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Seg. 1: Kansas City's Downtown Boom Continues. Seg. 2: 'The Triumph Of Geek Culture.'

The Community - PopCulture Geek
A.D. Jameson says 'Star Wars' was a catalyst for science fiction and fantasy becoming dominant at the box office and beyond.

Segment 1: Recent development projects will see some of downtown Kansas City's iconic buildings updated.

The Church of the Resurrection Downtown is the first completely new church to be built downtown in more than a century, and is just one property development in that part of town making news. Today, we learned about a few of these projects and proposals, which could revitalize the West Bottoms, the intersection at Troost and Armour, and the Barney Allis Plaza.  

Segment 2, beginning at 25:45: How geek culture became pop culture.

Super heroes, space operas, and fantasy are all over film and television, but that hasn't always been the case. In our second segment, we examined the origins of this phenomenon and the fandom that made it possible with the author of a new book tracing the rise of "geek culture."

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.