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
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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Up to Date
12:00 pm
Sun November 18, 2012

Parents, Teens & Eating Disorders: How To Handle A Problem

Glass of water on an empty plate
Jean Fortunet

A plump roast turkey, creamy mountains of mashed potatoes and thick wedges of pumpkin pie are what many people look forward to during the holiday season.

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Up to Date
10:19 am
Thu November 15, 2012

The Ethics Professors: Sports Injuries, Foreign Affairs, & Ethics In Outer Space

Gen. David Petraeus
U.S. Department of Defense

Was it wrong for fans to cheer at Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel's injury? What about the scandal of Gen. David Petraeus and his extra-marital affair-- is it any of our business?

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Up to Date
10:07 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Mezzo-Soprano Joyce DiDonato Becomes A 'Drama Queen'

Opera superstar Joyce DiDonato won a Grammy this year for Best Classical Vocal Solo.

The Prairie Village native and mezzo-soprano was the star of a TV special titled "Homecoming" produced by Kansas City's KCPT and PBS Arts. The concert with the Kansas City Symphony at the newly-opened Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts was broadcast nationally, and now, she has a new disc out titled "Drama Queens," which she recorded in Italy in July.

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Up to Date
5:24 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Kander Looks To Missouri's Future

Jason Kander.
jasonkander.com

He defied Steve Kraske's predictions and won the race for Missouri Secretary of State. Now Jason Kander is thinking about the work ahead.

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Up to Date
11:01 am
Tue November 13, 2012

A Country Conversation With Rosanne Cash

Rosanne Cash.
internetmonk.com

Singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash is bringing her country tunes back to the Midwest.

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Up to Date
10:52 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

New Adventure For Wimpy Kid

Jeff Kinney, author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
Rainy Day Books

Do you remember getting teased by other kids, running from cooties and hoping for snow days? The memories and the ink are still fresh in the latest installment of Diary of a Wimpy Kid.  

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Up to Date
10:19 pm
Sun November 11, 2012

The Case For Progress In A Networked Age

Although the Internet seems like a tangled network, there is an underlying structure that guides its development.

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Up to Date
10:24 am
Sun November 11, 2012

Truman Capote's Take On True Crime

In Cold Blood.
eclectic-indulgence.blogspot.com

Truman Capote's book, "In Cold Blood" showcased a quadruple murder case in southwestern Kansas, becoming one of the most famous true crime books ever.

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Up to Date
9:41 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Villains Don't Leave Bond Shaken Or Stirred

From Russia With Love
impawards.com

Gold paint, searing lasers and one deadly hat— villains have attacked James Bond in a lot of ways over the years.

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Up to Date
4:03 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Green Technology: Helpful Or Hurtful?

The Toyota Prius may be a more efficient mode of travel, but if we travel more miles than before, are we being environmentally friendly?

Will the latest hybrid car or light bulb really make a difference when it comes to climate change?

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Up to Date
1:19 am
Wed November 7, 2012

The Political Pundits: 2012 Election Results

The votes are tallied; the results are in.

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Up to Date
10:15 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Local Music Critics Pick KC's Best

Brody Buster Band
Brody Buster Band

Looking for a new sound? Kansas City's musical veins are still pumping with melodies.

On Friday's Up to Date, local music critics Chris Haghirian, Bill Brownlee and Michael Byars will check out some of the latest tunes to come out of the area.

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Up to Date
10:04 am
Thu November 1, 2012

Rats! What Will KCMO Do About The Sewers?

Rat.
Rathater

What's the most common rat in Kansas City these days? Tipping the scales at 10-17 ounces and a nasty little 7-10-inch body, it's the Norway rat.

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Up to Date
10:59 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Lincoln's Struggle For A United Front

David Von Drehle and Rise to Greatness
Rainy Day Books

In 1862, Abraham Lincoln glued together pieces of a fractured nation to support his cause against all odds. But how did he do it?

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Up to Date
3:54 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Election 2012 Debate From The KC Library

Kansas City Public Library

In the waning days of the 2012 political campaign, KCUR and the Kansas City Public Library will join forces to present a discussion of the most important election issues.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Halloween's Occult Origins

Mansour de Toth

Audio Pending...

We all know the candy-stuffed commercial themes of Halloween, but what do you know about its occult origins?

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Up to Date
5:30 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Former Hiroshima Mayor & Harry Truman's Grandson On Nuclear Disarmament

The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

You’d have a hard time finding someone who feels more strongly about nuclear disarmament than the former mayor of Hiroshima, Japan.

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Up to Date
10:54 am
Thu October 25, 2012

The Weekend To-Do List: October 26-28, 2012

Red Hot Chili Peppers
ticketsinventory.com

Looking for something to do for the weekend of October 26-28, 2012? Brian McTavish has some great ideas as he returns with the Weekend To-Do List.

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Up to Date
5:15 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Thomas Jefferson: Freedom Fighter Or Flip-Flopper?

Master of the Mountain: Thomas Jefferson and His Slaves
macmillanusa.com

Equality and liberty were Thomas Jefferson’s great dreams—except when it came to slaves.

On Thursday's Up to Date, we’ll discuss the man and his contradictions with historian Henry Wiencek, author of Master of the Mountain: Thomas Jefferson and His Slaves, which examines Jefferson’s changing stance toward slavery.

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Up to Date
10:15 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

The Book Doctors

Leaving the Atocha Station
biblioimages.com

Cold weather is just around the corner (although you might not believe that today!), and you'll want a good book to keep you company as the temperature drops.

On Tuesday's Up to Date, the Book Doctors will review some of the best reads they've seen this fall.

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Up to Date
8:00 am
Sun October 21, 2012

Lampooning Life Online: Making The Oatmeal

How to tell if your cat is plotting to kill you
andrewsmcmeel.com

If you’ve ever wondered if your cat is planning to bump you off, you're not alone: The cartoonist behind the quirky web comic The Oatmeal is right there with you.

On Monday's Up to Date, Matt Inman, who also knows five good reasons to punch a dolphin in the face, joins us in the studio to discuss the unique world views of his comic strip.

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Up to Date
8:00 am
Sun October 21, 2012

Consolidating Air Traffic At KCI

KCI Airport
Americasroof Wikimedia Commons

A new plan has surfaced in the continuing discussion about how KCI's terminals should be modified.

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Up to Date
10:41 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

What's Showing In Independent, Foreign & Documentary Film

Argo

Ever pretend you were Canadian in a foreign country? A new film based on a true story has a group of Americans doing just that to sneak past Iranian border guards.

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