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With Kansas City and New York about to face off in the World Series, KCUR's Central Standard challenged the Brian Lehrer Show at WNYC to a battle of wits, demonstrating once and for all why New York is a terrible place to live and Kansas City is a bastion of love, happiness and joy.


  • Brian Lehrer, The Brian Lehrer Show, WNYC
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For many, Ira Glass and his program, This American Life, have been a gateway into the public radio world. 

But the radio icon, who has one of the most recognizable voices in the business, claims that it took longer for him to get good at telling stories on the radio than anyone else he knows in the business. 

"I was working in public radio starting when I was 19. I knew I wanted to do radio stories ... but doing it well, it really took me until I was 27 or so until I was a decent writer and reporter, maybe 28 really," he says. 

As Garrison Keillor makes his way across the country on his "America The Beautiful" farewell tour, Up To Date caught up with him to discuss his long radio career and what's next for the much-beloved host.

Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion: The America The Beautiful Tour" comes to Kansas City at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, August 22 at Starlight Theater. For tickets and information, visit

Paul Andrews

When Central Standard thought about asking Jeffrey Ruckman to create new theme music for the show, one of the things that made him appealing was his masterfully offbeat, genre-bending tendency.

International Business Times

Two underdog cities have made it to this year's American League Championship Series. The intensity among baseball fans in both Kansas City and Baltimore has reached a fever pitch. Public radio staffers have caught the bug; hear a little trash talk, public radio style.


He’s a Minnesota guy on public radio with a loyal following. No, we're not talking about our own Steve Kraske.

On Wednesday's Up to Date, Garrison Keillor joins Steve to talk about his new book of poetry, O, What a Luxury: Verses Lyrical, Vulgar, Pathetic and Profound. We take a look at how he stays on top of his game when writing and producing and find out what he does to get around writer’s block.

John Hockenberry is the holder of four Emmy awards, four Peabody awards and a whole lot of distinction for his reporting over the years in places as far-flung as Somalia, Iraq, Lebanon, Jerusalem and Tehran. 

KCUR has announced new station leadership.  Nico Leone will take over from longtime KCUR general manager Patty Cahill.  She’s retiring after 25 years.