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Luke X. Martin is an associate producer for KCUR's Up To Date . Born in Manhattan, Kansas, and raised in Wichita, Luke fell in love with public radio listening to KMUW. He got his start pulling early morning DJ shifts at KJHK in Lawrence while he was a student at KU. Luke was previously an intern for Up To Date , and joined the team as a producer in 2016. His work has appeared online for UPI.com, The Daily Caller, Politics Daily and The Pitch . He has a Master of Science degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. If you see him limping along a running trail in Kansas City or the suburbs, please offer him a drink of water or a high-five.

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    With the Kansas City Royals languishing and the Chiefs off to a disappointing preseason start, sports fans looking for respite (and not willing make the drive to see Sporting KC contend for the Western Conference) might consider a trip to their favorite cinema. Up To Date 's Film Critics have offered up a selection of movies for your weekend consideration. What they lack in home runs and touchdowns, they more than make up for in heart. Cynthia Haines "The Cakemaker," not rated When the affair ends between a married Israeli man and his German paramour, a baker named Thomas, the jilted lover travels to Jerusalem and infiltrates the cafe of his beau's wife. "Three Identical Strangers," PG-13 A documentary of powerful reporting, with shocking revelations about identical triplets, separated at birth, who reunited as adults only to discover the ominous inner-machinations of their adoption agency. "Love, Cecil," not rated An engaging portrait of Cecil Beaton, photographer and costume designer

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    Segment 1: Former Kansas City mayor reflects on the impact of downtown development. Much of the credit for Kansas City's current downtown boom can be placed at the feet of former Mayor Kay Barnes, whose efforts culminated in the creation of the Power and Light District and the construction of the Sprint Center. Nevertheless, parts of town east of Troost still struggle for invesment and redevelopment. We spoke with Barnes about her legacy and the community-building work that's left to be done. Kay Barnes, former Kansas City, Missouri, mayor and senior director of university engagement at Park University Segment 2, beginning at 24:55: How the Black Panther Party benefitted Kansas City communities of color. The militancy of the Black Panther Party was well-publicized. The social and political outreach and empowerment work they did is much less well-known. Today, we discussed the legacy of the Black Panthers in Kansas City, across the United States, and in Tanzania with two local film

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    Segment 1: Twenty-five years after the "Great Flood of 1993," is Kansas City any safer? Like most cities in the Missouri River basin, the danger of flooding is a fact of life in Kansas City. Floods in 1993 caused 50 deaths and $15 billion in damages, but rains every year furrow the brows of civil engineers. Today, we learned about the infrastructure projects keeping Kansas City safe from collosal floods and normal downpours alike. We also asked where the weak spots are in the system, and what work is left to be done. John Grothaus, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City District , chief of plan formation Tom Poer, Missouri and Associated Rivers Coalition president Segment 2, beginning at 23:27: How does a millennium-old institution stay relevant? In a conversation broadcast live from Johnson County Library's newest branch , we ask local leaders in the industry what separates public libraries from online bookmongers like Amazon and digital forums like Facebook or Twitter. Despite the

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    Segment 1: After the incumbent's endorsement, Kris Kobach emerges as the GOP nominee to face Greg Orman and Laura Kelly in November's midterm. With the field set for this fall's gubernatorial election in Kansas, the three campaigns left standing will turn their full attention to winning in November. Before we follow suit, we invited political watchers in Topeka to consider the implications a Kobach-Hartman ticket will have on down-ballot Republicans hoping to appeal to moderate voters. Bob Beatty, political science department chair, Washburn University Jim McLean , editor and reporter, Kansas News Service Stephan Bisaha , reporter, Kansas News Service Segment 2, beginning at 23:13: Are e-cigarettes a safer alternative to the old-fashioned variety? Given that the science on vaping is still relatively new, misperseptions about its effects are understandable. To help clear the smoke around the issue, we asked two local doctors how using e-cigarettes impacts a young person's health and

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    The history of literature and film is strewn with stories of protagonists who don't fit in. This weekend's set of recommendations from Up To Date 's indie, foreign and documentary Film Critics suggests outcasts are still in vogue. Whether their alienation is rooted in psychology, sexuality or something else, these movies all feature characters who struggle — with varying degrees of success — to find value in their individuality. Steve Walker "McQueen," R This documentary about the brilliant and troubled fashion designer Alexander McQueen relishes the "savage beauty" of his work: inventive, often macabre clothes he once described as "the horrors of my soul put on the runway." "Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood," not rated A bawdy exposé of the closeted film community in Los Angeles in the 1950s and 60s as told by Scotty Bowers, who claims he slept with or provided lovers to many of the biggest Hollywood stars. "The Miseducation of Cameron Post," not rated In this winner of a

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    Segment 1: Most people agree access to pre-K needs to be expanded. Not everyone agrees on how to pay for and oversee it. Days after Kansas City Mayor Sly James made public the particulars of his plan to fund expanded early childhood education , opposition to the proposal is piping up. Today, we heard educators and community organizers explain why they think the mayor's scheme to get more 4-year-olds into pre-K needs work. Gwen Grant, Urban League of Greater Kansas City president and CEO Mark Bedell , Kansas City Public Schools superintendent Dan Clemens , North Kansas City Schools superintendent Segment 2, beginning at 26:22: Some sites are more obvious than others, but Kansas City offers jazz lovers plenty of historical points of interest. Kansas City's UNESCO designation this year as a "Creative City of Music" is international recognition of the town's influence and impact on the direction of a distincly American art form. To guide us through some local sites where early- and mid

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    Segment 1: After a year of controversy, how is the former governor's nonprofit bouncing back? Before he was Missouri's governor, Eric Greitens founded The Mission Continues to help veterans reintegrate in and improve the communities where they lived. After he became governor and was accused of using the nonprofit's donor list to raise campaign funds, the charity came under intense scrutiny. Now that the dust is starting to settle, we spoke with the organization's leader and a volunteer to see how the group is moving beyond the scandal. Spencer Kympton , The Mission Continues president Chelsea Barto, The Mission Continues Kansas City volunteer Segment 2, beginning at 20:15: The Smart Money Experts on how to turn a profit while making a positive impact. Since socially responsible investing can mean different things to different people, we invited the Smart Money Experts to explain how folks can best use their assets to influence corporate behavior. They shared tips and tools for finding

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    Segment 1: Proposed work requirements for some public food assistance is ruffling feathers. While senators and House members in Washington struggle to find the compromises that could turn this year's version of the farm bill into law, millions of stakeholders await a solution. Today, we got an update from Harvest Public Media on how the negotiations, and their eventual outcomes, could affect city- and country-dwellers across the Midwest. Grant Gerlock , Harvest Public Media reporter at NET News Segment 2, beginning at 21:00: How a previous president handled a threatening investigation. President Donald Trump's ongoing war with special prosecutor Robert Mueller may ring a few bells with long-time watchers of American politics. Now that pressure on the president has risen dramatically in the wake of Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's conviction on eight charges of financial crimes and former Trump personal lawyer Michael Cohen's plea deal, we compared the president’s ongoing faceoff

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    Segment 1: This reliably Republican Congressional District could be a toss-up, come November. A relatively unknown Republican candidate's victory in the primaries came as a surprise to many in Kansas' 2nd Congressional District, but it has given Democrats new hope that their nominee for the seat, Paul Davis, might have a chance to flip that political territory. We spoke with GOP insiders to gauge their support for and coalescence around newcomer Steve Watkins, and asked Statehouse reporters about the Democrat he's facing in the midterm. Cheryl Reynolds, Kansas GOP 2nd Congressional District chair Rett Rogers, Kansas GOP Leavenworth County chair Jim McLean , Kansas News Service editor and reporter Tim Carpenter , Topeka Capital-Journal Statehouse bureau chief Segment 2, beginning at 22:04: The return of the indie, foreign and documentary Film Critics. This month’s crop of theatrical releases shows how well — and sometimes how badly — friends, family and fans deal with other individuals

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    Some folks go to the movies to see speeding cars and exploding buildings. Others expect wit, whimsy and a barrel of laughs. For those needing to shed a few tears, this week's recommendations from Up To Date 's indie, foreign and documentary Film Critics are sure to do the trick. From a taken-for-granted homemaker to a tween on the cusp of high school, emotions run high throughout the latest batch of theatrical releases. Cynthia Haines "Nico, 1988," R Known most widely for her 1960s work with the Velvet Underground, Susanna Nicchiarelli's unusual biopic follows singer-songwriter Nico as she approaches 50 years old, deciding whether or not to leave obsurity in Manchester, England, for a European tour for her latest album. "Puzzle," R In this English-language version of a 2010 Argentinian film, Kelly Macdonald stars as Agnes, a suburban housewife who suffers ennui, boredom, and neglect at home until a new hobby — competitive puzzling — shifts her perspective. "McQueen," R A catwalk

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    Segment 1: A proposed ordinance would limit the amount of time pedestrians could spend in crosswalks and traffic islands. Though it doesn't use the word "panhandling" at all, a proposed ordinance introduced last week in the Kansas City Council clearly has the practice in its sights. Today, we ask a supporter of the proposal and a legal expert about its consitutional implications, and whether or not curbing road-side begging would keep people from being taken advantage of, or simply punish the poor. Councilwoman Teresa Loar , 2nd District at-large Mark Johnson, Denton's law firm partner and adjunct faculty at the University of Kansas School of Law Segment 2, beginning at 23:11: How jazz has changed since the turn of the century. For those who think jazz's golden age ended in the 1950s or 60s, critic Nate Chinen would urge you to reconsider. In a loving treatment of the contributions made by contemporary musicians , he makes a strong case for changing the focus from the legacies of

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    Segment 1: Updates on the projects that are changing Kansas City's urban neighborhoods. As property developments continue unabated in downtown Kansas City, we return with a review of the latest batch of projects. This installment covers recent happenings in the River Market, the Crossroads, around 18th And Vine, and along Troost Avenue between 24th Street and Linwood Boulevard. We also discussed the controversial continued reliance on tax incentives in parts of town like the Power and Light District, which have already seen success. Kevin Collison , KCUR contributor and creator of CitySceneKC.com Segment 2, beginning at 21:13: "A Girl's Guide to Joining the Resistance." From #TimesUp to #NeverAgain, young women are leading many of today's movements. But the struggles facing young female activists are unique, according to author Emma Gray. In this rebroadcast of a March 2018 interview, she shared her perspectives on how to become and stay involved in social change. Emma Gray , HuffPost

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    Segment 1: Will Kansas City's new months-long arts festival draw a crowd and make a buck? An ongoing, grand-scale arts festival could prove to be just what Kansas City needs to redeem itself from the highly-publicized bungling of the 2017 Jazz and Heritage Festival , but officials are reluctant to connect the two efforts. Today we learned why that is, and explored the risks and rewards Open Spaces could create for the city. Consuelo Cruz, Kansas City Office of Culture and Creative Services art marketing coordinator Bill Brownlee , KCUR arts contributor Open Spaces events are taking place throughout Kansas City until Sunday, October 28. For more information and a complete list of events, visit OpenSpacesKC.com . Segment 2, beginning at 19:57: A guide to upending mainstream ideas about race, class and gender. The days of Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and Angela Davis have passed us by, and many believe the path forward for the new wave of activists in this country involves

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    Segment 1: How to analyze political ads. As midterm election campaigns start to hit their stride, voters in Kansas and Missouri are sure to be inundated with any number of political advertisements. As a public service (and at the request of a listener named Mary Anne) we spoke with trusted, professional fact-checkers about what to keep an eye out for when attempting to separate the fact from conjecture. Katie Sanders , PolitiFact managing editor Louis Jacobson , PolitiFact senior correspondent Segment 2, beginning at 26:26: Updates on the Kansas City area's economy and biggest employers. Maybe you’ve noticed: In recent weeks and months, there have been all manner of massive layoffs and hirings when it comes to some of the biggest employers in the Kansas City metro. The layoff side of the ledger has included Sprint and DST Systems . On the upside, Burns & McDonnell is hiring like crazy . But how’s this all balancing out, and what does it mean for the future of the Kansas City area?

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    Whether they're embarking on a new business venture, breaking out of languishing personal relationships, or just attempting to survive junior high school, this weekend's recommendations from Up To Date 's indie, foreign and documentary Film Critics are full of women making their own paths. Thier stories aren't just compelling fodder for the silver screen, they also provide inspiration for hopeful trailblazers of all genders. Steve Walker "Juliet, Naked," R In this off-beat comedy based on a Nick Hornby novel, Ethan Hawke plays a reclusive rock star who is prodded out of hiding by the museum curator girlfriend (Rose Byrne) of an obsessive fan. "Puzzle," R Kelly Macdonald gives a winning performance as a housewife who finds an upcoming jigsaw puzzle championship — and the attention of her competition partner — a welcome distraction from being taken for granted by her husband and sons. "Eighth Grade," R This bruising but ultimately endearing look at an awkward teenage girl's last week of

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    Segment 1: "My goal is to fight for the people of my community and solve problems," says Rep. Kevin Yoder. Kansas' Third Congressional District has been reliably Republican for years, but some observers in Washington think Sharice Davids could be the first Democrat to represent the area since Dennis Moore, and the first Native American woman to join Congress ever. Today, the incumbent lawmaker told us why a more liberal legislator isn't right for northeast Kansas, and discussed the big issues that are driving campaign debates, including the policies of President Donald Trump, immigration and health care. U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder , R-Kansas Segment 2, beginning at 26:13: How journalists use anonymous sources. A certain editorial published last week in the New York Times has thrust the use of anonymous sources into the spotlight. Today, we asked the Media Critics about the proper use of anonymous sources, how "off the record" and "on background" interviews work, and about the value and

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    Segment 1: Why public money is needed to get a proposed underwater attraction off the ground. With more than $60 million already raised for a 700,000-gallon aquarium proposal, the future of an artificial seascape at the Kansas City Zoo depends largely on the willingness of Kansas City, Missouri, leaders to kick in about $7 million of taxpayer money. Today, a zoo leader described his vision for a new salt-water exhibit that Midwesterners could enjoy any time of year, and explained why private donors are insisting on financial support from the city. Randy Wisthoff, Kansas City Zoo executive director and CEO Segment 2, beginning at 20:10: American human rights leadership not what it once was. Sarah Margon's argument is simple: Since Donald Trump became president, America has beat a retreat when it comes to human rights . Today, Human Rights Watch's main point of contact with the U.S. government explained the ways in which she thinks the country's reputation has regressed, and what that

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    Segment 1: Parkville candidates for Missouri House look to replace term-limited state Rep. Nick Marshall. Lauren Arthur's big Senate win in Clay County has many Missouri Democrats hoping the same could happen in the neighboring state House race for District 13. We sat down with the two major-party candidates to discuss their proposed policies on a gas tax increase, marijuana legalization, violent crime and more. Vic Allred , restaurateur and Republican candidate for Missouri House District 13 Mitch Weber , broadcast journalist and Democratic candidate for Missouri House District 13 Segment 2, beginning at 24:32: Using poetry to change veteran perspectives on wartime moral injuries. Poet Brian Turner says humans live in three different time zones: the past, the present and the future. "But the past weighs so heavily — it’s the massive weight that pushes us into the present," he told KCUR on Wednesday . For some military personnel, past wartime deeds can be especially hard to overcome.

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    Segment 1: Will redevelopment on a single block of Troost be the bellweather for how the city revitalizes other neighborhoods? Clemons Real Estate has now taken the lead in redeveloping several properties on and around the 3100 block of Troost , but can they do it without pricing out the people who live nearby? It's a tough question with no clear answer, but one our panel agrees is paramount to consider. They discussed possible solutions to the gentrification problem, and suggested ways in which progress can be made without excluding the most vulnerable residents among us. Audrey Navarro , Clemons Real Estate managing partner Stephen Samuels , Greater Kansas City LISC executive director Quinton Lucas , Kansas City Councilman , Dist. 3 at-Large Segment 2, beginning at 27:20: The modern era was propelled by a quest to keep babies alive, well-fed and happy. Yes, babies are cuddly and curious and clever and just the cutest, but could they really have been what pushed American society into

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