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Seg. 1: Cerner's Illig Plans Busy Retirement. Seg. 2: Writing Political Thrillers In The Trump Age.

Luke X. Martin
KCUR 89.3
Cliff Illig's retirement from Kansas City's Cerner Corporation means he can now spend more time on his outside interests.

Segment 1: Cerner co-founder steps away after forty years with the healthcare records company.

One of Kansas City's most succesfull businessmen, Cliff Illig helped lead a company whose total local workforce today numbers nearly 13,000 Kansas Citians and more than 26,000 employees companywide. Illig explained his decision to retire and how outside interests like ownership of Sporting KC will keep him occupied.

Segment 2, beginning at 28:52: Author draws on years spent living and reporting in Washington, D.C. to bring detail to most latest book.

Novelist Matthew Quirk is the author of five political thrillers and his just-released "The Night Agent" borrows from persistent allegations against the Trump presidential campaign. Quirk talked about his new novel and the challenges of writing fiction to reflect the current politcal atmosphere.

Matthew Quirk will present his new novel "The Night Agent" at 7:00 p.m., January 23, at the Woodneath Library Center 8900 NE Flintlock Rd, Kansas City, MO 64157. This is in conjunction with Rainy Day Books in Fairway. To register, go to or call the library at 816.883.4900. 

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