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
12:55 am
Wed December 28, 2011

The Preventable Death of President Garfield

An assassination attempt on the American president, a world-famous inventor on a deadline and a hard-headed doctor named Doctor Bliss. You couldn't make this stuff up, and Leawood author Candice Millard found it too good not to write about.

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Up to Date
9:45 am
Tue December 27, 2011

How Science Will Shape Our Lives By The Year 2100

X-ray vision, doubled life spans, lots of robots, and zoos filled with animals that are now extinct.

It may sound like a science fiction novel from your childhood, but this is the not-too-distant future envisioned by quantum physicist Michio Kaku in his book Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100.

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Film
11:45 am
Fri December 23, 2011

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

Looking for a great art, independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of December 24-25, 2011?

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

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Film
10:00 am
Fri December 23, 2011

DVD Gurus: The Gift Of Movies

 

If you're still looking for that perfect gift, it may not be too late.  Sure, you could buy some clothing, jewelry, or (men - don't do this), blender, but why not pick something meaningful for your friend or loved one - something that matches their personal taste?  Here's an idea: the gift of movies.

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Up to Date
11:45 am
Thu December 22, 2011

The Weekend To-Do List

The Kansas City Ballet presents its annual holiday tradition "The Nutcracker" through Saturday December 24.

So it's not going to be a white Christmas.  But that's okay: there's still plenty to do this holiday weekend.  To help get you out, Brian McTavish offers up these five fun and unique things to do in Kansas City.

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Up to Date
9:15 am
Thu December 22, 2011

Parents, Teens & Tension

Is this what your family feels like after a few days of winter break?
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So your kid went off to college, experienced freedom, set his own schedule, abided by his own rules, and now he’s home for winter break…for a few weeks.

Yeah, there’s gonna be some tension.  We've seen it play out in movies and TV shows that poke fun at family dysfunction around the holidays.

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Up to Date
6:00 am
Wed December 21, 2011

Best Children & Youth Books Of 2011

Jon Klassen's "I Want My Hat Back", one of Johnson County Librarian Debbie McLeod's picks for best children's books of 2011.

It’s hard enough to keep your kids away from the Xbox on a normal weekday… it must be even tougher when they’re home for winter vacation.  But technology might just help this time around: perhaps you can even convince your child to turn off the video game and pick up a Kindle...or a Nook… an iPad or even (yes!) paper…and dig deep into a great story.

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Up to Date
4:56 pm
Tue December 20, 2011

About Up to Date

WHO ARE WE? (it's a good question, really.)

Contact Us
4:45 pm
Tue December 20, 2011

Join The Conversation

We welcome you into our live talk shows in a number of ways:

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Mon December 19, 2011

The Year In Religion

When religion is part of the news stories of the day, it can be very good - as when people of many faiths work together to provide disaster relief - or very bad, as when religious institutions become embroiled in financial shenanigans or sexual abuse.  In today's pluralistic world, even stories that might never be covered by the religion desk - like foreign policy debates, armed conflicts worldwide, or presidential election campaigns - have undeniably religious angles and implications.

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Up to Date
10:03 pm
Sun December 18, 2011

Kansas City Area Development In 2011

The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts opened in September 2011.

Whether it's the opening of a beacon of the performing arts, a shopping mall revived from near death, a business fleeing one side of the state for the other, or a law firm's attempt to build a new office structure on the Country Club Plaza, it's been a busy year in development across the Kansas City region.

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Reviews
11:30 am
Fri December 16, 2011

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

Looking for a great art, independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of December 16-18, 2011?

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

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Up to Date
5:09 pm
Tue December 13, 2011

Culinary Expeditions: Lidia's Italy

Chef, restauranteur, and cookbook author Lidia Bastianich

A refugee at age 10 and an immigrant at 12, Lidia Bastianich has always associated food with family and home. A wife, mother and restaurateur by age 24, Lidia's passion for bringing the taste of Italy to the American table has made her a favorite among PBS viewers, home chefs and foodies.

Commentary
2:05 pm
Fri December 9, 2011

A Fan's Notes: Sports and Sportsmanship

It’s long since been commonplace for presidents to flaunt their inner sports fan…to joke about their golf game, invite championship teams to the Rose Garden, or toss out that ceremonial first pitch.

But perhaps, says "A Fan's Notes" commentator Victor Wishna, politicians - including the President and Congress - should pay more attention to sportsmanship.

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Reviews
9:00 am
Fri December 9, 2011

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

Looking for a great art, independent, foreign, or documentary film to see this weekend?

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Politics
6:05 pm
Thu December 8, 2011

Political Pundits: Predictions About The Republican Presidential Pack

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The weather may be frosty, but the search for a Republican presidential nominee is anything but.  We're only weeks away from the Iowa caucuses, yet no one person is leading the pack.

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Books
1:05 pm
Thu December 8, 2011

William Least Heat-Moon on 20 Years of "PrairyErth"

"It is history, travel, anthropology, geography, journalism, confession, memoir, natural history and autobiography. It is the life and times of Chase County, and incidentally everything you need to know about Kansas."  So wrote Paul Theroux in his New York Times review of PrairyErth (A Deep Map) when it was published in 1991. 

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Technology
10:35 am
Wed December 7, 2011

The Techsperts: Technology News & Holiday Gift Giving Guide

The "iCADE" - an iPad Arcade Cabinet.

The tablet computer is one of the most popular tech gifts this holiday season, and according to a new survey, within three years, there will be 89.5 million tablet owners in the United States. That's right: nearly one in three web-connected Americans will own one.

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Mental Health
1:13 pm
Tue December 6, 2011

Recent Suicides Raise Awareness

 

Countless Americans have relatives, friends, or colleagues who have committed suicide. When Fox 4 Kansas City meteorologist Don Harman took his own life last week, many people realized that suicide can affect those whom we least suspect.

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Business
4:00 pm
Mon December 5, 2011

Freed Employees Make More Money (For Your Company, That Is)

If people can be free to act in the best interest of their company, the results will be tremendous, says business school professor Isaac Getz.

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Arts
5:20 pm
Fri December 2, 2011

Reviews of the Latest Art, Independent, Foreign & Documentary Films

Thanksgiving marks the start of something special.  No, not the shopping frenzy, or the decorating, or the baking.  It marks the season of movies released in time for holiday viewing!  Just in time to let you know what's out there, our film critics gather round with their picks and pans from the latest in independent, foreign and documentary films.

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Up to Date
5:10 pm
Wed November 30, 2011

The History of Drunk(en) Driving

 

The holiday season will see an uptick in many a social calendar.  With that come more opportunities for people to imbibe and then get in their cars.  The worst results of drunk driving are well known and the legal penalties when caught inebriated behind the wheel are severe yet people persist in doing it.  Why?

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Up to Date
4:36 pm
Wed November 30, 2011

Kansas City International Airport Eyes Replacement Terminal

Just three years ago the Kansas City Missouri City Council voted down a single-terminal plan for Kansas City International Airport.  Now it has approved a $4.4 million study to determine how to build and pay for the very same thing. Why the change of heart and how is one terminal better than three?

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Jazz/Blues
12:38 pm
Wed February 17, 2010

Singer/Songwriter Megan Birdsall Sings Again

Steve Kraske sits down with Megan Birdsall to discuss what it's like to work with jazz greats, her upcoming CD, and the facial reconstruction surgery that almost ended her career.

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Jazz/Blues
1:05 pm
Thu February 4, 2010

NEA Jazz Master Randy Weston

After contributing six decades of musical direction and genius, Randy Weston remains one of the world's foremost pianists and composers of today, a true innovator and visionary.

 

Born in Brooklyn N.Y., Randy Weston didn't have to travel far to hear early influential jazz giants like Count Basie, Nat King Cole, Art Tatum, and of course, Duke Ellington. But his greatest influence, by far, was Thelonious Monk.

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