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
Mon June 23, 2014

Wes Crenshaw: Marijuana Use Among Young People

On Monday's Up to Date, psychologist Wes Crenshaw talks with Steve Kraske about college marijuana culture.
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Marijuana has been part of college culture for a long time, but is the drug’s legalization in Colorado changing the way college kids use it? Some see it as a way to relax occasionally, but others make it a daily habit that can have destructive consequences.

On Monday's Up to Date, psychologist Wes Crenshaw joins us to talk about the shift in pot culture among college students, especially when it comes to our western neighbors.

Guest:

Dr. Wes Crenshaw, psychologist

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Up To Date
10:57 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Herbs And Spices: In The Garden And On Your Plate

We're talking herbs and spices on Friday's Up to Date.
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Most of us have a spice rack with lots of different choices in it, but if you’re not a gourmet chef, you might not know which herbs and spices pair the best with different meats and veggies. Then there's the ones with fancy packaging sold fresh at the store-- are they really that much better than your cupboard’s dry goods? 

On Friday's Up to Date, we delve into the pungent world of herbs and spices to see which can survive and thrive in your own Kansas or Missouri backyard and what's worth the splurge on aisle two.

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Up To Date
9:00 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Art Of The Car Concours: A Classic Car Lover's Dreamland

"Jake's Coupe" is just one of the hot rods on display at the Art of the Car Concours this Sunday.
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Hot rods first hit the scene in the 1930s. Their enduring popularity drives owners and fans to preserve and enhance these mobile pieces of history. This Sunday, The Kansas City Art Institute once again transforms the campus into a classic-car lover’s dreamland for its Art of the Car Concours event. On Friday's Up to Date Steve Kraske talks with the event organizer and an automotive expert about the rare autos at this event and the long road of hot rod history.

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Up To Date
9:00 am
Fri June 20, 2014

The Weekend To-Do List: June 20-22

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Brian McTavish's Weekend To-Do List for June 20-22 will keep you rolling from one exciting event to the next all weekend long.

Big Slick Celebrity Weekend
Paul Rudd, Jason Sudeikis, and Rob Riggle
5:30 p.m. Friday
The Little KC at Kauffman Stadium
Admission: Free with a ticket to the Royals/Mariner game

We Will Rock You
8:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday
Starlight Theatre
Tickets: $10 and up

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Up to Date
9:00 am
Thu June 19, 2014

The Battle Of Westport 150 Years Later

Mural of the Battle of Westport
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In October of 1864, Kansas City played host to a dramatic clash of Union and Confederate forces. Thousands of troops squared off along Brush Creek and Blue River in the Battle of Westport, the largest Civil War battle west of the Mississippi River. On Thursday's Up to Date Steve Kraske talks with preservationist Daniel Smith about the legacy of the "Gettysburg of the West."

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Up to Date
10:23 am
Wed June 18, 2014

World Cup: The Next Steps For Team USA

Players from Brazil and Mexico play at the 2014 World Cup.
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  The U.S. soccer team no longer carries the specter of a prospective defeat against Ghana--so where does that leave them?

On Wednesday's Up to Date, we talk with players from Sporting KC and FC Kansas City to get some analysis of the American team's strategies and chances as they move through the World Cup line-up.

Guests:

  • Chance Myers, Sporting KC player
  • Frances Silva, FC Kansas City player
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Up to Date
10:03 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Mending Environmental Wounds In The Ozarks

Traci Angel is the author of 'The Scars of Project 459.'

The Lake of the Ozarks has been one of Missouri’s top vacation spots for decades, but now, it’s a lake in danger of being “loved to death.” Today, the lake faces pressures from unregulated development, inadequate sewage management and a poor water quality image.

On Wednesday's Up to Date, we talk with a journalist about how the Lake has gotten to this point and who is trying to reverse the decline to protect it for future generations.

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Up to Date
9:00 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Dr. Mary Frances Berry: The Legacy Of Sixties Activism

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For four decades, Mary Frances Berry has been a civil rights activist. Famously fired from the US Civil Rights Commission before being rehired by President Reagan, she’s gone on to chair the commission, serve as the first woman and African American to be chancellor of the University of Colorado, and teach legal history at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Up to Date
9:00 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Jeff Shaara Is Back With Third Civil War Novel

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Bestselling author Jeff Shaara is renowned for his gritty depiction of Civil War battles. His fictionalized accounts of the historical events have appeared in previous works and he returns with his latest offering, The Smoke at Dawn. On Tuesday's Up to Date Steve Kraske talks with the author about how he fleshes out the known facts and in doing so creates a detailed account of the War Between the States.

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Up to Date
10:38 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Book Doctors: Summer Reading

'Case Histories,' 'Where'd You Go Bernadette' and 'Of All The Gin Joints' are just some of the titles on our Book Doctors' lists this week.

A 16-year-old American bride of the Austrian emperor brings her lively passion to the oppressively formal royal court, and a true life deadly texting-while-driving story explores the influence of technology on the human mind.

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Up To Date
1:12 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

The Weekend To-Do List: June 13-15

Boulevardia is a new beer, food, and music festival June 13-15 in the Kansas City West Bottoms district.
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If you're looking for a variety of entertainment this weekend, look no further than Brian McTavish's Weekend To-Do List for June 13-15.

Don McLean and Judy Collins
8:30 p.m. Friday
Knuckleheads, 2715 Rochester
Tickets: $68.50

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Up To Date
12:00 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

A Closer Look At The Berkley Riverfront Development

A view of the Kit Bond Bridge from Berkley Riverfront Park.
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An Indianapolis firm has been chosen to develop the first phase of the Berkley Riverfront Development. The deal between the Port Authority of Kansas City and Flaherty & Collins marks the starting point for the Authority’s master plan to create “a world class urban village” on a 55-acre site. When finished there will be apartments, parking, office space, and retail shopping. On Thursday's Up to Date Steve Kraske finds out the details of the Berkley Riverfront Development.

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Up To Date
11:05 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Yoga Master Max Strom

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There is no app for happiness. So reads the title of Max Strom's new book that examines what holds us back from being happier people. Turns out that one big obstacle is technology, which has only made many of us more depressed, anxious, sleep deprived and over-medicated. On Thursday's Up to Date Steve Kraske talks with the yoga master about how inner calm and self-awareness can help people cope with the stress our devices bring.

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Up to Date
9:00 am
Thu June 12, 2014

De-stressing From Technology

Max Strom advocates more focus on inner peace and less on technology.
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Being connected at all times can be great, or it can feel like electronic leash. One yoga master sees personal happiness taking a nosedive as our fascination with smartphones and other technology rises.

On Thursday's Up to Date, we talk about how inner calm and self-awareness can help people cope with the stress our devices bring.

Guest:

  • Max Strom, yoga master
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Up to Date
9:00 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Confronting Suburban Poverty

Poverty has hit the suburbs hard in recent years.
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When you think of poverty, you might picture homeless people in the heart of the city or lines at the City Union Mission, but the inner city isn’t the only place where people have fallen on hard times.

On Wedensday's Up to Date, we take a look the suburbs, a place where poverty rates have been climbing for years. We examine what steps local governments can take to help the growing number of people who live in suburban poverty and find out what has been pushing this trend.

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Sprint
3:19 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Sprint CEO Dan Hesse On T-Mobile, HD Audio And Work-Life Balance

Sprint CEO Dan Hesse sat down with Steve Kraske to talk about the recent rumors and changes surrounding the company.
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When Sprint Corp. CEO Dan Hesse took the helm of an ailing telecommunications corporation seven years ago, he had his work cut out for him.

In the past year, things have moved very quickly for the company, with a majority buyout by Japan-based SoftBank Corp., layoffs and recent rumors of a merger deal with T-Mobile.

On Tuesday's Up to Date, Steve Kraske sat down with Hesse to discuss the whirlwind of activity surrounding Sprint, and what it all means for consumers.

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Up to Date
9:00 am
Tue June 10, 2014

A Look At Sprint With Its CEO

Dan Hesse is the CEO of Sprint.
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When it comes to employment and industry, Sprint is a giant in Kansas City, but that status doesn’t come without some issues.

On Tuesday's Up to Date, Sprint CEO Dan Hesse joins us to talk about rumors of a potential merger with T-Mobile, what a recent quarterly report says about the company and what presses Hesse’s buttons when it comes to audio quality.

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Up to Date
10:41 am
Mon June 9, 2014

What To Watch For In The World Cup

Sporting KC player Chance Myers joins Steve Kraske in the studio.
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There will be crowds, cheering and that well-known cry of , "Futbol!" as the FIFA World Cup begins this week.

In the first part of Monday's Up to Date, we talk with Sporting KC's Chance Myers about what to expect from the competition and what U.S. team members-- and Sporting KC players-- Graham Zusi and Matt Besler might face.

Guest:

  • Chance Myers, Sporting KC
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Up to Date
10:04 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Delving Into Debate

Debate has become a popular competitive activity at high schools and colleges.
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High school debate competitions are about more than just arguing over one issue. Fierce rivalries on the floor become close friendships when the dust settles, and the skills kids are learning can propel them far beyond the local classroom.

In the second part of Monday's Up to Date, we talk about the relevance and benefits of participating in high school debate and speech and why it’s so popular with students.

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Up to Date
10:48 am
Fri June 6, 2014

What's Showing In Independent, Foreign & Documentary Film, June 6

The Polish film 'Ida' is on our critics' list this week.

Take a trip with a Polish nun in training, who finds out her family history isn't what she thought, and navigate the murky world of social media with an outspoken chef.

On Friday's Up to Date, the indie, foreign and documentary film critics join us to talk about what hot-- and what's not-- on your local silver screen.

This week, they discussed:

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Up To Date
8:52 am
Fri June 6, 2014

The Weekend To-Do List: June 6-8

Theatre in the Park presents "The Pirates of Penzance" at Shawnee Mission Park.
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If you're looking for a variety of entertainment this weekend, look no further than Brian McTavish's Weekend To-Do List for June 6-8.

Styx and Foreigner with Don Felder
Classic rock
7 p.m. Sunday
Starlight Theatre in Swope Park
Tickets: $20 to $127.50
(kcstarlight.com)

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Up To Date
3:22 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

The Impact Of EPA's Emissions Standards On Missouri And Kansas

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The Environmental Protection Agency just released its plan to reduce carbon pollution from power plants and that idea is generating some heat of its own. On Thursday's Up to Date, Steve Kraske and a panel examine what the EPA standards mean for Missouri and Kansas. Both states rely heavily on coal-powered energy and face the challenge of meeting the emission cuts in the time allowed.  We’ll also look at whether alternatives like wind and solar will be catapulted to the front of the line in area energy production.

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Up To Date
3:38 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

College Connections Center Works To Stop "Summer Melt"

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A new program in the metro is aimed at ensuring that graduating high school seniors intending to go to college don't become victims of "summer melt", the phenomenon where students set for college in the spring don't make it to campus in the fall.

The Kansas City Metro College Connections Center is designed to combat summer melt, an issue especially acute for low-income and first-generation college students.  Steve Kraske previews the new Center's goals with MCC-Penn Valley President Joe Seabrooks and KCUR reporter Elle Moxley.

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Up To Date
9:00 am
Wed June 4, 2014

The Lessons We Learn From Our Children

Author Jennifer Senior stops by 'Up to Date' to discuss her new book about how children influence their parents' lives.
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Parenting books often help new mothers and fathers to understand how they shape their children, but they rarely talk about how children shape their parents. 

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Up To Date
9:00 am
Tue June 3, 2014

The CIA From The Cold War To Today

Historian and author of "National Insecurity" Mel Goodman visits with Steve Kraske about the changing role of the CIA.
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Since its creation in the late 1940s, the CIA has changed from a relatively limited intelligence agency to a big player in America's military complex. 

On Tuesday's Up to Date, Steve Kraske sits down with ex-CIA analyst Mel Goodman to talk about the changing role of the CIA throughout history. We'll discuss how different presidents transformed the powers and operations of the agency during the Cold War, the War on Terror, and today.

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Up To Date
9:00 am
Tue June 3, 2014

America's Chronic Pain Problem

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If you’ve got a shooting pain in your back that won’t quit or nagging, achy knees, you might be one of millions of Americans who suffer from chronic pain.

On Tuesday's Up to Date, Steve Kraske sits down with Judy Foreman to discuss her new book, A Nation in Pain. We'll get to the bottom of why our society fails to fully treat nearly 100 million Americans who live with chronic pain.

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Up To Date
9:48 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Development On The Rise In Kansas City

Cerner is just one of the organizations expanding development in the Kansas City metro.
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Home construction skyrocketed 88% over last year's developments this April. In the second half of Monday's Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with Kansas City Star development reporter Kevin Collison about the jump in growth in the metro area.

We'll look at Cerner's expanded office campus where the Bannister Mall once stood, a new $50 million River Market apartment complex, and UMKC's site near the Kauffman Center for the Conservatory of Music.

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Up To Date
3:58 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Board Games In The Digital Age

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You’d think that the popularity of digital games like Angry Birds and Minecraft spells the end for the more traditional Monopoly and Risk but not so fast says one man. In this segment of Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with Eric Martin of BoardGameGeek for a look at how board games are faring in this digital age.

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Up to Date
9:00 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Kansas City Repertory Theatre Turns 50

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The Kansas City Repertory Theatre was founded in 1964 by Patricia McIlrath. The company has moved, the name has changed, and this non-profit theater group has expanded in the 50 years since.

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Up to Date
6:28 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

The Weekend To-Do List: May 30-June 1

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If you're looking for a variety of entertainment this weekend, look no further than Brian McTavish's Weekend To-Do List for May 30-June 1.

Cher (pop diva), D2K Tour 2014, 8:00 p.m. Saturday at the Sprint Center, 1407 Grand, Kansas City, MO

Tickets: $45.50 to $105.50

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