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Poetry With Caroline Kennedy

Though she’s famous for her family name, Caroline Kennedy has made a name for herself in other ways, too.

In the second part of Tuesday's Up to Date, we’ll talk with her about her latest book of poetry for children, Poems to Learn by Heart, and why she chose to put some of her personal remembrances in the collection.
We'll also ask her about the prospects of her becoming the U.S. ambassador to Japan.

KCUR staff read some of the poems in Poems to Learn by Heart. Here's a selection:

KC Currents Assistant Producer Alex Smith reads The First Book, by Rita Dove.
KCUR’s afternoon drive announcer Linda Sher reads A Blessing, by James Wright.
Up to Date intern Beth Lipoff reads It Couldn’t Be Done, by Edgar Albert Guest.
Up to Date senior producer Stephen Steigman reads Don’t Worry if Your Job Is Small, by Anonymous.
KC Currents intern Monica Sandreczki reads Ballad of Birmingham, by Dudley Randall.

HEAR MORE: Caroline Kennedy will speak on her book, Poems to Learn by Heart, at 7 p.m. April 2 at Unity Temple on The Plaza, 707 W 47th St. The event is sold out, but you can order autographed books from RainyDayBooks.com.  

Caroline Kennedy is the editor of eight New York Times bestselling books on American history, politics, constitutional law and poetry, including She Walks in Beauty: A Woman's Journey Through Poems and A Family of Poems. She is the oldest child of former U. S. President John F. Kennedy and  Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.


When I host Up To Date each morning at 9, my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. Reach me at steve@kcur.org or on Twitter @stevekraske.