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
6:00 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Accepting A Twin's Death

Her by Christa Parravani

After the untimely death of a loved one, people often find themselves with more questions than answers.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

What A Country For Yakov Smirnoff

Yakov Smirnoff
yakov.com

When he came to America in 1977, Yakov Smirnoff was already a comedian, but it was his fresh off the boat Cold War comedy style that got him noticed by the entertainment industry.

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Up to Date
12:06 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Adventuring In The Dark

Tom Sullivan

Tom Sullivan can hear is the sound of snowflakes falling, even though he can't see the white blanket they form over the land.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

'Who Stole The American Dream?'

Random House

In this country it was long believed that if you worked hard then you could share in the prosperity this land had to offer.  So – who stole the American Dream?

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Up To Date
6:00 pm
Sun March 10, 2013

From Steam To Diesel To . . . Natural Gas?

A recreated UP # 119 steam locomotive at the Golden Spike Historic Site in Utah
en.wikipedia.org

In the history of the locomotive, natural gas may prove to be as game-changing to the railroad industry in this century as diesel was in the last.  

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Sun March 10, 2013

Effects Of An Extended Drought

The harvest of a drought-stricken Kansas cornfield in 2012.
Crazybananas Flickr.com - CC

Recent snowfalls brought much needed moisture to our region.  Even so, the drought of last year has not been broken.  Should it continue for months ... or even years ... what are the potential long-term effects?

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Up To Date
5:08 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

What's Showing In Independent, Foreign & Documentary Film

If one thing stood out in 2012 filmmaking, it was the documentary.

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Up To Date
6:00 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Lawyers, Lawmen & Outlaws: The Irish In KC

Jackson County political boss Tom Pendergast
University of Missouri - Kansas City

The Irish played a crucial role in the development of Kansas City.  While their labor helped to literally build the city, their community found members on both sides of the law.

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Up To Date
6:00 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Beyond the Gowns: Carl Cannon On Michelle Obama

First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama
www.whitehouse.gov

By her own admission, Michelle Obama is first and foremost a mother.  However, as the first African-American First Lady of the United States, history is sure to see her as more, advocate and champion included.

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Up To Date
11:29 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Richard Ford Takes Us North Of The Border

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Ford

"First, I'll tell about the robbery our parents committed. Then the murders, which happened later."  With these words Richard Ford begins his latest novel, Canada.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Fixing The Food Waste Problem

Leftovers
bcmom

Your mother said the leftovers you threw out in your house could feed a small country… but was she really close to the truth?

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Good Samaritans Found In A War Zone

The Gospel of Rutba: War, Peace, and the Good Samaritan Story in Iraq

When three Americans found themselves caught up in the 2003 invasion of Iraq, they found sanctuary with the local Muslim community of Rutba, which sheltered them, despite their religious differences.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

New Regulations Change Access To Research

Scientific lab
Goldmund100

Due to a new White House directive, results from federally-funded research will be easier to access publicly.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Local Music Critics Pick KC's Best

Eddie Moore and the Outer Circle
facebook.com

Do you like to rock it out with an indie band… or sit back and absorb some Turkish jazz?

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Looking Back At The March On Washington

March on Washington
U.S. Information Agency Press and Publications Service

One of the most iconic moments of the Civil Rights Movement was Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, which took place during the 1963 March on Washington.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

DVD Gurus: When The Oscars Got It Wrong

Around the World in 80 Days

Did the film Fargo receive the cold shoulder at Oscar time?? Did Forrest Gump deserve a smaller box of chocolates from the Academy?


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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Hacking To Innovate

Felipe Micaroni Lalli

Most of the time, hacking isn't the first word you want to hear coupled with technology. At Hackovate, a legion of computer-savvy gurus are using their powers for good.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Snow Affects Elections, Area Recreation

Beth Lipoff

Whether you're lining up to vote or hitting the slopes, the snow will affect your day Tuesday.

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Up To Date
6:00 pm
Sun February 24, 2013

Going To Great Depths For National Geographic

Brian Skerry

Brian Skerry was inspired by National Geographic at a young age but it took several decades for this underwater photographer to land his dream job.

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Up to Date
11:35 am
Fri February 22, 2013

'Doonesbury' Creator Garry Trudeau

In 2010, Garry Trudeau released "40: A Doonesbury Retrospective."

The comic strip Doonesbury has tackled some important social and political issues over the years. Garry Trudeau became the first comic strip artist to win a Pulitzer Prize, and was a finalist for the prize three subsequent times, including in 2004 and 2005, when his strip addressed the Iraq War. His storylines have centered around the military's "don't ask don't tell" policy, unfound weapons of mass destruction, and U.S. Presidents.

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Weather
1:41 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Snow Day! An Update From Kansas City Officials

Up to Date senior producer (right) Stephen Steigman helps get show host Steve Kraske (behind wheel) unstuck and into the parking lot at KCUR.
Credit Frank Morris / KCUR

You know it's bad when the host of Up to Date needs a push into the parking lot at KCUR.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

How The Civil Rights Movement Evolved

The King Years: Historic Moments in the Civil Rights Movement

What started as a few protests and sit-ins evolved into the Civil Rights movement, but how did that happen?

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90-Mile View
10:05 am
Wed February 20, 2013

90-Mile View: Patricia Porsche

rDanie Alexande KCUR-FM

The last time Patricia Porsche was with us we learned why she became homeless by choice.  When we left off Trish had just worked her way back to being employed and out of a women's shelter.  Today we hear the rest of her story.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Veterinarian Wayne Hunthausen On Pets & Winter Weather

A cat walks in the snow.
Nicola Centenaro

Are you turning up the heat in anticipation of that winter storm? Do you have a plan for how to protect your pets from the icy winds?

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Up to Date
9:47 am
Tue February 19, 2013

A New Era Of Blood Donation

A student participates in a blood drive.
Beth Lipoff

We've all heard appeals to donate blood, but how have new advances in hematology changed the landscape? Is blood needed as much now as it was a decade ago?

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Up to Date
10:39 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

George Washington And His Contradictions

An Imperfect God: George Washington, His Slaves, and the Creation of America

George Washington was all about freedom, so why did he own slaves?

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Up to Date
9:12 pm
Sun February 17, 2013

Candidates Seek Kansas City, Kansas Top Post

In 1997, voters consolidated the governments of Kansas City, Kansas and Wyandotte County into one jurisdiction

When Joe Reardon said he was stepping down as mayor of Kansas City, Kan. and CEO of Wyandotte County, it surprised many.

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Up to Date
7:20 am
Fri February 15, 2013

How Music Affected World War I

Sheet music for "When the War Is Over"

All wasn't quiet on the homefront during World War I.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Former Senator Looks Back At Life In The Center

Ben Nelson

In a country that's increasingly partisan, sometimes it's the centrist who's got a unique point of view.

On Friday's Up to Date, we'll talk with former U.S. Sen. Ben Nelson, a Democrat who spent his time in national government as a swing voter in the center.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Parents, Teens & Dating

Teen dating
Courtney Carmody

Love is in the air… and maybe striking some terror in the hearts of parents.

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