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KPR Web Operations Mon, 07/24/2017 - 14:49

Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, told lawmakers in a statement on Monday that he "did not collude... with any foreign government."

Kushner is meeting behind closed doors with the Senate Intelligence Committee on Monday and the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday. Both panels are investigating Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election and whether any members of the Trump campaign colluded with Russia.

Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area
Dan Skinner Mon, 07/24/2017 - 06:00

Jim Ogle is the Executive Director of the Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area. On this edition of Conversations, Jim Ogle joins us to talk about the mission of the organization, visiting the historic sites in the National Heritage Area, and why it is important to preserve our history.

Staff Sgt. Clinton Petit takes a spin on a grasshopper mower, saying it's like driving a golf cart. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Master Sgt. Elaine Mayo)
KPR Staff Fri, 07/21/2017 - 00:00

Q: Groundskeepers at the White House use Kansas-made lawnmowers and other lawn and garden products to keep things looking sharp. What’s the name of the Kansas company that makes these mowers and where in Kansas are they manufactured? (Name the town!)

21 Ways to a Happier Depression
Dan Skinner Thu, 07/20/2017 - 00:00

Seth Swirsky a clinical psychologist, songwriter and mixed media artist who lives and practices in California. He’s written a book about alleviating depression through art and creativity.

fwinston Thu, 07/20/2017 - 00:00

Help Kansas Public Radio show listener appreciation in a "cool" way with complimentary Sylas & Maddy's ice cream, Alchemy iced coffee, Bimi Bakery cookies and live music!

The Destruction of Hillary Clinton
Dan Skinner Wed, 07/19/2017 - 06:00

What happened to Hillary Clinton's campaign?

Kris Krishtalka, KU Museum of Natural History
Dan Skinner Mon, 07/17/2017 - 06:00

The Natural History Museum at the University of Kansas serves both the University and the public as a center for learning more about our world. Leonard "Kris" Krishtalka is the director of the Institute of Biodiversity Institute and the Natural History Museum. On this edition of Conversations, he joins us to talk about the museum and what you’ll find there.

Assassin of Youth
Dan Skinner Fri, 07/14/2017 - 06:00

Harry Anslinger was the Commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics from its establishment in 1930 until he retired in 1962.

Blackout
Dan Skinner Wed, 07/12/2017 - 06:00

Cyber Warfare is a growing concern. How vulnerable are we? On this edition of Conversations, I talk with novelist Marc Elsberg about his international bestselling thriller, Blackout, which explores what happens when a cyber attack turns off the power in Europe, the United States and beyond.

Porter Arneill, Director of Arts & Culture for the City of Lawrence
Dan Skinner Mon, 07/10/2017 - 06:00

On this edition of Conversations, I talk with Porter Arneill, the Director of Arts & Culture for the City of Lawrence. His office works to enhance coordination of arts and cultural activities and initiatives in the community.

Holy Cross Church in the Ellis County town of Pfeifer. (Photo Courtesy of Carol Billinger, www.germancapitalofkansas.com)
KPR Staff Fri, 07/07/2017 - 09:21

Q: When the Kansas Sampler Foundation asked people to vote on the 8 Wonders of Kansas Architecture, the structures that received the most votes included the Kansas Statehouse, the Chase County Courthouse, the Ness County Bank, two barns, two mansions and exactly one church. Give us the name of the only church to make the list and tell us where it's located.

Spin-glish: The Definitive Dictionary of Deliberately Deceptive Language
Dan Skinner Fri, 07/07/2017 - 06:00

On this edition of Conversations, I talk with Henry Beard about How to Succeed in Business (and politics and everything else)

Ginny Moon
Dan Skinner Wed, 07/05/2017 - 06:00

The title character of the novel Ginny Moon, is an autistic teenaged girl and the story that unfolds is told from her perspective.

Spencer Museum of Art
Dan Skinner Mon, 07/03/2017 - 06:00

Saralyn Reece Hardy is the Marilyn Stokstad Director of the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas. On this edition of Conversations, we talk about the history and mission of the museum. Did you know it all started with a gift of art objects in 1917?

View of "The Big Dipper" located in Garden City, Kansas. At the time, the pool was 218 ft. x 337 ft., and located in Finnup Park. Date: Between 1920 and 1939 (Photo Courtesy of Kansas Historical Society/kansasmemory.org)
KPR Staff Fri, 06/30/2017 - 00:00

Q: "The Big Pool" in Garden City has a minimum of 14 lifeguards on duty each day because it's bigger than a football field and contains 2.6 million gallons of water! What was the original name developers gave to "The Big Pool" when it was first constructed in 1922?   

No One Cares about Crazy People
Dan Skinner Thu, 06/29/2017 - 00:00

Ron Powers is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and bestselling author.

KPR Staff Thu, 06/29/2017 - 00:00

Kansas Public Radio is issuing changes to its programming schedule, effective July 1, 2017. 

The Night She Won Miss America
Dan Skinner Wed, 06/28/2017 - 06:00

On this edition of Conversations, I talk with Michael Callahan about his latest novel, The Night She Won Miss America.

Great Spaces Music & Arts Series
Dan Skinner Mon, 06/26/2017 - 06:00

On this edition of Conversations, Steve Burke, Music Director for Grace Cathedral in Topeka, joins me to talk about the Great Spaces Music and Arts series. He discusses the history of the series, the great acoustical properties of the cathedral and how performers are chosen for the series.

Dan Skinner’s new show focuses on chats with authors, leaders of local arts organizations
KPR Staff Fri, 06/23/2017 - 14:30

Dan Skinner isn’t new to the airwaves. The director of Kansas Public Radio since November 2015 has been at the game a while. A Kansas native, Skinner has been the manager of other public radio stations in Indiana, Ohio and Texas. Get used to hearing Dan Skinner’s name: he now also has his own radio show, Conversations, which will begin airing on KPR2 on Sundays in July.

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