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My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward
Dan Skinner Wed, 08/09/2017 - 06:00

How does a marriage survive in the face of severe mental illness? On this edition of Conversations, Mark Lukach joins me to talk about his memoir, My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward.

Robert J. Dole Archive and Special Collections
Dan Skinner Mon, 08/07/2017 - 06:00

On this edition of Conversations, I talk with Audrey Coleman about the Robert J. Dole Archive and Special Collections at KU. Coleman is the Senior Archivist and an Assistant Director of the Dole Institute of Politics. We discuss the exhibits about the life and service of Bob Dole that are on display in the main hall, plus the wealth of archival documents and other objects that can be found in the archive.

Space capsule mock-up for NASA, under construction in Kipp, Kansas. (Photo Courtesy of Douglas Welding and Machine Company)
KPR Staff Fri, 08/04/2017 - 09:55

Q: A Kansas company is building a test space capsule for NASA. Researchers at Kansas State University will use it to study the health effects of astronauts who will one day travel to Mars. Say, what? Exactly. What’s the name of the Kansas company in Saline County building this mock-up space capsule for NASA?

Almost Human
Dan Skinner Fri, 08/04/2017 - 06:00

Lee Berger is a paleoanthropologist and National Geographic explorer-in-residence.

Vegetarian Heartland
Dan Skinner Wed, 08/02/2017 - 06:00

On this edition of Conversations, I talk with Shelly Westerhausen about her cookbook, Vegetarian Heartland: Recipes for Life's Adventures. Growing up in small town Indiana had a heavy influence on Westerhausen's approach to vegetarian cuisine. Her cookbook features 100 recipes for everything from drinks to desserts, including Kansas Barbeque Tempeh Skewers.

Great Spaces Music & Arts Series - New Season
Dan Skinner Mon, 07/31/2017 - 06:00

On this edition of Conversations, Steve Burk, Music Director for Grace Cathedral in Topeka, joins me to talk about the upcoming season of concerts for the Great Spaces Music & Arts Series. http://www.greatspaces.org/index.htm

Johnny Cash and crew in a promo shot for his 1976 hit "One Piece At A Time" (where he steals an entire car, part by part, over several years working at the factory).
KPR Staff Fri, 07/28/2017 - 12:29

Q: What's the name of the song that mentions all of these towns: Wichita, Ottawa, Oskaloosa, El Dorado, Kansas City and Dodge City? (Hint: versions of this song were made popular in America by Hank Snow and later, by Johnny Cash.)

The Romanovs
Dan Skinner Fri, 07/28/2017 - 06:00

On this edition of Conversations I talk with Simon Sebag Montefiore about his latest book, The Romanovs, 1613 to 1918. Montefiore is a bestselling historian and novelist. He received his PhD from Cambridge University. Dr. Montefiore regularly lectures around the world on history, Russia and the Middle East.

KPR Web Operations Wed, 07/26/2017 - 09:38
The Senate Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing Wednesday morning about foreign agents and attempts to influence the U.S. election. The panel is among the bodies investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Senators had requested Donald Trump Jr. and Paul Manafort, President Trump's former campaign chairman, to appear as witnesses. Instead, they are in closed-door discussions for now.
Borderwall as Architecture
Dan Skinner Wed, 07/26/2017 - 06:00

Ronald Rael is Associate Professor in the departments of Architecture and Art Practice at the University of California. On this edition of Conversations, he joins me to talk about his book, Borderwall as Architecture: A manifesto for the US-Mexico Boundry. The book presents a history of the wall and examines how its presence disrupts people and the environment.

KPR Web Operations Mon, 07/24/2017 - 14:49

Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, told lawmakers in a statement on Monday that he "did not collude... with any foreign government."

Kushner is meeting behind closed doors with the Senate Intelligence Committee on Monday and the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday. Both panels are investigating Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election and whether any members of the Trump campaign colluded with Russia.

Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area
Dan Skinner Mon, 07/24/2017 - 06:00

Jim Ogle is the Executive Director of the Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area. On this edition of Conversations, Jim Ogle joins us to talk about the mission of the organization, visiting the historic sites in the National Heritage Area, and why it is important to preserve our history.

Staff Sgt. Clinton Petit takes a spin on a grasshopper mower, saying it's like driving a golf cart. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Master Sgt. Elaine Mayo)
KPR Staff Fri, 07/21/2017 - 00:00

Q: Groundskeepers at the White House use Kansas-made lawnmowers and other lawn and garden products to keep things looking sharp. What’s the name of the Kansas company that makes these mowers and where in Kansas are they manufactured? (Name the town!)

21 Ways to a Happier Depression
Dan Skinner Thu, 07/20/2017 - 00:00

Seth Swirsky a clinical psychologist, songwriter and mixed media artist who lives and practices in California. He’s written a book about alleviating depression through art and creativity.

The Destruction of Hillary Clinton
Dan Skinner Wed, 07/19/2017 - 06:00

What happened to Hillary Clinton's campaign?

Kris Krishtalka, KU Museum of Natural History
Dan Skinner Mon, 07/17/2017 - 06:00

The Natural History Museum at the University of Kansas serves both the University and the public as a center for learning more about our world. Leonard "Kris" Krishtalka is the director of the Institute of Biodiversity Institute and the Natural History Museum. On this edition of Conversations, he joins us to talk about the museum and what you’ll find there.

Assassin of Youth
Dan Skinner Fri, 07/14/2017 - 06:00

Harry Anslinger was the Commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics from its establishment in 1930 until he retired in 1962.

Blackout
Dan Skinner Wed, 07/12/2017 - 06:00

Cyber Warfare is a growing concern. How vulnerable are we? On this edition of Conversations, I talk with novelist Marc Elsberg about his international bestselling thriller, Blackout, which explores what happens when a cyber attack turns off the power in Europe, the United States and beyond.

Porter Arneill, Director of Arts & Culture for the City of Lawrence
Dan Skinner Mon, 07/10/2017 - 06:00

On this edition of Conversations, I talk with Porter Arneill, the Director of Arts & Culture for the City of Lawrence. His office works to enhance coordination of arts and cultural activities and initiatives in the community.

Holy Cross Church in the Ellis County town of Pfeifer. (Photo Courtesy of Carol Billinger, www.germancapitalofkansas.com)
KPR Staff Fri, 07/07/2017 - 09:21

Q: When the Kansas Sampler Foundation asked people to vote on the 8 Wonders of Kansas Architecture, the structures that received the most votes included the Kansas Statehouse, the Chase County Courthouse, the Ness County Bank, two barns, two mansions and exactly one church. Give us the name of the only church to make the list and tell us where it's located.

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