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
12:07 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

The Weekend To-Do List

Licensed landscape contractor and certified landscape technician Ahmed Hassan appears at this weekend's Kansas City Remodeling Show & Metropolitan Lawn & Garden Show

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 10-12, 2012.

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Up to Date
3:31 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

Women & Martial Arts

As a recent Kansas City Star article noted that although crime rates are down, retailers here and across country report greater numbers of women are buying firearms.

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Up to Date
3:30 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

American Sniper

Chris Kyle is the deadliest American sniper ever, called “the devil” by the enemies he hunted and “the legend” by his Navy SEAL brothers.

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Up to Date
9:57 am
Tue February 7, 2012

Alternative Energy Sources

Thin Film Solar Panels developed at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

In his State of the Union speech, President Obama said "nowhere is the promise of innovation greater than in American-made energy." But how close are we to large-scale use of alternative energy sources? 

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Up to Date
2:11 pm
Mon February 6, 2012

Courtship & Marriage In Victorian England

If you think that personal ads and dating services are only 50 or 60 years old, think again.

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Up to Date
1:46 pm
Mon February 6, 2012

Point, Click, Love

"Love at first byte," some might say.

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Up to Date
10:07 am
Fri February 3, 2012

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

Last week’s Oscar nominations came as no surprise to Up to Date's art, independent, foreign, and documentary critics. As has been the case in recent years, a number of the top award competitors fit within their sphere of cinema.  So if you’re wondering who to lay your bets on this year, Friday's show is a good time to tune in.

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Up to Date
1:51 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

Nelson Atkins Museum Of Art Picks Design For Outdoor Pavilion

On Wednesday the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art announced results of a design contest for a temporary pavilion to coincide with the museum’s exhibition Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World’s Fairs 1851–1939, opening in mid-April.

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Up to Date
11:52 am
Thu February 2, 2012

The Weekend To-Do List

Dr. Dog appears Thursday evening at the Granada Theater in Lawrence

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 3-5, 2012.

Dr. Dog: Psychedelic pop rock. 9 p.m. Thursday at the Granada Theatre, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence, Ks. Tickets: $15 advance.

Jeff Dunham: 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Sprint Center, 1407 Grand, Kansas City, Mo. Tickets: $42.50

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Up to Date
7:40 am
Thu February 2, 2012

Historic Kansas City Foundation Announces Most Endangered List

Each year the Historic Kansas City Foundation releases a list of the "most endangered" structures in an effort to raise awareness of the city's historic buildings.

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Up to Date
9:28 am
Wed February 1, 2012

Presidential Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin

Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin

President Obama's State of the Union speech was "animated by the president’s faith in government’s ability to restore the American promise of fairness" says Pulitzer Prize-winning presidential historian  Doris Kearns Goodwin.

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Up to Date
2:15 pm
Tue January 31, 2012

The Emerging Catholic Church

National Catholic Reporter editor-at-large Tom Roberts has witnessed a lot over his career: a Catholic Church still reacting to Vatican II, a dramatic demographic shift, and more recently, a sex abuse scandal that has revealed a growing inadequacy of the hierarchical culture. 

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Up to Date
1:20 pm
Mon January 30, 2012

Marriage Rules

Here's some news: Relationships are complicated. So complicated, in fact, that's it's never a bad time to review some good rules for how to manage these very complex beasts.

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Up to Date
10:50 am
Fri January 27, 2012

DVD Gurus: 50 Years Ago

What was happening on the cinema scene a half century ago? And how have movies changed and in what ways have they remained the same?

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Up to Date
11:41 am
Thu January 26, 2012

The Weekend To-Do List

Looking for a few things to get your attention this weekend? Up to Date's Brian McTavish offers up a few options in his Weekend To-Do List for January 20-22, 2012.

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Up to Date
5:10 pm
Wed January 25, 2012

Parents, Teens, & ADHD

Why have we seen so many children, teenagers, and adults diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder?

Symptoms of ADHD include lack of attention, hyperactivity, and impulsive behavior.  And for parents with teens, ADHD can be a troubling diagnosis on top of an already difficult period in a child's life.  Many teens have trouble following through on instructions and don't seem to listen when spoken to directly, but it's important to know when a teen is just being a teen...or when their condition requires special attention.

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Up to Date
10:53 pm
Tue January 24, 2012

Elizabeth The Queen

Elizabeth The Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch, is a biography of one of the most public—and yet most private—people in the world.

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Up To Date
1:33 pm
Tue January 24, 2012

ALS Research Discoveries Hold Promise; Drug Shortages Cause Scares

New insights about the development of ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease, can help explain what causes nerve- and muscle-cell failure in sufferers, and researchers hope the new knowledge will help design drugs to combat the disease.

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Up to Date
2:12 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

The Techsperts: Cut Your Cable TV?

Roku 2 Internet TV box

A recent study shows that 9% of U.S. cable subscribers dropped their cable TV subscription in 2011. Why? Perhaps some of them did so because of the economy, but more did so because they're able to get their favorite TV shows through the Internet - on their schedule.

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Up to Date
1:21 pm
Fri January 20, 2012

KCMO City Council Reacts To Proposed City Budget

Kansas City, Missouri City Council Chambers
Library of Congress

Kansas City, Missouri City Manager Troy Schulte’s recently proposed budget recommendations for 2012 include a number of cuts, most notably a reduction of more than 100 positions in the fire department. On Wednesday, Fire Chief Smokey Dyer told the City Council’s public safety committee that the proposed cuts would violate national fire safety standards.

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Up to Date
11:44 am
Fri January 20, 2012

Ladysmith Black Mambazo Comes To Kansas City

For more than forty years, Ladysmith Black Mambazo has married the intricate rhythms and harmonies of the native South African musical traditions. The ten member vocal ensemble has recorded forty albums and sold more than six million records.

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Up to Date
10:18 am
Fri January 20, 2012

Brubeck Brothers Continue Family Legacy

The Brubeck Brothers Quartet: Dan Brubeck (drums), Mike DeMicco (guitar), Chuck Lamb (piano), Chris Brubeck (bass & trombone)

The Brubeck Brothers Quartet, which features two members of one of America's most accomplished musical families, performs this evening at 8:30 at Johnson County Community College.

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Up to Date
4:30 pm
Thu January 19, 2012

The Ethics Professors: Are Resolutions Too Hard To Keep?

So here we are three weeks into the year.  How about a show of hands: how many of you have already broken your new year’s resolutions?

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Up to Date
11:29 am
Wed January 18, 2012

Snips, Cuts And Slashes In Missouri

Higher education is on the chopping block once again in Jefferson City.

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Up to Date
10:00 am
Wed January 18, 2012

Chiefs: Dysfunctional On The Field...And At The Office?

Kansas City Chiefs Training Facility and Administrative Offices

According to a Kansas City Star article by sportswriter Kent Babb, "secrecy, intimidation, fear and a watchful eye have become hallmarks of working for the Chiefs."

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Up to Date
12:12 pm
Tue January 17, 2012

New Kansas City Chief Focuses On Community Policing

KCMO Police Chief Darryl Forté

The Kansas City (Missouri) Police Department searched far and wide for a new chief last year. Finally, they chose from within its ranks: Darryl Forté.

Tuesday on Up to Date, Steve Kraske welcomed Chief Forté to talk about Kansas City's consistently-high homicide rate, community policing, and his background. 

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Up to Date
11:31 pm
Sun January 15, 2012

The Pullman Porter: "World's Most Perfect Servant" Or Symbol of Racial Oppression?

Library of Congress

Bellman, concierge, housekeeper, valet:  If the Pullman porter’s job was complex, his place in the American consciousness is even harder to pin down. 

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Up to Date
3:21 pm
Fri January 13, 2012

The Journal Of Best Practices

There comes a time in every marriage when many wives begin to wonder “What the heck is wrong with my husband’s brain?!”

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Up to Date
1:28 pm
Thu January 12, 2012

Kansas Governor Calls For Tax Cuts And Changes In School Funding Mechanism

At his annual State of the State address on Wednesday night, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback advocated a plan to cut taxes for roughly 1.6 million Kansans

He also outlined a plan to change the way Kansas public schools are funded, and called for the Kansas Legislature to fix the Sunflower State's state employee pension plan.

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Up to Date
11:45 am
Thu January 12, 2012

The Weekend To-Do List

Singer Shelby Lynn performs Friday night at 8 at the Folly Theatre

Ready to face the great urban outdoors this weekend?  Brian McTavish is back to offer up a few options in his Weekend To-Do List for January 13-14, 2012.

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