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Seg. 1: Impeachment Then & Now | Seg. 2: U.S.S. Missouri History

Segment 1: Richard Nixon's impeachment parallels that of President Donald Trump.

President Richard Nixon's impeachment trials were about more than just the Watergate scandal. Biographer John Farrell said Nixon's use of presidential power to advance his personal political ambition mirrors that of the current Oval Office occupant, who is currently being investigated by the U.S. House of Representaives.

Segment 2, beginning at 15:58: The world's most famous battleship

It was the site of the surrender of the Emperor of Japan, where World War II officially ended. And the U.S.S. Missouri also hosted the filming of a notorious Cher music video. Today, we got a short history of the ship, discussed its ties to President Truman, and learned what to expect next year — the 75th anniversary of the end of the war.

John Farrell will speak about his book at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5, at the Kansas City Public Library Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St., Kansas City, Missouri 64112. RSVP at KCLibrary.org.

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.