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
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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Up to Date
4:30 pm
Thu January 19, 2012

The Ethics Professors: Are Resolutions Too Hard To Keep?

So here we are three weeks into the year.  How about a show of hands: how many of you have already broken your new year’s resolutions?

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Up to Date
11:40 am
Thu January 19, 2012

The Weekend To-Do List

Country star Brad Paisley performs Thursday evening at the Sprint Center

Even if you can't keep your New Year's resolutions, you can certainly make some short-term promises to go out on the town this weekend.  Need some ideas?  Brian McTavish is back to offer up a few options in his Weekend To-Do List for January 20-22, 2012.

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Art, Independent, Foreign, and Documentary Film
1:37 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

Film Review: "The Iron Lady"

Meryl Street as former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher

Meryl Streep has certainly played British before - "The French Lieutenant's Woman" and the underrated "Plenty," for starters - but is now figuratively playing Britain itself.

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Up to Date
11:29 am
Wed January 18, 2012

Snips, Cuts And Slashes In Missouri

Higher education is on the chopping block once again in Jefferson City.

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Up to Date
10:00 am
Wed January 18, 2012

Chiefs: Dysfunctional On The Field...And At The Office?

Kansas City Chiefs Training Facility and Administrative Offices

According to a Kansas City Star article by sportswriter Kent Babb, "secrecy, intimidation, fear and a watchful eye have become hallmarks of working for the Chiefs."

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Up to Date
12:12 pm
Tue January 17, 2012

New Kansas City Chief Focuses On Community Policing

KCMO Police Chief Darryl Forté

The Kansas City (Missouri) Police Department searched far and wide for a new chief last year. Finally, they chose from within its ranks: Darryl Forté.

Tuesday on Up to Date, Steve Kraske welcomed Chief Forté to talk about Kansas City's consistently-high homicide rate, community policing, and his background. 

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Up to Date
11:31 pm
Sun January 15, 2012

The Pullman Porter: "World's Most Perfect Servant" Or Symbol of Racial Oppression?

Library of Congress

Bellman, concierge, housekeeper, valet:  If the Pullman porter’s job was complex, his place in the American consciousness is even harder to pin down. 

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Up to Date
3:21 pm
Fri January 13, 2012

The Journal Of Best Practices

There comes a time in every marriage when many wives begin to wonder “What the heck is wrong with my husband’s brain?!”

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Up to Date
11:44 am
Fri January 13, 2012

A Fan's Notes: O, Romeo!

Writer and sports commentator Victor Wishna greeted this week's news of the Kansas City Chiefs' interim-become-permanent coach the way many others did: with a tribute to The Bard of Avon.

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Up to Date
9:57 am
Fri January 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 January 13-15, 2012?

Up to Date's critics share their three favorite showing on area screens.

Cynthia Haines: The Artist, Hugo, The Hedgehog

Steve Walker: The Iron Lady, Melancholia, The Artist

Up to Date
1:28 pm
Thu January 12, 2012

Kansas Governor Calls For Tax Cuts And Changes In School Funding Mechanism

At his annual State of the State address on Wednesday night, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback advocated a plan to cut taxes for roughly 1.6 million Kansans

He also outlined a plan to change the way Kansas public schools are funded, and called for the Kansas Legislature to fix the Sunflower State's state employee pension plan.

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Up to Date
11:45 am
Thu January 12, 2012

The Weekend To-Do List

Singer Shelby Lynn performs Friday night at 8 at the Folly Theatre

Ready to face the great urban outdoors this weekend?  Brian McTavish is back to offer up a few options in his Weekend To-Do List for January 13-14, 2012.

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Up to Date
11:08 am
Wed January 11, 2012

The Health Insurance Industry: Empty Promises And Propaganda

Wendell Potter, a former vice president of CIGNA, says that health insurers make promises they have no intention of keeping, flout regulations designed to protect consumers, and skew political debate with multibillion-dollar PR campaigns to mislead the press and public.

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Up to Date
1:36 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

Nutrition Facts: What Do Those Labels Mean?

If you've been to a Hy-Vee grocery store recently, chances are you've seen some numbers right next to the price of an item of food.

It's a "NuVal" - a nutritional value placed on each and every food product. 

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Film
11:12 am
Tue January 10, 2012

Kansas City Film Critics Circle Announces 2012 Awards

On January 8th, 2012, the Kansas City Film Critics Circle announced its choices for the 45th Annual Loutzenhiser Awards, named for late local critic James Loutzenhiser.

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Up to Date
12:22 pm
Mon January 9, 2012

Where Are Your Manners?

Modern American manners leave much to be desired. People answer their cell phones in the middle of meals, they shush loudly in movie theaters and even clip their toenails on the train.

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Film
2:05 pm
Fri January 6, 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 7-8, 2012?

Up to Date's critics share their three favorite showing on area screens.

Cynthia Haines: The Artist, Le Havre, Being Elmo

Bob Butler: The Artist, Le Havre, Being Elmo

Steve Walker: The Artist, Le Havre, Young Adult

Up to Date
4:19 pm
Thu January 5, 2012

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

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will name its Oscar nominees on January 24th.  No, our own critics aren't involved in the nominating process, but that doesn't mean they don't have opinions on which films should receive accolades!

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Up to Date
11:45 am
Thu January 5, 2012

The Weekend To-Do List

Elvis Presley would have turned 77 this year. Celebrate his birthday this weekend with Elvis impersonators performing around the region.

Seeking a way out of the house this weekend?  Brian McTavish is back to offer up a few options in his Weekend To-Do List for January 6-8, 2012.

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Up to Date
10:25 am
Thu January 5, 2012

The Future Of Aerospace In Wichita

The first Boeing KC-767 aerial refueling tanker for Italy awaits production modifications at the Boeing-Wichita Modification Center.
Boeing

Will 2,100 aerospace workers find other jobs in Wichita once Boeing closes its plant next year?

Thursday at 11:40 a.m. on Up to Date: Steve Kraske talks with Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer about Wednesday's big news that Boeing is pulling out of city after nearly 85 years.

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Up to Date
4:23 pm
Wed January 4, 2012

The Gothic Imagination

University of Kansas Film and Media Studies professor John C. Tibbetts is not just a film scholar, but a fan of its work, more specifically, science fiction.  He had a strong influence: Tibbetts' father was an early science fiction fan who named his son after Edgar Rice Burrough's second great hero, John Carter of Mars.

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Up to Date
4:39 pm
Tue January 3, 2012

2012: A Clean Environment?

Flickr: Patersor http://www.flickr.com/photos/patersor/with/3560053177/

Perhaps your New Years' resolutions include weight loss, more exercise, and being more organized.  Do they happen to include "reduce, reuse, and recycle?"  How about "I will drive less" or "I vow to take public transportation more often?"

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Up to Date
7:17 pm
Mon January 2, 2012

The Media Critics: Happy News Year!

Michele Bachmann holds a press conference following an appearance at Jubilee Family Church in Oskaloosa
Jason Noble, Des Moines Register

It’s easy to lose interest in political campaigns, but it’s the news media’s responsibility to make it interesting – and get it right.

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Up to Date
11:19 pm
Thu December 29, 2011

The "Googlization" Of Everything

Whether you're searching online for the best shoe sales or driving directions, chances are good that the first thing you do is "Google it." And why wouldn't you? With its recent foray into social media and services offering everything from out-of-print books to cell phones, Google is fast becoming a one-stop shop for, well, everything. But could the search engine be too good at what it does?

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Up to Date
9:01 pm
Wed December 28, 2011

50 Years Of Manned Space Flight

50 years ago, Alan Shepard became the first American in space, making a brief suborbital mission that marked the first manned launch of Project Mercury.

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