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
11:40 am
Fri July 20, 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 20-22, 2012? Up to Date's critics share their three favorite showing on area screens.

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Up to Date
12:45 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

The Weekend To-Do List, July 20-22

Chicago plays with the Doobie Brothers at Starlight Theater Friday night.

Don't let the heat advisory get you down! There's still plenty to do and see in Kansas City this weekend. Check out Brian McTavish's top five events for July 20-22.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Hospitals Serving Up More Than Green Jell-O

Most hospital food doesn't tend to rouse a healthy appetite

Hospital food doesn't tend to conjure images of gourmet cuisine or down-home victuals. In fact, most people tend to turn up their nose at the very thought of the bland meals that hospitals are known for serving.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

'Code For America' Makes Better Government Through Better Apps

Jennifer Pahlka
Kevin Shockey

When asked for ways to improve local government, most people wouldn't say that better computer programming and smart phone applications should be the first item on the agenda.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Business, Buildings, & More: Update On KC Metro Developments

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema will be moving into the former AMC theater on Main street.
Norman Plant

Maybe you've been keeping tabs on the AMC Headquarters in Leawood, or wondering if the Hyatt will get a coveted place in the Plaza.

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Up to Date
11:45 am
Tue July 10, 2012

A Fan's Notes: The Stars Align In Kansas City

The All-Star Game is known as the Midsummer Classic. But for all the attention it's bringing to their team's hometown, many Royals fans won't be distracted from their dreams of a World Series--and a Fall Classic in Kansas City. Victor Wishna explains, in this All-Star edition of "A Fan's Notes."

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Up to Date
10:08 pm
Sun July 8, 2012

Hotels, Hospitals & Jails

With the success of his memoir Jarhead, author Anthony Swofford found fame and fortune.   In the ensuing years he went through a lot of cash, women and drugs all the while striving to reconcile his relationship with his father.

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Up to Date
11:44 am
Fri July 6, 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 6-8, 2012? Up to Date's critics share their three favorite showing on area screens.

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Up to Date
1:39 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

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

Safety Not Guaranteed

If you’re not the least interested in baseball and this so-called “All-Star Game”, perhaps a great film might be more to your liking?

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Up to Date
11:08 am
Thu July 5, 2012

The Weekend To-Do List: July 6-8

All-Star FanFest

A long-standing heat advisory shouldn't put a damper on your fun! Today on Up to Date, Brian McTavish returns with the top five events in KC this weekend, July 6-8.

All-Star FanFest: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday through Monday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday. Bartle Hall, Kansas City Convention Center, 301 W. 13th. Admission: $30; $25 for students, military, seniors and children ages 2 to 11.

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Up to Date
3:00 pm
Wed July 4, 2012

The Birds, The Bees, & The Teens

Design by Mike Jacobsen

Unless one possesses a vast reservoir of undaunted cool, undertaking the sex talk with teens can be a challenge.

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Up to Date
1:37 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

The Road to the White House--Barack Obama's Story

President Barack Obama
http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/president-obama

As 44th president, Barack Obama's journey to the White House is anything but conventional.

Born to a Kenyan father and Kansan mother, Obama's upbringing in Hawaii and Indonesia hardly sounds like the makings of a future president. But as he ascended the political ladder as a state senator and later as senator, Obama's  rough beginning turned into the start of a journey to the White House.

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Up to Date
10:03 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Political Pundits: Taxes, and Health Care, and Elections, O My!

A pro-ACA protest
http://www.examiner.com/article/it-s-time-for-health-care-for-all

The thermometer keeps inching upwards, though its hard to tell if its measuring heat or the rhetoric coming out of Washington. The recent Supreme Court decisions have done little to quell the debates on either side, and with a looming election in five months, no one seems interested in backing down.

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Up to Date
3:43 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

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

Looking for a great independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of June 29-July 1, 2012? Up to Date's critics share their three favorite showing on area screens.

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Up to Date
10:47 am
Fri June 29, 2012

The Weekend To-Do List

5K Color Run
http://www.dailymile.com/people/magillaz/entries/12429812

Does your social calendar needing some beefing up this weekend? Brian McTavish is back with the Up to Date Weekend To-Do List for June 29-July 1.

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Up to Date
5:21 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Encore Broadcast: National Geographic Photographer Annie Griffiths On Work-Life Balance

White pelicans in the Mississippi Delta

National Geographic staff photographer Annie Griffiths says she's "learned that even without a shared language, it’s easy to let people know that their children are beautiful, their homes are lovely…and that their stories are worth sharing with the world.”

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Up to Date
9:20 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Local Reactions: Supreme Court Upholds Affordable Care Act

On Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court will issue its ruling in a case that determines the future of the Affordable Care Act.

On Thursday morning the Supreme Court  largely upheld the Affordable Care Act.

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Up to Date
9:46 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Barnett Helzberg On Mentoring Entrepreneurs

Barnett Helzberg, Jr. had a mentor. His name was Ewing Kauffman, the one-time owner of the Kansas City Royals.

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Up to Date
9:13 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

James Madison: Modern Debates

Known as the father of the Constitution, James Madison of Virginia served one term in the Continental Congress and four terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. He was elected President in 1808.
: Oil on canvas, Bradley Stevens (after Charles Willson Peale), 2002 Collection of U.S. House of Representatives

Just a quick glance at the front page, and it’s easy to tell what issues are heating up Washington these days: the separation of church and state, states' rights, and the limits of presidential power.

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Up to Date
5:24 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

The Man Who Planted Trees

Holmboe Conifer Forest, Wisconsin State Natural Area #79
wackybadger Flickr

Once upon a time, among the iconic scenes of the West were mountains covered with green, fragrant pine trees.  Nowadays, you’re more likely to see entire forests of  brown.   That’s because since 1997 more than 41.7 million acres have suffered partial or total death of conifer trees.

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Up to Date
11:41 pm
Sun June 24, 2012

The Techsperts: Smart Passwords, Smart Phone Security

About 3 weeks ago, users learned that hackers had gained access to LinkedIn's databases, when 6.5 million passwords were posted to an underground forum.

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Up to Date
9:59 am
Fri June 22, 2012

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

Looking for a great independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of June 22-24, 2012? Up to Date's critics share their three favorite showing on area screens.

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Up to Date
10:04 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

The Art Of The Automobile

Ginger Rogers' 1929 Dusenberg 80
Chad Chambers

Each year the Kansas City Art Institute hosts  the Art of the Cars Concours, a gathering of exotic vehicles whose purposes extend far beyond transportation.

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Up to Date
1:34 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Balloon Artist Takes On Microscopic Animals

http://willychyr.com/

Willy Chyr is not your typical balloon artist.

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Up to Date
11:26 am
Thu June 21, 2012

The Weekend To-Do List

Michael Stern conducts the Kansas City Symphony and Kansas City Symphony Chorus in Beethoven's 9th Symphony this weekend in the Kauffman Center's Helzberg Hall

Looking for something to do the weekend of June 15 to 17, 2012?  Brian McTavish is back with Up to Date's Weekend To-Do List.

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Up to Date
10:26 am
Thu June 21, 2012

A TIGER-less Future For KC Streetcars

A projection of the proposed Kansas City streetcar
http://www.planningkc.com

Kansas City will not receive a coveted TIGER grant, a $25 million federal grant that would have helped to fund a $100 million downtown streetcar project.

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Up to Date
5:09 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Ellen & Edith: Woodrow Wilson's First Ladies

Flamboyant, confident, and controversial, Edith Bolling Wilson was not your traditional First Lady. After her husband, Woodrow Wilson, suffered a debilitating stroke in 1919, she took the reins of government and acted on behalf of her ailing spouse.

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Up to Date
5:26 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

The Clock Is Ticking: Surviving A Stroke

Would you be able to recognize the symptoms of a stroke? If you can, you may be able to save someone’s life.

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Up to Date
5:22 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Building A Brand Like 'Trader Joe's'

Running low on Two Buck Chuck? If so, it may be time for a Trader Joe’s run.

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Up to Date
11:21 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Missourians React To Obama Immigration Policy Announcement

President Barack Obama delivers a statement about immigration policy Friday June 15, 2012 in the Rose Garden.
Pete Souza Official White House Photo

President Obama surprised the country on Friday by unveiling a new immigration policy

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