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
11:43 am
Thu October 11, 2012

The Weekend To-Do List: October 11-14, 2012

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld visits Kansas City's Midland Theatre on Friday night.

Looking for something to do for the weekend of October 11-14, 2012? Brian McTavish has some great ideas as he returns with the Weekend To-Do List.

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Up to Date
10:49 am
Wed October 10, 2012

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt On Election & Economy

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri (R)

Missouri Senator Roy Blunt is traveling the state in this big election year, cheering on Republican Mitt Romney for President and working on cybersecurity.

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Up to Date
10:21 am
Mon October 8, 2012

Tom & Harry: The Boss And The President

In two weeks, attorney and film maker Terence O'Malley will release his third Kansas City-centered documentary titled "Tom and Harry: The Boss and the President."

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Up to Date
10:28 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Documentary Critics' 'Three To See' October 5-7, 2012

Looking for a great independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of October 5-7, 2012?

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Up to Date
11:52 am
Thu October 4, 2012

The Weekend To-Do List: October 4 - 7, 2012

The Beatles tribute band Abbey Road performs Friday at the Screenland Armour Theater

Looking for something to do for the weekend of October 4-7, 2012?  Brian McTavish has some great ideas as he returns with the Weekend To-Do List.

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Up to Date
5:59 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

The Kansas City Spirit

Spirit of Kansas City by Norman Rockwell and John Atherton

During its history, Kansas City has suffered from floods and other disasters. But each time it has been uplifted by ordinary and extraordinary people. 

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Up to Date
10:27 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Kansas City Chefs Create Culinary Treasures

The culinary staff from Room 39 prepares dinner at Powell Gardens' "Under the Harvest Moon" dinner on Sunday
Julie Denesha KCUR

So three absolutely amazing chefs were walking down the street one day when a man jumped out from behind a bush... and surprised them with a simple request:

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Up to Date
9:59 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Kansas City's Dark Secrets

The dark streets of Kansas City hold many secrets.

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Up to Date
10:43 pm
Sun September 30, 2012

Up To Date Celebrates 10 Years On KCUR

Up to Date celebrates 10 years on KCUR

In 2002, KCUR management conceived of a new daily public affairs/news talk show. They hired newspaper political correspondent Steve Kraske to host the program and a KCUR staffer, Stephen Steigman, to produce it.

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Up to Date
11:44 am
Fri September 28, 2012

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Documentary Critics' 'Three To See'

An image from director Benoît Jacquot's version of Marie Antoinette's last days in Versailles in "The Queen of Versailles"
Carole Bethuel Cohen Media Group

Looking for a great independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of September 28-30, 2012? Up to Date's critics share their three favorite showing on area screens.

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Up to Date
5:29 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

What's Showing In Independent, Foreign & Documentary Film

A scene from "Gerhard Richter Painting." a documentary about one of the world's greatest artists. It's one of the films Up to Date's critics review on September 28.

Okay Up to Date listeners: crank up that brain for a look at films that force you to have a conversation after you’ve left the theater.

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Up to Date
11:43 am
Thu September 27, 2012

The Weekend To-Do List: September 27-30

Nick Lowe performs a solo show Thursday evening at Knuckleheads

Looking for something to do for the weekend of September 27-30? Brian McTavish has some great ideas as he returns with the Weekend To-Do List.

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Up to Date
5:08 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Grass That Lasts

Did your lawn look a bit like this one after a hot summer?

If you're one of those folks who doesn't mind watering the lawn occasionally, but didn't quite feel like jacking up your water bill during this hot summer, you allowed your grass to go dormant. And then it went brown.

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Up to Date
10:07 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

What's New In Kansas City-Area Business Development

What Cerner's new Kansas City, Kansas campus will look like when it's completed. The project is being fast-tracked.

Kevin Collison began his recent look at the impact that Tom McDonnell has had on Kansas City by saying, "If the 1930s was Tom’s Town, as in Pendergast, since the early 1990s it’s been Tom’s Town... as in McDonnell."

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Up to Date
10:08 pm
Sun September 23, 2012

The Political Pundits: Six Weeks & Counting

Which party's campaign workers will drink more coffee between now and November 6th?
PMAA

Many pundits and pollsters say that this year's Presidential race is already over: polls show Democratic President Barack Obama with a commanding lead over Republican challenger, Mitt Romney.

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Up to Date
11:51 am
Thu September 20, 2012

The Weekend To-Do List: September 21-23

Jason Boland and The Stragglers appear this Friday at the Beaumont Club.

Looking for something to do for the weekend of September 21-23? Fear not! Brian McTavish returns with the Weekend To-Do List for Kansas City.

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Up to Date
9:39 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

The End Of Men

If there’s one thing the economic downturn has shown us, it’s the ability of women to adapt.

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Up to Date
12:01 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

The Future Of Bishop Robert Finn

Kansas City Bishop Robert Finn
kansascity.com

The Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph is still reeling from Bishop Robert Finn's conviction this month for failing to report child sexual abuse.

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Up to Date
9:56 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

The Obama White House & The Supreme Court

Barack Obama and John Roberts' first run-in came during the inauguration of the President, during which the Chief Justice flubbed the oath of office.

Of all the ideological battles being fought in this country, none will have more impact on its future than those being waged between the White House and the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Up to Date
12:34 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

A Fan's Notes: This Is Our Youth

Not one player on the 2012-2013 Kansas City Chiefs' roster is over the age of 30.

The Kansas City Chiefs open their regular season this Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons. It’s hard to see underneath those protective uniforms, but this years’ team is….well, let’s not sugar coat it – young.

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Up to Date
9:52 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Documentary Critics' 'Three To See'

Quvenzhane Wallis as Hushpuppy and Dwight Henry as Wink in Beasts of the Southern Wild
Je Fox Searchlight.

Looking for a great independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of September 7-9, 2012? Up to Date's critics share their three favorite showing on area screens.

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Up to Date
9:37 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Kansas Native Karrin Allyson Returns To Prairie Village - For The Weekend

Karrin Allyson performs Saturday evening at the Prairie Village Jazz Festival
Reisig and Taylor

Jazz singer and pianist Karrin Allyson is in town this weekend to perform at the Prairie Village Jazz Festival.

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Up To Date
1:08 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Online Flirting

favim.com

A gentle touch . . . eyes that find yours across the room . . . a lowering of the voice.  These are physical signs that can be taken as flirting in a face-to-face situation.

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Up to Date
4:05 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

The Weekend To-Do List: September 7 - 9, 2012

Daryl Hall and John Oates appear Saturday night at Starlight Theatre in Swope Park

Need something to do for the weekend of September 7-9? Fear not! Brian McTavish returns with the Weekend To-Do List for Kansas City.

Daryl Hall and John Oates: 8 p.m. Saturday at Starlight Theatre in Swope Park. Tickets: $15 (standing room) to $149.50

Y’allapalooza featuring Dierks Bentley: 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre (Sandstone), Bonner Springs, Ks. Tickets: $14 to $38

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Up to Date
11:41 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Steve Kraske From The Democratic National Convention

U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (MO-5) delivered an address Wednesday to the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte
Democratic National Convention

If there's news to be had at this week's 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, Steve Kraske is there to report it.

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Up to Date
11:16 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Electricity Infrastructure & Security

Westar Energy Flat Ridge Wind Farm
zkoenig Panoramio

Compared to other areas of the country, Missouri and Kansas have it pretty good when it comes to energy pricing.

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Up to Date
5:03 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Study Shows Health Care Disparities In Missouri LGBT Community

Illustration by Tracey O’Donnell

If you are a gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered Missourian your chances of finding and getting the same level of health care as the rest of the state are significantly reduced.

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Up to Date
11:33 am
Fri August 17, 2012

Bye, Mom. Bye, Dad. The Kids Go To College

Nic (Annette Bening) and Jules (Julianne Moore) send their daughter, Joni (Mia Wasikow) off to college in "The Kids Are All Right"

After 18 years of nurturing, many parents are taking their kids to college for the first time.

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Up to Date
10:38 am
Fri August 17, 2012

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign, and Documentary Critics' "Three to See"

Looking for a great independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of August 17-19? Up to Date's critics share their three favorite showing on area screens.

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Up to Date
10:04 am
Fri August 17, 2012

Wake Up, Kids! Children, Sleep, & School

Is your teen falling asleep in class? Chances are they're not getting enough rest at home.
blog.timesunion.com

What teenager hasn't slept in until Noon on a weekend?

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