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
Sun July 15, 2012

A 'TurnAround' For Those Leaving Prison

The life that waits outside prison walls may be just as difficult as life inside a corrections facility for former inmates.

For many who are leaving prison, the chances that they very well may return are high.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

DVD Gurus: 40+ Years of Woody Allen

Woody Allen

"A relationship is like a shark, it has to constantly move forward or it dies...and I think what we got on our hands is a dead shark."

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Up To Date
4:22 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Politics in the Workplace

PMAA

Are there legal repercussions for political expression in the workplace? Find out, as we talk with lawyer Brian Finucane, who specializes in labor and employment law.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

The Weekend To-Do List: July 13-15

Catch "Bingo!: The Winning Musical" at the Crown Center Heartland Theater Thursday through Sunday.

Looking for some summer entertainment? Kansas City has plenty of celebrities, American Idols, ska bands & musicals in town this weekend, so check out our List for the latest acts in town.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

George The First: A Presidential Study In Contrasts

Official portrait of George H. W. Bush, former President of the United States of America.

As a one-term president, George H. W. Bush stands as an anomaly.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Media Critics: Fake Bylines, Anderson Cooper & An Ecdysiast Reporter

Anderson Cooper recently outed himself as gay in an email: "The fact is, I’m gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn’t be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud.”

These days, it's hard to tell if you're reading a celebrity tabloid or the day's headlines.

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Up to Date
2:01 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

The All-Star Game Hits Kansas City

The MLB All-Star Game is in Kauffman Stadium

The throngs gather at Kauffman Stadium for the biggest summer sporting event, but for many, it's more than just a game.

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Up to Date
1:39 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

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

Safety Not Guaranteed

If you’re not the least interested in baseball and this so-called “All-Star Game”, perhaps a great film might be more to your liking?

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Up to Date
11:08 am
Thu July 5, 2012

The Weekend To-Do List: July 6-8

All-Star FanFest

A long-standing heat advisory shouldn't put a damper on your fun! Today on Up to Date, Brian McTavish returns with the top five events in KC this weekend, July 6-8.

All-Star FanFest: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday through Monday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday. Bartle Hall, Kansas City Convention Center, 301 W. 13th. Admission: $30; $25 for students, military, seniors and children ages 2 to 11.

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Up to Date
3:00 pm
Wed July 4, 2012

The Birds, The Bees, & The Teens

Design by Mike Jacobsen

Unless one possesses a vast reservoir of undaunted cool, undertaking the sex talk with teens can be a challenge.

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Up to Date
1:37 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

The Road to the White House--Barack Obama's Story

President Barack Obama
http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/president-obama

As 44th president, Barack Obama's journey to the White House is anything but conventional.

Born to a Kenyan father and Kansan mother, Obama's upbringing in Hawaii and Indonesia hardly sounds like the makings of a future president. But as he ascended the political ladder as a state senator and later as senator, Obama's  rough beginning turned into the start of a journey to the White House.

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Up to Date
10:03 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Political Pundits: Taxes, and Health Care, and Elections, O My!

A pro-ACA protest
http://www.examiner.com/article/it-s-time-for-health-care-for-all

The thermometer keeps inching upwards, though its hard to tell if its measuring heat or the rhetoric coming out of Washington. The recent Supreme Court decisions have done little to quell the debates on either side, and with a looming election in five months, no one seems interested in backing down.

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Up to Date
3:43 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Up To Date's Film Critics' 'Three To See"

Looking for a great independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of June 29-July 1, 2012? Up to Date's critics share their three favorite showing on area screens.

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Up to Date
5:21 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Encore Broadcast: National Geographic Photographer Annie Griffiths On Work-Life Balance

White pelicans in the Mississippi Delta

National Geographic staff photographer Annie Griffiths says she's "learned that even without a shared language, it’s easy to let people know that their children are beautiful, their homes are lovely…and that their stories are worth sharing with the world.”

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Up to Date
9:20 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Local Reactions: Supreme Court Upholds Affordable Care Act

On Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court will issue its ruling in a case that determines the future of the Affordable Care Act.

On Thursday morning the Supreme Court  largely upheld the Affordable Care Act.

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Up to Date
9:46 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Barnett Helzberg On Mentoring Entrepreneurs

Barnett Helzberg, Jr. had a mentor. His name was Ewing Kauffman, the one-time owner of the Kansas City Royals.

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Up to Date
9:13 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

James Madison: Modern Debates

Known as the father of the Constitution, James Madison of Virginia served one term in the Continental Congress and four terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. He was elected President in 1808.
: Oil on canvas, Bradley Stevens (after Charles Willson Peale), 2002 Collection of U.S. House of Representatives

Just a quick glance at the front page, and it’s easy to tell what issues are heating up Washington these days: the separation of church and state, states' rights, and the limits of presidential power.

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Up to Date
5:24 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

The Man Who Planted Trees

Holmboe Conifer Forest, Wisconsin State Natural Area #79
wackybadger Flickr

Once upon a time, among the iconic scenes of the West were mountains covered with green, fragrant pine trees.  Nowadays, you’re more likely to see entire forests of  brown.   That’s because since 1997 more than 41.7 million acres have suffered partial or total death of conifer trees.

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Up to Date
11:41 pm
Sun June 24, 2012

The Techsperts: Smart Passwords, Smart Phone Security

About 3 weeks ago, users learned that hackers had gained access to LinkedIn's databases, when 6.5 million passwords were posted to an underground forum.

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Up to Date
10:04 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

The Art Of The Automobile

Ginger Rogers' 1929 Dusenberg 80
Chad Chambers

Each year the Kansas City Art Institute hosts  the Art of the Cars Concours, a gathering of exotic vehicles whose purposes extend far beyond transportation.

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Up to Date
1:34 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Balloon Artist Takes On Microscopic Animals

http://willychyr.com/

Willy Chyr is not your typical balloon artist.

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Up to Date
11:26 am
Thu June 21, 2012

The Weekend To-Do List

Michael Stern conducts the Kansas City Symphony and Kansas City Symphony Chorus in Beethoven's 9th Symphony this weekend in the Kauffman Center's Helzberg Hall

Looking for something to do the weekend of June 15 to 17, 2012?  Brian McTavish is back with Up to Date's Weekend To-Do List.

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Up to Date
10:26 am
Thu June 21, 2012

A TIGER-less Future For KC Streetcars

A projection of the proposed Kansas City streetcar
http://www.planningkc.com

Kansas City will not receive a coveted TIGER grant, a $25 million federal grant that would have helped to fund a $100 million downtown streetcar project.

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Up to Date
5:09 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Ellen & Edith: Woodrow Wilson's First Ladies

Flamboyant, confident, and controversial, Edith Bolling Wilson was not your traditional First Lady. After her husband, Woodrow Wilson, suffered a debilitating stroke in 1919, she took the reins of government and acted on behalf of her ailing spouse.

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Up to Date
5:26 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

The Clock Is Ticking: Surviving A Stroke

Would you be able to recognize the symptoms of a stroke? If you can, you may be able to save someone’s life.

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Up to Date
5:22 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Building A Brand Like 'Trader Joe's'

Running low on Two Buck Chuck? If so, it may be time for a Trader Joe’s run.

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Up to Date
11:21 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Missourians React To Obama Immigration Policy Announcement

President Barack Obama delivers a statement about immigration policy Friday June 15, 2012 in the Rose Garden.
Pete Souza Official White House Photo

President Obama surprised the country on Friday by unveiling a new immigration policy

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Up to Date
7:00 am
Sat June 16, 2012

The Man Behind 'Deep Throat,' Mark Felt

Mark Felt, aka "Deep Throat"

Everyone knows that the Nixon presidency might have ended very differently if it weren’t for “Deep Throat.” For years, the man behind the Watergate case remained a mystery until Mark Felt revealed in 2005 that he was the infamous informant who helped to bring down a president.

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Up to Date
11:22 am
Fri June 15, 2012

Avenue Of The Arts

Tomeka Weatherspoon KCUR

In Friday's Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with show producer Stephen Steigman on a lawn outside the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts where one of the installations for this year's Avenue of the Arts is located.

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Up to Date
1:28 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

Jazz Musician David Basse

David Basse

Who’s the king of KC Jazz?

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