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
10:07 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Is It Time To Talk About Gun Control?

A Bushmaster .223-caliber rifle was Adam Lanza's main weapon in his massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary which left 6 teachers and 20 first graders dead.
Wikipedia Commmons

It may be the tipping point: among the issues of discussion after Friday's massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut: mental health and gun control.

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Up to Date
11:57 am
Thu December 13, 2012

The Weekend To-Do List: December 14-16, 2012

Carrie Underwood takes the stage Saturday at the Sprint Center

Looking for something to do this weekend? Let Brian McTavish & Up To Date make your plans for you.

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Up to Date
10:17 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign, & Doc Critics' 'Three To See' December 7-14, 2012

Looking for a great independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the week of December 7-14, 2012?

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Up to Date
10:09 am
Tue December 11, 2012

144 Fascinating People Who Died In 2012

The late comedian George Burns once said: "Every morning when I get up, I read the obituary page. If my name's not there, I shave."

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Up to Date
10:40 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Food For A Hanukkah Feast

Potato latkes
Kagor

It just wouldn't be Hanukkah without the oil. Latkes, jelly doughnuts and other foods for the holiday are drenched in the stuff to honor the miracle of the oil lamp in the Hanukkah story.

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Up To Date
9:37 am
Fri December 7, 2012

'We Are Superman'

Kevin Howdeshell

In the heart of Kansas City, at the intersection of 31st and Troost, a select few work to transform a dividing line into a gathering place.

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Up to Date
9:53 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

The Gay Dad Project

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
10:51 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Chance, Virtual Athletes & An Equation For Spelling Hannukah

Applied mathematician, network scientist, and Kauffman Foundation senior fellow Sam Arbesman
Credit Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

What are the chances of your favorite athletes being replaced by pixels? Let’s just say you might not have to worry about the next hockey lockout. 

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Up to Date
8:04 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Facing The Future Of Cities

Kansas City, Mo., skyline
Lasse Fuss WikiCommons

Technology can be a boon or a bust to cities, depending on how it's applied.

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Up to Date
3:39 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Tenor Nathan Granner on "Hymn: Songs of Great Faith" and "The Monocle"

Tenor Nathan Granner

Tenor Nathan Granner has done his share of traditional work with the likes of the Lyric Opera here in Kansas City and as a member of The American Tenors trio.  

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Up to Date
12:21 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Up to Date's Indie, Foreign, and Documentary Critics' "Three to See" November 30-December 2, 2012

Looking for a great independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of November 30 to December 2, 2012?

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Up to Date
10:34 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Prairie Village Home Houses Huge Art Collection

If you're ever invited to the Prairie Village home of Linda and John "Topper" Johntz, be prepared for your jaw to drop.

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Up to Date
11:33 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Missouri House Elects New Speaker

Tim Jones (R, Eureka) stands behind the podium shortly after being sworn in as Speaker of the Missouri House.
Tim Bommel Mo. House Communications

The Missouri House of Representatives has a new speaker: Tim Jones.  Jones is a Republican from Eureka, Mo.

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Up to Date
10:20 am
Fri November 16, 2012

A Fan's Notes: Jinx

At least one local college football team is on the brink of a perfect season. But as Victor Wishna explains in this month's edition of "A Fan's Notes," that storybook ending is in jeopardy, thanks to a cover.

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Up to Date
10:19 am
Thu November 15, 2012

The Ethics Professors: Sports Injuries, Foreign Affairs, & Ethics In Outer Space

Gen. David Petraeus
U.S. Department of Defense

Was it wrong for fans to cheer at Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel's injury? What about the scandal of Gen. David Petraeus and his extra-marital affair-- is it any of our business?

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Up to Date
10:07 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Mezzo-Soprano Joyce DiDonato Becomes A 'Drama Queen'

Opera superstar Joyce DiDonato won a Grammy this year for Best Classical Vocal Solo.

The Prairie Village native and mezzo-soprano was the star of a TV special titled "Homecoming" produced by Kansas City's KCPT and PBS Arts. The concert with the Kansas City Symphony at the newly-opened Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts was broadcast nationally, and now, she has a new disc out titled "Drama Queens," which she recorded in Italy in July.

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Up to Date
10:19 pm
Sun November 11, 2012

The Case For Progress In A Networked Age

Although the Internet seems like a tangled network, there is an underlying structure that guides its development.

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Up to Date
1:19 am
Wed November 7, 2012

The Political Pundits: 2012 Election Results

The votes are tallied; the results are in.

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Up to Date
10:55 pm
Sun November 4, 2012

Reaching Out To Prisoners Reduces Recividism

“Rehabilitation” is a buzzword in the prison system. But how effective are current practices in keeping former inmates from ending up behind bars again? 

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Up to Date
10:14 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See' Nov. 2-4, 2012

Looking for a great independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of November 2-4, 2012?

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Up to Date
10:27 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Presidents & Political Cartoons: Perfect Together

Presidents have always had to face critical reviews in the press, and perhaps no one knew this better than Theodore Roosevelt.

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Up to Date
1:00 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Documentary Critics' 'Three To See' October 26-28, 2012

Looking for a great independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of October 26-28, 2012?

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Up to Date
5:30 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

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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People
5:20 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Dressed-Up Doggies & Costumed Kitties

i-pets.com

It may be cute, but is it safe to dress up your dog and bring him on your trick-or-treating adventure?

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Up to Date
5:28 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Remembering George McGovern

Former senator and Democratic presidential nominee George McGovern. He died Sunday at age 90.
Cliff Owen AP

Former South Dakota Senator and Presidential candidate George McGovern died in Souix Falls, S.D. on Sunday. He was 90. 

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Up to Date
11:38 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Up To Date's Film Critics' 'Three To See' October 19-21, 2012

redesignrevolution.com

Looking for a great independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of October 19-21, 2012? Up to Date's critics share their three favorite showing on area screens.

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Up to Date
4:43 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

The Weekend To-Do List: October 18-21, 2012

Kansas Speedway heats up this weekend with a burning rubber

Looking for something to do for the weekend of October 18-21, 2012? Brian McTavish has some great ideas as he returns with the Weekend To-Do List.

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Up to Date
9:18 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

The Techsperts: Internet Pirates, Virtual Offices, Sponsored Webcasts

Internet pirates are hiding on college computer networks, despite the schools’ efforts to get rid of them. Arrrgh. 

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Up to Date
10:04 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Red Ink: The High Stakes Politics Of The Federal Budget

In Sunday's Kansas City Star, Up to Date host Steve Kraske wrote about "the fiscal cliff."

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Up to Date
11:22 am
Fri October 12, 2012

Up To Date's Film Critics' 'Three To See' October 12-14, 2012

Looking for a great independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of October 12-14, 2012?

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