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Segment 1: Why one teacher decided to call it quits.

Amid much tension and back-and-forth between the Shawnee Mission School District and the teacher's union, one middle school teacher decided she could be a better advocate for her colleagues and students from outside the system. Her very public resignation unleashed a torrent of online and media attention.

  • Amanda Coffman, former Shawnee Mission School District teacher

Segment 2, beginning at 22:30: What's showing now in independent film

Segment 1: A new KC Pet Project facility is set to open next month in Swope Park.

Kansas City's current animal control shelter was never intended to house and care for animals — and it shows. But a new building specifically designed for the purpose will open its doors to humans and animals starting Jan. 1. Learn what the new digs will enable the KC Pet Project to do, that they weren't able to do before.

Segment 1: Environmentalism and the outdoors have long been seen as safe spaces for white people.

The concerns of climate change action organizations are wide-ranging and well-founded, but membership is largely white and adult. Learn the benefits and challenges of adding young people of color to these groups, apart from just making them more reflective of the communities they serve. The founder of an Atlanta group and the head of a Kansas City organization explained how they are bringing diversity and youth to the environmental ranks.

Seg. 1: Healthy Homes Initiative | Seg. 2: Indie Film Critics

Sep 23, 2019

Segment 1: Some are living in temporary housing after Kansas City's rental inspection program revealed deplorable conditions at a Northland apartment complex.

Landlords are under pressure to ensure healthy living conditions or face sanctions from the Kansas City Health Department. Currently, eight inspectors are reviewing approximately 1,100 complaints over rental properties in the city. 

Segment 1: Nursing homes in Kansas can be a "black hole" for people with mental illness 

Red flags are being raised about a lack of mental health resources in Kansas, and the affect it's having on people's ability to move into independent living situations. In that state, patients who don't need to be institutionalized but aren't quite ready for independence sometimes end up in nursing homes. The problem is keeping that stop-gap measure from becoming permanent.

The Schweikher House Preservation Trust

A mural showing a stagecoach crossing a snowy, windblown Kansas landscape once graced the walls of the Olathe post office. Albert T. Reid's "The Mail Must Go Through" was created as part of a New Deal-era program that put 29 pieces of art in 26 Kansas post offices. 

The story behind these pieces of art, and the conflicts arising from the democratic process that led to their creation, are the subject of "A New Deal for Public Art in the Free State," a documentary by Kansas City filmmakers Kara Heitz and Graham Carroll.

Segment 1: Documentary follows the Quinton Lucas campaign

Ater receiving unfiltered access to the Quinton Lucas campaign for mayor, KMBC reporter Micheal Mahoney saw things no one else got to see. He shared what Lucas was like off-camera, his personality quirks and his team's reaction to winning the election. 

Segment 1: Orchestra's executive director stepping down after 16 years

Frank Byrnes has kept the Kansas City Symphony financially sound, oversaw its move to Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center and maintained a balanced repertoire between classic and modern composers. Byrne spoke to what he liked most about the job, why he's retiring now and how all the best things in his life trace back to Hawaii.

Segment 1: Former U.S. Congressman from Missouri feels Trump administration is 'illegitimate'

Former Republican Tom Coleman, left no doubt about his call for President Trump's impeachent and why he thinks the party should unite against the current administration. 

Segment 1: How a 1990s movie on DVD saved the life of a queer Kansas teen.

Savannah Rodgers is making a documentary about her obsession, as a 12-year-old, with the movie Chasing Amy.

Segment 1: Mayoral candidate Jolie Justus shares her plans for Kansas City if elected.

Crime is one of the top concerns Jolie Justus hears when speaking with voters. The mayoral candidate explains why criminal justice reform is in her plans to address the city's crime rate. Justus also discussed her approach to using economic development incentives. 

Seg. 1: UMKC Enactus | Seg. 2: Dan Wayne & Big Fur

Apr 30, 2019

Segment 1: Hacking Hunger

A group of UMKC students is working to redirect food waste so it can feed hungry Kansas Citians. Their approach has earned them global recognition as entrepreneurs. 

  • Andrea Savage, Enactus member & project member of FeedKC
  • Ben Williams, business professor and faculty advisor

Segment 2, beginning at 19:03: Taxidermy On Film

Segment 1: Legal analyst Joan Biskupic dealves into the life of Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts. 

There are many interpretations of the law, and Chief Justice John Roberts has assured Congress that his stance is neutral. A new book on his life and times shows that's not always the case, and perhaps there's more that goes into Roberts' rationale than he wants to believe.   

The owner of Kansas City's oldest independent movie theater talks about his decision to close.

Jerry Harrington has been a boon to independent, documentary and foreign filmmakers for devoting the screens of The Tivoli to their work for 35 years.  He explained how he managed to grow the audience for these types of films, added innovative content over the decades and gifted Kansas City with the opportunity to see many of the greatest films ever made.

Segment 1: Congresswoman Davids discusses her first few months in Congress. 

U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids says that she didn't know what to expect when she first got to Washington, but that she's managed to keep her campaign promises nonetheless. "It's as busy as I thought it might be, but experiencing it is a whole different thing," she told us today.

The Orchard

Between the parades and the green beer with your leprechaun buddies this St. Patrick's Day weekend, find time to get to your local theater and see one of Up To Date's indie, foreign, and documentary Film Critics' selections of must-see movies.

Cynthia Haines

"Birds of Passage," Not Rated

  • Drug trafficking leads a family to war after their values are lost among shady deals and double-crosses.

"Ruben Brandt Collector," R

sonyclassics.com

Cher has asked what might happen if we could "turn back time," but don't do it this weeked. It's time to spring forward with your clock, and more importantly, it's time to catch a good movie. Up To Date's indie, foreign, and documentary film critics have some great suggestions for you to enjoy this weekend, so head to your local theater for one of these flicks.

Steve Walker

"Bathtubs Over Broadway," PG-13

Focus Features

Do the potholes on area roads have you down, literally? Well Up To Date's indie, foreign and documentary Film Critics' have just the ticket to pick you up. It's worth testing your driving skills to get to your local theater and catch one of their recommended flicks this weekend.

Cynthia Haines

"The World Before Your Feet," not rated

Light Box Entertainment

Segment 1: "The same police and prosecutors  who are deciding whether to take your property, are the agencies that stand to benefit financially from doing just that," says attorney in recent case. 

The seizure of one man's Land Rover after a drug sale, led to the U.S. Supreme Court issuing a ruling in Timbs v. Indiana that sent a warning to law enforcement across the country. One of the attorneys in the matter and a constitutional expert walked us through this case and the high court's 9-0 decision.  

H264 Distribution

The weekend of one of America's most anticipated film-award shows has finally arrived. While we wait for the directors, designers, and big name celebrities to hit the red carpet for the Oscars, there's still a little time to see the short films that were nominated — you can catch them at Tivoli Cinemas in Kansas City and Liberty Hall in Lawrence, Kansas.

Fares Sokhon / Sony Pictures Classics

If you take Punxutawny Phil's word for it, we're expecting an early spring , but the warm light at the end of the tunnel seems far from sight right about now. After two sunny days the roads are covered again in snow, making this weekend the perfect time to take in a movie. And don't worry about scrolling through your television guide. Up To Date's indie, foreign and documentary Film Critics have a selection of flicks, some Oscar-nominated, for you to check out. 

Steve Walker

ShortsTV

Does anyone, by chance, have a number for Mother Nature? We'd like to talk to her about this midlife crisis she seems to be going through. The good news about all this miserable weather? Plenty of time to keep working on next summer's beach bodies — right? So take a break from that grueling workout routine and head to your local theather, because Up to Date's indie, foreign, and documentary Film Critics have some seriously good movies to check out this weekend.

Cynthia Haines

"Shoplifters," R

Magnolia Pictures

January has come and gone, and hopefully so have your Christmas decorations. If not, you're neighbors may be seeing red — but isn't everyone, with Valentine's Day just around the corner? If you're still looking for that perfect person to spoil you on February's official day of love (you have a couple weeks yet), swipe right on the next Tinder profile, and take them out for a true test-run with one of Up To Date's indie, foreign and documentary Film Critics' recommendations.

Steve Walker

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Segment 1: Kevin Yoder reflects on his time serving in a divided government.

We sat down with Kansas' former 3rd District U.S. Congressman to discuss the eight years he spent serving in Washington, including why things in Congress have ground seemingly to a halt, how he would like to see today's political environment change, and whether or not another political position might be in his future.

TIFF

Is anyone else excited that this weekends temperatures may creep above freezing? Up To Date's indie, foreign, and documentary Film Critics say you should definitely take advantage of the warmer weather and check out one of their recommended movies. So head to your local theater, grab some popcorn and Junior Mints and enjoy one of this weekend's "Three to See."

Cynthia Haines

"Shoplifters," R

Segment 1: Missouri Governor Mike Parson wants $22 million to help "skill up" current workforce for better paying jobs. 

Last week Governor Mike Parson used his State of the State address to announce his approach for workforce development and state infrastructure.  Today, the governor explained his proposal to borrow $350 million to repair bridges and another $50 million for a cost-sharing program to assist cities and counties with their projects. He emphasized a priority for making sure that the people who need help are getting it. 

Well Go USA

If this weekend's AFC Champshionship game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the New England Patriots doesn't strike your fancy, and building a snowman just isn't your style, head to your nearest movie theater to see one of the recomended flicks from Up to Date's indie, foreign, and documentary Film Critics. 

​Steve Walker

"Burning," not rated

Jonathan Wenk / Focus Features

By Monday, legislatures in Topeka, Jefferson City and Washington will all be back in session and, like it or not, political battles will have largely reclaimed the nation's attention after a holiday respite that was far too short. For those looking to hide from the political fray for just one more weekend, Up To Date's indie, foreign, and documentary Film Critics recommendations could provide just the escape. 

Steve Walker

"On the Basis of Sex," PG-13

Magnolia Pictures

New Year, new you, right? Resolutions can be tough to keep, but a trip to the theater might be enough to help you stick to it (or at least muddle through). There's nothing like watching others overcome obstacles to put things in perspective. This weekend's recommendations from Up To Date's indie, foreign, and documentary Film Critics can provide plenty of that. Dig in!

Cynthia Haines

"Roma," R

Benoit Delhomme / CBS Films

Biopics capturing the true essence of people and the life around them are drawing in viewers as the New Year approaches.  Actors gracing the big screen are channeling roles as political leaders, royalty and a tormented artist. The latest recommendations from Up To Date's indie, foreign, and documentary Film Critics do more than just take you back in history, they provide myriad views on turmoil from the political to the personal.

Steve Walker

"Vice," R

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