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A news podcast by the Kansas City Star's political and news reporters, including in-depth commentary and analysis.. It's a deeper look at news and issues in Kansas and Missouri.
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Dec 28, 2016

Dave Helling and Scott Canon talk with the Star's new editorial page editor, Colleen Nelson, about 2016 campaign coverage.  Nelson covered the Clinton campaign and the Obama White House for the Wall Street Journal.

Dec 20, 2016

Kansas City Star reporters Donna McGuire and Glenn E. Rice talk about the troubled Crimes Against Children unit of the Kansas City Police Department. New detectives man the operation now, but others who worked cases of child assault and rape in recent years have come under investigation, and criticism from prosecutors, for sloppy work that's jeopardized criminal cases and left children vulnerable to attack by predators. 

Dec 13, 2016

Kansas City Star reporter Mike Hendricks joins Dave Helling to discuss the subject of an extensive Star investigation into firefighter deaths.  Many such deaths might be prevented, the reporters found, but for a variety of reasons best practices aren't always followed.

Dec 7, 2016

The Kansas City Star's Washington correspondent, Lindsay Wise, joins Dave Helling and Scott Canon to discuss the local impact of the Donald Trump transition.

Nov 9, 2016

What does the election of Donald Trump mean?  How will it work?  What just happened?  Dave Helling, Steve Kraske, and Scott Canon discuss the results of 2016 on Deep Background.

Nov 2, 2016

Who wins, who loses, and why? Kansas City Star reporters Dave Helling and Scott Canon and Steve Kraske of KCUR's Up to Date take a look at the races in the final hours.  Plus:  Hunter Woodall on the Kansas judges retention election.

Oct 27, 2016

Kansas City Star reporters Dave Helling and Scott Canon and Steve Kraske of the Star and KCUR discuss the issue questions on the November ballot, plus late-breaking analysis of the Yoder-Sidie race in Kansas and more.

Oct 19, 2016

With less than three weeks to go, Donald Trump is firing up fourth-quarter three-pointers, hoping for a win over Democratic challenger Hillary Clinton.  Dave Helling, Steve Kraske and Scott Canon talk about the last-minute strategies for the race, and what it might mean for candidates up and down the ballot.

Oct 13, 2016

Kansas City Star reporters Dave Helling and KCUR's Steve Kraske examine the impact Donald Trump has had on other elections, including the Missouri Senate race and the Third District in Kansas.

Oct 5, 2016

Do mistakes matter?  Who won the veep debate?  Is it still Clinton's race to lose against Donald Trump?  Dave Helling, Steve Kraske, and Scott Canon discuss those topics and more on the latest episode of Deep Background, the Kansas City Star's political podcast.

Sep 29, 2016

The Kansas City Star's Dave Helling, Steve Kraske of KCUR, and Scott Canon of the Star dissect the first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, and discuss the Missouri Senate and governor races, with less than six weeks until election day.

Sep 22, 2016

Kansas City Star reporters Mara Williams and Glenn Rice discuss the investigation surrounding the alleged murder of Daizsa Bausby in the Kansas City area.

Sep 21, 2016

As Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton prepare for their historic first debate, Kansas City Star reporters Dave Helling, Steve Kraske and Scott Canon dissect the campaigns' approach.  What must the Democrat accomplish?  What are Trump's challenges?  And how has the media covered this unique campaign?  All on Deep Background, the Star's podcast.

Sep 19, 2016

Former Sens. Bob Dole and Nancy Kassebaum of Kansas shared a stage Sept. 17 at the Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas.  DIOP director Bill Lacy moderates the discussion.  

Sep 7, 2016

Dave Helling, Scott Canon and Steve Kraske discuss the relationship among Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and down-ballot candidates in Missouri and Kansas.  Also on the Deep Background agenda: the meaning of Phyllis Schlafly, who died this week at 92.

Aug 31, 2016

On this Deep Background podcast, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon meets with the Kansas City Star's editorial board and reporters for a wide-ranging and candid discussion of his eight years in office - and what the future may hold.

Aug 24, 2016

Nationally-known pollster Neil Newhouse joins the Deep Background gang to talk about the 2016 election.  Then:  Is Missouri really in play between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton?  Reporters Dave Helling, Steve Kraske, and Scott Canon talk about the race 10 weeks before election day.

Aug 17, 2016

Kansas City Star reporters Katy Bergen, Laura Bauer and Steve Vockrodt join Dave Helling to discuss the tragic death of a ten year old boy at the Schlitterbahn water park, and what may have contributed to the accident.

Aug 5, 2016

You may have heard about problems people have living in homeowners associations. Perhaps you’ve had problems yourself. But you may not know that there is a growing sense that HOA problems have become a national housing crisis. The Kansas City Star spent more than six months reporting on problems in HOAs, the reasons behind them, and what critics say needs to happen next. To read more of The Star’s stories, visit our special project page.

Aug 3, 2016

Kansas City Star reporters Dave Helling and Scott Canon and Steve Kraske of the Star and KCUR's "Up to Date" discuss election results in Kansas and Missouri, the just-passed political conventions, and the candidacy of Donald Trump. 

Jul 25, 2016

The Kansas City Star's Dave Helling and Steve Kraske of the Star and KCUR's Up to Date report from Philadelphia, as Democrats gather for their national convention.  They wrap up the Republican convention, too. 

Jul 18, 2016

The Kansas City Star's Dave Helling and Steve Kraske of KCUR report from Day One of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland -- the anti-Trump rebellion, and what's next for the party.  

Jul 12, 2016

Political reporters Dave Helling and Scott Canon of the Kansas City Star and Steve Kraske of KCUR's "Up to Date" discuss the unsettled Republican convention, which starts Monday in Cleveland.

Jun 22, 2016

The Kansas City Star's Lynn Horsley joins KCUR's Steve Kraske and the Star's Dave Helling to talk about Kansas City Mayor Sly James, guns, violent crime, development on the city's east side, and mass transit.  Also:  a look at the upcoming special session in Topeka. 

 
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