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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Up to Date
2:35 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

No Business Like Snow Business

We want to know your favorite sledding hills.
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Forget the responsibilities a snow day brings for a moment and embrace your inner child. 

On Tuesday's Up to Date, we want your suggestions for the best sledding hill in KC. Plus, we all grumble about shoveling snow, so what’s the best way to do it? We talk with an expert to get you some tips and recommend the best kind of shovel.

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10:02 am
Tue February 4, 2014

An African-American Veteran Reflects On Coming Out

Rob Smith is the author of Closets, Combat and Coming Out: Coming of Age as a Gay Man in the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Army.

It's not easy to come out of the closet, but imagine doing that when you're in the Army.

On Tuesday's Up to Date, we talk with an African-American veteran about the challenges he faced and the added difficulties of navigating the now-defunct Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy.

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4:19 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Healthcare Foundation Announces Efforts To Enroll More In Obamacare

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius visited Kansas City Monday morning, drumming up interest in Obamacare.

In the first segment of Monday's Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with the head of Healthcare Foundation of Greater Kansas City about insurance available through the Affordable Care Act and ongoing efforts to connect people to it.

Guest:

  • Dr. Bridget McCandless, president and CEO, Healthcare Foundation of Greater Kansas City
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10:32 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Saving Art From War: The Monuments Men

Laurence Sickman, Paul Gardner and James Reeds were all Kansas City Monuments Men.
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and The James A. Reeds Family

They were a group of soldiers with something in common — a knowledge of art and how to preserve it.

On Monday's Up to Date, we talk about the Monuments Men, a special division from the Allied forces during World War II who braved the battlefields to save priceless art and architecture from the ravages of war.

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2:27 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

From Slavery To Higher Ed

James Johnston is the author of From Slave Ship to Harvard.

He had his portrait painted by artist Charles Willson Peale, and he was a literate man—in short, Yarrow Mamout was unusual for an 18th-century slave in America.

On Friday's Up to Date, we look at his legacy over six generations and how his family moved from a life of slavery to producing a Harvard graduate in 1927.

Guest: 

  • James Johnston, author of From Slave Ship to Harvard: Yarrow Mamout and the History of an African American Family
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11:52 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Greg Brown: Midwestern Folk Staple

Singer-songwriter Greg Brown joins Steve Kraske to talk about his long career.
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Critic Josh Kun once called singer-songwriter Greg Brown, "A Midwestern existentialist hobo with a quick-draw heart, a bloodied heart, and bourbon on his breath." If there's one thing Kun left out, it's Brown's growling tones, which have gotten deeper and more soulful after nearly 50 years of performing.

On Friday's Up to Date, we sit down with musician Greg Brown and discuss his long career and continued success as a Midwestern folk staple.

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11:45 am
Thu January 30, 2014

The Weekend To-Do List: January 31-February 2, 2014

Kansas City Royals Fan Fest offers off-season fun for baseball junkies.
Credit City of Overland Park / Flickr-CC

Want to get out on the town this weekend? Check out Brian McTavish's Weekend To-Do List for Jan. 31-Feb. 2, 2014.

Bill Cosby: Far From Finished Tour (Stand-up comedy), 5 and 8 p.m. Saturday at The Midland, 1228 Main, Kansas City, Mo. Tickets: $49 to $69

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10:09 am
Thu January 30, 2014

On The Road With William Least Heat-Moon

William Least Heat-Moon joins Steve Kraske to discuss his latest book and his career.

After losing his job and his first wife, William Least Heat-Moon needed to do some soul searching. Thirteen thousand miles and dozens of no-name towns later, he had plenty of stories to tell.

In the first part of Thursday's Up to Date, we sit down with the New York Times best-selling author to talk about that fateful trip and his career since.

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11:16 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Kansas City Sounds Off On The State Of The Union

Steve Kraske talks with political science professor Bob Beatty on Up to Date about President Obama's State of the Union address.
Credit Christopher Dilts / Obama for America

President Obama's Tuesday night State of the Union address focused on various domestic issues, with a dash of foreign policy.

In the last part of Wednesday's Up to Date, we talk about the speech and what it means for governmental policies this year. 

Guest:

  • Bob Beatty, professor of political science at Washburn University
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11:06 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Kansas' New State Capitol: Bright, Shiny And Majestic

The renovation of the Kansas statehouse is complete.

Work began on the Kansas Capitol in October 1866 when the cornerstone was laid for the east wing. Thirty-seven years later, it was finished. The cost? $3,200,588.92.

Fast forward to today.  After 13 years and nearly $330 million, the statehouse, with its French Renaissance architecture and Corinthian details,  has undergone a renovation. 

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9:49 am
Wed January 29, 2014

WWI: Who Lit The Fire?

Sean McMeekin is the author of July 1914: Countdown to War.

When you think of World War I, you may picture soldiers fighting in the trenches, but the whole conflict started with the assassination of an Austrian archduke.

On Wednesday's Up to Date, we talk with historian Sean McMeekin, who says it was a group of corrupt statesmen who held the match that lit the European powder keg.

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11:17 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Bridging The Gap For Infrastructure Shortfalls

HNTB was involved in building the Kit Bond Bridge.
Credit Theresa L Wysocki / Creative Commons

Every four years, the American Society of Civil Engineers grades the country and each state on the condition of its infrastructure. The picture coming from last year’s report isn’t pretty.

On Tuesday's Up to Date, we look at the grades Kansas and Missouri earned. We also examine the future of infrastructure in our region and how projects that need to be done will be funded.

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10:53 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Techsperts: Securing Information

The Techsperts return to talk about securing data, wearable technology and more.
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Until recently, we felt pretty secure using credit cards at major retailers. But with breaches at Target, Neiman Marcus and now maybe Michael’s, should we rethink the technology that’s supposed to keep our data secure?

On Monday's Up to Date, our Techsperts delve into this tech issues and others. Could supermarket Wi-Fi be the key to keeping customers shopping longer? Will wearable technology that tracks your health become the norm?
 

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11:45 am
Thu January 23, 2014

The Weekend To-Do List: January 24-26, 2014

The Harlem Globetrotters come to town this weekend.
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Need some options for indoor fun this frigid weekend? Check out Brian McTavish's Weekend To-Do List for Jan. 24-26, 2014. 

Harlem Globetrotters (Basketball wizards playing by new crazy rules), 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday at the Sprint Center, 1407 Grand, Kansas City, Mo. Tickets: $25 to $137 

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10:42 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Ethics Professors: Purple Haze And Protests

The Ethics Professors discuss the implications of Colorado's decision to legalize marijuana.
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John Denver’s “Rocky Mountain High” is Colorado’s state song, and the marijuana legalization law that went into effect this year might be what the late musician had in mind.

On Thursday's Up to Date, the Ethics Professors return to discuss the problems that surround marijuana, which is still illegal under federal law, but increasingly accepted in many states. Also on their slate is a look at anti-government protests in Ukraine and Thailand.

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11:12 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Social Media Policy Making Waves At Kansas Universities

University of Kansas Professor David Guth's tweet is at the center of the debate that led to the new policy.

The Kansas Board of Regents’ new social media policy for university personnel is at the center of heated debate, both inside and outside the education world.

In the second part of Wednesday's Up to Date, we talk about the pros and cons of the policy.

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10:27 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Making A Pie, Telling A Story

Joyce Maynard speaks with Steve Kraske on Up to Date.
Credit Beth Lipoff/KCUR

The smell of pie might inspire most of us to get a fork and plate, but for one author, it means a story. 

In the first part of Wednesday's Up to Date, we talk with the woman behind the new Kate Winslet-Josh Brolin film Labor Day about writing, pie and more.

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11:06 am
Tue January 21, 2014

How Women Make Their Mark In Male-Dominated Worlds

Mi-Ai Parrish, publisher of the Kansas City Star, and Kathy Nelson, president and CEO of the Kansas City Sports Commission talk with Steve Kraske about being women in a man's world.

The business world is infamous for its “glass ceiling.” And it’s true that being a woman in a man’s world can make it more difficult to succeed.

In the second part of Tuesday's Up to Date, we talk with the president the Kansas City Sports Commission and the publisher of The Kansas City Star — both women — about how they reached the top and what advice they have for other women.

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11:06 am
Tue January 21, 2014

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt On Child Abuse Prevention, Benghazi and Data Security

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt talks with Steve Kraske about international adoption and bipartisan policymaking.

In the wake of the breach of security at Target that resulted in compromised financial data for thousands of consumers, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt is sponsoring a bipartisan bill that aims to help. He's also asking questions about an official report on the Benghazi attack, and seeking to restore funding for child abuse prevention. 

In the first part of Tuesday's Up to Date, he joins Steve Kraske to talk about these topics and more.

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2:59 pm
Sat January 18, 2014

Kennedy Center President Michael Kaiser Is Back Among Friends In Kansas City

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As The Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey approached its 30th anniversary this year it sought out Michael Kaiser, a leading arts-management consultant and the current President of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.  The goal: to position the organization as a model to other cities for overcoming cultural and social segregation.

Michael Kaiser spoke with Steve Kraske, host of Up to Date.

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3:07 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Local Listen: Phantoms Of The Opry

The band Phantoms of the Opry consider themselves “born 60 years too late,” and when you hear their musical blend of traditional country and Western swing, you’ll understand the meaning behind that statement.

In this week’s Local Listen we hear "My Cattle Call" from their self-titled release.

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1:37 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' Jan. 17-19

The documentary 'Bettie Page Reveals All' is on Cynthia Haines' 'Three to See' this week.

This year's Academy Award nominations are out, and to no one's surprise, independent, foreign, and documentary films are on the list.

Here are Up to Date's critics' favorite indie, doc and foreign films showing on Kansas City-area screens the weekend of Jan. 17-19.

Click the highlighted links for Steve Walker's reviews of the films.

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1:15 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Parents, Teens And Choosing A College

Finding a college that is a good match for your teen can be tough.
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The applications are finished and sent off, and now it’s time to wait for a verdict from your teen’s chosen range of colleges. But when the acceptances do roll in, how do you choose what’s best? 

On Monday's Up to Date, psychologist Wes Crenshaw joins us to talk about the important factors to consider when you’re trying to make the best match for academic and social success. We’ll also talk with two teens about how to set up for a happy college life and what you should avoid.

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11:01 am
Fri January 17, 2014

From KC To The Kennedy Center

Michael Kaiser is the president of the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
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The Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey have some friends outside of the area-- including the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts' president, Michael Kaiser.

In the second part of Friday's Up to Date, Kaiser talks with Steve Kraske about how he got his start here in town, what he's doing to help the Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey, and the state of performing arts in our nation. 

Guest:

  • Michael Kaiser, president of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
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10:57 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Checking Out KC's Restaurant Scene

Trezo Mare's 'En Fuego' is on its Restaurant Week menu.
Credit Jonathan Bender / recommendeddaily.co

Something smells good in Kansas City these days, and the upcoming restaurant week is just the thing to show it off. 

In the first part of Friday's Up to Date, we get a preview of what’s to come during restaurant week and take a bite of the local food scene with The Kansas City Star’s Jill Silva and Recommended Daily blogger Jonathan Bender.

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Up to Date
10:43 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Concussion Debate Sparks New Treatments

Head injuries happen in many sports, including football and soccer.
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Three years ago, a Spring Hill High football player collapsed on the field after a stunning play. The cause? Brain hemorrhaging due to a concussion that went unrecognized and untreated. With sports-related brain injuries on the rise, many are calling for major safety reforms and a new approach to handle the problem. 

On Thursday's Up to Date, we discuss how the approach to these types of concussions is changing and check in with the experts who are leading the culture shift in concussion treatment.

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10:35 am
Thu January 16, 2014

The Weekend To-Do List: January 17-19, 2014

Mid-America RV Show comes to Kansas City this weekend.
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Want to spice up your weekend? Brian McTavish has some ideas for you on our Weekend To-Do List for Jan. 17-19.

George Strait: “The Cowboy Rides Away Tour” (Country music icon bids farewell), 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Sprint Center, 1407 Grand, Kansas City, Mo. Tickets: $81.50, $101.50 

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Up to Date
11:21 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Missouri Campaign Finance Proposal Offers Sweeping Changes

Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander has proposed numerous changes to the state's campaign finance regulations.
Credit Missouri Secretary of State's Office

Missouri Secretary of State, Jason Kander, released a proposal Tuesday to change Missouri's campaign finance regulations. But, it is a long-shot in the Republican-led legislature.

In the first part of Wednesday's Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with Kander about his goals with the proposal and what the biggest problems are.

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  • Jason Kander, Missouri Secretary of State
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11:08 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Saxophonist Kenny G: Still Smooth

Kenny G performs in Kansas City Jan. 17-19.
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His big, curly hair and smooth jazz are iconic. Some play him for laughs, but many enjoy the mellow tones of Kenny G. 

Others have been critical: jazz superstar Pat Metheny is known to be critical of Kenny G., saying among other things that G is "not really an advanced player."  Kenny's response?  Metheny was "obviously on drugs." 

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Up to Date
8:37 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Exploring The Literary World of George Saunders

George Saunders is the author of 'Tenth of December.'

A MacArthur genius, a Guggenheim fellow and now a finalist place for the National Book Award — author George Saunders is riding high on a wave of success.

In the second part of Tuesday's Up to Date, we speak with him about his latest collection of somber, yet hopeful, short stories.

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