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Marble map of Kansas, as seen in the visitor's center at the Kansas Statehouse. (Photo by Dan Skinner)
KPR Staff Fri, 05/26/2017 - 09:15

We’ve all heard of JO CO.  That’s short for Johnson CountyJ-O is the two-letter abbreviation for that suburban county, as seen on Kansas license plates.  But what about NO CO, RO CO, FO CO and GO CO?  Can you give us the real names of these other counties?

An American flag hangs in downtown Arlington, Kansas. (Photo by J. Schafer)
J. Schafer Wed, 05/24/2017 - 12:25

Memorial Day weekend is always a busy time for highway, train and air travel.  But this year's holiday weekend could be the busiest it's been in 12 years.

Conversations
Dan Skinner Fri, 05/19/2017 - 11:18

I'm excited to announce that I'm beginning a series of blog posts called Conversations. This blog will share conversations spotlighting area and regional arts.

KPR Staff Fri, 05/19/2017 - 09:20

Here's another tidbit about Kansas that you just ought to know. Otherwise, you might as well be living somewhere else... in a less awesome state. 

As Kansas lawmakers grapple with fixing the budget deficit and funding public schools, KPR will provide coverage.
J. Schafer Wed, 05/17/2017 - 14:48

Kansas Public Radio has been covering the Kansas Legislature for nearly a half century.  Of all the radio and TV stations in the state, KPR is the only broadcast outlet to maintain a full-time, year-round statehouse bureau.  KPR listener-members help us keep an eye on state government and the people in power.   

A Tornado Watch is in effect until 7pm for portions of the KPR listening area.
J. Schafer Wed, 05/17/2017 - 12:51

A small portion of the KPR listening area remains under a Tornado Watch until 7pm.  The watch no longer includes Lawrence, Topeka, Leavenworth or Kansas City.  For the latest weather information, visit the National Weather Service / Topeka website

This colorful work titled "Euphoria," by Lawrence artist Renae Polacca, now proudly hangs in KPR News Director J. Schafer's office.
KPR Staff Tue, 05/16/2017 - 12:46

Tucked away in the Green Room, on the second floor of Kansas Public Radio, is a revolving art exhibit, featuring the works of area artists.  Our latest exhibit featured works from artists at Cottonwood, Incorporated in Lawrence.

Thomas Ward Custer was one of George Armstrong Custer's younger brothers and perished with him at the Battle of Little Bighorn in the Montana Territory.
KPR Staff Fri, 05/12/2017 - 00:00

Q: The Medal of Honor is the nation's highest military award. A soldier buried at Fort Leavenworth was awarded not one - but two - Medals of Honor for bravery during the American Civil War. What's his name?

KPR Staff Tue, 05/09/2017 - 09:32

Retro Cocktail Hour's host Darrell Brogdon will be spinning exotica new and old at KC's newest and coolest destination - Tiki Cat.

Kalie McAlexander Tue, 05/09/2017 - 00:00

What is our connection to the internet in regards to consuming information about current events? Does the first amendment protect even those who use it as a platform for hate speech? What exactly is fake news and who gets to decide what is and isn’t real? These are just a few of the questions examined by On the Media, a WYNC show now available on KPR’s news and talk station, KPR2

Twilight accentuates the new copper dome on the Kansas Statehouse, part of a nearly complete $332 million renovation and the first new copper covering since the roof was constructed in 1903. (Flickr Photo by Phil Cauthon / KHI)
KPR Staff Fri, 05/05/2017 - 00:00

Q: Renovation at the Kansas Statehouse cost a pretty penny - more than $300 million! It took $22 million for the copper top alone. How many pounds of copper did it take to put a new roof and dome on the Kansas Statehouse?

              67,000 pounds?   
              97,000 pounds?
     Or… 127,000 pounds?  

News Director J. Schafer loves "pitching" with former Kansas lawmaker Paul Davis.
fwinston Mon, 05/01/2017 - 00:00

When you call in to pledge to KPR, the phone volunteers always ask, "Do you have any comments for the staff?" Read on to see what our listeners and supporters say about us.

The 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby will be held Saturday, May 6, 2017.
KPR Staff Fri, 04/28/2017 - 09:30

The "most exciting two minutes in sports" -- otherwise known as the Kentucky Derby -- takes place on Saturday, May 6. One of this year's competitors is a horse named after a Kansas town. What's his name?

KPR Staff Fri, 04/28/2017 - 00:00

West Side Folk is thrilled to announce that it will present a very special concert to benefit Kansas Public Radio, which recently receive

KPR Staff Tue, 04/25/2017 - 00:00

Cast off for some tropical terrors at our next Cinema a Go-Go! Our big double feature includes She Demons (1958), where a three-hour cruise turns into a nightmare, complete with rubber mask-wearing monsters, evil Nazi scientists and Irish McCalla, star of TV's Sheena, Queen of the Jungle; and Voodoo Island (1957) wherein an island cursed by voodoo is also tormented by a lousy script and ridiculous special effects (but also has music by Les Baxter). 

Illustration credit: Chelsea Beck/NPR
KPR Web Operations Mon, 04/24/2017 - 11:26

Before his election, back in October, then-presidential candidate Donald Trump laid out a 100 Day Action Plan.

(Flickr/James Niland)
KPR Staff Fri, 04/21/2017 - 00:00

Q: It's been a long time since Kansas had a visible solar eclipse. But that will change later this year, when part of extreme northeast Kansas will be in the path of a total solar eclipse. When will that happen? Give us the date of the next solar eclipse in Kansas.

(Marius B/Freeimages.com)
KPR Staff Fri, 04/14/2017 - 13:43

Q: The Number 1 wheat planted in Kansas for the fifth consecutive year is a variety developed by Kansas State University. What's the name of this variety? Here's a hint: this variety is so top-shelf, it shares a name with a famous mountai

We're looking for 1,000 new and upgrading donors during the "Campaign for Excellence." You can do your part today - donate online at kpr.ku.edu/support or call 888-577-5268...and thanks!
KPR Staff Mon, 03/27/2017 - 00:00

As KPR addresses budget cuts, we’ve set a goal of 1,000 new and upgrading donors.​ Follow along as we make daily updates to reach our goal, and become a part of the KPR crew by donating now. Or join in during the upcoming on-air membership drive, beginning Tuesday, March 28. 

Flickr/Lotus Johnson
KPR Staff Fri, 03/24/2017 - 09:21

Q: Like other states, Kansas has an official this, that and the other. For example, we have an official state insect, flower and animal - the honeybee, sunflower and the American buffalo, respectively. Eighty years ago this week, something else became official. Scientifically, it's called Populus deltoides. What's the common name for our official state tree?

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