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KPR Web Operations Thu, 06/08/2017 - 09:09

Former FBI Director James Comey is testifying before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence this week, speaking publicly for the first time since he was fired by President Trump nearly a month ago. The Senate Committee is looking into the circumstances around Comey's dismissal and how they relate to the FBI investigation of Russian interference in the U.S. Election. The White House has given conflicting messages about the reasons for Comey's firing. Sources close to Comey say the President told Comey to shut down the Russia investigation. That's a charge that the White House denies. A Special Counsel has since been tapped by the Justice Department to head the probe.

KPR Staff Wed, 06/07/2017 - 00:00

Space is the place for the next Cinema a Go-Go, featuring a pair of '50s sci-fi classics - one a comedy, the other an unintentional comedy.

The Lied Center: History and Mission
Dan Skinner Mon, 06/05/2017 - 06:00

Derek Kwan is the Executive Director of the Lied Center, and on this edition of Conversations we'll talk about the organization's history and mission. The Lied Center has been bringing world-class performances to the area for over 20 years. 

Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon
Dan Skinner Mon, 06/05/2017 - 06:00

Larry Tye is a former award-winning journalist at The Boston Globe and the author of the New York Times bestseller Satchel as well as several other books.

The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness
Dan Skinner Mon, 06/05/2017 - 06:00

Have you discovered the secret to happiness? If not, Paula Poundstone might be able to help with her audio book, The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness.

"Keeper of the Plains" in Wichita, Kansas (Flickr/Chris Murphy)
KPR Staff Fri, 06/02/2017 - 09:19

Q: This late Kansas artist created the corporate logo used by the Wolf Creek Generating Station, also known as the Wolf Creek nuclear power plant. What’s his name?  

Hint: This Native American sculptor and painter is best remembered for creating the “Keeper of the Plains,” the iconic 44-foot tall steel sculpture in Wichita.

Theatre Lawrence
Dan Skinner Thu, 06/01/2017 - 09:00

You may have attended a performance at Theatre Lawrence, but you might not be aware of the theatre’s backstory.

The Fix
Dan Skinner Thu, 06/01/2017 - 09:00

On this edition of Conversations, I talk with David Baldacci about his latest novel, The Fix. The Fix is the third installment in a series of novels featuring the character, Amos Decker, who works as an FBI investigator. In this program, Baldacci explains what inspired him to create this character and how the character's abilities and back story drive the plot.

The Leadership Secrets of Hamilton
Dan Skinner Thu, 06/01/2017 - 09:00

Thanks to the hit Broadway musical Hamilton, popular culture has become more aware of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton but what can Hamilton’s life teach us about leadership?

KPR Staff Wed, 05/31/2017 - 10:09

The longest biking and hiking trail in Kansas is now open for public use in the Flint Hills.

Feloniz Lovato-... Fri, 05/26/2017 - 10:16

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Marble map of Kansas, as seen in the visitor's center at the Kansas Statehouse. (Photo by Dan Skinner)
KPR Staff Fri, 05/26/2017 - 09:15

We’ve all heard of JO CO.  That’s short for Johnson CountyJ-O is the two-letter abbreviation for that suburban county, as seen on Kansas license plates.  But what about NO CO, RO CO, FO CO and GO CO?  Can you give us the real names of these other counties?

An American flag hangs in downtown Arlington, Kansas. (Photo by J. Schafer)
J. Schafer Wed, 05/24/2017 - 12:25

Memorial Day weekend is always a busy time for highway, train and air travel.  But this year's holiday weekend could be the busiest it's been in 12 years.

Conversations
Dan Skinner Fri, 05/19/2017 - 11:18

I'm excited to announce that I'm beginning a series of blog posts called Conversations. This blog will share conversations spotlighting area and regional arts.

KPR Staff Fri, 05/19/2017 - 09:20

Here's another tidbit about Kansas that you just ought to know. Otherwise, you might as well be living somewhere else... in a less awesome state. 

As Kansas lawmakers grapple with fixing the budget deficit and funding public schools, KPR will provide coverage.
J. Schafer Wed, 05/17/2017 - 14:48

Kansas Public Radio has been covering the Kansas Legislature for nearly a half century.  Of all the radio and TV stations in the state, KPR is the only broadcast outlet to maintain a full-time, year-round statehouse bureau.  KPR listener-members help us keep an eye on state government and the people in power.   

A Tornado Watch is in effect until 7pm for portions of the KPR listening area.
J. Schafer Wed, 05/17/2017 - 12:51

A small portion of the KPR listening area remains under a Tornado Watch until 7pm.  The watch no longer includes Lawrence, Topeka, Leavenworth or Kansas City.  For the latest weather information, visit the National Weather Service / Topeka website

This colorful work titled "Euphoria," by Lawrence artist Renae Polacca, now proudly hangs in KPR News Director J. Schafer's office.
KPR Staff Tue, 05/16/2017 - 12:46

Tucked away in the Green Room, on the second floor of Kansas Public Radio, is a revolving art exhibit, featuring the works of area artists.  Our latest exhibit featured works from artists at Cottonwood, Incorporated in Lawrence.

Thomas Ward Custer was one of George Armstrong Custer's younger brothers and perished with him at the Battle of Little Bighorn in the Montana Territory.
KPR Staff Fri, 05/12/2017 - 00:00

Q: The Medal of Honor is the nation's highest military award. A soldier buried at Fort Leavenworth was awarded not one - but two - Medals of Honor for bravery during the American Civil War. What's his name?

KPR Staff Tue, 05/09/2017 - 09:32

Retro Cocktail Hour's host Darrell Brogdon will be spinning exotica new and old at KC's newest and coolest destination - Tiki Cat.

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