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Taking The Leap... Off A Building

What's it like to leap off tall buildings in a single bound?

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In the second part of Monday's Up to Date, we talk with base-jumper Alastair Macartney about Monday morning's jump off of Kansas City's Liberty Memorial, why he chose this profession and find out whether he looks down before he takes the plunge.

HEAR MORE: Alastair Macartney speaks on Tuesday evening August 20 as part of this year's TEDxKC at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are sold out, but you can stream the event live.

KMBC-TV was there at the jump this morning. Here's their video:

Macartney has also made base jumps from many other places, including Eiger in the Swiss Alps:

Alastair Macartney is base jumper and motivational speaker who set a world record leaping from the KL Tower in Malaysia to leading a 3-man wingsuit human flight formation from the north face of the Eiger in Switzerland. He established and developed Jump4Heroes, The Royal British Legion Extreme Human Flight TeamHis exploits have appeared in widely in European media, such as The Sun, Times, Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph, Sky News, Belfast Telegraph, Metro, Independent and ITV Daybreak.

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Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.