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
11:52 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Nelson-Atkins Envisions Creation Of Cultural District

The Nelson-Atkins grand vision of expansion includes a bridge over Brush Creek near what is now Theis Park.
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The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art has unveiled plans for a bold expansion. The museum is talking about greater green spaces, walkways, and more sculptures as part of a gleaming cultural district. The new district would extend a mile in every direction from Oak Street and Emanuel Cleaver Boulevard. It’s a huge statement that could carry some pain as pieces of nearby historic neighborhoods would vanish to make way for this new vision.

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11:22 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Small-Town Midwestern Boys With Big Legacies

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Walt Disney, Johnny Carson, Carl Sandburg, Ronald Reagan, Henry Ford . . .  small Midwestern towns aren't typically the stuff of sensational headlines - more sunset strolls than Sunset Boulevard. But growing up, these and other great men called such communities home.

On Tuesday's Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with author John Miller about the enduring importance of the small town, and the role of "flyover country" in producing some of the 20th Century's most influential men.

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12:05 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

The Impact Of Failed Missouri Transportation Tax

Lawmakers are searching for new ideas to fund Missouri's roads and bridges.
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Last week, Missouri voters solidly rejected Amendment 7, which would have increased the sales tax by three-quarters of a cent for 10 years to fund roads and bridges.

On Monday's Up to Date, we take a look at why voters reacted the way they did and what lawmakers might do to pay for those transportation items now.

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  • Rep. Dave Schatz, Chair of the Missouri House Transportation Committee
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11:52 am
Mon August 11, 2014

TEDxKC: From Fission To Fusion

Michel Laberge hopes to make it possible for solar energy to power the grid.

The idea of nuclear power is nothing new, but the traditional method of producing it by fission is being challenged by the safer and greener process of fusion.

On Monday's Up to Date, we talk with the founder of an energy company making a fusion prototype to supply commercially-viable and competitive power generation.

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  • Dr. Michel Laberge, founder and chief scientist at General Fusion
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11:37 am
Mon August 11, 2014

TEDxKC: Making Hitchhiking A Real Method Of Transport

CarmaHop seeks to increase hitchhiking to make car transportation more efficient.
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Next time you drive, look to your right, then in the back. Are your passenger seats empty? You may be alone in your car, but you're not the only one in this situation.

On Monday's Up to Date, we talk with TEDxKC presenter Jenny O'Brien about why she's advocating hitchhiking as a way to fill those seats and make our transportation more efficient.

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  • Jenny O'Brien, community manager for CarmaHop
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Up To Date
1:29 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Missouri Documentary Focuses On Three Small-Town Boys

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Seventy miles south of Kansas City, there was a documentary filmed that critic Bob Butler says will break your heart. Rich Hill tells the story of three boys coming of age with at least one hand tied behind their back. They deal with crushing poverty, incarcerated parents, and lots of moving around. Juxtaposed with the external hardships, these adolescents must also confront ADHD and bi-polar disorder. On Friday's Up to Date, Steve Kraske visits with one of the film's directors.

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12:43 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

What's Showing In Independent, Foreign & Documentary Film, August 8

I Origins, a film showing this weekend, is a science-fiction drama about a biologist studying the human eye who makes a startling discovery.
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On Friday's Up to Date, our indie, foreign, and documentary film critics review the latest films showing on area screens.

Philip Seymour Hoffman plays an old-school German spy heading up a post 9/11 operation. By the time A Most Wanted Man was released, Hoffman was dead from a drug overdose.

Listen for the scoop on that film, along with two documentaries looking at the lives of author Gore Vidal and film critic Roger Ebert, a science-fiction drama, and the latest offering from Zach Braff.

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3:29 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

"The Presidency Of Gerald R. Ford"

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Gerald Ford became the 38th president of this country only because his predecessor, Richard Nixon, resigned the office. His presidency lasted only 865 days because he was defeated for election on his own by Jimmy Carter. So the question becomes: Why is Gerald Ford’s presidency worth examining?

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2:30 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

TEDxKC: Getting Money Out Of Politics And A DIY Musician

Lawrence Lessig and Kawehi
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Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig says we can't begin to deal with problems like climate change, financial reform or anything else until we deal with the corrupting influence of money in American politics. As part of Up to Date's  continuing look at TEDxKC 2014, Lessig explains to Steve Kraske how he believes our system became broken and what it will take to fix it.

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4:43 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Political Pundits: What Election Results Mean For Area Residents And Politicians

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Yesterday's voting results provided some interesting outcomes. A relatively-unknown challenger gave incumbent Sam Brownback a run for his money. The proposed expansion of the Kansas City streetcar tax district supported by Mayor Sly James was voted down.

Today on Up To Date, Steve Kraske talks with with Political Pundits Burdett Loomis and Dave Helling to divine the messages voters were sending about the candidates and issues on state and local ballots.  Then Mayor James joins Steve for his thoughts on the future of the streetcar in Kansas City.

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1:33 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Facial Hair Enthusiasts Gather For Kansas City Beard & Moustache Competition

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The first disposable safety razor was invented in Boston in 1901, and with it came over a century of clean-shaven American men. But recent years have witnessed a revival of stubbled jaws, mustachioed lips, and bearded cheeks - from Ben Affleck and George Clooney to the 2007 writers' strike and the World Series Red Sox. On today's Up To Date, Steve Kraske looks at the newfound respectability of the beard, how it's become a style icon in its own right, and how facial hair stereotypes are being shorn away.

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5:07 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

TEDxKC: Alix Lambert On 'The Bully In The System'

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In her new documentary, Mentor, filmmaker Alix Lambert examines the culture of bullying at an Ohio high school and two of its victims who committed suicide.  Bullying will also be the focus of her presentation at this week's TEDxKC speakers series.

In this edition of Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with Lambert about 'bystander culture' and what draws her to individuals who are non-conforming.

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4:32 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Life As A Senior: Independent Living, Continuing Education And City Planning

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The last of the Baby Boomers turn 50 this year. By 2030 one out of every five people in the U.S. will be 65-plus. These are people not content to sit in a rocker on the front porch. They want to live independently for as long as possible, experience and learn new things, and have communities that help them stay active and engaged.

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3:50 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

TEDxKC: Changing The Narrative

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TED talks are those 18-minute presentations about big ideas and theories. Since 2009, Kansas City has hosted a TED conference of its own. Steve Kraske sits down with TEDxKC organizer Mike Lundgren for a look at this year's event including a sneak peek at a local singer/songwriter, 15 year-old Gracie Schram.

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2:34 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

What Makes A Winner At The Missouri And Kansas State Fairs

Justin Schultis is the current Kansas Auctioneer Champion.
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The Missouri State Fair starts in Sedalia this Thursday, and the Kansas State Fair is close behind, opening on September 5th. In addition to giant funnel cakes and whirling carnival rides, the State Fairs have a more serious side: competition. On Monday's Up to Date, host Steve Kraske speaks with past and present state fair champions to find out what brings them back year after for that blue ribbon.

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11:47 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Lawrence Man Attempts To Shatter A Television World Record

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Have you ever stayed up all night talking? Try doing it for 66 hours straight. A Lawrence TV host is about to try in an attempt to shatter the world record for longest television marathon talk show. On Friday's Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with host of The Not So Late Show about his strategies for staying awake, and keeping a live audience engaged for over two and a half days.

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

Kansas City Hosts American Culinary Federation Convention

Chefs at the American Culinary Federation conference create complicated food items, such as these sugar sculptures.
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  When you imagine what it's like to be a chef, you might picture toiling in a hot kitchen, with order requests coming in left and right. In reality, not every chef works in a restaurant.

On Friday's Up to Date, we talk about the other professional opportunities chefs have, from creating recipes for corporate food giants to experimenting with food in a lab.

We also take a look at what speakers and activities you can join at this weekend's American Culinary Federation's national conference.

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2:00 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

How Elephants Helped Win World War II

Vicki Constantine Croke is the author of Elephant Company.

  Tanks and ammo certainly played a big part in winning World War II, but the Pacific theater had another large asset—elephants.

On Thursday's Up to Date, we talk about the man who led these animals against the Axis powers and the bond he developed with these surprisingly gentle giants.

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12:56 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Two Hundred Years Of U.S. Presidents And Pop Culture

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Presidents have been forced to calculate whether they want to be men of the people...or men of somewhat higher understanding.

On this edition of Up to Date Steve Kraske sits down with author Tevi Troy for a look at how popular culture has shaped the presidency. From Jefferson’s grounding in philosophy to Obama’s mastery of Internet culture, they examine who was best, or worst, at navigating a president's need to connect with the average citizen through the culture of the day.

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9:00 am
Thu July 24, 2014

From Jefferson To Obama, Pop Culture Infuses The White House

From Jefferson to Obama, pop culture has influenced presidents, according to author Tevi Troy.

When you think about presidents and pop culture, you might picture Obama’s Twitter account, but you might not realize that other ventures with mass-appeal have been affecting the White House for a few centuries.

On Thursday's Up to Date, we’ll talk about the influence everything from theater to books to the internet have had on the presidency since Thomas Jefferson was in charge.

HEAR MORE: Tevi Troy speaks at 6:30 p.m. July 24 at the Plaza branch of the Kansas City Public Library.

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11:48 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Ethics Professors Look At Malaysian Crash And Border Kids

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Pro-Russian rebels wouldn’t let anybody in to view the bodies of that downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. What’s to make of their actions?

In this country, thousands of “border children” streamed across the border in recent months. The crisis has raised questions about what’s the appropriate way to handle these kids.

On Wednesday's Up to Date Steve Kraske and the Ethics Professors sort through the moral dilemmas presented by each of these events.

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11:19 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Entrepreneurs Overcome Obstacles, Boost Local Economy

Since the 1970s, small businesses have provided a net of two-thirds of all new jobs. Today, they create 55 percent of all jobs in this country. Three local entrepreneurs, who make up part of this trend, appeared on Up to Date to talk about about starting and sustaining a small business in the Kansas City area.

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Up to Date
9:00 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Building Up KC With Local Entrepreneurs

Kansas City is home to many entrepreneurs running small businesses.
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Whether it’s a bakery or a tech firm, running your own business is no cakewalk. Developing one from the ground up takes a lot of hard work and planning.

On Tuesday's Up to Date, we talk with some local entrepreneurs about how they got started, the difficulties they encounter and what the future might hold for them. We also talk about why their relationship with the community matters so much and how they stay profitable. 

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

Wes Crenshaw: Parents, Teens And Maturity

Dr. Wes Crenshaw says that part of the reason why younger people are waiting to get married is that boys are more immature than they used to be.
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When an old-timer mutters, “Oh, kids today… they’re not like we were,” he might be right. Statistics show that young people are waiting longer to tie the knot, and the change may be down to the maturity of the guys.

On Monday's Up to Date psychologist Wes Crenshaw joins us to examine this shift. We explore changes in dating practices and why teens might be slower to mature these days, especially if they’re boys.

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Up to Date
10:42 am
Fri July 18, 2014

DVD Gurus: World War II

'Sink the Bismarck!' is on our DVD Gurus' list of World War II flicks.

They fought on the beaches, in the air, on the sea... and on film. World War II made an indelible mark on pop culture, and it's especially evident on the silver screen.

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Up To Date
3:29 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Kansas City Women Versus Tom Pendergast

Former Kansas City, Missouri mayor Kay Barnes
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In the 1920s and '30s, Kansas City was defined by the corruption of the political machine run by “Boss” Tom Pendergast. But the machine finally was brought down, in no small part through the efforts of reform-minded women.

Former Kansas City Mayor Kay Barnes tells the story of these “civic housekeepers” whose fight came to a dramatic conclusion with the ballot-box victories of 1940, Pendergast’s imprisonment in the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth, and the smashing of machine-mob rule.

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3:25 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Kansas City, Kansas Group Works To Keep Children From Becoming Border Kids

This is a family in Guatemala who has received support from Unbound.
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As the U.S. struggles with the thousands of "border kids" crossing its southern boundaries, one organization in Kansas City, Kansas is working with families in Latin America to help children remain in their own communities.

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Up To Date
9:00 am
Wed July 16, 2014

A Fistful Of Spaghetti Westerns

Clint Eastwood, the young American star in the 1964 Italian Western, "A Fistful of Dollars"
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A half century ago, nobody expected much of Sergio Leone’s 1964 Italian Western A Fistful of Dollars – not even its young American star, Clint Eastwood. On Wednesday's Up to Date, Steve Kraske explores how this film's fiery success ignited the popularity of an entire genre known as "spaghetti westerns".

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9:00 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Finally, Kansas City Has A Home For Its Auto History

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Kansas City holds an astonishing amount of auto history from the first African-American auto dealer in the U.S. to the park and boulevard system started in the 1890s that shaped our city's traffic flow today.

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Up to Date
9:00 am
Tue July 15, 2014

What To Do If Your Pet Gets Hurt

Dr. Wayne Hunthausen joins Steve Kraske to talk about first aid for pets.
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When you burn your finger or get a gash on your leg, you know what to do—or at least where the first aid kit is. But what do you do if your pet gets injured?

On Tuesday's Up to Date, veterinarian Wayne Hunthausen joins us to talk about first aid for your pets. We also take a look at what bandage you should use when Fido gets a cut and what to do when you can’t get Fluffy to the vet after an injury.

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