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Up To Date

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

Given the circumstances surrounding coronavirus and KCUR's role in keeping the community as updated as possible with credible and consistent information, Central Standard and Up To Date are combining resources to bring you daily updated coverage beginning each weekday morning at 9.

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Coming up the week of April 6, 2020:

  • Monday: Talking to Kids About COVID-19 / Ask an Expert / KC's Asian American Community
  • Tuesday: Coronavirus Myths & Facts / Pandemic Gardening
  • Wednesday: Enforcing Stay-at-Home Orders / Media Critics: Coronavirus Coverage
  • Thursday: Friendship & Social Media During Coronavirus
  • Friday: TBD

Carl Kasell Retiring

Dec 16, 2009

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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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.

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.

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

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.


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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

ASR Records

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

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.

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.