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Smokey Bear, U.S. Forest Service *
KPR Staff Fri, 08/16/2019 - 09:57

Only YOU can prevent forest fires... and cheesy headlines! But anyone can play today's Kansas Trivia Challenge: Q: Smokey Bear -- sometimes called Smokey the Bear -- is celebrating his 75th birthday! The iconic bear was created by the U.S. Forest Service in 1944 as part of an advertising campaign to prevent wildfires. The version of Smokey Bear we know today was created by an artist from Herndon, Kansas. What's the name of this artist who became Smokey's manager and caretaker for 25 years?

Lovely War
Dan Skinner Wed, 08/14/2019 - 06:00

On this edition of Conversations, Julie Berry talks about her latest novel, Lovely War. Berry is the author of numerous novels inclu

Dan Skinner Mon, 08/12/2019 - 06:00

On this edition of Conversations, Steve Burk talks about upcoming performances in the Great Spaces Music and

Aloha Rodeo
Dan Skinner Fri, 08/09/2019 - 13:00

On this edition of Conversations, Julian Smith talks about Aloha Rodeo – Three Hawaiian Cowboys, The World’s Greatest Rodeo, and a Hidden History of the American West.

Number 27, Jordy Nelson, was a standout player and YouTube celebrity at Kansas State University. (AP photo / Kelly Glasscock)
KPR Staff Fri, 08/09/2019 - 09:10

Q: Native Kansan and pro football player Jordy Nelson just retired from the NFL. The former K-State football star was born in Manhattan and grew up in the nearby town of Riley. Name both NFL teams Jordy Nelson played for -- AND -- tell us which Super Bowl he helped win! (As in, Super Bowl number... what?)

Dan Skinner Mon, 08/05/2019 - 06:00

On this edition of Conversations, bestselling author David Baldacci talks about his latest novel, One Good Deed. Set in 1949, it features a new character, Aloysius Archer, a former WWII soldier just out of prison for a crime he didn't commit.

Donner Memorial State Park, including Donner Lake, near Truckee, California.  (Photo from Wikipedia)
KPR Staff Fri, 08/02/2019 - 09:35

Q: The infamous Donner-Reed Party traveled along the Oregon Trial on its way to California. Long before the pioneers ran into a blizzard near Truckee, California, they lost one of their members in what is now, northeast Kansas. In which Kansas county is this victim, Sarah Keyes, buried?

KPR Web Operations Wed, 07/31/2019 - 13:15
It's the second and final of the July Democratic debates. The second set of 10 candidates is making their case as to why they should be the next president of the United States. Follow NPR's live coverage for real-time fact checks and analysis of their remarks.
The Orphan's Song
Dan Skinner Wed, 07/31/2019 - 06:00

On this edition of Conversations, Lauren Kate talks about her latest novel, The Orphan’s Song.

KPR Web Operations Tue, 07/30/2019 - 19:27
It's Night 1 of the July Democratic debates. Ten candidates are each making the case that they should be the next president of the United States. Follow NPR's live coverage for real-time fact checks and analysis of their remarks.
The Future of Academic Freedom
Dan Skinner Fri, 07/26/2019 - 13:00

On this edition of Conversations, Henry Reichman talks about his latest book,

Statue of a Union soldier from the 1st Kansas Colored Volunteers, commemorating the Battle of Island Mound, which is believed to be the first time black Union soldiers fought against Confederate soldiers during the American Civil War. (Photo by Peggy Buhr)
KPR Staff Fri, 07/26/2019 - 05:00

Q: In 2008, Missouri residents erected a statue and plaque honoring the 1st Kansas Colored Volunteers who fought in the Civil War. In which western Missouri county will you find this tribute to the 1st Kansas Colored Volunteers who fought at the Battle of Island Mound? (Incidentally, this Union victory is noteworthy in that it is believed to be the first Civil War battle in which an African-American regiment, under the command of black officers, engaged in combat against Confederate forces.)

The Mars Room
Dan Skinner Wed, 07/24/2019 - 06:00

On this edition of Conversations, Rachel Kushner talks about her New York

KPR Web Operations Wed, 07/24/2019 - 00:30

Former special counsel Robert Mueller is appearing in two separate hearings before the House judiciary and intelligence committees. Though Mueller has said his report on Russian interference in the 2016 election is his testimony, lawmakers have insisted that he testify in person.

KPR Staff Fri, 07/19/2019 - 10:41

Q: This weekend marks the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, when America landed two astronauts on the moon. Before sending men into space, NASA sent animals. The first NASA monkeys to survive the flight into space were named Able and Baker, or... Miss Able and Miss Baker. Where did the rhesus monkey named Able live before blasting off into space?

The Rosie Result
Dan Skinner Wed, 07/17/2019 - 06:00

On this edition of Conversations, Graeme Simsion talks about the third and final book in the Don Til

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