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
3:48 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

The Pine-Tar Game: Yankees Bat Boy Who Says It Didn't Have To Happen

Kansas City Royals player George Brett is held back by umpires after protesting the infamous "pine tar" bat call.

Today marks the 30th anniversary of a game between the Kansas City Royals and the New York Yankees that made history. It would become known as the "Pine-Tar Game."

On July 24, 1983, in the top of the ninth, with the Royals trailing 4-3 and down to their last out, George Brett came to bat. Brett hit a 2-run homer that gave the Royals a lead in the game. But those runs were taken off the scoreboard when an umpire ruled that George Brett had too much pine tar -- a substance used to get a better grip -- on the bat.

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Up to Date
4:06 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Three Summer Dishes From Café Sebastienne Executive Chef Jennifer Maloney

Café Sebastienne at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
Credit Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

With summer produce in full bloom, Café Sebastienne's Jennifer Maloney shares some summer dishes from the restaurant's kitchen.

Chilled Cantaloupe and Basil Soup

Serve this cool favorite with a dry Riesling wine.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Food For The Fourth

Today, we're talking about common Fourth of July food traditions.
Credit technikhil-CC

There are many traditions associated with the Fourth of July: parades, fireworks and food. Just as America is a melting pot of its people, so are the picnics and barbeques we sit down to as we mark our nation’s birth.

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Up to Date
10:41 pm
Sun June 30, 2013

'Marijuanamerica'

From the crackdowns on the drug in the 1950s and ’60s to its legalization for recreational use in two states last year, marijuana has a complicated past in America.

Some have called marijuana legalization the next big civil rights issue. Colorado and Washington have officially said it’s okay, and 19 other states allow it to be used for medical reasons.

But some big debates about the drug certainly persist. What exactly are the health consequences of using marijuana? What kind of impact is it having on our society? Should we be banning it or legalizing it in more states?

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Up to Date
10:53 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Missouri Secretary Of State Advocates For Ethics Changes

Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander is the nation's youngest statewide elected official.
Credit Missouri Secretary of State's Office

The campaign money's flowing in Missouri. Or could you say "gushing?"

On Thursday June 27, Attorney General Chris Koster, an early favorite to become the next governor of Missouri, picked up $25,000 from a Kansas City law firm and $12,500 more from an eastern Missouri labor union.

The day before, state Auditor Tom Schweich picked up $10,000 from a St. Louis area business owner.

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Up to Date
10:28 am
Fri June 28, 2013

A Fan's Notes: The Long, Hot, Royal Summer

Kansas City Royals' Lorenzo Cain (6) adds the bottle of Billy Butler Hit A Ton rally sauce onto his arm muscle in the dugout after hitting a two run home run in the ninth inning to tie during a game against the Detroit Tigers on June 12, 2013, at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.
Credit John Sleezer / The Kansas City Star

You think the road is long and difficult for the Kansas City Royals? Imagine how hard it must be for Royals fans.

Commentator Victor Wishna shares his thoughts on the roller-coaster team in this month's "A Fan's Notes."

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The legendary broadcaster Ernie Harwell was not the first or the last to say that, “Baseball is a lot like life…full of ups and downs.”

Well, if Royals baseball is like life, then life has been hard.

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Up to Date
10:36 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Artistic Cars On Display At Kansas City Art Institute

A hood ornament from a 1935 Auburn Model 851, supercharged boattail speedster gleams in the early morning light at at the seventh annual Art of the Car Concours on the grounds of the Kansas City Art Institute.
Julie Denesha KCUR

The Seventh Annual Art of the Car Concours showcases vintage and classic cars and gives visitors the chance to meet some of the men and women who raced them during the 1950s and ’60s.

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Up to Date
10:08 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Real Pirates Commandeer Kansas City's Union Station

Real Pirates will take over Union Station from June 22 to January 4, 2014.
Credit Union Station Kansas City / National Geographic

Blackbeard. Jack Sparrow. Captain Hook. We’ve seen the ships, peg legs, skulls and crossbones. They cross the turbulent high seas on the big screen, in books and in our imaginations. But who were pirates, really?

This Saturday, Union Station opens the doors to its “Real Pirates” exhibit. Local actors and actresses bring to life more than 200 artifacts unearthed from the Whydah , a slave ship hijacked by pirates that sunk during a violent storm in 1717. It’s the first real pirate ship to be found off the coast of the U.S.

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Up to Date
9:57 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Opinion Columnist Yael Abouhalkah On KCI Terminal Proposal, Mayor James

Plans call for KCI's Terminal A to be replaced with a single terminal.
Credit Kansas City Aviation Department

If you want to get people talking, just say three words: new airport terminal.

It seems that everyone's an expert on airport design and plans. After all, many of us fly through Kansas City International Airport.

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Up to Date
2:52 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

A Fan's Notes: Under The Spell

11-year old Olathe resident Vanya Shivashankar is competing in her 3rd Scripps National Spelling Bee competition this week. Vanya's sister, Kavya, won the 2009 championship.

Next week, while the NBA and NHL playoffs drag on, ESPN will turn its attention to the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Many will again wonder, "What's a kid's classroom activity doing on the quintessential sports network?" Commentator Victor Wishna has an answer, in this latest edition of "A Fan's Notes."

In the acoustic landscape of organized competition, there are those iconic sounds that separate the hope of victory from ultimate defeat: The buzzer. The horn. The final whistle. But none may be more chilling and spirit-draining than this one: Ding!

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Parents, Teens & Socializing

Credit Ian Coulter

If your child’s not the type to wear his heart on his sleeve or she often stays quiet in a crowd, he or she might be an introvert. 

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

What's Showing In Independent, Foreign & Documentary Film, May 3

The Angels' Share

A rebound romance, a look at the omnipresence of the digital world and a German girl’s confused journey at the end of World War II are all competing for moviegoers’ attention this weekend.

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Up to Date
1:58 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' April 26-28, 2013

"The Gatekeepers" remains on critic Cynthia Haines "Three to See" list.

Looking for a great film to see the weekend of April 26-28, 2013?

Up to Date's indie, documentary and foreign film critics share their three favorites showing on area screens.

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Up to Date
11:48 am
Fri April 19, 2013

A Fan's Notes: Still Running

The Boston Marathon in 2010
Peter Farlow

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The road to answers on why someone would bomb the Boston Marathon, the nation’s oldest annual one, remains long, and difficult.

In this edition of "A Fan's Notes," commentator Victor Wishna looks for inspiration in the marathon itself.

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Up to Date
10:32 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Two KC Artists Earn Prestigious Guggenheim Fellowships

Lemon shake-up in Strong City, Kan.
Mike Sinclair

Two Kansas Citians were announced yesterday as winners of this year's very prestigious Guggenheim Fellowships.

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Up to Date
11:36 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' April 5-7, 2013

Looking for a great film to see the weekend of April 5-7, 2013?

Up to Date's indie, documentary and foreign film critics share their three favorites showing on area screens.

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Up to Date
12:45 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' March 29-31, 2013

Looking for a great film to see the weekend of March 29-31, 2013?

Up to Date's indie, documentary and foreign film critics share their three favorites showing on area screens.

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Up to Date
11:45 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' March 22-24, 2013

In 1964 a group of seven-year old children were interviewed for the documentary “Seven Up.” They’ve been filmed every seven years since. Now they are 56.

Looking for a great film to see the weekend of March 22-24, 2013?

Up to Date's indie, documentary and foreign film critics share their three favorites showing on area screens.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Spicing Up Your Passover

Joan Nathan on Passover
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When you take bread off the table, what goes on yours? Award-winning cookbook author Joan Nathan has a few ideas.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Google Fiber & KC: A Complicated Pair

Google Fiber

What began as a lofty goal to increase access to high-speed Internet has become a reality with Google Fiber. However, questions about the methods behind implementing this service still remain.

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Up to Date
10:02 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Encore Broadcast: Former Hiroshima Mayor & Harry Truman's Grandson On Nuclear Disarmament

The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

You’d have a hard time finding someone who feels more strongly about nuclear disarmament than the former mayor of Hiroshima, Japan.

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Up to Date
11:59 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Documentary Film Critics 'Three To See' For March 15-17, 2013

Looking for a great film to see the weekend of March 15-17, 2013?

Up to Date's indie, documentary and foreign film critics share their three favorites showing on area screens.

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Up to Date
9:44 am
Sat March 2, 2013

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Documentary Film Critics' "Three To See" For March 1-3, 2013

Looking for a great film to see the weekend of March 1-3, 2013?

Up to Date's indie, documentary and foreign film critics share their three favorites showing on area screens.

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News Archives
1:50 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

2012 PRNDI Entry for KCUR's "Up to Date"

Gay Dad Project founders Amie Shea, Jared Karol, and Erin Margolin. Erin found out her dad was gay when she was 15 years old.

Imagine growing up in a pretty standard nuclear family. Then when you’re 15, your dad announces that he’s gay and that he and your mom are getting a divorce.

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Up To Date
6:00 pm
Sun February 24, 2013

Going To Great Depths For National Geographic

Brian Skerry

Brian Skerry was inspired by National Geographic at a young age but it took several decades for this underwater photographer to land his dream job.

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Up to Date
11:54 am
Fri February 22, 2013

2012 KC Press Club Entry for KCUR's "Up to Date"

PSYCHOLOGIST WES CRENSHAW ON TEENAGE DATING & SEX

Radical monogamy or casual hookup -- what do teenagers choose when they start dating?  Psychologist Wes Crenshaw discusses what's healthy in teenage dating and how parents should broach the subject with their kids.  Three teenage (and former teenage) women join us for the younger perspective on sexuality, the social scene and what works for them.

Teen Dating & Sex Audio

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Up to Date
11:35 am
Fri February 22, 2013

'Doonesbury' Creator Garry Trudeau

In 2010, Garry Trudeau released "40: A Doonesbury Retrospective."

The comic strip Doonesbury has tackled some important social and political issues over the years. Garry Trudeau became the first comic strip artist to win a Pulitzer Prize, and was a finalist for the prize three subsequent times, including in 2004 and 2005, when his strip addressed the Iraq War. His storylines have centered around the military's "don't ask don't tell" policy, unfound weapons of mass destruction, and U.S. Presidents.

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Up to Date
11:23 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' February 22-24, 2013

Looking for a great film to see the weekend of February 22-24, 2013?

Up to Date's indie, documentary and foreign film critics share their three favorites showing on area screens.

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Weather
1:41 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Snow Day! An Update From Kansas City Officials

Up to Date senior producer (right) Stephen Steigman helps get show host Steve Kraske (behind wheel) unstuck and into the parking lot at KCUR.
Credit Frank Morris / KCUR

You know it's bad when the host of Up to Date needs a push into the parking lot at KCUR.

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Up to Date
12:15 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

A Fan's Notes: Wrestling With Decisions Of Olympic Proportions

American wrestler Rulon Gardner beat Russian Alexander Karelin in the 2000 Summer Olympic Games

Last week, the International Olympic Committee announced it will be taking wrestling to the mat--the 2016 Games will be the last for the ancient sport. But with March Madness approaching and spring training already underway, why should the casual fan care? Commentator Victor Wishna explains in this month's edition of  A Fan's Notes.

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