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Phil Wilke Fri, 02/05/2016 - 15:06

On Saturday's Jazz Scene with David Basse, Feb. 6, 3-4, listen for a live performance by vocalist Deborah Brown and her ensemble.

(Football Photo by Nikki Johnson/
KPR Staff Fri, 02/05/2016 - 09:11

Q: On Sunday, the Carolina Panthers will take on the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50. Two Broncos teammates played college football at the University of Kansas. Who are they?

Dr. Brewster Higley wrote a poem titled “My Western Home” to describe the beauty of the site he had chosen for his Kansas Homestead in 1871. He penned this now-famous work on the bank of the West Beaver Creek in Smith County, Kansas, where along with the help of a few friends, he also constructed a cabin on July 4, 1872. (Flickr Photo by Jody Halsted)
KPR Staff Fri, 01/29/2016 - 00:00

Q: Happy Kansas Day! On this date (January 29) in 1861, Kansas was admitted to the Union as the 34th state! Every REAL Kansan knows the official state song is “Home on the Range.” But do you know WHO wrote the words to that song? Do tell!

Phil Wilke Tue, 01/26/2016 - 13:37

History and culture freely intermingle with fun in Kansas' Capital City. Topeka offers residents and visitors unique opportunities to enjoy the best of the American heartland. 

Phil Wilke Tue, 01/26/2016 - 12:39

The Texas Rangers: Cowboy Music From Kansas City

One of the premier western music bands of radio’s “Golden Age” had its roots in Kansas City. KPR’s Tom Parkinson spoke with Ryan Ellet who wrote a book about the extraordinary career of the band known as the Texas Rangers.

George Harter and Musical Theater Heritage are on a mission to preserve the history of the American musical theater.
Phil Wilke Mon, 01/25/2016 - 12:27

If it’s Saturday night and you’re looking for a lively soundtrack to score your cruise around town, one that is sure to keep you entertained is A Night on the Town, produced and hosted by KPR’s George Harter.

Michael Keelan plays the classics weekdays from 9 a.m. to noon.
Phil Wilke Mon, 01/25/2016 - 12:02

Michael Keelan has been Classical Music Director and morning host at KPR since November 2015. He came to Lawrence from Nebraska where he was an announcer and host of Nebraska Concerts for NET Radio, professor of strings at Concordia University and a member of the Omaha Symphony Orchestra. He is a graduate of Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory and the University of Maryland-College Park. Prior to returning to Lincoln, his hometown, he was a violin teacher at the Wausau Conservatory in Wisconsin and concertmaster of the Green Bay Symphony for seven years.

KPR Staff Mon, 01/25/2016 - 00:00

It's spy time at the next Cinema a Go-Go, with two '60s classics - Our Man Flint and Modesty Blaise!

The statute that stands atop the Kansas Statehouse dome depicts a Kansa Indian brave named “Ad Astra.” (Flickr Photo by Mike Linksvayer)
KPR Staff Fri, 01/22/2016 - 00:00

Q: The statute that stands atop the Kansas Statehouse dome depicts a Kansa Indian brave named “Ad Astra.” Originally, the statue slated for the top of the dome was supposed to be one depicting the Roman goddess of grain and agriculture. What’s her name?

Phil Wilke Wed, 01/13/2016 - 09:33

Governor Sam Brownback addressed a joint session of the Kansas Legislature on January 12, 2016. Here's a recording of his State-of-the-State speech. 

Inside the rotunda, under the Kansas capitol dome (Photo by J. Schafer)
J. Schafer Mon, 01/11/2016 - 00:00

What's in store for public schools and Kansas state government in 2016? We'll find out soon. Gov. Sam Brownback delivers his State-of-the-State address to lawmakers at 5:30 this afternoon. 

Phil Wilke Sun, 01/10/2016 - 00:00

On Sunday, Jan. 10, 8-9 p.m., KPR Presents will preview the upcoming legislative session with host Kaye McIntyre, KPR statehouse correspondent Stephen Koranda, Lawrence Journal-World legislative reporter Peter Hancock, Washburn University political science professor Bob Beatty, Wichita Eagle legislative reporter Bryan Lowry – and YOU.

On the site of the original Little House (from the books by Laura Ingalls Wilder); historians reconstructed the house near Independence, Kansas, to closely match what it would have been like when the Ingalls family lived there. (Flickr Photo by Sheila Scarborough)
KPR Staff Fri, 01/08/2016 - 00:00

Q: Walnut Creek and this river are both mentioned in the Laura Ingalls Wilder book Little House on the Prairie. What’s the name of this river, located in southeast Kansas?

Gov. Brownback will deliver his State of the State address on Tuesday, Jan. 12. (File photo courtesy of
Phil Wilke Mon, 12/28/2015 - 14:31

LAWRENCE – A new funding method for public schools is expected to dominate the debate in the Kansas Legislature this year, and Gov. Sam Brownback will outline his budget and policy priorities during his State of the State address.

Phil Wilke Mon, 12/28/2015 - 13:03

Since 1994, Topeka Landscape has been doing everything from mowing lawns to major construction projects.

Phil Wilke Mon, 12/28/2015 - 12:31

From KPR

Kansas: Chock Full of Chalk Beds and Fossils from Giant Inland Sea

Looking for a great place to find fossils in Kansas? Turns out the western half of the state is your best bet. Commentator Rex Buchanan has a few cool places in mind that you can visit -- places that provide insight into what Kansas was like millions of years ago.

Happy, little, Christmas trees, all in a row
Phil Wilke Fri, 12/18/2015 - 08:48

Q: There are 34 Christmas tree farms in Kansas. And according to the Kansas Christmas Tree Growers Association (Yes, there is one!), this is the most common Christmas tree grown in Kansas. What is it?

Dan Skinner brings a wealth of experience to his new role as Director of Kansas Public Radio.
Phil Wilke Tue, 12/15/2015 - 09:43

Dan Skinner joined KPR and Audio-Reader as the new Director in November. Since then, he’s been learning about the organizations and meeting listeners, donors and underwriters.

Phil Wilke Mon, 12/14/2015 - 10:00

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.

Veteran journalist Michel Martin is the new host of Weekend All Things Considered. (NPR photo by Stephen Voss)
Phil Wilke Fri, 12/11/2015 - 09:39

Michel Martin is curious about many things.


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