Stephen Steigman

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. 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, daughter Avital, and infant daughter, Noa.

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Up to Date
8:50 am
Mon February 20, 2012

US Presidents And Congress: How To Succeed In Partisan Politics

Barack Obama isn't the first President in conflict with a Congress run by the opposing party. However, being in that position doesn't mean nothing gets accomplished. Take it from Historian of the U.S. Senate Donald Richie.

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Up to Date
12:45 pm
Mon February 13, 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 10-12, 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, The Iron Lady, Hugo

Up to Date
2:50 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

Warm Winter Weather And Your Spring Garden

katiebread Flickr

When it hits 67 degrees in January, one must wonder what effect such odd winter weather is having on our plants, trees, and flowers.

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Up to Date
8:43 am
Fri February 10, 2012

A Fan's Notes: And The Oscar Goes To....

The nominations have all been announced and the Academy Awards are almost here. As any sports fan knows, the thrill of athletic competition is the stuff dreams--and movies--are often made of.

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Up to Date
5:28 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

Kansas City Festival Celebrates Composer Johann Sebastian Bach

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach

Kansas City is in the middle of a celebration of composer Johann Sebastian Bach. The festival is exploring Bach's extraordinary contribution to the world of keyboard and orchestra literature.

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Up to Date
5:23 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

National Geographic Photographer Annie Griffiths On Work-Life Balance

National Geographic staff photographer Annie Griffiths says she's "learned that even without a shared language, it’s easy to let people know that their children are beautiful, their homes are lovely…and that their stories are worth sharing with the world.”

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Up to Date
12:07 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

The Weekend To-Do List

Licensed landscape contractor and certified landscape technician Ahmed Hassan appears at this weekend's Kansas City Remodeling Show & Metropolitan Lawn & Garden Show

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 10-12, 2012.

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Up to Date
3:31 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

Women & Martial Arts

As a recent Kansas City Star article noted that although crime rates are down, retailers here and across country report greater numbers of women are buying firearms.

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Up to Date
3:30 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

American Sniper

Chris Kyle is the deadliest American sniper ever, called “the devil” by the enemies he hunted and “the legend” by his Navy SEAL brothers.

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Up to Date
9:57 am
Tue February 7, 2012

Alternative Energy Sources

Thin Film Solar Panels developed at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

In his State of the Union speech, President Obama said "nowhere is the promise of innovation greater than in American-made energy." But how close are we to large-scale use of alternative energy sources? 

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Up to Date
2:11 pm
Mon February 6, 2012

Courtship & Marriage In Victorian England

If you think that personal ads and dating services are only 50 or 60 years old, think again.

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Up to Date
1:46 pm
Mon February 6, 2012

Point, Click, Love

"Love at first byte," some might say.

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Up to Date
11:49 am
Fri February 3, 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 3-5, 2012? Up to Date's critics share their three favorite showing on area screens.

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Up to Date
10:07 am
Fri February 3, 2012

What's Showing In Art, Independent, Foreign and Documentary Film

Last week’s Oscar nominations came as no surprise to Up to Date's art, independent, foreign, and documentary critics. As has been the case in recent years, a number of the top award competitors fit within their sphere of cinema.  So if you’re wondering who to lay your bets on this year, Friday's show is a good time to tune in.

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Up to Date
1:51 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

Nelson Atkins Museum Of Art Picks Design For Outdoor Pavilion

On Wednesday the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art announced results of a design contest for a temporary pavilion to coincide with the museum’s exhibition Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World’s Fairs 1851–1939, opening in mid-April.

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Up to Date
11:52 am
Thu February 2, 2012

The Weekend To-Do List

Dr. Dog appears Thursday evening at the Granada Theater in Lawrence

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 3-5, 2012.

Dr. Dog: Psychedelic pop rock. 9 p.m. Thursday at the Granada Theatre, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence, Ks. Tickets: $15 advance.

Jeff Dunham: 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Sprint Center, 1407 Grand, Kansas City, Mo. Tickets: $42.50

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Up to Date
7:40 am
Thu February 2, 2012

Historic Kansas City Foundation Announces Most Endangered List

Each year the Historic Kansas City Foundation releases a list of the "most endangered" structures in an effort to raise awareness of the city's historic buildings.

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Up to Date
9:28 am
Wed February 1, 2012

Presidential Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin

Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin

President Obama's State of the Union speech was "animated by the president’s faith in government’s ability to restore the American promise of fairness" says Pulitzer Prize-winning presidential historian  Doris Kearns Goodwin.

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Up to Date
2:15 pm
Tue January 31, 2012

The Emerging Catholic Church

National Catholic Reporter editor-at-large Tom Roberts has witnessed a lot over his career: a Catholic Church still reacting to Vatican II, a dramatic demographic shift, and more recently, a sex abuse scandal that has revealed a growing inadequacy of the hierarchical culture. 

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Up to Date
1:20 pm
Mon January 30, 2012

Marriage Rules

Here's some news: Relationships are complicated. So complicated, in fact, that's it's never a bad time to review some good rules for how to manage these very complex beasts.

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Art, Independent, Foreign, and Documentary Film
3:36 pm
Fri January 27, 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 January 27-29, 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: The Iron Lady, Albert Nobbs, Hugo

Up to Date
10:50 am
Fri January 27, 2012

DVD Gurus: 50 Years Ago

What was happening on the cinema scene a half century ago? And how have movies changed and in what ways have they remained the same?

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Up to Date
11:41 am
Thu January 26, 2012

The Weekend To-Do List

Looking for a few things to get your attention this weekend? Up to Date's Brian McTavish offers up a few options in his Weekend To-Do List for January 20-22, 2012.

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Up to Date
5:10 pm
Wed January 25, 2012

Parents, Teens, & ADHD

Why have we seen so many children, teenagers, and adults diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder?

Symptoms of ADHD include lack of attention, hyperactivity, and impulsive behavior.  And for parents with teens, ADHD can be a troubling diagnosis on top of an already difficult period in a child's life.  Many teens have trouble following through on instructions and don't seem to listen when spoken to directly, but it's important to know when a teen is just being a teen...or when their condition requires special attention.

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Up to Date
10:53 pm
Tue January 24, 2012

Elizabeth The Queen

Elizabeth The Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch, is a biography of one of the most public—and yet most private—people in the world.

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Up to Date
2:12 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

The Techsperts: Cut Your Cable TV?

Roku 2 Internet TV box

A recent study shows that 9% of U.S. cable subscribers dropped their cable TV subscription in 2011. Why? Perhaps some of them did so because of the economy, but more did so because they're able to get their favorite TV shows through the Internet - on their schedule.

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Up to Date
1:21 pm
Fri January 20, 2012

KCMO City Council Reacts To Proposed City Budget

Kansas City, Missouri City Council Chambers
Library of Congress

Kansas City, Missouri City Manager Troy Schulte’s recently proposed budget recommendations for 2012 include a number of cuts, most notably a reduction of more than 100 positions in the fire department. On Wednesday, Fire Chief Smokey Dyer told the City Council’s public safety committee that the proposed cuts would violate national fire safety standards.

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Up to Date
11:44 am
Fri January 20, 2012

Ladysmith Black Mambazo Comes To Kansas City

For more than forty years, Ladysmith Black Mambazo has married the intricate rhythms and harmonies of the native South African musical traditions. The ten member vocal ensemble has recorded forty albums and sold more than six million records.

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Up to Date
10:18 am
Fri January 20, 2012

Brubeck Brothers Continue Family Legacy

The Brubeck Brothers Quartet: Dan Brubeck (drums), Mike DeMicco (guitar), Chuck Lamb (piano), Chris Brubeck (bass & trombone)

The Brubeck Brothers Quartet, which features two members of one of America's most accomplished musical families, performs this evening at 8:30 at Johnson County Community College.

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Art, Independent, Foreign, and Documentary Film
9:59 am
Fri January 20, 2012

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

"The Iron Lady" starring Meryl Streep

Looking for a great art, independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of January 20-22, 2012? Up to Date's critics share their three favorite showing on area screens.

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