George Brett and Steve Kraske in October 2007 during Up to Date's 5th Anniversary
A remote broadcast of the program from Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City. Guests: Saxophonist and composer Bobby Watson and Jazz scholar, archivist, and Fish Fry host, Chuck Haddix.
A very cold January day during a remote broadcast of Up to Date from Gov. Matt Blunt's inauguration. Pictured: Kit Wagar, Bill Anderson (who generously lent his hat to producer Stephen Steigman) and Steve Kraske
A remote broadcast from Webster House Restaurant with former chef Charles D'Ablang, Steve Kraske, food writer and cookbook author Nigella Lawson, and Stephen Steigman
KC Currents co-host and producer Sylvia Maria Gross and Steve Kraske sharing a lighter moment after they served as panelists during a 2006 Missouri U.S. Senate debate.
Steve Kraske and Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein in 2007
Forgive Steve Kraske for dressing down during an interview with Missouri Governor Bob Holden. It was a snow day. Also pictured: KCUR's Steve Bell
In 2002, KCUR management conceived of a new daily public affairs/news talk show. They hired newspaper political correspondent Steve Kraske to host the program and a KCUR staffer, Stephen Steigman, to produce it.
Last week, the Kansas legislature adjourned after a tumultuous year. Lawmakers passed Gov. Sam Brownback's dramatic tax cut plan, which could reduce the state budget by more than $2 billion over the next five years.
Over the years, plenty have poked fun at the calming nature of public radio (the "Delicious Dish," anyone?) But no producer thinks it's good when their host lulls listeners to sleep. Unless, that is, that listener is a crying 8-month-old baby suffering from great discomfort - like teething.
In the final portion of Wednesday's Up to Date, hear the story of Hamza Husein, whose infancy is a bit more manageable due to the sultry and soothing sounds of Steve Kraske.