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Up to Date focuses on pressing issues, both local and national, including politics, economics, planning and design, history and entertainment - topics that have an impact on the lives of the Greater Kansas City region.

Up to Date focuses on pressing issues, both local and national, including politics, economics, planning and design, history and entertainment - topics that have an impact on the lives of the Greater Kansas City region.
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Up to Date focuses on pressing issues, both local and national, including politics, economics, planning and design, history and entertainment - topics that have an impact on the lives of the Greater Kansas City region.




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Seg. 1: Missouri Docs Not Ready For Medical Marijuana. Seg. 2: Teaching Thanksgiving Truths.

Segment 1: Medical cannabis is now legal in Missouri, but doctors are not trained on how to prescribe the drug. It's been two weeks since Missourians voted to allow the use of medical marijuana in the state. However, because cannibus is still illegal at the federal level, research on its efficacy and side effects is limited. The executive dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, spoke to concerns physicians have about recommending...


Seg. 1: Climate Change On The Kansas Range. Seg. 2: Tragic Traverse Across Antarctica.

Segment 1: How rising temperatures and a changing climate will affect the tallgrass prairies. The consequences of climate change are usually pictured as melting ice caps and islands being swallowed by rising sea levels. In the Midwest, where unpredictable weather is a staple of life, biologists say climate change is also altering the landscape of the tallgrass prairie, "one of the most endangered ecosystems in the world." Mary Knapp , Kansas State assistant climatologist Jesse Nippert , lead...


Seg. 1: Getting Health Care In Rural Kansas. Seg. 2: Lawrence Opera Looks At "Driving While Black."

Segment 1: Kansas city of 10,000 has survived its hospital closing and may be the model for other rural communities. For the last eight years, non-urban communites have seen a high number of hospital closings across the nation. That included the small town of Independence, in the southeast corner of Kansas. To fill some of the void, a health care clinic with an emergency room was opened. Today, we heard from the chairman of the American Academy of Family Physicians, and an author with the...


Seg. 1: New Leader Of Jackson County's Anti-Drug Task Force. Seg. 2: History Of Haskell University.

Segment 1: Vince Ortega has a long history working with COMBAT and the Kansas City Police Department. It's been 29 years since Jackson County voters first approved the Community Backed Anti-Crime Tax , or COMBAT, aimed at funding drug prevention, treatment and criminal justice programs. After turbulent times over the last two years, which saw oversight of the program shift from the county executive's office to the county prosecutor, the task force has a new leader. Today, he shared his...


Seg. 1: The Future Of Third Parties. Seg. 2: For Kansas City Painting Legend, Art Comes Before Age.

Segment 1: Is the U.S. "locked in" to a two-party system? Independent candidate Greg Orman recieved 6.5 percent of the vote in the Kansas gubernatorial election this year, and independents don't fair much better nationally. So is there still hope that a third party candidate can eke out a win? Today we discuss how our two-party system differs from other democracies, and what it could take in our current climate for a third party to find success. Scott Morgan, Kansas Party of the Center...


Commentary: Eager Kansas City Fans Can't Fast Forward To Season Finale

You may not remember where you put your keys or what you had for breakfast. But if you’re a sports fan, you probably know exactly where you were when your team won it all because, unlike the blur of our modern daily lives, sports moments are rooted in time, and place. Victor Wishna explains in 'A Fan’s Notes.' It was an exciting double dose of football here on Sunday. The red-hot Kansas City Chiefs flashed just enough firepower to dispatch the overmatched Arizona Cardinals and continue their...


Seg. 1: How Missouri Democrats Can Recover. Seg. 2: Sporting KC Wins First Playoff Game In 5 Years.

Segment 1: Democrats now only hold one statewide seat in Missouri — the state auditor. While Democratic candidates made up ground last week in states like Arizona, Nevada, and even Kansas, they still are at a disadvantage in Missouri. Sen. Claire McCaskill's defeat shows that most rural areas believe the Republican Party is what the state needs moving forward. Today, we discussed what the Democrats can do to claw their way back to power in the Show-Me State. Eli Yokley , reporter for Morning...


Seg.1: Missouri Health Care And Education Updates. Seg 2: Veterans Find Solace In Written Word.

Segment 1: The former Missouri senator balances heavy workloads as CEO of Truman Medical Center and president of the state Board of Education. These days, Charlie Shields' primary focus is making sure his hospital keeps up with the major changes in Missouri health care. Pair that with his work on the state Board of Education, and you've got one busy Charlie Shields. Today, one of Kansas City's most influential multi-taskers discusses his bullish outlook on the future accreditation of Kansas...


Seg.1: Former Governors Help Laura Kelly Transition. Seg. 2: Why Families Can't Afford America.

Segment 1: New Kansas Gov.-elect Laura Kelly is making the transition with the help of Gov. Jeff Colyer and others. Republican control of the governorship has come to an end in Kansas, and a Democrat will soon assume command. New state chief executive Laura Kelly is saying goodbye to her home of 30 years as she moves to the governor's mansion, Cedar Crest . Today, we heard her reaction to the win, which she said was a surprise. "Actually becoming the governor, realizing the people of Kansas...


Seg. 1: Gloria Steinem Still Sees Work Ahead. Seg. 2: Nurse Practitioners Fill Health Care Gaps.

Segment 1: The iconic feminist offers her perspectives on the state of the country, and the work left to be done. For five decades Gloria Steinem has been at the forefront of the women's movement. At age 84, she shows no signs of slowing down. Steinem offered her thoughts on the results of this week's midterm elections, the conduct of the president, and the treatment of women today. "What is most alarming is the violence" they face in a variety of forms, she says. Gloria Steinem , writer,...


Seg. 1: Your Health Care Open Enrollment Questions Answered. Seg. 2: The Ethics Professors Return.

Segment 1: What health care coverage is right for you, and what to do if you need help enrolling. More coverage options have been added to the health insurance marketplace — some as part of the Affordable Care Act and some not — and premium costs this year are expected to remain the same, or even decline in some states. Today, we answered open enrollment and coverage questions to help listeners make the best choice for themselves and their families. Molly Moffett, Community Health Council of...


Seg. 1: Why Kansas City Voters Are Turning Out. Seg. 2: Later School Start Time Could Help Learning.

Segment 1: Listeners tell us what's driving them to the polls this midterm election. A woman in Missouri says she is voting for checks and balances on the White House. Another says she is voting for her children and the future of our planet. For some, it is their first time voting in a midterm, or voting at all. Today, we heard about the issues and candidates motivating voters to turn out in what could be record numbers. Burdett Loomis , University of Kansas political science professor...


As Midterm Nears, A Review Of Big Races, Ballot Issues In Missouri And Kansas

The midterm election is just a weekend away. Today, we covered the big races on both sides of the state line and some of the ballot measures Missouri voters are set to decide. In the Show-Me State, Attorney General Josh Hawley has been accused by Sen. Claire McCaskill of innapproriate use of consultants, but were the alleged misdeeds revealed too late to make a difference in the result? Meanwhile in Kansas, the contest between Secretary of State Kris Kobach and state Sen. Laura Kelly remains...


Seg. 1: Laura Kelly's Road Map For Kansas. Seg. 2: The Battle That Saved America.

Segment 1: In a tight race for Kansas governor, candidate Kelly touts her bipartisan bona fides. When asked about including moderate Republicans in her administration should she win the governorship, longtime state lawmaker Laura Kelly says she doesn't know any other way to do it. Today, Sen. Kelly fielded questions about policy her administration would pursue should Democrats win their first Kansas gubernatorial election since Kathleen Sebelius in 2006. Kelly is engaged in a neck-and-neck...


Seg. 1: Progess In Fits & Starts At Kansas Child Welfare Agency. Seg. 2: How Stan Kessler Stays Hip.

Segment 1: Kansas' child welfare system was broken and neglected. A new leader is trying to change that. Eleven months after new leadership was installed, Kansas' Department for Children and Families still has a laundry list of problems, including overloaded caseworkers , a child allegedly raped while in state custody — even one instance of a pit bull attacking a child in a foster home . A lengthy report released in July showed the department failed to meet 16 different national standards ....


Seg. 1: Should You Trust Political Polls? Seg. 2: Anne Lamott Offers "Notes of Hope."

Segment 1: "It is much more difficult to predict turnout and who's going to vote in midterm elections than in a presidential election," veteran pollster says. After the 2016 presidential election, many voters stopped trusting what polls have to say about possible political outcomes. On today's program, veteran pollster Neil Newhouse, who is originally from Kansas City, noted that most of the national polls got it right two years ago, but that individual states lacked quality polls and thus...


Seg. 1: Candidate Kris Kobach's To-Do List For Kansas. Seg. 2: Will The "Trump Effect" Trickle Down?

Segment 1: If elected, Republican candidate Kris Kobach to use "natural attrition" to reduce number of state employees. The race between conservative Republican Kris Kobach, Democrat Laura Kelly, and Independent Greg Orman for Kansas governor is too close to call. Today, the state's current top election official laid out his prospective plans for funding education, cutting taxes and shrinking government. Kris Kobach , Kansas secretary of state and Republican gubernatorial candidate Segment...


Seg. 1: New Chief Of Kansas City Kansas Fire Department. Seg. 2: What's Showing In Indie Film.

Segment 1: Veteran Chicago firefighter begins stint in Kansas City, Kansas, with 100-day plan. Two months in as chief of the Kansas City Kansas Fire Department and Mike Callahan figures he's 60 percent done with his goal "to visit every fire station on every shift to hear from the field what their concerns are about the department." He's met the command staff and his counterparts in law enforcement, and is working through evaluating equipment in the stations. "The need here," he says of the...


Seg. 1: Library Tax & County Charter Ballot Questions. Seg. 2: Kansas Cities Mull LGBTQ Protections.

Segment 1: Voters to decide on increasing funds for public library system and amendments to Jackson County Charter. Ballots in Jackson County on Nov. 6 will be packed with issues. Today, we discussed eight of the questions before voters, seven of which deal with how county legislators, and the executive and prosecutor operate. First, though, we take up a levy proposal that would increase the budget for the Kansas City Public Library. Crosby Kemper III , executive director of the Kansas City...


Seg. 1: Olathe Schools Use Survey To Prevent Suicide. Seg. 2: New Urban Golf Course Aims To Inspire.

Segment 1: A rise in teen suicide has led to a Johnson County, Kansas, school district to make a change. The Signs of Suicide initiative, a nation-wide program that school systems can opt into, has been implemented in some Olathe schools this year. It administers a mental health survey to students as a preventive measure against suicide. So far, five high schools have completed training and administrators say the program has already saved lives. Angie Salava, counseling coordinator for the...