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
9:38 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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Up to Date
7:53 am
Fri May 11, 2012

Independent, Foreign & Documentary Film Reviews

An ensemble of some of England’s finest actors, a satire on contemporary American culture, the latest from the unique mind of filmmaker Guy Maddin, the relationship between the newly elected Pope …and his therapist.

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Up to Date
4:38 am
Thu May 10, 2012

The Weekend To-Do List

Country singer Miranda Lambert performs this weekend at the Sprint Center

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 10-May 13, 2012.

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Up to Date
5:38 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

The Book Doctors

"From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant" by Alex Gilvarry, one of Book Doctor Kaite Stover's picks

Summer's almost here, and if you're anything like Steve Kraske (that may be a good thing...or maybe not) you're searching for some great vacation reads.

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Up to Date
5:53 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

NFL Cheerleader To Ph.D.: National Geographic Explorer Mireya Mayor

Often described in the media as “a female Indiana Jones,” Mireya Mayor is not your typical scientist.

Both as an anthropologist working in the jungles of Madagascar, and as a wildlife correspondent for National Geographic, the city girl and former Miami Dolphins cheerleader has found herself sleeping in a rain forest hammock amid poisonous snakes, being charged by gorillas, scaling rocky cliffs, and diving with great white sharks.

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Up to Date
10:03 am
Tue May 8, 2012

Political Pundits: Is Kansas The Most Conservative State?

The Kansas State Capitol Building (left) and the Missouri State Capitol Building

If there was any doubt about the hold of the political right in the Heartland then wonder no more.  A recent survey shows Kansas has the most conservative congressional delegation in the nation.

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Up to Date
11:23 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

DVD Gurus: The Anti-Hero

Natalie Wood and John Wayne in "The Searchers"

Lots of movies have a hero … that flawless person who always saves the day, and for the right reasons … but what about the anti-hero? The tarnished and flawed characters who emerge heroic in spite of themselves.

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Up To Date
11:40 am
Thu May 3, 2012

The Weekend To-Do List

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 4-May 6, 2012.

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Up To Date
7:00 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Blogger Jen: Disliking People And Telling You About It

The blog's most popular post is the Dec. 9, 2011, "People I Want To Punch In The Throat: Over Achieving Elf on the Shelf Mommies."
People I Want To Punch In The Throat

Remember how your mom taught you…if you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all? For one Johnson County mother of two, she might have to follow up with another favorite: “do as I say, not as I do."

Up To Date
10:43 am
Wed May 2, 2012

The American Judicial System: Is It Abusing Potential Jurors?

Yes, according to Melanie Wilson, KU School of Law professor and associate dean.  And, she adds, it's so invasive and privacy invading that many jurors are tempted to lie during the selection process.

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Up to Date
10:14 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Willie Mays Aikens: A Second Lease On Life

Baseball’s Willie Mays Aikens has done a lot of living in his 57 years.  He’s now a hitting instructor for the Kansas City Royals, something he knows a thing or two about: he was the first major leaguer in history to hit two home runs in a game twice in the same series.

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Up to Date
5:35 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

Parents, Teens, & Bullying

It's become all too common: kids bullying other kids.

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Up to Date
1:02 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

Kansas City, Mo Schools: State Takeover Or Start Over?

Southwest High School, Kansas City, Mo.
Kansas City Public Schools

After years of short-term superintendents, attempted re-inventions and restarts, failing state test scores, and the loss of accreditation, opinions are flying every which way on what to do with the KCMO School District.

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Up To Date
10:46 am
Mon April 30, 2012

Patty Cahill: 25 Years At The Helm

In 25 years of service as the General Manager of KCUR, Patty Cahill has overseen an era of great change at KCUR and witnessed public broadcasting come into its own. 

In this conversation with Steve Kraske, Patty reflects upon the connection Walt Bodine  had with his audience on the occasion of his last show at the station.  They also discuss the future of funding for public broadcasting, Patty's dedication to local reporting and her belief that "we have finally come of age."

Up To Date
11:30 am
Fri April 27, 2012

The Weekend To-Do List

Shooter Jennings

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 April 27-29, 2012.

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Up to Date
5:30 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

Photographer Mattias Klum: Rare...And Dangerous Shots

'When I came to Borneo for the first time in 1988 as a 20-year-old this is the Borneo I imagined ... mist-drenched rainforest, incredible trees and rich vegetation ... '
Mattias Klum

Mattias Klum makes a living by shooting photographs of some of the world's most endangered species and places.

A photographer for National Geographic, Klum might be considered an endangered species himself, given his recent work shooting closes ups of the venomous Chinese cobra, which can shoot its venom up to nearly 7 feet. Even a drop of that venom can blind you.

But there he sat....shooting away....nonetheless.

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

Kansas City's Lyric Opera Changes Leadership

Retiring Lyric Opera of Kansas City General Manager Evan Luskin

Changes are happening at Kansas City’s Lyric Opera. Its general director, Evan Luskin, is retiring next month after 26 years with the company. 

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

The Presidents Club

With only 44 members since the 1700s, it’s arguably the world’s most exclusive fraternity. They are bound forever by a shared experience and yet are rivals for history’s favor.  We’re talking, of course, about the U.S. Presidency

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Up to Date
12:55 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Donald Johanson: What Lucy Says About Us

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

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Up to Date
12:06 pm
Mon April 23, 2012

John Grisham On Wrongful Conviction & 'Calico Joe'

Novelist John Grisham has churned out a novel a year since 1988. But believe it or not, he still has his moments of doubt.

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Up to Date
9:27 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

Independent, Foreign & Documentary Film Reviews

Looking for a great film to see this weekend?  How about one that will make you laugh, cry, and yes, think?

Then look further than Friday's Up to Date, as independent, foreign and documentary film critics Cynthia Haines, Steve Walker and Bob Butler return to review the best films showing in area theaters.

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Up to Date
11:31 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

Journalist Lee Woodruff On Care For Returning Soldiers

Lee Woodruff
Photo: Stefan Radke

Lee Woodruff's life was profoundly changed starting in 2006 when her husband, reporter Bob Woodruff, took over for Peter Jennings as co-anchor of ABC's World News Tonight.  But the events of a month later changed her - and Bob's life - forever.

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Up to Date
2:40 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

Spring Gardening: Help Grow Your Green Thumb

There may be no controlling Mother Nature, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get your garden to cooperate. But keeping your gardening blossoming instead of browning is easier said than done.

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Up to Date
10:06 am
Tue April 17, 2012

Can 'Boozing It Up' Make Us More Conservative?

Could knocking back a few beers influence a person’s political views?

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Up to Date
5:29 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

Beyond The Supreme Court Decision On The Affordable Care Act

President Obama signing the Affordable Care Act into law in 2010

Over the next year, Congress and the President will be called upon to reconsider all major elements of the U.S. ‘safety net,’ as well as the foundations of the U.S. tax system.

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Up to Date
11:14 pm
Sun April 15, 2012

Treasure Or Trash? Digging Up History

Just a small selection of the Roman coins found by Dave Crisp in a field near Frome, Somerset.
Photograph: British Museum/PA

You may encounter them looking down, listening to their headphones. No, they're not listening to an iPod...they're attuned to their metal detectors, attempting to find buried treasure. 

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Up to Date
6:47 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

Royals Opening Day At The K

It’s time for peanuts, cracker jacks and rooting for the home team ... so we’re heading out to the ballgame!

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Up to Date
11:47 am
Thu April 12, 2012

The Weekend To-Do List

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Leon Russell performs this weekend at Knuckleheads Saloon

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 April 13-15, 2012.

Kansas City Royals vs. Cleveland Indians: Royals’ home-opening weekend. 3:10 p.m. Friday, 6:10 p.m. Saturday and 1:10 p.m. Sunday at Kauffman Stadium. Tickets: $10 to $245.

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