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
1:21 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Capturing Voices: Preserving Personal Stories

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The holidays bring good food, lots of family, and fascinating tales. When families unite, storytelling takes center stage as we recall childhood memories and the ups and downs of life. On this edition of Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with a personal historian and StoryCorps' David Isay about the process and significance of preserving family stories in preparation for the National Day of Listening

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Up To Date
1:20 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Hope, Memory, And Passwords

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Passwords are a huge part of our technology driven world. In order to be safe, they are supposed to be long, full of numbers and symbols. We're also supposed to have an arsenal of different codes at our disposal. But the truth is people often use their passwords as a form of memory. On this edition of Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with journalist Ian Urbina about the hidden truths behind our passwords.

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Up To Date
1:40 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Doctors Express Concerns Over Proposed Research Regulations

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  A new proposal from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services would change the way we regulate medical research. Some doctors disagree with the changes believing that it will  confuse patients, and make participation in clinical trials more difficult. On this edition of Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with a bioethicist and an outcomes researcher about why they oppose altering research guidelines. 

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12:06 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Winning Marriage Equality

Gay marriage advocates have been gaining key victories all over the country. These successes are part of a larger strategy that's been in the works for years.

On this edition of Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with the author of a new book about why winning at the state level is a key part of the plan to change laws nationwide. We also check out what's next in the campaign for marriage equality.

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Arts & Culture
1:18 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Kansas City Artist Uses Bread As A Means Of Social Change

In one of his community projects, Fresh Bread, Sean Starowitz set up shop in vacant lots and sold bread, priced for the neighborhood.
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Bread can serve as an important connector between people.

It can fuel discussions, break through social barriers and institute change. 

A 2014 Charlotte Street Foundation award winner, Sean Starowitz is an artist whose work is hard to place on the walls of galleries. As the artist-in-residence at Farm to Market Bread Co., his projects often focus on bread and community. 

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Up To Date
1:12 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Connecting, Trading, And Traveling With Bread

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Bakers all over the world experience the intoxicating smell of fresh baked bread, and many share their work with their communities. On this edition of Up to Date, host Steve Kraske talks with a woman who has traveled the world with her sourdough starter sharing it with people from Berlin to Afghanistan. 

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Up To Date
3:11 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Managing Holiday Kitchen Chaos

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Thanksgiving is just around the bend, and with it comes the influx of family, good food, and ... chaos. The pressure to get that turkey just right or having too many cooks in the kitchen at one time can make the  holidays  more than a little stressful. On this edition of Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with three Kansas City chefs about their tips on maintaining calm in busy kitchens and how to avoid a full-blown culinary disaster. 

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Up to Date
11:52 am
Wed November 19, 2014

"Fashion's Enduring Marriage To Color"

Leatrice Eiseman is the author of 'Pantone on Fashion'.

Color has a wide-ranging impact on our day-to-day lives, but we don't always pay attention to it. It emotes memory and can determine an era-- just think of the 1960s.

On this edition of Up to Date Steve Kraske talks with Leatrice Eiseman about Pantone on Fashion: A Century of Color in Design. They discuss the psychological aspects of different hues, how the eye views color, and Pantone's Color of the Year. 

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10:58 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Examining The Power And Scandal Of Nelson Rockefeller

Richard Norton Smith is the author of 'On his Own Terms.'

Gerald Ford bumped Nelson Rockefeller off the 1976 presidential ticket. Two years later, the colorful four-term governor of New York managed to create scandalous headlines with the circumstances of his death.

On this broadcast of Up to Date, Steve Kraske and historian Richard Norton Smithe delve into the life and times of the former vice-president. They discuss his rise to political prominence and his rocky, but unapologetic, personal life.

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Up To Date
5:23 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Overland Park Man Treks Across Kansas, Again

Henry Fortunato outside his home in Overland Park, Kansas.
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One day in mid-September, Henry Fortunato stepped out the front door of his home in Overland Park, Kansas and began a walk that would continue for the next 39 days and take him to the western edge of the state.

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Up To Date
2:50 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

After Months Of Work, A New Johnson Drive Unveiled

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For almost a year, orange cones, torn up sidewalks, and road closures were a daily fact of life for businesses and their customers along Johnson Drive in Mission, Kansas. After months of dealing with restricted access, the road is officially re-opened and traffic is once again moving smoothly. 

On this edition of Up to Date, we look at the effect of the project on local shops, how these retailers coped, and what both they and the city hope the new and improved Johnson Drive brings to the area. 

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Up To Date
12:27 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Wes Crenshaw: How ADHD Affects Couples

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Millions of teens and adults have been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

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Up to Date
1:29 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

DVD Gurus: Film Noir

Actress Peggy Cummins joined Steve Kraske and the DVD Gurus in the studio.
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Beautiful women, crime and doomed lovers dominate the screen when it comes to film noir. At their height, these films featured star players, such as Humphrey Bogart, Burt Lancaster and Marilyn Monroe.

On Friday's Up to Date, our DVD Gurus highlighted their favorites of the genre. We also talked with a few special guests from the Noir City film festival.

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Up To Date
2:42 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Veterinarian Wayne Hunthausen: Preparing Your Pet For Cold Weather And The Holidays

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Here comes cold weather. And here come the holidays. So it's probably a good time to have a conversation about how to prepare your dogs or cats for all this.

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Up to Date
11:15 am
Fri November 7, 2014

What's Showing In Independent, Foreign & Documentary Film, November 7

'Birdman' is just one of the films our critics discussed this week.

A marriage proposal leads one woman to hiding out in the home of her 16-year-old best friend, and a young boy finds an unlikely friend in the bawdy, hedonistic veteran next door.

On Friday's Up to Date, our indie, documentary and foreign film critics are back to review the latest films showing on area screens. We also look at the story of Edward Snowden and how an actor tries to make a comeback on Broadway.

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Up To Date
1:24 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Anna Quindlen On Life's Second Acts

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Anna Quindlen's most recent work, Still Life with Bread Crumbs, tells the story of a 60-year old New York photographer and feminist who moves upstate in an effort to remake her life. On this edition of Up to Date, Quindlen talks with Steve Kraske about her connections to the lead character, why she never wants to be 25 again, and the changing face of the news business. 

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Up To Date
12:08 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Dirt: The Foundation Of Civilizations

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Dr. David Montgomery is a Professor of Geomorphology at the University of Washington.  He works to bring the impact of geological processes on human history to a wider audience.  Montgomery joins Steve Kraske to explain why dirt is the foundation of civilizations, how we're losing it to erosion, and the lessons geology teaches us.

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Up to Date
11:24 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Political Pundits: Election Aftermath

Political Pundits Robyn Kuhlmann and Dave Helling discuss the November election.
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Kansas was a fierce battleground in this election, but when the dust settled, it was the Republicans who eked out a victory for the governor’s office. Their 10-point Senate win came with less political sweat.

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Up To Date
2:31 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Mortician Encourages Embracing Our Mortality

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Death may be inevitable, but that does not lessen our fear of it. Mortician and author, Caitlin Doughty, looks to transform our fears of our own mortality.  On this edition of Up to Date, Doughty talks with  Steve Kraske about what it's like to work with the dead, how our culture has chosen to hide death, and why understanding the funeral business can lead us to embrace our own mortality. 

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Up To Date
2:20 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Kansas City's Union Cemetery: The Garden Of Time

Grave markers at Kansas City's Union Cemetery.
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Union Cemetery in Kansas City, MO is the city’s oldest public cemetery. It serves as the final resting place for some of the area’s early pioneers, civic leaders and veterans. On this broadcast of Up to Date, we look at this "hidden gem in the middle of a busy city" and the new book that tells the story of Union Cemetery.

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Up to Date
11:39 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Remembering The Legacy Of WWI's Buffalo Soldiers

Soldiers from the 367th Infantry were one part of the many units of Buffalo Soldiers in World War I.
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They served with distinction in World War I but the Buffalo Soldiers are not always remembered for their contributions during the Great War.

On Monday's Up to Date, we look at these regiments of African-American soldiers, their heroism and the racism they faced. 

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11:25 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Saved By The Whistle: Truman's Campaign Of 1948

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Candidates crisscross the country with relative ease these days, but back in 1948, a real train whistle ruled a whistle-stop campaign. That year the presidency went to Harry Truman after he covered 31,000 miles by rail and gave 352 speeches along the way.

On Monday's Up to Date, we take a look at the underdog effort that kept Truman in the White House.

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Up to Date
11:09 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Political Pundits: Midterm Election Blitz

Paul Davis and Sam Brownback are running a very close race for governor.

There’s a chill in the air, and a forbidding wind is rustling through the trees. But which is scarier—the ghouls and ghosts of Halloween or the campaigning for the midterm election?

On Friday's Up to Date, the Political Pundits return to talk about the issues surrounding the close races in Kansas for secretary of state, governor and especially for the U.S. Senate, where a leadership change is a real possibility.

Plus, we have a look at the buzz surrounding the Missouri governor’s race of 2016. 

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Up To Date
4:04 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Former U.S. Poet Laureate Writes A Poem For The Kansas City Royals

Billy Collins, U.S. Poet Laureate 2001-2003, joined Steve Kraske in-studio Thursday.
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When Up To Date host Steve Kraske was joined in studio by Billy Collins, he wasn't expecting the former U.S. Poet Laureate to have scribed a few lines a la Casey at the Bat as he waited in the green room.

But, impressed by the Royals and their fans, Collins offered this tribute.

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Up To Date
3:10 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

The Suburban, Domestic And Middle Class Poetry Of Billy Collins

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Billy Collins likes to remind people that he once served as Poet Laureate of the United States when he gives talks around the country. It serves as a punch line of sorts for him, but what a line it is. 

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Up To Date
1:11 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Celebrating A Remarkable Royals Season

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The month of October has been a rollercoaster ride for Kansas City. The Royals made it through an amazing postseason, all the way to Game 7 of the World Series. We may have lost that final game to the San Francisco Giants 2-3, but our boys in blue gave this city an unbelievable and unforgettable postseason. Kansas City celebrated the remarkable accomplishments of our Royals at Kauffman Stadium today. On this edition of Up to Date, we bring you part of the festivities at the K including a chat with Mayor Sly James. 

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Up To Date
12:58 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Political Strategist Reveals D.C. Reactions To Kansas Races

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Election Day is coming up, and Kansas is brimming with close races. These could have a huge effect on the make-up of Washington DC. On this episode of Up to Date, host Steve Kraske talks with Washington political strategist John Ashford. We find out what those inside the Beltway think of goings-on in the Midwest. They also discuss the life of a political consultant in dealing with candidates and issues. 

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Up To Date
12:57 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

DiDonato Invites 40,000 Fans To Sing With Her At Kauffman Stadium

Mezzo soprano Joyce DiDonato, a Royals fan for decades, sings the National Anthem on Wednesday.
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After a social media campaign with the twitter hashtag #LetJoyceSing, a Change.org petition, an invitation from Major League Baseball to sing in Game 7 of the World Series -- and the Royals victory that assured there would be a Game 7, Prairie Village, Kan. native Joyce DiDonato is ready to sing the National Anthem in the final game.

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Up to Date
12:34 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

For Some KC Businesses, World Series Impact Isn't So Big

People are flocking to buy Royals gear, but some local businesses aren't seeing a World Series boom.
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Here in Kansas City, the hotels are booked solid, and people are snatching up anything in royal blue. For some sectors of the business community, life is very, very good right now. For others, the baseball action doesn't translate into extra dollars.

On Wednesday's Up to Date, we take a look at how the World Series is having an impact on the local economy and why it might not be pumping in extra money as much as redistributing business success.

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Up To Date
2:26 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

'Only A Game' Host Bill Littlefield On Sports And Poetry

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Bill Littlefield is host of Only a Game the syndicated program aimed at the serious sports fan and the steadfast sports avoider. (It airs Saturday mornings at 6:00 on KCUR.)

Littlefield has written several books on sports and two novels so his latest work, Take Me Out, a book of sports-related poems, is a bit of a departure. Bill talks with Steve Kraske about what inspired him to poetry, the history behind Only a Game, and his thoughts on this year's World Series.

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