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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 February 18, 2019:

  • Monday: The "Dark Store Theory" Comes to Johnson County / Smart Money Experts: Recession Prep 
  • Tuesday: TBD
  • Wednesday: Kansas City Mayoral Candidate Scott Wagner / Jazz Vocalist Kurt Elling
  • Thursday: Former UMKC Basketball Great Michael Watson / Weekend To-Do List
  • Friday: Indie, Foreign and Documentary Film Critics
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Tara Raghuveer wants to raise the alarm.

"The national housing crisis has not skipped over Kansas City," she says. "Half the people in this city are tenants and many of them have issues with their housing."

Raghuveer is the woman behind the Kansas City Eviction Project, which has analyzed 18 years of eviction filings in Jackson County.

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Segment 1: We hear from the man responsible for getting stuff done in Kansas City.

From the future of a downtown ballpark to "pothole management" to streetcar expansion, we talked with the city manager about several big issues on the minds of Kansas Citians. Schulte also addressed caller questions, and says of rising water costs in Kansas City, "we're hopeful we can get a new environmental agreement done for the next 17 years of the plan, and the days of double-digit rate increases are over."

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If you take Punxutawny Phil's word for it, we're expecting an early spring , but the warm light at the end of the tunnel seems far from sight right about now. After two sunny days the roads are covered again in snow, making this weekend the perfect time to take in a movie. And don't worry about scrolling through your television guide. Up To Date's indie, foreign and documentary Film Critics have a selection of flicks, some Oscar-nominated, for you to check out. 

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Segment 1: Organizer fears that, "If we wait five years to make a bold intervention . . . we won't have people of color, workers and poor folks able to live in our city anymore."

A new tenant-power organization looks to help the more than twenty-thousand renters in the Kansas City area deal with issues related to poorly managed rental properties. Tara Raghuveer is behind the effort and she spoke about informing tenants of their rights and providing relief in the ongoing affordable housing crisis.

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When Terrence Wise testified in front of Congress on Feb. 7, it wasn't the first time he'd visited Washington. The minimum-wage worker and organizer introduced former President Barack Obama at a 2015 Worker Voice Summit at the White House.

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Segment 1: Local leader of Fight for $15 told his personal story at a U.S. House hearing to support an increase of the federal minimum wage. 

It's been a decade since Congress authorized a federal minimum wage increase. Currently, two bills passing through the U.S. House of Representatives look to nationally hike the least amount paid to workers to fifteen dollars by 2024. We talked about the possible positive and negative effects of higher wages and what the opportunity to speak directly to federal lawmakers meant for one Kansas City advocate. 

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Seg. 1: To continue improving Kansas City, Councilman Scott Taylor wants to build on the momentum from the last eight years.

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Segment 1: Prison consolidation, small pay bumps and more transparency are key to success in Missouri corrections department.

Since taking over Missouri's Department of Corrections nearly two years ago, Anne Precythe has been busy. She's charged with turning around a state agency that's struggled to retain staff and to keep inmates and prison employees safe from assault. Today, Precythe filled us in on the steps she's taken to ameliorate the issues her department is facing.

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Sen. Tim Kaine last called Kansas City home in the 1970s, but he says he still relies on his Midwestern values to guide his politics.

Kaine is Virginia's junior U.S. Senator and was Hillary Clinton's vice-presidential running mate in 2016. But Kaine grew up in Overland Park, Kansas, and this week returned to stump for his old friend from Rockhurst High School, Steve Miller, who is running for Kansas City mayor.

"It was a delightful place to grow up," Kaine says of Kansas City.

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Segment 1: Kansas City photographers William Fambrough and Matthew Washington captured the African-American experience in Kansas City. 

For a long time African Americans did not have the same documented written sources as others in this country. Historian Delia Cook Gillis says this is one reason why visual images are important. They document lost narratives with an artistic story. Gillis talked about the importance of remembering African American history, and about two photographers who helped to do just that in Kansas City.  

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Does anyone, by chance, have a number for Mother Nature? We'd like to talk to her about this midlife crisis she seems to be going through. The good news about all this miserable weather? Plenty of time to keep working on next summer's beach bodies — right? So take a break from that grueling workout routine and head to your local theather, because Up to Date's indie, foreign, and documentary Film Critics have some seriously good movies to check out this weekend.

Cynthia Haines

"Shoplifters," R

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Segment 1: Kansas City Chiefs tax documents shed light on revenue streams for NFL teams.

Luke X. Martin / KCUR 89.3

Seg. 1: The councilwoman is a front runner in the Kansas City mayoral race, in spite of having withdrawn and renentered the race.

With the experience and reputation she brings from her time as a state senator, Jolie Justus believes she has the skills that are "incredibly neccessary to keep our city moving forward." Today, Justus told us why finding common ground is crucial to crafting solutions on several issues Kansas City now faces. "We need a mayor, who can be a collaborator, who can get things done and work with people," she said.

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There certainly wasn’t much action in last Sunday’s Super Bowl. But that wasn’t the case at casinos in several states, where gambling on sports is legal for the first time thanks to a landmark Supreme Court ruling that you might have missed. Tax collectors and investors stand to make millions, but is it good for the fans? Commentator Victor Wishna weighs the odds in this month’s edition of 'A Fan’s Notes.'

Did you bet on the Super Bowl? I bet you did.

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Segment 1: Kansas City mayoral candidates face future voters in student-hosted debate. 

Last December students at Kansas City East High School asked mayoral hopefuls about issues concerning violence, policing, and economic development in their communities. Now that the race is in full swing, we revisited our conversation with three of the student organizers of that debate to hear how they spent a semester organizing the event and their impressions of the candidates.

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Segment 1: Municipal lawmakers from both sides of the state line discuss the hurdles facing their cities.

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Segment 1: Test scores are in and public school supporters are ecstatic with the results.

Magnolia Pictures

January has come and gone, and hopefully so have your Christmas decorations. If not, you're neighbors may be seeing red — but isn't everyone, with Valentine's Day just around the corner? If you're still looking for that perfect person to spoil you on February's official day of love (you have a couple weeks yet), swipe right on the next Tinder profile, and take them out for a true test-run with one of Up To Date's indie, foreign and documentary Film Critics' recommendations.

Steve Walker

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Segment 1: Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly is asking for more than 300 new intake workers to address a backlog of applications to the state's Medicaid program.

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Segment 1: Commercial real estate projects are surging throughout the metro.

Major developments popping up in the Plaza, Crossroads, and downtown may not be changing the skyline (yet), but they are making Kansas City "taller." Today, the city's foremost reporter on downtown development shared details on new and in-the-works office buildings, apartments, and hotels, and discussed how "downtown is becoming a more dense and vibrant place."

Luke X. Martin / KCUR 89.3

Segment 1: This is the bank manager's third time running for Kansas City mayor. 

Could this time be the charm for Henry Klein? Though he has never served in public office, Klein says his current job allows him to help people everyday. Today, he discussed how he would continue to lend that helping hand as mayor of Kansas City, Missouri, including his ideas to improve public schools and eliminate earning taxes on small business.

Luke X. Martin / KCUR 89.3

Segment 1: An early look at Kansas City's mayoral race, and the performance of new governors in Kansas and Missouri.

There’s so much going on in the world of politics that we couldn’t resist any longer. Today, our political panel discussed the mayor's race in Kansas City, Missouri, which is beginning to heat up, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson's plans for infrastructure and workforce development, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly's struggle with Republicans on tax cuts and school funding, and the soon-to-be-open U.S. Senate seat in Kansas. 

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Segment 1: Kevin Yoder reflects on his time serving in a divided government.

We sat down with Kansas' former 3rd District U.S. Congressman to discuss the eight years he spent serving in Washington, including why things in Congress have ground seemingly to a halt, how he would like to see today's political environment change, and whether or not another political position might be in his future.

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Is anyone else excited that this weekends temperatures may creep above freezing? Up To Date's indie, foreign, and documentary Film Critics say you should definitely take advantage of the warmer weather and check out one of their recommended movies. So head to your local theater, grab some popcorn and Junior Mints and enjoy one of this weekend's "Three to See."

Cynthia Haines

"Shoplifters," R

Segment 1: Missouri Governor Mike Parson wants $22 million to help "skill up" current workforce for better paying jobs. 

Last week Governor Mike Parson used his State of the State address to announce his approach for workforce development and state infrastructure.  Today, the governor explained his proposal to borrow $350 million to repair bridges and another $50 million for a cost-sharing program to assist cities and counties with their projects. He emphasized a priority for making sure that the people who need help are getting it. 

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Segment 1: Cerner co-founder steps away after forty years with the healthcare records company.

One of Kansas City's most succesfull businessmen, Cliff Illig helped lead a company whose total local workforce today numbers nearly 13,000 Kansas Citians and more than 26,000 employees companywide. Illig explained his decision to retire and how outside interests like ownership of Sporting KC will keep him occupied.

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Segment 1: After winning election to the Kansas City Council in 2011, Jermaine Reed now has his sights set on the mayor's office.

After two terms on the city council, Jermaine Reed tells how, if elected, he plans to take what he's learned as councilman and apply it to the city's highest office. Reed says "as mayor, I want to ensure we're investing in all area's of the community . . . making sure that we're dicussing greater economic development opportunites."

Well Go USA

If this weekend's AFC Champshionship game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the New England Patriots doesn't strike your fancy, and building a snowman just isn't your style, head to your nearest movie theater to see one of the recomended flicks from Up to Date's indie, foreign, and documentary Film Critics. 

​Steve Walker

"Burning," not rated

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Segment 1: After unprecedented ballot initiative success in November, GOP lawmakers look to change the process.

Gov. Mike Parson and Republican lawmakers in the Missouri General Assembly have made ballot initiative reform a priority for this legislative session, saying the current system is too easy for out-of-state interests and funding sources to exploit. Critics of that position say the reform proposals are an affront to voter's ability to directly influence state policy. Today, we heard from both sides of the issue.

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Segment 1: Some CBD advocates claim medicinal benefits, but research is still nominal. 

The market for CBD is growing, and a large number of shops have sprouted up around Kansas City. Users claim it helps with anxiety, Alzheimer's, and plenty other pains, but medical testing and research is still catching up to newly loosened law concerning the hemp-derived product. We discussed safety concerns and expectations for the future of this new emerging industry.

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