Stephen Steigman

Chief of Broadcast Operations / Senior Producer of Up to Date

Stephen joined KCUR in October 2000 as the station's host of classical music. After working in the arts for ten years, Steigman made a somewhat associated switch to public radio. Stephen also worked for a number of orchestras and performing arts organizations - including the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center, the Jerusalem Symphony in Israel, the Albany Symphony in New York, and the Aspen Music Festival. Stephen's love of public radio started at a young age when "shushed" by his father who wanted to listen to top-of-the-hour NPR news without interruption. His appreciation increased during high school, college (and beyond) with programs such as Car Talk, Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Performance Today.

Most of all - Steigman's love for public radio and KCUR stems from the idea that public radio enriches our minds through news, commentary, and artistic programming - all important parts of our daily lives. Oh, and KCUR's "all you can drink coffee" policy is a nice bonus, too.

Steigman served as KCUR's afternoon drive host from 2001-2002 and began producing Up to Date with host Steve Kraske in August 2002. The show has earned awards from the Kansas City Press Club, Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI), the Kansas City Association of Black Journalists, and others. In March 2014, Stephen became the station's chief of broadcast operations. Stephen enjoys hanging out on the front porch of his Brookside home with wife Tamara Falicov, a professor of film studies at the University of Kansas and their son, Ilan, and daughters Avital and Noa.

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Up to Date
10:46 am
Fri December 6, 2013

DVD Gurus: Reporters On Film

Ace in the Hole is one of the DVD Guru's favorite films about reporters.

From a manufactured media circus, to a desperate game of cat-and-mouse with a serial killer, Hollywood sure knows how to romanticize journalism.

On Friday's Up to Date, DVD Gurus Mitch Brian and Jason Heck join us to talk about some of their favorite films that feature reporters. We'll dive into some thrilling vampire conspiracies, reports gone wrong, and others that are sure to set off the investigator in everyone.

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Up To Date
8:22 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Local Listen: Akkilles

Akkilles new album is titled "Something You'd Say."
Credit akkilles.bandcamp.com/

With the Kansas City area getting a dose of winter weather over the past couple days, perhaps it's time for some music that has a summertime feel.  

The band Akkilles offers a sound that conjures up an afternoon on the beach, toes dug into the sand, and waves gently crashing along the shore.

In Friday's "Local Listen" we hear "Your Only One" from the group's album Something You’d Say.

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Up to Date
9:51 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Tuning Up The Turkey: Thanksgiving Food And Wine

Ted Habiger assembles his pork belly sandwiches with Brussels sprout slaw in the studio.
Beth Lipoff KCUR

Thanksgiving means turkey, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie… and all the carbs you could want. Although we’ve all got our tried and true favorites, you won’t ruffle too many feathers if you try a couple of new dishes this year.

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Up to Date
10:13 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Downtown Kansas City Streetcar Project: What's Next?

Kansas City's downtown streetcar line will run from the River Market to Crown Center.
Credit City of Kansas City, Missouri

Construction has already begun on the first leg of Kansas City’s streetcar system. The two mile line will run between the River Market area and Crown Center.

Now officials are looking at potential routes for a second leg and beyond. Where should the second leg go? Is it inevitable that route No. 2 will extend to the Plaza and maybe UMKC?

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Up to Date
12:44 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

The Weekend To-Do List: November 15-17, 2013

Ukulele superstar Jake Shimabukuro performs Friday night at the Kauffman Center.

There are a ton of things to do in Kansas City this weekend, and Brian McTavish picked out some highlights as part of our Weekend To-Do List for November 15-17.

Selena Gomez: Pop hit sensation: 7 p.m. Sunday at the Sprint Center, 1409 Grand Tickets: $28.50-$99.50  

Jake ShimabukuroUkulele wizard. 8 p.m. Friday in Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway Tickets: $21-$59

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Up To Date
12:38 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Up to Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See," Nov. 15-17

Adèle Exarchopoulos and Lea Seydoux star in the much talked about film 'Blue is the Warmest Color.'

Looking for a great film to see the weekend of November 8-10? Up to Date's indie, documentary and foreign film critics share their three favorites showing on area screens.

Cynthia Haines:

  • Muscle Shoals
  • 12 Years a Slave
  • Blue is the Warmest Color

Steve Walker

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Up to Date
12:37 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Local Listen: The Latenight Callers

The Latenight Callers perform this weekend in at the Record Bar's "Saturday Brunch."

Band The Latenight Callers describe their sultry, film-noir sound as that of “the house band at a David Lynch pool party.” Their latest album is called Songs for Stolen Moments.

In Friday's Local Listen, we hear “Red Bricks, White Ghosts.”

The Latenight Callers will be paying a midday call to The Record Bar for their first-ever Saturday Brunch, November 16, from noon to 4 p.m. at 1020 Westport Road in Kansas City, Mo.

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Up to Date
10:50 am
Wed November 13, 2013

How Smartphone Videos Aid Investigators

Advances in technology mean much more footage of public events is available today than in 1963.
Credit PaulSteinJC/Flickr-CC

When John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963, the Zapruder film provided investigators with key evidence of the shooting. Fifty years later, crime scene investigation has evolved into a complex science, and now, with smartphones, and other mobile devices, video footage of events is readily available to assist investigators in solving crimes.

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Up to Date
10:57 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Transfer Limbo: KCMO Schools And Parents Explore Options

Some worry that allowing students to transfer out of the Kansas City, Mo., School District will result in a mass exodus.
Credit Curtis Gregory Perry/Flickr-CC

To transfer or not to transfer? That’s the question for Kansas City public school students who are in limbo as they wait for the outcome of a lawsuit to find out what their options are.

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Central Standard
12:11 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

The Clean Air Act 50 Years Later

Clean air, you’d think it would be a no brainer, but it took an act of Congress to make it a law. There are 20 coal power plants in Missouri, and they expose over 4.7 million people within a 30 mile radius, to their exhaust. In Kansas there are eight coal power plants.

It’s been almost 50 years since the Clean Air Act was made into law, and the way the public views clean air has radically changed from then to now. Stephen Steigman hosts this discussion on the changing culture of environmental protection.

Guests:

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Central Standard
12:05 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

The Pros And Cons of Small-Town Life

The idea of small-town living has long been thought of as the idyllic American Dream. It's a place in our imaginations where everyone waves and smiles at you. A place where everyone knows your name. But what are the realities of small-town life? Is it really all it's cracked up to be?

Host Stephen Steigman looks into Overbrook, Kan., a town 40 minutes southwest of Lawrence. Their motto? "Don't Overlook Overbrook."

Guest: Rick Montgomery, reporter for the Kansas City Star

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Up To Date
11:40 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Evocative Portraits From Photographer Gregory Heisler

Oceanographer Robert Ballard discovered the wreckage of the Titanic.
Greg Heisler

Photographer Gregory Heisler admits that the process of making a portrait is fraught with unease.

The sitter, Heisler says, doesn't want to face reality. For the photographer, that's all there is.

Greg Heisler has spent a quarter century photographing covers for Time, Life and Sports Illustrated.

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Up to Date
1:13 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Are Raising Sales Taxes A Solution For Everything?

Arizonans pay some of the highest sales taxes in the country.
Credit KNAU

Why do governments rely on the sales tax for big projects, like the medical research proposal in Jackson County?

And how fat can the sales tax get before shoppers stop buying? 

In the second half of Tuesday's Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with two experts about sales taxes, what makes up the total sales tax you see on a receipt, and why governments have turned to sales taxes for raising funds when revenue is down.

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Central Standard
8:32 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Using Music As Therapy

Credit Children's Hospital Colorado / Google Images -- CC

Music therapy has been a growing form of complementary medicine for the past 50 years. Studies have shown music therapy can help with everything from Alzheimer’s to depression to developmental disorders and even cancer treatment. 

We invited three local music therapists to speak about local and national research being conducted, as well as their own experience in using vocal and instrumental music in a patient's treatment and recovery process. 

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Up To Date
3:11 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Local Listen: The Jorge Arana Trio

The Jorge Arana Trio offers an energetic and eclectic fusion of jazz, rock and funk that has gotten the attention of music lovers throughout Kansas City as a result of their take-no-prisoners live shows. 

In today's Local Listen, we hear Bitter Era from their most recent album, "Mapache."

You can catch the Trio on Sunday October 20 at The Riot Room and November 1 at the Czar Bar.

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Up to Date
1:42 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

A Fan's Notes: The Joy Of Being A 'Raider Hater'

They may look threatening, but don't let that stop you from hating the Oakland Raiders.
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On Sunday, the still-undefeated Kansas City Chiefs will take the field to face their mortal enemy: the Oakland Raiders. In this month’s “A Fan’s Notes,” commentator Victor Wishna tells us why it feels so good... to be a Raider-Hater. 

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Up to Date
11:07 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Local Listen: Katy Guillen and The Girls

"...and then there were three" is the new album from Katy Guillen and The Girls

Katy Guillen and The Girls have only been together for about a year, but it hasn’t taken them long to get noticed: next January they will be representing Kansas City in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis.  They’ve just release a new EP called “… and then there were three.”  

In this week's "Local Listen" we hear a track from the album titled “The Race."

 You have a couple chances to hear them live next week: they’ll be at BB’s Lawnside Bar-B-Q on October 17th and at Knuckleheads on the 18th. 

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Up to Date
11:56 am
Thu October 10, 2013

The Weekend To-Do List: October 11-13, 2013

"Wicked," the untold story of the Witches of Oz is on stage this weekend at the Music Hall.

“Wicked”: “Wizard of Oz” prequel about the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good 7:30 Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 & 8 p.m. Saturday, and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday Music Hall, 301 W. 13th Tickets: Start at $30

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Up to Date
2:23 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Local Listen: Vi Tran

Vi Tran's new album, "American Heronie" will hit store shelves on October 8, 2013.

Vi Tran is a singer/songwriter who uses his experience as an actor to create music that combines melody with heartfelt expression.  His new album, “American Heroine” plays like a soundtrack to an off-Broadway musical.   

In today's "Local Listen" we hear the title track from the album. The Vi Tran Band will perform at the Kill Devil Club Friday evening, October 4 to celebrate the release "American Heroine." The CD will be in stores on Tuesday October 8.

 

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Up to Date
11:45 am
Thu September 26, 2013

The Weekend To-Do List: September 27-29, 2013

The French band Phoenix plays on Friday at Richard L. Berkley Riverfront Park as part of the Buzz Beach Ball festival.

American Royal Parade: A star-spangled salute, including military personnel, 4H and FFA members, marching bands, drill teams, saddle clubs, vintage cars, civic groups and floats. 9:45 a.m. Saturday North up Grand Boulevard from Pershing to Truman Road Admission: Free.  

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Up to Date
4:01 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Local Listen: Lennon Bone

Lennon Bone is probably best known among music lovers as the drummer for Ha Ha Tonka, but he recently released a new EP of his own material that’s got a gentle, dreamy-folk sound. It’s called “Call It A Custom.”

In today's "Local Listen," we hear the title track to the four-song EP. His band, Ha Ha Tonka releases their new album, “Lessons,” on September 24th.

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Up to Date
11:45 am
Thu September 5, 2013

The Weekend To-Do List: September 6-8, 2013

Heavy metal band Iron Maiden performs Saturday at the Sprint Center.

Looking for a great way to spend the first weekend in - *gasp* - September? Here's your Weekend To-Do List courtesy of Brian McTavish:

Johnny Mathis: Classic pop. 8 p.m. Friday at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 16th and Broadway in Kansas City, Mo. Tickets: $75 to $125

 Michael Bublé: Neo-classic pop. 8 p.m. Sunday at the Sprint Center, 14th and Grand, Kansas City, Mo. Tickets: $56.50 to $101.50

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Up to Date
11:47 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Hall Family Foundation $75 Million Pledge: Passion For Cause...Or Bribe?

A 4-story institute for translational medicine building would be built on top of an existing parking structure at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City - if Jackson County voters approve a 1/2 cent sales tax increase in November.
Credit Children's Mercy Hospital

On Wednesday, the Hall Family Foundation announced that it was pledging $75 million to Children's Mercy Hospital for build a translational medicine research building on Children's Mercy's campus on Hospital Hill.

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Up to Date
11:28 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

The Ethics Professors: Ethics Between Nations

President Barack Obama meets with Members of Congress to discuss Syria in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Sept. 3, 2013.
Credit Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

What if Congress turns down President Obama’s request for authorization to attack Syria? And what if the president proceeds anyway -- even though the American people are saying in polls that they oppose such a move? 

How ethical would that be?

Some might say that when it comes to matters of life and death, an American president ought to have the backing of Congress or the American people.

Then there’s this looming question of whether the U.S. and other nations should boycott the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. The reason? Russia’s anti-gay laws.

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Up to Date
10:44 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Immigration: A Grown-Up Subject For Young Readers

Kansas City writer Angela Cervantes' latest book is "Gaby, Lost and Found"

The newest book by Kansas City author Angela Cervantes tackles a tough subject: what happens when immigrant families are torn apart. Cervantes' approach is different: the book is written for a young audience aged 8-12, and tackles a topic difficult and all-too-familar to many of her intended readers.

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Up to Date
5:12 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Behind The Mystique Of Charles Manson

Jeff Guinn's (l) new book looks at the life of Charles Manson

One of the most notorious criminals in American history, Charles Manson and members of his mostly female commune killed nine people, including pregnant actress Sharon Tate.

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Up to Date
4:08 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Area Health Institutions Attempt Translational Medicine Center

Kansas City's Children's Mercy Hospital would be one of a number of Jackson County institutions to benefit from proceeds from a 1/2-cent sales tax for translational medicine.
Credit Wikipedia Commons

The Jackson County Legislature voted Monday to place a 20-year, half-cent sales tax measure on the November 5 ballot.

Aimed at boosting economic development and funding research, supporters call it a game-changer for Kansas City, a way to bolster the area's claim as a hub of life science research. Opponents haven't galvanized, at least in a visible way. But lots of questions are being raised.

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Up to Date
3:18 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

A Fan's Notes: Little Big League

The 2013 Little League World Series is underway in Williamsport, Pa.
Credit Wikipedia Commons

This week the 2013 Little League World Series has bought teams from across the world to Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The championship game will be played on Sunday.

In this month’s “A Fan’s Notes”, commentator Victor Wishna tells us what Major League players could learn from their Little League compadres.

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Up to Date
2:45 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Comedian Chris Kattan: More Than Mango

Comedian and former Saturday Night Live cast member Chris Kattan appears this weekend at Stanford & Sons Comedy Club

Do you miss spending a night at the Roxbury? What about the glitzy flair, and the exotic touch of Mango, the uninhibited, scantily-clad dancer?

In the first portion of Friday's Up to Date Steve Kraske welcomes comedian Chris Kattan to talk about his years on Saturday Night Live and how sketch comedy compares with his new stand-up tour.

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Up to Date
9:56 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Kansas City's First Black Baptist Church Marks 150 Year Anniversary

Kansas City's Second Baptist Church celebrates its 150th anniversary this year. The church was founded on the banks of the Missouri River in 1863.
Credit Second Baptist Church

One hundred fifty years ago the country was midway through the Civil War, and back then, Second Baptist Church was a mission known as a "Stragglers Camp" located on the south banks of the Missouri River.

These days, the church at 3620 E. 39th Street is reaching out to deal with crime and a high unemployment rate, and it's about to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s March on Washington.

The senior pastors of Second Baptist have enjoyed long tenures.Over the last 150 years, the church has been led by just eight head preachers.

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