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KPR Staff Thu, 06/26/2014 - 16:13

Q: This year marks the 100th anniversary of the start of what was once called “The Great War.” The first American officer killed in World War I was Lt. William T. Fitzsimons, a Kansas...

KPR Staff Wed, 06/18/2014 - 15:27

Q: Fifty years ago this month, 17-year-old Jim Ryun became the first high school kid in the country to run a mile in less than four minutes. He went on to do it three more times! Whi...

KPR Staff Wed, 06/11/2014 - 21:35

Q: This Kansas county was originally named “Shirley County” but local leaders were afraid “Shirley” sounded too much like the name of a prostitute, so the county was renamed. What do w...

KPR Staff Wed, 06/04/2014 - 20:00

Q: Today marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the allied invasion of Normandy, France. The very first troops to hit Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944, were part of a legendary army division tha...

KPR Staff Fri, 05/30/2014 - 14:54

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President Dwight Eisenhower grew up in Abilene, helped win World War Two and got elected president - twice! But wait, that’s not all. He also launched America into the sp...

KPR Staff Thu, 05/22/2014 - 21:20

Q: As a young man, he worked for Goodyear Tire in Topeka. Then, he sold life insurance. In the early 1960s, he bought a pizza restaurant in Pittsburg and another one in Joplin, Misso...

KPR Staff Fri, 05/16/2014 - 15:31

Q: Native Kansas limestone was used in the construction of Allen Fieldhouse at the University of Kansas, Ahearn Field House at Kansas State and the Kansas Statehouse. In fact, some of the lime...

KPR Staff Fri, 05/09/2014 - 14:31

 
Q: If you "Go West" in Kansas, you'll discover a county named after a 19th century newspaper publisher – and a county seat named after his famous newspaper. Name the western Kansas coun...

KPR Staff Mon, 05/05/2014 - 14:55

Q: The Kansas Sampler Festival gets underway this weekend in Wamego. The Sampler Fest is designed to give the public a sample of what there is to see and do in Kansas. There’s...

KPR Staff Fri, 04/25/2014 - 14:15

Q: The names for a handful of Kansas towns are spelled with at least three of the letter "O." For example, Oskaloosa is spelled with three Os. So is Solomon and don't overlook O...

KPR Staff Fri, 04/04/2014 - 14:15

Q: Each year this south-central Kansas town holds “The Kansas Wheat Festival.” Where can you go for this year’s 114th edition of the Kansas Wheat Festival? (Not to be conf...

KPR Staff Fri, 03/28/2014 - 14:15

Q: In 2008, Baker University alumnus Andrew Cherng was included in the Forbes magazine list of 25 Notable Chinese-Americans. What national fast food restaurant chain did he help establish? (H...

KPR Staff Fri, 03/21/2014 - 14:15

Q: In June, this iconic western Kansas church will be dedicated as a “minor basilica.” The nickname of this Romanesque-style church is the “Cathedral of the Plains.” Wha...

KPR Staff Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:15

Q: What comic strip, which debuted this week back in 1951, takes place in Wichita, Kan.? (Hint: If you don’t know the answer, go ask Mr. Wilson.)
The comics exhibit at Washington, D.C....

KPR Staff Fri, 03/07/2014 - 15:15

Q: The name of this Kansas town might make you think of cheese, but the community actually bills itself as the "Oasis on the Plains." Can you name it?
No, Colby, Kan., is not named after...

KPR Staff Fri, 02/28/2014 - 06:00

Q: What's the name of the 1980s country song with these lyrics: "Hello, Kansas wheat field farmer; let me thank you for your time"? Also, who sings this hit song?
The Alabama song "Forty...

KPR Staff Fri, 02/21/2014 - 15:15

Q: The UCLA Bruins won the first of 10 national basketball championships in 1964, with the help of a player from Topeka. What’s his name?
The UCLA Bruins basketball team won the 1964 c...

KPR Staff Fri, 02/14/2014 - 15:15

Q: Spring is just around the corner - and in Kansas, that means potentially violent weather (think lightning, flooding and tornadoes). We can’t always prevent disasters and emergencies, but...

KPR Staff Fri, 02/07/2014 - 15:15

Q: This Great Bend native is an opera singer and a voice instructor at Kansas State University. But lately, he’s been working in Sochi, Russia - helping to produce the opening...

KPR Staff Fri, 01/31/2014 - 15:15

Q: When the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks take the field Sunday in Super Bowl 48, there will only be one player from a Kansas college able to play in the big game. What’s his name…a...

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