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The Good Sister
Dan Skinner Wed, 07/10/2019 - 06:00

On this edition of Conversations, Gillian McAllister talks about her U.S.

KPR Staff Fri, 07/05/2019 - 09:05

Q: He went from living at Lone Star Trailer Court in Pittsburg, Kansas, to leading one of the world's largest retail companies. What's the name of the man who was born in Baxter Springs, graduated from Pittsburg State University and later became president and CEO of Wal-Mart?

Last Tango in Cyberspace
Dan Skinner Wed, 07/03/2019 - 06:00

On this edition of Conversations, Steven Kotler talks about his latest novel,

Watkins Museum of History
Dan Skinner Mon, 07/01/2019 - 06:00

On this edition of Conversations, Steve Nowak, Executive Director of the Watkins Museum of History in

The Enchanted Hour
Dan Skinner Fri, 06/28/2019 - 13:00

On this edition of Conversations, Meghan Cox Gurdon talks about The Enchanted Hour: The Miracu

Big Brutus, the second largest electric coal shovel in the world, on display in West Mineral, Kansas.  While it's not the biggest one ever built, it's the biggest one still in existence. (Photo from Wikipedia)
KPR Staff Fri, 06/28/2019 - 09:08

Q: Many Kansans already know about Big Brutus. That's the enormous, electric, coal-mining shovel on display in southeast Kansas. The big shovel has been back in the news this month because something else has been added to the display at the Big Brutus Visitor's Center in West Mineral, Kansas. What's been added?

Leonard Krishtalka, Novelist
Dan Skinner Mon, 06/24/2019 - 06:00

On this edition of Conversations, I'll talk with Leonard “Kris” Krishtalka.

Hyer Brothers Shoe and Boot Shop, Olathe, Kansas, circa 1880s (Photo from Johnson County Museum)
KPR Staff Fri, 06/21/2019 - 05:00

Q: According to some western lore and tradition, Charles Hyer, a shoemaker in Olathe, invented the very first one of these in the mid 1870s. But others claim it was invented in Abilene or Coffeyville. What was it?

Bobbi Washechek Thu, 06/20/2019 - 00:00

KPR is giving away free Hy-Vee ice cream and Alchemy iced coffee to show appreciation for our listeners! KPR staff and on-air hosts will be scooping up ice cream at the Union Pacific Depot (202 N. 2nd St.) on June 20, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Dymaxion House at its 1948-1991 site, near Andover, Kansas. (Photo from The Henry Ford Museum, where you can now tour the house.)
KPR Staff Fri, 06/14/2019 - 09:25

Q: Vending machines, pie plates, a corn harvester and the futuristic Dymaxion House, which looks like a flying saucer. All of these things were made by the same Kansas company that also supplied products for NASA's Gemini, Apollo, and space shuttle programs. What's the name of this innovative Kansas company?

Bobbi Washechek Fri, 06/14/2019 - 05:00

Retro Cocktail Hour is celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Cinema a Go-Go with moon-landing mayhem, June 14, 7 p.m., at Liberty Hall.

KPR Web Operations Tue, 06/11/2019 - 11:50

The House of Representatives is debating a civil contempt resolution against Attorney General William Barr and former White House Counsel Don McGahn. House Democrats want access to materials related to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Dan Skinner Mon, 06/10/2019 - 06:00

On this edition of Conversations, Chuck Warner talks about his book,

Dan Skinner Fri, 06/07/2019 - 13:00

On this edition of Conversations, Carrie Miller talks about her book,

Old tractor parked near a field full of sunflowers, Stafford County, Kansas (Photo by J. Schafer)
KPR Staff Fri, 06/07/2019 - 09:14

Q: There are lots of towns in other states named after Kansas, Kansas City or the Kansas Territory. For instance, there's a place called "Little Kansas" in Pennsylvania and a "Kansas Settlement" in Arizona. There's a "Kansasville, Wisconsin," a "Kansas City, Oregon" and, of course, the city in Missouri named "Kansas City." Beyond these examples, can you name ANY OTHER state that has a city or town specifically named "Kansas?" Do Not count Kansas City, Kansas, in your answer.

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