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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.

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  • Tuesday: Master Sommelier and Master of Wine Doug Frost
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Up To Date
12:20 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

FBI Probe Of St. Joseph School District Focuses On Misuse Of Maintenance Staff

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The St. Joseph School District is facing a raft of problems these days. The federal investigation into the District's improper use of stipends continues with a third subpoena issued on Nov. 20. On this edition of Up to Date, we get the latest on the continuing scandal. 

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Arts & Culture
11:05 am
Mon December 1, 2014

PHOTOS: A Glimpse At Johnson County's Mid-Century Modern Architecture

A new exhibition at the Johnson County Museum in Shawnee, Kan., attempts to answer a tough question: What is modernism?

After World War II, architecture across the United States went through a radical, modern transformation. And Johnson County, Kan. was no exception. It was a time when North Americans believed "the future was bright and possibilities were endless."

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10:58 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Family Traditions For The Holidays And Beyond

Cream cheese-stuffed celery is a tradition for some families.
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From serving stuffed celery sticks with cream cheese on the Thanksgiving table to participating in the Pilgrim Run every year or bringing kilts, scotch and good cheer to houses on New Year's Eve, family rituals take many different forms.

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1:21 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Capturing Voices: Preserving Personal Stories

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The holidays bring good food, lots of family, and fascinating tales. When families unite, storytelling takes center stage as we recall childhood memories and the ups and downs of life. On this edition of Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with a personal historian and StoryCorps' David Isay about the process and significance of preserving family stories in preparation for the National Day of Listening

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1:20 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Hope, Memory, And Passwords

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Passwords are a huge part of our technology driven world. In order to be safe, they are supposed to be long, full of numbers and symbols. We're also supposed to have an arsenal of different codes at our disposal. But the truth is people often use their passwords as a form of memory. On this edition of Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with journalist Ian Urbina about the hidden truths behind our passwords.

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1:40 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Doctors Express Concerns Over Proposed Research Regulations

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  A new proposal from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services would change the way we regulate medical research. Some doctors disagree with the changes believing that it will  confuse patients, and make participation in clinical trials more difficult. On this edition of Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with a bioethicist and an outcomes researcher about why they oppose altering research guidelines. 

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12:06 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Winning Marriage Equality

Gay marriage advocates have been gaining key victories all over the country. These successes are part of a larger strategy that's been in the works for years.

On this edition of Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with the author of a new book about why winning at the state level is a key part of the plan to change laws nationwide. We also check out what's next in the campaign for marriage equality.

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Arts & Culture
1:18 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Kansas City Artist Uses Bread As A Means Of Social Change

In one of his community projects, Fresh Bread, Sean Starowitz set up shop in vacant lots and sold bread, priced for the neighborhood.
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Bread can serve as an important connector between people.

It can fuel discussions, break through social barriers and institute change. 

A 2014 Charlotte Street Foundation award winner, Sean Starowitz is an artist whose work is hard to place on the walls of galleries. As the artist-in-residence at Farm to Market Bread Co., his projects often focus on bread and community. 

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Up To Date
12:34 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Local Listen: Kasey Rausch

Kasey Rausch is the most prominent member of a new generation of dedicated folk musicians in Kansas City. This week's edition of Local Listen features a rollicking song from Rausch’s new album, Guitar in Hand.  Take a listen to "The Gospel of Winfield."

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11:32 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' November 21-23

'Force Majeure' is on critic Steve Walker's list this week.

With Thanksgiving approaching, lots of movies are opening. If you're looking for an alternative to the latest blockbuster,  check out these suggestions from Up to Date's independent, foreign, and documentary film critics:

Cynthia Haines:

  • Birdman
  • Skeleton Twins
  • Citizenfour

Steve Walker:

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Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Film Review: Questions About Manhood Snowball In 'Force Majeure'

Johannes Bah Kuhnke, Vincent Wettergren, Clara Wettergren and Lisa Loven Kongsli in 'Force Majeure'
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A potentially devastating mishap on a family vacation in the French Alps chills a marriage in Swedish filmmaker Ruben D. Ostlund's gripping and beautiful Force Majeure. The event — an ultimately benign avalanche at a ski resort — stops short of being catastrophic. But a fight-or-flight response by the husband and father buries the family in something less tangible than snow.

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3:11 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Managing Holiday Kitchen Chaos

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Thanksgiving is just around the bend, and with it comes the influx of family, good food, and ... chaos. The pressure to get that turkey just right or having too many cooks in the kitchen at one time can make the  holidays  more than a little stressful. On this edition of Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with three Kansas City chefs about their tips on maintaining calm in busy kitchens and how to avoid a full-blown culinary disaster. 

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11:52 am
Wed November 19, 2014

"Fashion's Enduring Marriage To Color"

Leatrice Eiseman is the author of 'Pantone on Fashion'.

Color has a wide-ranging impact on our day-to-day lives, but we don't always pay attention to it. It emotes memory and can determine an era-- just think of the 1960s.

On this edition of Up to Date Steve Kraske talks with Leatrice Eiseman about Pantone on Fashion: A Century of Color in Design. They discuss the psychological aspects of different hues, how the eye views color, and Pantone's Color of the Year. 

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10:58 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Examining The Power And Scandal Of Nelson Rockefeller

Richard Norton Smith is the author of 'On his Own Terms.'

Gerald Ford bumped Nelson Rockefeller off the 1976 presidential ticket. Two years later, the colorful four-term governor of New York managed to create scandalous headlines with the circumstances of his death.

On this broadcast of Up to Date, Steve Kraske and historian Richard Norton Smithe delve into the life and times of the former vice-president. They discuss his rise to political prominence and his rocky, but unapologetic, personal life.

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5:23 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Overland Park Man Treks Across Kansas, Again

Henry Fortunato outside his home in Overland Park, Kansas.
Credit courtesy of Henry Fortunato

One day in mid-September, Henry Fortunato stepped out the front door of his home in Overland Park, Kansas and began a walk that would continue for the next 39 days and take him to the western edge of the state.

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2:50 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

After Months Of Work, A New Johnson Drive Unveiled

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For almost a year, orange cones, torn up sidewalks, and road closures were a daily fact of life for businesses and their customers along Johnson Drive in Mission, Kansas. After months of dealing with restricted access, the road is officially re-opened and traffic is once again moving smoothly. 

On this edition of Up to Date, we look at the effect of the project on local shops, how these retailers coped, and what both they and the city hope the new and improved Johnson Drive brings to the area. 

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Up To Date
12:27 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Wes Crenshaw: How ADHD Affects Couples

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Millions of teens and adults have been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

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1:29 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

DVD Gurus: Film Noir

Actress Peggy Cummins joined Steve Kraske and the DVD Gurus in the studio.
Credit Beth Lipoff / KCUR

Beautiful women, crime and doomed lovers dominate the screen when it comes to film noir. At their height, these films featured star players, such as Humphrey Bogart, Burt Lancaster and Marilyn Monroe.

On Friday's Up to Date, our DVD Gurus highlighted their favorites of the genre. We also talked with a few special guests from the Noir City film festival.

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12:57 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' November 14-16

Bill Murray chills as a child mows his backyard dirt patch in 'St. Vincent.'

The weather's awfully cold, but movie theaters should be nice and toasty this weekend. Up to Date's independent, foreign, and documentary film critics have a few suggestions for you once you get there:

Cynthia Haines:

  • Birdman
  • St. Vincent
  • Citizenfour

Steve Walker:

  • Citizenfour
  • Nightcrawler
  • Rosewater
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5:53 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Ethics Professors: Right To Die, Ebola Quarantines, And Same-Sex Marriage

Brittany Maynard went public with her choice to end her life after being diagnosed with incurable cancer.
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A terminally-ill woman in Oregon chose to end her life last week, should she be allowed to make this choice? A nurse in Maine aggressively fought that state's strict Ebola quarantine, does the greater good trump individual rights? Courts throughout the country are grappling with same-sex marriage bans, are people entitled to marry?

On this edition of Up to Date, guest-host Jeremy Bernfeld and the Ethics Professors sift through these moral dilemmas and the questions they raise. 

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Up To Date
2:43 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Renée Blanche: Maintaining The Calm With 20 Years Of 'Night Tides'

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Over the course of 20 years the KCUR music program Night Tides has offered “an eclectic blend of contemplative instrumental and electronic music” on the airwaves every Sunday from 8 p.m. - midnight. Right along with those soothing melodies has been the distinctive voice of its host, Renée Blanche.

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12:09 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Fund For Teachers Lets Educators Bring Unique Experiences To Their Classrooms

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Fund for Teachers provides local educators the money to gain unique experiences from around the world and bring them back to their students, and school communities. On this edition of Up To Date, guest host Danie Alexander talks with a panel about the process and results of this program. 

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10:46 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Local Listen: Gene Clark

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Gene Clark was born in Tipton, Mo., on Nov. 17, 1944. As a founding member of The Byrds, Clark played a major role in the development of folk-rock and psychedelic rock.

This edition of Local Listen features "I'll Feel a Whole Lot Better," a jangly 1965 gem that Clark wrote as a member of the Byrds.

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Up To Date
1:08 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Astronaut Chris Hadfield On His New Book And Tweeting In Space

Astronaut Chris Hadfield was a guest on KCUR's Up to Date.
Credit Beth Lipoff / KCUR

For five months, from December 2012 to May 2013, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield served as the commander of the International Space Station.

Hadfield conducted a record-setting number of scientific experiments. He also gained a reputation as the "most social media savvy astronaut" by sharing his daily life, posting photos on Tumblr and Twitter and videos on YouTube. 

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Up To Date
2:42 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Veterinarian Wayne Hunthausen: Preparing Your Pet For Cold Weather And The Holidays

Yellow Labrador Retriever
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Here comes cold weather. And here come the holidays. So it's probably a good time to have a conversation about how to prepare your dogs or cats for all this.

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11:57 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' November 7-9

Our critics recommend the Edward Snowden documentary 'Citizenfour.'

Take the chill out of the autumn air with a good film this weekend and check out these recommendations from Up to Date's independent, foreign, and documentary film critics:

Cynthia Haines:

  • Skeleton Twins
  • St. Vincent
  • Birdman

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11:15 am
Fri November 7, 2014

What's Showing In Independent, Foreign & Documentary Film, November 7

'Birdman' is just one of the films our critics discussed this week.

A marriage proposal leads one woman to hiding out in the home of her 16-year-old best friend, and a young boy finds an unlikely friend in the bawdy, hedonistic veteran next door.

On Friday's Up to Date, our indie, documentary and foreign film critics are back to review the latest films showing on area screens. We also look at the story of Edward Snowden and how an actor tries to make a comeback on Broadway.

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Up To Date
3:46 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

A Fan's Notes: An Ode To The Kansas City Royals

Kansas City Royals players celebrate one of their many victories from the 2014 season.
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The outlook wasn't brilliant for the Royals at the end.

The score stood three to two, with only one chance to extend
This magnificent, magical season. And from where we sat,
With Bumgarner in, hope was dim as K.C. came to bat.

Hosmer: down. Butler: out. Is this how we’d end the story?
Would the heroes of ’85 not pass on their glory?
Gordo stepped to the batter’s box, locked in, and snapped his gum,
And thousands—make that millions—pondered just how far we’d come.

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1:24 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Anna Quindlen On Life's Second Acts

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Anna Quindlen's most recent work, Still Life with Bread Crumbs, tells the story of a 60-year old New York photographer and feminist who moves upstate in an effort to remake her life. On this edition of Up to Date, Quindlen talks with Steve Kraske about her connections to the lead character, why she never wants to be 25 again, and the changing face of the news business. 

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12:08 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Dirt: The Foundation Of Civilizations

Credit Anne Biklé

Dr. David Montgomery is a Professor of Geomorphology at the University of Washington.  He works to bring the impact of geological processes on human history to a wider audience.  Montgomery joins Steve Kraske to explain why dirt is the foundation of civilizations, how we're losing it to erosion, and the lessons geology teaches us.

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