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
6:47 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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Up to Date
11:51 pm
Wed April 11, 2012

From Drinking Binge To Blackout

 

You may remember the story of Jason Wren, a 19-year-old University of Kansas student who went on a drinking binge and died in a KU frat house in 2009.

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Up to Date
11:01 am
Wed April 11, 2012

Racing Through The Night

The sister ships Olympic and Titanic

On the night the Titanic sank, its nearly identical sister ship, the Olympic was 500 miles away. 

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

Mrs. Kennedy And Me

When shots rang out in Dallas, Secret Service agent Clint Hill jumped in the back of President John F. Kennedy’s car.

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Up to Date
10:30 am
Tue April 10, 2012

Warm Weather & Your Pet, & A PET Scanner For Your...Pet.

A CAT scanner...for dogs.
Fresno Pet ER

An uncharacteristically mild winter has led to an unusually warm spring.  You probably packed up your winter coat early and started wearing sandals sometime last month. 

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Up to Date
10:10 pm
Sun April 8, 2012

Rachel Maddow On The Unmooring Of American Military Power

MSNBC host and author Rachel Maddow

The host of "The Rachel Maddow Show" on MSNBC has written a new book called Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power. It's about how we've been living in a state of perpetual war, and how war has become more secretive and the public more disconnected from it.

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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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