Stephen Steigman http://kcur.org en FULL AUDIO: Hillary Clinton Speaks In Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/full-audio-hillary-clinton-speaks-kansas-city <p>Former First Lady, U.S. Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton visited Kansas City on Sunday June 21 where she s<span style="line-height: 1.5;">poke with Rainy Day Books co-owner Vivien Jennings in front of a crowd of thousands at the Midland </span>Theatre.<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The former Secretary of State was in town to promote her memoir, 'Hard Choices.'</span></p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 15:08:34 +0000 Stephen Steigman 57825 at http://kcur.org FULL AUDIO: Hillary Clinton Speaks In Kansas City Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' May 23-25 http://kcur.org/post/dates-indie-foreign-doc-critics-three-see-may-23-25 <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Looking for a great film to see during the long holiday weekend of May 23-26?&nbsp;</span><a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date" style="font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);"><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">Up to Date</em></a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; Fri, 23 May 2014 21:32:12 +0000 Stephen Steigman 56250 at http://kcur.org Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' May 23-25 Why Did The Turtle Cross The Road? http://kcur.org/post/why-did-turtle-cross-road <div>It’s that time of year when turtles become easy targets on Missouri and Kansas highways.<br /><br />Turns out that male box turtles don’t know any better. They’re just out looking for mates, and that journey has them crossing busy highways where too often they become road kill.<br /><br />In the final portion of Tuesday's <em>Up to Date</em>, Steve Kraske talks with a biologist from the Missouri Department of Conservation about those all too vulnerable turtles.<br /><br /><strong>Guest:</strong><br /> Tue, 20 May 2014 21:53:14 +0000 Steve Kraske & Stephen Steigman 56062 at http://kcur.org Why Did The Turtle Cross The Road? Local Listen: Bassist Dominique Sanders http://kcur.org/post/local-listen-bassist-dominique-sanders <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Although he's in his early twenties, bassist <a href="http://www.dominiquemusic.com" target="_blank"><strong>Dominique Sanders</strong></a> is already a fixture in Kansas City's most prestigious jazz clubs. &nbsp;</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Tivon<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Pennicott<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a New York-based saxophonist best known for his work with the Grammy-winning star Esperanza Spalding, will join Sanders' trio at three area venues next week. Fri, 16 May 2014 20:21:04 +0000 Steve Kraske & Stephen Steigman & Bill Brownlee 55857 at http://kcur.org Local Listen: Bassist Dominique Sanders Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' May 16-18 http://kcur.org/post/dates-indie-foreign-doc-critics-three-see-may-16-18 <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Looking for a great film to see the weekend of May 16-18?&nbsp;<a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);"><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">Up to Date</em></a>'s independent, foreign, and documentary film critics share their favorites showing on area screens:</p> Fri, 16 May 2014 16:00:00 +0000 Stephen Steigman 55832 at http://kcur.org Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' May 16-18 A Fan's Notes: The Bucking Stops Here http://kcur.org/post/fans-notes-bucking-stops-here <p>We are on the verge of what every sports fan dreads worse than the agony of defeat: the occasional lull. The Winter Olympics, timed so perfectly to counter the post-Super Bowl hangover, are winding down, while March Madness and Royals Opening Day remain just out of reach.</p><p>Fortunately, I’ve found an antidote, not to mention the perfect answer to two weeks of ice dancing: The bulls are coming to town!</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 22:07:52 +0000 Victor Wishna & Stephen Steigman 51571 at http://kcur.org A Fan's Notes: The Bucking Stops Here Local Listen: Monta At Odds http://kcur.org/post/local-listen-monta-odds <p>The line-up has been announced for this year’s Middle of the Map music festival, which takes place April 3-5 at many locations in and around Westport.</p><p>For the next several weeks, our “Local Listen” segment will focus on musicians from the Kansas City area who will be sharing the stages with regional and national artists.</p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 19:05:09 +0000 Michael Byars & Stephen Steigman 51422 at http://kcur.org Local Listen: Monta At Odds U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill On Sexual Assault In The Military, Affordable Care Act http://kcur.org/post/us-sen-claire-mccaskill-sexual-assault-military-affordable-care-act <p>Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill visits Kansas City on Wednesday and Thursday as part of her 'McCaskill&nbsp;on Main Street' tour. &nbsp;</p><p>She’s fresh off a big legislative win in the Senate where her version of a bill dealing with sexual assault in the military won out over a competing measure.</p><p>In the second part of Wednesday's&nbsp;<em>Up to Date</em>, Steve Kraske talks with Sen. McCaskill about sexual assault in the military and her opinions on progress made as part of the Affordable Care Act.</p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 19:31:17 +0000 Steve Kraske & Stephen Steigman 52896 at http://kcur.org Cultural Conflict In Ukraine Reaches Back To KC http://kcur.org/post/cultural-conflict-ukraine-reaches-back-kc-0 <p>Russia’s incursion into the Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula has sparked a reaction across Europe. The region voted over the weekend to secede to be part of Russia,&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">but the European Union, the United States and others have called that vote illegal.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 22:46:06 +0000 Steve Kraske, Beth Lipoff & Stephen Steigman 52854 at http://kcur.org Cultural Conflict In Ukraine Reaches Back To KC Local Listen: Schwervon http://kcur.org/post/local-listen-schwervon <p>This year’s <a href="http://www.middleofthemapfest.com/">Middle of the Map music festival</a> will take place April 3-5 at many locations in and around Westport. For the next several weeks, our “Local Listen” segment will focus on musicians from the Kansas City area who will be sharing the stages with regional and national artists.</p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 22:13:55 +0000 Steve Kraske, Michael Byars & Stephen Steigman 52671 at http://kcur.org Local Listen: Schwervon Challenges For Autism Coverage Looming in Kansas http://kcur.org/post/challenges-autism-coverage-looming-kansas <p>Autism advocates argue that legislation being considered in Kansas falls short of best practices for treating the disorder. &nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, </span><a href="http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/facts.html" style="line-height: 1.5;">one in every 88 children in the United States has autism</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 22:31:34 +0000 Stephen Steigman & Matthew Long-Middleton 51888 at http://kcur.org Challenges For Autism Coverage Looming in Kansas Kansas Legislation For Autism Treatment Coverage And Applied Behavioral Analysis http://kcur.org/post/kansas-legislation-autism-treatment-coverage-and-applied-behavioral-analysis <p>At the beginning of 2014, Kansas House Bill 2531 was introduced. This bill proposes insurance coverage for autism therapy for children , but many believe the coverage is not sufficient.</p><p>On today's Central Standard we discuss what Kansas will do about the shortcomings of this bill and what the proposed solutions might be. Also, we explore exactly what ABA is and how the therapy works to improve behavioral issues in children with autism.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 19:00:22 +0000 Stephen Steigman, Matthew Long-Middleton & Kate Baxendale 52066 at http://kcur.org Up To Date 2014 Heart Of America Entry http://kcur.org/post/date-2014-heart-america-entry <p><strong>Living with Alzheimer's (March 28, 2013)</strong></p><p>Former Kansas Congressman Dennis Moore was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease just six months after leaving a six-term career in the U.S. House. His wife, Stephene Moore, is the Region 7 director of the federal Health and Human Services Department. She and Dennis joined us to talk about his experiences with the disease. Our other guest was Michelle Niedens, director of programs and public policy for the Alzheimer's Association’s Heart of America chapter.<br />&nbsp;</p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 18:20:25 +0000 Steve Kraske, Stephen Steigman, Danie Alexander, Beth Lipoff & Cody Newill 51580 at http://kcur.org After 5 Decades, Graham Nash Still Loves Rock And Roll http://kcur.org/post/after-5-decades-graham-nash-still-loves-rock-and-roll <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">At 72, Graham Nash remains part of rock royalty, a musician who came to the U.S. as part of the British invasion with his band <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hollies">The </a></span><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hollies">Hollies</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and plays on today with his super-group <a href="http://www.crosbystillsnash.com/">Crosby, Stills &amp; Nash</a>. </span></p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 17:47:04 +0000 Steve Kraske, Stephen Steigman & Julie Denesha 51560 at http://kcur.org After 5 Decades, Graham Nash Still Loves Rock And Roll Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' Feb 14-16 http://kcur.org/post/dates-indie-foreign-doc-critics-three-see-feb-14-16 <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Looking for a way to spend Valentine's Day (and the weekend)? How about snuggling up with your loved one in a dark movie theater?</p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 20:17:09 +0000 Stephen Steigman 51302 at http://kcur.org Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' Feb 14-16 Google Fiber Report Card http://kcur.org/post/google-fiber-report-card <p>Kansas City was selected as the first place in the country to receive Google Fiber. Now that fiber networks have been established in the many communities in the metropolitan area, users have experienced internet connection that is 100 times faster than typical broadband speeds.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As Google Fiber and other fiber networks expand to other cities </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">we explore how well Kansas City is capitalizing on it's head start and where it might be falling short.&nbsp;</span></p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 22:00:42 +0000 Stephen Steigman, Matthew Long-Middleton & Kate Baxendale 51400 at http://kcur.org A Fan's Notes: Why Be Sochi Pessimist? http://kcur.org/post/fans-notes-why-be-sochi-pessimist <p>Of all sporting events, perhaps none is more tangled up in dreams of glory and miracles and fellowship than the Olympic Games. For two weeks, the peoples of the planet come together in celebration of the Olympic spirit and all is well with the world!</p><p>Yeah, right.</p><p>The Olympics are a human endeavor. All those idealistic “principles” in the Olympic Charter—social responsibility, mutual understanding, universal respect—are written down because they’re so often forgotten. Just search “Olympic Scandals and Controversies” on Wikipedia; you’ll find nearly a hundred offenses.</p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 21:25:25 +0000 Victor Wishna & Stephen Steigman 50949 at http://kcur.org A Fan's Notes: Why Be Sochi Pessimist? Local Listen: Me Like Bees http://kcur.org/post/local-listen-me-bees <p>The past few weeks have been pretty memorable for the Joplin band <a href="http://melikebees.com/" target="_blank">Me Like Bees</a>: they won <em>The Deli Magazine – Kansas City’s</em> “Emerging Artist of 2013” readers’ poll, and they also won the Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands, ensuring them a spot on this summer’s Warped Tour.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In this week's <em>Local Listen,</em> we hear&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“Brand New Fail” f</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">rom their most recent album, “The Ides."</span></p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 21:09:25 +0000 Michael Byars & Stephen Steigman 50950 at http://kcur.org Local Listen: Me Like Bees Healthcare Foundation Announces Efforts To Enroll More In Obamacare http://kcur.org/post/healthcare-foundation-announces-efforts-enroll-more-obamacare <p>Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius visited Kansas City Monday morning, drumming up interest in Obamacare.</p><p>In the first segment of Monday's <i>Up to Date,&nbsp;</i>Steve&nbsp;Kraske talks with the head of Healthcare Foundation of Greater Kansas City about insurance available through the Affordable Care Act and ongoing efforts to connect people to it.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Dr. Bridget&nbsp;McCandless</strong>, president and CEO, Healthcare Foundation of Greater Kansas City</li></ul> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 22:19:48 +0000 Steve Kraske & Stephen Steigman 50717 at http://kcur.org Local Listen: Drew Black And Dirty Electric http://kcur.org/post/local-listen-drew-black-and-dirty-electric <p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/DrewBlackAndDirtyElectric"><strong>Drew Black and Dirty Electric</strong></a> is a Kansas City four-piece that takes glam rock to a very dark and edgy place - and yet it’s a sound that’s loaded with hooks and easy to dance to as well.</p><p>In this week’s <em>Local Listen</em>, we hear <em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Curio Doll&nbsp;</span></em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">from the group's debut album “Dead Kings and Queens.” </span></p><p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Hear More:</span></strong></p> Sat, 01 Feb 2014 19:27:57 +0000 Michael Byars & Stephen Steigman 50587 at http://kcur.org Local Listen: Drew Black And Dirty Electric Local Listen: Freight Train Rabbit Killer http://kcur.org/post/local-listen-freight-train-rabbit-killer <p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Freight-Train-Rabbit-Killer/188883817963017">Freight Train Rabbit Killer</a> is a collaboration between Christopher Brooders of Cadillac Flambe’ and Mark Smeltzer from Rural Grit. Their combined backgrounds in delta blues and Americana make for a very raw sound that has become a hot ticket in local clubs.</p><p>In this week's Local Listen, we hear the song "<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Day Without the Devil”&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">from their self-titled debut</span></p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 18:42:36 +0000 Stephen Steigman & Michael Byars 50215 at http://kcur.org Local Listen: Freight Train Rabbit Killer Local Listen: Phantoms Of The Opry http://kcur.org/post/local-listen-phantoms-opry <p>The band <a href="http://www.phantomsoftheopry.com/"><strong>Phantoms of the Opry</strong></a> consider themselves “born 60 years too late,” and when you hear their musical blend of traditional country and Western swing, you’ll understand the meaning behind that statement.</p><p>In this week’s <em>Local Listen </em>we hear "My Cattle Call" from their self-titled release.</p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 21:07:41 +0000 Stephen Steigman & Michael Byars 49927 at http://kcur.org Local Listen: Phantoms Of The Opry Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' Jan. 17-19 http://kcur.org/post/dates-indie-foreign-doc-critics-three-see-jan-17-19 <p>This year's Academy Award nominations are out, and to no one's surprise, independent, foreign, and documentary films are on the list.</p><p>Here are <em><a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date">Up to Date's</a></em> critics' favorite indie, doc and foreign films showing on Kansas City-area screens the weekend of Jan. 17-19.</p><p>Click the highlighted links for Steve Walker's reviews of the films.</p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 19:37:53 +0000 Stephen Steigman 49924 at http://kcur.org Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' Jan. 17-19 Local Listen: Sundiver http://kcur.org/post/local-listen-sundiver <p>In December, Kansas City band <strong>Sundiver</strong> released their debut full-length effort, “The Pull.”</p><p>The group's sound combines space-rock arrangements with edgy, heavy guitar tones, and as our music coordinator Michael Byars will tell you, it sounds great in headphones.</p><p>In this week's “Local Listen,” we hear the opening track from “The Pull” titled “Lover’s Comfort.”</p><p>Learn more about the group on their <a href="https://www.facebook.com/sundivermusic">Facebook page</a> and on&nbsp;<a href="http://sundivermusic.bandcamp.com/album/the-pull">Bandcamp</a>.</p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 22:52:27 +0000 Steve Kraske, Stephen Steigman & Michael Byars 49603 at http://kcur.org Local Listen: Sundiver A Fan's Notes: Bowled Over http://kcur.org/post/fans-notes-bowled-over <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Saturday is the beginning of college football’s bowl season. Yep, season. Where there used to be just a handful of games—with names like Rose and Orange, Sugar and Cotton, mostly huddled on or around New Year’s Day—there are now 35, spread out over weeks. If ESPN’s ads are to be believed, it’s the most wonderful time of the year.</span></p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 23:18:41 +0000 Victor Wishna & Stephen Steigman 48672 at http://kcur.org A Fan's Notes: Bowled Over The 10 Best Songs From Kansas City Area Bands In 2013 http://kcur.org/post/10-best-songs-kansas-city-area-bands-2013 <p>It is that time of year. Lists. And we couldn't let it pass by without doing a best of Kansas City area music (which of course, includes Lawrence, Kan.).</p><p>The list is made up of contributions from Bill Brownlee, music critic for <em>The Kansas City Star</em>, Chris Haghirian with <em>Ink Magazine</em> and Laura Lorson, editor, host and producer for Kansas Public Radio. When possible, the link will take you to the song. They are in no particular order.</p><p>Radkey, "<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/devil-fruit-ep/id720904048">Start Freaking Out</a>"</p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 21:37:07 +0000 Steve Kraske & Stephen Steigman 48675 at http://kcur.org The 10 Best Songs From Kansas City Area Bands In 2013 Kansas City Business Development: A Year In Review http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-business-development-year-review <p>We all know that Kansas City likes to be, well, up to date, and several new businesses are helping make that happen.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 16:30:17 +0000 Steve Kraske, Stephen Steigman & Beth Lipoff 48418 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Business Development: A Year In Review Local Listen: Victor And Penny http://kcur.org/post/local-listen-victor-and-penny <p>Jeff Freeling and Erin McGrane make up the duo <strong><a href="http://www.victorandpenny.com/" target="_blank">Victor and Penny</a></strong>, who have been touring all across America with a sound that they like to call “antique pop.”</p><p>In this week's <em>Local Listen</em>, we hear the song "Stomp, Stomp" from the duo's album&nbsp;<i>Side By Side.</i></p><p>Victor and Penny will be back in Kansas City to host “<a href="https://tickets.kauffmancenter.org/single/PSDetail.aspx?psn=6634" target="_blank">Eve 2013</a>”, Dec. 31 at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.</p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 23:03:58 +0000 Steve Kraske, Michael Byars & Stephen Steigman 48326 at http://kcur.org Local Listen: Victor And Penny Ben Sidran: Musician, Composer And 'Space Cowboy' http://kcur.org/post/ben-sidran-musician-composer-and-space-cowboy <p></p><p></p><p></p><p><strong>Ben Sidran</strong> is one of those guys who makes your knees buckle.</p><p>Piano player.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Singer. Author. Composer. Host of the NPR jazz series “Jazz Alive.” Host of the </span>VH-1<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> television’s “New Visions” series. Peabody winner. Ace winner. Friend of rock ‘n’ roller Steve Miller. Played in his band. Composer. Producer of recordings by Diana Ross, Van Morrison and&nbsp;</span>Rickie<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Lee Jones.</span></p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 15:50:55 +0000 Steve Kraske & Stephen Steigman 48231 at http://kcur.org Ben Sidran: Musician, Composer And 'Space Cowboy' The Book Doctors: Best Reads Of 2013 http://kcur.org/post/book-doctors-best-reads-2013 <p></p><p>With winter weather stinging the metro area, now is the perfect time to curl up on the couch and read a good book.</p><p>Tuesday on <em>Up to Date</em>, the&nbsp;<strong>Book Doctors</strong> return with their picks for the best books of 2013. We dive into tales about extreme weather - and we don’t mean what is outside your house right now.</p><p><strong>Jeffrey Ann Goudie:</strong></p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 17:04:43 +0000 Steve Kraske & Stephen Steigman 48095 at http://kcur.org The Book Doctors: Best Reads Of 2013