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"Keeper of the Plains" in Wichita, Kansas (Flickr/Chris Murphy)
KPR Staff Fri, 06/02/2017 - 09:19

Q: This late Kansas artist created the corporate logo used by the Wolf Creek Generating Station, also known as the Wolf Creek nuclear power plant. What’s his name?  

Hint: This Native American sculptor and painter is best remembered for creating the “Keeper of the Plains,” the iconic 44-foot tall steel sculpture in Wichita.

Marble map of Kansas, as seen in the visitor's center at the Kansas Statehouse. (Photo by Dan Skinner)
KPR Staff Fri, 05/26/2017 - 09:15

We’ve all heard of JO CO.  That’s short for Johnson CountyJ-O is the two-letter abbreviation for that suburban county, as seen on Kansas license plates.  But what about NO CO, RO CO, FO CO and GO CO?  Can you give us the real names of these other counties?

KPR Staff Fri, 05/19/2017 - 09:20

Here's another tidbit about Kansas that you just ought to know. Otherwise, you might as well be living somewhere else... in a less awesome state. 

Thomas Ward Custer was one of George Armstrong Custer's younger brothers and perished with him at the Battle of Little Bighorn in the Montana Territory.
KPR Staff Fri, 05/12/2017 - 00:00

Q: The Medal of Honor is the nation's highest military award. A soldier buried at Fort Leavenworth was awarded not one - but two - Medals of Honor for bravery during the American Civil War. What's his name?

Twilight accentuates the new copper dome on the Kansas Statehouse, part of a nearly complete $332 million renovation and the first new copper covering since the roof was constructed in 1903. (Flickr Photo by Phil Cauthon / KHI)
KPR Staff Fri, 05/05/2017 - 00:00

Q: Renovation at the Kansas Statehouse cost a pretty penny - more than $300 million! It took $22 million for the copper top alone. How many pounds of copper did it take to put a new roof and dome on the Kansas Statehouse?

              67,000 pounds?   
              97,000 pounds?
     Or… 127,000 pounds?  

The 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby will be held Saturday, May 6, 2017.
KPR Staff Fri, 04/28/2017 - 09:30

The "most exciting two minutes in sports" -- otherwise known as the Kentucky Derby -- takes place on Saturday, May 6. One of this year's competitors is a horse named after a Kansas town. What's his name?

(Flickr/James Niland)
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.

(Marius B/Freeimages.com)
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

Flickr/Lotus Johnson
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?

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