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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?

KPR Staff Thu, 03/23/2017 - 11:48

If you are already a Sustaining member, there are a couple ways to upgrade your membership:

KPR Web Operations Mon, 03/20/2017 - 09:22
The NPR Two-Way blog will provide live coverage of the House Intelligence Committee’s public hearing on the investigations into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election. The live blog will include streaming video of the proceedings, with posts featuring highlights, context and analysis from NPR reporters and correspondents.
KPR Staff Mon, 03/20/2017 - 00:00

The President’s FY 18 budget proposes eliminating federal funding for public media. Our station relies on this essential federal seed money to provide you with the highest quality noncommercial programming and community services, as it is nearly 13 percent of our annual funding. If Kansas Public Radio has educated, informed or inspired you, please sign Protect My Public Media’s petition urging Congress to continue to fund public media at protectmypublicmedia.org.

KPR Staff Fri, 03/17/2017 - 13:30

Q: Basketball Hall-of-Fame Coach John McLendon invented the fast break. He was also the first African-American coach to win a national basketball championship -- AND -- the first men’s basketball coach to win three consecutive national championships. Oh, yeah... he also coached in the Olympics. Where, in Kansas, was he born?

Nick Carswell, of Carswell & Hope, and Ashley Davis prepare for their show at Liberty Hall on Thursday, March 16.
KPR Staff Mon, 03/13/2017 - 11:20

Kansas Public Radio is proud to sponsor an evening of "Songs from Ireland," to celebrate St. Patrick's Day 2017 with Ashley Davis, Carswell & Hope and guests Cormac DeBarra, Katlyn Conroy and friends

A woodcut image of the rabid wolf during its attack on Lt. Thompson in Fort Larned on August 5, 1868. (Public Domain)
KPR Staff Fri, 03/10/2017 - 00:00

Q: Just outside of Larned, Kansas, is one of the best-preserved military forts from the Indian Wars period of American history. Surprisingly, Fort Larned itself was never attacked by Native Americans. It was, however, attacked by an animal. What animal went on a rampage through Fort Larned in 1868, biting a half-dozen people and killing one soldier?

General Reille delivers to King Wilhelm I on the battlefield of Sedan the letter from Emperor Napoleon III. Wall painting in the Ruhmeshalle Berlin (destroyed). (Photo via Wikimedia)
KPR Staff Fri, 03/03/2017 - 00:00

Q: Believe it or not, there's a Kansas community that takes its name from a battle in the Franco-Prussian War. The 1870 battle was a decisive German victory. It resulted in the capture of Napoleon III and marked the end of the Second French Empire. What's the southeast Kansas town that takes its name from the name of this battle?

fwinston Tue, 02/28/2017 - 20:49

We have tickets galore for our listeners this month. Winners will be chosen on Friday, March 3, and notified by email. Good luck!

Brother Sun and John Gorka are featured performers in two upcoming benefit concerts for Kansas Public Radio.
KPR Staff Mon, 02/20/2017 - 00:00

West Side Folk is thrilled to announce that it will present two very special concerts to benefit Kansas Public Radio, which recently received a $100,000 budget cut that represents about 20 percent of the annual funding KPR receives from the University of Kansas. Brother Sun and John Gorka are playing for reduced fees to do their part to help KPR, and all profits from these concerts will go to KPR.

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