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Sneak behind the lines of Mexico’s brutal drug wars and climb to the top of Mount Everest during the Cold War without leaving your home.

Looking Back At Gettysburg

Jun 24, 2013

It’s been 150 years since the muskets fired and men in both blue and gray fell to the ground at battleground in Pennsylvania. Gettysburg’s dubious distinction was to have the most casualties of any battle of the Civil War. 

On Monday's Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with Allen Guelzo, author of Gettysburg: The Last Invasion, about the politics and power plays that surrounded the famous battle.

Hot Summer Reads From Steve's Bookshelf

Jun 12, 2013

The hot weather is out in full force this week, and Up To Date host Steve Kraske has a few good reads to crack open in the shade.

The History Press

When the Confederate Army was pushed from Missouri, a slave state that hadn't ceded from the Union, in late 1861 ordinary people transformed themselves into guerilla fighters for the confederate cause.  A mayor's son and town teacher were among those who found themselves part of one of the most violent band of guerilla fighters lead by "Bloody" Bill Anderson.  After the war they became notable bank and train robbers.  But, there were also ordinary citizens who dedicated their lives to hunting these guerillas down, sometimes with equal violence.  Author James "Jim" W.

An Unconventional First Lady

Jun 4, 2013
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Thomas Jefferson's eldest and favorite daughter, Martha Jefferson Randolph, would often assume the role of First Lady after her mother died.

Hot Summer Reads For Kids

May 28, 2013
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When you read a children’s book, you can peek in on aliens, take a nature hike or learn about friendship from a couple of hippos. 

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Comedian Jim Gaffigan knows that a four-year-old eating a taco and throwing a taco on the floor is pretty much the same thing, and he can teach you a thing or two about co-opting your kid’s Halloween candy.

WWII: The Last Year Of Europe's Battles

May 19, 2013
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Omaha, Juno, Utah, Gold and Sword. The names of the Normandy beaches echo in the annals of World War II history, but the iconic invasion wasn’t the last step of the European campaign.

Writers' Roundtable: KC Edition

May 9, 2013

Writing can be a solitary pursuit, and that can mean the tricks of the trade remain quiet

Pulling Up The Roots Of Words

May 5, 2013

Ever wonder where the word hornswoggle comes from? How about doubloon?

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It’s a special blend of characters, engaging stories and occasionally, a bit of magic that goes into a great children’s book.

On Thursday's Up to Date,  Steve Kraske hosts a roundtable of children's book authors, including Brian Selznick, Richard Peck, Sarah Weeks and Avi to discuss their methods for putting together award-winning tomes with that extra spark of fun.

A Window Into The World Of Tourette's

Apr 30, 2013
rainydaybooks.com

People with Tourette's syndrome are often portrayed as spouting curse words uncontrollably, but there's more to the condition than that.

Found In The 'Wild'

Apr 22, 2013

If your life was falling apart, would you think the world was telling you to take a hike—a 1,000-mile hike?

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Blacks and Jews have historically had a complicated relationship in the United States.  And it’s perhaps the most evident when they claim the same religion, or historical ancestry. The development of Black Israelite or Black Jewish faith has its roots in Kansas, according to the book The Chosen People: The Rise of American Black Israelite Religions by University of Kansas history and American studies professor, Jacob Dorman.

Becoming A Grandparent

Apr 2, 2013

What does it feel like to become a grandparent? There’s the initial excitement of the moment, but it’s something that changes your whole life.

Looking Back At The Anti-Slavery Movement

Apr 1, 2013

Ask a school kid, and he or she will tell you that slavery in America ended in the mid-1860s. But when did the movement against slavery start?

Two Women, One World & 80 Days

Mar 25, 2013
Jessica Hills

In 1889, it wasn't a woman's world, but that didn't dampen the enthusiasm of reporters Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland when they embarked on a journey to beat Phileas Fogg's fictional travels.

Accepting A Twin's Death

Mar 13, 2013

After the untimely death of a loved one, people often find themselves with more questions than answers.

Random House

In this country it was long believed that if you worked hard then you could share in the prosperity this land had to offer.  So – who stole the American Dream?

"First, I'll tell about the robbery our parents committed. Then the murders, which happened later."  With these words Richard Ford begins his latest novel, Canada.

Good Samaritans Found In A War Zone

Mar 1, 2013

When three Americans found themselves caught up in the 2003 invasion of Iraq, they found sanctuary with the local Muslim community of Rutba, which sheltered them, despite their religious differences.

The comic strip Doonesbury has tackled some important social and political issues over the years. Garry Trudeau became the first comic strip artist to win a Pulitzer Prize, and was a finalist for the prize three subsequent times, including in 2004 and 2005, when his strip addressed the Iraq War. His storylines have centered around the military's "don't ask don't tell" policy, unfound weapons of mass destruction, and U.S. Presidents.

How The Civil Rights Movement Evolved

Feb 20, 2013

What started as a few protests and sit-ins evolved into the Civil Rights movement, but how did that happen?

George Washington And His Contradictions

Feb 18, 2013

George Washington was all about freedom, so why did he own slaves?

Cruise the back alleys of prohibition-era Boston, hide from a convict with a suburban madam and sail through Scandinavia with a crew of medieval Norwegians.

They're all the subjects of great reading from Up to Date's Book Doctors. 

A Rival Who Became 'Indispensable'

Feb 5, 2013

William Seward may be famous for his "folly" of purchasing Alaska for the United States, but he also led the team of rivals Pres. Abraham Lincoln assembled to guide him in his administration.

It's the new buzzword phrase, but just what is conscious capitalism?

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