Danie Alexander

Associate Producer, Announcer

Danette (Danie) Alexander first came to KCUR in 2007 as an intern for Up to Date after completing her B.A. in Communications at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. After her KCUR internship was completed, Danie continued to spend her mornings assisting senior producer Stephen Steigman as a volunteer with the show.  Her radio experience also includes stints with public radio's New Letters on the Air as a broadcast engineer and on local public radio as host of a weekly overnight call-in show.

In December 2011, Danie started as a temporary on-air announcer and is now the regular voice on Saturday afternoons.  In August 2012 she became the associate producer for Up to Date where one of her assignments is  producing the weekly segment 90-Mile View.  

Danette Alexander also holds a B.S. degree from William Woods University. Originally from Long Island, NY, she and her husband Steven Alexander live in Raytown when they’re not working on their future retirement property on Tablerock Lake.


Up To Date
11:24 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Web Exclusive: Edward James Olmos On Lt. Castillo Of 'Miami Vice'

Edward James Olmos as Lt. Martin Castillo on "Miami Vice".
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If Miami Vice was the hottest show on television in the '80s then Lt. Martin Castillo was the coolest character.  As portrayed by Edward James Olmos, Castillo was a man of few words and a mysterious past.  In this excerpt of his interview with Steve Kraske, Olmos recalls the conditions under which he took the role and why he didn't look at actors Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas during his first season on the show.

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Up To Date
6:18 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

A Fan's Notes: Great Expectations

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The year got off to a promising start for the Royals and their fans. In January, the teen pop singer known as Lorde won Grammy Awards for Best Performance and Song of the Year for her hit “Royals,” which she claims was inspired by a picture of George Brett that she saw in an old copy of National Geographic. When she performed in Kansas City a few weeks ago, the Royals presented her with an autographed Brett jersey. Lorde, born 11 years after the team’s last playoff appearance, called it “one of the coolest things” she owns—and she owns two Grammies.

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Up To Date
2:00 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

What Happens To Due Process For Kansas Teachers?

KNEA members protesting the school finance bill.
Credit Kansas National Education Association

A controversial move by Kansas lawmakers has teachers up in arms all over the state.  Steve Kraske talks with Kansas State Rep. John Bradford, who supported the change in the law, and Mark Desetti of the Kansas National Education Association.  They'll discuss how it will now be easier to fire teachers by eliminating their due-process rights and how supporters say that will improve education.  They also look at how this affects job security for teachers as well as their ability to criticize administrators when called for.


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Up to Date
5:31 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Local Listen: Scruffy And The Janitors

Scruffy and the Janitors play the Middle of the Map festival Saturday, April 5, on the back patio of the Riot Room at 6:15 p.m.
Credit Middle of the Map Fest


This year’s Middle of the Map music festival began Thursday night and will continue through Saturday at  locations in and around Westport.

Our “Local Listen” segment focuses on musicians from the Kansas City area that will be sharing the stage with regional and national artists.  

Today, we travel up I-29 a bit and give a listen to one of the newest bands to come out of St. Joseph: Scruffy and the Janitors. Here is “Shake it Off.”

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Up To Date
7:39 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Live From The Royals Home Opener

The Royals play the White Sox in their home opener.
Credit Beth Lipoff / KCUR



Last year was arguably the best year for the Kansas City Royals in recent memory - 86 wins put the boys in blue above .500, but just short of the playoffs.

For this hour of Up to Date we take you out to the ballpark for the Royal’s home opener and Steve Kraske introduces you to some of the people who keep the team running.

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Up To Date
3:14 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Ethics Professors: Who Should Get Organ Donations?

UNOS works to advance organ availability and transplantation.
Credit United Network for Organ Sharing

In the Midwest, the supply of organs for patients who need transplants to live is relatively strong.  But, that’s not the case in many locations across the country.

Currently, donated organs are distributed through local and regional networks, but there is talk of changing that system to one that basically puts everyone on equal footing.

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Up To Date
2:16 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Local Listen: Middle Twin

Middle Twin performs at this year's Middle of the Map music festival running April 3-5 in Westport.
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The lineup has been announced for this year’s Middle of the Map music festival.  Running from April 3 to April 5, the festival takes place at various locations in and around Westport in Kansas City.

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90-Mile View
1:12 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

90-Mile View: Maintaining The Momentum In Manheim Park

Saundra Hayes is past President of the Historic Manheim Park Association.
Credit Danie Alexander/KCUR

Saundra Hayes is a resident of Manheim Park situated on the east side of Troost in Kansas City.  In this edition of 90-Mile View, Saundra and Steve Kraske talk about the effects the Green Impact Zone has had on her neighborhood and what it will take to keep the momentum built by the project going.

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90-Mile View
9:00 am
Fri March 14, 2014

90-Mile View: The Signs of Spring In Warsaw, Missouri

Spoonbill fish inhabit the Osage River in Missouri.
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It's been a quiet winter in Warsaw, Mo., where the Osage River empties into Truman Lake.  The bitter cold had even the hardiest inhabitants staying indoors.  Now this little town on the lake is showing the unmistakable signs that the "season" is about to begin.

In this installment of 90-Mile View, newspaper publisher James White tells Steve Kraske what stories The Benton County Enterprise has been covering.  Then White describes one of the sure signs of Spring, the start of the spoonbill fishing season and an accompanying aroma.


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90-Mile View
3:43 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

90 Mile View: The Power Of The White Coat

Dr. Gary Yarbrough in the countryside outside Parsons, Kansas where he practices among the Amish and English.

Dr. Gary Yarbrough has been a rural family physician for more than 30 years, first in Kentucky then Michigan and, since 1994, in Parsons, Kan.

On this edition of 90-Mile View he talks with Steve Kraske about making house calls in the severe cold this winter plus shares a tale from his latest book, Office Calls: And Other Stories From Thirty Years of Rural Medicine.

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Up To Date
5:37 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' Feb. 28 - March 2

'Omar' is on both critics Cynthia Haines and Steve Walker's 'Three to See' list.

Looking for a great film to see the weekend of Feb. 28 - March 2? Up to Date's indie, documentary and foreign film critics share their three favorites showing on area screens.

Click the highlighted links for Steve Walker's reviews of the films.

Cynthia Haines:

  • Gloria
  • Omar
  • Oscar Shorts

Steve Walker:

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90-Mile View
2:51 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

90-Mile View: Runaway Senior Lands In Kansas City

Patricia Porsche (left) and Brittany Williams
Credit Beth Lipoff/KCUR-FM

We’ve been following the story of Patricia Porsche for the past year.  In that time she has made her way from being homeless and unemployed to working for the True Light Family Resource Center in Kansas City, Mo.  As its volunteer coordinator and as mentor to the women living in the center’s transitional home, Trisha has a front-row seat to the challenges facing homeless women in Kansas City.

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Up To Date
12:20 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Up To Date 2014 Heart Of America Entry

Living with Alzheimer's (March 28, 2013)

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.

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Up To Date
11:09 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Parents Illustrate The Funny Side Of Autism In Kansas City Production

'An Evening With The Rents' runs 7 p.m. Feb. 28 at The Mission Theatre.

To call raising kids with with autism or autism spectrum disorder a challenge would probably be underselling it ... by quite a bit.

For many parents of kids with autism, maintaining a sense of humor is an essential component. Those experiences will be illustrated by some Kansas City area parents in An Evening with the Rents where they will deliver stand-up comedy routines centered around living with children on the spectrum.

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Up To Date
4:14 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

How To Have 'The Talk' With Your Teen

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It’s something that every parent should do, but many don’t know how, or feel really awkward trying, to get it together to have ... "The Talk."  These days it’s about more complicated issues than just the birds and the bees — gender identity, casual hookups and more play into the discussion. 

Steve Kraske talks with psychologist Wes Crenshaw about how parents can approach the topic of sex with their kids. A teenager and her mother join the conversation to discuss their method for handling the subject.


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Up to Date
12:24 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Finding Food Flavors In A Local Lab

Michael Feingold, lab manager and food technologist for Cereal Ingredients in Leavenworth, stands with a bag of strawberry-flavored pieces about to be shipped to a client.
Beth Lipoff/KCUR

From “weird-beers” to your typical TV dinner, all the processed food we eat has been carefully crafted to taste and smell as appealing as possible.

In the first part of Friday's Up to Date, we visit a local lab to see how flavors are modified and enhanced to make that morning muffin you enjoy taste so much like fresh blueberries-- even though there aren't any in it. 


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Up To Date
2:31 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

90-Mile View From The Hill

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After her husband died in 1986, June Jewitt continued to live in the house they had built on a hill in Douglas County, Kan., and began writing. One of her daughters slipped a sample of June's views of life under the door of the Baldwin City Signal and a column, Musings from the Hill, was born.

On this edition of 90-Mile View, Steve Kraske talks with the nonagenarian about why she continues to live on the hill, what she most likes to write about, and why she hasn't retired.

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Up To Date
11:06 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Kansas' New State Capitol: Bright, Shiny And Majestic

The renovation of the Kansas statehouse is complete.

Work began on the Kansas Capitol in October 1866 when the cornerstone was laid for the east wing. Thirty-seven years later, it was finished. The cost? $3,200,588.92.

Fast forward to today.  After 13 years and nearly $330 million, the statehouse, with its French Renaissance architecture and Corinthian details,  has undergone a renovation. 

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Up to Date
11:17 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Bridging The Gap For Infrastructure Shortfalls

HNTB was involved in building the Kit Bond Bridge.
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Every four years, the American Society of Civil Engineers grades the country and each state on the condition of its infrastructure. The picture coming from last year’s report isn’t pretty.

On Tuesday's Up to Date, we look at the grades Kansas and Missouri earned. We also examine the future of infrastructure in our region and how projects that need to be done will be funded.


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Up to Date
2:59 pm
Sat January 18, 2014

Kennedy Center President Michael Kaiser Is Back Among Friends In Kansas City

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As The Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey approached its 30th anniversary this year it sought out Michael Kaiser, a leading arts-management consultant and the current President of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.  The goal: to position the organization as a model to other cities for overcoming cultural and social segregation.

Michael Kaiser spoke with Steve Kraske, host of Up to Date.

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Up to Date
3:05 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

90-Mile View: Freezing Temperatures Stop Trains In Their Tracks

Amtrak trains have been struggling with the bitter cold that has swept across most of the United States.
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An Amtrak train carrying more than 200 people arrived in Chicago early Monday morning, Jan. 6, after the bitterly cold weather stopped it for more than eight hours. 

In the latest edition of 90-Mile View, Amtrak engineer and conductor Eric Peterson talks with Up to Date host Steve Kraske about the effects of the recent country-wide deep-freeze on railroad operations. Peterson has previously appeared on the program to share his love of trains and tales from the tracks.

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Up To Date
1:32 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

What's In Store For 2014?

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Happy New Year! Or is it? What will it take for the Kansas City metro area to have a joyful 2014?

On Thursday's Up to Date, Steve Kraske asks members of KCPT's Ruckus to gaze into their crystal ball for the answers. From how well local leaders are doing, to the prospects for landing the GOP National Convention, to whether the Chiefs can go all the way, we examine how people, issues and events are shaping up for the year ahead.

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Up To Date
11:58 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' Dec. 27-29

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Looking for a great film to see the weekend of Dec. 27-29? Up to Date's indie, documentary and foreign film critics share their three favorites showing on area screens.

Cynthia Haines:

  • American Hustle
  • Philomena
  • 12 Years a Slave

Steve Walker:

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Up To Date
1:36 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

90-Mile View: Dairyman Looks To New Zealand Model

Eric Neill discusses his dairy operation, located in Cass County, Mo.
Credit Beth Lipoff/KCUR

We’ve been keeping abreast with dairy farmer Eric Neill out at his place in Cass County, Mo. Through drought and mud, searing heat and freezing cold, it’s never the same two years in a row for Neill and his family.

Thursday, Eric talks with host Steve Kraske about the options he's weighing to keep the dairy afloat, including his return to work and copying the New Zealand practice of hiring a "share milker."

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90-Mile View
11:23 am
Thu December 12, 2013

90-Mile View: A Busy Month For Rev. Rick Behrens

Rev. Rick Behrens, Pastor of Grandview Park Presbyterian Church in Kansas City, KS.
Credit Danie Alexander / KCUR-FM

December is busy enough for most Christian pastors but for Rev. Rick Behrens, this year it's been busier than usual.

Rick joins Steve Kraske for this edition of 90-Mile View to talk about a recent trip to a Kansas City, Kansas sister-city in Mexico, having one of the hottest tickets in town, and a special dinner theater presentation taking place at Grandview Park Presbyterian Church.

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90-Mile View
10:50 am
Tue December 3, 2013

90-Mile View: A Special Window For A Flint Hills Cabin

Carole Brown at The Hermitage cabin in the Flint Hills.
Credit Steve Kraske / KCUR-FM

Carole Brown has shared with us the dichotomy that is her life. A classical musician, Brown spends a portion of her year living with her parents in Westwood Hills, Kan., and the rest in a cabin with no amenities in the Flint Hills of Kansas.

On this edition of 90-Mile View, Carole is back to talk with host Steve Kraske of her life on the prairie. She's been busy with several projects including a window that took her some time to collect just the right materials before she could construct it.  

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Central Standard Friday
12:22 pm
Fri November 29, 2013

Food Critics: Look To The Sides

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Many restaurants in Kansas City have signature dishes. Stroud’s is known for its fried chicken, Jess and Jim’s is famous for its steaks. But what about the dishes that complement the main course?

Some restaurants do wonders with the lesser-known side dishes: potatoes, vegetables, greens and rice. In fact, a well executed side dish can draw your attention to the entrée—complementing or contrasting the texture, sweetness or bitterness of other servings. 

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Central Standard
7:32 am
Thu November 28, 2013

The Benefits Of Giving Thanks

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It began when Abraham Lincoln declared that in gratitude for the Union Army’s victory at Gettysburg, the fourth Thursday in November would henceforth be a national day of Thanksgiving. We would come to add the familiar stories and imagery of pilgrims and native Americans, the tradition of a harvest feast, but the celebration’s purpose from the start was in its name.

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Central Standard
7:56 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Charitable Giving: When Doing Good Goes Bad

A victim of typhoon Haiyan receives a hygiene kit.
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We’re approaching the time of year when people tend to be most generous. But how do you know that your desire to help … is really helping? That your giving is actually doing good and not harm?

Tuesday we take a look at how the best of intentions can sometimes backfire, and how to make sure that doesn’t happen to you.

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90-Mile View
2:49 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

90-Mile View: Old Kansas City School Finds New Life As Housing

The Bancroft School
Chad Jackson Make It Right

As President of the Historic Manheim Park Association, Saundra Hayes has been witness to exciting changes in the 32-square block neighborhood nestled between Troost and The Paseo, and 39th and Brush Creek Blvd. 

On this edition of 90-Mile View Saundra shares with host Steve Kraske the latest events from the community including the recent ribbon-cutting that marked a new chapter for the neighborhood's Bancroft School.

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