Steve Kraske http://kcur.org en Lawrence Man Attempts To Shatter A Television World Record http://kcur.org/post/lawrence-man-attempts-shatter-television-world-record <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">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. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:47:14 +0000 Steve Kraske & Hannah Copeland 59488 at http://kcur.org Lawrence Man Attempts To Shatter A Television World Record Kansas City Hosts American Culinary Federation Convention http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-hosts-american-culinary-federation-convention <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>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.</p><p>On Friday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we talk about the other professional opportunities chefs have, from creating recipes for corporate food giants to experimenting with food in a lab.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 59376 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Hosts American Culinary Federation Convention How Elephants Helped Win World War II http://kcur.org/post/how-elephants-helped-win-world-war-ii <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tanks and ammo certainly played a big part in winning World War II, but the Pacific theater had another large asset—elephants.</span></p><p>On Thursday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;talk about the man who led these animals against the Axis powers and the bond he developed with these surprisingly gentle giants.</span></p><p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Guest:</span></strong></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:00:59 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 59372 at http://kcur.org How Elephants Helped Win World War II Two Hundred Years Of U.S. Presidents And Pop Culture http://kcur.org/post/two-hundred-years-us-presidents-and-pop-culture <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Presidents have been forced to calculate whether they want to be men of the people...or men of somewhat higher understanding.</span></p><p>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.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:56:43 +0000 Steve Kraske, Scott Ross & Danie Alexander 59439 at http://kcur.org Two Hundred Years Of U.S. Presidents And Pop Culture From Jefferson To Obama, Pop Culture Infuses The White House http://kcur.org/post/jefferson-obama-pop-culture-infuses-white-house <p>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.</p><p>On Thursday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, 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.</p><p><strong>HEAR MORE:</strong> Tevi Troy speaks at 6:30 p.m. July 24 at the Plaza branch of the Kansas City Public Library.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 59375 at http://kcur.org From Jefferson To Obama, Pop Culture Infuses The White House Ethics Professors Look At Malaysian Crash And Border Kids http://kcur.org/post/ethics-professors-look-malaysian-crash-and-border-kids <p></p><p></p><p>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?<br /><br />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.<br /><br />On Wednesday's <a href="http://www.kcur.org/programs/date" target="_blank"><em>Up to Date</em></a> Steve Kraske and the Ethics Professors sort through the moral dilemmas presented by each of these events.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:48:55 +0000 Steve Kraske & Danie Alexander 59364 at http://kcur.org Ethics Professors Look At Malaysian Crash And Border Kids Entrepreneurs Overcome Obstacles, Boost Local Economy http://kcur.org/post/entrepreneurs-overcome-obstacles-boost-local-economy <p>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&nbsp;<em><a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date" target="_blank">Up to Date</a>&nbsp;</em>to talk about&nbsp;about starting and sustaining a small business in the Kansas City area.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:19:01 +0000 Steve Kraske & Hannah Copeland 59322 at http://kcur.org Entrepreneurs Overcome Obstacles, Boost Local Economy Building Up KC With Local Entrepreneurs http://kcur.org/post/building-kc-local-entrepreneurs <p></p><p>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.</p><p>On Tuesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, 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.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 59224 at http://kcur.org Building Up KC With Local Entrepreneurs Wes Crenshaw: Parents, Teens And Maturity http://kcur.org/post/wes-crenshaw-parents-teens-and-maturity <p></p><p>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.</p><p>On Monday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a> 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.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 59130 at http://kcur.org Wes Crenshaw: Parents, Teens And Maturity DVD Gurus: World War II http://kcur.org/post/dvd-gurus-world-war-ii <p></p><p>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.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:42:13 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 59126 at http://kcur.org DVD Gurus: World War II Kansas City Women Versus Tom Pendergast http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-women-versus-tom-pendergast <p></p><p></p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:29:41 +0000 Steve Kraske, Hannah Copeland & Danie Alexander 59036 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Women Versus Tom Pendergast Kansas City, Kansas Group Works To Keep Children From Becoming Border Kids http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-kansas-group-works-keep-children-becoming-border-kids <p></p><p></p><p>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.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:25:09 +0000 Steve Kraske & Danie Alexander 59078 at http://kcur.org Kansas City, Kansas Group Works To Keep Children From Becoming Border Kids A Fistful Of Spaghetti Westerns http://kcur.org/post/fistful-spaghetti-westerns <p></p><p></p><p>A half century ago, nobody expected much of Sergio Leone’s 1964 Italian Western <em>A Fistful of Dollars</em> – not even its young American star, Clint Eastwood. On Wednesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date,&nbsp;</em></a>Steve Kraske explores how this film's fiery success ignited the popularity of an entire genre known as "spaghetti westerns".</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Hannah Copeland 58949 at http://kcur.org A Fistful Of Spaghetti Westerns Finally, Kansas City Has A Home For Its Auto History http://kcur.org/post/finally-kansas-city-has-home-its-auto-history <p></p><p></p><p>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.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Hannah Copeland 58956 at http://kcur.org Finally, Kansas City Has A Home For Its Auto History What To Do If Your Pet Gets Hurt http://kcur.org/post/what-do-if-your-pet-gets-hurt <p></p><p>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?</p><p>On Tuesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/program/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, 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.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 58869 at http://kcur.org What To Do If Your Pet Gets Hurt Farm Bill Analysis Yields Surprising Results http://kcur.org/post/farm-bill-analysis-yields-surprising-results <p></p><p>Recently, <a href="http://www.harvestpublicmedia.org/article/lobbyists-all-kinds-flock-farm-bill" target="_blank">Harvest Public Media took a look at the new Farm Bill</a>, and what they found might surprise you.</p><p>On Monday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we discuss how little influence farmers and agricultural groups had in shaping the bill and look at who the major players actually were.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 15:48:33 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 58864 at http://kcur.org Wolf, Zahnter Prepare To Challenge Pat Roberts http://kcur.org/post/wolf-zahnter-prepare-challenge-pat-roberts <p></p><p>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.</p><p>On Monday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we talk with two of those challengers, Republicans Milton Wolf and Alvin Zahnter. We discuss about how healthcare laws, the job market and more.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Milton Wolf,</strong> U.S. Senate candidate from Overland Park</li><li><strong>Alvin Zahnter,</strong> U.S. Senate candidate from Russell, Kan.</li></ul> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 15:04:58 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 58863 at http://kcur.org Wolf, Zahnter Prepare To Challenge Pat Roberts Michael Feinstein: Ambassador Of The Great American Songbook http://kcur.org/post/michael-feinstein-ambassador-great-american-songbook <p></p><p>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 <a href="http://www.kcur.org/programs/date" target="_blank"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, Michael Feinstein talks with Steve Kraske about his love of classic American popular music and his efforts to preserve it for future generations.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 22:26:09 +0000 Steve Kraske, Danie Alexander & Hannah Copeland 58779 at http://kcur.org Michael Feinstein: Ambassador Of The Great American Songbook What's Showing In Independent, Foreign & Documentary Film, July 11 http://kcur.org/post/whats-showing-independent-foreign-documentary-film-july-11 <p></p><p>Examine the personal relationships of three disturbed couples and hear the controversy about the political influence of two conservative Kansas billionaires. &nbsp;</p><p>On Friday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, our indie, foreign, and documentary film critics examine the latest films showing on area screens.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:56:37 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 58760 at http://kcur.org What's Showing In Independent, Foreign & Documentary Film, July 11 Should Rest Requirements For Truckers Be Relaxed? http://kcur.org/post/should-rest-requirements-truckers-be-relaxed <p></p><p></p><p>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.&nbsp; Not long after that accident, the Senate Appropriations Committee voted to rescind some of the rest requirements for big rig drivers.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:57:10 +0000 Steve Kraske & Danie Alexander 58702 at http://kcur.org Should Rest Requirements For Truckers Be Relaxed? Death of Kansas City Veteran Emphasizes Need For Timely PTSD Treatment http://kcur.org/post/death-kansas-city-veteran-emphasizes-need-timely-ptsd-treatment <p></p><p></p><p>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.</p><p>On this edition of <a href="http://www.kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a> 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.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:14:12 +0000 Steve Kraske & Danie Alexander 58700 at http://kcur.org Death of Kansas City Veteran Emphasizes Need For Timely PTSD Treatment Safety Issues Arise As Drivers Must Keep On Truckin' http://kcur.org/post/safety-issues-arise-drivers-must-keep-truckin <p>Trucks crisscross the country every day to keep the economy pumping, but recent accidents involving driver fatigue have some re-examining trucking regulation.</p><p>On Thursday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, 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.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Todd Spencer, </strong>executive vice president at OOIDA</li><li><strong>Jeff Burns,</strong> attorney at Dollar, Burns &amp; Becker Trial Attorneys</li></ul> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 58612 at http://kcur.org Safety Issues Arise As Drivers Must Keep On Truckin' Delirium Tremens Changed Views On 19th Century Alcoholism http://kcur.org/post/delirium-tremens-changed-views-19th-century-alcoholism <p></p><p></p><p>Imagine watching a group of men mutilate the body of your mother.&nbsp; This is what poet Edgar Allan Poe experienced as a hallucination brought on by alcohol-induced delirium tremens, DT’s.&nbsp; On this edition of <a href="http://www.kcur.org/programs/date" target="_blank"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, 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.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 23:00:25 +0000 Steve Kraske & Danie Alexander 58641 at http://kcur.org Delirium Tremens Changed Views On 19th Century Alcoholism Get A Clue: Looking At Crosswords http://kcur.org/post/get-clue-looking-crosswords <p></p><p>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.</p><p>On Wednesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we look at the history of the crossword puzzle over the last hundred years.</p><p><strong>Guests: </strong></p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 16:28:40 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 58608 at http://kcur.org Get A Clue: Looking At Crosswords For 200 Years, That Star-Spangled Banner Does Still Wave http://kcur.org/post/200-years-star-spangled-banner-does-still-wave <p></p><p></p><p>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&nbsp;anniversary. That's right: it's been two centuries since Francis Scott Key first commemorated the symbol of the home of the&nbsp;brave<em>.&nbsp;</em></p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske, Scott Ross & Hannah Copeland 58189 at http://kcur.org For 200 Years, That Star-Spangled Banner Does Still Wave Many States Fail On Policies For New Parents, Study Says http://kcur.org/post/many-states-fail-policies-new-parents-study-says <p>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.</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 19:47:42 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 58273 at http://kcur.org Many States Fail On Policies For New Parents, Study Says Journalist Examines 'What Wars Leave Behind' http://kcur.org/post/journalist-examines-what-wars-leave-behind <p></p><p></p><p>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?</p><p>J. Malcolm Garcia looks at the people left to survive in the aftermath in his book, <em>What Wars Leave Behind: The Faceless and the Forgotten. </em>On Wednesday's <a href="http://www.kcur.org/programs/date" target="_blank"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, the author talks with Steve Kraske about "the endless messiness of war and the failings of good intentions."</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 15:22:19 +0000 Steve Kraske & Danie Alexander 58271 at http://kcur.org Journalist Examines 'What Wars Leave Behind' Sunscreen & Swimming: Staying Safe In And Out Of The Water http://kcur.org/post/sunscreen-swimming-staying-safe-and-out-water <p></p><p></p><p>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?</p><p>On Tuesday's&nbsp;<a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date" target="_blank"><em>Up to Date</em></a> we discuss staying safe in and out of the water - whether you're working on your tan or enjoying a dip.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 21:02:58 +0000 Steve Kraske & Scott Ross 58188 at http://kcur.org Sunscreen & Swimming: Staying Safe In And Out Of The Water Kansas City's TEDxKC Challenges You To Participate http://kcur.org/post/kansas-citys-tedxkc-challenges-you-participate <p>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.</p><p>On Tuesday's&nbsp;<a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date" target="_blank"><em>Up to Date</em></a> 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.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 15:45:02 +0000 Steve Kraske & Scott Ross 58190 at http://kcur.org Kansas City's TEDxKC Challenges You To Participate LGBT Issues: Divorce And Marriage http://kcur.org/post/lgbt-issues-divorce-and-marriage <p></p><p>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.</p><p>In the second part of Monday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we&nbsp;examine how its policy is different and take a look at other new developments affecting the local LGBT community.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 16:47:47 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 58146 at http://kcur.org LGBT Issues: Divorce And Marriage