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Up to Date
9:58 am
Thu February 7, 2013

The Book Doctors: Love, Ghosts, Prostitutes & Politics

Live by Night by Dennis Lehane

Cruise the back alleys of prohibition-era Boston, hide from a convict with a suburban madam and sail through Scandinavia with a crew of medieval Norwegians.

They're all the subjects of great reading from Up to Date's Book Doctors. 

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Up to Date
10:50 am
Tue February 5, 2013

A Rival Who Became 'Indispensable'

Seward: Lincoln's Indispensable Man

William Seward may be famous for his "folly" of purchasing Alaska for the United States, but he also led the team of rivals Pres. Abraham Lincoln assembled to guide him in his administration.

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Up to Date
9:43 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Shaping The Corporate Landscape With Conscious Capitalism

Raj Sisodia

It's the new buzzword phrase, but just what is conscious capitalism?

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

KC's Face Of Civil Rights

Leon Jordan

Kansas City Civil Rights leader Leon Jordan is famous for his unsolved murder, but his work to empower the black community in politics is also part of that story.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

It's A Bird; It's A Plane; It's A Statute?

The Law of Superheroes

What would happen if Superman had to get a warrant for his x-ray vision? Can you imagine Batman in small claims court when his batarangs damage city buildings?

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Up to Date
5:00 pm
Tue January 1, 2013

'Call Me Dad, Not Dude'

The Kansas City Star Books

He's been called “a cuter, younger male version of Erma Bombeck."

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

The Book Doctors

The Commitment by Dan Savage

Family conflict, gay marriage and social scandals aren’t just the stuff of newspaper headlines. They also make good subjects for books.

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Up to Date
9:55 am
Mon December 3, 2012

The Otter, Squirrel And Deer Hunter

If you've ever hunted for your food in the Oregon Trail video game, you know it's no easy task. Now, imagine stepping into the game yourself.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

When Artificial Intelligence Meets Biology

How To Create a Mind by Ray Kurzweil

Nanobots swimming in your bloodstream may not be the stuff of science fiction for too much longer.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Hotel Confidential

Heads in Beds

Don’t be surprised to find yourself booked by the noisy ice machine if you're rude to the hotel front desk clerk. And do you really want to know what the housekeeper and the bellman were doing in the empty room next door?

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Ranking The Presidents

Where They Stand
ABCreads

Quickly-- rank the presidents. Did you put Washington or Lincoln first? Where did you put Millard Fillmore?

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Up to Date
10:52 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

New Adventure For Wimpy Kid

Jeff Kinney, author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
Rainy Day Books

Do you remember getting teased by other kids, running from cooties and hoping for snow days? The memories and the ink are still fresh in the latest installment of Diary of a Wimpy Kid.  

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Up to Date
10:24 am
Sun November 11, 2012

Truman Capote's Take On True Crime

In Cold Blood.
eclectic-indulgence.blogspot.com

Truman Capote's book, "In Cold Blood" showcased a quadruple murder case in southwestern Kansas, becoming one of the most famous true crime books ever.

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Up to Date
10:00 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Local Novelist Transitions From Bankruptcy To Book Success

Gennifer Albin.
genniferalbin.com

It's November, and you've hit rock bottom. If you're a creative sort of person, NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) could help you out. It worked for one local author.

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Up to Date
10:59 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Lincoln's Struggle For A United Front

David Von Drehle and Rise to Greatness
Rainy Day Books

In 1862, Abraham Lincoln glued together pieces of a fractured nation to support his cause against all odds. But how did he do it?

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Up to Date
5:15 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Thomas Jefferson: Freedom Fighter Or Flip-Flopper?

Master of the Mountain: Thomas Jefferson and His Slaves
macmillanusa.com

Equality and liberty were Thomas Jefferson’s great dreams—except when it came to slaves.

On Thursday's Up to Date, we’ll discuss the man and his contradictions with historian Henry Wiencek, author of Master of the Mountain: Thomas Jefferson and His Slaves, which examines Jefferson’s changing stance toward slavery.

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Central Standard
6:39 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Books And Publishers: Doomed To Extinction?

blackgate.com

In the face of electronic readers and digital downloads, it's easy to point a finger and say there lies the reason books and, by extension, those who write and publish them are going the way of the dinosaurs.

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Up to Date
10:15 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

The Book Doctors

Leaving the Atocha Station
biblioimages.com

Cold weather is just around the corner (although you might not believe that today!), and you'll want a good book to keep you company as the temperature drops.

On Tuesday's Up to Date, the Book Doctors will review some of the best reads they've seen this fall.

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Up to Date
9:40 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Book Gives Close Look At McGovern-Eagleton Campaign

40 years ago this year, George McGovern , the Democratic nominee for president, made history by picking Missouri's Tom Eagleton as his vice-presidential running mate.

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Up to Date
7:39 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Life After Death: Former Death-Row Inmate Damien Echols

Damien Echols
Peter Ash Lee

In August 2011, Damien Echols was released after 18 years on Death Row.

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Up to Date
10:32 am
Mon October 8, 2012

Writer Thomas Kennedy On Cancer & Corporate Life

Thomas E. Kennedy

An American ex-pat writes satirically about corporate life in a Copenhagen office.

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Central Standard
9:13 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Drop Dead Healthy

In recent years A.J. Jacobs has lived by George Washington's rules of conduct, outsourced his entire life of everyday tasks to Indian service representatives, posed as a woman on an online dating site and grown a long beard to adhere to Old Testament doctrine as part of a year of living biblically.

His latest quest: Getting fit.

On Thursday's Central Standard, we'll be joined by author A.J. Jacobs. He's going to tells us about his new book Drop Dead Healthy, where explores the latest cultural obsessions and trends in healthy living. He'll discuss this latest grueling experiments, as he literally strives to be healthy from head-to-toe.

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Up to Date
5:59 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

The Kansas City Spirit

Spirit of Kansas City by Norman Rockwell and John Atherton

During its history, Kansas City has suffered from floods and other disasters. But each time it has been uplifted by ordinary and extraordinary people. 

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Up to Date
10:06 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Ayad Akhtar: American Dervish

Ayad Akhtar
ayadakhtar.com

A young Pakistani-American struggles to identify both as Muslim and American.

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Up to Date
9:39 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

The End Of Men

If there’s one thing the economic downturn has shown us, it’s the ability of women to adapt.

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Up to Date
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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Books
9:03 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Re-Imagining The University Of Missouri Press

bigstock.com

The University of Missouri System announced in May it would eliminate the University of Missouri Press, and that process officially started July 1st.

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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
10:20 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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