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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kansas City Star reporters Dave Helling, Scott Canon, and Jason Hancock discuss the latest developments in the presidential race -- including the candidates' standing in Missouri and Kansas.
Kansas City Star reporter Dave Helling and Steve Kraske of KCUR's Up to Date talk about the final decisions in the 2016 presidential primary season: Hillary Clinton, Sen. Bernie Sanders, and Donald Trump. Plus: the Missouri governor's race, and the Kansas special session on education funding.
Dave Helling, Steve Kraske, and Scott Canon discuss the push for an independent or third-party candidate in the presidential election. Could it happen? If not, why not? Listen to the Kansas City Star's latest podcast.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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