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May 18, 2016

Dave Helling and Scott Canon of the Star, and Steve Kraske of KCUR and the Star, discuss the damage from the continuing battle for the Democratic presidential nomination between Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.  The reporters also discuss Gov. Jay Nixon's legacy in Missouri, and the Democrats' problems in the state.

May 16, 2016

Kansas City Star reporter Eric Adler reads a story that he and Laura Bauer wrote in May 2011 in the days following the Joplin tornado that killed 161 people and injured more than 1,000. Their story, "Condition Gray" is about the horror and heroics inside St. John's Medical Center as Joplin's tornado ravaged the hospital May 22,  2011. 

May 12, 2016

Kansas City Star reporters Eric Adler and Laura Bauer recall covering Joplin in the first few hours after a massive EF5 tornado swept through the city on May 22, 2011 and killed 161 people. The tornado, with 200 mph winds, has been recorded as the seventh deadliest storm in recorded history.

May 11, 2016

Deep Background discusses the debut of Kansas City's streetcars, the delay on efforts to remake the airport and how Donald Trump complicates elections for Republican politicians. Listen to Scott Canon, Steve Kraske and Dave Helling discuss these issues. 

May 4, 2016
Kansas City Star reporters Dave Helling and Scott Canon, and Steve Kraske of KCUR's Up to Date and the Star, dissect Donald Trump's improbable but now-certain nomination by the Republican party. 

 

Apr 27, 2016

Dave Helling of the Star and Steve Kraske of KCUR and the Star discuss the politics of a vote on a new Kansas City airport, the contentious battle among Kansas Republicans, and the state of the presidential race as Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton move closer to nominations. 

Apr 20, 2016

The Kansas City Star's Scott Canon and KCUR's Steve Kraske discuss how the New York primary pushed Hillary Clinton closer to the nomination, the challenges still ahead for Donald Trump and how races for governor in Missouri and the U.S. Senate in Kansas could be shifting.

Apr 13, 2016

Dave Helling and Scott Canon of the Kansas City Star discuss the fairness of the fight for delegates in the Republican and Democratic parties, and the potential for angry and alienated voters once the parties hold their conventions later this year.  And a bonus chat: Canon picks the winner of the NBA playoffs.

Apr 6, 2016

The Star's Dave Helling and Scott Canon review the results from Wisconsin, the path forward in both parties -- and whether money matters anymore.  And:  Are Kansas Citians anti-tax?

Mar 28, 2016

Lynn Horsley and Dave Helling of the Star, and Steve Kraske of KCUR's Up to Date and the Star, talk about the coming earnings tax election in Kansas City, the chances of a contested - and violent - GOP convention in July, Rex Sinquefield, and Sen. Jerry Moran's endorsements of hearings for Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland.

Music "Folk Round" by Kevin MacLeod

Mar 21, 2016

The Kansas City Star's Dave Helling and KCUR's Steve Kraske discuss the results of the Missouri presidential primary, the chances for a contested Republican convention, and Sen. Claire McCaskill's cancer diagnosis. Music “Folk Round” by Kevin MacLeod.

Mar 14, 2016

Dave Helling and Scott Canon of the Star discuss the Trump phenomenon, protests, and the Democratic race in Missouri as the state prepares to vote in the primary Tuesday.

Mar 8, 2016

The Star's Dave Helling and Steve Kraske of KCUR and the Star discuss Saturday's Kansas caucus, the politics of race, and Nancy Reagan's impact on the White House.  Analysts said the March 5 Kansas caucuses were the most competitive presidential contests in the nation.

Feb 29, 2016

The Kansas City Star's Dave Helling and KCUR's Steve Kraske discuss the upcoming Kansas caucuses, Gov. Sam Brownback's approval rating, Missouri politics a year after Tom Schweich - and the best movie of the year.

Feb 26, 2016

Two of Kansas City's most experienced political reporters from the Kansas City Star discuss the results from South Carolina - and the next steps on the road to the White House for Republicans and Democrats.

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