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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Up To Date
11:47 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Lawrence Man Attempts To Shatter A Television World Record

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Have you ever stayed up all night talking? Try doing it for 66 hours straight. A Lawrence TV host is about to try in an attempt to shatter the world record for longest television marathon talk show. On Friday's Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with host of The Not So Late Show about his strategies for staying awake, and keeping a live audience engaged for over two and a half days.

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Up to Date
9:00 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Kansas City Hosts American Culinary Federation Convention

Chefs at the American Culinary Federation conference create complicated food items, such as these sugar sculptures.
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  When you imagine what it's like to be a chef, you might picture toiling in a hot kitchen, with order requests coming in left and right. In reality, not every chef works in a restaurant.

On Friday's Up to Date, we talk about the other professional opportunities chefs have, from creating recipes for corporate food giants to experimenting with food in a lab.

We also take a look at what speakers and activities you can join at this weekend's American Culinary Federation's national conference.

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2:00 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

How Elephants Helped Win World War II

Vicki Constantine Croke is the author of Elephant Company.

  Tanks and ammo certainly played a big part in winning World War II, but the Pacific theater had another large asset—elephants.

On Thursday's Up to Date, we talk about the man who led these animals against the Axis powers and the bond he developed with these surprisingly gentle giants.

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Vicki Constantine Croke, author of Elephant Company

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Up To Date
12:56 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Two Hundred Years Of U.S. Presidents And Pop Culture

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Presidents have been forced to calculate whether they want to be men of the people...or men of somewhat higher understanding.

On this edition of Up to Date Steve Kraske sits down with author Tevi Troy for a look at how popular culture has shaped the presidency. From Jefferson’s grounding in philosophy to Obama’s mastery of Internet culture, they examine who was best, or worst, at navigating a president's need to connect with the average citizen through the culture of the day.

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9:00 am
Thu July 24, 2014

From Jefferson To Obama, Pop Culture Infuses The White House

From Jefferson to Obama, pop culture has influenced presidents, according to author Tevi Troy.

When you think about presidents and pop culture, you might picture Obama’s Twitter account, but you might not realize that other ventures with mass-appeal have been affecting the White House for a few centuries.

On Thursday's Up to Date, we’ll talk about the influence everything from theater to books to the internet have had on the presidency since Thomas Jefferson was in charge.

HEAR MORE: Tevi Troy speaks at 6:30 p.m. July 24 at the Plaza branch of the Kansas City Public Library.

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Up To Date
11:48 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Ethics Professors Look At Malaysian Crash And Border Kids

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Pro-Russian rebels wouldn’t let anybody in to view the bodies of that downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. What’s to make of their actions?

In this country, thousands of “border children” streamed across the border in recent months. The crisis has raised questions about what’s the appropriate way to handle these kids.

On Wednesday's Up to Date Steve Kraske and the Ethics Professors sort through the moral dilemmas presented by each of these events.

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Up To Date
11:19 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Entrepreneurs Overcome Obstacles, Boost Local Economy

Since the 1970s, small businesses have provided a net of two-thirds of all new jobs. Today, they create 55 percent of all jobs in this country. Three local entrepreneurs, who make up part of this trend, appeared on Up to Date to talk about about starting and sustaining a small business in the Kansas City area.

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Up to Date
9:00 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Building Up KC With Local Entrepreneurs

Kansas City is home to many entrepreneurs running small businesses.
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Whether it’s a bakery or a tech firm, running your own business is no cakewalk. Developing one from the ground up takes a lot of hard work and planning.

On Tuesday's Up to Date, we talk with some local entrepreneurs about how they got started, the difficulties they encounter and what the future might hold for them. We also talk about why their relationship with the community matters so much and how they stay profitable. 

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Up to Date
9:00 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Wes Crenshaw: Parents, Teens And Maturity

Dr. Wes Crenshaw says that part of the reason why younger people are waiting to get married is that boys are more immature than they used to be.
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When an old-timer mutters, “Oh, kids today… they’re not like we were,” he might be right. Statistics show that young people are waiting longer to tie the knot, and the change may be down to the maturity of the guys.

On Monday's Up to Date psychologist Wes Crenshaw joins us to examine this shift. We explore changes in dating practices and why teens might be slower to mature these days, especially if they’re boys.

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Up to Date
10:42 am
Fri July 18, 2014

DVD Gurus: World War II

'Sink the Bismarck!' is on our DVD Gurus' list of World War II flicks.

They fought on the beaches, in the air, on the sea... and on film. World War II made an indelible mark on pop culture, and it's especially evident on the silver screen.

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Up To Date
3:29 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Kansas City Women Versus Tom Pendergast

Former Kansas City, Missouri mayor Kay Barnes
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In the 1920s and '30s, Kansas City was defined by the corruption of the political machine run by “Boss” Tom Pendergast. But the machine finally was brought down, in no small part through the efforts of reform-minded women.

Former Kansas City Mayor Kay Barnes tells the story of these “civic housekeepers” whose fight came to a dramatic conclusion with the ballot-box victories of 1940, Pendergast’s imprisonment in the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth, and the smashing of machine-mob rule.

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Up To Date
3:25 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Kansas City, Kansas Group Works To Keep Children From Becoming Border Kids

This is a family in Guatemala who has received support from Unbound.
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As the U.S. struggles with the thousands of "border kids" crossing its southern boundaries, one organization in Kansas City, Kansas is working with families in Latin America to help children remain in their own communities.

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Up To Date
9:00 am
Wed July 16, 2014

A Fistful Of Spaghetti Westerns

Clint Eastwood, the young American star in the 1964 Italian Western, "A Fistful of Dollars"
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A half century ago, nobody expected much of Sergio Leone’s 1964 Italian Western A Fistful of Dollars – not even its young American star, Clint Eastwood. On Wednesday's Up to Date, Steve Kraske explores how this film's fiery success ignited the popularity of an entire genre known as "spaghetti westerns".

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9:00 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Finally, Kansas City Has A Home For Its Auto History

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Kansas City holds an astonishing amount of auto history from the first African-American auto dealer in the U.S. to the park and boulevard system started in the 1890s that shaped our city's traffic flow today.

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Up to Date
9:00 am
Tue July 15, 2014

What To Do If Your Pet Gets Hurt

Dr. Wayne Hunthausen joins Steve Kraske to talk about first aid for pets.
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When you burn your finger or get a gash on your leg, you know what to do—or at least where the first aid kit is. But what do you do if your pet gets injured?

On Tuesday's Up to Date, veterinarian Wayne Hunthausen joins us to talk about first aid for your pets. We also take a look at what bandage you should use when Fido gets a cut and what to do when you can’t get Fluffy to the vet after an injury.

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Up to Date
10:48 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Farm Bill Analysis Yields Surprising Results

Recently, Harvest Public Media took a look at the new Farm Bill, and what they found might surprise you.

On Monday's Up to Date, we discuss how little influence farmers and agricultural groups had in shaping the bill and look at who the major players actually were.

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10:04 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Wolf, Zahnter Prepare To Challenge Pat Roberts

Alvin Zahnter and Milton Wolf are both candidates in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate.

Pat Roberts has represented Kansas in the U.S. Senate since 1997, but he’s up for re-election and facing several competitors in the Republican primary.

On Monday's Up to Date, we talk with two of those challengers, Republicans Milton Wolf and Alvin Zahnter. We discuss about how healthcare laws, the job market and more.

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  • Milton Wolf, U.S. Senate candidate from Overland Park
  • Alvin Zahnter, U.S. Senate candidate from Russell, Kan.
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Up To Date
5:26 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Michael Feinstein: Ambassador Of The Great American Songbook

Michael Feinstein in studio at KCUR.
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His career includes multi-platinum recordings, 200-plus live performances per year, two Emmy and five Grammy nominations, conductor of the Pasadena Pops, nightclub owner, and that’s just the half of it. Perhaps his greatest recognition, though, is as “Ambassador of the Great American Songbook”. On Friday's Up to Date, Michael Feinstein talks with Steve Kraske about his love of classic American popular music and his efforts to preserve it for future generations.

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Up to Date
12:56 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

What's Showing In Independent, Foreign & Documentary Film, July 11

Critics Cynthia Haines and Bob Butler weigh in on films showing on area screens, including 'The Love Punch.'

Examine the personal relationships of three disturbed couples and hear the controversy about the political influence of two conservative Kansas billionaires.  

On Friday's Up to Date, our indie, foreign, and documentary film critics examine the latest films showing on area screens.

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Up To Date
3:57 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Should Rest Requirements For Truckers Be Relaxed?

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When New Jersey prosecutors charged the truck driver who crashed into comedian Tracy Morgan's limo, they said the man behind the wheel had not slept in more than 24 hours.  Not long after that accident, the Senate Appropriations Committee voted to rescind some of the rest requirements for big rig drivers.

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Up To Date
3:14 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Death of Kansas City Veteran Emphasizes Need For Timely PTSD Treatment

Army Specialist Isaac Sims seen here in a holiday greeting sent from Ramadi, Iraq in 2009.
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The death last month of 26-year old Army veteran Isaac Sims in a confrontation with Kansas City, Missouri police raised many questions including whether this loss of life could have been prevented.

On this edition of Up to Date Steve Kraske brings together a panel to look at the events leading up to Sims' death, the special municipal court that works with veterans facing criminal charges, and a therapy program treating military PTSD sufferers while they are still on active duty.

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Up to Date
9:00 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Safety Issues Arise As Drivers Must Keep On Truckin'

Driver fatigue is a safety problem in the trucking industry.
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Trucks crisscross the country every day to keep the economy pumping, but recent accidents involving driver fatigue have some re-examining trucking regulation.

On Thursday's Up to Date, we talk about the pressures weighing on long-haul truckers and how the demands they face can push them to drive when it’s really not safe.

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  • Todd Spencer, executive vice president at OOIDA
  • Jeff Burns, attorney at Dollar, Burns & Becker Trial Attorneys
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Up To Date
6:00 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Delirium Tremens Changed Views On 19th Century Alcoholism

Imagine watching a group of men mutilate the body of your mother.  This is what poet Edgar Allan Poe experienced as a hallucination brought on by alcohol-induced delirium tremens, DT’s.  On this edition of Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with historian Matthew Osborn to discover how this condition, first described in 1813, was the catalyst for changing how the medical profession diagnosed and treated the problems of alcohol abuse.

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Up to Date
11:28 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Get A Clue: Looking At Crosswords

The crossword puzzle has evolved significantly over the last century.
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Look down, not up, and maybe have a glance sideways. Working on a crossword means examining words and letters in a way you usually wouldn't when you're just reading.

On Wednesday's Up to Date, we look at the history of the crossword puzzle over the last hundred years.

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Up to Date
9:00 am
Thu July 3, 2014

For 200 Years, That Star-Spangled Banner Does Still Wave

The Star-Spangled Banner, the flag that inspired the lyrics to our national anthem, is on display at The Smithsonian in Washington, DC.
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Kansas Citians - or at least Chiefs fans - may have our own take on the closing line of the national anthem, but this Independence Day we can join the rest of America to celebrate the song's 200th anniversary. That's right: it's been two centuries since Francis Scott Key first commemorated the symbol of the home of the brave

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Up to Date
2:47 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Many States Fail On Policies For New Parents, Study Says

The National Partnership for Women & Families recently released research that grades each state's policies affecting new parents.
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It's scary being a new parent, and many state regulations make the adjustment period very difficult for new moms and dads who have jobs. A recent study gives both Kansas and Missouri a failing grade in this area.

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Up To Date
10:22 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Journalist Examines 'What Wars Leave Behind'

While armed conflicts are ongoing, media coverage brings images and sounds from the center of war zones to the world. But what happens when the guns go silent and the combatants and media go home?

J. Malcolm Garcia looks at the people left to survive in the aftermath in his book, What Wars Leave Behind: The Faceless and the Forgotten. On Wednesday's Up to Date, the author talks with Steve Kraske about "the endless messiness of war and the failings of good intentions."

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Up to Date
4:02 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Sunscreen & Swimming: Staying Safe In And Out Of The Water

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July is here and with it come picnics, fireworks, and trips to the local swimming hole. As the holiday weekend approaches, families throughout the Kansas City area are seeking relief from the heat at pools, lakes and rivers. But with a series of recent swimming-related accidents in the region, what should you know about summer safety?

On Tuesday's Up to Date we discuss staying safe in and out of the water - whether you're working on your tan or enjoying a dip.

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Up to Date
10:45 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Kansas City's TEDxKC Challenges You To Participate

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Since 2009, Kansas City has hosted its own extension of the TED lecture series, TEDxKC. This year, something new has been introduced: members of the public are invited to submit their own lecture ideas, for the chance to win a place in the lineup of presenters.

On Tuesday's Up to Date we talk about this year's TEDxKC - this year's theme, the challenge, why a spot on stage is up for grabs, and how you can participate.

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Government
11:47 am
Mon June 30, 2014

LGBT Issues: Divorce And Marriage

Kansas doesn't allow gay marriage, but one county in the state will recognize married gay couples in order to grant a divorce.
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What happens if things go sour for a married gay couple? Many Kansas counties would dismiss any divorce cases without hearing them, but not Douglas County.

In the second part of Monday's Up to Date, we examine how its policy is different and take a look at other new developments affecting the local LGBT community.

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