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.

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Up to Date
9:00 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Connie Stevens: Hollywood, Elvis & The New Theatre

Connie Stevens joins Steve Kraske on Up to Date.
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Need to take your mind off of the IRS today? 

On Tuesday's Up to Date, we do our best to distract you from your taxes with a visit from actress Connie Stevens. Join us as we talk with her about 1960s Hollywood, what it was like to date Elvis and how she likes acting with her daughter at The New Theatre Restaurant.

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Up to Date
10:00 am
Mon April 14, 2014

JCC Shootings: How The Community Is Responding

Two people were shot dead Sunday at the Jewish Community Center. A third was shot nearby at Village Shalom.
Credit Laura Ziegler / KCUR

Communities in the Kansas City metropolitan area are in shocked mourning after multiple shootings left three people dead Sunday afternoon.

On Monday's Up to Date, we talk with a local man who was at the Jewish Community Center when two people were shot about what it was like to be in the lockdown there. We also check in with KCUR's Laura Ziegler to get the latest on the alleged shooter and talk with a local pastor about how the community is responding to the deaths.

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Up to Date
9:00 am
Fri April 11, 2014

What's Showing In Independent, Foreign & Documentary Film, April 11

'Bad Words' is on our critics' list of films this weekend.

Take a peek at the inner-workings of CERN’s Large Hadron Collider, and get a look into the life of labor leader Cesar Chavez. When it’s on the silver screen, you’ve got an all-access pass.

On Friday's Up to Date, our independent, foreign and documentary film critics take a look at the latest films opening in Kansas City.

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Up To Date
2:00 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

What Happens To Due Process For Kansas Teachers?

KNEA members protesting the school finance bill.
Credit Kansas National Education Association

A controversial move by Kansas lawmakers has teachers up in arms all over the state.  Steve Kraske talks with Kansas State Rep. John Bradford, who supported the change in the law, and Mark Desetti of the Kansas National Education Association.  They'll discuss how it will now be easier to fire teachers by eliminating their due-process rights and how supporters say that will improve education.  They also look at how this affects job security for teachers as well as their ability to criticize administrators when called for.

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Up to Date
11:45 am
Thu April 10, 2014

The Weekend To-Do List: April 11-13, 2014

Bill Maher comes to Kansas City this weekend.
Credit Angela George / Wikimedia Commons

Need to put the Spring in your step? Check out Brian McTavish's Weekend To-Do List for April 11-13.

“Miracle on South Division Street” starring Connie Stevens (Stage comedy), Dinner seating at 6:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, noon and 6:30 p.m. Saturday, 12:15 p.m. Sunday at the New Theatre Restaurant, 9229 Foster, Overland Park, Kan. Tickets: $33 to $55

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Up to Date
9:00 am
Thu April 10, 2014

A Look Into Kansas City's Past

John Simonson is the author of Kansas City 1940: A Watershed Year.

1940 was a pivotal year for Kansas City. Tom Pendergast’s rule through corruption and debauchery had crumbled, leaving the new local government to reform a city hungry for jazz and liquor.

On Thursday's Up to Date, we examine how Kansas City was different in the World War II era. On the way, we take a look at how the “Paris of the Plains” changed from a den of iniquity to the city we know today.

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Up to Date
9:00 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Examining 2016 Election Buzz

Carl Cannon of RealClearPolitics and David Von Drehle of Time Magazine join Steve Kraske to talk about the 2016 election and other political issues.

The buzz around Washington is about the next presidential election— and they’re talking about Hillary Clinton. It might seem like it’s a long way off, but inside the beltway, it’s never too soon for that kind of chatter. 

On Wednesday's Up to Date, we’ll talk about that speculation with Carl Cannon, the Washington bureau chief of RealClearPolitics, and Time Magazine's David von Drehle. We’ll also take a look at some of the other issues heating up the capital this week.

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Up to Date
10:18 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Figuring Out The Federal Reserve

Esther George is the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.
Credit Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

You know the Federal Reserve is important to the government, but what does it really do?

On Tuesday's Up to Date, we talk with Federal Reserve Bank President Esther George about why Kansas City has a Federal Reserve Bank in Kansas City. We'll also look at the history of the bank at its centenary.

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  • Esther George, president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City 
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Up to Date
11:00 am
Mon April 7, 2014

In The Trenches Of The White House Press Corps

Tamara Keith and Margaret Talev both cover the White House.

You’re in Washington, and you’ve got the plum assignment—covering the White House. You might get to ride on Air Force One and travel the world with the president, but is it really as glamorous as it sounds?

On Monday's Up to Date, we talk with NPR’s Tamara Keith and Bloomberg’s Margaret Talev about their experiences as White House correspondents. We discuss the challenges and the excitement of reporting on the president, and what it’s like to be in that briefing room.

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Up To Date
7:39 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Live From The Royals Home Opener

The Royals play the White Sox in their home opener.
Credit Beth Lipoff / KCUR

  

    

Last year was arguably the best year for the Kansas City Royals in recent memory - 86 wins put the boys in blue above .500, but just short of the playoffs.

For this hour of Up to Date we take you out to the ballpark for the Royal’s home opener and Steve Kraske introduces you to some of the people who keep the team running.
 

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Up To Date
3:14 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Ethics Professors: Who Should Get Organ Donations?

UNOS works to advance organ availability and transplantation.
Credit United Network for Organ Sharing

In the Midwest, the supply of organs for patients who need transplants to live is relatively strong.  But, that’s not the case in many locations across the country.

Currently, donated organs are distributed through local and regional networks, but there is talk of changing that system to one that basically puts everyone on equal footing.

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Up To Date
12:37 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

The Weekend To-Do List: April 4-6, 2014

More than 120 bands will be playing this weekend for Ink's Middle of the Map Fest.
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Wash away the recent rainy weather with Brian McTavish's Weekend To-Do List for April 4-6.

Ink's Middle of the Map Fest Music festival with more that 120 bands at six venues.  Thursday, Friday, Saturday. Gary Numan performs at 11 p.m. Thursday at Ernie Biggs Piano Bar. Country Club Plaza and Westport area. Tickets: $55 three-day-pass

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Up to Date
11:00 am
Wed April 2, 2014

How Corporate Giants Are Dominating Online Commerce

Robert McChesney is the author of Digital Disconnect: How Capitalism is Turning the Internet Against Democracy.

You can post just about anything you want on the internet, but when it comes to e-commerce, the online world is dominated by a few major players.

On Wednesday's Up to Date, we examine the corporate giants that control the online marketplace and discuss how consumers might revolt against their monopolies.

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Up to Date
11:00 am
Wed April 2, 2014

A Day In The Life Of An Average Pakistani

Haroon Ullah is the author of The Bargain From the Bazaar: A Family's Day of Reckoning in Lahore.

Haroon Ullah knows the pace and color of daily life in Pakistan and the delicate balance between secular and religious culture.

On Wednesday's Up to Date, we talk with him about the struggles of an ordinary middle-class family just trying to live life in a region that's seen constant upheaval.

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Up to Date
10:36 am
Tue April 1, 2014

One Journalist's Bleak Forecast Of America's Landscape

George Packer is the author of The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America.

If you look at America through journalist George Packer’s eyes, you’ll see a landscape where familiar staples of society, such as Social Security and privacy, are disappearing in a country-wide decline in civilization.

On Tuesday's Up to Date, we talk with the National Book Award winner about his latest book, why he sees such a bleak picture for the country and how we might make it to the light at the end of the tunnel.

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Up to Date
10:33 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Promoting The Arts In The Urban Core

Aaron Dworkin is the founder of Sphinx in Detroit.
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The Musical Bridges program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music aims to give more arts opportunities to young people in the urban core of the city.

On Tuesday's Up to Date, we talk with a MacArthur Fellow who's done a similar thing in Detroit.

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Up to Date
11:12 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Opening Police Records In Kansas

The KSHB-TV report features several stories, including Beverly Stewart's tale about how her daughter was shot dead by police.
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If the police staged a massive raid on your house, complete with assault weapons, you’d want to know why. But finding that out in Kansas is tricky and costly. 

On Monday's Up to Date, we look at a KSHB-TV investigative report on the problems local residents have had getting police records open in the state.

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Up to Date
11:12 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Examining 100 Years Of The Panama Canal

It's been 100 years since the Panama Canal was completed.
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You’ve heard of the man, his plan and that canal: Panama. Well, it’s been 100 years since its construction, and the waterway is getting a facelift.

On Monday's Up to Date, we talk about a new local exhibit that explores that century of innovation.

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  • Alberto Aleman Zubieta, former CEO of the Panama Canal Authority
  • Lisa Browar, president of the Linda Hall Library
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Up to Date
12:04 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Life Lessons From A KC Author

Becky Blades found herself bubbling over with advice for her daughter, but she knew bombarding her daughter with life lessons wasn't the best way to go about sharing it.

On Friday's Up to Date, we talk with Blades about how, in writing down this advice with a good dose of humor, she created the book Do Your Laundry or You'll Die Alone.

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  • Becky Blades, author of Do Your Laundry or You'll Die Alone

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Up to Date
10:43 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Treading Carefully When Covering Hate Groups

Protests like the ones Fred Phelps led are designed to get media attention.
Credit File photo / Topeka Capital-Journal

Fred Phelps has been a lightning rod of controversy for decades. The late head of the Westboro Baptist Church, who famously picketed funerals of American soldiers and LGBT people, died Wednesday.

On Friday's Up to Date, we discuss the quandary media organizations have faced: How do you decide when events like this are truly newsworthy and when you’re just giving hate groups free publicity?

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Up to Date
2:03 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

The Weekend To-Do List, March 21-23, 2014

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike plays this weekend at the Kansas City Repertory Theatre.
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Get that spring into your step with Brian McTavish's Weekend To-Do List for March 21-23, 2014.

Lyric Opera of Kansas City: “La Boheme” (Classic opera by Giacomo Puccini), 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway, Kansas City, Mo. Tickets: $90 to $160 

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90-Mile View
1:12 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

90-Mile View: Maintaining The Momentum In Manheim Park

Saundra Hayes is past President of the Historic Manheim Park Association.
Credit Danie Alexander/KCUR

Saundra Hayes is a resident of Manheim Park situated on the east side of Troost in Kansas City.  In this edition of 90-Mile View, Saundra and Steve Kraske talk about the effects the Green Impact Zone has had on her neighborhood and what it will take to keep the momentum built by the project going.

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Up to Date
10:27 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Tracing The Atomic Age

The Atomic Age prompted many themed products-- some more dangerous than others.
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If you want drama, the story of how we developed atomic energy has it. From the novelty of X-rays to the destructive power unleashed in Hiroshima, to a major energy source — all the up and downs are there. 

On Thursday's Up to Date, we talk with an author who has traced the details of these events and many in-between to construct a history of the atomic age. We look at how scientists managed to get from Marie Curie’s discovery to the Manhattan Project and beyond. 

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Up To Date
2:31 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill On Sexual Assault In The Military, Affordable Care Act

Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill visits Kansas City on Wednesday and Thursday as part of her 'McCaskill on Main Street' tour.  

She’s fresh off a big legislative win in the Senate where her version of a bill dealing with sexual assault in the military won out over a competing measure.

In the second part of Wednesday's Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with Sen. McCaskill about sexual assault in the military and her opinions on progress made as part of the Affordable Care Act.

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Up to Date
10:02 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Looking Back At The U-2 Spy Plane Incident

Pilot Francis Gary Powers was shot down by the Soviet Union while flying his U-2 spy plane in 1960.
Credit RIA Novosti archive / Wikimedia Commons

Threats to sovereignty along the Black Sea, lots of discussions about spying … it all brings back memories of the Cold War.

On Wednesday's Up to Date, we talk about one of the most notorious incidents of that period. When Russia shot down the U-2 spy plane, pilot Gary Powers became the international face of a mission gone wrong. His son joins us to talk about that event.

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Up To Date
5:46 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Cultural Conflict In Ukraine Reaches Back To KC

The Crimean peninsula is the focus of the Ukrainian-Russian tensions at the moment.
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Russia’s incursion into the Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula has sparked a reaction across Europe. The region voted over the weekend to secede to be part of Russia, but the European Union, the United States and others have called that vote illegal. 

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Up to Date
9:50 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Parents, Teens And A Different Gender War

Girls seem to be winning the gender war, according to Dr. Wes Crenshaw.
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The idea of a gender war is nothing new, but what has changed is who’s winning: It's the girls.

On Monday's Up to Date, psychologist Wes Crenshaw joins us to talk about the switch and why it’s happening. We’ll look at how lower graduation rates and grades from boys are affecting this trend.

We’ll get a teen perspective on what we can change to help boys regain equal footing.

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Up To Date
5:13 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Local Listen: Schwervon

The duo Schwervon is featured in this week's 'Local Listen.'
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This year’s Middle of the Map music festival will take place April 3-5 at many locations in and around Westport. For the next several weeks, our “Local Listen” segment will focus on musicians from the Kansas City area who will be sharing the stages with regional and national artists.

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Up to Date
12:55 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Tech-Savvy Students Contend In Local Robotics Competition

High school students will put their robots up for competition this weekend.
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It seems like we depend on machines for nearly everything we do, and a whole new breed of mechanical wonders is invading Kansas City this weekend for the 2014 KC Regional First Robotics Competition. 

On Friday's Up to Date, we talk about the competition that's attracting more than a thousand high school students who have designed their own robots.

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90-Mile View
9:00 am
Fri March 14, 2014

90-Mile View: The Signs of Spring In Warsaw, Missouri

Spoonbill fish inhabit the Osage River in Missouri.
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It's been a quiet winter in Warsaw, Mo., where the Osage River empties into Truman Lake.  The bitter cold had even the hardiest inhabitants staying indoors.  Now this little town on the lake is showing the unmistakable signs that the "season" is about to begin.

In this installment of 90-Mile View, newspaper publisher James White tells Steve Kraske what stories The Benton County Enterprise has been covering.  Then White describes one of the sure signs of Spring, the start of the spoonbill fishing season and an accompanying aroma.

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