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KPR Staff Mon, 09/18/2017 - 00:00

Kansas Public Radio is hosting its first-ever Songwriters Showcase, an evening of music featuring local musicians Mr. and Mrs. Dodge, Heidi Gluck, and Inside Baseball.

KPR Staff Mon, 09/04/2017 - 00:00

YOUR support is more important now than ever. With the arrival of the new fiscal year, KPR is officially living in its new financial reality as a $200,000 budget cut from the University of Kansas takes effect. That's why we're turning to you - our loyal listener - to support the station you love. 

Black Love: A Symposium
Dan Skinner Sun, 09/03/2017 - 00:00

On the 80th Anniversary of Zora Neale Hurston's novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God, KU will hold a symposium that explores themes of black love in literature, culture and other disciplin

(Flickr/Laura Gilmore)
KPR Staff Fri, 09/01/2017 - 09:15

Q: This year, daylight saving time will end on Sunday, November 5. In April of 1965, voters in this northeast Kansas community rejected a proposal to adopt daylight saving time on a 2-1 margin. Name the town that thought it was a capital idea to reject the clock-changing ritual?  

fwinston Wed, 08/30/2017 - 11:31

Kansas Public Radio earned seven individual awards from the Kansas Association of Broadcasters (KAB) this year. KPR earned honors in the news, commentary, programming and website categories.

Teeth
Dan Skinner Sat, 08/26/2017 - 00:00

On this edition of Conversations, I talk with Mary Otto about Teeth: The Story of Beauty, Inequality, and the Struggle for Oral Health in America.

KPR Staff Fri, 08/25/2017 - 10:00

Bad girls and B-movie monsters run amok at our next Cinema a Go-Go! Join us for a pair of classic '50s shockers - The Wasp Woman and Attack of the Giant Leeches, both from 1959. 

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KPR Staff Fri, 08/25/2017 - 00:00

Q: One Johnson County community is named after an Indian princess, the wife of Blackhoof, a Shawnee Indian chief. Another Johnson County community takes its name from the Shawnee Indian word for beautiful. What are the names of these two Kansas City suburbs?

Peregrine Island
Dan Skinner Wed, 08/23/2017 - 06:00

As a journalist, Diane Saxton wrote for Vanity Fair and the Huffington Post, among publications, before turning her storytelling skills to creating fiction.

KPR Staff Mon, 08/21/2017 - 07:00
The excitement has been building for weeks and weeks. On Monday, August 21, the solar eclipse will finally be here. It will darken the skies along a path from Oregon to South Carolina.
Van Go
Dan Skinner Mon, 08/21/2017 - 06:00

You've seen the Van Go art benches around town, but the Van Go programs encompass much more. On this edition of Conversations, I talk with Lynne Green, the founder and Executive Director of Van Go. Green talks about the history of the organization, the services they offer to young people in Douglas County, and yes, we'll talk about those beautiful benches as well.

The One Percent Solution
Dan Skinner Fri, 08/18/2017 - 14:00

Gordon Lafer is an Associate Professor at the Labor Education and Research Center at the University of Oregon. He has also served as a senior policy advisor for the U.S. Congress.

Hiawatha City Hall (Flickr/Jimmy Emerson, DVM)
KPR Staff Fri, 08/18/2017 - 00:00

Q: This northeast Kansas community's main street is not called Main Street - it's called Oregon Street because it's named after the Oregon Trail. The street runs east and west. The east-west streets to the north and south of Oregon Street are named for Indian tribes that lived to the north and south of the Oregon Trail. What's the name of this town, which will also be a hot spot for the total solar eclipse on Monday.

Book of Summer
Dan Skinner Wed, 08/16/2017 - 06:00

On this edition of Conversations, bestselling author, Michelle Gable joins us to talk about her latest novel, The Book of Summ

The Book of Isaias
Dan Skinner Fri, 08/11/2017 - 14:00

For over a decade, award-winning journalist Daniel Connolly has covered Mexican immigration to the U.S.

A view, taken sometime around 1860, looking southwest in Atchison, Kansas Territory. (Photo Courtesy of Kansas Historical Society/kansasmemory.org)
KPR Staff Fri, 08/11/2017 - 08:46

Q: Who said the following: "If I went West, I think I would go to Kansas -- to Leavenworth or Atchison. Both of them are, and will continue to be, fine growing places.”

My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward
Dan Skinner Wed, 08/09/2017 - 06:00

How does a marriage survive in the face of severe mental illness? On this edition of Conversations, Mark Lukach joins me to talk about his memoir, My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward.

Robert J. Dole Archive and Special Collections
Dan Skinner Mon, 08/07/2017 - 06:00

On this edition of Conversations, I talk with Audrey Coleman about the Robert J. Dole Archive and Special Collections at KU. Coleman is the Senior Archivist and an Assistant Director of the Dole Institute of Politics. We discuss the exhibits about the life and service of Bob Dole that are on display in the main hall, plus the wealth of archival documents and other objects that can be found in the archive.

Space capsule mock-up for NASA, under construction in Kipp, Kansas. (Photo Courtesy of Douglas Welding and Machine Company)
KPR Staff Fri, 08/04/2017 - 09:55

Q: A Kansas company is building a test space capsule for NASA. Researchers at Kansas State University will use it to study the health effects of astronauts who will one day travel to Mars. Say, what? Exactly. What’s the name of the Kansas company in Saline County building this mock-up space capsule for NASA?

Almost Human
Dan Skinner Fri, 08/04/2017 - 06:00

Lee Berger is a paleoanthropologist and National Geographic explorer-in-residence.

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