Up To Date

Weekdays at 11 a.m.

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.

  • Monday: KC's Masonic Temples / Baby Boomer Suicide Rate
  • Tuesday: Kansas City Zookeepers / Union "agency fees"
  • Wednesday: Rum Maniacs / The Crossword Century
  • Thursday:  Trucker Fatigue / The Death of Isaac Sims / Weekend To-Do List
  • Friday:  Michael Feinstein / Indie, Foreign & Documentary Film Critics

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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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2:07 pm
Fri January 7, 2011

Chiefs to Ravens: "Nevermore!"

Kansas City, MO –

Sports blogger Victor Wishna of ArrowheadAddict.com joined Up to Date to read his version of Poe's "The Raven" as a rallying cry on the eve of the Chief's Sunday playoff game against the Baltimore Ravens.

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2:30 pm
Wed November 3, 2010

Election Post-Mortem

Kansas City, MO –

Up to Date's political pundits conduct a post-mortem on last night's election, look to the future, and try to sort out what it all means.

Steve Kraske welcomes University of Kansas political science professor Burdett Loomis, Kansas City Star political reporter Dave Helling, and KMBC-TV9 political reporter Micheal Mahoney to recap Tuesday's elections and predict how local, state, and federal government may rule over the next couple of years.


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5:34 pm
Wed October 27, 2010

November 2 Ballot Questions, Propositions, and Constitutional Amendments

Kansas City, MO – Listen to this broadcast of Up to Date here.

Puppy mills, the earning tax and voting rights for the mentally ill. Depending on which state you live in, one or more of these things will be on your ballot when you vote next week.

But with confusing legislative language, it can be tough to understand what these ballot initiatives will actually do.

Missouri Ballot Issues:

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8:29 am
Mon October 11, 2010

Nelson Atkins Director Juliàn Zugazagoitia

Steve Kraske welcomes Juliàn Zugazagoitia to talk about his new job and his plans to extend the Nelson Atkins's role in the community.

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3:37 pm
Wed August 4, 2010

Political Pundits Review Election Results

Steve Kraske talks with our Political Pundits, The Kansas City Star's Dave Helling and KMBC's Micheal Mahoney, about where the candidates are positioned after the primaries and what can be expected in the general elections.

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8:47 am
Mon July 12, 2010

'Let's Move!': First Lady Michelle Obama Addresses NAACP Convention

First Lady Michelle Obama
photo: KCUR

Kansas City, MO – First Lady Michelle Obama delivered a speech to delegates at the 101st NAACP national convention in Kansas City, Missouri. The NAACP is the nation's oldest civil rights organization. Mrs. Obama discussed strategies to address the childhood obesity epidemic and her campaign against childhood obesity, Let's Move!

NAACP Chairman Roslyn M. Brock provided an introduction, as did "Up to Date" host Steve Kraske. KCUR carried Michelle Obama's speech live during a remote broadcast of "Up to Date."

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1:37 pm
Tue July 6, 2010

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius On 'Up To Date'

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, KCUR News Director Frank Morris and Up to Date host Steve Kraske

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8:16 am
Fri June 11, 2010

Must Have New Music

Up to Date brings you a great compilation of the best jazz, rock, pop and classical music that you need to discover for yourself.

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1:01 pm
Fri May 7, 2010

New Classical Music Recordings

Kansas City Symphony executive director Frank Byrne returns with some favorite new classical music recordings. His picks include music from composers Antonio Salieri, Pablo de Sarasate, Igor Stravinsky, Richard Wagner, and Ludwig van Beethoven.

Kansas City, MO –

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12:35 pm
Fri April 9, 2010

New Classical Recordings

Steve Kraske talks with Kansas City Symphony executive director Frank Byrne about some of the finer CD releases in recent months.

Steve Kraske talks with Kansas City Symphony executive director Frank Byrne about some of the finer CD releases in recent months.

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3:29 pm
Wed December 16, 2009

Carl Kasell Retiring

Kansas City , Mo. –

Steve Kraske talks with Carl Kasell about his decision to retire, his favorite stories over the last 30 years, and why he's refusing to give up his spot on Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!

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2:15 pm
Mon November 23, 2009

KU Prof Discusses US Rep. Moore's Decision Not To Seek Re-Election

Kansas City , Mo. – Up to Date host Steve Kraske talks with University of Kansas political science professor Burdett Loomis about Moore, and what the decision means for next year's mid-term elections.

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2:22 pm
Fri November 6, 2009

Nolan Gasser and The Music Genome Project

A visit with composer Nolan Gasser, who in addition to being a critically acclaimed composer, pianist, and musicologist is the chief architect of the Music Genome Project, the musical technology behind the famous Pandora personalized radio application.

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2:49 pm
Thu April 2, 2009

Choreographer Karole Armitage

Dancer/choreographer Karole Armitage, previously known as the "Punk Ballerina" talks with Steve Kraske about her work.

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11:46 am
Tue February 24, 2009

Opera Soprano Carol Vaness

Carol Vaness performed the title role of Puccini's Tosca at the Metropolitan Opera in 2004 opposite Pavarotti in the legendary tenor's final operatic performance. That's just a part of the extraordinary professional life of this opera soprano.


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2:58 pm
Tue December 16, 2008

Classical Music Recordings for the Holidays

Frank Byrne, Executive Director of the Kansas City Symphony, returns to KCUR's Up to Date program with another collection of classical recordings. Selections include music by composers Mozart, Vivaldi, Haydn, Hahn, Reinberger, Sibelius, and Bernstein.

Kansas City, Mo – Frank Byrne, Executive Director of the Kansas City Symphony, returns with another collection of classical recordings.

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2:23 am
Tue October 28, 2008

Ballot Measures in Kansas and Missouri

2:44 am
Mon October 27, 2008

Voters' Guide to the Polls

KansasCity, MO – From Up to Date with Steve Kraske, October 27, 2008

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11:13 am
Fri October 24, 2008

Hard-Hat Tour of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

l to r: Architect Moshe Safdie, Lyric Opera General Director Evan Luskin, and Up to Date host Steve Kraske.
photo: Laura Spencer, KCUR

Architect Moshe Safdie visited Kansas City on October 16, 2008 to walk through his Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, currently under construction. KCUR tagged along for the hard-hat tour.

So what's behind the walls surrounding Broadway and 16th Street? To the public it might just look like a big hunk of concrete. But inside the fence sit the foundations of two state-of-the art performance halls.

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1:36 am
Tue October 7, 2008

Kansas U.S. Senate Candidates

Kansas City, MO – Kansas U.S. Senate Candidates

Jim Slattery had little trouble winning the Kansas Democratic Senate nomination but his race against incumbent Republican Senator Pat Roberts has been an uphill battle. The latest Rasmussen Reports poll shows Roberts with a substantial lead over the former U.S. Representative.

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2:57 am
Wed August 6, 2008

Political Pundits Analyze Primary Results

Kansas City, MO – In this edition of Up to Date, political pundits analyze the results of the primary elections, and what impact it could have on this year's presidential contest.

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4:31 am
Mon June 30, 2008

A Conversation with Presidential Candidate Barack Obama

Independence, MO – Presumptive Democratic Party presidential nominee and Illinois Senator Barack Obama spoke to a crowd Monday gathered at the Truman Memorial Building Auditorium in Independence, Missouri. Up to Date's host Steve Kraske talked to the candidate.

Listen to the June 30, 2008 broadcast of Up to Date: Live from Independence with Presidential Candidate Barack Obama here.

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9:38 am
Fri September 21, 2007

New Jazz with Lee Ingalls: Satchmo, Gatschet, Alaadeen, O'Neal, Eldar

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Up to Date host Steve Kraske welcomes KCUR morning news anchor and Up to Date jazz critic Lee Ingalls for their regular discussion of the latest jazz. This time around, jazz with Kansas City connections and Louis Armstrong, captured in concert at the 1958 Monterey Jazz Festival.

Kansas City, MO – New releases featured in this month's jazz update:

"Live at the Monterey Jazz Festival" - Louis Armstrong and The All-Stars (Monterey Jazz Fest)

"Step Lightly" - Charles Gatschet

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11:31 am
Thu July 19, 2007

New Jazz with Lee Ingalls: Gazarek, Cohen, Cox, Hiromi

Up to Date host Steve Kraske welcomes KCUR morning news anchor and Up to Date jazz critic Lee Ingalls for their regular discussion of the latest jazz. This segment features new music outstanding female jazz artists: Sarah Gazarek, Anat Cohen, Deborah Cox, and Hiromi.

Kansas City, MO – Note: this segment has been edited to comply with current music webcasting restrictions.

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8:40 am
Thu May 31, 2007

Kansas City's Ida McBeth

Versatile singer Ida McBeth has been serving up jazz, blues, soul and funk to Kansas City audiences for 30 years. Note: Ida McBeth kicks off MAAA's Live in the Crossroads series on June 1, 7 - 9 pm at 2018 Baltimore.

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