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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: War Photographers / The Road to an Agreement Between Uber and KCMO
  • Tuesday: The Postwar Dreamhome: The Ranch House / Statehouse Blend
  • Wednesday: Powers of Two /  The First African Americans in the Space Program /Local Listen
  • Thursday: The Economic Value of Teacher Quality / Weekend To Do List
  • Friday: Indie, Documentary, and Foreign Film Reviews 

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In May 1915, a German U-boat sunk one of the world's greatest ocean liners, the Lusitania. Erik Larson's new book, Dead Wake: the Last Crossing of the Lusitania, maps the tale known to many as the event that launched America into the Great War. On this edition of Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with Erik Larson about his research process, the captains behind the ships involved, and the mystery of Room 40.

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The oldest culture on the planet, Aboriginals have inhabited the Australian continent for more than 50,000 years. National Geographic photographer  Amy Toensing spent three years documenting their lives and captured how their ancient tradition lives on in the modern world. 

Hear More: Amy Toensing speaks Tuesday, March 17 at 7:30 at the Muriel Kauffman Theatre. For information and tickets, click here.

The "selfie culture" is changing how young people see themselves, express themselves, and communicate. But sometimes, that expression can lead to trouble. We explore the darker side of the "selfie culture" and what parents need to know about it. 

Guests: 

  • Wes Crenshaw is a psychologist board certified in couples and family psychology.
  • Kyra Haas is a senior at Lawrence Free State High School and co-author of the Double Take advice column in the Lawrence Journal-World.

Local Listen: Drakkar Sauna

Mar 13, 2015

The Lawrence based duo, Drakkar Sauna, has been crafting eccentric music with an old-time sound for over a decade.  This edition of Local Listen features a meditation on interplanetary colonization.  Take a listen to The Long Sovereignty.

 

Hear More: Drakkar Sauna makes a rare appearance in Kansas City on Saturday, March 14, at the MiniBar.

 

Colm O'Regan

 

Irish comedian Colm O'Regan might have something to say about your mama. Rather, his Irish mammy might.

The comedian, who is in Kansas City for a stand up show Friday, achieved accidental Twitter fame while preparing for a comedy web-sketch.

"I wanted to make it look like an Irish mother, maybe 60 years or so, had a Twitter account — this was back in 2011 when Twitter wasn't as ever present as it is now," he says.

He started Tweeting ordinary things an Irish mother might say. For example:

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If you find yourself stuck in downtown traffic this weekend, then you’ll know that college basketball has once again taken over our town. In this March edition of 'A Fan’s Notes,' commentator Victor Wishna gets to the heart of the madness, with a look at the one tournament that started it all.

Violence in the urban core is all too familiar for Missouri. A recently released study from 2012 puts Missouri at the top of the list for inner city homicide. Steve Kraske asks why, and looks at what's being done locally to curb violent crime. 

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It's starting to feel like spring, and if you want to celebrate the warmer weather, Up to Date's indie, foreign, and documentary film critics have some ideas for you.

Cynthia Haines:

  • Diplomacy
  • Mr. Turner
  • Red Army

Steve Walker:

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How many times have you seen a car pulled over at the side of the road and wondered why they were being pulled over?

Three professors at the University of Kansas did more than wonder. Charles Epp, Steven Maynard-Moody, and Donald Haider-Markel started surveying drivers in the Kansas City metro area in 2004 and studied the research over the next 10 years. 

What they found is that race is deeply embedded in police practice.

James Madison is an oft-forgotten American President, but his ability to build relationships laid the foundation for the America we know today. On this edition of Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with historian David Stewart about the life and contributions of America's fourth president. 

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  A certain breed of specialist is called in when someone is trapped, missing, or feared dead. These specialists are search and rescue dogs. On this edition of Up To Date,  a look that the lives of these canines and their powerful noses.

Guests:

  • Cat Warren is the author of What the Dog Knows: Scent, Science, and the Amazing Ways Dogs Perceive the World.
  • Mark Kramer is the deputy director of Kansas Search and Rescue, Northern Region. 

When it comes to strategies of how to deal with a shooter in the building, the only options teachers used to have were locking the doors or evacuating. These days schools have another choice when dealing with an active shooter...fighting back. A new active shooter simulation program from the Missouri Center for Education Safety gives teachers a hands-on experience in thwarting a potential attacker. 

Guests 

Antonin Dvorak's Symphony No. 8 is joyful and romantic — fitting for the season, as we bid adieu to the bitter winter weather.

“It was written when Dvorak was at a resort, and this symphony sounds like that,” Kansas City Symphony executive director Frank Byrne told Steve Kraske on Up To Date.

Prison chaplains provide service for many souls, but what happens when your congregation is made up of the men who served under Adolf Hitler? The book Mission at Nuremberg: An American Army Chaplain and the Trial of the Nazis pieces together the life of Henry Gerecke, the U.S. Army chaplain given one of the most controversial assignments following World War II.  Guest

  • Tim Townsend​, editor at Timeline and author of Mission at Nuremberg: An American Army Chaplain and the Trial of the Nazis

 

For clergy, providing spiritual support in mental institutions can be difficult especially when some members of your congregation may not even be aware of who you are. On this edition of Up To Date, we talk to the chaplain at Osawatomie State Hospital on the challenges of ministering to the mentally ill. 

Guest:

  • Rev. Jeffrey Yelton is the psychiatric chaplain at Osawatomie State Hospital in Kansas.

Local Listen: Millie Edwards

Mar 6, 2015
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Millie Edwards may be one of the smallest members of KC’s jazz community, but she owns one of the biggest voices on the scene. This week’s Local Listen features her collaboration with pianist Mike Pagán on the Duke Ellington composition “In a Mellow Tone.”

HEAR MORE: Edwards entertains every Monday at The Phoenix. On Sunday, March 8, she’ll be featured in a KC Jazz Vespers concert at the First Baptist Church of Kansas City. Admission is free.

  Though he is typically placed in the jazz category, guitarist Bill Frisell plays a wide variety of styles, including folk and Americana. On this edition of Up To Date, he chats with Steve Kraske about his beginnings and his eclectic career. 

Every year, city officials face the challenge of balancing the Kansas City, Mo. budget. On this edition of Up To Date, Steve Kraske speaks with the city's Budget Officer Scott Huizenga and Director of city communications Chris Hernandez about what goes into— and comes out of— the Kansas City budget.

The recent suicide of State Auditor Tom Schweich brought new focus on the impact of political ads. In today's world, any detail of a political figure's life can be fodder for a brutal attack. On this edition of Up To Date, the Ethics Professors talk about when politics goes too far, and whether it's realistic to limit political tactics.

Guests:

Elle Moxley / KCUR

Former U.S. Sen. John C. Danforth spoke at the funeral Tuesday for state Auditor Thomas A. Schweich, who committed suicide in his St. Louis area home last week. In his emotional eulogy, Danforth called for a change in the current political climate, which he referred to as ugly, and "a low point."

For the entire text of Danforth's eulogy, click here.

According to a study done by the University of California-Los Angeles’ Civil Rights Project, Missouri Public Schools rank #1 for the highest suspension of black elementary school students. Missouri’s gap between suspension rates of black and white elementary students also is the nation’s largest. 
  One study found that students suspended or expelled for a discretionary violation are nearly three times more likely to be in contact with the juvenile justice system the following year.

Overland Park Kansas

Overland Park Mayor Carl Gerlach is beginning his 10th year in office, and this year looks to be a busy one, with plenty of development going on in the city. 

Gerlach spoke about some of those development projects, including an indoor skydiving facility he is excited to try out, in his State of the City address on Tuesday

Kansas lawmakers are looking to reduce the requirements to carry concealed firearms.  On this edition of Up to Date, we look at what's behind state lawmakers' push to eliminate the permit and training requirements for concealed carry.

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Risk and reward are part of the game when it comes to being an entrepreneur, but cracking the code for success requires more than just drive and luck.

On Monday's Up to Date,  the specific skills that can lead to triumph in an innovative venture. From failing wisely to finding the gap, there’s a variety to master.

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  In two of the films Up to Date's  indie, foreign and documentary film critics discuss, vampires dress up for nightclubs, and the Irish fairytale legend of the selkies comes to life. We also shine a light on the experience of living with Alzheimer's disease and what it's like to deal with Russian bureaucracy.

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Local Listen: Maps For Travelers

Feb 27, 2015
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Even before forming Maps For Travelers in 2010, the four men in the ensemble had been adding to Kansas City's notable tradition of fostering brawny post-punk bands.This edition of Local Listen features “Static,” a bracing single the band released in 2011.

Hear More: Maps For Travelers performs Friday at the RecordBar. Doors open at 9:30.

The weather may be cold, but area theaters are showing some movies that are red hot. Up to Date's indie, foreign, and documentary film critics have some ideas that might chase that chill away.

Cynthia Haines:

  • Leviathan
  • What We Do In The Shadows
  • Song of the Sea

Steve Walker:

The Women's Foundation of Greater Kansas City

In a country where almost 51 percent of the population is female, positions of leadership in politics, education and business are largely dominated by men. On this edition of Up To Date, we discuss why women lag in leadership positions and how to reverse the trend.

Guests: 

Greg Echlin / KCUR

Before most of the Royals’ players and coaches reported for spring training, the graphers were there. Waiting.

What’s a grapher? The term is short for “autographer,” someone who devotes him- or herself to collecting player’s autographs.

“We go to the ballparks, team hotels, and some of us who are more extreme go to spring training and travel to the All Star games," said Ethan Roth, who acquires and sells baseball autographs for a living. "It’s basically the art of getting an autograph without paying for it."

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