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Help For Parents Of Picky Eaters

For parents who have a picky eater in the house, mealtime can feel like a battle. Today, we get tips from health professionals — and from listeners with front-line experience — for encouraging good routines in the kitchen and at the table. We'll also explore ways to get your kids interested and involved in preparing the food they eat. This week's Local Listen features garage-rockers Momma's Boy .

Lincoln's Struggle To End Slavery, And A Harvest Public Media Roundup

For the 3rd year in a row, Abraham Lincoln topped C-SPAN's presidential leadership survey . On Presidents Day (more accurately known as Washington's Birthday ), we explore the struggle over emancipation and the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment. Then, reporters update us on the latest Harvest Public Media headlines, including POTUS' pick for agriculture secretary , how to define milk and why more GMOs are showing up in grocery stores . Michael Vorenberg will present ' Lincoln, the Thirteenth Amendment, and America's Struggle for Peace and Freedom ' at the University of St. Mary's 19th Annual Lincoln Event in Xavier Theater in Leavenworth, Kansas, at 7 p.m. on Monday, February 20. The event is free but seating is limited. For more information, visit StMary.edu .

Former Sen. Nancy Kassebaum Dismayed By Republicans, And Tracing Enslaved Ancestors

As the first woman to represent Kansas in the U.S. Senate, Nancy Kassebaum Baker is a political legend. Today she shares her thoughts on the current state of the Republican Party, locally and nationally. Also, tracing one's lineage is popular, but it remains challenging for descendants of slaves. A genealogist explains the common challenges that can arise, and offers professional advice to ease the journey. Sherri Camp will lead the workshop 'Finding Your Slave Ancestors,' which takes place at the Midwest Genealogy Center at 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 25. For more information, visit MyMCPL.org .

Former Sen. Nancy Kassebaum Dismayed By Republicans, And Tracing Enslaved Ancestors

Commentary: Off To The Races

From biblical birthrights to the Belmont Stakes, people have always been obsessed with finishing first. Racing is the most fundamental form of sporting competition and, for better and for worse, a part of human nature. Commentator Victor Wishna elaborates in "A Fan's Notes." You may not even know about it, but there is an earth-moving event happening right downtown. More than 3,000 tons of dirt is being hauled in to the Sprint Center, dumped on the floor, and bulldozed into a twisting track of moguls, ramps and jumps. It's all in preparation for a weekend of indoor dirt-bike racing — one stop on a 14-city tour that culminates in the National Arenacross Championships in Las Vegas this May. For two full days here, amateurs and professionals will compete to see who can rev through the obstacle-strewn dirt course in one piece and in the fastest time. What's odd is that this doesn't at all strike us as odd. After all, from the moment we learned to walk — as a species, that is — we have

How To Look At Art

Has a piece of art ever left you scratching your head? Today, we find out what goes through the mind of postmodern master David Salle when he's perusing a painting or sculpture. Here's a hint: He's focused more on his feelings about the art, than about what the art is trying to accomplish. David Salle will give a Cockefair Chair lecture about his collection of essays, ' How to See: Looking, Talking and Thinking About Art ,' at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 22, in Pierson Auditorium on the UMKC campus. For more information visit UMKC.edu .

Closing The Kansas Budget Gap, Author Uses Poetry To Heal and Educate

The Sunflower State's budget is a mess and lawmakers in Topeka are struggling to solve the state's fiscal woes . Today, a former budget director evaluates the precarious situation. Also, we speak with novelist Ellen Hopkins, who experienced the kidnapping of one daughter and the drug addiction of another. She tells us how these tragedies show up in her novels for young adults, and about her activism for high-risk youth. This week's Statehouse Blend Kansas features state Sen. Barbara Bollier ( R-Mission Hills ). Duane Goossen will take part in a panel discussion called 'Kansas' Cautionary Tax Tale: A Model of What Not to Do,' which takes place at the Matt Ross Community Center at 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 16. For more information, visit MainS treamCoalition.org .

Reactions To Trump's Executive Orders On Immigration And ACA

How are the first few weeks of the Trump administration affecting Kansas City? On this international edition of Up To Date , host Steve Kraske is joined by the BBC's Shaimaa Khalil to hear what callers are thinking about President Trump's executive orders concerning an immigration ban and repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Submit your experience of health to the BBC's ' The Response ' by using the voice recorder on your smartphone to tell your story in two minutes. Email your recording to theresponse@bbc.co.uk . For more information, visit BBC.co.uk .

Microloans Boost KC Small Businesses, Dangers And Techniques Of Bull Riding

Kansas City's microloan program has surpassed the $3-million mark. The funding focuses on business start-ups and expansion as explained by the lender involved and an entrepreneur who has benefited from one. Then, two of the top 45 international bull riders are Missouri-natives. Hear about their climb to the professional world and the techniques they use during those dangerous 8 seconds atop a bucking beast. The PBR KC Invitational takes place at the Sprint Center on February 11th and 12th. For ticketing and more information, visit pbr.com .

Microloans Boost KC Small Businesses, Dangers And Techniques Of Bull Riding

Media Critics On Coverage Of, Conduct Toward Trump Administration

The president's lambasting of certain outlets as " fake news " has strained relations between the executive branch and the Fourth Estate . Today, the Media Critics discuss whether or not the journalism playbook should be rewritten to cover an unprecedented administration. Then, Brian McTavish presents the latest Weekend To-Do List .

Trump Friend And Adviser Predicted Victory, And Kris Kobach's Search For Voter Fraud

When Donald Trump declared his presidential candidacy, few guessed he stood a real chance. The now-president's longtime friend and former adviser Roger Stone thought otherwise . Today, he shares his insight. Then, we learn about the evolution of Kris Kobach's voter Crosscheck program and the story of how one Kansan got caught up in it.

Trump Friend And Adviser Predicted Victory, And Kris Kobach's Search For Voter Fraud

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