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Things you learned in Latin. Or not. - March 24, 2017

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Q: Like other states, Kansas has an official this, that and the other. For example, we have an official state insect, flower and animal - the honeybee, sunflower and the American buffalo, respectively. Eighty years ago this week, something else became official. Scientifically, it's called Populus deltoides. What's the common name for our official state tree?

Tell Congress Kansas Public Radio Matters to You

The President’s FY 18 budget proposes eliminating federal funding for public media. Our station relies on this essential federal seed money to provide you with the highest quality noncommercial programming and community services, as it is nearly 13 percent of our annual funding. If Kansas Public Radio has educated, informed or inspired you, please sign Protect My Public Media’s petition urging Congress to continue to fund public media at protectmypublicmedia.org.

Kansas Basketball Legends to Remember During March Madness - March 17, 2017

Q: Basketball Hall-of-Fame Coach John McLendon invented the fast break. He was also the first African-American coach to win a national basketball championship -- AND -- the first men’s basketball coach to win three consecutive national championships. Oh, yeah... he also coached in the Olympics. Where, in Kansas, was he born?

John Gorka KPR Benefit Concert

West Side Folk is thrilled to announce that it will present a very special concert to benefit Kansas Public Radio, which recently received a $100,000 budget cut that represents about 20 percent of the annual funding KPR receives from the University of Kansas. John Gorka is playing for reduced fees to do his part to help KPR, and all profits from this concert will go to KPR.

Name That Town! - March 3, 2017

General Reille delivers to King Wilhelm I on the battlefield of Sedan the letter from Emperor Napoleon III. Wall painting in the Ruhmeshalle Berlin (destroyed). (Photo via Wikimedia)

Q: Believe it or not, there's a Kansas community that takes its name from a battle in the Franco-Prussian War. The 1870 battle was a decisive German victory. It resulted in the capture of Napoleon III and marked the end of the Second French Empire. What's the southeast Kansas town that takes its name from the name of this battle?

West Side Folk Concerts Benefit KPR

Brother Sun and John Gorka are featured performers in two upcoming benefit concerts for Kansas Public Radio.

West Side Folk is thrilled to announce that it will present two very special concerts to benefit Kansas Public Radio, which recently received a $100,000 budget cut that represents about 20 percent of the annual funding KPR receives from the University of Kansas. Brother Sun and John Gorka are playing for reduced fees to do their part to help KPR, and all profits from these concerts will go to KPR.

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