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
9:36 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

The Book Doctors

It’s summertime, and with high gas prices, a vacation may be out of reach for your budget.  But no matter what your finances look like, you can definitely afford a trip to your local library.

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Up to Date
10:31 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Kansas Redistricting Shakes Up Races

Kansas Statehouse, Topeka

A panel of three federal judges last week issued new political maps for Kansas. New boundary lines were issued for members of Congress, the state Senate, the state House and the Kansas Board of Education.

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Up to Date
5:46 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

Kansas Myths & Mysteries

A family of serial killers who were never caught...a fortune left buried along the banks of a creek by the Dalton gang...and orphans shipped from New York for a “good” life on the prairie.

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Up to Date
10:35 pm
Sun June 10, 2012

Your Medical Mind: How to Decide What Is Right For You

Making the right medical choices is harder than ever. We are overwhelmed by information from all sides: doctors' recommendations, dissenting expert opinions, statistics, the advice of friends, and a never-ending stream of drug company ads.

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Up to Date
10:21 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

DVD Gurus: Wedding Bells Are Ringing!

Andie McDowell and Hugh Grant in "Four Weddings and a Funeral"

If you’ve ever been in a wedding, then you know there’s a lot more to one than meets the eye.  That may be why it’s a theme often visited by filmmakers.

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Up to Date
12:09 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

The Weekend To-Do List

"In The Heights" is on stage this weekend at Starlight Theatre

Looking for something to do the weekend of June 8 to 10, 2012?  Brian McTavish is back with Up to Date's Weekend To-Do List.

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Up to Date
5:36 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

The Son Of A Bandit: Jesse James, Jr.

Jesse James’s son may have been a lawyer, but he was no stranger to the long arm of the law.

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Up to Date
5:29 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

Body Of Art: The Human Form

Louis Copt's "Wild Hair," on display now through June 30 at the Lawrence Arts Center's "Body of Art" exhibit.
Louis Copt louiscopt.com

What's it like to be a nude model....or an artist working from one?

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Up to Date
7:43 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Google Fiber Coming Soon...So What?

Fiber optic cable

There's no question that we're going to get it, but then what do we do with it? The ultra-high-speed internet service, Google Fiber, is coming to Kansas City, but many questions remain as to what it will mean for the community. 

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Up to Date
9:58 am
Tue June 5, 2012

The Most Trusted Man In America

Late CBS news anchor Walter Cronkite
Landov CBS

Many knew him as the “most trusted man in America,” but how well do you really know Walter Cronkite?

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Up to Date
7:00 am
Sat June 2, 2012

'Madame President' Is Making The Future Of Women In Politics

Hillary Clinton may have ran for president in 2008, and Michelle Bachmann tried to cinch the nomination this year in the GOP primaries. But the question remains: why aren't there more women in politics?

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Film
10:29 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Changes At AMC Entertainment; Independent, Foreign & Documentary Film Reviews

A scene from Monsieur Lazhar, the French-Canadian film that was nominated for this year's foreign language Oscar and is on the list of independent, foreign, and documentary films reviewed on Friday's Up to Date
Photograph © 2011 Music Box Films

Chinese company Wanda Group's recent purchase of Kansas City-based AMC Entertainment could have an effect on the way the company runs its business here and abroad.

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Up to Date
11:46 am
Thu May 31, 2012

The Weekend To-Do List

The Shins perform as part of "Buzz Beach Ball" this weekend at Livestrong Sporting 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 May 31 - June 3, 2012.

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Up to Date
5:50 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Sportswriter Frank Deford On Life, Love & Loss

npr.org

If you have ever listened to NPR on a Wednesday morning, then you've heard Frank Deford offer his commentary--cantankerous as it may be--on everything happening in the world of sports.

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Up to Date
10:20 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Writing What Didn't Happen: Historical Fiction

There's no debating that a good non-fiction book can bring life to overlooked history.  But when everything's been told about that event....or you have an idea for an "alternative" history, where to turn? Historical fiction.

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Up to Date
10:48 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

The Unexpected Education Of Two Society Girls In The West

Simon & Schuster

Take two East Coast society women, both single, throw them into the wilds of northwestern Colorado in 1916 to teach the kids there, and chances are, you'll get a pretty decent story.

Those ingredients are the underpinnings of Dorothy Wickenden's best-seller, Nothing Daunted: The Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West.

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Up to Date
5:30 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

"Twisted Sister" Dee Snider: Faithful & Committed Rocker

"Twisted Sister" lead Dee Snider - sans makeup
Simon & Schuster

Dee Snider’s career has defied the stereotypical rock’n’roll life.

Front man for Twisted Sister, radio personality, contestant on "Celebrity Apprentice," and married to one woman since 1981. No alcohol, drugs, or women for this rocker.

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Up to Date
12:26 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

The Weekend To-Do List

Kids rock at this weekend's Jiggle Jam Family Fest at Crown Center
Jiggle Jam

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 May 24-May 27, 2012.

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Up to Date
5:18 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Summer Reading For Children & Youth

School’s out for summer, so keep your kids' brains busy, and develop that summer reading list.

Thursday on Up to Date, Steve Kraske welcomes Johnson County Library staffers Kate McNair, Debbie McLeod (ret.) and Bradley Debrick to share their favorite picks, from No Sleep for the Sheep to The ABCs of Baseball.

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Up to Date
9:59 am
Wed May 23, 2012

U.S. Representatives Emanuel Cleaver & Kevin Yoder

U.S. Capitol grounds in Spring
National Archives

Congressional representatives are back in their districts for a work session, which gives Up to Date the perfect opportunity to catch up with U.S. Representatives Emanuel Cleaver (D, MO-5) and Kevin Yoder (R, KS-3).

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Business & Tech
10:34 am
Tue May 22, 2012

AMC Acquired By Chinese Wanda Group

China-based Dailan Wanda Group Corp. has acquired Kansas City-based AMC Entertainment in a $2.6 billion deal.

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Up to Date
11:03 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

The Techsperts: Free WiFi (Everwhere!), Laptop Lookout & Google Drive

Now that Disney and Nintendo have decided to offer free WiFi, can we expect to find it throughout the land?

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

KC Categories: Your Favorites, Their Favorites & Mine, Too.

No doubt a friend or colleague has asked you for a restaurant recommendation, a good suggestion for the weekend, or a great place to spend a relaxing evening.

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Up to Date
11:58 am
Thu May 17, 2012

The Weekend To-Do List

The Rainmakers perform this weekend at Knuckleheads

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 May 17-May 20, 2012.

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Up to Date
10:41 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan On Joplin School Recovery

U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan

Next Monday, President Barack Obama will visit Joplin, Mo, almost one year to the day after a devastating tornado ripped through the center of the city, destroying countless homes and the lives of more than 160 people.

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Up to Date
10:28 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

Alan Turing: Father Of Modern Computing Science

Alan Turing, sculpted by Stephen Kettle

A new exhibition at the Spencer Museum of Art at KU, entitled Cryptograph, celebrates Alan Turing, a visionary British mathematician whose work formed the conceptual basis for the modern computers that we use today.

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Up to Date
4:12 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

Streetcars In KC: On Track?

An Ameritram streetcar visited Kansas City's Union Station last year. A similar vehicle would be used on Kansas City's proposed streetcar system
KCTRANSIT.com

Once declared "touristy frou-frou" by then-Kansas City Mayor Emanuel Cleaver, streetcars may be coming to Kansas City...more than 55 years after the last streetcar ran on the Country Club Line.

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Up to Date
9:38 pm
Mon May 14, 2012

After Arizona Or Florida: Aging 'In Place'

With the first of the Baby Boom generation reaching the milestone of mid-life, the number of Americans in or nearing retirement age is both unprecedented and expanding.

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Up to Date
10:02 am
Mon May 14, 2012

The University Of Kansas (City)?

UMKC is considering a name change to what it was back in the day. The university was founded in 1929 with the name The University of Kansas City. 

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Up to Date
9:09 am
Mon May 14, 2012

The Information Diet

O'Reilly Publishing

The great thing about modern technology?  We can easily and cheaply access data on just about anything 24/7.  The down side?  It’s being done in such great quantity and with such little regard for quality that it has led to "information obesity."

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