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
10:49 am
Wed May 7, 2014

KCI: Looking Behind The Single Terminal Recommendation

The official recommendation from Mayor Sly James' task force is to build a new single terminal at KCI.
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Moving one step closer to a final resolution on Kansas City International Airport's future, Mayor Sly James' task force recommended a new single terminal Wednesday morning.

On Wednesday's Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with the co-chairs of that advisory panel about why it recommended this option, which has encountered fierce opposition in the Kansas City metro area.

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Up to Date
10:32 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Recovering From A False Rape Accusation

Football player Brian Banks went to prison for a rape, but new evidence exonerated him of the crime.
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Back in 2002, Brian Banks was getting closer to his dream of playing for the NFL. Pegged for a scholarship to play for USC, Banks’ future was promising until he was accused of rape and sentenced to five years in prison.

On Wednesday's Up to Date, we sit down with Banks to discuss his sentence, which was overturned when it came to light that his accuser had lied to reap settlement money. We'll also discuss his return to football nearly 11 years later.

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Up To Date
9:00 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Public Transportation: Trends And Challenges

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A new era in public transportation is underway in Kansas City with the construction of the downtown streetcar system, but will the future needs of aging baby boomers and mobile millennials be met? 

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Up To Date
9:00 am
Tue May 6, 2014

How Human Sex Life Compares To The Birds And The Bees

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The publisher of Nature's Nether Regions begins the book summary this way: "What’s the easiest way to tell species apart? Check their genitals."

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Up To Date
9:00 am
Mon May 5, 2014

The New Democrat

Al From is the author of The New Democrats and the Return to Power

On Monday's Up to Date, we sit down with Al From, author of The New Democrats and the Return to Power.  He joins Steve Kraske for a look at the history and future of the Democratic Party.  As founder of the Democratic Leadership Council he ushered in a new breed of Democrat with Bill Clinton's administration.   

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Al From is founder of the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC). 

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Up To Date
9:00 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Kansas City's World War I Monuments

James J. Heiman is the author of Voices in Bronze and Stone: Kansas City's World War I Monuments and Memorials
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Everyone is familiar with the National World War I Monument in Kansas City, but there are others.

On Monday, we'll hear the stories behind some of the most prominent WWI monuments and memorials in Kansas City. James J. Heiman the author of Voices In the Bronze and Stone: Kansas City's World War I Monuments and Memorials joins us.

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James J. Heiman is the author of Voices In Bronze and Stone: Kansas City's World War I Monuments and Memorials.

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Up To Date
12:25 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' May 2-4

Nicolas Cage stars in 'Joe,' two of our independent, foreign, and documentary film critics' 'Three to See.'
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Looking for a great film to see the weekend of May 2-4? Up to Date's independent, foreign, and documentary film critics share their favorites showing on area screens:

Cynthia Haines:

Steve Walker:

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Up To Date
12:14 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

What's Showing In Independent, Foreign & Documentary Film, May 2

Kristin Wiig and Guy Pierce star in 'Hateship, Loveship,' one of our critics' films to see.
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From stories about severe nymphomania to vicious alien femme fatales, our reviewers' material is challenging to say the least.

On Friday's Up to Date, our independent, foreign, and documentary film critics return to look at some of the new films opening on local screens.

In addition to reviewing new films, we talk with "Hateship, Loveship" director Liza Johnson about her decision to cast comedienne Kristin Wiig in a serious role.

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Up To Date
3:02 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

The Debate Over The Missouri Tax Cut Bill

Gov. Jay Nixon is expected to veto the proposed Missouri income tax cut later today.

On April 23, Up to Date's Steve Kraske spoke with Amy Blouin, Executive Director of the Missouri Budget Project, who opposes the tax cut, and Patrick Ishmael, a policy analyst with the Show-Me Institute who supports the signing of the bill.

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Up To Date
2:22 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

The Weekend To-Do List: May 2-4, 2014

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Looking for something to do this weekend? Brian McTavish has just the thing to spice up your weekend at get you out of that funk with his Weekend To-Do List for May 2-4.

Free Comic Book Day Free comics and superhero-related activitiesSaturdayKansas City area comic book shopsAdmission: Freefreecomicbookday.com   

“School House Rock Live!” 

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Up To Date
1:41 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Off-Label Drug Use

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A doctor looking to help a patient prescribes a medication for a condition it was not originally marketed to treat. How legal, and how risky the off-label use of prescription drugs?On Thursday's Up To Date  Steve Kraske talks with a pharmacist about just how common this practice is among physicians and why drug companies don’t market their products for multiple uses.  

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Rick Couldry is Director of Pharmacy at the University of Kansas Hospital. 

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Up to Date
9:00 am
Thu May 1, 2014

A New Kind Of Jazz Combo

Hermon Mehari (far right) is a trumpeter with the band Diverse. Other members include (from left) Ryan J. Lee, Tony Tixier and Ben Leifer.
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  Kansas City-based jazz band Diverse is mixing it up to combine their smooth sounds with other musical genres.

On Thursday's Up to Date, we talk with their trumpeter about those innovations and where they hope to take this new sound mix.

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  • Hermon Mehari, trumpeter in Diverse and 2014 Charlotte Street Generative Performing Artist Award recipient
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Up to Date
9:00 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Ethics Professors: Crime And Punishment

The Ethics Professors return to talk about crime and punishment.
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With suspects in custody for both the highway and Jewish Community Center shootings, many communities in the metro area are waiting to see how justice will be served.

On Wednesday's Up to Date, the Ethics Professors return to mull over the ethical questions surrounding crime and punishment. We also look at the recent case of a man who was imprisoned 15 years after his sentencing due to a clerical error.

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Up to Date
9:00 am
Tue April 29, 2014

War: How Violence Can Lead To Stability

Ian Morris is the author of 'War! What Is It Good For? Conflict and the Progress of Civilization from Primates to Robots .'

War is bloody, tragic and violent, but it also has benefits for society—even if it doesn’t feel that way when the bullets are flying.

On Tuesday's Up to Date, we talk with a historian about his idea that war ultimately leads to stability and prosperity, despite the high body counts it takes to get there.

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Up to Date
9:00 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Exercise As A Cure-All

Dr. Jordan Metzl is the co-author of 'The Exercise Cure: A Doctor's All-Natural, No-Pill Prescription for Better Health and Longer Life.'

One doctor says he has the ultimate cure-all— and it’s not from a pharmacy.

On Tuesday's Up to Date, we examine the “exercise cure” and how it seems to decrease disease and improve general health.

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Up To Date
4:43 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Former Brownback Aides Under FBI Scrutiny

From left to right: George Stafford, David Kensinger, and Riley Scott, the founding partners of Parallel Strategies.
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Over the weekend, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking into Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s KanCare Medicaid program. 

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Up to Date
9:00 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Talking Teeth, Pet-Style

Pet dentist Dr. Scott MaGee asks his patients to open wide.
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Cavity-free, pearly-white teeth have long been a status symbol—but how important is it to make sure your pet’s choppers are as pristine as yours?

On Monday's Up to Date, we’ll talk with  Wayne Hunthausen, DVM and veterinarian Scott MacGee who specializes in pet dentistry. We’ll find out just what’s normal for your pet's teeth and, as always, take questions about your companion animal's health and habits.

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Up to Date
9:00 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Making A Plan For The End

Peggy Battin is the author of 'Least Worst Death.'

Bioethics is a heavy issue to the average person, and most of us prefer not to think about death. But having a plan in place for when the worst happens is crucial.

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Up to Date
11:44 am
Thu April 24, 2014

The Weekend To-Do List: April 25-27, 2014

Iambic pentameter and alcohol go together at ShakesBEER this weekend.
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Got a case of the blahs? Brian McTavish has just the thing to spice up your weekend at get you out of that funk with his Weekend To-Do List for April 25-27.

Diana Ross (Pop), 7 p.m. Sunday at the Midland Theater, 1228 Main, Kansas City, Mo. Tickets: $58 to $178 

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Up to Date
9:00 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Returning Home To Build A New Life

Julene Bair is the author of 'The Ogallala Road.'

It can be a lonely, difficult life when you’re a farmer on the high plains of western Kansas.

On Wednesday's Up to Date, we discuss a new memoir about a woman who returned to the family farm. We talk with her about the hardships she faced-- ghosts from her past, adjusting back to farm life after years away and dealing with the looming threat of drought as the nearby river levels kept dropping.

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Up to Date
9:00 am
Wed April 23, 2014

How Organizations Are Engaging Our Community

Up To Date host Steve Kraske, left, leads a discussion with members of the 49/63 neighborhood during a March community listening session at Rockhurst University.
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Every government, non-profit or business has to find some way to gauge what a community needs or wants from them. But how do you figure it out?

On Wednesday's Up to Date, we talk about what community engagement means to a local government official and a director of community engagement at a non-profit. We also take a look at how they talk with community members and how the information they get helps shape their organizations’ budgets, programs and other critical functions.

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Up to Date
10:20 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Wonder Women: The Strength Of Female Superheroes

The documentary 'Wonder Women' explores the history of female superheroes.
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When you talk about heroes of the cape-and-tights variety, it’s not just a boy’s club. Just look at the comic book powers of Wonder Woman or the X-Men’s Storm, or even live-action heroes like Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Xena.

On Tuesday's Up to Date, we talk with the director of a new documentary about female superheroes and how they reflect and affect society’s ideas about women.

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Up to Date
9:00 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Parents, Teens & Money

Dr. Wes Crenshaw joins us to discuss how to teach teens the value of money.
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Every parent these days hears it from their children: “I want a new smartphone” or “We have to get a new tablet—I’ll just die without one.” But how do you teach kids to value how expensive it is to keep up with the Joneses?

On Monday's Up to Date, psychologist Wes Crenshaw joins us to talk about teen entitlement and how you can help your kids learn the value of money. We discuss how to explain the difference between needs and wants and how to get your teen thinking on the same page as you when it comes to the next upgrade.

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Up to Date
11:37 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Local Listen: Kristie Stremel

Kristie Stremel sings this week's Local Listen on her album, 'Songwriter.'

For this Local Listen, we turn to longtime area favorite, Kristie Stremel who has a sure-handed grasp of the dynamic potential in a pop song.  Her single, Cry It All Out, combines a tender voice with a delicate arrangement while kicking up a great big, noisy celebration.  From the album Songwriter here is Kristie and Cry It All Out.

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Up to Date
9:52 am
Fri April 18, 2014

DVD Gurus: When Good Directors Go Bad

Steven Spielberg fell flat with this 1979 effort, called '1941.'

For every Million Dollar Baby, there’s a film like The Rookie. Even Steven Spielberg, who climbed the heights of Hollywood with E.T., Indiana Jones and Saving Private Ryan hit the bottom with 1941.

On Friday's Up to Date, the DVD Gurus return to examine how even a great director can come out with a flop. In their sights are Clint Eastwood, Mike Nichols, John Boorman and other directors who have been silver screen darlings and rotten tomato rejects. We look at films that range from completely bizarre to just plain bad.

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Up to Date
11:45 am
Thu April 17, 2014

The Weekend To-Do List, April 18-20, 2014

Dead Girl Roller Derby has its first double-header of the season this weekend.
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Looking for ways to defy the rain this weekend? Brian McTavish has an array of options on the Weekend To-Do List.

Ben Kweller (Rock), 9 p.m. Friday at the Riot Room, 4048 Broadway, Kansas City, Mo. Tickets: $15 to $45 

Lawrence Burlesque Collective’s Spring Fling (A burlesque prom with the Cave Girls and Card Table Theatre), 10 p.m. Saturday at The Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence, Kan. Tickets: $15 

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Up to Date
9:00 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Finding The Origins Of Tornado Chasers

Tornado chasing got its start in the 1920s.
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The booming thunderstorms and crazy spring weather have moved in, and any Midwesterner knows what comes with them—tornadoes. Most of us retreat to basements when those sirens sound, but a select few take that as a cue to go hunting for the cyclones. 

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Up To Date
11:26 am
Wed April 16, 2014

The Disappearance of Investigative Journalism

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Dean Starkman joins host Steve Kraske to talk about the disappearance of investigative journalism in American media.
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Following the 2008 financial meltdown, many were left asking, "where were the journalists at?" 

On the second half of Wednesday's Up to Date, host Steve Kraske discusses the lack of investigative journalism in recent years with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Dean Starkman

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Up To Date
11:24 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Web Exclusive: Edward James Olmos On Lt. Castillo Of 'Miami Vice'

Edward James Olmos as Lt. Martin Castillo on "Miami Vice".
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If Miami Vice was the hottest show on television in the '80s then Lt. Martin Castillo was the coolest character.  As portrayed by Edward James Olmos, Castillo was a man of few words and a mysterious past.  In this excerpt of his interview with Steve Kraske, Olmos recalls the conditions under which he took the role and why he didn't look at actors Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas during his first season on the show.

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Up To Date
11:11 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Actor And Activist Edward James Olmos

Actor, director, and Chicano activist Edward James Olmos joins Steve Kraske on Wednesday's "Up to Date."
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Science fiction fans will recognize him as Commander William Adama from Battlestar Galactica, but Edward James Olmos is also well known for his activism in the Latino and Chicano community. 

On the first half of Wednesday's Up to Date, host Steve Kraske sits down with Olmos to discuss his long career in Hollywood and his numerous efforts to reach out to Chicano youth. Olmos gave the Cesar Chavez Lecture at the University of Missouri-Kansas City on Tuesday.

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