Steve Kraske

Host of Up to Date

Steve Kraske is an associate teaching professor of journalism at UMKC, a political columnist for The Kansas City Star and has hosted "Up to Date" since 2002. He worked as the full-time political correspondent for The Star from 1994-2013 covering national, state and local campaigns. He also has covered the statehouses in Topeka and Jefferson City.

Before arriving in Kansas City, he worked at daily newspapers in Iowa and Illinois and at United Press International in Madison, Wis. Kraske is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he received a bachelor's degree in journalism. He was a 1992 John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University.

Kraske has won awards for both his print and radio work and has appeared on NPR, CNN and Fox. He's a big fan of "Prairie Home Companion" and Kansas City jazz. His father lives in Stillwater, Minn., not far from the St. Croix River.

The Pioneers of Meteorology

Jul 15, 2015

  The very idea of predicting the weather was once considered outrageous. Yet, the pioneers of meteorology pushed forward "against convention and religious dogma" according to Peter Moore.  The author of The Weather Experiment talks with Steve Kraske about the history of meteorology and the foundation of the first weather forecasts. 

Legendary singer Patti LaBelle has been hailed as the "Godmother of Soul." On this edition of Up to Date, LaBelle tells Steve Kraske about her shy nature and her love of the kitchen. 

Patti LaBelle performs Friday, July 17  at 7:30 in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets and information are available at kauffmancenter.com.

We live in Lyndon Johnson’s America. So says Joseph Califano, Johnson's top domestic adviser. We learn about the complex president and the long list of groundbreaking legislation he signed during his tenure.

Joseph Califano speaks about his book,  "The Triumph and Tragedy of Lyndon Johnson" at the Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library Wednesday, July 15 at 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit kclibrary.org.

Moving Out

Jul 13, 2015

Whether heading off to college or to a new job, many young adults are preparing to be on their own for the first time.  Up to Date looks at how teens and twenty-somethings can successfully take the training wheels off their adulthood.

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National Council of La Raza President and CEO Janet Murgia is back in her hometown, and she's brought thousands of people with her for the La Raza's annual conference. She talks with Steve Kraske about her family, politics, and the greatest challenges facing Latinos today. 

The LGBT community has won a battle on marriage equality but workplace, education and other discrimination problems continue. We find out from a panel of local LGBT leaders what challenges remain.

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Increased oil production in America and greater demand to move petroleum across the continent has increased the risk of devastating accidents, like the 2013 explosion in Quebec that took 47 lives. We explore what makes these “rolling pipelines” so dangerous and what’s being done to minimize that risk.

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A 2013 poll showed that nearly a quarter of Americans lean toward a libertarian political philosophy. We explore libertarian ideals that support gay marriage as well as gun ownership. 

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High Speed

Jul 6, 2015

High-speed car chases are familiar sights in movies and on TV. But in real life, police pursuits—especially in a metro crisscrossed with different counties and jurisdictions — can cause more damage to innocent bystanders than the criminal would otherwise. 

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  • Mike McGraw is a special projects reporter at Kansas City Public Television.
  • Bridgit Bowden is the entrepreneurship reporter for KCPT’s Flatland.

Delve into the story of two geeky filmmakers who suddenly confront something very serious, and get a view into the the French court of the 17th century. Whatever your tastes, our indie, foreign and documentary film critics have quite a selection for your holiday weekend.

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Nicole Galloway promises to bring a new perspective to Missouri as its state auditor. We talk to Galloway about inheriting an office in the wake of tragedy and whether she has additional political aspirations. 

Trans-Pacific Partnership

Jul 1, 2015

The Trans-Pacific Partnership has been called an "opportunity for American economic development" and an "infringement on its sovereignty." We examine the pros and cons of the proposed trade agreement. 

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  • Kurt Tong is the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary.
  • Jonathan Weisman is an economic correspondent for The New York Times.

Kansas legislators passed a law this year that says that if a court strikes down a 2014 law that removed some powers from the state Supreme Court, the judiciary will lose funding. On this edition of Up To Date, we examine the ensuing battle being waged between the Kansas Judiciary and the executive and legislative branches. 

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The U.S. Supreme Court  handed down some historic decisions this week. Among those was Obergefell v. Hodges in which the Court upheld the right to marry for same sex couples in all 50 states. On this edition of Up To Date, we analyze the decision and hear reactions from across the spectrum. 

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Up to Date's Steve Kraske and KCUR Health Editor Dan Margolies analyze the Supreme Court's 6-3 decision supporting the Affordable Care Act.  Hear President Obama's remarks on the decision as well as an account from attorney Madeleine McDonough who was present in the Court to hear the pronouncement.

Dial Books

Summer vacation has officially started and for many parents, that means a lot of free time to fill for their kids.

How about a trip to the ancient Martial Empire or to a faraway desert island? These summer reading picks will take your young ones to some of the most remote edges of the earth.

Johnson County Librarians Dennis Ross and Kate McNair and retired librarian Debbie McLeod selected some titles to keep kids and teens reading all summer long.

Recommendations for ages 3-10

  • Smick! By Coreen Cronin, illustrated by Juana Medina. Ages 3 – 6.
  • Princess and the Pony by Kate Beaton, Ages 4 - 8.
  • Rabbit Hill by Robert Lawson, Ages 5-10.
  • Billy’s Booger: a Memior (Sorta) by William Joyce and his younger self. Ages 5 – 10.
  • Princess In Black by Shannon Hale, Ages 6-9. 

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch recently sparked a firestorm by naming a woman who may have been the victim of a sexual assault. On this edition of Up To Date, the Media Critics discuss the newspaper's decision. Plus, they analyze coverage of the Charleston, South Carolina, tragedy and the historic Kansas legislative session.  

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As Kansas City, Missouri residents head to the polls today, The Kansas City Star's Lynn Horsley and Steve Kraske discuss what to watch for as the results come in. 

Rocker Melissa Etheridge answers five questions from Steve Kraske, from her long musical career to her Leavenworth, Kansas roots. 

Melissa Etheridge plays a solo show at the Uptown Theater on Wednesday, June 24 at 8 p.m. For information and tickets, visit www.uptowntheater.com.

NPR's legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg talks about two impending supreme court decisions that will determine the future of the Affordable Care Act, and same-sex marriage itself. 

Advice on money management often seems geared towards the affluent. On this edition of Up To Date, a panel of financial planners give advice on managing and improving finances for those of modest means. 

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With the hope of providing "a shared vision for coordinated cultural development of the region," ArtsKC released its plan in May for the future of the arts in the Kansas City area. This edition of Up to Date looks at the priorities and strategies in the proposal and finds out how new initiatives will be funded.

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Historian David McCullough tells Steve Kraske what four years of research revealed about brothers Orville and Wilbur Wright. Hear what role their sister Katharine played and the characteristics that made them successful in their quest to fly.   

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  • David McCullough is a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize and author of The Wright Brothers.

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback maintains that the revenue enhancement package just adopted in Topeka, which has been described as the largest tax increase in Kansas history, should not be considered a tax increase. On this edition of Up To Date, Steve Kraske has a one-on-one with the governor about the 2015 legislative session's contentious tax debate. 

 On this edition of Up to Date we look at two approaches to being happy with what you do: finding a way to make your passion your work, or making better decisions in the job you have.

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With  city council elections fast approaching, two candidates for the 2nd District At-large seat face off on this edition of Up to Date.

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  • Teresa Loar is the former two-term City Council member and two-term member of the North Kansas City School Board.
  • Jay Hodges served as the senior advisor for economic development and public safety in Mayor Sly James' administration.

After a record-breaking 113 days, the Kansas legislature finally passed a budget and tax deal. On this edition of Up To Date, we analyze the session and take a look at what it was like to participate in, and cover, the  2015 assembly. 

Last month, NPR’s Morning Edition announced the second session of its book club. A few members of the Kansas City chapter share their opinions of the selected book, A God In Ruins.

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In today's political world, winning a campaign often involves vilifying an opponent— at any cost. On this edition of Up To Date, we preview The Village Square's upcoming forum, "The Politics of Personal Destruction."

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Kansas City's beloved sportswriter Joe Posnanski discusses the friendship— and rivalry— of golfers Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus. Plus, he shares his thoughts on some of the biggest sports headlines today, including the Kansas City Royals

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