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Irena Jasperson Thu, 09/28/2017 - 12:23

Trail Mix fans have been tuning in for great music every Sunday from 1 to 7 p.m. Listeners will be happy to hear that the show is now airing on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. Rest assured -- Bob McWilliams is still bringing you the same great musical blend of folk, Americana, singer-songwriters, Celtic, bluegrass and beyond for six hours each weekend.

KPR Staff Thu, 09/28/2017 - 11:46

Kansas Public Radio ended its successful fall membership drive with 1,807 listener pledges, surpassing its goal of raising $250,000. The ten-day campaign, which began on Sept. 6, brought in $256,512 that will go directly toward providing programming for KPR’s 115,000 listeners. The station recently received the largest budget cut in its 65-year history, with listener and corporate support now supplementing more than 72 percent of the KPR budget.

Irena Jasperson Thu, 09/28/2017 - 10:41

Illustrator, graphic designer, live speed painter and KU alum Annika Wooton is featuring her art in KPR's conference room until October 26. 

The Doll Funeral
Dan Skinner Wed, 09/27/2017 - 06:00

Do we have the power to chose our own family? That's one of the questions Kate Hamer asks in her latest novel, The Doll Funeral. The story centers on 13-year-old Ruby, who finds out she is adopted and runs away from home in search of her real parents. What she experience along her journey leaves her uncertain about what is real and what is not. On this edition of Conversations, Hamer talks about how The Doll Funeral crosses genres and has been referred to as a modern fairytale by reviewers.

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KPR Web Operations Mon, 09/25/2017 - 13:38

Republican Senators Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana are defending their proposal to replace Obamacare today in a Senate hearing. The Senate Finance Committee begins its deliberations on the bill around 2:00 PM Eastern Time.

Lawrence Public Library
Dan Skinner Mon, 09/25/2017 - 06:00

The role of libraries has changed over the years, and The Lawrence Public Library has responded to community needs by offering a wealth of resources and activities both on location and online.

KPR Staff Fri, 09/22/2017 - 10:15

Kansas Public Radio is hosting its first-ever Songwriters Showcase, an evening of music featuring local musicians Mr. and Mrs. Dodge, Heidi Gluck, and Inside Baseball.

Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division escort the Little Rock Nine students into the all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Ark, 1957. (Photo Courtesy of National Archives)
KPR Staff Fri, 09/22/2017 - 08:10

Q: Sixty years ago this week, President Dwight Eisenhower - the state's favorite son - sent federal troops to Little Rock, Arkansas, to enforce school desegregation. These weren't just any federal troops, they were elite army soldiers from a famous division. Name the division.

Dan Skinner Fri, 09/22/2017 - 00:00

Are you ready for the Smart Machine Age? Business professor Edward D. Hess, from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, points to research showing that over the next two decades technological advances will displace as many as 80 million jobs or 47 percent of the U.S. workforce. On this edition of Conversations, I talk with Ed Hess about his book Humility is the New Smart: Rethinking Human Excellence in the Smart Machine Age.

The Talented Ribkins
Dan Skinner Wed, 09/20/2017 - 06:00

On this edition of Conversations, Ladee Hubbard joins me to talk about her debut novel, The Talented Ribkins. Hubbard weaves the tale of the Ribkins family, who are each blessed with a special, but peculiar talent. The story centers on 72-year-old Johnny Ribkin and the road trip he takes with Eloise, the 13-year-old daughter of his deceased half-brother. Along the way she learns about her family heritage, and Johnny reevaluates his past. 

KPR Staff Mon, 09/04/2017 - 00:00

YOUR support is more important now than ever. With the arrival of the new fiscal year, KPR is officially living in its new financial reality as a $200,000 budget cut from the University of Kansas takes effect. That's why we're turning to you - our loyal listener - to support the station you love. 

Black Love: A Symposium
Dan Skinner Sun, 09/03/2017 - 00:00

On the 80th Anniversary of Zora Neale Hurston's novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God, KU will hold a symposium that explores themes of black love in literature, culture and other disciplin

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KPR Staff Fri, 09/01/2017 - 09:15

Q: This year, daylight saving time will end on Sunday, November 5. In April of 1965, voters in this northeast Kansas community rejected a proposal to adopt daylight saving time on a 2-1 margin. Name the town that thought it was a capital idea to reject the clock-changing ritual?  

Feloniz Lovato-... Wed, 08/30/2017 - 11:31

Kansas Public Radio earned seven individual awards from the Kansas Association of Broadcasters (KAB) this year. KPR earned honors in the news, commentary, programming and website categories.

Teeth
Dan Skinner Sat, 08/26/2017 - 00:00

On this edition of Conversations, I talk with Mary Otto about Teeth: The Story of Beauty, Inequality, and the Struggle for Oral Health in America.

KPR Staff Fri, 08/25/2017 - 10:00

Bad girls and B-movie monsters run amok at our next Cinema a Go-Go! Join us for a pair of classic '50s shockers - The Wasp Woman and Attack of the Giant Leeches, both from 1959. 

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KPR Staff Fri, 08/25/2017 - 00:00

Q: One Johnson County community is named after an Indian princess, the wife of Blackhoof, a Shawnee Indian chief. Another Johnson County community takes its name from the Shawnee Indian word for beautiful. What are the names of these two Kansas City suburbs?

Peregrine Island
Dan Skinner Wed, 08/23/2017 - 06:00

As a journalist, Diane Saxton wrote for Vanity Fair and the Huffington Post, among publications, before turning her storytelling skills to creating fiction.

KPR Staff Mon, 08/21/2017 - 07:00
The excitement has been building for weeks and weeks. On Monday, August 21, the solar eclipse will finally be here. It will darken the skies along a path from Oregon to South Carolina.
Van Go
Dan Skinner Mon, 08/21/2017 - 06:00

You've seen the Van Go art benches around town, but the Van Go programs encompass much more. On this edition of Conversations, I talk with Lynne Green, the founder and Executive Director of Van Go. Green talks about the history of the organization, the services they offer to young people in Douglas County, and yes, we'll talk about those beautiful benches as well.

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