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KPR's Stephen Koranda will moderate a panel discussion at Lawrence Public Library on the pros, cons and philosophy behind the Kansas tax experiment.
KPR Staff Fri, 01/20/2017 - 09:48

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 Sen. Laura Kelly and Dave Trabert, President of the Kansas Policy Institute, on the pros, cons and philosophy behind the Kansas tax experiment.

Chief Justice Earl Warren administering the oath of office to Dwight D. Eisenhower on the east portico of the U.S. Capitol, January 21, 1957. (Photo via Library of Congress)
KPR Staff Fri, 01/20/2017 - 00:00

Q: Which quotable Kansan said this: "We pray that our concern shall be for all the people, regardless of station, race or calling. May cooperation be permitted and be the mutual aim of those who hold to differing political faiths."  

KPR Staff Tue, 01/17/2017 - 00:00

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).

Cleaning up a residence after the 1951 flood in Topeka, Kansas (July 19, 1951). (Photo Courtesy of Kansas Historical Society / kansasmemory.org)
KPR Staff Fri, 01/13/2017 - 00:00

Q: It's Friday the 13th and for those who are superstitious (or even just a little "stitious"), today is an unlucky day. One of the worst natural disasters to hit the Midwest took place on another "Friday the 13th," but it happened in the month of July... 66 years ago. How do most Kansans refer to that disaster?

KPR Web Operations Tue, 01/10/2017 - 10:34

The NPR Politics team and reporters across the newsroom will be live-annotating a news conference with President-elect Donald Trump, expected at 11 am ET/8am PT on Wednesday.

KPR Web Operations Tue, 01/10/2017 - 10:26

The NPR Politics team and reporters across the newsroom will be live-annotating President Obama's farewell address in Chicago on Tuesday night, scheduled to begin at 9 pm ET/6pm ET.

Tune in to KPR at 5 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 10, for live coverage of the 2017 Kansas State of the State address.
KPR Staff Mon, 01/09/2017 - 00:00

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.

 A bird's eye view of Concordia, Cloud County, Kansas, 1879. (Courtesy of Kansas Historical Society / kansasmemory.org)
KPR Staff Fri, 01/06/2017 - 09:31

Q: The name of this north-central Kansas town is Latin for "harmony." Can you name it?

Thu, 12/29/2016 - 14:54

We're here to help you get your new year off to a great start with two awesome ticket giveaways! Feel free to enter both contests.

(Cobalt Boat FLickr Photo by Putneypics, YETI Flickr Photo by Zachary Collier)
KPR Staff Wed, 12/28/2016 - 16:25

Q: The winter chill may have you thinking about warmer weather. When it comes to summertime fun, you should know that Kansas manufactures two products that go hand-in-hand with sizzling summer temperatures: boats and coolers. Which Kansas community makes high-end Cobalt boats, and which Kansas community makes high-end YETI coolers?

KPR Staff Fri, 12/23/2016 - 09:12

Q: This Kansas county was named for one of America's Founding Fathers who never became president. His picture appears on the $10 bill and a hit Broadway play is named after him. Give us the name of the county and, therefore, the name of this man.

KPR will air "Christmas With the Mormon Tabernacle Choir" on Wednesday, December 21, at 7 p.m.
KPR Staff Mon, 12/12/2016 - 00:00

The holidays are here! KPR celebrates with a number of specialty programs now through the New Year. See our list of specials and plan your life accordingly.

KPR Staff Fri, 12/09/2016 - 10:00

Get ready for a cool Yule when KPR presents a Big Band Christmas, our holiday concert served up by the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra and special guest vocalists Kathleen Holeman and Ron Gutierrez.

The Kansas State football stadium in the 1940s.
KPR Staff Fri, 12/09/2016 - 09:57

Q: Kansas State football Coach Bill Snyder is headed to another bowl game. His Wildcats take on Texas A&M in the Texas Bowl on December 28. In sharp contrast to the success of Coach Snyder, there's another K-State coach who didn't fare so well. Who’s the only K-State football coach to lose every single game he managed for the Wildcats?

KPR Web Operations Wed, 12/07/2016 - 15:36
NPR's popular fact-checking widget is back just in time for President-Elect Trump's victory tour speeches.
Generals Edward Gerhardt (left) and Daryl McCall tour the upgraded kitchen facilities at Hillcrest Elementary in Lawrence, Kan. General Gerhardt is from the tiny town of Netawaka in northeast Kansas. (Photo by J. Schafer)
KPR Staff Fri, 11/18/2016 - 00:00

Q: The name of this northeast Kansas town comes from the Potawatomi Indian language and means "grand view." What's the name of this small town located in Jackson County?

KPR Web Operations Tue, 11/08/2016 - 14:33
On November 8th, 2016, America decided who who would be the leader of the most powerful nation in human history. Here's how it went down.
KPR Staff Mon, 11/07/2016 - 00:00

We have several great ticket giveaways for November. Enter as many contests as you like. Winners will be drawn Tuesday morning, November 8, and notified by email. Good luck.

A portrait of Joe Tinker, shortstop for the Chicago Cubs, c. 1910. (Photo via Library of Congress)
KPR Staff Fri, 11/04/2016 - 09:16

Q: It took 108 years, but the Chicago Cubs finally won the World Series! When the Cubs last won the series - back in 1908 - they had help from a young Kansas ballplayer. What's the name of the famous Cubs shortstop who was born in Muscotah, Kansas?

KPR Staff Mon, 10/31/2016 - 15:05

KPR Presents, hosted by Kaye McIntyre, turns 10 this November. The show, which airs Sundays at 7 p.m. on KPR, and Thursdays at 6 p.m. and Sundays at 1 p.m.

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