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iGen
Dan Skinner Fri, 11/17/2017 - 14:00

Today's youth, born between 1995 and 2012, have never known a world without smartphones and social media.

Engine No. 1 on the Disneyland Railroad named after the Kansan who founded the Santa Fe Railroad.
KPR Staff Fri, 11/17/2017 - 09:38

Q: The Disneyland Railroad was one of the amusement parks' opening-day attractions in 1955.  Engine No. 1 was named for a famous Kansan.  What's the name of Disney's Engine No. 1 -- and what's this person's connection to the railroad industry?
 

Pep Talks for Writers
Dan Skinner Wed, 11/15/2017 - 05:00

November is National Novel Writing Month and Grant Faulkner its Executive Director.

Enlarging Boston's Spotlight
Dan Skinner Mon, 11/13/2017 - 05:00

Dee Ann Miller is a Lawrence, Kansas based author of both fiction and non-fiction books dealing topics such as justice, gender issues, children’s issues, health and well-being. Her writing is informed by decades of experience working in psycho-social nursing. She joins me to talk about her latest book, Enlarging Boston’s Spotlight: A Call for Courage, Integrity, and Institutional Transformation.

Living with Cancer
Dan Skinner Fri, 11/10/2017 - 06:00

On this edition of Conversations, I talk with Dr.

KU's Vietnam War memorial honors students and alumni killed or declared missing in Vietnam. (Photo by J. Schafer)
KPR Staff Thu, 11/09/2017 - 09:01

The University of Kansas was the first in the nation to dedicate a Vietnam War memorial.  KU's memorial is a wall featuring the names of students and alumni killed or declared missing in Vietnam.  Additional names have been added since its first dedication in 1986. How many names now appear on the wall?

The Blue Zones of Happiness
Dan Skinner Wed, 11/08/2017 - 05:00

Dan Buettner is the bestselling author of three previous books The Blue Zones, Thrive, and The Blue Zones Solution. On this edition of Conversations, he joins us to talk about his latest book, The Blue Zones of Happiness: Lessons From the World's Happiest People. Buettner discusses how the areas of pleasure, purpose and pride combine to increase our level of happiness.

Illustration by Annette Elizabeth Allen for NPR
KPR Web Operations Tue, 11/07/2017 - 09:09
On the first anniversary of President Trump’s election, NPR is looking back at his victory speech. NPR reporters across the newsroom have annotated his election night remarks, providing context and analysis to his policy promises and noting who among the people he thanked are still in the inner circle a year later.
Arts Connect in Topeka
Dan Skinner Mon, 11/06/2017 - 05:00

According to the ARTSConnect website, the organization is "dedicated to ensuring that the arts – in all forms – continue to be a critical part of a vibra

Red Teaming
Dan Skinner Fri, 11/03/2017 - 14:00

On this edition of Conversations, I talk with Bryce Hoffman about this book, Red Teaming: How Your Business Can Conquer the Competition by Challenging Everything. Hoffman is a bestselling author, speaker and business consultant.  In 2015, he became the first civilian to gradate from the U.S. Army’s famed red team leaders course at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas.

This is a real Kansas highway sign, welcoming motorists to the real state of Kansas. (Photo by 5th-generation Kansan, J. Schafer)
KPR Staff Fri, 11/03/2017 - 09:08

They say there's no place like home.  But what if Kansas is your home and at the same time, your home isn't located in Kansas?  Wait. What?

KPR Web Operations Wed, 11/01/2017 - 10:35

Representatives of Facebook, Twitter and Google are meeting with the House and Senate Intelligence Committees on Wednesday to discuss Russia's use of their platforms to spread disinformation. The panels are investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election.  

Time Travel: A History
Dan Skinner Wed, 11/01/2017 - 06:00

Everyone knows what time is, right? Try explaining it to someone. James Gleik is the best-selling author of several books about science and technology.

Graphic by Annette Elizabeth Allen for NPR
KPR Web Operations Tue, 10/31/2017 - 11:49

Tech giants are testifying before a Senate Judiciary subcommittee on Tuesday about Russian efforts to spread disinformation in the U.S. Representatives of Facebook, Twitter and Google, along with two national security analysts, will speak with lawmakers about ways that Russia has used the social media platforms

Lawrence Children's Choir
Dan Skinner Mon, 10/30/2017 - 06:00

Carolyn Welch is the Artistic Director of the Lawrence Children’s Choir.

Exceptional America
Dan Skinner Fri, 10/27/2017 - 14:00

How did Donald Trump follow Barack Obama in the White House? Why is America so polarized? And How does American exceptionalism explain these social changes?

This is the most famous haunted house in what many believe is the state's most haunted town. (Photo by J. Schafer)
KPR Staff Fri, 10/27/2017 - 09:29

It's almost Halloween!  And that always makes the Kansas Trivia crew here at Kansas Public Radio think about the town of Atchison.  Why?  Because it's such a spooky place!
Tourism tends to pick up in Atchison in the weeks leading up to Halloween.  Do you know the name of this town's most famous haunted house? 

Manhattan Beach
Dan Skinner Wed, 10/25/2017 - 06:00

Jennifer Egan is the author of five books of fiction, including her Pulitzer Prize-winning A Visit from the Goon Squad. She work has also appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, McSweeny’s and other publications. On this edition of Conversations, she joins us to talk about Manhattan Beach. Influenced by the Noir story telling tradition, the novel is set in New York during the 1930's and 1940's.

Irena Jasperson Tue, 10/24/2017 - 11:19

Kansas Public Radio’s Kaye McIntyre will moderate a panel discussion on DACA and the DREAMers featuring KU professors Marta Carminero-Santangelo, interim director of KU's Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies, and Lua Yuille, who teaches immigration law. The discussion is open to the public and will take place on Monday, November 6 at the Lawrence Public Library at 7 pm. Students and young people affected by DACA are encouraged to join the conversation.

Spencer Museum of Art - Collection Centennial
Dan Skinner Mon, 10/23/2017 - 06:00

The Spencer Museum of Art is celebrating the centennial of its art collection.

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