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Irena Jasperson Tue, 10/17/2017 - 11:16

Four public media stations in Kansas, including Kansas Public Radio, will receive a $502,327 grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) to establish a regional news collaboration.

The partnership, led by KCUR in Kansas City, will produce multimedia reports on statehouse politics, health, education, natural resources, rural life, and agriculture. The CPB grant, which was announced in September, provides funds for the hiring of four journalists at the partner media outlets for two years, with station support continuing in outlying years.

KPR Staff Tue, 10/17/2017 - 00:00

The Retro Cocktail Hour's Cinema a Go-Go series returns to Liberty Hall with a night of extraterrestrial bad guys! Our big double feature has two of the original "alien invasion" movies of the early 1950s, including Howard Hawks' production of the original The Thing From Another World (1951) and low budget auteur Edgar G. Ulmer's The Man From Planet X (1951).

A large elm tree, locally known as the "Hellava Elm," was uprooted by the storm over the weekend. Photo: Danny Mantyla.
KPR Web Operations Mon, 10/16/2017 - 14:42

A violent storm damaged homes and knocked out power to many residences in North Lawrence Saturday night.  
 

Conversations: Sales Tax Renewal Proposal
Dan Skinner Mon, 10/16/2017 - 06:00

On this edition of Conversations, Brandon McGuire, Assistant to the Lawrence City Manager and Porter Arneill, Interim Communications Manager, join me

The Hormone Myth
Dan Skinner Fri, 10/13/2017 - 10:00

The myth of the hormone-crazed woman is firmly entrenched in our culture. Examples abound in popular films, politics, business, advertisements, and social media. On this edition of Conversations, I talk with Robyn Stein DeLuca, PhD, about The Hormone Myth: How Junk Science, Gender Politics, & Lies about PMS Keep Women Down.

Haunting the Deep
Dan Skinner Wed, 10/11/2017 - 06:00

Adriana Mather has an interesting family history, to say the least.

The Rocky Horror Show at Theatre Lawrence
Dan Skinner Mon, 10/09/2017 - 06:00

Are you ready to do the Time Warp again? Theatre Lawrence presents The Rocky Horror Show, October 13 and 14.

The Integrative Guide to Good Health
Dan Skinner Fri, 10/06/2017 - 14:00

The Mayo Clinic's book, The Integrative Guide to Good Health: Home Remedies Meet Alternative Therapies to Transform Well-Being strives to answer questions about alternative health therapies, dietary supplements, stress release and much more. Dr. Brent Bauer joins me on this edition of Conversations to discuss the importance of integrated healthcare that encompasses the body, mind and spirit. 

A birds-eye view of Tribune, in Greeley County, Kansas. Date: Between 1900 and 1910 (Photo Courtesy of Kansas Historical Society/kansasmemory.org)
KPR Staff Fri, 10/06/2017 - 00:00

Q: What western Kansas town is named for a former newspaper in the eastern United States?

Girls Who Code
Dan Skinner Wed, 10/04/2017 - 06:00

Reshma Saujani is on a mission to close the gender gap in technology. She is the founder of Girls Who Code, a national non-profit organization with chapters in all 50 states. On this edition of Conversations, she joins me to talk about her organization and two new books for girls, Girls Who Code: Learn to Code and Change the World, and the novel The Friendship Code #1.

Far From The Tree
Dan Skinner Fri, 09/29/2017 - 14:00

On this edition of Conversations, I talk with Andrew Solomon, the author Far from the Tree: How Children and their Parents Learn to Accept One Another… Our Differences Unite Us. The book explores the impact of extreme differences between children and parents. Solomon is a professor of clinical psychology at Columbia University.

This is a postcard showing Collins Block and the Hotel Greenwood in Eureka, Kansas. Between 1905 and 1910. (Photo Courtesy of Kansas Historical Society/kansasmemory.org)
KPR Staff Fri, 09/29/2017 - 09:22

Q: Often associated with the ancient Greek mathematician and inventor Archimedes, this word comes from a Greek expression meaning "I have found it." It's also the name of a Kansas community. Give us the name of this eastern Kansas town, which is also a county seat.

Irena Jasperson Thu, 09/28/2017 - 12:23

Trail Mix fans have been tuning in for great music every Sunday from 1 to 7 p.m. Listeners will be happy to hear that the show is now airing on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. Rest assured -- Bob McWilliams is still bringing you the same great musical blend of folk, Americana, singer-songwriters, Celtic, bluegrass and beyond for six hours each weekend.

KPR Staff Thu, 09/28/2017 - 11:46

Kansas Public Radio ended its successful fall membership drive with 1,807 listener pledges, surpassing its goal of raising $250,000. The ten-day campaign, which began on Sept. 6, brought in $256,512 that will go directly toward providing programming for KPR’s 115,000 listeners. The station recently received the largest budget cut in its 65-year history, with listener and corporate support now supplementing more than 72 percent of the KPR budget.

Irena Jasperson Thu, 09/28/2017 - 10:41

Illustrator, graphic designer, live speed painter and KU alum Annika Wooton is featuring her art in KPR's conference room until October 26. 

The Doll Funeral
Dan Skinner Wed, 09/27/2017 - 06:00

Do we have the power to chose our own family? That's one of the questions Kate Hamer asks in her latest novel, The Doll Funeral. The story centers on 13-year-old Ruby, who finds out she is adopted and runs away from home in search of her real parents. What she experience along her journey leaves her uncertain about what is real and what is not. On this edition of Conversations, Hamer talks about how The Doll Funeral crosses genres and has been referred to as a modern fairytale by reviewers.

Illustration credit: Annette Elizabeth Allen for NPR
KPR Web Operations Mon, 09/25/2017 - 13:38

Republican Senators Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana are defending their proposal to replace Obamacare today in a Senate hearing. The Senate Finance Committee begins its deliberations on the bill around 2:00 PM Eastern Time.

Lawrence Public Library
Dan Skinner Mon, 09/25/2017 - 06:00

The role of libraries has changed over the years, and The Lawrence Public Library has responded to community needs by offering a wealth of resources and activities both on location and online.

KPR Staff Fri, 09/22/2017 - 10:15

Kansas Public Radio is hosting its first-ever Songwriters Showcase, an evening of music featuring local musicians Mr. and Mrs. Dodge, Heidi Gluck, and Inside Baseball.

Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division escort the Little Rock Nine students into the all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Ark, 1957. (Photo Courtesy of National Archives)
KPR Staff Fri, 09/22/2017 - 08:10

Q: Sixty years ago this week, President Dwight Eisenhower - the state's favorite son - sent federal troops to Little Rock, Arkansas, to enforce school desegregation. These weren't just any federal troops, they were elite army soldiers from a famous division. Name the division.

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