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Seg. 1: A Former State Senator's Bid For Kansas Governor. Seg. 2: The Indie Film Critics.

Luke Martin
KCUR 89.3
Republican gubernatorial candidate Jim Barnett said he is concerned about rural schools in Kansas that can only afford to hold classes four days a week.

Segment 1: Former Kansas state senator Jim Barnett is throwing his hat back in the political arena.

In 2006, Jim Barnett wanted to be governor of Kansas, but lost the job to Kathleen Sebelius. Now, he's campaigning again for the highest office in the state, this time with a new running mate. Today, we learned how he feels about school finacing, medical marijuana legalization and found out why he picked his wife to be his running mate.

Segment 2, beginning at 21:07: What's showing in indie, foreign and documentary film.

Up To Date's Film Critics kick off the summer movie season by telling us their favorite flicks showing on area screens, including a documentary about the late Fred Rogers, a heist thriller that blurs the lines between fiction and reality, and Paul Schrader's take on spiritual crisis.

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.