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Luke X. Martin

Associate Producer, Up To Date

Luke X. Martin is an associate producer for KCUR's Up To Date.

Born in Manhattan, Kansas, and raised in Wichita, Luke fell in love with public radio listening to KMUW. He got his start pulling early morning DJ shifts at KJHK in Lawrence while he was a student at KU.

Luke was previously an intern for Up To Date, and joined the team as a producer in 2016. His work has appeared online for UPI.com, The Daily Caller, Politics Daily and The Pitch.

He has a Master of Science degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. If you see him limping along a running trail in Kansas City or the suburbs, please offer him a drink of water or a high-five.

Ways to Connect

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After decades on the scene, Ida McBeth's dusky voice and emotional delivery have reached legendary status in Kansas City. It's not just her soulful combination of blues, jazz and gospel styles that delights audiences, either; she's made a habit of surrounding herself with a band that knows how to really dig into a groove. Go on, we dare you to find someone who has seen McBeth perform and doesn't love her music.

  

Attitudes about hospice and palliative care have changed dramatically over the last 40 years, and the number of patients who receive this type of treatment has expanded. Two longtime leaders in the field, though, acknowledge that more work is needed to ease the pain and suffering of the most ailing patients.

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With 155 million Americans playing regularly, the video game industry has hit the big time. While modern gaming serves up plenty of mental puzzles, prizes, and even opportunities for social interaction, the danger is keeping a harmless hobby from becoming an addiction.

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Blk Flanl is what happens when rapper Barrel Maker — that's Morgan Cooper — meets producer Conductor Williams, née Denzel Williams. The two may be familiar, not just to fans of local rap, because they've immersed themselves in the community. Cooper makes his living as a cinematographer, and Williams helped coach track at North Kansas City High School. In Blk Flanl, they tackle contemporary social issues with smart lyrics and bold beats, all served with a healthy dose of soul samples, and jazz- and R&B-inspired horns.

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You've probably never heard of him, but if it weren’t for the work of Octave Chanute, those shiny streetcars might be climbing the hills of Saint Joseph, Missouri, not Kansas City. Instead of celebrating the Royals’ World Series win, we could be cheering on the Leavenworth Lions.

But in a single master stroke, Chanute’s Hannibal Bridge, completed in 1869, allowed cattle, and all sorts of other freight, to cross back and forth from Clay and Jackson counties in record time.

Some middle-skill jobs in America, which can provide good pay, remain unfilled because job seekers don't have the necessary training. Meanwhile, many people struggle to find promising job opportunities. Today's guests think programs offering technical and vocational education can help bridge that gap.

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There is more to the relationship between the U.S. and Israel than just political gesturing. American diplomat and author Dennis Ross explains how international obligation, political tradition, and emotional attachment all enter into the equation when taking on long-standing problems in the Middle East.

Friday was the fifth annual International Jazz Day, celebrated at the the White House with a star-studded event hosted by the Obamas. We talk with saxophonist and UMKC Jazz Director Bobby Watson about playing at the event and catching up with some musical friends.

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As far as university presidents go, Venida Chenault is anything but ordinary. When she says she understands the circumstances some underserved college students are faced with, she really means it.

As one of five siblings raised in Topeka by a single mother, her family sometimes relied on government assistance to make ends meet. Chenault is now the seventh president of Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, but she used to pay the bills by cleaning hotel rooms and working as a secretary.

Becoming a grandparent can have vivid effects on a person. Journalist Lesley Stahl's new book, Becoming Grandma, explores the evolution of close relationships, personal transformation, and the intense joy that came over her when she held her grand-daughters for the first time.

When Al-Qaida moved into Timbuktu, Mali, the terror group was bent on enforcing Shariah law, threatening many historical artifacts in the region. That's when an African collector and adventurer, Abdel Kader Haidara, took it upon himself to salvage and smuggle more than 370,000 ancient manuscripts out of harm's way.

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You may not have heard of Octave Chanute before but, if you live in or around Kansas City, chances are you're affected by his work. Local historian Bill Nicks explains Chanute's lasting importance to aviation, and where you can still find evidence of his legacy in the metro.

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 A lot of hip hop sounds great on record but can disappoint live audiences, especially if it's just one guy with a microphone rapping over a recorded track. Olathe rapper Duncan Burnett avoids that by performing with a live band, often consisting of the best jazz instrumentalists in the area. Burnett's flows don't shy away from his faith, but calling him a "Christian rapper" would be missing the point.

Most people have experience with a boss or manager who was less than inspiring. Former Kansas state Rep. Ed O'Malley, who heads up the Kansas Leadership Center in Wichita, says leadership is an activity, not a role, and should not be limited to those in high places.

St. Thomas Aquinas

When Riley Pint uncorked a 102-mile-per-hour pitch in February he may not have known the exact velocity, but he knew it felt good. Baseball scouts and coaches, meanwhile, knew they wanted to see more of the St. Thomas Aquinas High School senior on the mound.

Pint says pitching professionally would suit him just fine. "It's something I strive for, to be there [in the MLB] one day," Pint said during a phone interview on KCUR's Up To Date, "It's just a little earlier than I expected, I guess."

Gaining prominence first as Lieutenant Sulu on Star Trek, George Takei's fame has spread off the stage, too. On this edition of Up To Date, Takei talks about his work advocating for social justice and how he maintains such a deft social media presence.

George Takei will appear at Planet Comicon Kansas City at Bartle Hall on May 21 and 22. For more information, or to buy passes, visit the Planet Comicon website.

She was touring Europe in her teens, plays fluently in genres from jazz to Baroque, and her music was launched with space shuttle Atlantis. We speak with multiple Grammy Award-winning guitarist Sharon Isbin, and sample some of her music.

Sharon Isbin will be performing with mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard at the Folly Theater on April 15 as part of the Harriman-Jewell performing arts series. For more information, go to hjseries.org.

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At the end of a long week, it's easy to feel run down. Try to take some comfort in knowing you're not alone. Up To Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics have recommendations featuring brilliant but addled and hard-headed (or just plain delusional) leads dealing with some issues of their own.

Cynthia Haines

The Adderall Diaries, R

As major league teams spend more and more money on pitchers, arm injury rates for the men — and boys — on the mound are becoming increasingly common.

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Up To Date's film critics review the latest independent, foreign and documentary movies showing in area theaters.

Here's a list of the films included in the program:

  • Marguerite
  • Krisha
  • Midnight Special
  • Demolition
  • Baskin
  • King Georges
  • I Saw the Light
  • City of Gold
  • Eye in the Sky
  • Hello, My Name is Doris
  • Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict

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The Kansas City FilmFest starts April 13, so it's time to bone up on the latest flicks. Up To Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics recommend these movies to get you started.

Cynthia Haines

Marguerite, R

  • A secretly-snickering audience pushes an off-pitch performer out of her personal bubble and into the limelight.

King Georges, unrated

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In case you missed it, it's officially baseball season. As the Royals prepared to take the field Tuesday in their Opening Day game against the New York Mets, we checked in with the team that prepares the stadium for thousands of fans, and the early birds that arrived at the parking lot hours before the doors opened. 

From sleeplessness to loss of appetite, the symptoms of short-term depression can be tough, even on our animals. And like humans, they too might need emotional support after a loss in their pack or pride.

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What better time than April Fools' Day to host a roundtable of pun pundits? On this edition, our witty committee give their best (and worst) puns a swing. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!

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  • C.J. Janovy is an arts reporter for KCUR.
  • Dan Margolies is editor of Heartland Health Monitor.
  • David M. Fulk is director of philanthropic giving at KCUR.
  • Greg Hack is a former editor and reporter for The Kansas City Star.

When Google announced in 2011 that it would bring super-fast internet to Kansas City, Kan., many metro residents were eager to sign up. On today’s program, a panel discusses how gigabit download speeds have changed the region in the five years since.

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Native Americans from across the continent will congregate in Lawrence this weekend to sing, dance and honor First Nations culture. We learn about the functions and features of a powwow, and what to expect at this year's cultural and competitive event.

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Political and economic unrest has many wondering about the power and limitations of democratic values and diplomacy. On this edition of Up To Date, we talk  about the idea of a "democracy recession" and how to best battle human trafficking and rights violations.

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The cool and cloudy weather this weekend makes for a perfect excuse to hole-up in a theater and take in a film. Steer clear of the long lines for Superman v Batman and check out these recommendations from the Up To Date film critics.

Cynthia Haines

Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict, Not Rated

The Lady in the Van, PG-13

Spotlight, R

Steve Walker

The Lady in the Van

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Missouri legislators are considering a bill that would allow organizations and individuals to deny service to same-sex couples based on  religious beliefs, and that has left some commerce groups in Kansas City worried about the possible economic impact.

The White House

Extremely troubling circumstances require extreme solutions, at least according to R.J. Dickens. The Wichita television personality posted to the White House's website on March 14 a petition that seeks to have Kansas’ statehood revoked.

The petition was borne out of Dickens' growing frustration at politics in the state.

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