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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.

War Effort on the Homefront - February 10, 2017

 A Crusader I tank emerges from a tank landing craft (TLC 124) during tests of a portable concrete roadway, in this case laid on the beach, 26 April 1942. (Wikimedia)

Q: Perhaps you've driven along the Harry Darby Memorial Highway that runs through Kansas City? That highway is named after Harry Darby, a Kansas City, Kansas, businessman and U.S. Senator from Kansas. Back in the day, Darby ran a steel company in the West Bottoms. During World War II, his company was known for making... what? In fact, the Darby Steel Corporation made MOST of these used during the war. What were they?

Rarely-Heard and Mostly Forgotten Catch Phrases - January 27, 2017

Astronaut Ronald E. Evans is performing extravehicular activity during the Apollo 17 spacecraft's trans-Earth coast. During his EVA, Evans, command module pilot, retrieved film cassettes from the lunar sounder, mapping camera and panoramic camera. (Photo via NASA)

Q: Astronaut Ron Evans graduated from Highland Park High School in Topeka and from the University of Kansas. As command module pilot for Apollo 17, he was part of the last manned-mission to the Moon. During that trip in 1972, Evans got to walk outside the spaceship for about an hour. What phrase did he utter as he first stepped into outer space?

Points of View With Kansas Public Radio: Taxing the System

KPR's Stephen Koranda will moderate a panel discussion at Lawrence Public Library on the pros, cons and philosophy behind the Kansas tax experiment.

How does cutting taxes affect the well-being of our state’s budget? Kansas Public Radio’s Statehouse Bureau Chief Stephen Koranda will moderate a panel discussion, featuring Senator Laura Kelly and Dave Trabert, President of the Kansas Policy Institute, on the pros, cons and philosophy behind the Kansas tax experiment.

2017 Kansas State of the State Address

Tune in to KPR at 5 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 10, for live coverage of the 2017 Kansas State of the State address.

State government is facing a $350 million budget deficit, an amount that could double next year. What's the state of Kansas going to do about it? No one knows for sure. But the governor will outline some of his budget priorities Tuesday night in his annual State of the State address, the 135th Kansas State of the State address. Join KPR Tuesday night at 5 for live coverage of the speech, as well as the Democratic response. KPR's J. Schafer will anchor our coverage.

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