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KPR Staff Mon, 08/15/2016 - 00:00

The latest in featured KPaRtists is Bernadette Gauvin, whose inspiration comes from everything she sees, experiences and does. "I truly feel that creating art is my way of dealing with the work that I do day-to-day, and it has proven invaluable as a tool for dealing with my past," said Gauvin.

The Hays House on Main Street in Council Grove, around 1860. (Photo Courtesy of Kansas Historical Society /
KPR Staff Fri, 08/12/2016 - 00:00

Q: What's the name of the Kansas restaurant started by Daniel Boone's great-grandson, which is still in business today (159 years later!), along the old Santa Fe Trail?

Last month Kendra Kuhlman joined the KPR staff as our newest Corporate Underwriting Sales Representative.
Chad Onianwa Mon, 08/08/2016 - 00:00

Last month Kendra Kuhlman joined the KPR staff as our newest Corporate Underwriting Sales Representative. Kendra comes to KPR with a wide variety of skills. Most recently, she managed a running store in downtown Lawrence where she gained valuable experience in sales, marketing and event coordination. Kendra is a big fan of public radio and enjoys volunteering in the community. In her short time here, she has hit the ground running, connecting with existing KPR clients and reaching out to her many contacts in the Lawrence community. 

Five illustrations of house dresses by Nelly Don, used in advertisements across the USA in 1922. (Photo via Wikimedia)
KPR Staff Fri, 08/05/2016 - 09:24

Q: Born in Parsons, this southeast Kansas woman became a famous women's fashion designer and multi-millionaire businesswoman. She did so by creating house dresses sold under the brand name "Nelly Don." By the 1950s, her garment company had become the largest manufacturer of women's clothing in the world. What's the name of this fashion designer?

KPR Staff Wed, 08/03/2016 - 00:00

It’s that time of year again when tickets are plentiful. Enter as many contests as you like. Winners will be drawn Thursday morning, Aug. 18, and notified by email. Good luck. ​

Chad Onianwa Tue, 08/02/2016 - 00:00

For Kansas voters, the outcome of this year's state elections could be particularly significant. At stake is whether moderate Republicans will gain more influence in the Kansas Legislature, or whether conservative Republicans will remain in charge.

Buffalo Soldier Mural Near Van Horn, Texas (Flickr Photo by Jan)
KPR Staff Fri, 07/29/2016 - 00:00

Q: Buffalo Soldiers were the first African-American regiments formed after the American Civil War. This included the 10th Cavalry, which was formed at Fort Leavenworth in 1866.

Chad Onianwa Wed, 07/27/2016 - 13:56

What began in Norway as a simple idea in 2011 has blossomed into the World Choral Festival, which today brings together singers from around the world to perform amazing choral pieces.

Senator Vicki Schmidt and primary challenger Joe Patton.
Chad Onianwa Tue, 07/26/2016 - 13:58

Kansas Voting Regulations: What You Need to Know
Earlier in July, the state board adopted a regulation proposed by Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s office allowing thousands of Kansas voters whose registrations were suspended to vote in federal elections but not in state and local races.

Chad Onianwa Tue, 07/26/2016 - 10:00

Kansas Public Radio is adding another broadcast frequency to its family of stations covering northeast, east-central, southeast Kansas and the Kansas City metro.

The TV comedy show "Gilligan's Island" aired on CBS from 1964 to 1967.
KPR Staff Fri, 07/22/2016 - 09:15

Q: On the TV show Gilligan's Island, the fictional farm girl Mary Ann Summers was said to be from this small Kansas town. What's the name of Mary Ann's hometown - a very real place in south-central Kansas?

Chad Onianwa Wed, 07/20/2016 - 13:43

You may think you’re pretty app-savvy now that you’ve mastered Pokémon Go, Uber-ed a ride home from the party, or Snapchat-ed your latest athletic accomplishment.

Radiolab, which airs on KPR2 at Noon on Saturdays, features hosts Jad Abumrad (left) and Robert Krulwich. (Photo Credit:
Chad Onianwa Wed, 07/20/2016 - 13:41

Radiolab is an exploration of everything human and the world around us. Hosts Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich guide listeners through an auditory voyage that doesn't just rely on its informative topics to retain their audience. Radiolab engulfs listeners in elaborate soundscapes, creating theatrical narratives challenging the boundaries of what a podcast can be.

Commentator Rex Buchanan views glaciers during a recent trip to Alaska. (Photo by Mindy James)
Rex Buchanan Mon, 07/18/2016 - 00:00

It's hot in Kansas. And while temperatures continue to soar into the upper 90s and even triple digits, Commentator Rex Buchanan has been thinking about a much cooler period of time in our history. Sit back and imagine a time when the northeast corner of Kansas was covered in thick sheets of ice.

The town of Kinsley, in Edwards County, is often referred to as “Midway USA” because it is supposedly the halfway or midway point between New York City and San Francisco. The city of Kinsley even erected a sign reflecting this factoid. (Flickr Photo by Franklin B. Thompson)
KPR Staff Fri, 07/15/2016 - 00:00

Q: From 1965 to 1970, Kansas license plates included a memorable motto on the bottom part of the plate – what was it?

Chad Onianwa Mon, 07/11/2016 - 00:00

If you’re a business owner in the Kansas Public Radio listening area and you haven’t met Jake Jacobson yet, our new underwriting sales representative, he wants to meet you! He’s been out on the road getting acquainted with his new job, but took a few minutes to respond to an email we sent to get to know him better.

KPR Staff Fri, 07/08/2016 - 00:00

Q: The first African-American woman to serve as mayor in Kansas is still on the job. In fact, she's been the mayor in Stockton, in northwest Kansas, for nearly 15 years. What's her name?

Kansas Statehouse in Topeka (Photo by Dan Skinner)
Chad Onianwa Fri, 07/01/2016 - 00:00

Governor Signs Funding Plan & Kansas Supreme Court Accepts Latest School Funding Changes
Supreme Court accepted changes made to Kansas' education funding system. The new plan increases the financial support for poorer districts by diverting funding from other areas of the state budget and also saves Kansas public schools from the threat of being shut down.

Zoco Duo's in-studio performance will be broadcast July 28 & 31 on KPR's new program, "Classics Live."
Chad Onianwa Fri, 07/01/2016 - 00:00

Classical music has always had a special place at KPR, and starting July 7, an exciting new classical music program will begin. This new program, called Classics Live, will be hosted by Darrell Brogdon, host of Retro Cocktail Hour, and produced by Cordelia Brown, KPR's evening classical music host. Classics Live will feature recordings of solo artists and group performances. 

On June 29, 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the Federal Aid Highway Act, also known as the National Interstate and Defense Highways Act. Essentially, this legislation ushered in the age of the interstate, which connected major cities across the country.
KPR Staff Fri, 07/01/2016 - 00:00

Q: Sixty years ago this week, President Dwight Eisenhower - who grew up in Abilene - signed legislation forever altering the landscape of the United States. What was it?


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