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
2:31 am
Fri December 28, 2012

DVD Gurus: Favorite Films 50 Years Ago: 1962

What was happening on the cinema scene a half century ago? How have movies changed and in what ways have they remained the same?

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

Paleoanthropologist Donald Johanson On What Lucy Says About Us

Donald Johanson and Lucy

She certainly shook up our family tree that day in 1974. The human family tree that is.

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Up to Date
9:30 am
Wed December 26, 2012

Anna Quindlen: Marriage, Friendships, Faith & Growing Older

Author Anna Quindlen

In her years as a journalist, author and cultural critic, her name has graced some of our most revered publications.

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Up to Date
8:54 am
Mon December 24, 2012

Great Regional Wines For The Holiday Season & Beyond

A lineup of the wines Doug Frost sampled with the Up to Date team
Bill Anderson KCUR

If you're looking for a good wine this holiday season, you needn't look far.  You'll find a bunch of great wineries bottling their goods in the Kansas City Region.

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Up to Date
10:01 am
Fri December 21, 2012

Best Music of 2012

'Weekend Blues' from The Caves' 'Duplexiaville' is one of Michael Byars' favorite tunes of 2012

There's no doubt that much of Kansas City's creativity is embodied in its local music scene.

Friday on Up to Date, Steve Kraske welcomes the return of the Local Music Show​, during which our music experts Chris HaghirianBill Brownlee and Michael Byars will check out some of the best music - local and international - of 2012.

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Up to Date
7:00 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Best Children & Youth Books Of 2012

One of (retired) Johnson County Librarian Debbie McLeod's picks for best children and youth books of 2012

It’s hard enough to keep your kids away from the Xbox on a normal weekday… it must be even tougher when they’re home for winter vacation.  But technology might just help this time around: perhaps you can even convince your child to turn off the video game and pick up a Kindle...or a Nook… an iPad or even (yes!) paper…and dig deep into a great story.

If you're looking for a really good present for your son, daughter, or other kid in your life, consider the gift of reading.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Parents, Teens, Sexuality & The Holidays

Plan B pill

No one ever said it was easy to raise a teenager, but what do you do when Plan B becomes Plan A?

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Up to Date
10:18 am
Tue December 18, 2012

90-Mile View: Amy Farrand

Amy Farrand and her Framus guitar
Credit Paul Andrews

"I've never been the kind of person to say 'I don’t think I could do that' but more like 'I’m gonna do THAT!', says singer/songwriter Amy Farrand and from early childhood that attitude has shaped her life both in and out of the music scene.

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Up to Date
9:48 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Looking To The Future At UMKC

UMKC Chancellor Leo Morton

Leading a large university is no cakewalk, and the University of Missouri-Kansas City is no exception.

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Up to Date
10:07 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Is It Time To Talk About Gun Control?

A Bushmaster .223-caliber rifle was Adam Lanza's main weapon in his massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary which left 6 teachers and 20 first graders dead.
Wikipedia Commmons

It may be the tipping point: among the issues of discussion after Friday's massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut: mental health and gun control.

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Up to Date
11:52 am
Fri December 14, 2012

The Best In Independent, Foreign & Documentary Film 2012

Moonrise Kingdom

Our critics have made their lists for the best independent, foreign and documentary films of 2012. See their choices below, and get a preview of each film with our trailer playlist.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

What's Showing In Independent, Foreign & Documentary Film

Anna Karenina

The name Hitchcock conjures up images of a screaming Janet Leigh and flocks of truly angry birds, but a new film looks at the love story between the director and his wife.

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Up to Date
11:57 am
Thu December 13, 2012

The Weekend To-Do List: December 14-16, 2012

Carrie Underwood takes the stage Saturday at the Sprint Center

Looking for something to do this weekend? Let Brian McTavish & Up To Date make your plans for you.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Stressed For The Holidays?

Harriet Lerner

The holidays are a time of good cheer, celebration and togetherness. So what do you do if your family has just gone through a divorce or other domestic clash?

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

90-Mile View: Nicole Wright

Kansas City, Mo. Police Officer Nicole Wright
Bill Anderson KCUR

Nicole Wright returned from college wanting to make a difference in her home town of Kansas City, Missouri.  Six years later, Officer Wright's beat is still the neighborhood where she was raised by her mother: 28th and Wabash, part of East Patrol.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

The Book Doctors

The Commitment by Dan Savage

Family conflict, gay marriage and social scandals aren’t just the stuff of newspaper headlines. They also make good subjects for books.

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Up to Date
10:09 am
Tue December 11, 2012

144 Fascinating People Who Died In 2012

The late comedian George Burns once said: "Every morning when I get up, I read the obituary page. If my name's not there, I shave."

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

How Your Neighborhood Affects CPR Survival

CPR training
Rama

We've all heard the CPR checklist: Check the airway, start chest compressions, tilt the head back, and breathe.

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Up to Date
10:03 am
Mon December 10, 2012

America's Big Beef

Cow carcasses
Thomas Bjørkan

Just how much influence does Big Beef have in Cowtown?

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Up to Date
3:39 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Tenor Nathan Granner on "Hymn: Songs of Great Faith" and "The Monocle"

Tenor Nathan Granner

Tenor Nathan Granner has done his share of traditional work with the likes of the Lyric Opera here in Kansas City and as a member of The American Tenors trio.  

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Up to Date
10:34 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Prairie Village Home Houses Huge Art Collection

If you're ever invited to the Prairie Village home of Linda and John "Topper" Johntz, be prepared for your jaw to drop.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

When Artificial Intelligence Meets Biology

How To Create a Mind by Ray Kurzweil

Nanobots swimming in your bloodstream may not be the stuff of science fiction for too much longer.

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Up to Date
11:33 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Missouri House Elects New Speaker

Tim Jones (R, Eureka) stands behind the podium shortly after being sworn in as Speaker of the Missouri House.
Tim Bommel Mo. House Communications

The Missouri House of Representatives has a new speaker: Tim Jones.  Jones is a Republican from Eureka, Mo.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Hotel Confidential

Heads in Beds

Don’t be surprised to find yourself booked by the noisy ice machine if you're rude to the hotel front desk clerk. And do you really want to know what the housekeeper and the bellman were doing in the empty room next door?

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Ranking The Presidents

Where They Stand
ABCreads

Quickly-- rank the presidents. Did you put Washington or Lincoln first? Where did you put Millard Fillmore?

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Up to Date
6:37 pm
Sun November 25, 2012

U.S. Representatives Emanuel Cleaver & Kevin Yoder

U.S. Representatives Kevin Yoder (left) and Emanuel Cleaver were recent recipients of the Consensus Civility Award.
www.cleaver.house.gov

With only five weeks left in the 112th Congress, Representatives and Senators are under pressure to find common ground among themselves and with the President to avoid the fiscal cliff.

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Up To Date
10:58 pm
Thu November 22, 2012

DVD Gurus: Films For Which We're Always Thankful

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jim Belushi star in Columbia Pictures' Red Heat.
Columbia Pictures

A weekend full of eating, shopping, football and leftovers leaves many of us grateful for an opportunity to collapse on the sofa and watch a movie at home.

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Up to Date
9:13 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Troubleshooting The Turkey

Turkey
USDA

Every cook has had the nightmare-- a solidly-frozen turkey on Thursday morning, no onions for the green bean casserole and a pumpkin pie gone wrong.

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Up to Date
10:25 am
Tue November 20, 2012

McCaskill On Winning The Election, Fiscal Cliff & Wartime Contracting

Senator Claire McCaskill, D-MO, speaks to gasoline prices outside a K.C. Shell station.
Dan Verbeck KCUR

When Sen. Claire McCaskill defeated Rep. Todd Akin a few weeks ago, everyone was surprised by the 16-point margin of victory. 

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Up to Date
9:32 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Trouble Brewing For King Of Beers

Bitter Brew: The Rise and Fall of Anheuser-Busch

Once upon a time, Anheuser-Busch hopped on the throne as the king of beers. Then, the foam head started to collapse.

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