Up To Date
3:29 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Chuck Todd On President Obama's Legacy

President Barack Obama entered the White House in 2008 espousing change, hope, and a new America. In his latest book, The Stranger: Barack Obama in the White House, Chuck Todd of NBC's Meet the Press examines the successes and failures of Obama's presidency. In this edition of Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with Todd about the politics and psychology of the presidency, and why President Obama has been unable to accomplish more. 


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Central Standard
2:52 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Kansas City's Esther Honig Investigates Photoshop, Gains International Attention

Esther Honig sent a portrait of herself to Photoshop professionals worldwide. Here is a Sri Lankan designer's adaptation of the portrait.
Credit Esther Honig, Before and After

A young Kansas City journalist named Esther Honig, who contributes to KCUR, had an idea for a project.

She sent a simple, straightforward portrait of herself to Photoshoppers around the globe with a request to make her beautiful. She wanted to see what that would mean to people in different parts of the world, investigating how culturally specific definitions of beauty might play into the results.

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3:01 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

KCUR And KCPT Announce Regional Public Media Collaboration

Credit Courtesy / KCPT

KCUR and Kansas City public television station KCPT announced a news collaboration on Thursday.

The collaboration is not a merger, the two public media stations said in a statement, but rather a pooling of resources and a commitment to partner on reporting and engagement projects.

The initial focus will be on health and agriculture reporting, along with a Kansas City launch of the Public Insight Network (PIN), a nationwide database that helps connect journalists to sources. 

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Up to Date
10:43 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Treading Carefully When Covering Hate Groups

Protests like the ones Fred Phelps led are designed to get media attention.
Credit File photo / Topeka Capital-Journal

Fred Phelps has been a lightning rod of controversy for decades. The late head of the Westboro Baptist Church, who famously picketed funerals of American soldiers and LGBT people, died Wednesday.

On Friday's Up to Date, we discuss the quandary media organizations have faced: How do you decide when events like this are truly newsworthy and when you’re just giving hate groups free publicity?


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Up to Date
10:28 am
Wed November 6, 2013

NPR's David Folkenflik On Rupert Murdoch's Media Empire

NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik is the author of 'Murdoch's World: The Last of the Old Media Empires.'

Phone hacking and bribing police are just a couple of the scandals that have come to light about Rupert Murdoch’s vast media empire.

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KC Currents
11:42 am
Mon July 16, 2012

African American Women's Health Issues Missing From Magazines

Jill Scott on the cover of the May 2010 issue of Essence.
Essence Magazine

Magazines have long been a primary source for entertainment and news. But as KU assistant professor Crystal Lumpkins points out, magazines are also crucial in providing women with tips and awareness on health issues.

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Central Standard
2:30 pm
Mon April 9, 2012

Who Killed Commercial Radio?

Jill McKeever and Kevin McKinney

On this Tuesday's Central Standard get to know two local filmmakers who asked, "What happened to the radio industry, and what's the cost to our communities?"

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The Two-Way
9:45 am
Wed April 4, 2012

Peabody Awards: NPR Among Honorees

Originally published on Wed April 4, 2012 12:05 pm

The winners of this year's George Foster Peabody Awards for excellence in electronic media were just announced and NPR is among those being honored.

NPR work being recognized:

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The Two-Way
8:05 am
Wed April 4, 2012

Olbermann: 'I Screwed Up,' But Current TV Had Problems

Keith Olbermann.
Current TV

Essentially saying that he should have known better than to go to work for Current TV, Keith Olbermann said Tuesday night that he "screwed up" by taking the job last year.

But while Olbermann said "it's my fault that it didn't succeed," he also figuratively pointed his finger at Current for why things went wrong before he was dismissed last week.

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