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On June 29, 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the Federal Aid Highway Act, also known as the National Interstate and Defense Highways Act. Essentially, this legislation ushered in the age of the interstate, which connected major cities across the country.
KPR Staff Fri, 07/01/2016 - 00:00

Q: Sixty years ago this week, President Dwight Eisenhower - who grew up in Abilene - signed legislation forever altering the landscape of the United States. What was it?

Chad Onianwa Fri, 07/01/2016 - 00:00

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Zoco Duo's in-studio performance will be broadcast July 28 & 31 on KPR's new program, "Classics Live."
Chad Onianwa Fri, 07/01/2016 - 00:00

Classical music has always had a special place at KPR, and starting July 7, an exciting new classical music program will begin. This new program, called Classics Live, will be hosted by Darrell Brogdon, host of Retro Cocktail Hour, and produced by Cordelia Brown, KPR's evening classical music host. Classics Live will feature recordings of solo artists and group performances. 

Kansas Statehouse in Topeka (Photo by Dan Skinner)
Chad Onianwa Fri, 07/01/2016 - 00:00

Governor Signs Funding Plan & Kansas Supreme Court Accepts Latest School Funding Changes
Supreme Court accepted changes made to Kansas' education funding system. The new plan increases the financial support for poorer districts by diverting funding from other areas of the state budget and also saves Kansas public schools from the threat of being shut down.

KPR Staff Fri, 07/01/2016 - 00:00

We have a couple great ticket giveaways for July. Enter as many contests as you like. Winners will be drawn Tuesday morning, July 12, and notified by email. Good luck.

Garrison Keillor will host "A Prairie Home Companion" one last time on Saturday, July 2.
KPR Staff Wed, 06/29/2016 - 08:57

After 42 years, Garrison Keillor is stepping down as host of A Prairie Home Companion. In an interview with CBS’s Jane Pauley, Keillor said he made the decision so he could focus on his passion, writing. Replacing him is Chris Thile, who first made his appearance on the show in 1996. Thile is a talented Grammy-winning mandolinist and is a member of the folk/bluegrass band The Punch Brothers.

(Photo Illustration by Joanna Fewins)
KPR Staff Thu, 06/23/2016 - 09:46

Q: According to the National Weather Service, two Kansas communities share the record for the hottest temperature in state history. Fredonia, in southeast Kansas, reached 121 degrees on July 18, 1936. What other Kansas community reached 121 degrees just six days later?

Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich host Radiolab, heard Saturdays at noon on KPR2.
Phil Wilke Wed, 06/22/2016 - 00:00

There are some great changes in the air on KPR2. We’re airing some new shows, and there are other shows not available on Kansas Public Radio.

Daniel Read Anthony, (1824-1904), brother of suffragist Susan B. Anthony. He migrated to the Kansas territory in 1854 as a member of the New England Emigrant Aid Company and settled in Leavenworth, Kansas, where he established a long and successfull career as a newspaper editor and publisher. (Photo Courtesy of Kansas Historical Society / kansasmemory.org)
KPR Staff Fri, 06/17/2016 - 09:42

Q: Daniel Anthony was one of the more colorful figures in the early days of Kansas. He was an abolitionist, a newspaper publisher, a gunfighter and the one-time mayor of Leavenworth. And while he was fairly famous in his day, his older sister became much more famous. Who was his sister, whose name is still recognized today?

KPR Staff Mon, 06/13/2016 - 00:00

KPR is proud to sponsor "An Evening With Maria Bamford," during Free State Festival on Monday, June 20, 7:30 p.m., at Liberty Hall. Join Maria for a stand-up performance followed by a short film screening and Q&A. 

The 2016 Douglas County CASA Playhouse is a Barn / Farmhouse and you could win it! (Photo by J. Schafer)
J. Schafer Mon, 06/13/2016 - 00:00

The 2016 Douglas County CASA playhouse is a barn! And you could win it with a single raffle ticket. The playhouse raffle is a major fundraiser for CASA, which helps abused and neglected children in Lawrence and the surrounding area.

This is a postcard showing coal mine no. 1 at the Kansas State Penitentiary in Lansing, Kansas, 1920s. (Photo Courtesy of Kansas Historical Society / kansasmemory.org)
KPR Staff Fri, 06/10/2016 - 09:09

Today's Kansas Trivia Question comes to us courtesy of Ted Heim, KPR's all-time trivia champ!  

Q: At one time, the state of Kansas owned and operated a coal mine. Where was it located?

KPR Staff Mon, 05/23/2016 - 00:00

Our latest Cinema a Go-Go creeps into Liberty Hall with a pair of classic zombie thrillers ­— Zombies of Mora Tau and Zombies on Broadway.

First draft of Basket Ball rules, which hung in the gym so that the boys might learn the rules.  (Photo Courtesy of KU University Archives/Spencer Library)
KPR Staff Fri, 05/20/2016 - 09:17

Q: In the earliest version of basketball, there was no dribbling, dunking, three-pointers or shot clocks. The original rules of the game are now on display at the DeBruce Center at the University of Kansas. Those rules were typed up by the inventor of the game, Dr. James Naismith, who became KU’s first basketball coach. In what year did Naismith first publish his rules of the game?

Phil Wilke Mon, 05/16/2016 - 17:23

FROM KPR

Shrinking the Earth: Don Worster's New Book
It's a big planet. But in many ways, the whole wide world is shrinking. To find out how and why, you might want to check out a new book called Shrinking the Earth by Don Worster. Or... you could just turn up the radio and listen to this review by Commentator Rex Buchanan.

Phil Wilke Mon, 05/16/2016 - 16:41

The Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home in Abilene will present its annual Symphony at Sunset D-Day Commemorative Concert on Saturday, June 4, on the grounds of the museum. Activities start at 4 p.m. with concert at 7 p.m. Performers are the 1st Infantry Division Band and the Salina Symphony. Learn more at their website.

KPR Staff Mon, 05/16/2016 - 10:15

The Lawrence Public Library is bringing a rock legend to town. Kim Gordon, the godmother of grunge and co-founding member of the rock band, Sonic Youth, will participate in this year's 780s Series on Tuesday, May 17, 7:30 p.m., at Liberty Hall.

Wilt Chamberlain with other Hall of Fame inductees, 1979. From left to right: Don Baker, A.C. "Dutch" Lonborg, John McLendon, Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Johnson, and Ted Owens. (Photo Courtesy of Spencer Research Library/KU)
KPR Staff Fri, 05/13/2016 - 00:00

Q: Born in Hiawatha, this man became the first men’s basketball coach to win three consecutive national championships. He was also the first African-American coach to win a national basketball championship. What's the name of this Kansan who's enshrined as both a contributor and a coach in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame? 

KPR Staff Sat, 05/07/2016 - 00:00

The latest in featured KPaRtists is Angie Ayrault, of Ayrault Artware, a line of art that is designed to advance homeless youth by funding school fees, housing deposits, art, music and sports for youth residing in shelter care in Lawrence, Kan., and the Midwest.

Darrell Brogdon's "Retro Cocktail Hour" turns 20 this year, and KPR will be celebrating with a concert at Liberty Hall, Saturday, May 7.
KPR Staff Tue, 05/03/2016 - 00:00

Strange as it seems, Retro Cocktail Hour turns 20 this year and to celebrate, we're throwing a mondo party at Liberty Hall in Lawrence on Saturday, May 7, at 8 p.m. 

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