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KPR Staff Mon, 11/28/2016 - 00:00

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.

KPR will air "Christmas With the Mormon Tabernacle Choir" on Wednesday, December 21, at 7 p.m.
KPR Staff Wed, 11/23/2016 - 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.

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.

This is a photograph made from a dry plate glass negative of Gage Park in Topeka, Kansas (1904). (Photo Courtesy Kansas Historical Society / kansasmemory.org)
KPR Staff Fri, 10/28/2016 - 09:21

Q: The beginning of a 1997 novel by Stephen King features a park in Kansas. The name of the novel is The Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass. What’s the name of the Kansas park – and where’s it located? 

The bird statue and mascot of WREN that now sits in Topeka’s Huntoon Park once stood atop the WREN studios in Topeka. (Photo by J. Schafer)
KPR Staff Fri, 10/21/2016 - 00:00

Q: There’s a little patch of green space called Huntoon Park near the state capitol in Topeka. Inside this park, you’ll find a GIANT statue of a little bird, which was once the mascot for a radio station. Can you name the radio station associated with this little bird?

KPR Staff Mon, 10/17/2016 - 00:00

Halloween comes early to Cinema a Go-Go with a blood-dripped double feature guaranteed to produce screams...of disbelief.​

Elizabeth Taylor with her parents at the Stork Club in New York in 1947. (Photo via Wikimedia)
KPR Staff Fri, 10/14/2016 - 09:20

Q: Movie star Elizabeth Taylor was born in London, but her parents grew up in Kansas. Name the Kansas town where Elizabeth Taylor's parents met and grew up.

TICKETS TO THE VIP RECEPTION ARE SOLD OUT!
KPR Staff Mon, 10/10/2016 - 00:00

Kansas Public Radio is selling a limited number of tickets to a special meet-and-greet reception with This American Life creator and host Ira Glass.

A group of children dressed in cylinder designed costumes possibly for Halloween or a play in Oakley, Kansas, May 22, 1907. (Photo via Kansas Historical Society / kansasmemory.org)
KPR Staff Fri, 10/07/2016 - 08:58

Q: A century ago, Halloween celebrations in Kansas were more about vandalism than trick-or-treating. A northeast Kansas town tried to put an end to all the Halloween high-jinx by staging a parade and costume contest for kids. The Halloween Frolic began on October 31, 1914, and is still going strong, making it the oldest night-time Halloween parade in America. Name the Kansas town that’s been holding this Halloween Frolic for the past 102 years.

fwinston Thu, 10/06/2016 - 17:22

Get ready.

fwinston Thu, 10/06/2016 - 16:23

by Chad Onianwa, KPR Intern

“Yeah. I think you’ll like it.”

We're looking for 1,000 new and upgrading donors during this month of fundraising. You can do your part today - donate online at kpr.ku.edu/support or call 888-577-5268...and thanks!
KPR Staff Mon, 09/26/2016 - 00:00

As KPR addresses budget cuts during this month of fundraising, 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, September 20. 

Ms. Collins rescheduled her concert due to a case of laryngitis.
Sat, 09/24/2016 - 12:09

An Evening with Judy Collins at the Lied Center has been rescheduled to Saturday, October 15. Ms. Collins' performance was originally scheduled for this evening, September 24.

Petey Cerf, Audio-Reader's founder. Former KANU General Manager Dick Wright, host of the Jazz Scene, holds a microphone.  (Photo Courtesy of Audio-Reader)
KPR Staff Fri, 09/09/2016 - 00:00

Q: In the mid-1960s, a Lawrence woman was reading to a friend in a nursing home when she became inspired. She wondered if there was a way to bring the spoken word to more people who had trouble reading printed material. This woman's vision became a reality in 1971 when the Kansas Audio-Reader Network went live on the air, serving the blind and visually-impaired. What's the name of this visionary woman who launched Audio-Reader?

KPR Staff Tue, 09/06/2016 - 00:00

Our hearts are warmed by the overwhelming response to our most recent budget cut of $100,000. KPR has the best listeners ever! Here’s how YOU can help us weather these cuts so that we can continue to provide the programming you rely on.

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