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: Streetcar Proposal / 3/4-Cent Sales Tax
  • Tuesday: Secretary of State Candidates
  • Wednesday: President Obama's Kansas City Visit
  • Thursday:  Keeping Kids Sharp Over the Summer / Weekend To-Do List
  • Friday:  Johnson County Commission Chair Candidates

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A Fan's Notes
2:04 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

The 2012 Olympic Games: Inspiration Through Perspiration

U.S. hurdler Lolo Jones
Getty

The 30th Summer Olympic Games come to a close on Sunday in London.

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11:30 am
Fri August 10, 2012

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign, and Documentary Critics' 'Three To See'

Looking for a great independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of August 10-12, 2012? Up to Date's critics share their three favorite showing on area screens.

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11:04 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

The Cultural History Of Flab

Peter Paul Rubens' "The Three Graces" (1639) shows women of a more typical size than those just two centuries later.
Museo del Prado, Madrid

We crave its taste but not its look.  What’s up with our love-hate relationship with fat?

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Film
3:00 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

The Choreography Of Adultery Informs 'Take This Waltz'

Luke Kirby and Michelle Williams find themselves awhirl in "Take This Waltz"

The human capacity for being in love with more than one person at a time is at the heart of writer-director Sarah Polley’s Take This Waltz, starring Michelle Williams as a woman so inflicted – and, naturally, conflicted.

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11:58 am
Thu August 9, 2012

The Weekend To-Do List: August 9-12

Crosby, Stills & Nash perform Thursday evening at Starlight Theater in Swope Park

Looking for something to do the weekend of August 9-12, 2012?  Brian McTavish is back with Up to Date's Weekend To-Do List.

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10:38 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

The Collapse Of Congress

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5:21 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Political Pundits: Primary Results, November Predictions

The Kansas State Capitol Building (left) and the Missouri State Capitol Building

For the first time, a Kansas Governor is actively campaigning against members of his own party. Governor Sam Brownback is hoping to replace moderate Republicans with more conservative members of his party.

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5:17 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Parents, Teens & The Transition To High School

Going back to school after a long summer is tough for many students, but even more difficult for those moving from middle to high school.  

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9:48 pm
Sun August 5, 2012

Missouri Amendment 2: 'Right To Pray' Or Redundant Rights?

prayinghandspictures.net

On Tuesday, Missouri citizens will vote on Amendment 2, the so-called “right to pray” ballot measure

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11:45 am
Fri August 3, 2012

The Weekend To-Do List: August 3-5

Kenny Loggins joins the Blue Sky Riders this weekend at Crown Center

Looking for something to do this weekend? Up to Date's Brian McTavish offers up a few options in his Weekend To-Do List for August 3-5, 2012.

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5:31 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

The Techsperts: Apple V. Samsung, NASA Rover On Mars & The Return Of Myspace (Seriously?)

This artist's concept depicts a sky crane lowering NASA's Curiosity rover onto the Martian surface.
JPL-Caltech NASA

While Apple, Samsung, and their attorneys are focusing on a patent infringement lawsuit, consumers are wondering how such legal wrangling benefits them: What's my new iPhone going to look like!?

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4:52 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

World Moves Forward In Battle Against HIV & AIDS

The world has reached a defining moment in the battle against HIV and AIDS.   The battle cry coming from the just-completed 19th International Aids Conference : We now have the potential to end the epidemic.

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11:08 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Kansas 11th District Senate Incumbent Faces Conservative Challenger

The Kansas State Capitol building in Topeka, KS.
city-data

Word came Tuesday that the Kansas Chamber of Commerce's political action committee spent more than a quarter of a million dollars on statehouse races this year supporting conservative Republicans running for state office.

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10:14 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Republicans Line Up To Challenge US Sen. Claire McCaskill

U.S. Senate candidates Congressman Todd Akin and former Missouri Treasurer Sarah Steelman

Next Tuesday Missouri Republicans will vote for one of three candidates seeking to unseat incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill. 

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9:53 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Land Banks: A Solution For Vacant & Abandoned Homes?

Abandoned homes contribute to neighborhood blight and lower property values.
KC Momentum KCMomentum.com

Kansas City has a problem with vacant homes. 12,000 of them dot neighborhoods around town. Legislation that Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signed this year is designed to provide a new solution: a land bank.

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9:44 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

The Woman Behind The Ledbetter Pay Act

In 1979, Lilly Ledbetter, a woman born in a house with no running water or electricity, applied for a job at the Goodyear tire factory. 

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10:06 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Kansas Senate 8th District: Incumbent Faces Conservative Challenger

The Kansas Capitol building in Topeka
city-data

Kansas voters will also head to the ballot box next Tuesday, August 7, to pick nominees for a number of races, including Kansas Senate and House of Representatives.

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9:43 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Missouri Primary Challenge: Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder v. Sen. Brad Lager

It's a primary race that doesn't receive as much attention as its candidates would like: Missouri Lieutenant Governor.

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10:25 am
Fri July 27, 2012

Up To Date's Film Critics' 'Three To See'

Looking for a great independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of July 27-29, 2012? Up to Date's critics share their three favorite showing on area screens.

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10:15 am
Fri July 27, 2012

What's Showing In Art, Independent, Foreign and Documentary Film

Quvenzhane Wallis stars in "Beasts of the Southern Wild," one of the films on today's list of independent, foreign, and documentary films showing on KC-area screens.

A corporate headhunter steals to maintain his lavish life style.  Sound like a news headline?  

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3:21 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

The Weekend To-Do List: July 26-29

Cathy Rigby stars as the boy who never grew up. 8 p.m. Thursday through Sunday at Starlight Theatre in Swope Park.

Looking for something to do this weekend? Up to Date's Brian McTavish offers up a few options in his Weekend To-Do List for July 26-29, 2012.

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5:25 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

Abraham Lincoln: Fast & Loose With Civil Liberties?

The Civil War tested the U.S. Constitution in ways unseen before or since.  Civil liberties were challenged and presidential powers stretched in President Abraham Lincoln’s efforts to save the nation. 

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10:17 am
Wed July 25, 2012

Wind Ahead Of Rain? Fuel For Forest Fires

Missouri Dept. of Public Safety

You'll be hard-pressed to find someone who wouldn't welcome a rain shower after weeks of heat and drought in the region.

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12:53 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

Ending The Myth Of Amateurism In College Sports

State Library and Archives of Florida

College athletes are considered amateurs in their sports because they are not allowed to be paid for their efforts. 

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8:18 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Mayor Sly James On Kansas City Spotlight

Kansas City Mayor Sly James
kcmo.org

One down and one go to: baseball’s 2012 All-Star Game brought national attention to Kansas City, and this Thursday, Google Fiber will tell us how much it will cost to speed up our reputation.

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11:05 pm
Sun July 22, 2012

Heat, Drought & You

The drought has resulted in withered cornstalks and cracked land near Lamar, Colo.
Frank Morris KCUR

Your neighbors' lawn is green. And yours? A pale shade of brown, with grass that crunches underfoot.

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11:40 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Up To Date's Film Critics' 'Three To See'

Looking for a great independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of July 20-22, 2012? Up to Date's critics share their three favorite showing on area screens.

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Film
9:34 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

'Headhunters' An Artful Movie About Art Thieves

Art and murder meet head-on in "Headhunters"

Since the early death at 50 of Stieg Larrson, the author of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy, crime novel fans have been hunting feverishly for his successor.

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5:30 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Best Music Of 2012 (So Far)

Cepro.com

Pretend #lastfm asked you to tweet your top three songs so far in 2012, what would you select?  Something straight from Billboard, or maybe a tune playing under the radar?

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12:45 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

The Weekend To-Do List, July 20-22

Chicago plays with the Doobie Brothers at Starlight Theater Friday night.

Don't let the heat advisory get you down! There's still plenty to do and see in Kansas City this weekend. Check out Brian McTavish's top five events for July 20-22.

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