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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?

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.

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. 

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. 

Bluemont College building in Manhattan, Kansas. The photograph was taken by Alexander Gardner as part of the series Across the Continent on the Union Pacific Railway, Eastern Division, 1867. (Photo Courtesy of Kansas Historical Society / kansasmemory.org)
KPR Staff Fri, 04/29/2016 - 09:17

Q: It was on this date (April 29) back in 1861 that a special committee of the Kansas Legislature recommended that the state take over Bluemont Central College and make it the basis for a new state university. What university did Bluemont College become? Give us the name of the school as we know it today!

Phil Wilke Mon, 04/25/2016 - 10:54

FROM KPR

Brownback's Kansas
KPR Presents recorded a critique of Gov. Sam Brownback's first five years. The panel discussion featured Burdett Loomis of the University of Kansas, Michael Smith of Emporia State University, Mark Peterson of Washburn University and Ed Flentje of Wichita State University.

Phil Wilke Mon, 04/25/2016 - 10:33

US Bank is in the “business of making possible happen,” helping customers navigate financial milestones—from first paycheck to first day of retirement; by helping small businesses convert back-of-the-envelope drawings into new businesses; by helping merchants direct commerce efficiently, effectively, conveniently and securely; by being there for families when they walk into their neighborhood branch or connect with us through their mobile devices; and by helping large commercial enterprises manage their daily activities and expand when new opportunities present themselves. Learn more at their website.

KPR Staff Mon, 04/25/2016 - 00:00

Formed in 1976, the Emerson String Quartet has an unparalleled list of achievements consisting of more than 30 acclaimed recor

  Senator James Lane of Kansas, ca. 1860-1870. (Photo Courtesy of Library of Congress)
KPR Staff Fri, 04/22/2016 - 09:21

Q: This week, back in 1861, the so-called "Frontier Guard" from Kansas was called into action. WHAT and WHO was this group of volunteers guarding at the time?

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