The Texas Rangers: Cowboy Music from Kansas City
One of the premier western music bands of radio’s “Golden Age” had its roots in Kansas City. KPR’s Tom Parkinson spoke with Ryan Ellet who wrote a book about the extraordinary career of the band known as the Texas Rangers.
Custer's Trials: New Book Explores George Custer's Time in Kansas
Kansas history is full of interesting figures, not the least of which is George Armstrong Custer. He's famous for the Battle of the Little Big Horn. But there's a lot about him you might not know. A new book reveals much about Custer's adventures (and misadventures) right here in Kansas. Commentator Rex Buchanan has this of the book, Custer's Trials.
Kansas Water Problems Won't Evaporate on Their Own
Every January, crews from the Kansas Department of Agriculture and the Kansas Geological Survey fan out across western Kansas to measure ground water levels in more than 1,000 wells. Commentator Rex Buchanan has taken part in this effort for years, and this winter was no exception.
In Kentucky, The Coal Habit Is Hard To Break
It's a historic challenge to a business, and a way of life, in places like Webster County, in the rolling countryside of western Kentucky. Spend time with miners there and you quickly understand how hard it is to give up an industry that has supported generations of miners since this country's earliest days.
Service Members, Not Citizens: Meet The Veterans Who Have Been Deported
Military service does not guarantee U.S. citizenship, which has meant a group of veterans has wound up together just over the border in Tijuana, Mexico, at a refuge they've dubbed "The Bunker."
David Bowie, An Icon Who Wrote Anthems For The Alienated
Bowie died after a long battle with cancer. He released his latest album, the critically acclaimed Blackstar, on his 69th birthday.