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Climate Scientist Evangelizes Skeptical Christians, And Solving A Century-Old Crime Spree

For some, a belief in God and adherence to fact-based scientific research are mutually exclusive. That's not the case for Dr. Katherine Hayhoe, who's had remarkable success convincing evangelical Christians that climate change is caused largely by human activity. It could be because she's a conservative Christian herself. Then, we speak with baseball statistics guru Bill James and his daughter about a new book they've co-written on an unlikely subject; a century-old string of ax murders....

Duration: 00:46:29

Polar Bear Population Continues To Decline As Ice Caps Shrink

With ice caps shrinking and global temperatures on the rise, animals who live in the Arctic Circle are at increasing risk. Today, we speak with two scientists from Polar Bears International who spent their summer in and around the Arctic studying the namesake animal of that organization. With less ice on which to hunt, will the iconic northern predator adapt in time to avoid extinction? Marissa Krouse and Alysa McCall will present their polar bear research in the Kansas City Zoo's lobby...

Duration: 00:23:53

Kobach And The Commission On Election Integrity, And The Science Of Storm Chasing

Recent controversy surrounding the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity has put Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach in the nation's limelight. Today, we get an update on the 4-month-old committee. Then, in the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, we get a masterclass from meteorologist Reed Timmer on the science behind severe weather and the adrenaline rush he gets from chasing extreme storms. Reed Timmer speaks about extreme storm chasing at the Linda Hall Library at...

Duration: 00:47:47

The Importance Of Understanding Your Response To Expectations

If you've ever worked with someone who had trouble following through, or dealt with a kid who's constantly pushing your buttons, you'll want to hear this conversation. Best-selling author and Kansas City native Gretchen Rubin says peoples' reactions to expectation influence their behavior in a big way. In a new book , Rubin describes "the four tendencies" — upholder, obliger, questioner and rebel — and says understanding which group you (and the people around you) fit into could reduce...

Duration: 00:27:58

Why Refugees Take To 'Stormy Seas,' And The Woman Who Drew The Borders of Iraq

For centuries, refugees from all over the world have taken to the seas to escape violence and persecution in their homelands. Today, the author of a children's book published this year recounts just a few of their stories. Then, we speak to the director and producer of a new film about Gertrude Bell , who's been called the most powerful woman in the British Empire during World War I. Mary Beth Leatherdale discusses her book ' Stormy Seas: Stories of Young Boat Refugees ' at the Kansas City...

Duration: 00:47:43

Kansas Author's 'Punch' List For The Annoying Co-Workers Among Us

Overland Park writer Jen Mann was inspired to create her People I Want to Punch in the Throat blog by, well, all the people she wants to punch in the throat. Today, we speak with the New York Times best-selling author about the latest installment in her snarky series, and about the people she's worked with who almost — almost! — forced her to fisticuffs. Jen Mann is kicking off the 'Working With People I Want to Punch in the Throat' book tour at SoT at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 12. Visit...

Duration: 00:26:43

World-Renowned Choreographer Has KC Roots, And How Rural Towns Attract Jobs

Modern dance just wouldn't be the same without Kansas City-raised David Parsons . Today, we meet the star choreographer behind works commissioned and performed by troupes in New York, Paris and just about any other city with a ballet scene. Then, we explore the economic relationship between small towns and big businesses. Learn how rural communities are able to encourage, attract and, more importantly, keep hold of new jobs. The Parsons Dance company performs as part of the Harriman-Jewell...

Duration: 00:47:24

Ethics Professors On Politically Incorrect Facebook Posts, Disaster-Relief Funding

Missouri Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal and Rep. Warren Love made news last month doing something that seems antithetical to their positions in government; hoping in Facebook posts for political violence. Today, the Ethics Professor parse whether these separate transgressions are worthy of the same response. They also discuss where the onus lies when it comes to funding disaster relief efforts, especially in areas of the country that are prone to repeated destruction.

Duration: 00:47:05

Death Sentence Changes A Juror's Life, And Understanding America's Legacy Of Lynching

The consequences of a death sentence most obviously affect the accused, but everyone involved in the case must deal with the decision's terminal implications. Today, we hear how a 1994 death sentence in Mississippi is affecting one juror's life decades later. Then, we explore how America's legacy of lynching still influences race relations in Missouri, Kansas and throughout the country. Screenland Armour Theatre will screen ' Lindy Lou, Juror Number 2 ' at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 6....

Duration: 00:46:24

'The Argument' Behind A Local Murder, And Addressing Suspension In KC Schools

Despite a drop in murder rates at the national level, homicides in Kansas City are on the rise. Today, we delve into the story behind the brutal murder of Pretty Pennington, the subject of the latest installment of KCUR's " The Argument ." Then, Kansas City Mayor Sly James and Kansas City Public Schools Superintendent Mark Bedell share their thoughts on the practice of forced suspensions in schools and on the need to look at what is behind students' behaviors and teachers' reactions to...

Duration: 00:44:20

What's Showing In Independent, Foreign & Documentary Film

After a long list of box office flops, this summer's blockbusters aren't looking so hot. But don't trade your cinephilia for cynicism yet, because there are still plenty of lesser-known flicks worth watching. Today, Up To Date 's film critics review the latest indie, foreign, and documentary movies now showing, including I Do Until I Don't , Menashe , Columbus , The Vault , Patti Cake$ , The Trip to Spain , The Only Living Boy in New York , Brigsby Bear , Good Time , Harold and Lillian: A...

Duration: 00:47:40

New Film Brings Vietnam War Into Focus, And Where Race, Sex And Pop Music Meet

Lynn Novick has been making documentaries for more than two decades, most of them in collaboration with Ken Burns. Their latest project, The Vietnam War , is the subject of her conversation today with host Steve Kraske. Then, NPR music critic Ann Powers, author of Good Booty: Love and Sex, Black and White, Body and Soul in American Music , explains how American pop music lets us express ourselves on topics like sex and race. KCPT presents 'The Vietman War: An Evening with Ken Burns & Lynn...

Duration: 00:48:21

Consistency Is Key In Getting Baby To Sleep Through The Night

One of the top concerns for those with a newborn is sleep. Today, we talk with pediatric experts about strategies to help parents develop good sleep habits for their infant. We also discuss the science behind infant sleeping patterns and how to adjust your approach as the child grows older.

Duration: 00:46:50

Cindy Hoedel And The Quintessential Summer Recipe

Summer is just about over and seasonal crops like zucchini, tomatoes and peppers are just ripe for the picking. Today, Flint Hills resident and good friend Cindy Hoedel bravely attempts to teach host Steve Kraske the tricks and skills for cooking a proper ratatouille (without burning down the house!) Then, we get an update on her life in the rural Flint Hills. Oven-Roasted Ratatouille Serves 8-10 Roasted vegetables: 2 pounds eggplant (one large or 3-4 skinny), cut into 1-inch cubes or, if...

Duration: 00:47:26

Smart Money Experts On Financial Planning For Non-Traditional Couples

The American family unit these days is way more varied than in decades past. Whether you're in a same-sex relationship, part of a cohabitating couple, or a senior who's just not interested in marriage, financial planning can present unique obstacles. Today, the Smart Money Experts are back with advice for non-traditional couples. They also discuss the latest financial headlines, including the growth in U.S. corporate earnings and the decline in home sales .

Duration: 00:47:04

Making Great Wine In The Great Plains

It's Friday and we're celebrating the end of the work week with a nice glass of wine and a live broadcast from Holy-Field Winery in Basehor, Kansas. Today, we speak with master sommelier Doug Frost and three vintners from Missouri and Kansas about what it takes to grow great grapes and make marvelous wine in the Midwest. It's not as easy as you might think! The wine we sampled during the broadcast includes: Holy-Field Vineyard & Winery — Chambourcin Holy-Field Vineyard & Winery — Late...

Duration: 00:46:36

Garrison Keillor's New Venture, And A Short History Of The Kansas City Mafia

After handing off the reins of A Prairie Home Companion , Garrison Keillor is back on the road. Today, we speak with the legendary radio personality about the Love & Comedy Tour that's taking him across the country and through the Paris of the Plains. Then, we learn the history of how mafiosos survived in Kansas City after the death of political mob boss Tom Pendergast. Garrison Keillor's "Love and Comedy Tour" makes a stop at the Uptown Theater at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, August 29. For more...

Duration: 00:47:26

UM System President On Diversity, Budget Cuts And 'Compacts With The Citizens of Missouri'

From budget cuts to racial tensions to declining enrollment, running the University of Missouri System has its share of challenges. Today, we speak with the system's president, Dr. Mun Choi, about the climate on the Columbia campus, further dialog on diversity and how budget decisions are made when it comes to program and staff reductions. Also, we ask Dr. Choi for his prognosis on the proposed Downtown Campus for the Arts at the University of Missouri - Kansas City.

Duration: 00:47:20

Inequality Reshapes Families, KC's Sandlot History, And State Senator Faces Likely Expulsion

The definition of an American family is no longer a man and his wife, living in suburbia with their 2.3 kids. Today, we learn about some of the economic forces reshaping families . Then, we explore the history of sandlot baseball in Kansas City , and find out how communities are trying to revive the tradition. Later, we discuss the controversy over Democratic Missouri Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, of University City, who hoped in a recent Facebook comment for Pres. Donald Trump's...

Duration: 00:46:59

The History, Science And Opportunity In A Total Solar Eclipse

As the country prepared for the first total solar eclipse over the continental United States in decades, the Up To Date crew headed into the path of totality for a live broadcast from Parkville, Missouri, and the campus of Park University . We founnd out why scientists, students, and historians were excited about the celestial event.

Duration: 00:47:56

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