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
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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Up to Date
10:06 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Kansas Senate 8th District: Incumbent Faces Conservative Challenger

The Kansas Capitol building in Topeka
city-data

Kansas voters will also head to the ballot box next Tuesday, August 7, to pick nominees for a number of races, including Kansas Senate and House of Representatives.

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Up to Date
9:43 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Missouri Primary Challenge: Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder v. Sen. Brad Lager

It's a primary race that doesn't receive as much attention as its candidates would like: Missouri Lieutenant Governor.

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Up to Date
10:15 am
Fri July 27, 2012

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

Quvenzhane Wallis stars in "Beasts of the Southern Wild," one of the films on today's list of independent, foreign, and documentary films showing on KC-area screens.

A corporate headhunter steals to maintain his lavish life style.  Sound like a news headline?  

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Up to Date
3:21 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

The Weekend To-Do List: July 26-29

Cathy Rigby stars as the boy who never grew up. 8 p.m. Thursday through Sunday at Starlight Theatre in Swope Park.

Looking for something to do this weekend? Up to Date's Brian McTavish offers up a few options in his Weekend To-Do List for July 26-29, 2012.

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Up to Date
5:25 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

Abraham Lincoln: Fast & Loose With Civil Liberties?

The Civil War tested the U.S. Constitution in ways unseen before or since.  Civil liberties were challenged and presidential powers stretched in President Abraham Lincoln’s efforts to save the nation. 

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Up to Date
10:17 am
Wed July 25, 2012

Wind Ahead Of Rain? Fuel For Forest Fires

Missouri Dept. of Public Safety

You'll be hard-pressed to find someone who wouldn't welcome a rain shower after weeks of heat and drought in the region.

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Up to Date
12:53 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

Ending The Myth Of Amateurism In College Sports

State Library and Archives of Florida

College athletes are considered amateurs in their sports because they are not allowed to be paid for their efforts. 

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Up to Date
8:18 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Mayor Sly James On Kansas City Spotlight

Kansas City Mayor Sly James
kcmo.org

One down and one go to: baseball’s 2012 All-Star Game brought national attention to Kansas City, and this Thursday, Google Fiber will tell us how much it will cost to speed up our reputation.

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Up to Date
11:05 pm
Sun July 22, 2012

Heat, Drought & You

The drought has resulted in withered cornstalks and cracked land near Lamar, Colo.
Frank Morris KCUR

Your neighbors' lawn is green. And yours? A pale shade of brown, with grass that crunches underfoot.

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Up to Date
5:30 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Best Music Of 2012 (So Far)

Cepro.com

Pretend #lastfm asked you to tweet your top three songs so far in 2012, what would you select?  Something straight from Billboard, or maybe a tune playing under the radar?

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Up to Date
12:45 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

The Weekend To-Do List, July 20-22

Chicago plays with the Doobie Brothers at Starlight Theater Friday night.

Don't let the heat advisory get you down! There's still plenty to do and see in Kansas City this weekend. Check out Brian McTavish's top five events for July 20-22.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

'Code For America' Makes Better Government Through Better Apps

Jennifer Pahlka
Kevin Shockey

When asked for ways to improve local government, most people wouldn't say that better computer programming and smart phone applications should be the first item on the agenda.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Hospitals Serving Up More Than Green Jell-O

Most hospital food doesn't tend to rouse a healthy appetite

Hospital food doesn't tend to conjure images of gourmet cuisine or down-home victuals. In fact, most people tend to turn up their nose at the very thought of the bland meals that hospitals are known for serving.

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