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10:36 am
Mon July 22, 2013

City Lights Vs. The Night Sky

Paul Bogard is the author of The End of Night.

Ever look up in the sky and wondered why you can’t always see the stars?

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Up to Date
10:07 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Steve's Bookshelf: Conflicts And Untold Stories

This installment of Steve's Bookshelf includes four different authors.

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.

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Up to Date
9:52 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Looking Back At Gettysburg

Allen Guelzo joins Steve Kraske to talk about Gettysburg on Up to Date.

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.

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Up To Date
6:00 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Hot Summer Reads From Steve's Bookshelf

American history is the theme of the first of our recurring series, Steve's Bookshelf.

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.

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Central Standard Friday
9:38 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Guerrilla Warfare During The Civil War

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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.

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Up To Date
6:00 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

An Unconventional First Lady

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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.

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6:00 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Hot Summer Reads For Kids

A child reads the popular book, "Diary of a Wimpy Kid."
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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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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Comedian Jim Gaffigan On The Gaffes Of Parenthood

Jim Gaffigan chats with Steve Kraske on Up to Date.
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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.

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12:00 pm
Sun May 19, 2013

WWII: The Last Year Of Europe's Battles

Rick Atkinson
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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.

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10:13 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Writers' Roundtable: KC Edition

David Von Drehle, Linda Rodriguez and Candice Millard

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

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Up to Date
12:00 pm
Sun May 5, 2013

Pulling Up The Roots Of Words

Let's Bring Back: The Lost Language Edition

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

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Up to Date
12:21 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Writers' Roundtable: Children's Book Authors

Author Sarah Weeks joined in the discussion on Up to Date.
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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.

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6:00 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

A Window Into The World Of Tourette's

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

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6:00 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Found In The 'Wild'

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

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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KC Currents
3:27 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

KU Prof Explores Black Israelite Roots In Kansas

Michael :"Devar" Long discusses his path to joining Ohev Sholom synagogue in Prairie Village.
Credit Susan B. Wilson / KCUR

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.

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Books
6:00 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Becoming A Grandparent

Anne Lamott

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.

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6:00 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Looking Back At The Anti-Slavery Movement

American Antislavery Writings: Colonial Beginnings to Emancipation

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?

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10:06 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Two Women, One World & 80 Days

Eighty Days by Matthew Goodman
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.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Accepting A Twin's Death

Her by Christa Parravani

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

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6:00 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

'Who Stole The American Dream?'

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?

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Up To Date
11:29 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Richard Ford Takes Us North Of The Border

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Ford

"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.

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6:00 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Good Samaritans Found In A War Zone

The Gospel of Rutba: War, Peace, and the Good Samaritan Story in Iraq

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.

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Up to Date
11:35 am
Fri February 22, 2013

'Doonesbury' Creator Garry Trudeau

In 2010, Garry Trudeau released "40: A Doonesbury Retrospective."

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.

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6:00 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

How The Civil Rights Movement Evolved

The King Years: Historic Moments in the Civil Rights Movement

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

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Up to Date
10:39 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

George Washington And His Contradictions

An Imperfect God: George Washington, His Slaves, and the Creation of America

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

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Up to Date
9:58 am
Thu February 7, 2013

The Book Doctors: Love, Ghosts, Prostitutes & Politics

Live by Night by Dennis Lehane

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. 

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Up to Date
10:50 am
Tue February 5, 2013

A Rival Who Became 'Indispensable'

Seward: Lincoln's Indispensable Man

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.

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