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Coming up the week of October 8, 2018:

  • Monday: Missouri's Minimum Wage Ballot Measure / Psychologist Wes Crenshaw: Teen Voters
  • Tuesday: CBS White House Correspondent Major Garrett / Jazz Genius Vijay Iyer
  • Wednesday: UMKC Chancellor C. Mauli Agrawal / The Future of the Supreme Court
  • Thursday: Live from Washington: U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt
  • Friday: Live from Washington

Film Review: "Shame"

Jan 20, 2012

If anyone doubted sex and intimacy were mutually exclusive, "Shame" is proof-positive they can be light years apart.

So here we are three weeks into the year.  How about a show of hands: how many of you have already broken your new year’s resolutions?

Even if you can't keep your New Year's resolutions, you can certainly make some short-term promises to go out on the town this weekend.  Need some ideas?  Brian McTavish is back to offer up a few options in his Weekend To-Do List for January 20-22, 2012.

Meryl Streep has certainly played British before - "The French Lieutenant's Woman" and the underrated "Plenty," for starters - but is now figuratively playing Britain itself.

Higher education is on the chopping block once again in Jefferson City.

According to a Kansas City Star article by sportswriter Kent Babb, "secrecy, intimidation, fear and a watchful eye have become hallmarks of working for the Chiefs."

The Kansas City (Missouri) Police Department searched far and wide for a new chief last year. Finally, they chose from within its ranks: Darryl Forté.

Tuesday on Up to Date, Steve Kraske welcomed Chief Forté to talk about Kansas City's consistently-high homicide rate, community policing, and his background. 

Library of Congress

Bellman, concierge, housekeeper, valet:  If the Pullman porter’s job was complex, his place in the American consciousness is even harder to pin down. 

There comes a time in every marriage when many wives begin to wonder “What the heck is wrong with my husband’s brain?!”

Writer and sports commentator Victor Wishna greeted this week's news of the Kansas City Chiefs' interim-become-permanent coach the way many others did: with a tribute to The Bard of Avon.

Looking for a great art, independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of January 13-15, 2012?

Up to Date's critics share their three favorite showing on area screens.

Cynthia Haines: The Artist, Hugo, The Hedgehog

Steve Walker: The Iron Lady, Melancholia, The Artist

At his annual State of the State address on Wednesday night, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback advocated a plan to cut taxes for roughly 1.6 million Kansans

He also outlined a plan to change the way Kansas public schools are funded, and called for the Kansas Legislature to fix the Sunflower State's state employee pension plan.

Ready to face the great urban outdoors this weekend?  Brian McTavish is back to offer up a few options in his Weekend To-Do List for January 13-14, 2012.

Wendell Potter, a former vice president of CIGNA, says that health insurers make promises they have no intention of keeping, flout regulations designed to protect consumers, and skew political debate with multibillion-dollar PR campaigns to mislead the press and public.

If you've been to a Hy-Vee grocery store recently, chances are you've seen some numbers right next to the price of an item of food.

It's a "NuVal" - a nutritional value placed on each and every food product. 

On January 8th, 2012, the Kansas City Film Critics Circle announced its choices for the 45th Annual Loutzenhiser Awards, named for late local critic James Loutzenhiser.

Modern American manners leave much to be desired. People answer their cell phones in the middle of meals, they shush loudly in movie theaters and even clip their toenails on the train.

Looking for a great art, independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of January 7-8, 2012?

Up to Date's critics share their three favorite showing on area screens.

Cynthia Haines: The Artist, Le Havre, Being Elmo

Bob Butler: The Artist, Le Havre, Being Elmo

Steve Walker: The Artist, Le Havre, Young Adult

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will name its Oscar nominees on January 24th.  No, our own critics aren't involved in the nominating process, but that doesn't mean they don't have opinions on which films should receive accolades!

Seeking a way out of the house this weekend?  Brian McTavish is back to offer up a few options in his Weekend To-Do List for January 6-8, 2012.

Boeing

Will 2,100 aerospace workers find other jobs in Wichita once Boeing closes its plant next year?

Thursday at 11:40 a.m. on Up to Date: Steve Kraske talks with Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer about Wednesday's big news that Boeing is pulling out of city after nearly 85 years.

University of Kansas Film and Media Studies professor John C. Tibbetts is not just a film scholar, but a fan of its work, more specifically, science fiction.  He had a strong influence: Tibbetts' father was an early science fiction fan who named his son after Edgar Rice Burrough's second great hero, John Carter of Mars.

Flickr: Patersor http://www.flickr.com/photos/patersor/with/3560053177/

Perhaps your New Years' resolutions include weight loss, more exercise, and being more organized.  Do they happen to include "reduce, reuse, and recycle?"  How about "I will drive less" or "I vow to take public transportation more often?"

Jason Noble, Des Moines Register

It’s easy to lose interest in political campaigns, but it’s the news media’s responsibility to make it interesting – and get it right.

In the true spirit of global cinema comes a charming and sweet French movie by a Finnish director (Aki Kaurismäki) about a young African refugee.

Whether you're searching online for the best shoe sales or driving directions, chances are good that the first thing you do is "Google it." And why wouldn't you? With its recent foray into social media and services offering everything from out-of-print books to cell phones, Google is fast becoming a one-stop shop for, well, everything. But could the search engine be too good at what it does?

50 years ago, Alan Shepard became the first American in space, making a brief suborbital mission that marked the first manned launch of Project Mercury.

An assassination attempt on the American president, a world-famous inventor on a deadline and a hard-headed doctor named Doctor Bliss. You couldn't make this stuff up, and Leawood author Candice Millard found it too good not to write about.

X-ray vision, doubled life spans, lots of robots, and zoos filled with animals that are now extinct.

It may sound like a science fiction novel from your childhood, but this is the not-too-distant future envisioned by quantum physicist Michio Kaku in his book Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100.

Looking for a great art, independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of December 24-25, 2011?

Up to Date's critics share their three favorite showing on area screens.

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