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We're looking for 1,000 new and upgrading donors during the "Campaign for Excellence." You can do your part today - donate online at kpr.ku.edu/support or call 888-577-5268...and thanks!
KPR Staff Mon, 03/27/2017 - 00:00

As KPR addresses budget cuts, we’ve set a goal of 1,000 new and upgrading donors.​ Follow along as we make daily updates to reach our goal, and become a part of the KPR crew by donating now. Or join in during the upcoming on-air membership drive, beginning Tuesday, March 28. 

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KPR Staff Fri, 03/24/2017 - 09:21

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?

KPR Staff Thu, 03/23/2017 - 11:48

If you are already a Sustaining member, there are a couple ways to upgrade your membership:

KPR Web Operations Mon, 03/20/2017 - 09:22
The NPR Two-Way blog will provide live coverage of the House Intelligence Committee’s public hearing on the investigations into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election. The live blog will include streaming video of the proceedings, with posts featuring highlights, context and analysis from NPR reporters and correspondents.
KPR Staff Mon, 03/20/2017 - 00:00

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.

KPR Staff Fri, 03/17/2017 - 13:30

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?

Nick Carswell, of Carswell & Hope, and Ashley Davis prepare for their show at Liberty Hall on Thursday, March 16.
KPR Staff Mon, 03/13/2017 - 11:20

Kansas Public Radio is proud to sponsor an evening of "Songs from Ireland," to celebrate St. Patrick's Day 2017 with Ashley Davis, Carswell & Hope and guests Cormac DeBarra, Katlyn Conroy and friends

A woodcut image of the rabid wolf during its attack on Lt. Thompson in Fort Larned on August 5, 1868. (Public Domain)
KPR Staff Fri, 03/10/2017 - 00:00

Q: Just outside of Larned, Kansas, is one of the best-preserved military forts from the Indian Wars period of American history. Surprisingly, Fort Larned itself was never attacked by Native Americans. It was, however, attacked by an animal. What animal went on a rampage through Fort Larned in 1868, biting a half-dozen people and killing one soldier?

KPR Staff Tue, 03/07/2017 - 00:00

West Side Folk is thrilled to announce that it will present a very special concert to benefit Kansas Public Radio, which recently receive

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)
KPR Staff Fri, 03/03/2017 - 00:00

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?

fwinston Tue, 02/28/2017 - 20:49

We have tickets galore for our listeners this month. Winners will be chosen on Friday, March 3, and notified by email. Good luck!

Brother Sun and John Gorka are featured performers in two upcoming benefit concerts for Kansas Public Radio.
KPR Staff Mon, 02/20/2017 - 00:00

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.

Phillipsburg is the location of the Riverless Festival.
KPR Staff Fri, 02/17/2017 - 00:00

Q: Wichita has its Riverfest. Salina holds the Smoky Hill River Festival. But one Kansas community celebrates the "Riverless Festival." What's the name of the town in north-central Kansas that holds the Riverless Festival each June?

 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)
KPR Staff Fri, 02/10/2017 - 09:29

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?

Tune in to KPR2 from 7-8 p.m., February 6-10, to listen to "In the Dark," the most comprehensive reporting on a case that inspired the national sex offender’s registry as well as the concept of “stranger danger.”
Kalie McAlexander Mon, 02/06/2017 - 00:00

Kidnapping cases are often complicated and tedious, but the case of Jacob Wetterling seemed like it should have been open and shut. Jacob was kidnapped in front of two of his friends one night in 1989 as they biked home on a dead-end street in St. Joseph, Minnesota. As law enforcement scrambled to find the boy and return him home, the town was ripped apart and the case seemed to go colder and colder.

The B-2 Spirit bomber is a blending of low-observable technologies with high aerodynamic efficiency and large payload that gives the B-2 important advantages over existing bombers. Its unrefueled range is approximately 6,000 nautical miles. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Mark Olsen)
KPR Staff Fri, 02/03/2017 - 09:29

Q: The most expensive airplane crash in the history of the U.S. Air Force happened in 2008. While no one was hurt, a B-2 stealth bomber crashed on the tiny island of Guam in the Western Pacific. The plane was destroyed, costing the U.S. an estimated $1.4 billion. What was the name of this B-2 bomber?

KPR Web Operations Wed, 02/01/2017 - 17:03

NPR, WNYC, and NPR Member stations have collected Congressional responses to President Trump's Executive Order restricting travel to the United States. That order suspended new refugee admissions for 120 days and blocked travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries -- Iraq, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya and Somalia -- for 90 days. Syrian refugees are banned indefinitely.

"Euphoria" by Renae Polacca
Kalie McAlexander Mon, 01/30/2017 - 19:54

Throughout the months of February and March, the rotating display of local art in KPR’s conference room will feature pieces from Cottonwood, Inc., consumers. Cottonwood is a non-profit organization that provides services and programs for individuals with developmental disabilities in the Lawrence community. Cottonwood encourages their consumers to make art and attend classes to help them express themselves.

KPR Web Operations Mon, 01/30/2017 - 00:00

The Kansas Public Radio App allows you to listen to KPR live, pause and rewind the live audio, and view the KPR program schedules.

KPR Staff Fri, 01/27/2017 - 09:30

The Retro Cocktail Hour's Cinema a Go-Go kicks off the new year with the all-star comedy epic It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963).

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