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KPR's Conference Room is Featuring Art by Cottonwood, Inc. Clients

Ink Print by Dana Gates

Cottonwood, Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit organization that was established in 1972 to provide services to individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities. Over the years, Cottonwood has earned a reputation for quality services and care as a community service provider. In 1995, Cottonwood was awarded an additional responsibility through the Developmental Disability Reform Act. It became the Community Developmental Disabilities Organization (CDDO) for Douglas and Jefferson counties.

KPR Announces New Classical Music Director

Kansas Public Radio has a “new” director of classical music. Friday, September 20, was Michael Keelan’s last day as Classical Music Director and Morning Classical host. Michael served KPR well over his four-year stint at the station — bringing exceptional musical knowledge to the morning classical program, expanding the number and variety of in-studio performances, and helping pioneer KPR’s Live Day broadcasts. Filling Michael’s shoes is longtime Evening Classical host and listener favorite Cordelia Brown.

I'm a Poet & I Know It Because My Feet Are Longfellows - August 30, 2019

Grave of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Mount Auburn Cemetery, west of Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo from Wikipedia.)

Q: When it was founded in 1884, this western Kansas community was called Gopher (as in the burrowing rodent). A few years later, the townsfolk changed their minds. They renamed the place after the mother of Hiawatha in Longfellow's epic poem "The Song of Hiawatha." What's the name of this small town in Logan County?

Art that Barks! (Name that Town!) - August 23, 2019

A dog stares at a fire hydrant, near the intersection of 4th and Lincoln, in a small northeast Kansas town. (Photo by J. Schafer)

Q: Near the intersection of 4th and Lincoln, you'll find the statue of a small dog, standing near a fire hydrant. Part of a public art installation, it's just one of 15 similar dog statues scattered about this northeast Kansas town. What's the name of this wonderful town... and what's the name of the famous terrier depicted by all the statues?

He Ran Calling Wildfire - August 16, 2019

Smokey Bear, U.S. Forest Service *

Only YOU can prevent forest fires... and cheesy headlines! But anyone can play today's Kansas Trivia Challenge: Q: Smokey Bear -- sometimes called Smokey the Bear -- is celebrating his 75th birthday! The iconic bear was created by the U.S. Forest Service in 1944 as part of an advertising campaign to prevent wildfires. The version of Smokey Bear we know today was created by an artist from Herndon, Kansas. What's the name of this artist who became Smokey's manager and caretaker for 25 years?

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