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
9:27 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

Independent, Foreign & Documentary Film Reviews

Looking for a great film to see this weekend?  How about one that will make you laugh, cry, and yes, think?

Then look further than Friday's Up to Date, as independent, foreign and documentary film critics Cynthia Haines, Steve Walker and Bob Butler return to review the best films showing in area theaters.

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Up to Date
12:18 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

The Weekend To-Do List

Jimmy Buffett appears at the Sprint Center on Saturday

Looking for something to do this weekend? Up to Date's Brian McTavish offers up a few options in his Weekend To-Do List for April 20-22, 2012.

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Up to Date
11:31 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

Journalist Lee Woodruff On Care For Returning Soldiers

Lee Woodruff
Photo: Stefan Radke

Lee Woodruff's life was profoundly changed starting in 2006 when her husband, reporter Bob Woodruff, took over for Peter Jennings as co-anchor of ABC's World News Tonight.  But the events of a month later changed her - and Bob's life - forever.

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Up to Date
2:40 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

Spring Gardening: Help Grow Your Green Thumb

There may be no controlling Mother Nature, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get your garden to cooperate. But keeping your gardening blossoming instead of browning is easier said than done.

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Up to Date
10:06 am
Tue April 17, 2012

Can 'Boozing It Up' Make Us More Conservative?

Could knocking back a few beers influence a person’s political views?

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Up to Date
5:29 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

Beyond The Supreme Court Decision On The Affordable Care Act

President Obama signing the Affordable Care Act into law in 2010

Over the next year, Congress and the President will be called upon to reconsider all major elements of the U.S. ‘safety net,’ as well as the foundations of the U.S. tax system.

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Up to Date
11:14 pm
Sun April 15, 2012

Treasure Or Trash? Digging Up History

Just a small selection of the Roman coins found by Dave Crisp in a field near Frome, Somerset.
Photograph: British Museum/PA

You may encounter them looking down, listening to their headphones. No, they're not listening to an iPod...they're attuned to their metal detectors, attempting to find buried treasure. 

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Up to Date
2:47 pm
Fri April 13, 2012

Up To Date's Film Critics' 'Three To See'

Thomas Doret plays Cyril in “The Kid With a Bike.’’
Sundance Selects

Looking for a great independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of April 13-15, 2012? Up to Date's critics share their three favorite showing on area screens.

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Up to Date
6:47 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

Royals Opening Day At The K

It’s time for peanuts, cracker jacks and rooting for the home team ... so we’re heading out to the ballgame!

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Up to Date
11:47 am
Thu April 12, 2012

The Weekend To-Do List

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Leon Russell performs this weekend at Knuckleheads Saloon

Looking for something to do this weekend? Up to Date's Brian McTavish offers up a few options in his Weekend To-Do List for April 13-15, 2012.

Kansas City Royals vs. Cleveland Indians: Royals’ home-opening weekend. 3:10 p.m. Friday, 6:10 p.m. Saturday and 1:10 p.m. Sunday at Kauffman Stadium. Tickets: $10 to $245.

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Up to Date
11:51 pm
Wed April 11, 2012

From Drinking Binge To Blackout

 

You may remember the story of Jason Wren, a 19-year-old University of Kansas student who went on a drinking binge and died in a KU frat house in 2009.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Tue April 10, 2012

Mrs. Kennedy And Me

When shots rang out in Dallas, Secret Service agent Clint Hill jumped in the back of President John F. Kennedy’s car.

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Up to Date
10:30 am
Tue April 10, 2012

Warm Weather & Your Pet, & A PET Scanner For Your...Pet.

A CAT scanner...for dogs.
Fresno Pet ER

An uncharacteristically mild winter has led to an unusually warm spring.  You probably packed up your winter coat early and started wearing sandals sometime last month. 

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Up to Date
10:10 pm
Sun April 8, 2012

Rachel Maddow On The Unmooring Of American Military Power

MSNBC host and author Rachel Maddow

The host of "The Rachel Maddow Show" on MSNBC has written a new book called Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power. It's about how we've been living in a state of perpetual war, and how war has become more secretive and the public more disconnected from it.

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Up to Date
9:53 pm
Sun April 8, 2012

Urbanized

More than half the world’s population now lives in an urban area, and 75 percent will call a city home by 2050.

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Up to Date
10:46 am
Fri April 6, 2012

A Fan's Notes: Why Is This Night Different From All Other Nights?

Major League Baseball's opening day and Passover coincide this year
Image courtesy of the book "Matzo Balls & Baseballs" by Dave Cohen

Tonight, once again, families throughout Kansas City will gather together and reflect on a simple question: “Why is this night different?”

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Thu April 5, 2012

Up To Date's Film Critics' 'Three To See'

Looking for a great independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of April 6-8, 2012?

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Thu April 5, 2012

The Book Doctors

The Buddha in the Attic, one of Book Doctor Grace Suh's picks

Looking for something to liven up your bookshelf? Friday on Up to Date, the Book Doctors tell us about some worthwhile reads.

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Up to Date
1:37 pm
Thu April 5, 2012

Thomas Hart Benton: A Life

If you’ve visited the Missouri State Capitol building you probably saw his work. If you’ve spent time in midtown, you might have driven by his house.

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Up to Date
2:09 pm
Wed April 4, 2012

The (Quiet) Power Of Introverts

They are the third of the population who prefer to listen instead of speak, read instead of party, work alone instead of in a group.

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Up to Date
1:36 pm
Wed April 4, 2012

Barbershop Quartets: More Than Bow Ties & Boater Hats

Max Q barbershop quartet, performing at the Heart of America Barbershop Chorus "Smile! darn 'ya, Smile!" performances on April 14 at Yardley Hall.

The barbershop quartet has been around a long time...and it's still around. And the modern barbershop quartets are much more than bow ties and boater hats.

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Up to Date
1:28 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver: Economy, Budget, Gas Prices & More

U.S. Capitol grounds in Spring
Gregg @ dcscorpio.blogspot.com

He’s just returned from lengthy deliberations in the U.S. House of Representatives over next year's spending plan. But is Congress getting anywhere?

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Up to Date
1:51 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

Scorecasting: The Hidden Influences Behind How Sports Are Played & Games Are Won

The final dance of this college basketball season is tonight. Fans everywhere are counting on their team to pull off the big win in New Orleans.

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Up to Date
2:26 pm
Fri March 30, 2012

What's Showing In Independent, Foreign & Documentary Film

Looking for a good film to see this weekend or beyond? Perhaps one that makes you think....or *gasp* - spend time with friends after the lights go up talking about the film in-depth?

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Up to Date
11:29 am
Fri March 30, 2012

Up To Date's Film Critics' "Three To See"

A scene from the film "In Darkness."

Looking for a great art, independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of March 30-April 1, 2012?

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Up to Date
1:38 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

Steve Rose: A Changing Johnson County

Is the relationship between Johnson County and Kansas City, Missouri as tense as the one between Jayhawks and Tigers?  Is "Lexus Land" still an appropriate nickname for Johnson County?

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Up to Date
1:16 pm
Wed March 28, 2012

Parents, Teens & Technology

Your son wants to hang out at a friend’s house: he calls your cell to cell to ask.  Your daughter is staying late at school: she sends you a text.

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Up to Date
2:00 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

Once Slaves, Then Slaveholders: 'The Whipping Man'

Kyle Hatley and Michael Genet in "The Whipping Man", on stage at the Kansas City Repertory Theatre through April 8, 2012
Don Ipock

It's no coincidence that the Kansas City Repertory Theatre's newest production, The Whipping Man, is on stage around the time of the Jewish festival of Passover.

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Up to Date
1:32 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

Kansas City: City Of Fountains...That Require Maintenance

One of Kansas City's most recognizable landmarks: the J.C. Nichols Fountain on the Country Club Plaza

It's a popular saying in our town that only Rome has more public fountains than Kansas City.

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Up to Date
1:24 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

Chris Matthews On 'Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero'

He was a man who knew pain, admired courage and hated boredom.

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