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
11:08 am
Wed January 11, 2012

The Health Insurance Industry: Empty Promises And Propaganda

Wendell Potter, a former vice president of CIGNA, says that health insurers make promises they have no intention of keeping, flout regulations designed to protect consumers, and skew political debate with multibillion-dollar PR campaigns to mislead the press and public.

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Up to Date
4:19 pm
Thu January 5, 2012

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

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will name its Oscar nominees on January 24th.  No, our own critics aren't involved in the nominating process, but that doesn't mean they don't have opinions on which films should receive accolades!

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Up to Date
11:45 am
Thu January 5, 2012

The Weekend To-Do List

Elvis Presley would have turned 77 this year. Celebrate his birthday this weekend with Elvis impersonators performing around the region.

Seeking a way out of the house this weekend?  Brian McTavish is back to offer up a few options in his Weekend To-Do List for January 6-8, 2012.

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Up to Date
10:25 am
Thu January 5, 2012

The Future Of Aerospace In Wichita

The first Boeing KC-767 aerial refueling tanker for Italy awaits production modifications at the Boeing-Wichita Modification Center.
Boeing

Will 2,100 aerospace workers find other jobs in Wichita once Boeing closes its plant next year?

Thursday at 11:40 a.m. on Up to Date: Steve Kraske talks with Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer about Wednesday's big news that Boeing is pulling out of city after nearly 85 years.

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Up to Date
4:23 pm
Wed January 4, 2012

The Gothic Imagination

University of Kansas Film and Media Studies professor John C. Tibbetts is not just a film scholar, but a fan of its work, more specifically, science fiction.  He had a strong influence: Tibbetts' father was an early science fiction fan who named his son after Edgar Rice Burrough's second great hero, John Carter of Mars.

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Up to Date
11:19 pm
Thu December 29, 2011

The "Googlization" Of Everything

Whether you're searching online for the best shoe sales or driving directions, chances are good that the first thing you do is "Google it." And why wouldn't you? With its recent foray into social media and services offering everything from out-of-print books to cell phones, Google is fast becoming a one-stop shop for, well, everything. But could the search engine be too good at what it does?

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Up to Date
9:01 pm
Wed December 28, 2011

50 Years Of Manned Space Flight

50 years ago, Alan Shepard became the first American in space, making a brief suborbital mission that marked the first manned launch of Project Mercury.

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Up to Date
12:55 am
Wed December 28, 2011

The Preventable Death of President Garfield

An assassination attempt on the American president, a world-famous inventor on a deadline and a hard-headed doctor named Doctor Bliss. You couldn't make this stuff up, and Leawood author Candice Millard found it too good not to write about.

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Up to Date
9:45 am
Tue December 27, 2011

How Science Will Shape Our Lives By The Year 2100

X-ray vision, doubled life spans, lots of robots, and zoos filled with animals that are now extinct.

It may sound like a science fiction novel from your childhood, but this is the not-too-distant future envisioned by quantum physicist Michio Kaku in his book Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100.

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Film
10:00 am
Fri December 23, 2011

DVD Gurus: The Gift Of Movies

 

If you're still looking for that perfect gift, it may not be too late.  Sure, you could buy some clothing, jewelry, or (men - don't do this), blender, but why not pick something meaningful for your friend or loved one - something that matches their personal taste?  Here's an idea: the gift of movies.

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Up to Date
11:45 am
Thu December 22, 2011

The Weekend To-Do List

The Kansas City Ballet presents its annual holiday tradition "The Nutcracker" through Saturday December 24.

So it's not going to be a white Christmas.  But that's okay: there's still plenty to do this holiday weekend.  To help get you out, Brian McTavish offers up these five fun and unique things to do in Kansas City.

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Up to Date
9:15 am
Thu December 22, 2011

Parents, Teens & Tension

Is this what your family feels like after a few days of winter break?
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So your kid went off to college, experienced freedom, set his own schedule, abided by his own rules, and now he’s home for winter break…for a few weeks.

Yeah, there’s gonna be some tension.  We've seen it play out in movies and TV shows that poke fun at family dysfunction around the holidays.

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Up to Date
6:00 am
Wed December 21, 2011

Best Children & Youth Books Of 2011

Jon Klassen's "I Want My Hat Back", one of Johnson County Librarian Debbie McLeod's picks for best children's books of 2011.

It’s hard enough to keep your kids away from the Xbox on a normal weekday… it must be even tougher when they’re home for winter vacation.  But technology might just help this time around: perhaps you can even convince your child to turn off the video game and pick up a Kindle...or a Nook… an iPad or even (yes!) paper…and dig deep into a great story.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Mon December 19, 2011

The Year In Religion

When religion is part of the news stories of the day, it can be very good - as when people of many faiths work together to provide disaster relief - or very bad, as when religious institutions become embroiled in financial shenanigans or sexual abuse.  In today's pluralistic world, even stories that might never be covered by the religion desk - like foreign policy debates, armed conflicts worldwide, or presidential election campaigns - have undeniably religious angles and implications.

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Up to Date
10:03 pm
Sun December 18, 2011

Kansas City Area Development In 2011

The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts opened in September 2011.

Whether it's the opening of a beacon of the performing arts, a shopping mall revived from near death, a business fleeing one side of the state for the other, or a law firm's attempt to build a new office structure on the Country Club Plaza, it's been a busy year in development across the Kansas City region.

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Up To Date
11:00 am
Thu December 15, 2011

Repurposing Brings New Life To Old Buildings

King Louie West bowling alley in Overland Park, Kan.

When it comes to shuttered and abandoned buildings, the terms “adaptive reuse” and “repurposing” are being heard more and more.  Whether talking about the numerous facilities sitting unused within the Kansas City Missouri School District or on iconic building like King Louie West in Overland Park, finding new uses for old sites seems to make good sense for buyers and sellers alike.

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Up to Date
1:00 pm
Wed December 14, 2011

The Book Doctors' Top Picks For 2011

Tablets and readers might soon supplant the printed word, but there's nothing quite like snuggling up with a great book on a cold winter day. In the interest of keeping you cooped up in just that condition, the Book Doctors share their favorite page-flippers from the past year on Wednesday's Up to Date. Whether you're looking for literature for yourself or your loved ones, our panel of readers is sure to find something that fits just right.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Tue December 13, 2011

Nelson-Atkins' Design Competition Aims At Innovation

London's Serpentine Gallery commissions temporary pavilions from internationally acclaimed architects. This pavilion, designed by Frank Gehry, was built in 2008.

From the Ferris wheel to the ice cream cone, some pretty influential things have been unveiled at World's Fairs. For Kansas City, even an upcoming exhibit at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art featuring World's Fair fare is getting some local designers and  architects excited.

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Up to Date
5:09 pm
Tue December 13, 2011

Culinary Expeditions: Lidia's Italy

Chef, restauranteur, and cookbook author Lidia Bastianich

A refugee at age 10 and an immigrant at 12, Lidia Bastianich has always associated food with family and home. A wife, mother and restaurateur by age 24, Lidia's passion for bringing the taste of Italy to the American table has made her a favorite among PBS viewers, home chefs and foodies.

Up to Date
6:00 pm
Mon December 12, 2011

Holiday Stress And Your Pets

Let’s face it, the holidays are stressful, between decorating the house, putting up the tree, throwing a party and out-of-town guests. It’s enough to push even the most well-behaved pet over the edge.  Hey, the holidays are not all about you, you know!

If your animal companion starts exhibiting unusual behavior this time of year, don’t despair. Tuesday on Up to DateDr. Wayne Hunthausen is back to discuss how to limit the negative effects of the holiday season on your pets.

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Government
6:00 pm
Sun December 11, 2011

Mayor James Moves In On KC Public Schools

Mayor Sly James' plan to take over Kansas City public schools could tie his political future to the success of a chronically under-performing school district.
Shane Keyser Kansas City Star

Mayor Sly James' plan to assume control of the Kansas City, Mo., public school district has raised a lot of eyebrows, and it's no wonder why.

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Politics
6:05 pm
Thu December 8, 2011

Political Pundits: Predictions About The Republican Presidential Pack

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The weather may be frosty, but the search for a Republican presidential nominee is anything but.  We're only weeks away from the Iowa caucuses, yet no one person is leading the pack.

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Books
1:05 pm
Thu December 8, 2011

William Least Heat-Moon on 20 Years of "PrairyErth"

"It is history, travel, anthropology, geography, journalism, confession, memoir, natural history and autobiography. It is the life and times of Chase County, and incidentally everything you need to know about Kansas."  So wrote Paul Theroux in his New York Times review of PrairyErth (A Deep Map) when it was published in 1991. 

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Technology
2:36 pm
Wed December 7, 2011

The Techsperts' 2011 Holiday Gift Guide

The holidays are all about tradition, and one of our very favorites is unveiling the Techsperts' Holiday Gift Guide. Wondering what to get the geek in your family who's already got everything? From know-it-all to noob, this list's got something for everyone.

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Technology
10:35 am
Wed December 7, 2011

The Techsperts: Technology News & Holiday Gift Giving Guide

The "iCADE" - an iPad Arcade Cabinet.

The tablet computer is one of the most popular tech gifts this holiday season, and according to a new survey, within three years, there will be 89.5 million tablet owners in the United States. That's right: nearly one in three web-connected Americans will own one.

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Business
4:00 pm
Mon December 5, 2011

Freed Employees Make More Money (For Your Company, That Is)

If people can be free to act in the best interest of their company, the results will be tremendous, says business school professor Isaac Getz.

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Up To Date

Up to Date focuses on pressing issues, both local and national, including politics, economics, planning and design, history and entertainment - topics that have an impact on the lives of the Greater Kansas City region.

KCUR News
1:56 pm
Mon February 7, 2011

KCMO Mayoral Candidates Funkhouser, James, and Rowland

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KCUR News
1:10 pm
Fri January 28, 2011

Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder

Kansas City, MO – Steve Kraske speaks with Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder, who has long opposed the policies of Missouri Governor Jay Nixon. He explains his budget priorities and his predicted political run against Nixon when their terms expire in two years.

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