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The Leadership Secrets of Hamilton
Dan Skinner Thu, 06/01/2017 - 09:00

Thanks to the hit Broadway musical Hamilton, popular culture has become more aware of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton but what can Hamilton’s life teach us about leadership?

Theatre Lawrence
Dan Skinner Thu, 06/01/2017 - 09:00

You may have attended a performance at Theatre Lawrence, but you might not be aware of the theatre’s backstory.

The Fix
Dan Skinner Thu, 06/01/2017 - 09:00

On this edition of Conversations, I talk with David Baldacci about his latest novel, The Fix. The Fix is the third installment in a series of novels featuring the character, Amos Decker, who works as an FBI investigator. In this program, Baldacci explains what inspired him to create this character and how the character's abilities and back story drive the plot.

KPR Staff Wed, 05/31/2017 - 10:09

The longest biking and hiking trail in Kansas is now open for public use in the Flint Hills.

fwinston Fri, 05/26/2017 - 10:16

Randi Hacker doesn’t often co

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?

An American flag hangs in downtown Arlington, Kansas. (Photo by J. Schafer)
J. Schafer Wed, 05/24/2017 - 12:25

Memorial Day weekend is always a busy time for highway, train and air travel.  But this year's holiday weekend could be the busiest it's been in 12 years.

Conversations
Dan Skinner Fri, 05/19/2017 - 11:18

I'm excited to announce that I'm beginning a series of blog posts called Conversations. This blog will share conversations spotlighting area and regional arts.

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. 

As Kansas lawmakers grapple with fixing the budget deficit and funding public schools, KPR will provide coverage.
J. Schafer Wed, 05/17/2017 - 14:48

Kansas Public Radio has been covering the Kansas Legislature for nearly a half century.  Of all the radio and TV stations in the state, KPR is the only broadcast outlet to maintain a full-time, year-round statehouse bureau.  KPR listener-members help us keep an eye on state government and the people in power.   

A Tornado Watch is in effect until 7pm for portions of the KPR listening area.
J. Schafer Wed, 05/17/2017 - 12:51

A small portion of the KPR listening area remains under a Tornado Watch until 7pm.  The watch no longer includes Lawrence, Topeka, Leavenworth or Kansas City.  For the latest weather information, visit the National Weather Service / Topeka website

This colorful work titled "Euphoria," by Lawrence artist Renae Polacca, now proudly hangs in KPR News Director J. Schafer's office.
KPR Staff Tue, 05/16/2017 - 12:46

Tucked away in the Green Room, on the second floor of Kansas Public Radio, is a revolving art exhibit, featuring the works of area artists.  Our latest exhibit featured works from artists at Cottonwood, Incorporated in Lawrence.

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?

KPR Staff Tue, 05/09/2017 - 09:32

Retro Cocktail Hour's host Darrell Brogdon will be spinning exotica new and old at KC's newest and coolest destination - Tiki Cat.

Kalie McAlexander Tue, 05/09/2017 - 00:00

What is our connection to the internet in regards to consuming information about current events? Does the first amendment protect even those who use it as a platform for hate speech? What exactly is fake news and who gets to decide what is and isn’t real? These are just a few of the questions examined by On the Media, a WYNC show now available on KPR’s news and talk station, KPR2

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?  

News Director J. Schafer loves "pitching" with former Kansas lawmaker Paul Davis.
fwinston Mon, 05/01/2017 - 00:00

When you call in to pledge to KPR, the phone volunteers always ask, "Do you have any comments for the staff?" Read on to see what our listeners and supporters say about us.

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?

KPR Staff Fri, 04/28/2017 - 00:00

West Side Folk is thrilled to announce that it will present a very special concert to benefit Kansas Public Radio, which recently receive

KPR Staff Tue, 04/25/2017 - 00:00

Cast off for some tropical terrors at our next Cinema a Go-Go! Our big double feature includes She Demons (1958), where a three-hour cruise turns into a nightmare, complete with rubber mask-wearing monsters, evil Nazi scientists and Irish McCalla, star of TV's Sheena, Queen of the Jungle; and Voodoo Island (1957) wherein an island cursed by voodoo is also tormented by a lousy script and ridiculous special effects (but also has music by Les Baxter). 

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