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Seg. 1: KC Fed's Esther George | Seg. 2: Love And Chocolate

Segment 1: President of Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City optimistic for 2020 but  keeping an eye out for what's ahead

Playing the long game with the economy is a crucial part of Esther George's job as a Federal Reserve Bank president, but she knows she can't lose sight of how people make financial decisions in real-time.  Plus, in an economy that seems to be doing well, George still has to do a balancing act between the positives and pitfalls that exist no matter how well the current situation looks. 

Segment 2, beginning at 28:00: The unbreakable bond between a favorite sweet and sweethearts

Even if Valentine's Day isn't your favorite date on the calendar, there's still a silver lining: chocolate. Two Kansas City chocolatiers affirmed it can be the busiest single day in their stores due to "panicked husbands" and others needing an expression of love. And, one engineering student revealed his way of raising the (chocolate) bar when it comes to designing chocolates.

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.