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
10:04 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Red Ink: The High Stakes Politics Of The Federal Budget

In Sunday's Kansas City Star, Up to Date host Steve Kraske wrote about "the fiscal cliff."

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Up to Date
5:30 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

DVD Gurus: Hammer Studios' Classic Horror

The Mummy
monstermemories.blogspot.com

Dracula bites and the Mummy rises as we comb through both frightening and corny moments from Hammer Studios’ horror archives.

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Up to Date
10:56 am
Wed October 10, 2012

KC's Music Scene Drives Filmmaker's Latest Effort

The sounds of Count Basie and Charlie Parker are part of Kansas City’s musical identity.

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Up to Date
10:49 am
Wed October 10, 2012

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt On Election & Economy

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri (R)

Missouri Senator Roy Blunt is traveling the state in this big election year, cheering on Republican Mitt Romney for President and working on cybersecurity.

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Up to Date
9:40 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Book Gives Close Look At McGovern-Eagleton Campaign

40 years ago this year, George McGovern , the Democratic nominee for president, made history by picking Missouri's Tom Eagleton as his vice-presidential running mate.

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Up to Date
7:39 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Life After Death: Former Death-Row Inmate Damien Echols

Damien Echols
Peter Ash Lee

In August 2011, Damien Echols was released after 18 years on Death Row.

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Up to Date
10:32 am
Mon October 8, 2012

Writer Thomas Kennedy On Cancer & Corporate Life

Thomas E. Kennedy

An American ex-pat writes satirically about corporate life in a Copenhagen office.

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Up to Date
10:21 am
Mon October 8, 2012

Tom & Harry: The Boss And The President

In two weeks, attorney and film maker Terence O'Malley will release his third Kansas City-centered documentary titled "Tom and Harry: The Boss and the President."

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Up to Date
5:24 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Kansas City, Overland Park Mayors Talk Regional Cooperation

Kansas City, Missouri Mayor Sly James

Kansas and Missouri say they’d like to work together, but they keep poaching each other’s businesses.

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Up to Date
11:52 am
Thu October 4, 2012

The Weekend To-Do List: October 4 - 7, 2012

The Beatles tribute band Abbey Road performs Friday at the Screenland Armour Theater

Looking for something to do for the weekend of October 4-7, 2012?  Brian McTavish has some great ideas as he returns with the Weekend To-Do List.

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Up to Date
5:59 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

The Kansas City Spirit

Spirit of Kansas City by Norman Rockwell and John Atherton

During its history, Kansas City has suffered from floods and other disasters. But each time it has been uplifted by ordinary and extraordinary people. 

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Up to Date
10:27 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Kansas City Chefs Create Culinary Treasures

The culinary staff from Room 39 prepares dinner at Powell Gardens' "Under the Harvest Moon" dinner on Sunday
Julie Denesha KCUR

So three absolutely amazing chefs were walking down the street one day when a man jumped out from behind a bush... and surprised them with a simple request:

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Up to Date
10:06 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Ayad Akhtar: American Dervish

Ayad Akhtar
ayadakhtar.com

A young Pakistani-American struggles to identify both as Muslim and American.

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Up to Date
9:59 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Kansas City's Dark Secrets

The dark streets of Kansas City hold many secrets.

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Up to Date
10:43 pm
Sun September 30, 2012

Up To Date Celebrates 10 Years On KCUR

Up to Date celebrates 10 years on KCUR

In 2002, KCUR management conceived of a new daily public affairs/news talk show. They hired newspaper political correspondent Steve Kraske to host the program and a KCUR staffer, Stephen Steigman, to produce it.

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Up to Date
5:29 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

What's Showing In Independent, Foreign & Documentary Film

A scene from "Gerhard Richter Painting." a documentary about one of the world's greatest artists. It's one of the films Up to Date's critics review on September 28.

Okay Up to Date listeners: crank up that brain for a look at films that force you to have a conversation after you’ve left the theater.

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Up to Date
11:43 am
Thu September 27, 2012

The Weekend To-Do List: September 27-30

Nick Lowe performs a solo show Thursday evening at Knuckleheads

Looking for something to do for the weekend of September 27-30? Brian McTavish has some great ideas as he returns with the Weekend To-Do List.

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Up To Date
6:00 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Understanding The Clintons

Perhaps the trajectory of the political lives of Bill and Hillary Clinton can be understood only through the prism of their personal relationship.

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Up To Date
2:18 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Update From Cass Co. Dairy Farmer Eric Neill

Frank Morris KCUR-FM

When we last spoke with dairy farmer Eric Neill, he was in the middle of trying to get his dairy cows through this summer's drought.

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Up To Date
10:42 am
Wed September 26, 2012

UMKC Innovation Center To Create Digital Sandbox

University of Missouri - Kansas City

The announcement was made last week: a UMKC-led consortium claimed a winning spot in the third round of the federal i6 Challenge.

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Up to Date
10:07 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

What's New In Kansas City-Area Business Development

What Cerner's new Kansas City, Kansas campus will look like when it's completed. The project is being fast-tracked.

Kevin Collison began his recent look at the impact that Tom McDonnell has had on Kansas City by saying, "If the 1930s was Tom’s Town, as in Pendergast, since the early 1990s it’s been Tom’s Town... as in McDonnell."

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Up to Date
10:08 pm
Sun September 23, 2012

The Political Pundits: Six Weeks & Counting

Which party's campaign workers will drink more coffee between now and November 6th?
PMAA

Many pundits and pollsters say that this year's Presidential race is already over: polls show Democratic President Barack Obama with a commanding lead over Republican challenger, Mitt Romney.

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Up to Date
9:39 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

The End Of Men

If there’s one thing the economic downturn has shown us, it’s the ability of women to adapt.

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Up to Date
12:01 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

The Future Of Bishop Robert Finn

Kansas City Bishop Robert Finn
kansascity.com

The Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph is still reeling from Bishop Robert Finn's conviction this month for failing to report child sexual abuse.

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Up to Date
9:56 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

The Obama White House & The Supreme Court

Barack Obama and John Roberts' first run-in came during the inauguration of the President, during which the Chief Justice flubbed the oath of office.

Of all the ideological battles being fought in this country, none will have more impact on its future than those being waged between the White House and the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Up To Date
6:00 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Making Divorce Better For Children

SteadyHealth.com

Even with rates falling, divorce is still a common occurrence in the United States, yet have we gotten any better at putting ourselves, and our children, through the process?

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Up to Date
3:44 pm
Sun September 16, 2012

Libraries Meeting Needs Of Diverse Communities

The 2nd National Joint Conference of Librarians of Color is being held this week in Kansas City, Missouri.
2nd National Joint Conference of Librarians of Color

Demographers predict that by the year 2050, African-Americans, Asian Pacific Islanders, Latino/Hispanics, and Native Americans will constitute the majority of Americans.

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Up To Date
2:36 pm
Sun September 16, 2012

KU Study: Role Of Rural Living In Obesity

The Land Report

A common picture of the country life includes living in open spaces and eating food fresh from the farm.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

DVD Gurus: The Bomb

Them! released in 1954 by Warner Bros. Pictures
Warner Bros. Pictures

The dawn of the atomic age reverberated throughout the world.  It even found its way to Hollywood.

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Up To Date
9:37 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Songs & Moments With Kevin Mahogany

Jazz artist Kevin Mahogany
kevinmahagony.com

In the second part of Thursday's Up to Date we take some time with jazz vocalist Kevin Mahogany.

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