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Superman: Flying High At 75


He is the original superhero of modern times and this year fans around the world celebrate the 75th birthday of Superman.

On Friday's Up to Date we go all the way back to the beginning as Steve Kraske talks with Larry Tye, author of Superman: The High-Flying History of America's Most Enduring Hero

Together they reveal how two teenage friends from Cleveland, Ohio created the character they yearned to be and the world would come to love.  Then Brian McTavish and Aaron Weber join Steve for a look at Superman in comics, TV, film, and popular culture through the decades. 

Larry Tye, author of Superman: The High-Flying History of America’s Most Enduring Hero, runs the Boston-based Health Coverage Fellowship, which is designed to help the media do a better job covering critical health care issues. From 1986 to 2001, Tye was a reporter at the Boston Globe. Tye’s books include The Father of Spin: Edward L. Bernays and the Birth of Public Relations, Home Lands: Portraits of the New Jewish Diaspora and Satchel: The Life and Times of an American Legend. Aaron Weber is a former film critic who still does comic-book film reviews for his nerd-culture podcast The Four Color Freakout. Brian McTavish is a regular contributor to Up to Date with the Weekend To-Do List. He's a pop culture and  comic book enthusiast. From 1985 to 2008, he was an arts & entertainment reporter and critic for The Kansas City Star.

As senior producer of Up To Date, I want our listeners to hear familiar and new voices that shine light on the issues and challenges facing the myriad communities KCUR serves, and to expose our audiences to the wonderful and the creative in the Kansas City area. Just as important to me is an obligation to mentor the next generation of producers to ensure that the important conversations continue. Reach me at alexanderdk@kcur.org.
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.