Steve Kraske

Host of Up to Date

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.

Before arriving in Kansas City, he worked at daily newspapers in Iowa and Illinois and at United Press International in Madison, Wis. Kraske is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he received a bachelor's degree in journalism. He was a 1992 John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University.

Kraske has won awards for both his print and radio work and has appeared on NPR, CNN and Fox. He's a big fan of "Prairie Home Companion" and Kansas City jazz. His father lives in Stillwater, Minn., not far from the St. Croix River.

Up To Code

Aug 21, 2015

How long can you neglect your yard before the city gets  involved? On this edition of Up To Date, we talk about how homeowners can run afoul of city codes and the consequences for different violations.

Guests:

  • Kim Hendershot is the supervisor of code compliance for the City of Overland Park.
  • Sean Ackerson is the assistant city administrator for the City of Parkville.

Senate-Bound

Aug 21, 2015

Blaine Stephens knew he was up against the odds when he applied for a U.S. Senate intern position. As the Plattsburg, Missouri, high-schooler packs his bags for Washington,  D.C. Up To Date caught up with him to learn how he made the cut. 

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  • Jason Rae served as a Senate page 10 years ago. He is currently a senior associate at Nation Consulting in Milwaukee. 

As Garrison Keillor makes his way across the country on his "America The Beautiful" farewell tour, Up To Date caught up with him to discuss his long radio career and what's next for the much-beloved host.

Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion: The America The Beautiful Tour" comes to Kansas City at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, August 22 at Starlight Theater. For tickets and information, visit www.kcstarlight.com

Kansas City, Kansas Mayor Mark Holland is in the middle of a “listening tour” across Wyandotte County to find out how residents think the Unified Government should spend a $12 million-per-year windfall coming to the county. 

For area animal organizations with a "no-kill" policy, keeping their charges sheltered, fed and socialized  strains available resources.  Fostering programs temporarily place dogs, cats and other animals with qualified people until a forever home can be found.

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Schools don’t teach financial literacy to kids these days, so that makes it even more important to teach some of those skills at home. From playing “store” with your kids to teaching them how to balance a budget, Up To Date's panel of financial planners discuss how to talk about money at different stages of growing up. 

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Whether it's a Buckley-Vidal debate that gets your blood pumping or an exploration of the late David Foster Wallace, Up to Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics have given the verdict to help you select your weekend entertainment. Here are the films they discussed:

Best of Enemies, R, Tivoli

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill has battled through a political world dominated by men to get where she is today. She talks about that journey in her memoir, Plenty Ladylike.

Senator McCaskill will speak at 2 p.m. Sunday, August 16 at Unity Temple on the Plaza. For admission information, visit www.rainydaybooks.com.

Fifteen-year-old Jay Mehta took first place this summer in the National History Day competition for his depiction of Winston Churchill. Steve Kraske asks the Pembroke Hill student why the English Prime Minister inspired him, and what it took to channel his persona. 

The Truman Library hosts the regional History Day contest. Teachers can get involved by sending an e-mail to Mark Adams at mark.adams@nara.gov.

Northeast Kansas City Chamber of Commerce

The notion of handguns and hookers so often linked to Independence Avenue in Kansas City, Mo. is fading. Replacing it is a lively, friendly neighborhood where a diverse population of residents and business owners are changing things altogether.

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Back To Life

Aug 12, 2015

Doctors have more means than ever before to bring a patient back from the brink of death, but can reviving someone do more harm than good? On this edition of Up To Date, we discuss the tricky ethics of resuscitation.

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Fighting Homelessness

Jul 31, 2015

The first-ever large-scale study on homelessness shows that permanent, stable housing can be more cost-effective than shelters. Kansas City is one of 12 communities included in the three-year study, which has just reached its halfway point. 

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Hacked

Jul 30, 2015

In light of the data breach that has compromised thousands of Kansans' health records, we discuss how individuals and businesses can protect personal information from being hacked. 

Guests:

  • Dustin Jacobsen is the chief strategy officer for Flat Square Technology Group, Inc.
  • Brandon Holley is the business development manager for Network Technologies Inc.

U.S. Representative Emanuel Cleaver just returned from a five-day trip to Kenya and Ethiopia with President Obama. He discusses the trip and his own connection to Africa.

Up To Date rounds up its political pundits to discuss presidential and Missouri gubernatorial politics of 2016 and the current standing of Governor Sam Brownback in Kansas. 

Guests:

  • Dave Helling is the Kansas City Star’s political reporter.
  • Bob Beatty is a professor of political science at Washburn University.
  • Dave Robertson is a professor of political science at the University of Missouri, St. Louis.

Kansas City, Missouri is in the midst of hiring a new Chief Innovation Officer, but what exactly does that job entail? The position, which is common in tech firms, is a relatively new trend in local governments. 

Guests:

  • Chris Hernandez is the Director of Communications for Kansas City, Missouri.
  • Jeffrey Stinson covers the business of government for Stateline, which reports on trends in state government for the Pew Charitable Trusts.

After an 18-month closure and $8 million in renovations, the National Museum of Toys and Miniatures is ready to open its doors once again.  Community Development Director Cassie Mundt tells what it took to store the museum's 72,000 items and what visitors can now expect to see at the museum.

The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures reopens on Saturday, August 1, 2015 .

For a city of 9,500 people, Mission, Kansas has its share of big issues. Mayor Steve Schowengerdt discusses some of the meatiest topics on his city's table, from driveway taxes and the Mission Gateway development project to chickens and bees. 

After the U.S. House passed a bill  last week preventing states from enacting laws requiring labels on genetically modified foods, the debate over GMOs continues to heat up.

On this edition of Up to Date, Steve Kraske spoke with Harvest Public Media reporters about the controversy.

Guests:

  • Jeremy Bernfeld, editor of Harvest Public Media
  • Peggy Lowe, investigations editor of Harvest Public Media

Dating is hard, even for those just beginning that scene. But once you pass the age of 70, the challenges can be even greater. We talk with two seniors who stepped outside their comfort zones to try a new way  of meeting people and a film director who holds the issue close to heart. 

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Forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs has helped solve many mysteries in real life, on the bookshelf and on the small screen. On this edition of Up to Date, Steve Kraske spoke with the prolific author of the Temperance Brennan mystery novels and the inspiration for the TV series Bones.

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Selfie Surgeries

Jul 21, 2015

Health professionals have seen a rise in requests for cosmetic procedures because patients don't like how they look in selfies. On this edition of Up to Date, Steve Kraske discusses the reasons and implications of these procedures.

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America has a long history with Peter, Paul and Mary, the folk group that endured for 49 years, won five Grammys and kicked out 13 top-40 hits.  Noel Paul Stookey, one of the two living members talks about the trio's memorable career and of the issues he's still passionate about today.

KCMO Convention Hotel

Jul 20, 2015

The KCMO City Council is days away from voting on the proposal to build a $302 million Hyatt hotel downtown. On this edition of Up to Date, Steve Kraske looks at the pros and cons of building for the convention business.

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The Pioneers of Meteorology

Jul 15, 2015

  The very idea of predicting the weather was once considered outrageous. Yet, the pioneers of meteorology pushed forward "against convention and religious dogma" according to Peter Moore.  The author of The Weather Experiment talks with Steve Kraske about the history of meteorology and the foundation of the first weather forecasts. 

Legendary singer Patti LaBelle has been hailed as the "Godmother of Soul." On this edition of Up to Date, LaBelle tells Steve Kraske about her shy nature and her love of the kitchen. 

Patti LaBelle performs Friday, July 17  at 7:30 in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets and information are available at kauffmancenter.com.

We live in Lyndon Johnson’s America. So says Joseph Califano, Johnson's top domestic adviser. We learn about the complex president and the long list of groundbreaking legislation he signed during his tenure.

Joseph Califano speaks about his book,  "The Triumph and Tragedy of Lyndon Johnson" at the Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library Wednesday, July 15 at 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit kclibrary.org.

Moving Out

Jul 13, 2015

Whether heading off to college or to a new job, many young adults are preparing to be on their own for the first time.  Up to Date looks at how teens and twenty-somethings can successfully take the training wheels off their adulthood.

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National Council of La Raza President and CEO Janet Murgia is back in her hometown, and she's brought thousands of people with her for the La Raza's annual conference. She talks with Steve Kraske about her family, politics, and the greatest challenges facing Latinos today. 

The LGBT community has won a battle on marriage equality but workplace, education and other discrimination problems continue. We find out from a panel of local LGBT leaders what challenges remain.

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