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
9:53 pm
Sun April 8, 2012

Urbanized

More than half the world’s population now lives in an urban area, and 75 percent will call a city home by 2050.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Thu April 5, 2012

The Book Doctors

The Buddha in the Attic, one of Book Doctor Grace Suh's picks

Looking for something to liven up your bookshelf? Friday on Up to Date, the Book Doctors tell us about some worthwhile reads.

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Up to Date
2:45 pm
Thu April 5, 2012

The Weekend To-Do List

The Kansas City Sea Life Aquarium opens this weekend.
visitkc.com

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 6-8, 2012.

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Up to Date
1:37 pm
Thu April 5, 2012

Thomas Hart Benton: A Life

If you’ve visited the Missouri State Capitol building you probably saw his work. If you’ve spent time in midtown, you might have driven by his house.

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Up to Date
2:09 pm
Wed April 4, 2012

The (Quiet) Power Of Introverts

They are the third of the population who prefer to listen instead of speak, read instead of party, work alone instead of in a group.

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Up to Date
1:36 pm
Wed April 4, 2012

Barbershop Quartets: More Than Bow Ties & Boater Hats

Max Q barbershop quartet, performing at the Heart of America Barbershop Chorus "Smile! darn 'ya, Smile!" performances on April 14 at Yardley Hall.

The barbershop quartet has been around a long time...and it's still around. And the modern barbershop quartets are much more than bow ties and boater hats.

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Up to Date
1:28 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver: Economy, Budget, Gas Prices & More

U.S. Capitol grounds in Spring
Gregg @ dcscorpio.blogspot.com

He’s just returned from lengthy deliberations in the U.S. House of Representatives over next year's spending plan. But is Congress getting anywhere?

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Up to Date
1:51 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

Scorecasting: The Hidden Influences Behind How Sports Are Played & Games Are Won

The final dance of this college basketball season is tonight. Fans everywhere are counting on their team to pull off the big win in New Orleans.

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Up to Date
2:26 pm
Fri March 30, 2012

What's Showing In Independent, Foreign & Documentary Film

Looking for a good film to see this weekend or beyond? Perhaps one that makes you think....or *gasp* - spend time with friends after the lights go up talking about the film in-depth?

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Up to Date
1:38 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

Steve Rose: A Changing Johnson County

Is the relationship between Johnson County and Kansas City, Missouri as tense as the one between Jayhawks and Tigers?  Is "Lexus Land" still an appropriate nickname for Johnson County?

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Up to Date
1:30 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

The Weekend To-Do List

Ollie's Egg Hunt is Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
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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 March 30-April 1, 2012.

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Up to Date
1:16 pm
Wed March 28, 2012

Parents, Teens & Technology

Your son wants to hang out at a friend’s house: he calls your cell to cell to ask.  Your daughter is staying late at school: she sends you a text.

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Up to Date
2:00 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

Once Slaves, Then Slaveholders: 'The Whipping Man'

Kyle Hatley and Michael Genet in "The Whipping Man", on stage at the Kansas City Repertory Theatre through April 8, 2012
Don Ipock

It's no coincidence that the Kansas City Repertory Theatre's newest production, The Whipping Man, is on stage around the time of the Jewish festival of Passover.

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Up to Date
1:32 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

Kansas City: City Of Fountains...That Require Maintenance

One of Kansas City's most recognizable landmarks: the J.C. Nichols Fountain on the Country Club Plaza

It's a popular saying in our town that only Rome has more public fountains than Kansas City.

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Up to Date
1:24 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

Chris Matthews On 'Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero'

He was a man who knew pain, admired courage and hated boredom.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

DVD Gurus: Roger Corman Films

He's made a film in two days.

And some people will say that it shows. Others will proudly defend the low-budget work of B-movie director Roger Corman. He even won an Honorary Academy Award in 2009 for his body of work.

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Up to Date
11:52 am
Thu March 22, 2012

The Weekend To-Do List

KC Roller Warriors

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 March 23-25, 2012.

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Up to Date
6:30 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

Supreme Court Takes Up Affordable Care Act

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments earlier this month on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act

The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments next week on the Affordable Care Act.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

The U.S. Capitol & The Coming Of The Civil War

The construction of the U.S. Capitol began with a building plan adopted in 1793.  Its history of being built, burnt, rebuilt & extended meant its completion came at the most crucial point in our nation’s development: the Civil War.

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Up to Date
10:01 am
Wed March 21, 2012

Million Dollar Quartet

The National Tour of Million Dollar Quartet
Joan Marcus

On December 4, 1956, a twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley together.

Sam Phillips, the “Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll” who was responsible for launching the careers of each icon, brought the four legendary musicians together at the Sun Records storefront studio in Memphis for the first and only time. The resulting evening became known as one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll jam sessions in history.  It’s the story of the Broadway musical, "Million Dollar Quartet", on stage at the Kauffman Center through Sunday.

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Up to Date
6:30 pm
Tue March 20, 2012

Missouri & Kansas Ranked On State Corruption And Transparency

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

No state gets an “A” in a study of government transparency and corruption risk released by Public Radio International. Kansas ranked fairly high for safeguards, at number 9. Missouri finished at number 21.

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Up to Date
5:12 pm
Mon March 19, 2012

Mezzo Soprano Joyce DiDonato Returns Home After Grammy Win

Nick Heavican Virgin Classics

Prairie Village native Joyce DiDonato just won a Grammy for best classical vocal solo and travels the world performing in opera houses far and wide as one of this planet's best-loved mezzo sopranos.

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Up to Date
3:03 pm
Mon March 19, 2012

Kansas City Mayor Delivers "State Of The City" Address

Mayor delivers the first State of the City address of his term.
Bill Anderson KCUR

In office for just about a year, Kansas City Mayor Sly James delivered his first State of the City address on Monday.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Thu March 8, 2012

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

Adepero Oduye in writer/director Dee Rees' Pariah.
Focus Features

Car companies that destroyed their electric cars in 2006 are now scrambling to be the best producer of the vehicles. A young woman coming of age as an African-American lesbian living in Brooklyn. Two single people who take a different route to parenthood from their married friends.

These are just some of the latest topics being addressed by independent, foreign and documentary films.  Friday on Up to Date, critics Cynthia Haines, Steve Walker, and Bob Butler tell us how well these films do in shedding light on their subjects.

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Up to Date
12:27 pm
Thu March 8, 2012

The Weekend To-Do List

The Big 12 Tournament wraps up Downtown this weekend

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 March 9-11, 2012.

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Up to Date
7:00 pm
Wed March 7, 2012

Railroads And The Development Of Kansas City

America’s love affair with the railroad spans more than a century … with some of its most ardent admirers here in the heartland.

One of them, developer Arthur Stilwell had a hunch that the Kansas City region had enormous commercial potential.  Luckily for him … and for us … he was right.  The plan Stilwell pursued changed our city’s business landscape forever.

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Up to Date
7:00 pm
Tue March 6, 2012

Robert Dallek: Why Some Presidents Succeed

Robert Dallek is speaking at the Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library at 6:30 p.m. on March 13.

We’ve had 45 of them on the job, but only 16 were able to come back.  It’s something Thomas Jefferson once deemed a “splendid misery” …  the U.S. Presidency.

What are the factors that play into the reputation as a strong or weak leader?  How does a president hold onto the public’s imagination?

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Up to Date
10:19 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

The Ethics Professors: Love, Marriage, & Divorce

First comes love, then comes marriage…then for about 50 percent of us … it’s divorce.

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Up to Date
1:41 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

The Reading Promise

They called it "The Streak." Father and daughter, together, with a book, Dad reading the words. At first, the idea was to read aloud together for 100 consecutive nights.

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Up to Date
1:40 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

The Wild & Terrifying Inside Story Of America's War In Afghanistan

Some pieces of journalism have the ability to disrupt even the most powerful of leaders.

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