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KPR Staff Fri, 04/21/2017 - 00:00

Q: It's been a long time since Kansas had a visible solar eclipse. But that will change later this year, when part of extreme northeast Kansas will be in the path of a total solar eclipse. When will that happen? Give us the date of the next solar eclipse in Kansas.

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KPR Staff Fri, 04/14/2017 - 13:43

Q: The Number 1 wheat planted in Kansas for the fifth consecutive year is a variety developed by Kansas State University. What's the name of this variety? Here's a hint: this variety is so top-shelf, it shares a name with a famous mountai

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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 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?

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?

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?

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?

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?

Astronaut Ronald E. Evans is performing extravehicular activity during the Apollo 17 spacecraft's trans-Earth coast. During his EVA, Evans, command module pilot, retrieved film cassettes from the lunar sounder, mapping camera and panoramic camera. (Photo via NASA)
KPR Staff Fri, 01/27/2017 - 00:00

Q: Astronaut Ron Evans graduated from Highland Park High School in Topeka and from the University of Kansas. As command module pilot for Apollo 17, he was part of the last manned-mission to the Moon. During that trip in 1972, Evans got to walk outside the spaceship for about an hour. What phrase did he utter as he first stepped into outer space?

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."  

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?

 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?

(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.

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?

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?

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?

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?

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