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

Coming up the week of November 12, 2018:

  • Monday: Missouri Board of Education President Charlie Shields / Veterans' Reader Theater
  • Tuesday: Echlin Sports: MLS Playoffs
  • Wednesday: The Future of Third Parties
  • Thursday: TBD / Weekend To-Do List
  • Friday: TBD
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Segment 1: New Kansas Gov.-elect Laura Kelly is making the transition with the help of Gov. Jeff Colyer and others.

A middle aged woman sits at a cluttered desk typing on a type writer.
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Snow is falling and winter is coming, which means the season of cozy sweaters and good movies is nearly here. This weekend's recommendations from Up To Date's indie, foreign and documentary Film Critics gives you the perfect excuse to escape from the cold and take a trip to your favorite heated local theater.   

Steve Walker 

"Wildlife," PG-13

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 a virtual tie.

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Sony Classics

Writers, whether fictional or in real life, always seem to have fascinating stories to tell. This weekend's recommendations from Up To Date's indie, foreign and documentary Film Critics tell those stories of writers themselves. Take another look at Oscar Wilde's last days, hear how Lee Israel battled writer's block, or see the thrilling journey of a journalist captured by terrorists. 

Steve Walker 

"Can You Ever Forgive Me?" R

Luke X. Martin / KCUR 89.3

Segment 1: In a tight race for Kansas governor, candidate Kelly touts her bipartisan bona fides.

Luke X. Martin / KCUR 89.3

Segment 1: Kansas' child welfare system was broken and neglected. A new leader is trying to change that.

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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.

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Luke X. Martin / KCUR 89.3

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.

Luke X. Martin / KCUR 89.3

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 department, "is some structure, consistency and discipline."

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National Geographic

Battles, triumphs, and defying the odds are all common themes in life, and in film. Some survive Auschwitz, while another climbs a 3,000-foot rock wall with nothing but his hands and feet. An astonishing survival story, or just one of personal triumph, is exactly what Up to Date's indie, foreign and documentary Film Critics offer this weekend. 

Steve Walker

 "After Auschwitz," not rated

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Luke X. Martin / KCUR 89.3

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.

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Luke X. Martin / KCUR 89.3

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.

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Segment 1: Renowned historian discusses the influences that made four presidents great leaders.

When it comes down to it, 50 years of presidential scholarship has convinced Doris Kearns Goodwin that great leaders are made, not born. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of books on former presidents Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, FDR, and Lyndon Johnson talked about the individual trajectories that brought each of them to the national crises they faced as president.

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Segment 1: Ballot measure looks to restrict lobbyists and make legislative districting non-partisan.

The Clean Missouri initiative on the November ballot is so controversial opponents sought to have it removed from the ballot. Today, reporter Jason Rosenbaum and political science professor Debra Leiter explained the multiple goals within the proposed amendment, and the long-term effects it could have on state politics if it passes.

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Segment 1: Democratic candidate for Kansas' 3rd Congressional District is ready to debate Republican opponent.

Sharice Davids is leading incumbent Republican Rep. Kevin Yoder in the latest polls but has yet to face her opponent in a public debate. Among the issues the former White House Fellow addressed was dark money — which Davids calls a "barrier to electing people who have more similar experiences to most of us" — ICE and immigration, tax cuts and the tax bill, and leadership in both chambers of Congress.

A police officer stands in front of a casket at his mother's funeral.
South by Southwest

As the leaves turn color and autumn comes in to full swing, movies about change and time seem fitting. Up to Date's indie, foreign and documentary Film Critics' recommendations this weekend are filled with laughter, aging and the end of life. So pull on your favorite sweater, buy some popcorn and fall into the season at your local theater. 

Steve Walker 

Luke X. Martin / KCUR 89.3

Segment 1: Why voting to retain (or not retain) judges matters.

The confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, and the shift to a more conservative court, has shown that persons picked to serve on the bench matter. This holds true at the state level too. But unlike the federal courts, judges who serve in the Kansas or Missouri state courts are required to stand for retention. That means you decide if they keep their jobs. Today, we got advice on informing yourself and voting responsibly in these oft-overlooked elections.

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Stephen Koranda / Kansas News Service

Segment 1: As election draws nearer, results in Kansas governor's race are far from a foregone conclusion.

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Segment 1: Three separate ballot measures aim to allow medical marijuana in the Show-Me State.

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Luke X. Martin / KCUR 89.3

Segment 1: Chiefs talk, the Kansas City Marathon, UMKC women's soccer and more.

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Segment 1: Are lobbyists the secret to keeping local companies competitive?

Robert Viglasky / Bleeker Street

The media cycle has been crazier than usual: a contentious Supreme Court confirmation, campaign commercials kicking into high gear, the stock market taking its biggest single-day tumble in eight months, and — oh, don't fo

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Segment 1: Instead of a divided country, Sen. Blunt sees "great capacity to come together."

In a live broadcast from NPR studios in Washington, Missouri's junior U.S. senator weighs in on upcoming midterm elections and the fate of the state's senior senator, who's engaged in one of the hottest midterm races in the country. He also discusses his efforts on the behalf of Missourians in pushing legislation to help ease the opioid epidemic, and on a bill that would make air travel more traveler-friendly.

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Luke X. Martin / KCUR 89.3

Segment 1: New UMKC Chancellor C. Mauli Agrawal is focusing on building community and investing in research.

Although the chancellor has only been at UMKC for a few months, his impact is already felt around campus. Today, he talked about one of his main initiatives, raising school spirit, which can be hard to do at a commuter school. Chancellor Agrawal also discussed possible solutions to issues the university currently faces, including housing, student safety and building a new music conservatory.

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Luke X. Martin / KCUR 89.3

Segment 1: CBS News veteran on Trump's impact: "Washington is still, on a day-to-day basis, knocked off balance."

Few journalists have the depth of experience in covering presidents and presidential campaigns as Major Garrett, but even he admits covering President Donald J. Trump is whole new playing field. Today, Garrett recalled some of the confrontations he's had with the chief executive who "just loves to be the one who is churning the waters."

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Andrew Eccles

She's well known for her stints as assistant Erin on the television show "The Office," the naive friend in the movie "Bridesmaids" and the lead role on Netflix comedy "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt." Now Missouri-native Ellie Kemper is branching out from the screen to the page with a newly-released collection of personal essays. We talked about why her the book devotes a chapter to squirrels and what it was like to make the jump from from the Midwest to Hollywood.

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Segment 1: Missourians have the choice this November to gradually raise the minimum wage from $7.85 to $12 an hour by 2023.

Can Kansas Citians live comfortably on Missouri's current minimum wage? What would happen to our economy if it were higher? Can small businesses afford to pay more without laying off workers? Today, we discussed the pros and cons for Propositon B, a statewide minimum wage ballot measure.