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Seg. 1: Joan Biskupic's "The Chief" | Seg. 2: Indie Film Critics

Segment 1: Legal analyst Joan Biskupic dealves into the life of Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts. 

There are many interpretations of the law, and Chief Justice John Roberts has assured Congress that his stance is neutral. A new book on his life and times shows that's not always the case, and perhaps there's more that goes into Roberts' rationale than he wants to believe.   

Segment 2, beginning at 21:34: The Film Critics review the latest indie, foreign, and documentary movies.

This weekend, feature films in Kansas City cinemas are full of dramatic adventures, with a little humor to lighten the mood. Our Film Critics reviewed Ethan Hawke's performance as a bank robber in the early 1970s, documentary footage of Aretha Franklin, and other independent films and festivals in the area. 

  • Cindy Haines, film professor and critic
  • Steve Walker, film citic and freelance arts reporter
  • Bob Butler,  film critic and creator of ButlersCinemaScene.com

The Kansas City Jewish Film Festival is April 27 - May 12 at The White Theatre at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City, 5801 W. 115th Street, Overland Park, Kansas, 66211.  For tickets and more information visit the film festival webpage.

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.