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Seg. 1: Changes In Presidential Rhetoric | Seg. 2: Kansas City Sports Outlook

Segment 1: The rise of mass media has changed a president's ability to communicate.

Advancements in technology have provided modern presidents a more direct means of communication with their countrymen. Today, a leading expert in presidential rhetoric explores the rise of mass media and how presidents have adapted to communication innovations.

Denise Bostdorff will discuss social media and contemporary presidential rhetoric at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at the Dole Institute of Politics, 2350 Petefish Drive, Lawrence, Kansas 66045. Find more information at DoleInstitute.org.

Segment 2, beginning at 27:10: The regional powerhouse teams in spring sports

Kansas City will host both the men's and women's Big 12 basketball tournaments this year. Find out why the return of the women's tournament should be important to the city. We'll also get a prediction of what's ahead for Kansas City's 2015 World Series Champions, the Royals.

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.