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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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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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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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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9:59 am
Wed May 23, 2012

U.S. Representatives Emanuel Cleaver & Kevin Yoder

U.S. Capitol grounds in Spring
National Archives

Congressional representatives are back in their districts for a work session, which gives Up to Date the perfect opportunity to catch up with U.S. Representatives Emanuel Cleaver (D, MO-5) and Kevin Yoder (R, KS-3).

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Business & Tech
10:34 am
Tue May 22, 2012

AMC Acquired By Chinese Wanda Group

China-based Dailan Wanda Group Corp. has acquired Kansas City-based AMC Entertainment in a $2.6 billion deal.

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Up to Date
11:03 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

The Techsperts: Free WiFi (Everwhere!), Laptop Lookout & Google Drive

Now that Disney and Nintendo have decided to offer free WiFi, can we expect to find it throughout the land?

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12:55 am
Mon May 21, 2012

The Ethics Professors: Exercising Moral Conscience In The Workplace

ThirdAge.com

Pharmacists who cannot reconcile dispensing legally available abortion drugs with their moral beliefs.  A justice of the peace refusing to marry an interracial couple on grounds of conscience.  These are examples of personal principles conflicting with professional duties.

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9:59 am
Fri May 18, 2012

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

"Jiro Dreams of Sushi," a documentary about 85-year-old sushi master Jiro Ono, his business in the basement of a Tokyo office building, and his relationship with his son and eventual heir, Yoshikazu.

Looking for a great independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of May 18-20, 2012? Up to Date's critics share their three favorite showing on area screens.

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6:00 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

KC Categories: Your Favorites, Their Favorites & Mine, Too.

No doubt a friend or colleague has asked you for a restaurant recommendation, a good suggestion for the weekend, or a great place to spend a relaxing evening.

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Up to Date
11:58 am
Thu May 17, 2012

The Weekend To-Do List

The Rainmakers perform this weekend at Knuckleheads

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 17-May 20, 2012.

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10:41 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan On Joplin School Recovery

U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan

Next Monday, President Barack Obama will visit Joplin, Mo, almost one year to the day after a devastating tornado ripped through the center of the city, destroying countless homes and the lives of more than 160 people.

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Up to Date
10:28 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

Alan Turing: Father Of Modern Computing Science

Alan Turing, sculpted by Stephen Kettle

A new exhibition at the Spencer Museum of Art at KU, entitled Cryptograph, celebrates Alan Turing, a visionary British mathematician whose work formed the conceptual basis for the modern computers that we use today.

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Up to Date
4:12 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

Streetcars In KC: On Track?

An Ameritram streetcar visited Kansas City's Union Station last year. A similar vehicle would be used on Kansas City's proposed streetcar system
KCTRANSIT.com

Once declared "touristy frou-frou" by then-Kansas City Mayor Emanuel Cleaver, streetcars may be coming to Kansas City...more than 55 years after the last streetcar ran on the Country Club Line.

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9:38 pm
Mon May 14, 2012

After Arizona Or Florida: Aging 'In Place'

With the first of the Baby Boom generation reaching the milestone of mid-life, the number of Americans in or nearing retirement age is both unprecedented and expanding.

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10:02 am
Mon May 14, 2012

The University Of Kansas (City)?

UMKC is considering a name change to what it was back in the day. The university was founded in 1929 with the name The University of Kansas City. 

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9:09 am
Mon May 14, 2012

The Information Diet

O'Reilly Publishing

The great thing about modern technology?  We can easily and cheaply access data on just about anything 24/7.  The down side?  It’s being done in such great quantity and with such little regard for quality that it has led to "information obesity."

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11:42 am
Fri May 11, 2012

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

"The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" - one of Up to Date's Film Critics' "Three to See"

Looking for a great independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of May 11-13, 2012? Up to Date's critics share their three favorite showing on area screens.

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7:53 am
Fri May 11, 2012

Independent, Foreign & Documentary Film Reviews

An ensemble of some of England’s finest actors, a satire on contemporary American culture, the latest from the unique mind of filmmaker Guy Maddin, the relationship between the newly elected Pope …and his therapist.

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Film Review
8:14 am
Thu May 10, 2012

A Pleasant Stay At 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel'

Judi Dench on passage to India in "Best Exotic Marigold Hotel"

On the heels of Downton Abbey, the National Theatre of London's HD broadcasts at the Tivoli, and Adele, it seems everything British is hot again.

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4:38 am
Thu May 10, 2012

The Weekend To-Do List

Country singer Miranda Lambert performs this weekend at the Sprint 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 May 10-May 13, 2012.

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5:38 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

The Book Doctors

"From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant" by Alex Gilvarry, one of Book Doctor Kaite Stover's picks

Summer's almost here, and if you're anything like Steve Kraske (that may be a good thing...or maybe not) you're searching for some great vacation reads.

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5:53 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

NFL Cheerleader To Ph.D.: National Geographic Explorer Mireya Mayor

Often described in the media as “a female Indiana Jones,” Mireya Mayor is not your typical scientist.

Both as an anthropologist working in the jungles of Madagascar, and as a wildlife correspondent for National Geographic, the city girl and former Miami Dolphins cheerleader has found herself sleeping in a rain forest hammock amid poisonous snakes, being charged by gorillas, scaling rocky cliffs, and diving with great white sharks.

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10:03 am
Tue May 8, 2012

Political Pundits: Is Kansas The Most Conservative State?

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

If there was any doubt about the hold of the political right in the Heartland then wonder no more.  A recent survey shows Kansas has the most conservative congressional delegation in the nation.

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11:44 am
Fri May 4, 2012

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

Looking for a great independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of May 4-6, 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: A Separation, Jiro Dreams of Sushi, We Need to Talk About Kevin

Up to Date
11:23 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

DVD Gurus: The Anti-Hero

Natalie Wood and John Wayne in "The Searchers"

Lots of movies have a hero … that flawless person who always saves the day, and for the right reasons … but what about the anti-hero? The tarnished and flawed characters who emerge heroic in spite of themselves.

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11:40 am
Thu May 3, 2012

The Weekend To-Do List

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 4-May 6, 2012.

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Film
11:08 am
Thu May 3, 2012

'We Have a Pope' - But Not Just Yet

Nanni Moretti in session with Michel Piccoli's reluctant Pope

Nanni Moretti's new film We Have a Pope opens inside the Vatican, where Catholic church officials from all corners of the globe are gathered to select a new pope. At first, the proceeding is solemn and serious, as one imagines such an event would be.

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7:00 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Blogger Jen: Disliking People And Telling You About It

The blog's most popular post is the Dec. 9, 2011, "People I Want To Punch In The Throat: Over Achieving Elf on the Shelf Mommies."
People I Want To Punch In The Throat

Remember how your mom taught you…if you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all? For one Johnson County mother of two, she might have to follow up with another favorite: “do as I say, not as I do."

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