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Seg. 1: UM President Choi | Seg. 2: Columnist David Brooks

Segment 1: UM System President Mun Choi speaks to the impact of enrollment, funding and a new health initiative across campuses.

The University of Missouri System recently launched a new health initiative, which President Choi says is "the most important and the largest project in the history of the UM System." President Choi says university enrollment is steady right now, and that the Columbia campus has recovered from the tumult of 2015. He does note, however, that state funding this year is the same as it was 1998, even though there are 40% more students. 

Segment 2, beginning at 23:35: David Brooks shares insight to his newest book and his unique writing process.

David Brooks' newest book aims to teach its readers how to lead a moral life. He tells us about his journey to becoming a news and opinion writer. When writing his New York Times op-ed column, Brooks lays all his research in piles on the floor. "The writing process is not typing on the keyboard. It's crawling around the living room organizing my piles," he says.  

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.