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.

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2:49 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Best Books Of 2014 For Children And Teens

Books have the remarkable ability to enthrall, captivate and inspire. When kids are trapped indoors during the cold winter months books  can transport them into new and fascinating worlds.

On this edition of Up to Date, Steve Kraske and three Johnson County librarians review their top picks in children's literature. 

The Best Children's Books of 2014:

From Kate McNair, young adult librarian at the Johnson County Library: 

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2:45 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

The State Of Women's Healthcare In Kansas And Missouri

In recent years, women in Kansas and Missouri have found it harder to access complete health care. In this edition of Up to Date, we talk with two providers about the reasons healthcare access is more difficult. We also discuss the challenges health centers face in providing care, and the difficulties patients face in accessing care. 

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1:49 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Finalists For Missouri Education Commissioner

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The slate of candidates to replace Missouri Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro has been narrowed to five finalists. On this edition of Up to Date, we examine what the selection committee is looking for in the candidates, what local school districts would like to see in their next commissioner, and who are the frontrunners. 

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7:15 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

What Makes A Crime One Of Hate

Mourners attend a memorial for Abdisamad Sheikh-Hussein, the Somali teen killed by a hit-and-run driver.
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This spring a man opened fire at Jewish sites in Overland Park, KS killing three.  Just last week a Kansas City, Mo. Muslim Somali youth died after he was the target of a hit-and-run.  Go east and the Bosnian community in St. Louis in the first week of this month has seen one of its members murdered and another dragged from her car and beaten.

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2:17 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Is Kansas City, Missouri On The Right Track?

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Throughout the year we put the Kansas City metro area under a microscope examining the details of the events and issues facing its residents and leaders.

On this edition of Up to Date, we zoom out for a broader view. Steve Kraske and three area journalists bring us their analysis, thoughts, and observations on what's working and what's not in Kansas City, Mo. 

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2:24 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Missourinet's Bob Priddy On Covering The Statehouse And Retirement

Bob Priddy standing in the Missouri Statehouse.
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Bob Priddy is one of the most highly respected journalists in Missouri. He has spent forty years covering the governors, senators and lawmakers that have passed through the Capitol building.

On this edition of Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with the recently retired news director of Missourinet about the ins and outs of politics in Jefferson City, what drew him to reporting, and his thoughts on the Senate's decision to boot the news media to the basement. 

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12:39 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Kansas Program Offers Police Alternative To Jail For Mentally Ill

Area police departments are looking for was to reduce the numbers of  mentally ill and substance abusers ending up in jail. A new program in Wyandotte and Johnson Counties is helping to address this very issue. Rainbow Services, Inc provides a way for law enforcement officers to bring people they encounter to resources that can help them.

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1:22 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

What's Showing In Independent, Foreign & Documentary Film, December 5

'Pelican Dreams' is just one of the films the critics discussed on Up to Date.

Life on the open prairie can drive you crazy, and Tommy Lee Jones knows it in his latest flick.

On Friday's Up to Date, our independent, foreign and documentary film critics review The Homesman, as well as a new Stephen Hawking biopic, and we check out the story of a scramble to survive an avalanche-- and what that can do to a family.

Also on the agenda: our critics share their top 10 films of the year.

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Up To Date
2:31 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Ethics Professors: Giving Police The Benefit Of The Doubt

Police in riot gear in Ferguson, Missouri.
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  In the wake of grand juries not indicting the police officers involved in the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. and the choking death of Eric Garner in New York City, the actions of police officers are receiving intense public scrutiny. 

On this edition of Up to Date, Steve Kraske and the Ethics Professors look at the question of whether police officers are too often given the benefit of the doubt. 

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3:29 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Chuck Todd On President Obama's Legacy

President Barack Obama entered the White House in 2008 espousing change, hope, and a new America. In his latest book, The Stranger: Barack Obama in the White House, Chuck Todd of NBC's Meet the Press examines the successes and failures of Obama's presidency. In this edition of Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with Todd about the politics and psychology of the presidency, and why President Obama has been unable to accomplish more. 

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12:04 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Madeleine Albright On The State Of America's Foreign Policy

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Madeleine Albright was the first woman to become Secretary of State when she took her oath of office in 1997.  On this edition of Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with Secretary Albright about the rise of ISIS in the Middle East, life after the state department, and the importance of women in politics.

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10:59 am
Wed December 3, 2014

The End Of Life For A Champion Tree

The felled logs of the giant silver maple.
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Trees have lives, but even as long as those lives can be, trees do die. When a tree's condition threatens structures and utility lines, property owners come face to face with the inevitable. On this edition of Up to Date, one such owner tells the tale of a tremendous silver maple that once shaded his backyard. Joining the conversation is a spokesperson for KCP&L with steps utilities take to keep power lines clear and safe.

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5:28 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

KCK Mayor Mark Holland: 'We're Going To Move The Needle'

The Healthy Campus master plan for development in downtown Kansas City, Kan.
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“We don’t have time to wait for a survey to find out what people need. We’ve already known the work, and we know what people need.” That was at-large Commissioner Mark Holland in March of 2013 at a mayoral candidate forum.

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12:20 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

FBI Probe Of St. Joseph School District Focuses On Misuse Of Maintenance Staff

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The St. Joseph School District is facing a raft of problems these days. The federal investigation into the District's improper use of stipends continues with a third subpoena issued on Nov. 20. On this edition of Up to Date, we get the latest on the continuing scandal. 

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1:21 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Capturing Voices: Preserving Personal Stories

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The holidays bring good food, lots of family, and fascinating tales. When families unite, storytelling takes center stage as we recall childhood memories and the ups and downs of life. On this edition of Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with a personal historian and StoryCorps' David Isay about the process and significance of preserving family stories in preparation for the National Day of Listening

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1:20 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Hope, Memory, And Passwords

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Passwords are a huge part of our technology driven world. In order to be safe, they are supposed to be long, full of numbers and symbols. We're also supposed to have an arsenal of different codes at our disposal. But the truth is people often use their passwords as a form of memory. On this edition of Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with journalist Ian Urbina about the hidden truths behind our passwords.

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1:40 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Doctors Express Concerns Over Proposed Research Regulations

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  A new proposal from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services would change the way we regulate medical research. Some doctors disagree with the changes believing that it will  confuse patients, and make participation in clinical trials more difficult. On this edition of Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with a bioethicist and an outcomes researcher about why they oppose altering research guidelines. 

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12:06 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Winning Marriage Equality

Gay marriage advocates have been gaining key victories all over the country. These successes are part of a larger strategy that's been in the works for years.

On this edition of Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with the author of a new book about why winning at the state level is a key part of the plan to change laws nationwide. We also check out what's next in the campaign for marriage equality.

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Arts & Culture
1:18 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Kansas City Artist Uses Bread As A Means Of Social Change

In one of his community projects, Fresh Bread, Sean Starowitz set up shop in vacant lots and sold bread, priced for the neighborhood.
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Bread can serve as an important connector between people.

It can fuel discussions, break through social barriers and institute change. 

A 2014 Charlotte Street Foundation award winner, Sean Starowitz is an artist whose work is hard to place on the walls of galleries. As the artist-in-residence at Farm to Market Bread Co., his projects often focus on bread and community. 

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1:12 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Connecting, Trading, And Traveling With Bread

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Bakers all over the world experience the intoxicating smell of fresh baked bread, and many share their work with their communities. On this edition of Up to Date, host Steve Kraske talks with a woman who has traveled the world with her sourdough starter sharing it with people from Berlin to Afghanistan. 

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3:11 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Managing Holiday Kitchen Chaos

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Thanksgiving is just around the bend, and with it comes the influx of family, good food, and ... chaos. The pressure to get that turkey just right or having too many cooks in the kitchen at one time can make the  holidays  more than a little stressful. On this edition of Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with three Kansas City chefs about their tips on maintaining calm in busy kitchens and how to avoid a full-blown culinary disaster. 

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11:52 am
Wed November 19, 2014

"Fashion's Enduring Marriage To Color"

Leatrice Eiseman is the author of 'Pantone on Fashion'.

Color has a wide-ranging impact on our day-to-day lives, but we don't always pay attention to it. It emotes memory and can determine an era-- just think of the 1960s.

On this edition of Up to Date Steve Kraske talks with Leatrice Eiseman about Pantone on Fashion: A Century of Color in Design. They discuss the psychological aspects of different hues, how the eye views color, and Pantone's Color of the Year. 

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10:58 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Examining The Power And Scandal Of Nelson Rockefeller

Richard Norton Smith is the author of 'On his Own Terms.'

Gerald Ford bumped Nelson Rockefeller off the 1976 presidential ticket. Two years later, the colorful four-term governor of New York managed to create scandalous headlines with the circumstances of his death.

On this broadcast of Up to Date, Steve Kraske and historian Richard Norton Smithe delve into the life and times of the former vice-president. They discuss his rise to political prominence and his rocky, but unapologetic, personal life.

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5:23 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Overland Park Man Treks Across Kansas, Again

Henry Fortunato outside his home in Overland Park, Kansas.
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One day in mid-September, Henry Fortunato stepped out the front door of his home in Overland Park, Kansas and began a walk that would continue for the next 39 days and take him to the western edge of the state.

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2:50 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

After Months Of Work, A New Johnson Drive Unveiled

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For almost a year, orange cones, torn up sidewalks, and road closures were a daily fact of life for businesses and their customers along Johnson Drive in Mission, Kansas. After months of dealing with restricted access, the road is officially re-opened and traffic is once again moving smoothly. 

On this edition of Up to Date, we look at the effect of the project on local shops, how these retailers coped, and what both they and the city hope the new and improved Johnson Drive brings to the area. 

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12:27 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Wes Crenshaw: How ADHD Affects Couples

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Millions of teens and adults have been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

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1:29 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

DVD Gurus: Film Noir

Actress Peggy Cummins joined Steve Kraske and the DVD Gurus in the studio.
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Beautiful women, crime and doomed lovers dominate the screen when it comes to film noir. At their height, these films featured star players, such as Humphrey Bogart, Burt Lancaster and Marilyn Monroe.

On Friday's Up to Date, our DVD Gurus highlighted their favorites of the genre. We also talked with a few special guests from the Noir City film festival.

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2:42 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Veterinarian Wayne Hunthausen: Preparing Your Pet For Cold Weather And The Holidays

Yellow Labrador Retriever
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Here comes cold weather. And here come the holidays. So it's probably a good time to have a conversation about how to prepare your dogs or cats for all this.

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11:15 am
Fri November 7, 2014

What's Showing In Independent, Foreign & Documentary Film, November 7

'Birdman' is just one of the films our critics discussed this week.

A marriage proposal leads one woman to hiding out in the home of her 16-year-old best friend, and a young boy finds an unlikely friend in the bawdy, hedonistic veteran next door.

On Friday's Up to Date, our indie, documentary and foreign film critics are back to review the latest films showing on area screens. We also look at the story of Edward Snowden and how an actor tries to make a comeback on Broadway.

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1:24 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Anna Quindlen On Life's Second Acts

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Anna Quindlen's most recent work, Still Life with Bread Crumbs, tells the story of a 60-year old New York photographer and feminist who moves upstate in an effort to remake her life. On this edition of Up to Date, Quindlen talks with Steve Kraske about her connections to the lead character, why she never wants to be 25 again, and the changing face of the news business. 

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