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: KC's Masonic Temples / Baby Boomer Suicide Rate
  • Tuesday: Kansas City Zookeepers / Union "agency fees"
  • Wednesday: Rum Maniacs / The Crossword Century
  • Thursday:  Trucker Fatigue / The Death of Isaac Sims / Weekend To-Do List
  • Friday:  Michael Feinstein / Indie, Foreign & Documentary Film Critics

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Up to Date
1:29 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

Mother Runner!

Mothers (and runners) Dimity McDowell and Sarah Bowen Shea

Ask a mother how her day went and you may often hear the word “running” in the answer as in: running errands, running after the kids, running to make an appointment.

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Up to Date
12:59 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

They're Going To Kansas City...Kansas City Here They Come

How is Kansas City doing when it comes to attracting conventions and tourists to town?

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Film Review
11:33 am
Thu March 1, 2012

'The Women On The 6th Floor' Channels Almodovar Of Yore

Maids to order in "The Women on the 6th Floor"

Fans of Spanish director Pedro Almodovar either loved his last movie, The Skin I Live In, or found it cold and bereft of the mirth and merriment of most of his previous work.

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Up to Date
12:59 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

Travel As A Political Act

It's easy to vilify an entire country because of its political leadership. But don't you think it'd be interesting to explore the Middle Eastern treasures of Iran or visit the southeast Asian jewel of Vietnam?

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Up to Date
12:51 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

When Someone You Love Has A Chronic Illness

Every individual will face it at one time or another during their lifetime: a chronic illness affecting them, a family member or a close friend.

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Film Review
11:16 am
Wed February 29, 2012

'A Separation' Offers Peek Into Contemporary Iran

An Iranian couple plead their case for "A Separation."

When the Kansas City Film Critics Circle gathered in early January to honor the year in film, only about half the room had seen the Iranian movie A Separation, yet it managed to win the group's Best Foreign Film prize.

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Up to Date
12:10 pm
Tue February 28, 2012

Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld On Known And Unknown

Former US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld

Donald Rumsfeld has served as both the youngest and oldest Secretary of Defense.  While many may not remember much of his first stint at the post, his second go at the job, for better or worse, secured his place in history.

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Up to Date
1:07 pm
Mon February 27, 2012

Something Troubling In Your Background?

It used to be when you applied for a job, employers checked your references and reviewed your experience and called you in if they liked what they found.

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Up to Date
9:11 am
Fri February 24, 2012

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

Looking for a great art, independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of February 24-26, 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 reviews.

Cynthia Haines: Pina, Oscar-Nominated Shorts, The Iron Lady

Up to Date
5:37 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

DVD Gurus: High Speed Thrills

High octane thrills.  Open roads.  Freedom.  You may not be able to try the stunts at home, but you can certainly watch them there.

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Up to Date
11:30 am
Thu February 23, 2012

The Weekend To-Do List

George Straight and Martina McBride perform Saturday evening 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 February 24-26, 2012.

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Up to Date
5:23 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

Becoming American In Missouri

In 2003 he left his life working as an attorney in London and Paris and moved to the much smaller community of Columbia, Missouri. Last week, he made it official. Alex George is a U.S. citizen.

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Up to Date
3:04 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

Former Congressman Dennis Moore On Alzheimer's Diagnosis

He served 12 years as a district attorney and 12 years as a member of Congress. Now, former U.S. Representative Dennis Moore is focusing his energies on another battle close to home: Alzheimer’s.

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Up to Date
4:50 pm
Tue February 21, 2012

US Senator Claire McCaskill Seeks Re-Election

Democratic U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri is no stranger to the rough and tumble world of politics. After all, she’s been at it for three decades in a state that is traditionally tough on Democrats.

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Up to Date
1:33 pm
Tue February 21, 2012

Actress Portrays Late Civil Rights Leader & Texas Congresswoman

The late civil rights leader and Congresswoman Barbara Jordan.

Barbara Jordan was a lawyer and educator who was a congresswoman from 1972 to 1978 , the first African American congresswoman from the deep south and the first woman ever elected to the Texas Senate.

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Up To Date
2:30 pm
Mon February 20, 2012

Ann Wright: Soldier, Diplomat, Activist

Robert Shetterly Americans Who Tell The Truth

Ann Wright by her own admission spent virtually her entire adult life working for the U.S. federal government.

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Up to Date
8:50 am
Mon February 20, 2012

US Presidents And Congress: How To Succeed In Partisan Politics

Barack Obama isn't the first President in conflict with a Congress run by the opposing party. However, being in that position doesn't mean nothing gets accomplished. Take it from Historian of the U.S. Senate Donald Richie.

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Up To Date
1:48 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

The Weekend To-Do List

Members of Stuffed and Unstrung perform this weekend in Yardley Hall at the Carlsen Center.
Carols Rosegg Stuffed and Unstrung

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 February 17-19, 2012.

LoCash Cowboys with Burford and Lucas Cook Country music: 8 p.m. Friday, Beaumont Club, 4750 Pennsylvania. Admission: $13.

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Up To Date
10:03 am
Fri February 17, 2012

Monkey Economics

Economics is monkey business.
Nick-K flickr.com

We’re not all economical geniuses, and we’ve all probably made less than sterling financial choices along the way.  Is there a reason for these lapses in judgment?

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Up To Date
2:38 pm
Thu February 16, 2012

The Book Doctors: Spring Break Reads

With March creeping up on us,  it’s time to start stocking up on those spring break reads.  Should you go for a bestseller or a lesser-known work?  Fiction or non-?  Mystery or biography?

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Up To Date
8:05 am
Wed February 15, 2012

The Struggle Over Teaching Evolution

Oxford University Press

From the Scopes trial of the 1920s to intelligent design today,  teaching evolution remains a most divisive issue in America.   Across the battlegrounds of pulpits, classrooms and courtrooms, opposing forces have struggled with what the curriculum should include.

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Up To Date
2:01 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Teens In Love

TBenZ

Young love. Even before Shakespeare wrote Romeo and Juliet, teenagers were searching for it and parents were dreading it.

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Up to Date
12:45 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

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

Looking for a great art, independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of February 10-12, 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 reviews.

Cynthia Haines: Pina, The Iron Lady, Hugo

Up To Date
11:00 pm
Sun February 12, 2012

The Ingredients In The Food We Eat

Christi Nielsen

NOTE: Audio is unavailable from today's show. We apologize for the technical difficulties.

Consumers are getting smarter about the food they eat.  We know to check labels for the levels of sodium and saturated fat, and that "high fructose corn syrup" is still sugar.   Most of us hit a wall though when it comes to ingredients such as malodextrin, flavonoids and silicon dioxide.  What are these ingredients found in the  foods we eat and drink

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Up to Date
2:50 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

Warm Winter Weather And Your Spring Garden

katiebread Flickr

When it hits 67 degrees in January, one must wonder what effect such odd winter weather is having on our plants, trees, and flowers.

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Film
1:27 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

Film Review: Pina

Water, water everywhere in "Pina"

Think of all the great dance sequences put on film - from the Kit Kat Club in "Cabaret" to the New York streets where Sharks fought Jets in "West Side Story" to anything with Gene Kelly or Fred Astaire.

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Up to Date
8:43 am
Fri February 10, 2012

A Fan's Notes: And The Oscar Goes To....

The nominations have all been announced and the Academy Awards are almost here. As any sports fan knows, the thrill of athletic competition is the stuff dreams--and movies--are often made of.

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Up to Date
5:28 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

Kansas City Festival Celebrates Composer Johann Sebastian Bach

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach

Kansas City is in the middle of a celebration of composer Johann Sebastian Bach. The festival is exploring Bach's extraordinary contribution to the world of keyboard and orchestra literature.

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Up to Date
5:23 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

National Geographic Photographer Annie Griffiths On Work-Life Balance

National Geographic staff photographer Annie Griffiths says she's "learned that even without a shared language, it’s easy to let people know that their children are beautiful, their homes are lovely…and that their stories are worth sharing with the world.”

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Up to Date
12:07 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

The Weekend To-Do List

Licensed landscape contractor and certified landscape technician Ahmed Hassan appears at this weekend's Kansas City Remodeling Show & Metropolitan Lawn & Garden Show

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 February 10-12, 2012.

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