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
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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Up to Date
10:58 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Reacting To The State Of The Union Address

President Barack Obama delivering the 2012 State of the Union
The White House

In last night's State of the Union address, Pres. Obama addressed the federal minimum wage, economic growth and tax policy as well as action on gun control, among other things.

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Up to Date
10:34 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Film Traces Career Of KC Musician

Virgil Thomson

He tickled the ivories from Kansas City to Paris in the 1920s. Now, a new documentary is chronicling organist Virgil Thomson’s journey from movie theater musician to trailblazer of the American style of music composition.

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

Studying The Founding Fathers

Richard Norton Smith

When it comes to the first presidents, everyone knows George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, but what about John Adams?

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Constructing A Remarkable Relationship

Psychologist Harriet Lerner

When a couple is together for the long haul, sometimes a set of guidelines helps keep the harmony in the matrimony.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

What's Showing In Independent, Foreign & Documentary Film

Stand Up Guys

A group of aging criminals try to recapture their youth, an anti-anxiety medicine turns people homicidal and a couple deals with a tragic accident.

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Up to Date
9:58 am
Thu February 7, 2013

The Book Doctors: Love, Ghosts, Prostitutes & Politics

Live by Night by Dennis Lehane

Cruise the back alleys of prohibition-era Boston, hide from a convict with a suburban madam and sail through Scandinavia with a crew of medieval Norwegians.

They're all the subjects of great reading from Up to Date's Book Doctors. 

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90-Mile View
9:44 am
Wed February 6, 2013

90-Mile View: Patricia Porsche

Being raised to be self-sufficient, gaining the rank of Sergeant during six years of military service and maintaining employment as an experienced office worker doesn't add up to homelessness for most of us.  Before 2007 Patricia Porsche probably would have agreed with you.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Women's Experiences In The Military

Undaunted: The Real Story of America's Servicewomen in Today's Military

Although they’ve just recently been allowed in combat, women in the military have long faced a host of challenges, both on the battlefield and at home.

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Up to Date
10:50 am
Tue February 5, 2013

A Rival Who Became 'Indispensable'

Seward: Lincoln's Indispensable Man

William Seward may be famous for his "folly" of purchasing Alaska for the United States, but he also led the team of rivals Pres. Abraham Lincoln assembled to guide him in his administration.

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

Behind The Lens In The Middle East

Shooting Under Fire: Israeli soldier standing near a mobile artillery unit as it fires a shell from Zaura, Israel. 2006
Gil Cohen-Magen

It’s one thing to open up Time magazine and flip through the pages, briefly noticing the images from the latest Middle East conflict. It’s quite another to stand behind the camera.

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Books
10:01 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Looking Back At An American Sniper

Last February, Steve Kraske spoke with former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle about his book, American Sniper. Kyle is credited with more than 150 kills, but by his own account, he's killed closer to 250 people.

Chris Kyle had taken to assisting former soldiers deal with post-traumatic stress disorder by taking them to gun ranges. On Saturday, Kyle and a friend were killed at a gun range in Glen Rose, Texas by a man Kyle had been helping. 

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

Remembering Adele Hall

Courtesy: Hallmark Card, Inc.

This past weekend, hundreds of Kansas Citians paid their respects to the family of community leader Adele Hall, who died January 26 at age 81.

On Monday's Up to Date, we'll be talking about memories of Adele Hall and speaking with people whose lives were affected by her work in the community.

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Up to Date
9:43 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Shaping The Corporate Landscape With Conscious Capitalism

Raj Sisodia

It's the new buzzword phrase, but just what is conscious capitalism?

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Up to Date
5:00 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Mesmerized By 25 Years Of Paul Mesner Puppets

Backstage on the set of "Martha Speaks" puppeteer Mike Horner operates the puppet Helen. When Martha the dog finds her voice adventure ensues. In its 25th season, Paul Mesner Puppets features seven different performances for children.
Julie Denesha KCUR

At a recent Paul Mesner Puppets performance of "Martha Speaks" (based on the book by by Susan Meddaugh), puppeteers Mike Horner, Erika Baker, and Finoula Emmons worked their magic behind the scenes.  Operating multiple puppets from below the stage, the three brought to life the story of a dog who let a bowl of alphabet soup go to her head.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Ambassador Talks African Economy Emergence

Ambassador Terence McCulley
usembassy.gov

The global economy isn’t just about trading with China, India and European countries-- Africa is making an impact as well.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Gas & Oil Exploration In Kansas

Gas-drilling rig
David R. Tribble

PLEASE NOTE: This show was recorded on January 14.

The oil and gas industry is seeing a slew of booms all over the country—in North Dakota, Texas, and now in southern Kansas. The key: How much can be retrieved from something called the Mississippi Line Formation in south-central Kansas.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

New Session, Old Issues In Missouri

The Missouri Capitol Building in Jefferson City

With the new year comes a new session for Missouri lawmakers in Jefferson City.

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Up to Date
10:27 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Health Care Foundation President Steve Roling

Steve Rolling, President & CEO of the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City

Steve Roling is stepping down from the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City. He's led the foundation since it was created in 2002

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Up to Date
9:29 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Training Women Leaders In Politics

Campaign 101

As the number of female elected officials has steadily increased, so has the interest in training women to follow in their footsteps.

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Up to Date
10:18 am
Fri January 25, 2013

From Poetry To History

Needle in the Bone by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg

It's not often a state poet laureate turns her pen to write a non-fiction tale, but Kansas Poet Laureate Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg has done just that.

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Up to Date
10:03 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Where The Blues Lives In KC's East Bottoms

Knuckleheads
Joe Smith

It's the place where performers as diverse as Nick Low, Merle Hagard and Carrie Rodriguez play when they hit town.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

A Text A Day Keeps The Doctor....In Touch?

Pediatrician Natasha Burgert
kckidsdoc.com

It’s easy to go online and try to diagnose yourself when you're sick, but what do doctors think about that?

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Up to Date
11:54 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Kansas Officials Find Creative Interpretations Of Laws

Kansas capitol building in Topeka, Kan.

Lawmakers and officials in Kansas seem to be unclear on what some of the laws on that state's books actually mean.

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