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Seg. 1: Former Sen. Claire McCaskill | Seg. 2: Kansas & Olympic Basketball

Segment 1: The former U.S. Senator from Missouri says, "traditional qualifications for president are on life support."

Claire McCaskill's current role as a political analyst allows her more freedom to say what's on her mind. She used that liberty to discuss the current goings-on in state and national politics, including impeachment proceedings on Capitol Hill, election returns from around the country, and next year's race for Missouri governor. Her advice for hopeful Democrats in the Show-Me State? "It's hard when you live in Kansas City and St. Louis sometimes to remember that Trump still has a positive approval rating in our state," she says.

  • Claire McCaskill, political analyst and former Democratic U.S. Senator

Segment 2, beginning at 23:36: Basketball's beginnings have connections to Kansas, Missouri and Nazi Germany.

Among the state of Kansas' many ties to the history of basketball, James Naismith and Phog Allen loom large. Lesser-known is how Allen became the driving force behind the sport's Olympic debut at the 1936 games in Berlin, Germany.

Andrew Maraniss will discuss his book at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 13 at the Raven Bookstore, 6 E. 7th St., Lawrence, Kansas 66044. More information at

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