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
3:52 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

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

Looking for a great art, independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of March 23-25, 2012?

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

DVD Gurus: Roger Corman Films

He's made a film in two days.

And some people will say that it shows. Others will proudly defend the low-budget work of B-movie director Roger Corman. He even won an Honorary Academy Award in 2009 for his body of work.

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Up to Date
6:30 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

Supreme Court Takes Up Affordable Care Act

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments earlier this month on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act

The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments next week on the Affordable Care Act.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

The U.S. Capitol & The Coming Of The Civil War

The construction of the U.S. Capitol began with a building plan adopted in 1793.  Its history of being built, burnt, rebuilt & extended meant its completion came at the most crucial point in our nation’s development: the Civil War.

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Up to Date
10:01 am
Wed March 21, 2012

Million Dollar Quartet

The National Tour of Million Dollar Quartet
Joan Marcus

On December 4, 1956, a twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley together.

Sam Phillips, the “Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll” who was responsible for launching the careers of each icon, brought the four legendary musicians together at the Sun Records storefront studio in Memphis for the first and only time. The resulting evening became known as one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll jam sessions in history.  It’s the story of the Broadway musical, "Million Dollar Quartet", on stage at the Kauffman Center through Sunday.

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Up to Date
6:30 pm
Tue March 20, 2012

Missouri & Kansas Ranked On State Corruption And Transparency

The Kansas State Capitol Building (left) and the Missouri State Capitol Building

No state gets an “A” in a study of government transparency and corruption risk released by Public Radio International. Kansas ranked fairly high for safeguards, at number 9. Missouri finished at number 21.

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Up to Date
5:12 pm
Mon March 19, 2012

Mezzo Soprano Joyce DiDonato Returns Home After Grammy Win

Nick Heavican Virgin Classics

Prairie Village native Joyce DiDonato just won a Grammy for best classical vocal solo and travels the world performing in opera houses far and wide as one of this planet's best-loved mezzo sopranos.

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Up to Date
3:03 pm
Mon March 19, 2012

Kansas City Mayor Delivers "State Of The City" Address

Mayor delivers the first State of the City address of his term.
Bill Anderson KCUR

In office for just about a year, Kansas City Mayor Sly James delivered his first State of the City address on Monday.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Thu March 15, 2012

Live In-Studio: The Elders

Trying to get in the mood for a festive St. Patrick's Day?

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Up to Date
5:00 pm
Thu March 15, 2012

Celebrity Photographer Greg Gorman

Artist Andy Worhol
Photo: Greg Gorman

If you don’t recognize his name, you’ll likely know his work. Photographer Greg Gorman has documented some of the world’s most familiar faces.

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Up to Date
1:00 pm
Thu March 15, 2012

Blood Done Sign My Name

In 1970, a young black man was senselessly beaten and murdered by a group of white store owners in Oxford, North Carolina.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Tue March 13, 2012

Extreme Cave Diving: Worth The Risks?

National Geographic

There's a line of work where the risks include toxic layers of hydrogen sulfide and maze-like passageways.  (No, we're not talking the halls of Congress.) It's the exploration of underwater caves and blue holes. Many consider survival to be is the mark of a successful dive ... so, are the risks worth it?

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Up to Date
5:00 pm
Mon March 12, 2012

Philosopher Alain de Botton On Religion For Atheists

Philosopher Alain de Botton says it’s time for those who believe in religion and those who don’t to stop denigrating each other and find common ground on art, community and morality.

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Up to Date
11:51 pm
Sun March 11, 2012

The Techsperts: Google TV, iPad 3, Facebook Timeline

Last week Apple unveiled its 3rd generation iPad, the aptly-named "the new iPad." (a.k.a. "iPad 3.") Is it worth the upgrade?

Around the same time Google Fiber applied for permission to sell TV services in the Kansas City area; is this a sign that they'll offer up TV services to its Google Fiber customers - in direct competition with providers Time Warner, SureWest,  and AT&T? And will Google know what you want to watch before you've even turned on the TV? 

Probably.

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Up to Date
11:45 am
Fri March 9, 2012

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

Looking for a great art, independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of March 9-11, 2012?

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Up to Date
12:27 pm
Thu March 8, 2012

The Weekend To-Do List

The Big 12 Tournament wraps up Downtown this weekend

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 March 9-11, 2012.

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Up to Date
10:19 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

The Ethics Professors: Love, Marriage, & Divorce

First comes love, then comes marriage…then for about 50 percent of us … it’s divorce.

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Up to Date
1:41 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

The Reading Promise

They called it "The Streak." Father and daughter, together, with a book, Dad reading the words. At first, the idea was to read aloud together for 100 consecutive nights.

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Up to Date
1:40 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

The Wild & Terrifying Inside Story Of America's War In Afghanistan

Some pieces of journalism have the ability to disrupt even the most powerful of leaders.

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Up to Date
1:30 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

Real Life On The Rez

The history of Native Americans has been one of conflicting stereotypes. In colonial days the image was of savage or savior; in the Revolution, enemy or ally; as the U.S. expanded westward, guide or militant objector.

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Up to Date
10:06 am
Fri March 2, 2012

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

Looking for a great art, independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of March 3-5, 2012?

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

Mother Runner!

Mothers (and runners) Dimity McDowell and Sarah Bowen Shea

Ask a mother how her day went and you may often hear the word “running” in the answer as in: running errands, running after the kids, running to make an appointment.

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Up to Date
12:59 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

They're Going To Kansas City...Kansas City Here They Come

How is Kansas City doing when it comes to attracting conventions and tourists to town?

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Up to Date
12:59 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

Travel As A Political Act

It's easy to vilify an entire country because of its political leadership. But don't you think it'd be interesting to explore the Middle Eastern treasures of Iran or visit the southeast Asian jewel of Vietnam?

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Up to Date
12:51 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

When Someone You Love Has A Chronic Illness

Every individual will face it at one time or another during their lifetime: a chronic illness affecting them, a family member or a close friend.

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Up to Date
12:10 pm
Tue February 28, 2012

Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld On Known And Unknown

Former US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld

Donald Rumsfeld has served as both the youngest and oldest Secretary of Defense.  While many may not remember much of his first stint at the post, his second go at the job, for better or worse, secured his place in history.

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Up to Date
1:07 pm
Mon February 27, 2012

Something Troubling In Your Background?

It used to be when you applied for a job, employers checked your references and reviewed your experience and called you in if they liked what they found.

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Up to Date
9:11 am
Fri February 24, 2012

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

Looking for a great art, independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of February 24-26, 2012? Up to Date's critics share their three favorite showing on area screens.

You can click on the highlighted links for Steve Walker's reviews.

Cynthia Haines: Pina, Oscar-Nominated Shorts, The Iron Lady

Up to Date
5:37 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

DVD Gurus: High Speed Thrills

High octane thrills.  Open roads.  Freedom.  You may not be able to try the stunts at home, but you can certainly watch them there.

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Up to Date
11:30 am
Thu February 23, 2012

The Weekend To-Do List

George Straight and Martina McBride perform Saturday evening at the Sprint Center

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 February 24-26, 2012.

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