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Seg. 1: Kansas City Makes National Geographic Best Trip List. Seg. 2: Offbeat Holiday Films.

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Of the seven city destinations on National Geographic's must-see list for 2019, ours was the only American city.

Segment 1: Barbecue, jazz, and historical sights connect visitors with the soul of the city. 

Kansas Citians, prepare yourselves for a big year of tourism in 2019. National Geographic listed KC as one of the world's most exciting destinations for the year ahead. Today, we talked with an editor-in-chief at National Geographic Traveler about the appeal of our Midwestern city compared to other exotic places on the list. 

Segment 2, beginning at 22:24: Before being reshaped by family-oriented sensibilities, Christmas movies were a little more rowdy.

"It's A Wonderful Life" or "Love, Actually" may properly depict your traditional mood during Christmas, but for those of us who prefer something a little off the beaten path, Up To Date's Cinephiles are back to discuss unconvential holiday movies that addressed then-controversial issues of gender, class, adolesence and society.

  • Mitch Brian, screenwriter and film professor at University of Missouri-Kansas City 
  • Erin Hamer-Beck, screenwriter and instructor at University of Missouri-Kansas City and Kansas City Art Institute
Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
Luke X. Martin is a reporter focusing on race, culture and ethnicity for KCUR 89.3. Contact him at or on Twitter, @lukexmartin.