Love

“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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Since 2002, The Mortified Podcast has been showcasing adults sharing artifacts from their childhood, most notably, readings from their diaries. 

A few gracious Kansas Citians agreed to dig out their journals and read their most embarrassing entries at a recent KCUR Podcast Party. These are stories about love, anxiety, and angsty rock music.

Money is the leading cause of stress in many relationships. On this edition of Up To Date, a panel of Certified Financial Planners discusses solutions to common monetary problems couples face. 

Guests:

  • Alex Petrovic is founder of Petrovic Financial Services.
  • David Jackson is with the Financial Planning Association.
  • Barbara McMahon is the president of Innovest Financial Partners in Brookside.

9 Podcasts About Love That You're Gonna Love

Feb 19, 2016
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If you're looking to fall in love, you need not go any further than the podcast app on your phone

In fact, podcasts can be better than real-life sweethearts. They can whisper sweet nothings at whatever volume you like, you can always unsubscribe without any breakup drama, and you never have to introduce them to your parents.

And without further ado, here are some great podcasts about love. And don't worry, not always the mushy-gushy kind. 

1. Modern Love: Missed Connection

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Valentine’s Day is Sunday, which means you and your lover (or lovers!) can enjoy an entire romantic weekend together.

If a romantic weekend together sounds like a terrible idea, consider finding another significant other, or just keep reading. I promise I’ve put together an entirely un-cheesy, love-tastic weekend.

Friday Evening

Ah, love. Many musicians have been inspired by it — whether or not their stories had a happy ending. As we gear up for the most romantic day of the year, we listen to classical music from the Romantic Era.

Guest:

  • Dr. Amity Bryson is the Chair of the Music Department at Avila University.

Selections:

Valentine's Day is approaching and many Americans will gift flowers to their partners as a romantic gesture. But when did roses become a symbol of romance, and what kind of sex lives have the flowers led before they wind up in a bouquet?

Guest:

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Finding love is a difficult task at any age, but once you reach the later stages of life, the challenge can be even greater.

Because meeting new people can be especially hard, some organizations across the country are creating opportunities to make it a little bit easier by hosting senior speed-dating events.

Last month, the Shepherd’s Center Central in Kansas City organized their own speed dating event targeted to people over the age of 55, the first event of its kind in the metro.

Dating is hard, even for those just beginning that scene. But once you pass the age of 70, the challenges can be even greater. We talk with two seniors who stepped outside their comfort zones to try a new way  of meeting people and a film director who holds the issue close to heart. 

Guests: 

Clancy Martin On "Love And Lies"

Feb 10, 2015

For good or bad, we have all told lies and been lied to. On this edition of Up to Date, we talk with philosopher and author Clancy Martin about the impact of lies on love and how deceiving those we love can help preserve our most intimate relationships. 

Guest:

  • Clancy Martin is a professor of philosophy at UMKC and the author of Love and Lies: An Essay on Truthfulness, Deceit, and the Growth and Care of Erotic Love.
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You like Kansas City’s cost of living.

And many of you came to enjoy the arts and entrepreneurship scenes after relocating here for a job.

But when we took to social media and asked you what brought you to Kansas City and why you stayed, we were inundated with love stories that led to KC roots.

Such was the case for Dave Shuck, who moved to Kansas City in 2002 from San Jose, Calif., after tracking down a former friend from high school.

Inlaws & Outlaws

Dec 11, 2012

A long-haired rock n' roll combo from Liverpool once mused that "All You Need Is Love."  If this is true, then the food, housing, and clothing industries may be in trouble.

Philosopher Alain de Botton says it’s time for those who believe in religion and those who don’t to stop denigrating each other and find common ground on art, community and morality.

First comes love, then comes marriage…then for about 50 percent of us … it’s divorce.