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:  TBA

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Up to Date
1:28 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

Jazz Musician David Basse

David Basse

Who’s the king of KC Jazz?

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Up to Date
11:03 am
Thu June 14, 2012

The Weekend To-Do List

Barry Manilow performs this Sunday at Starlight Theater

Looking for something to do the weekend of June 15 to 17, 2012?  Brian McTavish is back with Up to Date's Weekend To-Do List.

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Up to Date
9:18 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Jeff Shaara: 'A Blaze Of Glory'

Shiloh stands as one of the bloodiest clashes in American history, one sealed the fate of the Civil War and cemented the long, drawn out conflict that followed the 1862 battle.

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Up to Date
9:36 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

The Book Doctors

It’s summertime, and with high gas prices, a vacation may be out of reach for your budget.  But no matter what your finances look like, you can definitely afford a trip to your local library.

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Up to Date
10:31 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Kansas Redistricting Shakes Up Races

Kansas Statehouse, Topeka

A panel of three federal judges last week issued new political maps for Kansas. New boundary lines were issued for members of Congress, the state Senate, the state House and the Kansas Board of Education.

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Up to Date
5:46 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

Kansas Myths & Mysteries

A family of serial killers who were never caught...a fortune left buried along the banks of a creek by the Dalton gang...and orphans shipped from New York for a “good” life on the prairie.

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Up to Date
10:35 pm
Sun June 10, 2012

Your Medical Mind: How to Decide What Is Right For You

Making the right medical choices is harder than ever. We are overwhelmed by information from all sides: doctors' recommendations, dissenting expert opinions, statistics, the advice of friends, and a never-ending stream of drug company ads.

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Up to Date
12:08 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

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

Judi Dench in "Best Exotic Marigold Hotel."

Looking for a great independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the Memorial Day holiday weekend of June 8-10, 2012? Up to Date's critics share their three favorite showing on area screens.

You can click on the highlighted links for Steve Walker's film reviews.

Cynthia Haines: Monsieur Lazhar, Kid on a Bike, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Film
7:52 am
Fri June 8, 2012

An Unlikely Bromance In 'The Intouchables'

Omar Sy & Francois Cluzet in flight in "The Intouchables."
The Weinstein Company

On the strengths of The Artist and The King's Speech, the Weinstein Company has asserted its good taste by winning the Best Picture Oscar the last two years.

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Up to Date
10:21 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

DVD Gurus: Wedding Bells Are Ringing!

Andie McDowell and Hugh Grant in "Four Weddings and a Funeral"

If you’ve ever been in a wedding, then you know there’s a lot more to one than meets the eye.  That may be why it’s a theme often visited by filmmakers.

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Up to Date
12:09 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

The Weekend To-Do List

"In The Heights" is on stage this weekend at Starlight Theatre

Looking for something to do the weekend of June 8 to 10, 2012?  Brian McTavish is back with Up to Date's Weekend To-Do List.

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Up to Date
5:36 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

The Son Of A Bandit: Jesse James, Jr.

Jesse James’s son may have been a lawyer, but he was no stranger to the long arm of the law.

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Up to Date
5:29 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

Body Of Art: The Human Form

Louis Copt's "Wild Hair," on display now through June 30 at the Lawrence Arts Center's "Body of Art" exhibit.
Louis Copt louiscopt.com

What's it like to be a nude model....or an artist working from one?

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Up to Date
7:43 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Google Fiber Coming Soon...So What?

Fiber optic cable

There's no question that we're going to get it, but then what do we do with it? The ultra-high-speed internet service, Google Fiber, is coming to Kansas City, but many questions remain as to what it will mean for the community. 

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Up to Date
9:58 am
Tue June 5, 2012

The Most Trusted Man In America

Late CBS news anchor Walter Cronkite
Landov CBS

Many knew him as the “most trusted man in America,” but how well do you really know Walter Cronkite?

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Up to Date
7:00 am
Sat June 2, 2012

'Madame President' Is Making The Future Of Women In Politics

Hillary Clinton may have ran for president in 2008, and Michelle Bachmann tried to cinch the nomination this year in the GOP primaries. But the question remains: why aren't there more women in politics?

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Up to Date
11:21 am
Fri June 1, 2012

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

From "Undefeated," one of Up to Date's indie, foreign, and doc film critics' "Three to See."

Looking for a great independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the Memorial Day holiday weekend of June 1-3, 2012? Up to Date's critics share their three favorite showing on area screens.

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Up to Date
11:01 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

A Fan's Notes: That Competitive Fire

American Royal Custom Smoker Hog Shaped
Regarding BBQ Inc.

Although you're more likely to find people huddling over their smokers in warmer weather, barbeque is a year-round passion. And for some, it's a whole lot more, says A Fan's Notes commentator Victor Wishna:

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Film
10:29 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Changes At AMC Entertainment; Independent, Foreign & Documentary Film Reviews

A scene from Monsieur Lazhar, the French-Canadian film that was nominated for this year's foreign language Oscar and is on the list of independent, foreign, and documentary films reviewed on Friday's Up to Date
Photograph © 2011 Music Box Films

Chinese company Wanda Group's recent purchase of Kansas City-based AMC Entertainment could have an effect on the way the company runs its business here and abroad.

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Up to Date
11:46 am
Thu May 31, 2012

The Weekend To-Do List

The Shins perform as part of "Buzz Beach Ball" this weekend at Livestrong Sporting 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 May 31 - June 3, 2012.

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Up to Date
5:50 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Sportswriter Frank Deford On Life, Love & Loss

npr.org

If you have ever listened to NPR on a Wednesday morning, then you've heard Frank Deford offer his commentary--cantankerous as it may be--on everything happening in the world of sports.

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Up to Date
10:20 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Writing What Didn't Happen: Historical Fiction

There's no debating that a good non-fiction book can bring life to overlooked history.  But when everything's been told about that event....or you have an idea for an "alternative" history, where to turn? Historical fiction.

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Up to Date
10:48 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

The Unexpected Education Of Two Society Girls In The West

Simon & Schuster

Take two East Coast society women, both single, throw them into the wilds of northwestern Colorado in 1916 to teach the kids there, and chances are, you'll get a pretty decent story.

Those ingredients are the underpinnings of Dorothy Wickenden's best-seller, Nothing Daunted: The Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West.

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Up to Date
9:26 am
Tue May 29, 2012

Parents, Teens & Graduation

Students move into Duke University dorms in the 1960s. Was it any easier for their parents?
Repository : Duke University Archives. Durham, North Carolina, USA

The class of 2012 may be excited to move on, but to what exactly? Recent high school graduates are facing some big challenges.

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Up to Date
11:19 am
Fri May 25, 2012

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

Dancer Rebecca Houseknecht in "First Position"
Bess Kargman Sundance Selects

Looking for a great independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the Memorial Day holiday weekend of May 25-28, 2012? Up to Date's critics share their three favorite showing on area screens.

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Film
9:00 am
Fri May 25, 2012

'Undefeated' & 'First Position' Explore Challenges Of Youth

Coach Bill Courtney and player in "Undefeated"
Dan Lindsay and T. J. Martin

Two new documentaries arrive in Kansas City this week that look at how a young person's capability for moxie and dedication can be advantageous in two seemingly disparate fields: high school football and ballet.

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Up to Date
5:30 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

"Twisted Sister" Dee Snider: Faithful & Committed Rocker

"Twisted Sister" lead Dee Snider - sans makeup
Simon & Schuster

Dee Snider’s career has defied the stereotypical rock’n’roll life.

Front man for Twisted Sister, radio personality, contestant on "Celebrity Apprentice," and married to one woman since 1981. No alcohol, drugs, or women for this rocker.

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Up to Date
12:26 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

The Weekend To-Do List

Kids rock at this weekend's Jiggle Jam Family Fest at Crown Center
Jiggle Jam

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 May 24-May 27, 2012.

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Up to Date
5:18 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Summer Reading For Children & Youth

School’s out for summer, so keep your kids' brains busy, and develop that summer reading list.

Thursday on Up to Date, Steve Kraske welcomes Johnson County Library staffers Kate McNair, Debbie McLeod (ret.) and Bradley Debrick to share their favorite picks, from No Sleep for the Sheep to The ABCs of Baseball.

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Film Review
2:03 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Jack Black Finesses Black Comedy In 'Bernie'

Shirley MacLaine & a hopelessly devoted Jack Black in "Bernie"
Deana Newcomb

Director Richard Linklater's terrific new film, Bernie, unleashes actor Jack Black from his Kung Fu Panda pajamas only to find -  lest we'd forgotten - that he's a really good actor.

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