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Seg. 1: The Future Of Third Parties. Seg. 2: For Kansas City Painting Legend, Art Comes Before Age.

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Luke X. Martin
KCUR 89.3
Wilbur Niewald was born in Kansas City, but has taught art all over the world including New York, Paris and Kansas City.

Segment 1: Is the U.S. "locked in" to a two-party system?

Independent candidate Greg Orman recieved 6.5 percent of the vote in the Kansas gubernatorial election this year, and independents don't fair much better nationally. So is there still hope that a third party candidate can eke out a win? Today we discuss how our two-party system differs from other democracies, and what it could take in our current climate for a third party to find success.

Segment 2, beginning at 25:08: Meet the 93-year-old who has been painting Kansas City for decades.

Wilbur Niewald is a Kansas City art-world legend. He's been picking up his easel and paintbrush to head to Loose Park for longer than many of us have been alive. With exhibits at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art this year alone, he hasn't let age get in the way of doing what he loves.

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.