Up To Date

Weekdays at 11 a.m.

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: Wes Crenshaw on the Maturity of Teen Boys
  • Tuesday: Local Entrepreneurs / Local Listen
  • Wednesday: Ethics Professors
  • Thursday:  Presidents & Pop Culture / Weekend To-Do List
  • Friday:  American Culinary Federation / Talk Show World Record /  A Fan's Notes

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Sun March 10, 2013

Effects Of An Extended Drought

The harvest of a drought-stricken Kansas cornfield in 2012.
Crazybananas Flickr.com - CC

Recent snowfalls brought much needed moisture to our region.  Even so, the drought of last year has not been broken.  Should it continue for months ... or even years ... what are the potential long-term effects?

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Up To Date
12:31 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Documentary Film Critics' 'Three To See' For March 8 - 10, 2013

Looking for a great film to see the weekend of March 8-10, 2013?

Up to Date's indie, documentary and foreign film critics share their three favorites showing on area screens.

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Film
8:54 am
Fri March 8, 2013

True/False Film Fest Celebrates Ten Years

Tickets for a few of the films on offer this year at True/False.
Julie Denesha KCUR

True/False Film Fest celebrated its tenth year, February 28 - March 3, 2013, presenting forty-two full-length documentaries and sixteen short films from around the globe. In addition to the films, the Columbia, Mo. festival hosts musicians, art installations, and events.

KBIA interviewed filmmakers whose work screened at this year's True/False. Read or listen to the interviews here.

Up To Date
5:08 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

What's Showing In Independent, Foreign & Documentary Film

If one thing stood out in 2012 filmmaking, it was the documentary.

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Up To Date
11:45 am
Thu March 7, 2013

The Weekend To-Do List: March 8 - 10, 2013

The Greater Kansas City International Auto Show takes place March 6 - 10 at Bartle Hall.
Automobile Dealers Association of Greater Kansas City

With the snow melting, it will be easier to get out and about this weekend.  Up to Date's Brian McTavish has some suggestions for where to go and what to do.

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Up To Date
6:00 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Lawyers, Lawmen & Outlaws: The Irish In KC

Jackson County political boss Tom Pendergast
University of Missouri - Kansas City

The Irish played a crucial role in the development of Kansas City.  While their labor helped to literally build the city, their community found members on both sides of the law.

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Up To Date
6:00 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Beyond the Gowns: Carl Cannon On Michelle Obama

First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama
www.whitehouse.gov

By her own admission, Michelle Obama is first and foremost a mother.  However, as the first African-American First Lady of the United States, history is sure to see her as more, advocate and champion included.

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90-Mile View
6:00 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

90-Mile View: Sarah Kessinger

Sarah Kessinger, publisher of The Marysville Advocate

Newspaper publisher Sarah Kessinger keeps a close eye on the goings-on in her neck of  the woods, in and around Marshall County, Kansas so it didn't escape her notice when an area resident made it to national TV.

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Up To Date
11:29 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Richard Ford Takes Us North Of The Border

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Ford

"First, I'll tell about the robbery our parents committed. Then the murders, which happened later."  With these words Richard Ford begins his latest novel, Canada.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Fixing The Food Waste Problem

Leftovers
bcmom

Your mother said the leftovers you threw out in your house could feed a small country… but was she really close to the truth?

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Up to Date
9:44 am
Sat March 2, 2013

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Documentary Film Critics' "Three To See" For March 1-3, 2013

Looking for a great film to see the weekend of March 1-3, 2013?

Up to Date's indie, documentary and foreign film critics share their three favorites showing on area screens.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Good Samaritans Found In A War Zone

The Gospel of Rutba: War, Peace, and the Good Samaritan Story in Iraq

When three Americans found themselves caught up in the 2003 invasion of Iraq, they found sanctuary with the local Muslim community of Rutba, which sheltered them, despite their religious differences.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

New Regulations Change Access To Research

Scientific lab
Goldmund100

Due to a new White House directive, results from federally-funded research will be easier to access publicly.

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Film
7:27 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Showcase Of French Films Rich With Mystery And History

The amazing career of filmmaker Raymond Depardon in "Journal de France"
Courtesy of www.cinepal.fr

The Tivoli in Westport will be a Francophile’s dream for the next  ten days with its annual showcase Rendez-Vous with French Cinema. Nine different films will be screened before its conclusion.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Local Music Critics Pick KC's Best

Eddie Moore and the Outer Circle
facebook.com

Do you like to rock it out with an indie band… or sit back and absorb some Turkish jazz?

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Up to Date
11:45 am
Thu February 28, 2013

The Weekend To-Do List: February 28-March 3, 2013

Bettye LaVette

Getting cabin fever after all those snow days? Up To Date's Brian McTavish has just the thing.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Looking Back At The March On Washington

March on Washington
U.S. Information Agency Press and Publications Service

One of the most iconic moments of the Civil Rights Movement was Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, which took place during the 1963 March on Washington.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

DVD Gurus: When The Oscars Got It Wrong

Around the World in 80 Days

Did the film Fargo receive the cold shoulder at Oscar time?? Did Forrest Gump deserve a smaller box of chocolates from the Academy?


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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Hacking To Innovate

Felipe Micaroni Lalli

Most of the time, hacking isn't the first word you want to hear coupled with technology. At Hackovate, a legion of computer-savvy gurus are using their powers for good.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Snow Affects Elections, Area Recreation

Beth Lipoff

Whether you're lining up to vote or hitting the slopes, the snow will affect your day Tuesday.

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Up To Date
6:00 pm
Sun February 24, 2013

Going To Great Depths For National Geographic

Brian Skerry

Brian Skerry was inspired by National Geographic at a young age but it took several decades for this underwater photographer to land his dream job.

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Government
10:53 pm
Sat February 23, 2013

Wyandotte Mayor Candidates Debate Blight, Bureaucracy And Windfall Funds

bigstock.com

On Tuesday, voters in Wyandotte County will narrow the field of candidates for the Mayor/CEO of Unified Government.  The number running will be reduced from five to two, going into the April general election.  KCUR’s Dan Verbeck reports on candidates’ backgrounds and issue-positions that have appeared since the campaign began in earnest only a month ago.

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Up to Date
11:35 am
Fri February 22, 2013

'Doonesbury' Creator Garry Trudeau

In 2010, Garry Trudeau released "40: A Doonesbury Retrospective."

The comic strip Doonesbury has tackled some important social and political issues over the years. Garry Trudeau became the first comic strip artist to win a Pulitzer Prize, and was a finalist for the prize three subsequent times, including in 2004 and 2005, when his strip addressed the Iraq War. His storylines have centered around the military's "don't ask don't tell" policy, unfound weapons of mass destruction, and U.S. Presidents.

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Up to Date
11:23 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' February 22-24, 2013

Looking for a great film to see the weekend of February 22-24, 2013?

Up to Date's indie, documentary and foreign film critics share their three favorites showing on area screens.

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Weather
1:41 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Snow Day! An Update From Kansas City Officials

Up to Date senior producer (right) Stephen Steigman helps get show host Steve Kraske (behind wheel) unstuck and into the parking lot at KCUR.
Credit Frank Morris / KCUR

You know it's bad when the host of Up to Date needs a push into the parking lot at KCUR.

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Up to Date
11:45 am
Thu February 21, 2013

The Weekend To-Do List: February 21-24, 2013

Shirley MacLaine
jccc.edu

Looking for something to do this weekend (if you can shovel out your driveway)? Up To Date's Brian McTavish has you covered. 

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

How The Civil Rights Movement Evolved

The King Years: Historic Moments in the Civil Rights Movement

What started as a few protests and sit-ins evolved into the Civil Rights movement, but how did that happen?

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Up to Date
12:15 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

A Fan's Notes: Wrestling With Decisions Of Olympic Proportions

American wrestler Rulon Gardner beat Russian Alexander Karelin in the 2000 Summer Olympic Games

Last week, the International Olympic Committee announced it will be taking wrestling to the mat--the 2016 Games will be the last for the ancient sport. But with March Madness approaching and spring training already underway, why should the casual fan care? Commentator Victor Wishna explains in this month's edition of  A Fan's Notes.

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Fire
12:00 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

After The Fire: An Interview With JJ's Co-Owner David Frantze

View from Troost of the fire at JJ's.
Frank Morris KCUR

Up To Date's Steve Kraske talked Wednesday morning with David Frantze, co-owner of JJ's restaurant. A gas explosion Tuesday evening caused a fire that destroyed the restaurant, killing at least one person and injuring at least 14 others.

Here are some excerpts from the interview:

David Frantze: Steve, it’s been a pretty rough time for the entire JJ’s family.

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90-Mile View
10:05 am
Wed February 20, 2013

90-Mile View: Patricia Porsche

rDanie Alexande KCUR-FM

The last time Patricia Porsche was with us we learned why she became homeless by choice.  When we left off Trish had just worked her way back to being employed and out of a women's shelter.  Today we hear the rest of her story.

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