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
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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Up to Date
1:30 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

Real Life On The Rez

The history of Native Americans has been one of conflicting stereotypes. In colonial days the image was of savage or savior; in the Revolution, enemy or ally; as the U.S. expanded westward, guide or militant objector.

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Up to Date
11:45 am
Fri March 2, 2012

The Weekend To-Do List

KC Cakefest features live cake battles, demos, and sweets for all this weekend at the Kansas City Convention 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 March 2-4, 2012.

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

Mother Runner!

Mothers (and runners) Dimity McDowell and Sarah Bowen Shea

Ask a mother how her day went and you may often hear the word “running” in the answer as in: running errands, running after the kids, running to make an appointment.

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Up to Date
12:59 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

They're Going To Kansas City...Kansas City Here They Come

How is Kansas City doing when it comes to attracting conventions and tourists to town?

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Up to Date
12:59 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

Travel As A Political Act

It's easy to vilify an entire country because of its political leadership. But don't you think it'd be interesting to explore the Middle Eastern treasures of Iran or visit the southeast Asian jewel of Vietnam?

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Up to Date
12:51 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

When Someone You Love Has A Chronic Illness

Every individual will face it at one time or another during their lifetime: a chronic illness affecting them, a family member or a close friend.

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Up to Date
12:10 pm
Tue February 28, 2012

Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld On Known And Unknown

Former US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld

Donald Rumsfeld has served as both the youngest and oldest Secretary of Defense.  While many may not remember much of his first stint at the post, his second go at the job, for better or worse, secured his place in history.

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Up to Date
1:07 pm
Mon February 27, 2012

Something Troubling In Your Background?

It used to be when you applied for a job, employers checked your references and reviewed your experience and called you in if they liked what they found.

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Up to Date
5:37 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

DVD Gurus: High Speed Thrills

High octane thrills.  Open roads.  Freedom.  You may not be able to try the stunts at home, but you can certainly watch them there.

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Up to Date
11:30 am
Thu February 23, 2012

The Weekend To-Do List

George Straight and Martina McBride perform Saturday evening 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 February 24-26, 2012.

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Up to Date
5:23 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

Becoming American In Missouri

In 2003 he left his life working as an attorney in London and Paris and moved to the much smaller community of Columbia, Missouri. Last week, he made it official. Alex George is a U.S. citizen.

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Up to Date
3:04 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

Former Congressman Dennis Moore On Alzheimer's Diagnosis

He served 12 years as a district attorney and 12 years as a member of Congress. Now, former U.S. Representative Dennis Moore is focusing his energies on another battle close to home: Alzheimer’s.

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Up to Date
4:50 pm
Tue February 21, 2012

US Senator Claire McCaskill Seeks Re-Election

Democratic U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri is no stranger to the rough and tumble world of politics. After all, she’s been at it for three decades in a state that is traditionally tough on Democrats.

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Up to Date
1:33 pm
Tue February 21, 2012

Actress Portrays Late Civil Rights Leader & Texas Congresswoman

The late civil rights leader and Congresswoman Barbara Jordan.

Barbara Jordan was a lawyer and educator who was a congresswoman from 1972 to 1978 , the first African American congresswoman from the deep south and the first woman ever elected to the Texas Senate.

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Up To Date
2:30 pm
Mon February 20, 2012

Ann Wright: Soldier, Diplomat, Activist

Robert Shetterly Americans Who Tell The Truth

Ann Wright by her own admission spent virtually her entire adult life working for the U.S. federal government.

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Up to Date
8:50 am
Mon February 20, 2012

US Presidents And Congress: How To Succeed In Partisan Politics

Barack Obama isn't the first President in conflict with a Congress run by the opposing party. However, being in that position doesn't mean nothing gets accomplished. Take it from Historian of the U.S. Senate Donald Richie.

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Up To Date
1:48 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

The Weekend To-Do List

Members of Stuffed and Unstrung perform this weekend in Yardley Hall at the Carlsen Center.
Carols Rosegg Stuffed and Unstrung

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 February 17-19, 2012.

LoCash Cowboys with Burford and Lucas Cook Country music: 8 p.m. Friday, Beaumont Club, 4750 Pennsylvania. Admission: $13.

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Up To Date
10:03 am
Fri February 17, 2012

Monkey Economics

Economics is monkey business.
Nick-K flickr.com

We’re not all economical geniuses, and we’ve all probably made less than sterling financial choices along the way.  Is there a reason for these lapses in judgment?

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Up To Date
2:38 pm
Thu February 16, 2012

The Book Doctors: Spring Break Reads

With March creeping up on us,  it’s time to start stocking up on those spring break reads.  Should you go for a bestseller or a lesser-known work?  Fiction or non-?  Mystery or biography?

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Up To Date
8:05 am
Wed February 15, 2012

The Struggle Over Teaching Evolution

Oxford University Press

From the Scopes trial of the 1920s to intelligent design today,  teaching evolution remains a most divisive issue in America.   Across the battlegrounds of pulpits, classrooms and courtrooms, opposing forces have struggled with what the curriculum should include.

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Up To Date
2:01 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Teens In Love

TBenZ

Young love. Even before Shakespeare wrote Romeo and Juliet, teenagers were searching for it and parents were dreading it.

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Up To Date
11:00 pm
Sun February 12, 2012

The Ingredients In The Food We Eat

Christi Nielsen

NOTE: Audio is unavailable from today's show. We apologize for the technical difficulties.

Consumers are getting smarter about the food they eat.  We know to check labels for the levels of sodium and saturated fat, and that "high fructose corn syrup" is still sugar.   Most of us hit a wall though when it comes to ingredients such as malodextrin, flavonoids and silicon dioxide.  What are these ingredients found in the  foods we eat and drink

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Up to Date
5:23 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

National Geographic Photographer Annie Griffiths On Work-Life Balance

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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