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Sporting KC's Historic Season | 'Hiding In Plain Sight'

Segment 1 beginning at 4:42: The Kansas City players pulled off the greatest season-to-season ranking change in league history.

After finishing in 11th place out of 12 in the Western Conference last year, Sporting secured the number one seed on their way to this season's playoffs. That success was achieved while having to navigate through key injuries and adhering to COVID-19 safety guidelines .

Segment 2, beginning at 27:54: One of the few and first who predicted Trump's win in 2016, autocracy expert identifies the authoritarian traits Donald Trump displays .

Citing corruption, glad-handing policy, and criminal impunity, Sarah Kendzior submits that Donald Trump is a kleptocrat and the centerpiece of a fractured political infrastructure. "This is a deep-rooted problem that didn't begin with Trump," Kendzior said.

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Steve Kraske is an associate teaching professor of journalism at UMKC, a political columnist for The Kansas City Star and has hosted "Up to Date" since 2002. He worked as the full-time political correspondent for The Star from 1994-2013 covering national, state and local campaigns. He also has covered the statehouses in Topeka and Jefferson City.
Danette (Danie) Alexander first came to KCUR in 2007 as an intern for Up to Date after completing her B.A. in Communications at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. After her KCUR internship was completed, Danie continued to spend her mornings assisting senior producer Stephen Steigman as a volunteer with the show. Her radio experience also includes stints with public radio's New Letters on the Air as a broadcast engineer and on local public radio as host of a weekly overnight call-in show.
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