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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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Exonerated After Decades Behind Bars, Lamonte McIntyre Never Lost Hope For Justice

After spending 23 years incarcerated for a crime he didn't commit, Lamonte McIntyre has spent the last week getting used to being a free man. Today, we ask McIntyre, his mother Rosie McIntyre, and one of his attorneys, Cheryl Pilate, about the crime he was wrongly convicted of, the court fight that finally liberated him, and how he moved through the anger and frustration he initially developed behind bars.

Duration: 00:47:11

A Walk Through Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony, And Hemingway's Year In Kansas City

The executive director of the Kansas City Symphony is a busy man, but Frank Byrne has carved out some time for Up To Date . Today, he leads us through a Shostakovich symphony he's been listening to a lot lately. Then, we learn about the reporting, the writing, and the living Ernest Hemingway did in Kansas City during his 18th year of life. Longtime Kansas City Star editor Steve Paul says it was a pivotal year in Hemingway's self-invention. Steve Paul will discuss his book ' Hemingway at...

Duration: 00:48:08

A New Guide For Kansas City Architecture And History, And Car Seat Safety Tips For Parents

Kansas City has its fair share of historic buildings, but they're not always easy to find and appreciate. Today, learn how a new guidebook is bringing these sites to people's attention. Then, pediatrician Dr. Natasha Burgert and Shannon Bernal of Children's Mercy share tips for proper car seat use. Find out when your kid is ready for a car seat, and when they're big enough to move out of one. Brad Wolfe will present the Kansas City's Historic Preservation Commission's updated guidebook at...

Duration: 00:46:40

Great Stories Behind Great Guitars, And How Narrative Affects The Market

One Missouri photographer has spent years collecting stories and making images of musicians and their most prized possession; their guitars. Today, Chuck Holley shares some of his favorites. Then, we visit with Nobel Prize-winning economist Robert Shiller about the possibility of an upcoming bubble. Shiller says many harbingers of recessions in the past are present, but something important is missing. Robert Shiller will receive the 2017 Truman Medal for Economic Policy at the Plaza Branch...

Duration: 00:47:25

Smart Money Experts On Trump's Tax Proposal And End Of Year Best Practices

While an official tax bill hasn't been presented, Republicans last month outlined a framework for a new tax code . Today, the Smart Money Experts explain the key takeaways from the plan and how it could affect what you owe the government come April 2018. They also share end of the year money-management tips, including how to create a holiday spending strategy, evaluate insurance options and develop plans for retirement.

Duration: 00:48:04

Commentary: More Than Just Armchair Gamers

There was a time when the phrase "armchair quarterback" was a put-down, but the armchair may be exactly where a new breed of competitor will be making a living or earning a scholarship. Victor Wishna explains in this month's 'A Fan's Notes.' It’s amazing, and silly, how some ’80s movies managed to predict the 21st century. Back to the Future II , of course, knew the Cubs would win the World Series. Blade Runner envisioned voice-recognition and digital billboards. WarGames saw a world where...

Duration: 00:04:51

Identifying Human Remains At The Mexican Border, And How Mass Shootings Affect Gun Laws (R)

For migrants attempting to illegally cross the deserts guarding our border with Mexico, survival is far from a given. Today, we revisit a conversation with anthropologist Lori Baker about how forensic science is helping identify the unfortunate travelers who perish and return their remains to loved ones. Then, guest host Sam Zeff explores how mass shootings affect the likelihood that new gun laws will be passed with Harvard Business School professor Deepak Malhotra.

Duration: 00:46:15

Lasting Lessons From The Vietnam War, And Bridging Communication Gaps With Board Games

More than 40 years after the Vietnam War ended, Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried is still helping Kansas City readers understand the nature of conflict. Today, we speak with O'Brien, a veteran of the conflict who served as an advisor for the PBS series The Vietnam War . Then, if you think the only board games out there are Risk or Candyland , think again! We learn how modern Euro-style board games can help people communicate better, while having a bit of fun in the bargain. Tim...

Duration: 00:48:07

McCaskill Hits Hawley Hard, Dairy Farmers Push For Subsidy Changes, And LGBTQ Youths In Small Towns

For a Democrat running in bright-red Missouri, the 2018 election will be quite the challenge. Today, we speak with Sen. Claire McCaskill about a new Republican opponent's campaign bid as well as the latest developments on Capitol Hill. Then, we learn how the 2014 Farm Bill is affecting dairy farmers and why they're pushing for reform , not replacement. Afterwards, we learn about the experiences of gay and transgender youths in the rural Midwest. It's not as repressive as you might expect.

Duration: 00:54:05

Independence Group Expands Water Access Worldwide, And Did Total Eclipse Live Up To The Hype?

You could be forgiven for not realizing there's an organization based in Independence, Missouri, that's helping people around the world gain access to sanitation and clean water. Today, we meet the CEO and co-founder of Water.org . Then, astrophysicist Angela Speck returns to discuss what the scientific community learned from the eclipse on August 21. We also find out what it was like for folks living in St. Joseph, Missouri, to play host to more than 80,000 total eclipse tourists.

Duration: 00:48:13

Developing Healthy, Affordable Communities, And Having 'Conversations That Matter'

For people on fixed incomes, being priced out of house and home by redevelopment and rising property values is a real concern. Today, we learn how developers can maintain affordable housing levels while improving neighborhoods and avoiding gentrification. Then, Celeste Headlee, host of Georgia Public Broadcasting's On Second Thought , explains the importance of having face-to-face conversations in an era of ubiquitous online "pokes" and tweets.

Duration: 00:47:42

Obama's Comedian-In-Chief, And Kansas Advocacy Groups On 'Gannon' Ruling

Not only is David Litt one of the youngest presidential speechwriters ever, but he also has the distinct (dis)honor of deplaning Air Force One in his pajamas. Today, Litt shares stories about his time writing jokes — and some serious stuff, too — for President Barack Obama. Then, Kansas advocacy groups react to a ruling from that state's supreme court on the most recent school funding formula proposal. We'll also speak with the attorney representing several school districts in the...

Duration: 00:47:39

Science Takes On God In Dan Brown's Latest, And Saving Kids With Common Sense Gun Laws

Chances are good that you've heard of Dan Brown before. (Does The Da Vinci Code ring a bell?) Today, the mega best-selling author talks about about his latest thriller, Origin , and explains why he thinks God won't survive the next hundred years. Then, we find out how reframing the gun control debate can help prevent more children being killed in gun violence. It's a topic near and dear to Nicole Hockley , whose son Dylan was killed at Sandy Hook Elementary in 2012, and Kansas Sen. Barbara...

Duration: 00:49:22

Themes From 'Fences' Resonate Today, And Kansas City Groups Teach Conflict Resolution

Playwright August Wilson wrote a series of ten plays, one for each decade of the 20th century, that examines the black experience in America. Today, director Ron OJ Parson takes us into the enduring themes of Fences , which looks at the 1950s, and will soon be staged at The Rep . Also, we talk with veterans of two Kansas City organizations, the Center for Conflict Resolution and COMBAT , about their years of work teaching groups and individuals how to resolve conflict without violence....

Duration: 00:47:21

The True History Of Cowboys, Getting Beyond Fossil Fuels, And The Volcano Explorer

They may be icons of the old west, but cowboys aren't just an American phenomenon. Today, we learn the long history of the horseback herdsmen, whose roots go back to Africa. Then, we discuss climate change and the complexities of reducing fossil fuel use with environmentalist Bill McKibben . Later, we ask Sam Cossman why on earth he climbs into active volcanoes and what he hopes to gain from doing so. " Cowboy Mike " Grauer shares "The (True) History of Cowboys" at the Kansas City Public...

Duration: 00:44:57

Will Las Vegas Massacre Change Attitudes On Guns, And The Future Of Online Groceries

With the country's attention trained on Sunday night's tragic events in Las Vegas, we discuss whether the worst mass shooting in American history might shift the attitudes of Second Amendment advocates, and hear how police departments train and respond to quickly-developing kinetic events. Then, we find out how Amazon's recent purchase of Whole Foods and other grocery industry trends might shift shopping habits away from trips to the supermarket and onto the internet.

Duration: 00:47:53

What's Showing In Independent, Foreign & Documentary Film

If you’re planning a movie night but find yourself underwhelmed by plastic blocks or cannibal clowns, take heart! There are other cinematic options this fall: A man flees Leningrad and the Soviet secret police, a doctor wrestles with guilt and mystery, and more. Today, Up To Date 's Film Critics review the latest indie, foreign, and documentary movies now showing, including Different Flowers , Battle of the Sexes , The Unknown Girl , Polina , The Fencer , Stronger , Rebel in the Rye ,...

Duration: 00:46:48

The DACA Deadline And DREAMers, And Kansas City Charity Sends Help To Puerto Rico

Today, two Kansas City DREAMers talk about the challenges they face as Trump’s DACA deadline approaches. Also, Hurricanes Irma and Maria have wreaked havoc upon Florida and Puerto Rico. We’ll speak with KCUR's Frank Morris, who's covering the destruction, and an area relief agent working to help victims piece their lives back together.

Duration: 00:45:45

American Teens On Living Up To Our Nation's Ideals

From Berkeley to St. Louis to Charlottesville — even on NFL playing fields — youths across the country have been watching the nation's adults respond to issues of race, culture and ideology. Today, psychologist Wes Crenshaw returns with a panel of teens to discuss whether America is measuring up to the democratic values it claims to hold dear.

Duration: 00:47:14

Avoid Financial Disaster After A Natural One, And Spending The One-Eighth-Cent Sales Tax

Emergency preparedness is in the national consciousness in a big way. Today, the Smart Money Experts make a special trip to the studio to discuss preparing your family's finances for the wide-ranging effects of a natural disaster. Then, Kansas City voters in April approved a one-eighth-cent sales tax increase aimed at developing the long-neglected east side of town. We'll find out how the city will ensure that money is spent effectively, transparently and with the community's needs in mind.

Duration: 00:45:29

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