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Seg. 1: Most Americans Can't Pass Citizenship Test. Seg 2: Kansas City Hockey.

Segment 1: Six in 10 Americans failed the history portion of U.S. citizenship test.

Whenthe Woodrow Wilson Foundation surveyed 41,000 Americans on their country's citizenship test it found a failure rate of 56 percent among Kansans and 61 percent among Missourians. When it comes to these civic-building blocks, the question according to the Foundation's Patrick Riccards is, "What is it about what American history is taught and how it is taught today that had so many of us ... forgetting some of these basic facts?"

Segment 2: Hockey's presence in the Kansas City metro and Midwest is growing.

The Hunt family name is well known in this town as a catalyst for two major league sports, football and soccer. That list may include three sports, as one Hunt looks to increase hockey's footprint in the Heartland.

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 senior producer of Up To Date, I want our listeners to hear familiar and new voices that shine light on the issues and challenges facing the myriad communities KCUR serves, and to expose our audiences to the wonderful and the creative in the Kansas City area. Just as important to me is an obligation to mentor the next generation of producers to ensure that the important conversations continue. Reach me at alexanderdk@kcur.org.