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Up to Date focuses on pressing issues, both local and national, including politics, economics, planning and design, history and entertainment - topics that have an impact on the lives of the Greater Kansas City region.


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Up to Date focuses on pressing issues, both local and national, including politics, economics, planning and design, history and entertainment - topics that have an impact on the lives of the Greater Kansas City region.




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Food recs: Kansas City's best restaurants for sharing food and eating family-style

Who said you can only try one item off the menu? These Kansas City restaurants — spanning Korean, tapas and others cuisines — encourage ordering big dishes for the table, family-style, or picking a handful of small plates and passing them around.


In a new book, Kansas City writers cite superheroes for leadership lessons

The new book "Power Up: Leadership, Character and Conflict Beyond the Superhero Multiverse" uses the stories of superheroes to reveal lessons that can be applied to our everyday lives. The book was co-created and co-edited by Kansas City entertainment journalist Jon Niccum.


When and how much should you tip these days? Kansas City industry experts give their advice

According to a recent survey by the Pew Research Center, over 70% of Americans say tipping is expected in more places than it was five years ago. Despite the rise in tipping, relatively few adults know when, and how much, to tip.


Former mayor Richard Berkley 'always had Kansas City's best interests in mind'

Richard Berkley, who served as Kansas City mayor from 1979 until 1991, died Wednesday at the age of 92. Berkley was the longest-serving and first Jewish mayor of Kansas City.


'Let Us Prey' docuseries highlights abuse at Circle of Hope and Agape Boarding School in Missouri

Part of the Investigation Discovery series, which examines abusive practices in the Independent Fundamental Baptist Church, highlights two cases at religious schools in southwest Missouri. The docuseries is now streaming on Max.


A Missouri Republican and Kansas Democrat team up to help veterans become business owners

The SERV Act, co-sponsored by Kansas City-area Reps. Sharice Davids (D-Kansas) and Mark Alford (R-Missouri), will study the challenges to service members starting a business. The legislation passed the U.S. House with bipartisan support.


A new play about Wyandot activist Lyda Conley will make its world premiere at KCRep

Lyda Conley became the first Indigenous woman to argue a case before the U.S. Supreme Court in her efforts to protect a sacred Native cemetery in Kansas City, Kansas. A new play by Wyandotte playwright Madeline Easley is bringing Conley's story to the stage.


2024 looks to be a presidential election rematch — with Donald Trump on a mission of 'vengeance'

Former Republican National Committee chair Michael Steele and David Axelrod, former chief strategist for Barack Obama's presidential campaigns, both say the country is headed toward a Trump vs. Biden rematch.


Kansas students travel the country to build social bridges with people from different backgrounds

Kansas high school students are taking part in an exchange program that doesn't send them to a foreign country but instead sends them to a "foreign" town in the U.S., somewhere different from where they've grown up.


How the Mid-America Regional Council is fostering climate justice efforts in Kansas City

Environmental justice efforts have gained renewed relevance as a result of unprecedented funding offered by the Biden administration. Tom Jacobs of the Mid-America Regional Council is working to bring that funding to Kansas City.


Kansas City wants to hear from the community about building a new city jail

Kansas City Council member Crispin Rea is the chair of a committee looking for community input on how to move forward with a new city jail. Engagement sessions will be held in the coming weeks so that residents can share their thoughts.


Two nonprofits got a $1.2 million grant to address Kansas City food insecurity

With more than 180,000 Kansas Citians facing food insecurity, GreenLight Fund Kansas City is investing $1.2 million into two nonprofits in an effort to reduce the barriers to equitable food access.


Chiefs and Royals could move to Kansas if stadium talks fail, Jackson County lawmaker warns

Reports have emerged that a site in Kansas City's Crossroads is being considered for a Royals stadium, but is time running out to make a deal? Jackson County Legislator Manny Abarca IV told KCUR’s Up To Date that both the Royals and Chiefs are making "serious considerations for a move to the Kansas side."


Need help navigating tough family conversations on Thanksgiving? Here are some tips

Holiday gatherings are joyful for many, but for some, they can be contentious or difficult. Dr. Wes Crenshaw, a family psychologist in Lawrence, weighs in on how to deal with heated discussions and awkward questions at the dinner table.


Suburbs in south Kansas City want the Missouri legislature to help kill a landfill project

The city of Raymore has been battling a proposed landfill on its northern border for more than a year now. Mayor Kris Turnbow, along with other leaders in the area, have been pushing for legislation in the Missouri General Assembly to stop the project before it begins.


Hosting this Thanksgiving? A Kansas City butcher, chef and home cook have tips

With the hopes of making your Thanksgiving even the tiniest bit easier, KCUR's Up To Date asked local food experts and enthusiasts how to cook and host a delicious holiday meal, big or small.


Kansas City's new airport will have a busy first Thanksgiving travel week. Here's what to know

The new terminal at Kansas City International Airport has been operating since February, but this upcoming week might just be the busiest stretch of travel it has seen since opening.


Kansas City, Kansas, has a new strategic plan for balancing development and history

Following a series of listening sessions with community members, the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas has developed a new comprehensive strategy called PlanKCK to achieve equitable growth and development while preserving and building upon the city's unique history.


Author Marc Myers details the origin of a hit song from Missouri native Sheryl Crow

Author Marc Myers had added more songs to his book "Anatomy of 55 More Songs: The Oral History of Top Hits That Changed Rock, Pop and Soul." The book includes the breakup story that Grammy-winning Missouri native Sheryl Crow sings about in her hit song "If It Makes You Happy."


Hungry for 'braised urban squirrel'? A Lawrence, Kansas, cook-off will star wild foods

Ingredients from the Kansas outdoors — including wild game and foraged produce — will be featured in the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks' first-ever Wild Foods Cook-Off. The event will take place Sunday, Nov. 19 at Baker University Wetlands Discovery Center in Lawrence.