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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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What's Showing In Independent, Foreign & Documentary Film

Pre-Oscars movie-going crunch-time is upon us and what better way to get prepped for it, than a sit-down-and-chat with Up To Date 's Film Critics? They'll review what's showing now on area screens, including Call Me By Your Name , Phantom Thread , Small Town Crime , Proud Mary , The Post , I, Tonya , and Darkest Hour.

Duration: 00:47:52

The Lethality Of Loneliness, And 'Waking Up White'

It may not seem like a health issue at first but Dr. Vivek Murthy , the 19th Surgeon General of the United States (and first person of Indian descent to hold the post), is very concerned about what he calls a ' loneliness epidemic .' Today, we dig into why he thinks tackling it is one of the most important things society can do. Then, like a lot of white folks, Debby Irving cares deeply about social justice, but used to worry about coming off as stupid, racist, or radical, so she didn't...

Duration: 00:48:22

Commentary: For Kansas City Sports Fans, Saying Goodbye Can Be Such Sweet Sorrow

Look around any stadium on game day and you’re bound to see more than a few in the crowd — from George Brett to Tony Gonzalez; the old jerseys our favorite players left behind. But All-Stars fade and rising stars soar … out of reach of the payroll — especially in Kansas City. Parting can be such sweet sorrow — well, sometimes. Victor Wishna explains, in this month’s 'A Fan’s Notes.' We sports fans love our teams — and even when we hate them, we sort of love to hate them. There are ups, there...

Duration: 00:05:02

Getting Your Family Through Flu Season, And Healthy Tech Guidelines For Your Kids

A particularly severe flu season is a good reason to refresh our series on children's health and development. In this latest installment, we get advice from metro medical experts for keeping yourself and your loved ones healthy through the winter. Then, Children's Mercy Hospital psychologist Sandra Allan helps us tease out how much screen time is too much screen time for the developing young minds in your home.

Duration: 00:47:42

'The Greatest American Musician' You've Never Heard Of, And Missouri Legislature's Current Session

When jazz legend Branford Marsalis calls you "the greatest American musician that no one's ever heard of," you're doing something right (even if your P.R. may need a little work). Today, we meet that musician, Marcus Roberts , and learn about his remarkable life. Then, we consult two statehouse reporters for an idea of what to expect from the latest Missouri legislative session, the first week of which was overshadowed by revelations of an extramarital affair Gov. Eric Greitens had in 2015....

Duration: 00:47:37

Trump Is What Martin Luther King Jr. Was Fighting Against, Says Leonard Pitts Jr.

On this holiday commemorating Martin Luther King Jr., Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. offers his thoughts on the slain civil rights leader, and critiques Pres. Donald Trump's recent tributes to Dr. King and Rosa Parks . When it comes to the president's recent disputed remarks about certain African countries, Haiti, and El Salvador , and his track record on race, Pitts calls for the media to be "more forthright in calling this what it is": racism.

Duration: 00:47:40

From Kansas City And Beyond, The Best Music Of 2017

Kansas City's music scene has a long tradition of hardworking artists who turn out great, original songs. Last year was no different. Today, co-creater Savanna Howland, Judy Mills of Mills Record Company , and KCUR contributor Bill Brownlee offer a sampling of their favorite 2017 releases from Kansas City and around the world. From Bummer to Deborah Brown , the list includes acts to satisfy jazz heads and head-bangers alike. Today's local playlist: " Holy Terror ," by Bummer...

Duration: 00:48:53

What Blackmail Allegations Might Mean For Gov. Greitens, And How Cities Can Tackle Climate Change

A story overnight from KMOV revealing a pre-candidacy affair by Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens overshadowed his State of the State Address, given just hours earlier. Included in the story was an allegation against the governor of blackmail. State lawmakers and political reporters recap the reports, and discuss how they could affect the Greitens' administration and the General Assembly. Then, a number of U.S. cities vowed to continue to fight climate change in the wake of Pres. Trump's...

Duration: 00:52:26

Keeping Exotic Animals Warm At Kansas City Zoo, And A Kansas Legislature Preview

If you're native to, say, the deserts of North Africa, a winter in Kansas City can be a shock to your system. You can combat the cold with layers of warm clothing, by turning up the thermostat or having a hot drink, but what if you're not human and your home is the Kansas City Zoo? We learn what it takes to keep the nesh occupants happy and healthy in the coldest weather. Then, in the wake of Gov. Sam Brownback's State of the State Address Tuesday night, we ask statehouse reporters what...

Duration: 00:41:07

Kansas City Hiker Treks From Georgia To Maine, And State Auditor Investigating Delayed Tax Refunds

When you think of a relaxing retirement, you don't normally consider hiking more than 2,000 miles. But you are not Deb Vacek, who took on the Appalachian Trail after leaving the professional world. Today, we meet the Kansas City adventurer. Then, we find out why Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway is crying foul over the state's delay in issuing tax refunds , and why she says "a dark money group with secret donors" is retaliating against her office's search for documents related to the...

Duration: 00:48:30

Teenagers And The #MeToo Movement

From newsrooms to the U.S. Capitol to the stage at the Golden Globes, people are drawing back the curtain on an issue that has plagued our workplaces, homes and schools for years. Today, psychologist Wes Crenshaw returns with a panel of young women to talk about this very issue: sexual assault and harassment. They give us their take on what's going on in the #MeToo movement right now, and let us know why this issue is still especially relevant for people their age.

Duration: 00:41:45

Why Med Students Are Doing Poverty Simulations, And Ways To Stop Harassment In Kansas Legislature

The challenges of life in poverty are diverse, and can be hard to grasp for people who haven't lived it themselves. Today, we learn how future health care professionals are using poverty simulations to get a new perspective on what their poorest patients face daily. Then, find out how the Kansas City nonprofit Women's Foundation is helping the Kansas legislature confront what some call a culture of harassment in the capital.

Duration: 00:47:15

Getting State ID Is Not Easy For Everyone, And Effects Of Missouri Adoption Law Changes

It may seem like obtaining photo identification is an easy thing, but a lot of obstacles can stand in the way. Today, we discuss how getting a photo ID can be a high hurdle for a lot of folks, and how not having one can hold people back in ways big and small. Then, a major change to adoption law in Missouri just took effect. The new rules could have serious implications for the state's adoptees, and the privacy of the parents who gave them up.

Duration: 00:48:37

What's Missing From Our American History, And Pro Tips For Keeping Your Resolutions

The New Year is a natural time for people to reflect on years past, and look for ways to improve their lots going forward. Today, we do too. First, we discuss the dilemmas American history educators face when teaching inclusive lessons about such a diverse country. After that, a hard look at resolutions. We get expert advice from some very motivated people, including Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's personal trainer . They share tips about making resolutions you can keep, and...

Duration: 00:47:30

Smart Money Experts On Personal Finance Pain & Gain, And Investing In Real, Physical Stuff

Maintaining a healthy personal financial situation can sometimes feel constraining, but the pay-offs are many. Today, the Smart Money Experts are back to discuss the benefits of putting your money toward physical assets. We also discuss the ramifications of GOP tax reform, which has jumped its hurdles in Congress and is en route to the president's desk. Plus, our experts explain what exactly a Bitcoin is, and update us on other happenings in the world of finance.

Duration: 00:49:04

How 2017 In Journalism Was Like Drinking From A Firehose

For a lot of journalists, 2017 was all about keeping up. A faster and faster news cycle demands more speed and more accuracy, and media consumers have never been more skeptical. Today, the Media Critics discuss how journalists have covered the big stories of the last year, and why mistrust is so common among audiences.

Duration: 00:47:13

Which Missouri And Kansas Wines To Pour This Holiday Season

Before reaching for a bottle of red or white from California, Italy or France, you might think again about shopping a little more close-to-home. Today, Master Sommelier Doug Frost returns to give us the low-down on the award-winning local vino that deserves your attention, and which bottles are garnering attention from winemakers around the country. We discuss (and sample!) a Washington state red wine blend called Pilots Share from Camaraderie Cellars , and several other from Missouri and...

Duration: 00:47:32

How White House Photographers Shape History, And Troubling Moves In Missouri Education Department

Given the importance of the American presidency, it's no surprise photos of the commander-in-chief tend to become iconic. Today, veteran White House correspondent Kenneth T. Walsh explains what makes the White House photographer role so influential, and why he thinks Pres. Trump is missing an opportunity with his chief image-maker. Then, we hear from two leaders in the Missouri Statehouse, Democrat Rep. Gail McCann Beatty and Republican Sen. Gary Romine , concerned about recent personnel...

Duration: 00:47:14

What's Showing In Independent, Foreign & Documentary Film

Well, another year is drawing to a close which means it's time to get the Up to Date film critics' picks for the best movies of the year. They also review what's currently showing on area screens just in time for the holiday break. The titles include comedy, drama and a sci-fi romance: The Shape of Water, Kaleidoscope, Wonder Wheel, Disaster Artist, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, ​ and Lady Bird . Best Films of 2017: Cynthia Haines: Dunkirk Three Billboards Outside Ebbing,...

Duration: 00:44:16

Commentary: A KC Sports Fan's 2017 Holiday Wish List

Here we are, 10 days ‘til Christmas, halfway through Hanukkah, and maybe you’re still looking for that perfect gift for your favorite sports fan. Don’t worry. 'A Fan’s Notes' commentator Victor Wishna is back to tell you what you he really, really wants. Well, ‘tis the season, as they say. The most wonderful time of the year, when so many of us look forward to getting what we say we’ve wanted, and I’m not just talking about the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl — go ‘Cats! Last year...

Duration: 00:04:08

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