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Plane crash in which Knute Rockne was killed, 1931. (Flickr Photo Courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection)
KPR Staff Fri, 04/01/2016 - 00:00

Q: Air travel was THE most dangerous method of travel in 1931. It's now become the SAFEST way to travel. Aviation historians say this transformation came mostly as the result of a single airplane crash in Kansas. Which famous person's death led to a series of airplane improvements and new safety measures in air travel?

This is a postcard showing the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad bridge over the Cimarron River during the flood of 1938. The bridge is near Arkalon, Kan., and was soon replaced with the Samson of the Cimarron, which was completed in 1939. (Photo Courtesy of kansasmemory.org / Kansas Historical Society)
KPR Staff Fri, 03/25/2016 - 09:15

Q: The mighty “Samson of the Cimarron” turns 77 years old this year. What IS the Samson of the Cimarron?

KPR Staff Fri, 03/18/2016 - 00:00

Q: More Kansas county names begin with this letter than any other. Indeed, the names of 12 Kansas Counties begin with this same letter. Which letter is it?

This is a postcard with a bird's eye view of Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas. The postcard was addressed to Miss Laura Wolverton in Batavia, Illinois, April 12, 1909. (Photo via Kansas Historical Society / kansasmemory.org)
KPR Staff Fri, 03/11/2016 - 00:00

Q: Originally called Palmyra, this northeast Kansas town now shares a name with a college in Ohio.

(Gavel Photo by Jason Morrison/freeimages.com)
KPR Staff Fri, 03/04/2016 - 00:00

Q: As we all know, public radio is full of smart and talented people!

General John Sedgwick and his staff on the steps of the headquarters of the 6th Army Corps. [photographed between 1861 and 1864] (Photo via Library of Congress)
KPR Staff Fri, 02/19/2016 - 09:07

Q: Right before he was killed by a Confederate sharpshooter, this man reportedly said: "They couldn't hit an elephant at this distance." He became the highest-ranking Union soldier killed in the American Civil War. Today, there's a Kansas town and a major county named after him. What's the name of this Union general?

KPR Staff Fri, 02/12/2016 - 09:15

Q: This blues musician, who’s made numerous appearances on A Prairie Home Companion, was born in Kansas City and raised in Emporia. This highly-acclaimed singer-songwriter and piano player is holding a benefit concert, Saturday night (Feb. 13), in Lawrence for Just Food, the local food pantry. What’s her name?

(Football Photo by Nikki Johnson/freeimages.com)
KPR Staff Fri, 02/05/2016 - 09:11

Q: On Sunday, the Carolina Panthers will take on the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50. Two Broncos teammates played college football at the University of Kansas. Who are they?

Dr. Brewster Higley wrote a poem titled “My Western Home” to describe the beauty of the site he had chosen for his Kansas Homestead in 1871. He penned this now-famous work on the bank of the West Beaver Creek in Smith County, Kansas, where along with the help of a few friends, he also constructed a cabin on July 4, 1872. (Flickr Photo by Jody Halsted)
KPR Staff Fri, 01/29/2016 - 00:00

Q: Happy Kansas Day! On this date (January 29) in 1861, Kansas was admitted to the Union as the 34th state! Every REAL Kansan knows the official state song is “Home on the Range.” But do you know WHO wrote the words to that song? Do tell!

The statute that stands atop the Kansas Statehouse dome depicts a Kansa Indian brave named “Ad Astra.” (Flickr Photo by Mike Linksvayer)
KPR Staff Fri, 01/22/2016 - 00:00

Q: The statute that stands atop the Kansas Statehouse dome depicts a Kansa Indian brave named “Ad Astra.” Originally, the statue slated for the top of the dome was supposed to be one depicting the Roman goddess of grain and agriculture. What’s her name?

On the site of the original Little House (from the books by Laura Ingalls Wilder); historians reconstructed the house near Independence, Kansas, to closely match what it would have been like when the Ingalls family lived there. (Flickr Photo by Sheila Scarborough)
KPR Staff Fri, 01/08/2016 - 00:00

Q: Walnut Creek and this river are both mentioned in the Laura Ingalls Wilder book Little House on the Prairie. What’s the name of this river, located in southeast Kansas?

Happy, little, Christmas trees, all in a row
Phil Wilke Fri, 12/18/2015 - 08:48

Q: There are 34 Christmas tree farms in Kansas. And according to the Kansas Christmas Tree Growers Association (Yes, there is one!), this is the most common Christmas tree grown in Kansas. What is it?

An interested citizen provided this possible redesign for the 50-star flag, once Alaska and Hawaii were officially made states. (Image via the Eisenhower Presidential Library Archives)
KPR Staff Fri, 12/11/2015 - 09:14

Q: Dwight Eisenhower went from working in the small Kansas town of Abilene all the way to working in the White House. And, as president, he made the United States a much larger nation. With the stroke of a pen, what TWO THINGS did Ike do to increase the size of the country.

The new state bird for West Kansas was to be the pheasant. (Flickr Photo by gary noon)
KPR Staff Fri, 11/20/2015 - 09:32

Q: In the early 1990s, a number of residents in western Kansas considered the idea of breaking away from the rest of Kansas to create their own state. They even held a constitutional convention in Ulysses to discuss their plans. This secession movement was short-lived, but the group did come up with a name for their new state. What was it?

In 1969, Hopper directed and starred in "Easy Rider," for which he received an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay (as co-writer). Hopper (right) starred with Peter Fonda.
KPR Staff Fri, 11/13/2015 - 09:19

Q: This actor was born in Dodge City, Kansas, in 1936. He starred in a number of TV shows and movies, including the movie Easy Rider, which he also directed. What's the name of this iconic actor?

Portrait of Ernest Hemingway and Pauline Pfeiffer, Paris, Circa 1927. (Photo Courtesy of JFK Presidential Library)
KPR Staff Thu, 11/05/2015 - 09:16

Q: Ernest Hemingway wrote much of his novel A Farewell to Arms while living in a suburb of Kansas City. Name the town!

These bricks were the brainchild of Dr. Samuel Crumbine of Dodge City, Kan., who served as Secretary of the Kansas State Board of Health from 1904 to 1924. Crumbine was concerned with the spread of disease and fought for sanitary conditions. The Capital City Vitrified Brick and Paving Company of Topeka was apparently the first company to create the "Don't Spit" bricks. The Coffeyville Vitrified Brick and Paving Company and others followed. (Photo Courtesy of Kansas Historical Society/kansasmemory.org)
KPR Staff Fri, 10/30/2015 - 00:00

Q: The character of Doc Adams on the long-running TV series Gunsmoke was played by Milburn Stone, who grew up in BurrtonKan. (near Hutchinson).  Doc Adams was not only played by a Kansan, the character he played is said to be based on a real-life doctor from Dodge City who became the state health director in Kansas. Can you name this pioneer of public health who became a national figure in the fight against infectious disease?

(Flickr Photo by Tyler)
KPR Staff Fri, 10/09/2015 - 08:59

Q: The wealthiest man in all of Iowa is a multi-billionaire farmer named Harry Stine

A Hesston Rape Swather/Windrower (Photo by Mick Garratt/Creative Commons)
KPR Staff Fri, 10/02/2015 - 00:00

Q: This high school mascot is named after a specific piece of farm equipment that's also manufactured in this central Kansas town. Name the mascot and the Kansas high school to which it belongs.  

KPR Staff Fri, 09/04/2015 - 00:00

Q: The telephone prefix for many state government agencies and departments in Topeka is 296.

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