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State Of The Union

Segment 1: When it comes to what makes a president's speech memorable "ideas are the most important thing."

Rhetoric expert Robert Rowland acknowledged that not every U.S. president has produced a memorable speech like Lincoln's second inaugural address. Rowland laid out the ingredients found in the ones that have stood the test of time and gave examples of those which met or missed the criteria, including speeches by Reagan, Obama and Trump.

The president begged for unity before unleashing a speech that focused squarely on his most controversial policy. A traditional show of support from the speaker of the House turned into a sarcastic instant meme.

Such is politics in 2019.

Stacey Abrams, former Georgia gubernatorial candidate and potential Senate candidate, delivered the Democrats' response to President Trump's State of the Union address on Tuesday night.

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Despite the raucous Republican reception Pres. Trump's State of the Union received, Kansas City's Rep. Emanuel Cleaver thinks the commander-in-chief missed an opportunity with his speech. Today, he shares his theory on why GOP members in Congress are eager to be seen supporting the president. Then, we get the latest word on the rainbow trout, zebra mussels, and Eastern spotted skunks that the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism is keeping an eye on.

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While Kansas City has a long tradition of black artists, their work tends to get overlooked, says textiles artist Sonié Joi Thompson-Ruffin. Today, we learn about a community project that's giving these local creatives online posterity. Then, we hear excerpts from a conversation with Democratic Missouri Rep.

Nearly a week after a deadly shooting in Olathe, Kansas, left one Indian man dead and two more men wounded, President Donald Trump condemned the incident in the opening lines of his first joint address to Congress Tuesday. 

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President Obama's Tuesday night State of the Union address focused on various domestic issues, with a dash of foreign policy.

In the last part of Wednesday's Up to Date, we talk about the speech and what it means for governmental policies this year. 

Guest:

  • Bob Beatty, professor of political science at Washburn University

Reacting To The State Of The Union Address

Feb 13, 2013
The White House

In last night's State of the Union address, Pres. Obama addressed the federal minimum wage, economic growth and tax policy as well as action on gun control, among other things.

Social Change Advocate At SOTU

Jan 24, 2012
Photos courtesy of Rachael Jane.

One of Kansas City's early advocates for children living in poverty will be in the audience tonight watching the President's State of the Union Address, combining the invitation with an opportunity to take her message to Congress.