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Seg. 1: Former Kansas Congressman Won't Rule Out Another Run. Seg. 2: What's Showing In Indie Film.

Luke X. Martin
KCUR 89.3
Former U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder, shown here during an Up To Date appearance in November 2018, served eight years in the Kansas House of Representatives before making the jump to Washington politics.

Segment 1: Kevin Yoder reflects on his time serving in a divided government.

We sat down with Kansas' former 3rd District U.S. Congressman to discuss the eight years he spent serving in Washington, including why things in Congress have ground seemingly to a halt, how he would like to see today's political environment change, and whether or not another political position might be in his future.

  • Former U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder, R-Kansas

Segment 2, beginning at 23:47: Reviews of the latest cinematic offerings, and Oscar buzz abounds.

Movie-lovers were waiting for January and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences release of its 2019 Oscar nominations, which we discussed today. And, as per usual, our panel of cinema connoisseurs reviewed the latest batch of independent, foreign, and documentary films, including: "Cold War," "In Like Flynn," "Stan and Ollie," "On the Basis of Sex," "If Beale Street Could Talk," and "Shoplifters."

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.
As culture editor, I oversee KCUR’s coverage of race, culture, the arts, food and sports. I work with reporters to make sure our stories reflect the fullest view of the place we call home, so listeners and readers feel primed to explore the places, projects and people who make up a vibrant Kansas City. Email me at luke@kcur.org.