Stephen Steigman

Chief of Broadcast Operations

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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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.

Spicing Up Your Passover

Mar 21, 2013
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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.

Google Fiber & KC: A Complicated Pair

Mar 21, 2013

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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

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.

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.

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?


FC Kansas City

Feb 13, 2013

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.

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.

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. 

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.

Art And The Grotesque

Feb 6, 2013
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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.”


Remembering Adele Hall

Feb 1, 2013
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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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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.

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.

Biking in KC

Jan 29, 2013

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.


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

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.

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

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

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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