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
10:15 am
Thu August 16, 2012

The 'Flexbook': A Textbook Replacement

Who needs textbooks any more? And given how much they cost, even if you do need them, it's a huge expense in university education.

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Up to Date
9:50 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Bernadette Peters: From NY's Broadway To KC's 16th & Broadway

Bernadette Peters

She's won Tony Awards. She's won Drama Desk Awards. She's starred on TV, on CD, in concert and in the movies with Burt Reynolds, Clint Eastwood and Steve Martin.

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Up to Date
9:39 am
Wed August 15, 2012

The Betrayal Of The American Dream

Over the years in this country, Washington and Wall Street have taken one step after another to dismantle the middle class.

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Up to Date
10:18 am
Tue August 14, 2012

John Hockenberry: Disability, War Reporting, & The Takeaway

John Hockenberry, co-host of "The Takeaway"

John Hockenberry is the holder of four Emmy awards, four Peabody awards and a whole lot of distinction for his reporting over the years in places as far-flung as Somalia, Iraq, Lebanon, Jerusalem and Tehran. 

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Up to Date
9:25 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Afghanistan: The Forgotten War

In Afghanistan, the U.S. military disposes of garbage—computers, motorbikes, TVs, shoes, even human feces—in open burn pits. Are toxic clouds from these sites making everyone sick?
Malcolm Garcia

President Obama has called for the complete removal of American troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2014. In the meantime, the U.S. is moving onto other concerns - like the presidential election.

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Up to Date
9:58 pm
Sun August 12, 2012

The Book Doctors: Reading For The Waning Days Of Summer

The Last Good Man by A.J. Kazinski, a recommendation of "Book Doctor" Kaite Stover.

For those of you who still have some summer vacation remaining, or for those of you who have a bit more free time now that the kids are finally returning to school this week, look no further than the Book Doctors for a few new reading recommendations.

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A Fan's Notes
2:04 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

The 2012 Olympic Games: Inspiration Through Perspiration

U.S. hurdler Lolo Jones
Getty

The 30th Summer Olympic Games come to a close on Sunday in London.

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Up to Date
11:30 am
Fri August 10, 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 10-12, 2012? Up to Date's critics share their three favorite showing on area screens.

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Up to Date
11:04 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

The Cultural History Of Flab

Peter Paul Rubens' "The Three Graces" (1639) shows women of a more typical size than those just two centuries later.
Museo del Prado, Madrid

We crave its taste but not its look.  What’s up with our love-hate relationship with fat?

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Up to Date
11:58 am
Thu August 9, 2012

The Weekend To-Do List: August 9-12

Crosby, Stills & Nash perform Thursday evening at Starlight Theater in Swope Park

Looking for something to do the weekend of August 9-12, 2012?  Brian McTavish is back with Up to Date's Weekend To-Do List.

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Up to Date
10:38 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

The Collapse Of Congress

Up to Date
5:21 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Political Pundits: Primary Results, November Predictions

The Kansas State Capitol Building (left) and the Missouri State Capitol Building

For the first time, a Kansas Governor is actively campaigning against members of his own party. Governor Sam Brownback is hoping to replace moderate Republicans with more conservative members of his party.

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Up to Date
5:17 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Parents, Teens & The Transition To High School

Going back to school after a long summer is tough for many students, but even more difficult for those moving from middle to high school.  

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Up to Date
9:48 pm
Sun August 5, 2012

Missouri Amendment 2: 'Right To Pray' Or Redundant Rights?

prayinghandspictures.net

On Tuesday, Missouri citizens will vote on Amendment 2, the so-called “right to pray” ballot measure

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Up to Date
11:45 am
Fri August 3, 2012

The Weekend To-Do List: August 3-5

Kenny Loggins joins the Blue Sky Riders this weekend at Crown Center

Looking for something to do this weekend? Up to Date's Brian McTavish offers up a few options in his Weekend To-Do List for August 3-5, 2012.

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Up to Date
5:31 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

The Techsperts: Apple V. Samsung, NASA Rover On Mars & The Return Of Myspace (Seriously?)

This artist's concept depicts a sky crane lowering NASA's Curiosity rover onto the Martian surface.
JPL-Caltech NASA

While Apple, Samsung, and their attorneys are focusing on a patent infringement lawsuit, consumers are wondering how such legal wrangling benefits them: What's my new iPhone going to look like!?

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Up to Date
4:52 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

World Moves Forward In Battle Against HIV & AIDS

The world has reached a defining moment in the battle against HIV and AIDS.   The battle cry coming from the just-completed 19th International Aids Conference : We now have the potential to end the epidemic.

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Up to Date
11:08 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Kansas 11th District Senate Incumbent Faces Conservative Challenger

The Kansas State Capitol building in Topeka, KS.
city-data

Word came Tuesday that the Kansas Chamber of Commerce's political action committee spent more than a quarter of a million dollars on statehouse races this year supporting conservative Republicans running for state office.

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Up to Date
10:14 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Republicans Line Up To Challenge US Sen. Claire McCaskill

U.S. Senate candidates Congressman Todd Akin and former Missouri Treasurer Sarah Steelman

Next Tuesday Missouri Republicans will vote for one of three candidates seeking to unseat incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill. 

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Up to Date
9:53 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Land Banks: A Solution For Vacant & Abandoned Homes?

Abandoned homes contribute to neighborhood blight and lower property values.
KC Momentum KCMomentum.com

Kansas City has a problem with vacant homes. 12,000 of them dot neighborhoods around town. Legislation that Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signed this year is designed to provide a new solution: a land bank.

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Up to Date
9:44 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

The Woman Behind The Ledbetter Pay Act

In 1979, Lilly Ledbetter, a woman born in a house with no running water or electricity, applied for a job at the Goodyear tire factory. 

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Up to Date
10:06 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Kansas Senate 8th District: Incumbent Faces Conservative Challenger

The Kansas Capitol building in Topeka
city-data

Kansas voters will also head to the ballot box next Tuesday, August 7, to pick nominees for a number of races, including Kansas Senate and House of Representatives.

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Up to Date
9:43 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Missouri Primary Challenge: Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder v. Sen. Brad Lager

It's a primary race that doesn't receive as much attention as its candidates would like: Missouri Lieutenant Governor.

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Up to Date
10:25 am
Fri July 27, 2012

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

Looking for a great independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of July 27-29, 2012? Up to Date's critics share their three favorite showing on area screens.

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Up to Date
10:15 am
Fri July 27, 2012

What's Showing In Art, Independent, Foreign and Documentary Film

Quvenzhane Wallis stars in "Beasts of the Southern Wild," one of the films on today's list of independent, foreign, and documentary films showing on KC-area screens.

A corporate headhunter steals to maintain his lavish life style.  Sound like a news headline?  

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Up to Date
3:21 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

The Weekend To-Do List: July 26-29

Cathy Rigby stars as the boy who never grew up. 8 p.m. Thursday through Sunday at Starlight Theatre in Swope Park.

Looking for something to do this weekend? Up to Date's Brian McTavish offers up a few options in his Weekend To-Do List for July 26-29, 2012.

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Up to Date
5:25 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

Abraham Lincoln: Fast & Loose With Civil Liberties?

The Civil War tested the U.S. Constitution in ways unseen before or since.  Civil liberties were challenged and presidential powers stretched in President Abraham Lincoln’s efforts to save the nation. 

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Up to Date
10:17 am
Wed July 25, 2012

Wind Ahead Of Rain? Fuel For Forest Fires

Missouri Dept. of Public Safety

You'll be hard-pressed to find someone who wouldn't welcome a rain shower after weeks of heat and drought in the region.

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Up to Date
8:18 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Mayor Sly James On Kansas City Spotlight

Kansas City Mayor Sly James
kcmo.org

One down and one go to: baseball’s 2012 All-Star Game brought national attention to Kansas City, and this Thursday, Google Fiber will tell us how much it will cost to speed up our reputation.

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Up to Date
11:05 pm
Sun July 22, 2012

Heat, Drought & You

The drought has resulted in withered cornstalks and cracked land near Lamar, Colo.
Frank Morris KCUR

Your neighbors' lawn is green. And yours? A pale shade of brown, with grass that crunches underfoot.

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