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Phillipsburg is the location of the Riverless Festival.
KPR Staff Fri, 02/17/2017 - 00:00

Q: Wichita has its Riverfest. Salina holds the Smoky Hill River Festival. But one Kansas community celebrates the "Riverless Festival." What's the name of the town in north-central Kansas that holds the Riverless Festival each June?

 A Crusader I tank emerges from a tank landing craft (TLC 124) during tests of a portable concrete roadway, in this case laid on the beach, 26 April 1942. (Wikimedia)
KPR Staff Fri, 02/10/2017 - 09:29

Q: Perhaps you've driven along the Harry Darby Memorial Highway that runs through Kansas City? That highway is named after Harry Darby, a Kansas City, Kansas, businessman and U.S. Senator from Kansas. Back in the day, Darby ran a steel company in the West Bottoms. During World War II, his company was known for making... what? In fact, the Darby Steel Corporation made MOST of these used during the war. What were they?

Tune in to KPR2 from 7-8 p.m., February 6-10, to listen to "In the Dark," the most comprehensive reporting on a case that inspired the national sex offender’s registry as well as the concept of “stranger danger.”
Kalie McAlexander Mon, 02/06/2017 - 00:00

Kidnapping cases are often complicated and tedious, but the case of Jacob Wetterling seemed like it should have been open and shut. Jacob was kidnapped in front of two of his friends one night in 1989 as they biked home on a dead-end street in St. Joseph, Minnesota. As law enforcement scrambled to find the boy and return him home, the town was ripped apart and the case seemed to go colder and colder.

The B-2 Spirit bomber is a blending of low-observable technologies with high aerodynamic efficiency and large payload that gives the B-2 important advantages over existing bombers. Its unrefueled range is approximately 6,000 nautical miles. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Mark Olsen)
KPR Staff Fri, 02/03/2017 - 09:29

Q: The most expensive airplane crash in the history of the U.S. Air Force happened in 2008. While no one was hurt, a B-2 stealth bomber crashed on the tiny island of Guam in the Western Pacific. The plane was destroyed, costing the U.S. an estimated $1.4 billion. What was the name of this B-2 bomber?

KPR Web Operations Wed, 02/01/2017 - 17:03

NPR, WNYC, and NPR Member stations have collected Congressional responses to President Trump's Executive Order restricting travel to the United States. That order suspended new refugee admissions for 120 days and blocked travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries -- Iraq, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya and Somalia -- for 90 days. Syrian refugees are banned indefinitely.

"Euphoria" by Renae Polacca
Kalie McAlexander Mon, 01/30/2017 - 19:54

Throughout the months of February and March, the rotating display of local art in KPR’s conference room will feature pieces from Cottonwood, Inc., consumers. Cottonwood is a non-profit organization that provides services and programs for individuals with developmental disabilities in the Lawrence community. Cottonwood encourages their consumers to make art and attend classes to help them express themselves.

KPR Web Operations Mon, 01/30/2017 - 00:00

The Kansas Public Radio App allows you to listen to KPR live, pause and rewind the live audio, and view the KPR program schedules.

KPR Staff Fri, 01/27/2017 - 09:30

The Retro Cocktail Hour's Cinema a Go-Go kicks off the new year with the all-star comedy epic It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963).

Astronaut Ronald E. Evans is performing extravehicular activity during the Apollo 17 spacecraft's trans-Earth coast. During his EVA, Evans, command module pilot, retrieved film cassettes from the lunar sounder, mapping camera and panoramic camera. (Photo via NASA)
KPR Staff Fri, 01/27/2017 - 00:00

Q: Astronaut Ron Evans graduated from Highland Park High School in Topeka and from the University of Kansas. As command module pilot for Apollo 17, he was part of the last manned-mission to the Moon. During that trip in 1972, Evans got to walk outside the spaceship for about an hour. What phrase did he utter as he first stepped into outer space?

KPR's Stephen Koranda will moderate a panel discussion at Lawrence Public Library on the pros, cons and philosophy behind the Kansas tax experiment.
KPR Staff Wed, 01/25/2017 - 09:45

How does cutting taxes affect the well-being of our state’s budget? Kansas Public Radio’s Statehouse Bureau Chief Stephen Koranda will moderate a panel discussion, featuring Senator Laura Kelly and Dave Trabert, President of the Kansas Policy Institute, on the pros, cons and philosophy behind the Kansas tax experiment.

Chief Justice Earl Warren administering the oath of office to Dwight D. Eisenhower on the east portico of the U.S. Capitol, January 21, 1957. (Photo via Library of Congress)
KPR Staff Fri, 01/20/2017 - 00:00

Q: Which quotable Kansan said this: "We pray that our concern shall be for all the people, regardless of station, race or calling. May cooperation be permitted and be the mutual aim of those who hold to differing political faiths."  

Cleaning up a residence after the 1951 flood in Topeka, Kansas (July 19, 1951). (Photo Courtesy of Kansas Historical Society / kansasmemory.org)
KPR Staff Fri, 01/13/2017 - 00:00

Q: It's Friday the 13th and for those who are superstitious (or even just a little "stitious"), today is an unlucky day. One of the worst natural disasters to hit the Midwest took place on another "Friday the 13th," but it happened in the month of July... 66 years ago. How do most Kansans refer to that disaster?

KPR Web Operations Tue, 01/10/2017 - 10:34

The NPR Politics team and reporters across the newsroom will be live-annotating a news conference with President-elect Donald Trump, expected at 11 am ET/8am PT on Wednesday.

KPR Web Operations Tue, 01/10/2017 - 10:26

The NPR Politics team and reporters across the newsroom will be live-annotating President Obama's farewell address in Chicago on Tuesday night, scheduled to begin at 9 pm ET/6pm ET. The team will be adding fact-checks and background to Obama's comments as he gives them. We'll be watching in particular for remarks on his legacy, national security, health care and foreign policy, among other topics.

Tune in to KPR at 5 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 10, for live coverage of the 2017 Kansas State of the State address.
KPR Staff Mon, 01/09/2017 - 00:00

State government is facing a $350 million budget deficit, an amount that could double next year. What's the state of Kansas going to do about it? No one knows for sure.

 A bird's eye view of Concordia, Cloud County, Kansas, 1879. (Courtesy of Kansas Historical Society / kansasmemory.org)
KPR Staff Fri, 01/06/2017 - 09:31

Q: The name of this north-central Kansas town is Latin for "harmony." Can you name it?

Thu, 12/29/2016 - 14:54

We're here to help you get your new year off to a great start with two awesome ticket giveaways! Feel free to enter both contests.

(Cobalt Boat FLickr Photo by Putneypics, YETI Flickr Photo by Zachary Collier)
KPR Staff Wed, 12/28/2016 - 16:25

Q: The winter chill may have you thinking about warmer weather. When it comes to summertime fun, you should know that Kansas manufactures two products that go hand-in-hand with sizzling summer temperatures: boats and coolers. Which Kansas community makes high-end Cobalt boats, and which Kansas community makes high-end YETI coolers?

KPR Staff Fri, 12/23/2016 - 09:12

Q: This Kansas county was named for one of America's Founding Fathers who never became president. His picture appears on the $10 bill and a hit Broadway play is named after him. Give us the name of the county and, therefore, the name of this man.

KPR will air "Christmas With the Mormon Tabernacle Choir" on Wednesday, December 21, at 7 p.m.
KPR Staff Mon, 12/12/2016 - 00:00

The holidays are here! KPR celebrates with a number of specialty programs now through the New Year. See our list of specials and plan your life accordingly.

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