Stephen Steigman

Chief of Broadcast Operations / Senior Producer of Up to Date

After working in the arts for ten years, including positions with the UMKC Conservatory of Music & Dance, 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 Steigman joined the staff of KCUR public radio in 2000 as the station's host of classical music.

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. 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
11:58 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' February 15-17, 2013

The 2013 Oscar Shorts (Live Action and Animated) are showing at the Tivoli Theater in Kansas City, Mo.

Looking for a great film to see the weekend of February 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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Central Standard
6:51 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Race & Gender In The Elections: How Children Are Affected

It may be hard to remember, but the 2008 election broke racial and gender norms for politics. With President Obama, Sarah Palin and Hilary Clinton among the presidential and vice-presidential candidates in both major parties, the idea of race and gender was a common discussion. But what did that election mean to those who didn’t, and couldn’t vote?


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Central Standard
4:32 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

FC Kansas City

It’s taken years, but the world’s most popular sport is finally catching on in the United States. Sporting KC has regular sell-outs at its stadium, and the team has fared well in its young history.

 Now it’s turn for the U.S. women to take the pitch. This year marks the inaugural season of the National Women’s Soccer League, and FC Kansas City, our town’s team, join 7 other cities – Boston, Seattle, Chicago, Washington DC, Portland, Rochester NY, and Piscataway NJ on the field.  Today we're are joined by  the coach for FC Kansas City, Vlatko Andonovski and forward Melissa Henderson.

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Up to Date
11:42 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' February 8-10, 2013

Looking for a great film to see the weekend of February 8-10, 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
9:58 am
Thu February 7, 2013

The Book Doctors: Love, Ghosts, Prostitutes & Politics

Live by Night by Dennis Lehane

Cruise the back alleys of prohibition-era Boston, hide from a convict with a suburban madam and sail through Scandinavia with a crew of medieval Norwegians.

They're all the subjects of great reading from Up to Date's Book Doctors. 

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Central Standard
4:54 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Young Musicians Take The Stage At The Kansas City Symphony

In the second part of Wednesday's Central Standard, we'll talk with Stephanie Brimhall, Education Manager at the Kansas City Symphony, about the Young Artist Competition.

This weekend, on stage at Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, young musicians will compete in the final round. Violinists Caleb Thill and Emily Shehi and vocalist Rudy Dibble also join us in the studio to discuss their musical backgrounds - and their hopes and fears about the competition.

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Central Standard
4:42 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Art And The Grotesque

Octopus with the Initials VH, circa 1866
Victor Hugo Wikipedia Commons

Leonardo da Vinci once peered deeply into the opening of a cave and wrote, “After having remained at the entry of the grotto some time, two contrary emotions arose in me, fear and desire – fear of the threatening dark grotto, and a desire to see whether there were any marvelous things within it.”


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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Remembering Adele Hall

Courtesy: Hallmark Card, Inc.

This past weekend, hundreds of Kansas Citians paid their respects to the family of community leader Adele Hall, who died January 26 at age 81.

On Monday's Up to Date, we'll be talking about memories of Adele Hall and speaking with people whose lives were affected by her work in the community.

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Up to Date
5:00 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Mesmerized By 25 Years Of Paul Mesner Puppets

Backstage on the set of "Martha Speaks" puppeteer Mike Horner operates the puppet Helen. When Martha the dog finds her voice adventure ensues. In its 25th season, Paul Mesner Puppets features seven different performances for children.
Julie Denesha KCUR

At a recent Paul Mesner Puppets performance of "Martha Speaks" (based on the book by by Susan Meddaugh), puppeteers Mike Horner, Erika Baker, and Finoula Emmons worked their magic behind the scenes.  Operating multiple puppets from below the stage, the three brought to life the story of a dog who let a bowl of alphabet soup go to her head.

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Central Standard
6:51 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Improving The Arts In Kansas City

For the first time in 15 years, Kansas City, Mo. is examining its arts-related policies through Mayor Sly James' Task Force for the Arts. This task force is composed of important political members from the city and a variety of artists and advocates for the arts in Kansas City. The task force launched the Envision Arts & Culture KC campaign Monday night, which is the first step in trying to make the arts a more prominent and meaningful part of life in Kansas City.

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Central Standard
7:00 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Biking in KC

A recent study from the University of British Columbia found that installing bike infrastructure greatly reduces the likely hood of cyclist injury.  In fact, cycle tracks (bike lanes physically separated from motor vehicle traffic) alongside major streets had about 1/10 the typical risk to cyclists.  Our guests, Elizabeth Bejan, of Revolve KC, Aaron Bartlett, Bicycle and Training coordinator at MARC and Deb Ridgeway, Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator for Kansas City Public Works Department, explore these risks in Kansas City and how organizations and the city are working to address them.


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Up to Date
10:27 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Health Care Foundation President Steve Roling

Steve Rolling, President & CEO of the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City

Steve Roling is stepping down from the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City. He's led the foundation since it was created in 2002

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Up to Date
12:02 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' January 25-27, 2013

Looking for a great film to see the weekend of January 25 to 27, 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
10:51 am
Fri January 25, 2013

A Fan's Notes: The Name Of The Game

You won't see this yellow sign adorning Sporting KC's stadium anymore

For every Arrowhead Stadium, there are a handful more named for banks, cell-phone companies, or airlines. In big-time sports, corporate naming-rights deals aren't just a trend, they are the rule - with millions of dollars at stake. 

But what's in a name? Sometimes more than was bargained for. Commentator Victor Wishna explains in A Fan's Notes

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

A Text A Day Keeps The Doctor....In Touch?

Pediatrician Natasha Burgert
kckidsdoc.com

It’s easy to go online and try to diagnose yourself when you're sick, but what do doctors think about that?

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Up to Date
10:36 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Re-Imagining Education Online

Salman Khan thinks he's seen the future of education and it involves more student-teacher interaction, more technology, and more creativity.

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Up to Date
11:41 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' January 18-20, 2013

Looking for a great film to see the weekend of January 18 to 20, 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
11:44 am
Wed January 16, 2013

JCCC President Terry Calaway Announces Retirement

Johnson County Community College president Terry Calaway
Credit JCCC

Johnson County Community College president Terry Calaway surprised more than a few people in October when he announced that he would step down come August.

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Up to Date
12:56 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' January 11-13, 2013

Scene from 'Zero Dark Thirty.'

Looking for a great film to see the weekend of January 11 to 13, 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
10:24 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Genetic Sequencing Advances Help Identify & Treat Rare Diseases

Dr. Darrell Dinwiddie with Dr. Stephen Kingsmore at Children Mercy's Center for Pediatric Genomic Medicine
Credit Mark McDonald / Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics

Recent advances in genome sequencing, including a technology developed at Children’s Mercy Hospital known as "fast sequencing," are helping medical professionals diagnose often-fatal diseases. 

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Up to Date
11:58 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' January 4-6, 2013

Looking for a great independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the week of January 4-6, 2013?

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Up to Date
11:39 am
Fri December 28, 2012

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' Dec. 28-30, 2012

Looking for a great independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the week of December 28-30, 2012?

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Up to Date
2:31 am
Fri December 28, 2012

DVD Gurus: Favorite Films 50 Years Ago: 1962

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

Audio Pending...

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Up to Date
9:30 am
Wed December 26, 2012

Anna Quindlen: Marriage, Friendships, Faith & Growing Older

Author Anna Quindlen

In her years as a journalist, author and cultural critic, her name has graced some of our most revered publications.

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Up to Date
8:54 am
Mon December 24, 2012

Great Regional Wines For The Holiday Season & Beyond

A lineup of the wines Doug Frost sampled with the Up to Date team
Bill Anderson KCUR

If you're looking for a good wine this holiday season, you needn't look far.  You'll find a bunch of great wineries bottling their goods in the Kansas City Region.

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Up to Date
2:03 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' Dec. 21-27, 2012

From 'Farewell My Queen.'
Carole Bethuel Cohen Media Group

Looking for a great independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the week of December 21-27, 2012?

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Up to Date
10:46 am
Fri December 21, 2012

A Fan's Notes: The #1 That Got Away

Indianapolis Colts 2012 #1 draft pick, quarterback Andrew Luck, will take the Arrowhead Stadium field in this Sunday's match-up with the Kansas City Chiefs.

As the year comes to close, A Fan’s Notes commentator Victor Wishna looks back on “the year that was” in the world of Kansas City sports… with a glimmer of hope at what could be.

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Up to Date
10:01 am
Fri December 21, 2012

Best Music of 2012

'Weekend Blues' from The Caves' 'Duplexiaville' is one of Michael Byars' favorite tunes of 2012

There's no doubt that much of Kansas City's creativity is embodied in its local music scene.

Friday on Up to Date, Steve Kraske welcomes the return of the Local Music Show​, during which our music experts Chris HaghirianBill Brownlee and Michael Byars will check out some of the best music - local and international - of 2012.

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Up to Date
7:00 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Best Children & Youth Books Of 2012

One of (retired) Johnson County Librarian Debbie McLeod's picks for best children and youth books of 2012

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.

If you're looking for a really good present for your son, daughter, or other kid in your life, consider the gift of reading.

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Up to Date
9:54 am
Wed December 19, 2012

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign, and Doc Critics' 'Three To See' December 14-21, 2012

Paul (Romain Duris) takes a dead man’s identity and heads to Croatia in 'The Big Picture.'
Nicolas Guiraud

Looking for a great independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the week of December 14-21, 2012?

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