“First crushes are enduring" but celebrity crushes bring “a whole new level of potency" says Dave Singleton, co-author of Crush: Writers Reflect on Love, Longing and the Lasting Power of Their First Celebrity Crush. Up to Date host Steve Kraske, along with KCUR staffers and listeners reveal their celebrity crushes and learn why they endure.

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Inspired by a one-woman play about Marilyn Monroe at The Fishtank Theater, we explore the phenomenon of female celebrity in the United States, then and now.


As Sue Sylvester on Glee, actress Jane Lynch delivered some of the best zingers ever written for television. Lynch has built a portfolio portraying what one media outlet called, "full-throttle, sexed-up, hyper-confident female wack jobs.” We catch up with Lynch as her musical tour gears up to come to Overland Park, Kansas. 

Gaining prominence first as Lieutenant Sulu on Star Trek, George Takei's fame has spread off the stage, too. On this edition of Up To Date, Takei talks about his work advocating for social justice and how he maintains such a deft social media presence.

George Takei will appear at Planet Comicon Kansas City at Bartle Hall on May 21 and 22. For more information, or to buy passes, visit the Planet Comicon website.

The success of 60's era "The Andy Griffith Show" largely hinged upon the on-screen relationship between Andy Griffith and Don Knotts, who played Sheriff Andy Taylor and his trusty deputy, Barney Fife. Steve Kraske learns about the real-life friendship between the stars of his favorite show.


  • Daniel De Visè is the author of Andy & Don: The Making of a Friendship and a Classic American TV Show.
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On this edition of Up to Date, the Ethics Professors join Steve Kraske to examine questions raised by recent events making the news. Has the digital theft of female celebrities’ photos changed how we look at victim and perpetrator?  In Ferguson, Missouri, was it right for outside influences to come on the scene and add rhetorical fuel to the fire?  How much involvement should a college or university have in investigating a sexual assault on campus?  Find out what the Professors, and listeners, had to say.

The Fascinating Fates Of 4 Famous Corpses

Aug 8, 2013
Simon & Schuster

When most of us think about death, we assume our bodies will take the traditional route of being cremated or buried. This is not always the case, as author Bess Lovejoy points out in her new book, Rest In Pieces released in March 2013. 

On this encore edition of Central Standard, host Suzanne Hogan talks with Lovejoy about the journeys famous corpses took before being laid to rest, because not every story ends with a death.

Celebrity Photographer Greg Gorman

Mar 15, 2012
Photo: Greg Gorman

If you don’t recognize his name, you’ll likely know his work. Photographer Greg Gorman has documented some of the world’s most familiar faces.

When President Obama announced two weeks ago that the United States would be withdrawing troops from Iraq by the end of the year, the other top news trending that week was that Lindsay Lohan would be posing for Playboy. The fact that the latter story garnered as much attention as the former didn't escape a trio of local theater artists who are returning to The Fishtank with a new play featuring the fictional troubled celebrity whose Kansas City debut last winter left her desperate for more attention.