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Seg. 1: Regional & National Politics | Seg. 2: Music Critic's Life

Segment 1: Mike Pompeo looks more likely to enter the race for Kansas' U.S. Senate seat.

When it comes to the race for president, The Call's Eric Wesson expects another four years of Trump. However, Mike Mahoney of KMBC sees U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar as the sleeper Democratic candidate while Caroline Sweeney is looking at Andrew Yang to gain ground. They also analyzed the U.S. Senate race in Kansas, the early days of Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas and former city manager Troy Schulte's shift to Jackson County government. 

  • Eric Wesson, senior staff writer, The Call
  • Caroline Sweeney, reporter
  • Micheal Mahoney, reporter, KMBC 9

Segment 2: What it's like to be a music critic in Kansas City

Bill Brownlee has been attending and critiquing concerts around Kansas City for decades. By his estimation, Brownlee will have seen some 300 artists by the end of this year. The lifelong music fan said he wants to feel something when he goes to a show. One factor he consistently takes into account? The impact of an audience's reaction on the performance, and on himself.

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.