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
12:00 pm
Sun July 7, 2013

Adopting A Furry Friend

This dog was rescued from an animal shelter.
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Buying a cat or dog from a store isn’t your only option—pet adoption is growing more popular. However, taking in a rescue animal does present challenges. 

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Up to Date
10:53 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Missouri Secretary Of State Advocates For Ethics Changes

Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander is the nation's youngest statewide elected official.
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The campaign money's flowing in Missouri. Or could you say "gushing?"

On Thursday June 27, Attorney General Chris Koster, an early favorite to become the next governor of Missouri, picked up $25,000 from a Kansas City law firm and $12,500 more from an eastern Missouri labor union.

The day before, state Auditor Tom Schweich picked up $10,000 from a St. Louis area business owner.

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Up to Date
10:14 am
Thu June 27, 2013

The Ethics Professors: Government & Privacy

The story of Edward Snowden conjures of images of Cold War politics, such as Spy vs. Spy.
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Should the government be able to access your telephone records? Are the actions of the NSA any worse than companies like Google that constantly mine our information? 

On Thursday's Up to Date, the Ethics Professors, Wayne Vaught and Clancy Martin, join Steve Kraske to discuss what boundaries the government has crossed and where to draw the line. They also explore the gray area of immigration reform.  

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

The Best Kansas City Music of 2013 - So Far

Local hip hop artist and rapper, Reach, performs on stage.
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Is your iTunes library lacking a local flare? From jazz acts to hip hop artists and everything in between, KCUR has its finger on the pulse of local music. 

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Vitamins: Helpful or Hurtful?

Steve Kraske talks with Dr. Jeannie Drisko about what vitamins are best for you.
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Bright labels make bold claims, "70 percent of your daily calcium" and "your daily dose of fruit and vegetables!" but how beneficial are these nutrient-packed pills to your overall health?

On Tuesday's Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with Dr. Jeannie Drisko about the pros and cons of vitamins to learn which ones to keep on the shelf and which ones to toss out.  Arwen Zigmond-McBroom, a supplement specialist at Nature's Own Health Food, also weighs in on the latest vitamin trends.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Why You're More Likely To Get A Ticket In Mission, Kan.

Mission Mayor Laura McConwell joins Steve Kraske to talk about the city's traffic ticket policies.
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  If you're driving through Mission, Kan., make sure that your seatbelt is fastened, you're not talking on your cell phone and you come to a complete stop. This suburb hands out more traffic tickets than they have residents. You've been warned. 

On Tuesday's Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with Mayor Laura McConwell about why the traffic ticket count is so high and why traffic enforcement is such a priority in the town. 

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Up to Date
10:52 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Farm Bill Failure May Mean Uncertainty For Farmers

Farmer subsidies are one of the items affected by problems passing a new farm bill.
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Congress did not pass the new version of the farm bill last week-- but what does that really mean for farmers?

In the first part of Monday's Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with Harvest Public Media's Peggy Lowe and Jeremy Bernfeld about how this bill's failure affects farmer subsidies and food assistance. We'll also look at what happens when the current farm bill expires.

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Up to Date
9:52 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Looking Back At Gettysburg

Allen Guelzo joins Steve Kraske to talk about Gettysburg on Up to Date.

It’s been 150 years since the muskets fired and men in both blue and gray fell to the ground at battleground in Pennsylvania. Gettysburg’s dubious distinction was to have the most casualties of any battle of the Civil War. 

On Monday's Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with Allen Guelzo, author of Gettysburg: The Last Invasion, about the politics and power plays that surrounded the famous battle.

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Up to Date
10:36 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Artistic Cars On Display At Kansas City Art Institute

A hood ornament from a 1935 Auburn Model 851, supercharged boattail speedster gleams in the early morning light at at the seventh annual Art of the Car Concours on the grounds of the Kansas City Art Institute.
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The Seventh Annual Art of the Car Concours showcases vintage and classic cars and gives visitors the chance to meet some of the men and women who raced them during the 1950s and ’60s.

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Up to Date
10:08 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Real Pirates Commandeer Kansas City's Union Station

Real Pirates will take over Union Station from June 22 to January 4, 2014.
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Blackbeard. Jack Sparrow. Captain Hook. We’ve seen the ships, peg legs, skulls and crossbones. They cross the turbulent high seas on the big screen, in books and in our imaginations. But who were pirates, really?

This Saturday, Union Station opens the doors to its “Real Pirates” exhibit. Local actors and actresses bring to life more than 200 artifacts unearthed from the Whydah , a slave ship hijacked by pirates that sunk during a violent storm in 1717. It’s the first real pirate ship to be found off the coast of the U.S.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Divided Opinions Dominate Immigration Talks

Thursday's Up to Date focuses on immigration.
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A new Kansas statute requires proof of citizenship before voting in an election for the first time. The controversial legislation has many people divided. 

 This hour, Kris Kobach, known for his influence on immigration law, and author Alvaro Vargas Llosa join Steve Kraske to discuss policy and reform.  

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Up To Date
6:00 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

One Plan To Combat Poverty In The Kansas City Area

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A new campaign vows to cut the number of families living in poverty by half in the next 10 years.

On Wednesday's Up to Date, Erik Stegman, manager of American Progess' Half in Ten,  tells how this new plan is not only possible, but necessary.

Valorie Carson, community planning director of United Community Services of Johnson County, joins the discussion. 

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Betty Ford: A FLOTUS With Power

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Known for her advocacy of the Equal Rights Amendment, Betty Ford often spoke her mind freely, despite the fact that her political beliefs did not always align with her husband's.

On Wednesday's Up to Date, author John Robert Greene, author of Betty Ford: Candor and Courage in the White House, takes a deeper look at this controversial woman who remains one of history's most outspoken and influential first ladies.

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Up to Date
10:54 am
Tue June 18, 2013

Changing The Charter To Alter KC's Course

Kansas City, Mo., may change its charter.
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The first Kansas City charter passed more than 90 years ago. Now, it might be time to change the rules.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Looking At The Larger Context of MLK's 'Mountaintop'

Martin Luther King, Jr., speaks at a 1962 rally.
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Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "Mountaintop" speech from Memphis is famous for its ending and because he was assassinated the next day. However, much of the speech doesn't receive a lot of attention today. 
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Up to Date
12:00 pm
Sun June 16, 2013

Moving Back In With The 'Rents

Dr. Wes Crenshaw offers advice on the boomerang generation on Up to Date.
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You walk across the stage, accept your college diploma… then head back to your apartment to pack up to move back in with your parents.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Superman: Flying High At 75

"Superman: The High-Flying History of America's Most Enduring Hero" by Larry Tye
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He is the original superhero of modern times and this year fans around the world celebrate the 75th birthday of Superman.

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Up To Date
6:00 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Hot Summer Reads From Steve's Bookshelf

American history is the theme of the first of our recurring series, Steve's Bookshelf.

The hot weather is out in full force this week, and Up To Date host Steve Kraske has a few good reads to crack open in the shade.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Roshann Parris: A Local Mover And Shaker

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After 25 years heading her own public relations firm, Roshann Parris knows her way around the business world.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Trekking The Trails

Christine Byl, author of Dirt Work, has worked in Glacier National Park, Denali National Park and Prince William Sound.

Building bridges, swinging an axe and living in a yurt are all part of normal life for a trail worker at Glacier National Park.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

The 2012 Election: An Epic Battle

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Victories for the Republican Party in the 2010 midterm elections seemed to block President Obama at every turn and the GOP appeared to have a clear shot at controlling all three branches of government.

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Up To Date
12:00 pm
Sun June 9, 2013

Embracing Anger To Be Happier

Harriet Lerner's book, The Dance of Anger
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Have you ever felt so angry that steam could be pouring out your ears? 

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

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

A family man has a dark side… as a Mafia hitman, and one actress turns the camera on her own family as she searches for her biological father. 

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Balancing Life With Yoga

Breathing correctly is an important part of yoga, according to Max Strom.
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Breathe in, breathe out. It's a common exercise in yoga, and one yoga master is trying to spread the word.

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Up To Date
6:00 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Behind The Scenes At Harvesters

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To feed more than 66,000 people every week Harvesters needs an advanced and organized warehouse operation to collect and distribute all this food to over 26 counties.

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Up To Date
6:00 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

An Unconventional First Lady

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Thomas Jefferson's eldest and favorite daughter, Martha Jefferson Randolph, would often assume the role of First Lady after her mother died.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

ExxonMobil: From PR Disaster To Global Player

Steve Coll's 'Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power' wins the 2012 Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year.
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The images of oil-coated animals on the beach after the Exxon Valdez oil spill rallied environmentalists, but the company has made quite the recovery since then.

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Up To Date
6:00 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Kansas City Royals: Rocketing Start To Steep Decline

Pitcher James Shields high-fives third baseman Mike Moustakas after the Royals' win over at their home opener in April.
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How can a team that began the season so brilliantly currently be in the basement?

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Up to Date
11:04 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Kansas Legislature Finishes In Overtime

The Kansas Legislature passed its budget and tax plan Sunday morning.
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The Kansas Legislature finished its overrunning session in the early hours of June 2, passing its budget and tax plans.

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Up to Date
12:00 pm
Sun June 2, 2013

Getting Comfort From Animals

Some young girls interact with a comfort dog from Lutheran Church Charities after the tornado in Moore, Okla.
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Your pet always seems to know when you’re upset, and maybe you’ve noticed that cuddling with Fido or Fluffy makes you feel calmer

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