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
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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Up To Date
8:39 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Living The Artist's Life

Hillstead Publishing

It's one thing to create art and quite another to make a living as an artist.  After all, the phrase "starving artist" exists for a reason.

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Up To Date
11:01 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Writing 'Paterno'

Simon & Schuster

For a sportswriter like Joe Posnanski it had to be a dream come true: unprecedented access to the most revered figure in college football, Joe Paterno. 

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Up To Date
6:00 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

What It Takes To Win And Hold The White House

"The Candidate: What It Takes to Win and Hold the White House" by Samuel L.Popkin
Oxford University Press

No matter how charismatic a candidate may be, it's not the individual who wins the Presidency, it's the team around him or her.

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Up To Date
9:59 pm
Sun September 9, 2012

Decoding Political Rhetoric

Mitt Romney(l) and Barack Obama(r)
AP Photos

If you watched the political conventions of the past two weeks, did you find yourself nodding in agreement or shaking your head in disbelief during the many speeches given? 

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Up to Date
1:40 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Ai Weiwei Director Alison Klayman

Alison Klayman

The documentary Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry tells the story of China's greatest contemporary artist who is also one of his country's most passionate dissidents.

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Up to Date
12:51 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Up to Date's Indie, Foreign, and Documentary Critics' "Three to See"

Still from Ruby Sparks

Looking for a great independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of August 24-26, 2012? Up to Date's critics share their three favorite showing on area screens.

Cynthia Haines: Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, Queen of Versailles, Ruby Sparks

Steve WalkerMoonrise Kingdom, Queen of Versailles, Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, Ruby Sparks

Up To Date
2:36 am
Fri August 24, 2012

What's Showing In Art, Independent, Foreign And Documentary Film

David and Jackie Siegel, the subjects of the documentary "The Queen of Versailles".
Coourtesy of Magnolia Pictures

A dream house, the perfect woman, and one of our greatest singer-songwriters are among the topics of the films being reviewed today. 

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Up To Date
12:41 am
Thu August 23, 2012

Ethics And Politics: Can We Have Both?

Mark Lynch on toonpool

Mention "ethics" and "politics" in the same statement and wait for the eye-rolls and derisive snorts to start.

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Up To Date
6:00 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

'Jeannie Out Of The Bottle'

barbaraeden.com

You may know her best for her starring role in I Dream of Jeannie, but Barbara Eden has been a working actor and entertainer for more than six decades.

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Up To Date
12:42 am
Tue August 21, 2012

Rep. Todd Akin Under Pressure To Drop Out

The Jaco Report Fox 2 St. Louis

Amid a firestorm of criticism for his remarks about rape, Missouri Congressman Todd Akin refuses to withdraw from the race for U.S. Senator.  

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Up To Date
12:21 am
Tue August 21, 2012

Update On Kansas City Public Schools

Kansas City Public Schools

Missouri's  annual report for school districts came out last week and for the first time in a long time the news for Kansas City wasn't all bad.  In fact, there's been some improvement.

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Up To Date
2:21 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Politicians Passing As One Of Us

Pres. Barack Obama enjoys a beer at the Iowa State Fair.
Carolyn Kaster A/P

With the upcoming political conventions, candidates are banking not only on their platforms to win over voters, but on their personalities. 

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Up To Date
2:02 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

US Rep. Kevin Yoder Responds To FBI Investigaton Of Israeli Trip

Kevin Yoder fields questions from reporters at KCUR studios.
Frank Morris KCUR

The news is out that during a trip to Israel in 2011, Kansas Congressman Kevin Yoder joined a group of  Republican lawmakers for a quick dip into the Sea of Galilee.  

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Up to Date
11:33 am
Fri August 17, 2012

Bye, Mom. Bye, Dad. The Kids Go To College

Nic (Annette Bening) and Jules (Julianne Moore) send their daughter, Joni (Mia Wasikow) off to college in "The Kids Are All Right"

After 18 years of nurturing, many parents are taking their kids to college for the first time.

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Up to Date
10:04 am
Fri August 17, 2012

Wake Up, Kids! Children, Sleep, & School

Is your teen falling asleep in class? Chances are they're not getting enough rest at home.
blog.timesunion.com

What teenager hasn't slept in until Noon on a weekend?

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Up to Date
10:15 am
Thu August 16, 2012

The 'Flexbook': A Textbook Replacement

Who needs textbooks any more? And given how much they cost, even if you do need them, it's a huge expense in university education.

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Up to Date
9:39 am
Wed August 15, 2012

The Betrayal Of The American Dream

Over the years in this country, Washington and Wall Street have taken one step after another to dismantle the middle class.

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Up to Date
10:18 am
Tue August 14, 2012

John Hockenberry: Disability, War Reporting, & The Takeaway

John Hockenberry, co-host of "The Takeaway"

John Hockenberry is the holder of four Emmy awards, four Peabody awards and a whole lot of distinction for his reporting over the years in places as far-flung as Somalia, Iraq, Lebanon, Jerusalem and Tehran. 

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Up to Date
9:25 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Afghanistan: The Forgotten War

In Afghanistan, the U.S. military disposes of garbage—computers, motorbikes, TVs, shoes, even human feces—in open burn pits. Are toxic clouds from these sites making everyone sick?
Malcolm Garcia

President Obama has called for the complete removal of American troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2014. In the meantime, the U.S. is moving onto other concerns - like the presidential election.

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Up to Date
9:58 pm
Sun August 12, 2012

The Book Doctors: Reading For The Waning Days Of Summer

The Last Good Man by A.J. Kazinski, a recommendation of "Book Doctor" Kaite Stover.

For those of you who still have some summer vacation remaining, or for those of you who have a bit more free time now that the kids are finally returning to school this week, look no further than the Book Doctors for a few new reading recommendations.

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Up to Date
11:04 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

The Cultural History Of Flab

Peter Paul Rubens' "The Three Graces" (1639) shows women of a more typical size than those just two centuries later.
Museo del Prado, Madrid

We crave its taste but not its look.  What’s up with our love-hate relationship with fat?

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Up to Date
11:58 am
Thu August 9, 2012

The Weekend To-Do List: August 9-12

Crosby, Stills & Nash perform Thursday evening at Starlight Theater in Swope Park

Looking for something to do the weekend of August 9-12, 2012?  Brian McTavish is back with Up to Date's Weekend To-Do List.

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Up to Date
10:38 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

The Collapse Of Congress

Up to Date
5:21 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Political Pundits: Primary Results, November Predictions

The Kansas State Capitol Building (left) and the Missouri State Capitol Building

For the first time, a Kansas Governor is actively campaigning against members of his own party. Governor Sam Brownback is hoping to replace moderate Republicans with more conservative members of his party.

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Up to Date
11:08 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Kansas 11th District Senate Incumbent Faces Conservative Challenger

The Kansas State Capitol building in Topeka, KS.
city-data

Word came Tuesday that the Kansas Chamber of Commerce's political action committee spent more than a quarter of a million dollars on statehouse races this year supporting conservative Republicans running for state office.

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Up to Date
10:14 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Republicans Line Up To Challenge US Sen. Claire McCaskill

U.S. Senate candidates Congressman Todd Akin and former Missouri Treasurer Sarah Steelman

Next Tuesday Missouri Republicans will vote for one of three candidates seeking to unseat incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill. 

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Up to Date
9:53 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Land Banks: A Solution For Vacant & Abandoned Homes?

Abandoned homes contribute to neighborhood blight and lower property values.
KC Momentum KCMomentum.com

Kansas City has a problem with vacant homes. 12,000 of them dot neighborhoods around town. Legislation that Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signed this year is designed to provide a new solution: a land bank.

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Up to Date
9:44 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

The Woman Behind The Ledbetter Pay Act

In 1979, Lilly Ledbetter, a woman born in a house with no running water or electricity, applied for a job at the Goodyear tire factory. 

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