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11:52 am
Mon August 11, 2014

TEDxKC: From Fission To Fusion

Michel Laberge hopes to make it possible for solar energy to power the grid.

The idea of nuclear power is nothing new, but the traditional method of producing it by fission is being challenged by the safer and greener process of fusion.

On Monday's Up to Date, we talk with the founder of an energy company making a fusion prototype to supply commercially-viable and competitive power generation.


  • Dr. Michel Laberge, founder and chief scientist at General Fusion
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Up to Date
11:37 am
Mon August 11, 2014

TEDxKC: Making Hitchhiking A Real Method Of Transport

CarmaHop seeks to increase hitchhiking to make car transportation more efficient.
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Next time you drive, look to your right, then in the back. Are your passenger seats empty? You may be alone in your car, but you're not the only one in this situation.

On Monday's Up to Date, we talk with TEDxKC presenter Jenny O'Brien about why she's advocating hitchhiking as a way to fill those seats and make our transportation more efficient.


  • Jenny O'Brien, community manager for CarmaHop
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Up To Date
2:30 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

TEDxKC: Getting Money Out Of Politics And A DIY Musician

Lawrence Lessig and Kawehi
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Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig says we can't begin to deal with problems like climate change, financial reform or anything else until we deal with the corrupting influence of money in American politics. As part of Up to Date's  continuing look at TEDxKC 2014, Lessig explains to Steve Kraske how he believes our system became broken and what it will take to fix it.

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5:07 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

TEDxKC: Alix Lambert On 'The Bully In The System'

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In her new documentary, Mentor, filmmaker Alix Lambert examines the culture of bullying at an Ohio high school and two of its victims who committed suicide.  Bullying will also be the focus of her presentation at this week's TEDxKC speakers series.

In this edition of Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with Lambert about 'bystander culture' and what draws her to individuals who are non-conforming.

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Up To Date
3:50 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

TEDxKC: Changing The Narrative

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TED talks are those 18-minute presentations about big ideas and theories. Since 2009, Kansas City has hosted a TED conference of its own. Steve Kraske sits down with TEDxKC organizer Mike Lundgren for a look at this year's event including a sneak peek at a local singer/songwriter, 15 year-old Gracie Schram.


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10:45 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Kansas City's TEDxKC Challenges You To Participate

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Since 2009, Kansas City has hosted its own extension of the TED lecture series, TEDxKC. This year, something new has been introduced: members of the public are invited to submit their own lecture ideas, for the chance to win a place in the lineup of presenters.

On Tuesday's Up to Date we talk about this year's TEDxKC - this year's theme, the challenge, why a spot on stage is up for grabs, and how you can participate.

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Up To Date
3:50 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

TEDxKC: Defy Impossible

What can be accomplished when an idea that seems impossible is pursued despite the odds? That's the question being answered at this year's TEDxKC event.

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12:00 pm
Sun August 18, 2013

Taking The Leap... Off A Building

Maj. Alastair Mcartney did a base jump off of the Liberty Memorial Aug. 19.
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What's it like to leap off tall buildings in a single bound?

In the second part of Monday's Up to Date, we talk with base-jumper Alastair Macartney about Monday morning's jump off of Kansas City's Liberty Memorial, why he chose this profession and find out whether he looks down before he takes the plunge.

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10:56 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Changing Lives, One Step At A Time

Anne Mahlum is the Founder of Back on my Feet.
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Exercise is generally supposed to make you feel better, but one running club effort is aiming a little bit higher. 

In the second part of Thursday's Up to Date, we take a look at how Anne Mahlum's Back On My Feet running clubs for homeless people are changing the way we look at those who live on the street and how they see themselves.

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2:15 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Organizers Bring TEDMed To Kansas City With Focus On Parkinson's

Presenters take the stage at a previous TEDmed event in San Diego, Calif.
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This week, upwards of 1,000 medical professionals and thought leaders are converging on the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. for the third annual TEDMed summit. It’s a spin-off of TED - short for Technology, Entertainment, Design – which features talks and performances from the group’s biannual conferences centering around the general theme of “ideas worth spreading.” 

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Up To Date
1:34 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Remember When Pluto Was A Planet?: The Half-Life Of Facts

"The Half-Life of Facts: Why Everything We Know Has an Expiration Date" by Samuel Arbesman
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A fact is something that actually exists; reality; truth.  Until it isn't anymore.  How does that happen?

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6:00 pm
Sun August 26, 2012

'The Athena Doctrine'

John Gerzema
Young & Rubicam Brands

Social theorist John Gerzema set out to learn what the next generation of entrepreneurs will be like.

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Business & Tech
12:56 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Rush For TEDxKC Tickets Overloads Kauffman Center

The line for TEDxKC tickets before noon at the Kauffman Center.
Laura Spencer KCUR

As of 12:35 pm the day tickets went on sale, TEDxKC was officially sold out. Ticket sales opened at 10 am Wednesday for TEDxKC's August 28th event called "The Long View."

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