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: 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:  TBA

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Up to Date
9:12 pm
Sun February 17, 2013

Candidates Seek Kansas City, Kansas Top Post

In 1997, voters consolidated the governments of Kansas City, Kansas and Wyandotte County into one jurisdiction

When Joe Reardon said he was stepping down as mayor of Kansas City, Kan. and CEO of Wyandotte County, it surprised many.

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Up to Date
11:58 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' February 15-17, 2013

The 2013 Oscar Shorts (Live Action and Animated) are showing at the Tivoli Theater in Kansas City, Mo.

Looking for a great film to see the weekend of February 15-17, 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
7:20 am
Fri February 15, 2013

How Music Affected World War I

Sheet music for "When the War Is Over"

All wasn't quiet on the homefront during World War I.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Former Senator Looks Back At Life In The Center

Ben Nelson

In a country that's increasingly partisan, sometimes it's the centrist who's got a unique point of view.

On Friday's Up to Date, we'll talk with former U.S. Sen. Ben Nelson, a Democrat who spent his time in national government as a swing voter in the center.

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Up to Date
11:45 am
Thu February 14, 2013

The Weekend To-Do List: February 14-17, 2013

Zac Brown Band
Southern Reel

Looking for something to do this weekend? Up To Date's Brian McTavish has you covered.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Parents, Teens & Dating

Teen dating
Courtney Carmody

Love is in the air… and maybe striking some terror in the hearts of parents.

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Up to Date
10:58 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Reacting To The State Of The Union Address

President Barack Obama delivering the 2012 State of the Union
The White House

In last night's State of the Union address, Pres. Obama addressed the federal minimum wage, economic growth and tax policy as well as action on gun control, among other things.

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Up to Date
10:34 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Film Traces Career Of KC Musician

Virgil Thomson

He tickled the ivories from Kansas City to Paris in the 1920s. Now, a new documentary is chronicling organist Virgil Thomson’s journey from movie theater musician to trailblazer of the American style of music composition.

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90-Mile View
1:01 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

90-Mile View: Nicole Wright

Danie Alexander KCUR-FM

When we first met Officer Nicole Wright last December we learned why this Kansas City, Mo. native chose to serve on the force and in the neighborhood where she grew up.  Today Nicole returns to tell us about her first call of a day back in January that turned out to be her last call of the day.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Studying The Founding Fathers

Richard Norton Smith

When it comes to the first presidents, everyone knows George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, but what about John Adams?

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Constructing A Remarkable Relationship

Psychologist Harriet Lerner

When a couple is together for the long haul, sometimes a set of guidelines helps keep the harmony in the matrimony.

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Up to Date
11:42 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' February 8-10, 2013

Looking for a great film to see the weekend of February 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
6:50 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Time And Illness Test A Couple's Vows In 'Amour'

Best Actress nominee Emmanuelle Riva in Michael Haneke's "Amour"
Courtesy Film Forum

Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke may be the most divisive director of the last decade.  But his latest film, Amour, which recently received four Oscar nominations including both Best Foreign Film and Best Picture, leaves audiences floored. It's a great movie that no one suspected the devilish, at times sadistic, Haneke would or could ever make.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

What's Showing In Independent, Foreign & Documentary Film

Stand Up Guys

A group of aging criminals try to recapture their youth, an anti-anxiety medicine turns people homicidal and a couple deals with a tragic accident.

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Up to Date
11:45 am
Thu February 7, 2013

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

Monster Jam
Jason Twite

Looking for something to do the weekend of February 8-10, 2013? Up to Date's Brian McTavish returns with the Weekend To-Do List.

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Up to Date
9:58 am
Thu February 7, 2013

The Book Doctors: Love, Ghosts, Prostitutes & Politics

Live by Night by Dennis Lehane

Cruise the back alleys of prohibition-era Boston, hide from a convict with a suburban madam and sail through Scandinavia with a crew of medieval Norwegians.

They're all the subjects of great reading from Up to Date's Book Doctors. 

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90-Mile View
9:44 am
Wed February 6, 2013

90-Mile View: Patricia Porsche

Being raised to be self-sufficient, gaining the rank of Sergeant during six years of military service and maintaining employment as an experienced office worker doesn't add up to homelessness for most of us.  Before 2007 Patricia Porsche probably would have agreed with you.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Women's Experiences In The Military

Undaunted: The Real Story of America's Servicewomen in Today's Military

Although they’ve just recently been allowed in combat, women in the military have long faced a host of challenges, both on the battlefield and at home.

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Up to Date
10:50 am
Tue February 5, 2013

A Rival Who Became 'Indispensable'

Seward: Lincoln's Indispensable Man

William Seward may be famous for his "folly" of purchasing Alaska for the United States, but he also led the team of rivals Pres. Abraham Lincoln assembled to guide him in his administration.

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

Behind The Lens In The Middle East

Shooting Under Fire: Israeli soldier standing near a mobile artillery unit as it fires a shell from Zaura, Israel. 2006
Gil Cohen-Magen

It’s one thing to open up Time magazine and flip through the pages, briefly noticing the images from the latest Middle East conflict. It’s quite another to stand behind the camera.

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Books
10:01 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Looking Back At An American Sniper

Last February, Steve Kraske spoke with former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle about his book, American Sniper. Kyle is credited with more than 150 kills, but by his own account, he's killed closer to 250 people.

Chris Kyle had taken to assisting former soldiers deal with post-traumatic stress disorder by taking them to gun ranges. On Saturday, Kyle and a friend were killed at a gun range in Glen Rose, Texas by a man Kyle had been helping. 

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

Remembering Adele Hall

Courtesy: Hallmark Card, Inc.

This past weekend, hundreds of Kansas Citians paid their respects to the family of community leader Adele Hall, who died January 26 at age 81.

On Monday's Up to Date, we'll be talking about memories of Adele Hall and speaking with people whose lives were affected by her work in the community.

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Up to Date
11:45 am
Fri February 1, 2013

The Weekend To-Do List: February 1-3, 2013

Kid Rock

Looking for something to do the weekend of February 1-3, 2013? Up to Date's Brian McTavish returns with the Weekend To-Do List.

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Film
7:00 am
Fri February 1, 2013

From Maggie Simpson To Afghanistan: The 2013 Oscar Nominated Shorts

Deceptive hand grenade in Oscar-nominated animated film "Fresh Guacamole"
shortoftheweek.com

For several years, a compilation of Oscar-nominated short films - in animation, live action, and documentary - has opened in theaters across the globe , making those categories on Academy Award night not as foreign or inaccessible as they used to be. This season's entries again include a variety of styles,  themes and locations, ranging from the Ayn Rand School for Tots where the perpetually silent Maggie Simpson is dropped off at The Longest Daycare to Buzkashi Boys and the cacophonous streets of Kabul.

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90-MIle View
6:00 am
Fri February 1, 2013

90-Mile View: Eric Neill

Eric Neill with his dairy cows in Cass County, Missouri
Frank Morris KCUR

Maybe 2009 wasn't the best year to decide to become a full-time dairy farmer but Eric Neill had waited long enough.  Despite the economic downturn and some severe weather, Eric exhibits the optimism for which farmers and ranchers are known.

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Up to Date
9:43 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Shaping The Corporate Landscape With Conscious Capitalism

Raj Sisodia

It's the new buzzword phrase, but just what is conscious capitalism?

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Dance
5:30 am
Thu January 31, 2013

[VIDEO] 'A Modern Night' Highlights Local Choreographers

City in Motion Dance Company rehearses "Fractals"
Julie Denesha KCUR

Choreographer Andrea Skowronek says after she creates a new work, she steps away and lets it have a life of its own. She says it then "becomes the dancer’s piece."  The annual event called "A Modern Night at the Folly” celebrates local choreography and dancers, brought together for one night of dance on the Folly stage.

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Up to Date
5:00 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Mesmerized By 25 Years Of Paul Mesner Puppets

Backstage on the set of "Martha Speaks" puppeteer Mike Horner operates the puppet Helen. When Martha the dog finds her voice adventure ensues. In its 25th season, Paul Mesner Puppets features seven different performances for children.
Julie Denesha KCUR

At a recent Paul Mesner Puppets performance of "Martha Speaks" (based on the book by by Susan Meddaugh), puppeteers Mike Horner, Erika Baker, and Finoula Emmons worked their magic behind the scenes.  Operating multiple puppets from below the stage, the three brought to life the story of a dog who let a bowl of alphabet soup go to her head.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Ambassador Talks African Economy Emergence

Ambassador Terence McCulley
usembassy.gov

The global economy isn’t just about trading with China, India and European countries-- Africa is making an impact as well.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Gas & Oil Exploration In Kansas

Gas-drilling rig
David R. Tribble

PLEASE NOTE: This show was recorded on January 14.

The oil and gas industry is seeing a slew of booms all over the country—in North Dakota, Texas, and now in southern Kansas. The key: How much can be retrieved from something called the Mississippi Line Formation in south-central Kansas.

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