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Central Standard
6:39 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Books And Publishers: Doomed To Extinction?

blackgate.com

In the face of electronic readers and digital downloads, it's easy to point a finger and say there lies the reason books and, by extension, those who write and publish them are going the way of the dinosaurs.

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Up to Date
10:15 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

The Book Doctors

Leaving the Atocha Station
biblioimages.com

Cold weather is just around the corner (although you might not believe that today!), and you'll want a good book to keep you company as the temperature drops.

On Tuesday's Up to Date, the Book Doctors will review some of the best reads they've seen this fall.

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Up to Date
9:40 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Book Gives Close Look At McGovern-Eagleton Campaign

40 years ago this year, George McGovern , the Democratic nominee for president, made history by picking Missouri's Tom Eagleton as his vice-presidential running mate.

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Up to Date
7:39 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Life After Death: Former Death-Row Inmate Damien Echols

Damien Echols
Peter Ash Lee

In August 2011, Damien Echols was released after 18 years on Death Row.

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Up to Date
10:32 am
Mon October 8, 2012

Writer Thomas Kennedy On Cancer & Corporate Life

Thomas E. Kennedy

An American ex-pat writes satirically about corporate life in a Copenhagen office.

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Central Standard
9:13 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Drop Dead Healthy

In recent years A.J. Jacobs has lived by George Washington's rules of conduct, outsourced his entire life of everyday tasks to Indian service representatives, posed as a woman on an online dating site and grown a long beard to adhere to Old Testament doctrine as part of a year of living biblically.

His latest quest: Getting fit.

On Thursday's Central Standard, we'll be joined by author A.J. Jacobs. He's going to tells us about his new book Drop Dead Healthy, where explores the latest cultural obsessions and trends in healthy living. He'll discuss this latest grueling experiments, as he literally strives to be healthy from head-to-toe.

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Up to Date
5:59 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

The Kansas City Spirit

Spirit of Kansas City by Norman Rockwell and John Atherton

During its history, Kansas City has suffered from floods and other disasters. But each time it has been uplifted by ordinary and extraordinary people. 

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Up to Date
10:06 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Ayad Akhtar: American Dervish

Ayad Akhtar
ayadakhtar.com

A young Pakistani-American struggles to identify both as Muslim and American.

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Up to Date
9:39 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

The End Of Men

If there’s one thing the economic downturn has shown us, it’s the ability of women to adapt.

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Up to Date
5:25 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

Abraham Lincoln: Fast & Loose With Civil Liberties?

The Civil War tested the U.S. Constitution in ways unseen before or since.  Civil liberties were challenged and presidential powers stretched in President Abraham Lincoln’s efforts to save the nation. 

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Books
9:03 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Re-Imagining The University Of Missouri Press

bigstock.com

The University of Missouri System announced in May it would eliminate the University of Missouri Press, and that process officially started July 1st.

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Up to Date
9:36 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

The Book Doctors

It’s summertime, and with high gas prices, a vacation may be out of reach for your budget.  But no matter what your finances look like, you can definitely afford a trip to your local library.

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Up to Date
10:20 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Writing What Didn't Happen: Historical Fiction

There's no debating that a good non-fiction book can bring life to overlooked history.  But when everything's been told about that event....or you have an idea for an "alternative" history, where to turn? Historical fiction.

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Up to Date
10:48 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

The Unexpected Education Of Two Society Girls In The West

Simon & Schuster

Take two East Coast society women, both single, throw them into the wilds of northwestern Colorado in 1916 to teach the kids there, and chances are, you'll get a pretty decent story.

Those ingredients are the underpinnings of Dorothy Wickenden's best-seller, Nothing Daunted: The Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West.

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Up to Date
5:18 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Summer Reading For Children & Youth

School’s out for summer, so keep your kids' brains busy, and develop that summer reading list.

Thursday on Up to Date, Steve Kraske welcomes Johnson County Library staffers Kate McNair, Debbie McLeod (ret.) and Bradley Debrick to share their favorite picks, from No Sleep for the Sheep to The ABCs of Baseball.

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Up to Date
5:38 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

The Book Doctors

"From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant" by Alex Gilvarry, one of Book Doctor Kaite Stover's picks

Summer's almost here, and if you're anything like Steve Kraske (that may be a good thing...or maybe not) you're searching for some great vacation reads.

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Central Standard
1:38 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

Regina Brett Follow-Up: Ten Commandments for Radio

On Wednesday's Central Standard, we were joined by fellow radio host Regina Brett, of The Regina Brett Show at WKSU in Ohio. While Regina was there to talk about her book, Be the Miracle: 50 Lessons for Making the Impossible Possible, she and Jabulani of course had to talk shop. Regina mentioned her 10 Commandments of Radio and of course she was kind enough to pass it along.

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Central Standard
1:44 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Regina Brett: Don't Audit Life & Other Lessons

Author and Radio Host Regina Brett

It can be difficult in day-to-day life to make sure you aren't just addressing problems, but looking for possibilities to make life better.

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Up to Date
1:41 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

The Reading Promise

They called it "The Streak." Father and daughter, together, with a book, Dad reading the words. At first, the idea was to read aloud together for 100 consecutive nights.

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Up To Date
2:38 pm
Thu February 16, 2012

The Book Doctors: Spring Break Reads

With March creeping up on us,  it’s time to start stocking up on those spring break reads.  Should you go for a bestseller or a lesser-known work?  Fiction or non-?  Mystery or biography?

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Central Standard
12:50 pm
Thu January 12, 2012

Vegetarianism In KC / Pity The Billionaire

How difficult is it to be a vegetarian in Kansas City? Then later... Even Mr. T pities a fool, but why pity a billionaire?

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Up to Date
11:08 am
Wed January 11, 2012

The Health Insurance Industry: Empty Promises And Propaganda

Wendell Potter, a former vice president of CIGNA, says that health insurers make promises they have no intention of keeping, flout regulations designed to protect consumers, and skew political debate with multibillion-dollar PR campaigns to mislead the press and public.

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Up to Date
6:00 am
Wed December 21, 2011

Best Children & Youth Books Of 2011

Jon Klassen's "I Want My Hat Back", one of Johnson County Librarian Debbie McLeod's picks for best children's books of 2011.

It’s hard enough to keep your kids away from the Xbox on a normal weekday… it must be even tougher when they’re home for winter vacation.  But technology might just help this time around: perhaps you can even convince your child to turn off the video game and pick up a Kindle...or a Nook… an iPad or even (yes!) paper…and dig deep into a great story.

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KC History
6:52 pm
Thu December 15, 2011

KC History: Prairie Fire

UPDATE: Our past guest Julie Courtwright will be speaking this Sunday at 2pm at the Central Branch of the Kansas City Public Library. More info here.

Coming up on the Walt Bodine Show this Friday, an environmental history of the Great Plains through the lens of prairie fires.

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Business
4:00 pm
Mon December 5, 2011

Freed Employees Make More Money (For Your Company, That Is)

If people can be free to act in the best interest of their company, the results will be tremendous, says business school professor Isaac Getz.

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