List
  • Friday: Author Larry Tabak / History of Oakland A's 

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Up To Date
4:43 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Kansas City Millennials Talk Politics At First Generation Listen KC Event

Up To Date's Steve Kraske asked the crowd at Generation Listen KC's inaugural event this question about the massive amounts of student loan debt piling up in the United States: "Why are you putting up with it?"
Alyson Raletz KCUR

Generation Listen KC is a new networking group through KCUR aimed at engaging and connecting with millennial public radio listeners in the Kansas City area.

As part of its Forward Promote series, Generation Listen KC invited Up to Date's Steve Kraske to speak with young voters about the upcoming elections at the group's inaugural event on Wednesday night.

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Up To Date
1:20 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Congressional Candidate Kelly Kultala's Goals For Washington

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The race for Kansas' 3rd District Congressional seat pits incumbent Republican Kevin Yoder against Democrat Kelly Kultala. On this edition of Up to Date,  Steve Kraske talks with Kultala about what she would do to make the House more functional, and why she supports the Affordable Care Act. They also discuss her stance on education funding, gun rights, and the conflict in the Middle East. 

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Up To Date
5:30 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Local Listen: The Architects

The Architects have been Kansas City's sturdiest punk band for a decade.  The quartet is barnstorming the country with the California skate-punk legends Agent Orange.  Their tour stops at the Bottleneck on Friday,October 24.  This week's edition of Local Listen features "Kickswaggerboom," a song from the latest installment of the Architect's "Border Wars" song cycle that reveals the Architect's affection for vintage American pop.

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10:28 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Janet Napolitano Discusses Middle East, Academia

Janet Napolitano is the former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security.
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After her stint as secretary of Homeland Security ended in 2013, former Arizona governor Janet Napolitano became president of the University of California system. The transition made for quite a change, but she said she's up for the challenge.

On Wednesday's Up to Date, we talk with Napolitano about looking in hindsight at Middle East policies and the challenges her new position presents.

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10:00 am
Wed October 22, 2014

In Wake Of Angel Hooper Shooting, The Community's Role In Decreasing Violence

Angel Hooper died last week after being shot in a drive-by.

As Kansas City prepared for the spotlight of the World Series, a little girl stepped out of a local convenience store. A car drove by, someone fired shots, and in seconds, six-year old Angel Hooper was dead. In the days since her murder, the Kansas City Police Department has received only two tips in its investigation.

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Up To Date
4:39 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Wes Crenshaw: Young Voters

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Less than half of under-30's are registered to vote in the United States. What does it take to get young people to the polls and what drives them away? On this edition of Up to Date, psychologist Wes Crenshaw and two young adults talk with host Steve Kraske about the voting habits of teens and young adults. We look at the disconnect some feel between themselves and their legislators, and why many just aren't into politics.

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5:03 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Kauffman Stadium On World Series Eve: 'The Center Of The Sports Universe'

Up To Date broadcasts live from Kauffman Stadium on the eve of the 2014 World Series.
Credit Beth Lipoff/Eliza Spertus / KCUR

On the eve of the 2014 World Series, Up to Date broadcasts live from Kauffman Stadium, the "center of the sports universe."

During the hour we look at the team's chances in this year's series, what makes the Royals comeback so fascinating, how the staff of the Royals and Kauffman Stadium are preparing for packed houses and an onslaught of world media, and some new additions to the Royals Hall of Fame.

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Up to Date
1:22 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Debate Continues Over Plans For Kemper Arena

The future of Kemper Arena remains uncertain.
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Two competing plans are in the works for the future of Kemper Arena-- one would tear down Kemper Arena, the other would keep it.

On Friday's Up to Date, Steve Kraske discussed the two plans with Kansas City Star reporter Lynn Horsley and Kansas City Councilman Ed Ford, who is chair of the planning and zoning committee. The first plan, from the Foutch Brothers, would spend $22 million to acquire Kemper Arena from the city, then repurpose it for youth basketball, volleyball and other athletics. 

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Up to Date
1:07 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

That Sniffle Probably Isn't Ebola, KU Med Chief Says

A worker in Guinea takes precautions related to Ebola.
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We've all heard about the specter of the Ebola outbreak, yet many people don't understand what Ebola actually is.

On Friday's Up to Date, Steve Kraske discusses how the virus spreads and how to tell if you've just got the flu and not Ebola with the chief medical officer of the University of Kansas Hospital, Dr. Lee Norman.

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12:56 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' October 18-20

'The Green Prince' made both our critics' lists this week.

The World Series doesn't start until Tuesday, but area theaters have movies ready now. Up to Date's independent, foreign, and documentary film critics share their favorite films showing on area screens:

Cynthia Haines:

  • The Skeleton Twins
  • The Drop
  • The Green Prince

Steve Walker: 

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Arts & Culture
6:08 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Film Review: A Palestinian Son Spies On His Father In 'The Green Prince'

Mosab Hassan Yousef and Gonen Ben Yitzhak in 'The Green Prince.'
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Is selling one’s soul to a parent’s worst enemy justified if it means avoiding torture, prison, or much worse? Such is the quandary at the crux of Nadav Schirman’s documentary The Green Prince, a tense and dense examination into how Mosab Hassan Yousef, a young Palestinian whose father was a founder of Hamas, ended up an informant for the Israeli security force known as Shin Bet. By the time viewers reach its bittersweet climax, prior documentaries about guarded family secrets will seem like Saturday-morning cartoons.

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Up To Date
5:09 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Kansas Secretary Of State Candidates Kobach and Schodorf Debate

Democratic secretary of state nominee, Jean Schodorf debated Republican Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach in the KCUR studios.
Credit Alyson Raletz / KCUR

The office of Kansas Secretary of State is usually a sleepy, bottom-of-the-ticket office that doesn't draw big attention at election time.

Not this year. Kris Kobach has been a high-profile, stir-it-up secretary of state in his four years in office where he's made cracking down on voter fraud a central concern.

His opponent, Jean Schodorf, is a former 10-year Republican state senator who later switched to the Democratic Party. She calls the way Kobach has handled the office an "embarrassment" to the state.

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Up to Date
3:25 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Challenger For Kansas Governor, Paul Davis Talks Education, Taxes

Paul Davis joins Steve Kraske in the studio on Up to Date
Credit Beth Lipoff / KCUR

Taxes, public schools and energy are just three of the issues on the radar for the contentious governor's race in Kansas.

On Wednesday's Up to Date, gubernatorial challenger Paul Davis joined Steve Kraske in the studio for a discussion about his campaign. Gov. Sam Brownback declined to appear, citing scheduling conflicts.

Davis addressed the credit rating downgrades Kansas has faced in the last year.

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Up to Date
3:01 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Before They Were Royals: On The Field In High School

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You’ve seen the boys in blue dominating the field in Baltimore and at the K, but they weren’t always pros.

We take a peek into the past of a few of the Royals… to see how they played in high school.

  • Tim Collins, pitcher
  • Hometown: Worcester, MA

Dave Nordman, deputy managing editor of sports at the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, remembers Collins who "was always the smallest player on his team" at 5'5", but "even for his size, he was just the best player on his team by far." (Collins is now 5'7".)

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Sports
12:36 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Young Moustakas Prepared For Royals Playoffs At Dodgers Stadium

Mike "Moose" Moustakas crawls out of the third base dugout after a dive and a catch in the sixth inning of the Royals' win over Baltimore Tuesday night.
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That astonishing, acrobatic catch Mike “Moose” Moustakas made during the sixth inning during the Kansas City-Baltimore game Tuesday night left him cleats-up in the third base dugout.

But taking such a tumble is nothing new for Moustakas,  who was a two-sport athlete at Chatsworth High School in the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, said Eric Sondheimer, a Los Angeles Times sportswriter.

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Up To Date
2:47 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

KU Med's Linda Redford Works To Meet Needs Of Aging Prison Population

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America’s prisons are dealing with an unprecedented issue: a rapidly increasing population of elderly inmates. It’s estimated that one-third of the entire prison population will be 55 years and older by the year 2030.

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Up To Date
1:41 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Rethinking How To Assess Public Transit Needs

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Gridlock on the freeway, orange construction cones everywhere, and congestion. Traffic problems abound and cities are scrambling to improve their public transportation. On this edition of Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with Jarrett Walker, a public transit consultant, about how cities assess their transportation needs. Mr. Walker discusses the importance of improving existing infrastructure and building on it, as well as highlighting the difficulties posed by a sprawling metro area. 

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Up To Date
5:24 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

"Cosby: His Life And Times"

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He was a pitchman for Jell-O and got us moving with Fat Albert. He was the first black man to star in a television drama and gave fatherly advice in the TV show that bore his name and changed the way many people in America viewed African-Americans.

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Up to Date
5:06 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Candidates For Johnson County Commission Chair Debate Taxes, Transparency

Ed Eilert and Patricia Lightner are both running for Johnson County Commission Chair.

The race for county commission chair in Johnson County is already hot and getting more fiery. Monday on Up to Date, Steve Kraske spoke with the two candidates, incumbent Ed Eilert and challenger Patricia Lightner.

The two  disagreed on the openness of the county's current government.

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Up to Date
2:53 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Flipping Through The Pages At Prospero's

Steve Kraske interviewed the owners of Prospero's Books in Kansas City, Mo.
Credit Beth Lipoff / KCUR

The book business is alive and well at Prospero's Books in Kansas City, Mo. The store gained notoriety a few years ago when co-owners Tom Wayne and Will Leathem burned a funeral pyre of books out of frustration at the state of the business.

On Friday's Up to Date, Steve Kraske stopped by the store to discuss its history, good reads and more.

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  • Tom Wayne, co-owner of Prospero's Books
  • Will Leathem, co-owner of Prospero's Books
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1:12 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' October 10-12

'The Notebook' takes a look at the experience of two children during World War II.

Looking for films to see when you're not glued to the Royals games? Up to Date's independent, foreign, and documentary film critics share their favorite films showing on area screens:

Steve Walker:

Cynthia Haines

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Up To Date
4:26 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Local Listen: OJT

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This Saturday's 18th & Vine Jazz and Blues Festival will have national acts like the great jazz trumpeter Roy Hargrove.  But the event also provides an expanded stage for many Kansas City-based musicians like OJT. This organ jazz trio, led by Ken Lovern, will be among the acts representing the area's jazz scene. This edition of Local Listen features the trio's playful new interpretation of Katy Perry's "I Kissed a Girl."

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Up To Date
3:40 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Passing The College Application Process

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It's that time of year when many high school seniors take on a new title, college applicant. For them and their parents it can be an all-consuming process. On this edition of Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with Pembroke Hill teacher and college counselor, Tom Medlock, and one of its students going through the process, Seun Adebo. They examine the elements of the total package that is a college application.

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Up To Date
3:06 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Technology Gives Us 'Enchanted Objects'

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Traveling via teleportation. Umbrellas, trash cans, wallets, and cars that communicate with us. Pill bottles that pester us until we take our medication, and credit cards that monitor our exercise and reward us monetarily.

In this broadcast of Up to Date, we look at the impact of technology on things we use everyday. Steve Kraske explores the power and connectivity of these "enchanted objects" with entrepreneur and MIT instructor David Rose.

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Up To Date
3:03 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

A Fan's Notes: Our Time

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The greatest week in Kansas City sports history played out on a grand stage. Seventeen million viewers saw the underdog Chiefs snuff out the New England Patriots’ dynasty on Monday Night Football, while Arrowhead’s fans reclaimed its Guinness-Book record for world’s loudest stadium.

Of course, that was a mere preamble to Tuesday, when the Kansas City Royals let loose one of the most exhilarating playoff games of all time, the kind of reality TV that even non-sports fans couldn’t resist.   

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Up To Date
1:52 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Professor Says Despite What Frank Wrote, Kansas Moderates Do Matter

The Capitol building in Topeka, Kansas.
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Despite what Thomas Frank wrote in What's the Matter with Kansas, political moderates really do matter. So says Prof. Alexander Smith who sees moderation as a value written deeply into the heart and soul of Kansas. On this edition of Up to Date, Smith tells Steve Kraske that, although greatly misunderstood, the more politically temperate among us will survive even this current period of political polarization.

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1:49 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Johnson County Man On Three Decades Working With The Secret Service

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The Secret Service is getting a lot of flak these days for a series of recent security lapses.  On this edition of Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with a former White House advance man who has worked on thousands of advance trips in the U.S. and around the world for Presidents, Vice-Presidents, and First Ladies. They discuss working with the Secret Service and how presidential visits are planned. 

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Up To Date
5:16 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Data Mining Makes Personal Life Public And Profitable

Fill out a warranty card . . . sign up for a rewards program . . . apply for a marriage license and somewhere there’s a company compiling the information you provided for profit.  Whether it’s a retailer looking to target its advertising or a business looking to sell aggregated information about you, many of the personal details of your life are no longer private.

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Up To Date
4:55 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Kansas Healthcare Consultant Debunks Ten Myths Of Modern Medicine

When it comes to getting medical treatment it’s good to live in America. Here we get the finest health care in the world, have confidence in the doctors we see and our hospitals are the best places to be when we’re ill. Not so says healthcare consultant John Leifer.

On this edition of Up to Date, Leifer talks with Steve Krasek to expose these and other myths of modern medicine in this country including this one: we’re the patients so we’re not part of the problem.

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Up To Date
3:25 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Royals Head To American League Championship

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The Kansas City Royals have worked a miracle. After clinching a spot in the Wild Card game, the team advanced into the playoffs with a nerve-wracking 12-inning match that ended in a 9-8 victory over the Oakland Athletics. The Royals kept Kansas City on edge as they took the first two games of the American League Division Series into extra-innings. In both games the Royals pulled through beating the Los Angeles Angels 3-2  and then 4-1. Sunday, the Royals came home to Kansas City and delivered a stunning victory, smashing the Angels 8-3.

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