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
6:28 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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Up To Date
1:18 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Meet Three Outstanding Law Enforcement Canines

ATF explosives detection canine, Roxi.

Law enforcement dogs these days can do some incredible things: sniffing out the chemicals used to start an arson fire, getting illegal drugs off our streets, or finding evidence in shootings and explosives investigations.

On this edition of Up to Date, host Steve Kraske meets three law enforcement dogs, and their handlers, to find out what it takes for a dog to become a key part of a law enforcement team.

Roxi 

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Up To Date
2:40 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

How Spring Is Shaping Up For Area Gardens And Trees

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Spring is the season of possibility and hope. Just ask any gardener. Seeds go in the ground, are lovingly tended and then . . .  Mother Nature steps in. On Wednesday's Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with two experts to get some advice for your gardens and trees.

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12:24 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Inside The Creative Mind of William Joyce

William Joyce has captivated young audiences and their parents with his whimsical and imaginative characters in film, TV, and in books.  The creator of Rolie Polie Olie and The Guardians of Childhood has a new book and film, The Numberlys.  Joyce talks with Steve Kraske about what inspires the characters he creates.

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Up To Date
5:37 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Northland Symphony Orchestra's Got Game ... And Film Scores

Video game sound has evolved from the simple electronic theme music of Super Mario Bros. to the lush orchestral arrangements that accompany gamers' top choices today.  Recognizing the popularity of these games has inspired the musical selections for an upcoming concert by the Northland Symphony Orchestra.

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Up To Date
5:06 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Issac Burns Murphy "The Prince of Jockeys"

Pellom McDaniels III is author of the book The Prince of Jockeys: The Life of Isaac Burns Murphy

After nearly 120 years, jockey Issac Burns Murphy's winning record is still the highest in American horse racing history.  Though he won three Kentucky Derbies and set numerous records throughout his career, Murphy had to deal with the harsh reality of being black in the still deeply segregated South.

On this edition of Up to Date Pellom McDaniels III talks with Steve Kraske about his new biography of "The Prince of Jockeys" whose life and career spanned the Civil War, Reconstruction, and Jim Crow.

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Up To Date
11:44 am
Fri May 23, 2014

The Best Travel Apps For Your Summer Excursions

No matter where we go, our smartphones are a constant presence. Steve Kraske gets some good travel app recommendations on Friday's 'Up to Date.'
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The summer months are fast approaching, which means summer vacations are too. Whether you're taking a day trip or an international excursion, travel apps can take some of the burdens of planning, booking, even packing, off your shoulders.

In the first half of Friday's Up to Date, guest Dustin Jacobsen joins Steve Kraske with his recommendations for travel apps to help with everything from currency conversion to finding good hotel deals.

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Up To Date
11:19 am
Fri May 23, 2014

The Real Life 'Jerry Maguire'

Sports agent Leigh Steinberg joins 'Up to Date' host Steve Kraske to talk about his new memoir.
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For most of his 40-year career, sports representative Leigh Steinberg was on top. The inspiration for the film Jerry Maguire, Steinberg negotiated multi-million dollar contracts for some of the biggest names in sports: Lennox Lewis, Steve Young, and Troy Aikman just to name a few.

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Up To Date
11:35 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Former Royal Jason Kendall's Baseball Wisdom

Former Royal and All-Star catcher Jason Kendall joins Steve Kraske on Thursday's 'Up to Date.'
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There are secret rules and pieces of wisdom that most baseball fans don't even know exist. For example, don't ever look an umpire in the eye when you're arguing with him. 

On Thursday's Up to Date, Steve Kraske sits down with former Royal and All-Star catcher Jason Kendall and sportswriter Lee Judge to discuss Kendall's new memoir of baseball wisdom, Throwback

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Up To Date
11:23 am
Thu May 22, 2014

The Weekend To-Do List: May 23-25

At 87, Tony Bennett is still performing regularly. He's part of the 'Weekend To-Do List' for May 23-25.
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If you're looking for good music this weekend, look no further than Brian McTavish's Weekend To-Do List for May 23-25.

Tony Bennett (pop music legend), 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway, Kansas City, Mo. Tickets: $70 to $150.

Westport Roots Festival (Billy Joe Shaver and 25 bands), Saturday, indoor music at noon, outdoor at 2 p.m. at the Westport Saloon, 4112 Pennsylvania, Kansas City, Mo. Tickets: $28.

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Up To Date
1:47 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Summer Reading Recommendations For Kids & Teens

'The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing' is one of Debbie McLeod's picks for kids who need a good book this summer.
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From haunted hotels, to the real life story of Nazi hunters in Argentina, these summer reading picks are sure to get your young ones' imaginations churning.

On Wednesday's Up to Date, Johnson County librarians Kate McNair and Dennis Ross, and retired librarian Debbie McLeod bring their recommendations to keep kids and teens occupied during the dog days of summer. 

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Up To Date
4:53 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Why Did The Turtle Cross The Road?

The box turtle is making its way across Missouri in search of love. The problem? It's trying to cross the road, and it's not all-too speedy.
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It’s that time of year when turtles become easy targets on Missouri and Kansas highways.

Turns out that male box turtles don’t know any better. They’re just out looking for mates, and that journey has them crossing busy highways where too often they become road kill.

In the final portion of Tuesday's Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with a biologist from the Missouri Department of Conservation about those all too vulnerable turtles.

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Up To Date
10:35 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Clay County Measles Cases Spark Immunization Concerns

'Up to Date' host Steve Kraske sits down with a panel of experts to talk about the recent Clay County measles cases and immunization.
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A small outbreak of measles stemming from a Clay County family has some area doctors worried that more may catch the illness. After traveling abroad to the Pacific Rim, an infant who wasn't immunized to the disease was diagnosed and spread it to two family members last week.

In the first segment of Tuesday's Up to Date, Steve Kraske sits down with a panel of experts to discuss the recent measles cases and the cultural struggles surrounding immunization in the United States.

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Up To Date
11:31 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Kansas & Missouri Legislatures End 2014 Sessions

On Monday's 'Up to Date' Steve Kraske sits down with members of the Missouri and Kansas legislatures to review the 2014 sessions.
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So far 2014 has been a banner year for the GOP in both Missouri and Kansas. The Missouri General Assembly passed a major tax cut and expanded gun holders' rights despite opposition from state Democrats.

Meanwhile, the Kansas legislature increased public school spending to the tune of $129 million. 

On Monday's Up to Date, Steve Kraske sits down with lawmakers from both states to discuss what they did, and didn't do, during the 2014 legislative sessions. 

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Up to Date
4:02 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Cindy Hoedel On Life In Matfield Green, Kansas

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When you live in a town with fewer than 60 residents well, let's just say, there must be something special about it to make you give up the city life.  

Cindy Hoedel did just that when she moved from Kansas City to Chase County, Kansas.  On this edition of Up to Date, Hoedel affirms that the attraction that brought her to the Flint Hills hasn't waned.  Steve Kraske and Hoedel discuss the differences she's experienced between city and country life, what it's like being a former urbanite among native-born rural residents and  how her straw bale gardening is progressing.

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Up To Date
3:55 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Be Prepared For Travel Abroad

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Many college students often spend a summer abroad for additional course credit or just to see a bit of the world. In the second portion of Friday's Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with a member of the State Department for some advice that could make their, or anyone's, time away from home as safe as possible.

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  • Viktoria Lopatkiewicz is a Division Chief in the Office of American Citizen Services for the U.S. Department of State.

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Up To Date
3:21 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Local Listen: Bassist Dominique Sanders

Bassist Dominique Sanders

Although he's in his early twenties, bassist Dominique Sanders is already a fixture in Kansas City's most prestigious jazz clubs.    Tivon Pennicott, a New York-based saxophonist best known for his work with the Grammy-winning star Esperanza Spalding, will join Sanders' trio at three area venues next week.  Sanders and Pennicott will explore the intersection of jazz and R&B at Broadway Jazz Club, the Blue Room and Take Five Coffee.

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Up To Date
11:01 am
Thu May 15, 2014

The Weekend To-Do List: May 16-18

Cirque du Soleil is just one of the attractions on the 'Weekend To-Do List' for May 16-18.
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Looking for something to spice up your weekend? Check out Brian McTavish's Weekend To-Do List for May 16-18.

Johnny Rivers (Rock 'n' Roll), 8:30 p.m. Friday at Knuckleheads Saloon, 2715 Rochester, Kansas City, Mo. Tickets: $38.50

The 5 Browns (Five-piano-playing family), 8 p.m. at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway, Kansas City, Mo. Tickets: $29 to $49

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Up To Date
10:36 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Fighting Off Allergies

Pollen is just one of the perpetrators of seasonal allergies, as 'Up to Date' host Steve Kraske well knows.
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There's one topic that keeps on giving year after year: allergies. From seasonal, to year-round, gluten to peanuts, allergies affect over 65 million people in the United States alone.

In the first segment of Thursday's Up to Date, Steve Kraske discusses all things mold, pollen, and food protein with Dr. Jay Portnoy​, who heads the allergy and asthma department at Children's Mercy Hospital.

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Up To Date
10:25 am
Thu May 15, 2014

A Closer Look At The Cultural Divides In The Ozarks

A billboard in Harrison, Ark. shows just how ingrained white supremacy is in the Ozarks.
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In many ways, the Ozarks are trying to catch up to modern American culture while still retaining old values. The "code of the hills" still keeps the region mostly white, and it has long been a haven for supremacists.

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Up To Date
11:04 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Online University Offers Missourians An Alternate Route To Degrees

Host Steve Kraske sits down with the chancellor and an alum of the Western Governors University, an online university dedicated to affordable higher education.
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Last year, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signed a new partnership between the state of Missouri and nationally recognized, non-profit Western Governors University.  The idea: help thousands of the 750,000 Missourians with some higher education obtain an affordable college degree.  And affordable it is at just under $3,000 a semester.

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Up To Date
10:59 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Kansas City's 'Cowtown' Heritage

Local food critic Charles Ferruzza dives into the 'meat and potato past' of Kansas City's stockyards and steakhouses.
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Kansas City used to be the place, "where the steak is born." Now it's known more for barbecue than steaks and stockyards.

On the first half of Wednesday's Up to Date, host Steve Kraske sits down with local food critic Charles Ferruzza to dive into Kansas City's carnivorous past. 

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  • Charles Ferruzza​, food critic.
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Up to Date
9:00 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Political Pundits: Sizing Up Missouri And Kansas Issues

Missouri Gov. Jay NIxon has faced strong opposition from state lawmakers.
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An FBI investigation is looming over former aides to Gov. Sam Brownback. In Missouri, Gov. Jay Nixon has seen his veto overridden by state legislators, and a new poll shows President Obama is gaining some ground with the public on the Affordable Care Act.

On Tuesday's Up to Date, our political pundits dig into these meaty issues and more as we look at the controversies and compromises heating up Topeka, Jefferson City and Washington.

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Up to Date
9:00 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Parents, Teens And Attention Deficit Disorder

Dr. Wes Crenshaw joins Steve Kraske to talk about ADD and ADHD.

The terms ADD and ADHD have become common parlance as more and more kids get diagnosed with these attention disorders. But what’s the difference between your average squirmy kid and one who needs treatment?

On Monday's Up to Date, we talk with psychologist Wes Crenshaw and a few local teens about how kids are diagnosed and whether doctors are over-diagnosing when it comes to these conditions. We also take a look at how to get the right treatments and what a difference that can make.

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

Wining And Dining, For Charity

We're talking about charity wine and food tastings on Friday's Up to Date.
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How much would you pay for a charity wine tasting? $50? What about $50,000? Depending on the event, it can be a pricey prospect.

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

Finding Fresh Products In The Farmers' Market

Eighteen-year-old Michelle Sullivan helps a customer at her family's fresh vegetable and flower stall.
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It's the season for farm-fresh local produce, and one of the popular spots in the Kansas City metro area is the Overland Park Farmers' Market.

On Friday's Up to Date, we take a trip to that market and talk with vendors ages 18 to 80 about what they’re selling and why they’ve chosen this particular spot to sell their wares.

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Up to Date
11:45 am
Thu May 8, 2014

The Weekend To-Do List: May 9-11

Art like this work by John Picacio will be on display at Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 3.
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Want to shake up your weekend? Brian McTavish knows what to do. Check out his Weekend To-Do List for May 9-11.

The Blasters (Rock), 9 p.m. Friday at Knuckleheads Saloon, 2715 Rochester, Kansas City, Mo. Tickets: $20

Lisa Lampanelli: The Leaner Meaner Tour (Stand-up comedy from the “female Don Rickles”), 8 p.m. Friday at The Midland, 1228 Main, Kansas City, Mo. Tickets: $51.50, $61.50

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Up to Date
9:00 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Navigating Without A Technical Crutch

John Huth is the author of 'The Lost Art of Finding Our Way.'

When you get in your car, do you turn on your GPS? What would you do if it didn’t work?

On Wednesday's Up to Date, we take a look at the lost art of navigating, based on experience and innate directional sense, and not blindly following Siri’s instructions as you turn each corner.

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Up to Date
10:49 am
Wed May 7, 2014

KCI: Looking Behind The Single Terminal Recommendation

The official recommendation from Mayor Sly James' task force is to build a new single terminal at KCI.
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Moving one step closer to a final resolution on Kansas City International Airport's future, Mayor Sly James' task force recommended a new single terminal Wednesday morning.

On Wednesday's Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with the co-chairs of that advisory panel about why it recommended this option, which has encountered fierce opposition in the Kansas City metro area.

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Up to Date
10:32 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Recovering From A False Rape Accusation

Football player Brian Banks went to prison for a rape, but new evidence exonerated him of the crime.
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Back in 2002, Brian Banks was getting closer to his dream of playing for the NFL. Pegged for a scholarship to play for USC, Banks’ future was promising until he was accused of rape and sentenced to five years in prison.

On Wednesday's Up to Date, we sit down with Banks to discuss his sentence, which was overturned when it came to light that his accuser had lied to reap settlement money. We'll also discuss his return to football nearly 11 years later.

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