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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.

Spin-glish: The Definitive Dictionary of Deliberately Deceptive Language
Dan Skinner Fri, 07/07/2017 - 06:00

On this edition of Conversations, I talk with Henry Beard about How to Succeed in Business (and politics and everything else)

Ginny Moon
Dan Skinner Wed, 07/05/2017 - 06:00

The title character of the novel Ginny Moon, is an autistic teenaged girl and the story that unfolds is told from her perspective.

Spencer Museum of Art
Dan Skinner Mon, 07/03/2017 - 06:00

Saralyn Reece Hardy is the Marilyn Stokstad Director of the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas. On this edition of Conversations, we talk about the history and mission of the museum. Did you know it all started with a gift of art objects in 1917?

View of "The Big Dipper" located in Garden City, Kansas. At the time, the pool was 218 ft. x 337 ft., and located in Finnup Park. Date: Between 1920 and 1939 (Photo Courtesy of Kansas Historical Society/kansasmemory.org)
KPR Staff Fri, 06/30/2017 - 00:00

Q: "The Big Pool" in Garden City has a minimum of 14 lifeguards on duty each day because it's bigger than a football field and contains 2.6 million gallons of water! What was the original name developers gave to "The Big Pool" when it was first constructed in 1922?   

KPR Staff Thu, 06/29/2017 - 00:00

Kansas Public Radio is issuing changes to its programming schedule, effective July 1, 2017. 

No One Cares about Crazy People
Dan Skinner Thu, 06/29/2017 - 00:00

Ron Powers is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and bestselling author.

The Night She Won Miss America
Dan Skinner Wed, 06/28/2017 - 06:00

On this edition of Conversations, I talk with Michael Callahan about his latest novel, The Night She Won Miss America.

Great Spaces Music & Arts Series
Dan Skinner Mon, 06/26/2017 - 06:00

On this edition of Conversations, Steve Burke, Music Director for Grace Cathedral in Topeka, joins me to talk about the Great Spaces Music and Arts series. He discusses the history of the series, the great acoustical properties of the cathedral and how performers are chosen for the series.

Dan Skinner’s new show focuses on chats with authors, leaders of local arts organizations
KPR Staff Fri, 06/23/2017 - 14:30

Dan Skinner isn’t new to the airwaves. The director of Kansas Public Radio since November 2015 has been at the game a while. A Kansas native, Skinner has been the manager of other public radio stations in Indiana, Ohio and Texas. Get used to hearing Dan Skinner’s name: he now also has his own radio show, Conversations, which will begin airing on KPR2 on Sundays in July.

Ray Magliozzi, left, and his brother, the late Tom Magliozzi, hosts of NPR's "Car Talk." (Photo Credit: Richard Howard)
KPR Staff Fri, 06/23/2017 - 08:30

For more than two decades, Tom and Ray Magliozzi (aka Click and Clack the Tappet Brothers) have been America's funniest auto mechanics.

The Leadership Secrets of Oz
Dan Skinner Fri, 06/23/2017 - 06:00

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a beloved story that has delighted generations and created indelible memories.

KPR Web Operations Wed, 06/21/2017 - 09:04

Wednesday is another big day of testimony before two Congressional committees investigating Russian attempts to influence the 2016 Presidential election. Notably, former Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson (under President Obama) is scheduled to appear Wednesday before the House Intelligence Committee. Members of Congress will quiz Johnson on the details of widespread Russian cyber-attacks that targeted U.S. elections systems last year, and so-called "active measures," a Russian information warfare strategy which includes spreading falsehoods. At the same time, another hearing will be taking place in the Senate, where some current homeland security officials and state election officials will testify on related matters.

The Ada Decades
Dan Skinner Wed, 06/21/2017 - 06:00

Paula Martinack is an author, playwright, historian and professor at the University of North Carolina. Her debut novel Out of Time, won the 1990 Lambda Literary Ward for Lesbian Fiction. On this edition of Conversations, I talk with her about her latest novel, The Ada Decades. The title of the novel refers to the central character, Ada Shook. The story spans seven decades and opens with a 12-year-old Ada in 1947.

Lawrence Arts Center
Dan Skinner Mon, 06/19/2017 - 06:00

On this edition of Conversations, I talk about the Lawrence Arts Center with Kimberly Williams, Executive Director, and Sarah Bishop, the Chief Communications Officer.

This formal portrait shows a group of Delaware Indians. The group have been identified from left to right by their respected rows. FRONT ROW: James Ketchum, James Connor, John Connor, Charles Journeycake, Isaac Journeycake, John Sarcoxie, Sr. BACK ROW: James McDainel, (Cherokee), Black Beaver, Henry Tiblow, John G. Pratt, Charles Armstrong, John Young. Date: Between 1860 and 1865 (Photo via Kansas Historical Society/kansasmemory.org)
KPR Staff Fri, 06/16/2017 - 08:38

Q: This eastern Kansas town was named for a Delaware Indian whose name means "shorty." What's the name of this town?

Lab Girl
Dan Skinner Fri, 06/16/2017 - 06:00

Hope Jahren has dedicated her life studying trees, flowers, seeds and soil.

Razor Girl
Dan Skinner Wed, 06/14/2017 - 06:00

On this edition of Conversations, I’ll talk with Carl Hiaasen about his novel, Razor Girl, which is now out in paperback.

KPR Web Operations Tue, 06/13/2017 - 11:34

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee at 2:30pm ET today, as the investigation continues into Russian attempts to influence the 2016 presidential election. Sessions is expected to take questions about his recusal from the Russia investigation, his own meetings with Russian officials, and what if anything he knew about a private Oval Office meeting between President Trump and fired FBI Director James Comey.

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