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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.

An interested citizen provided this possible redesign for the 50-star flag, once Alaska and Hawaii were officially made states. (Image via the Eisenhower Presidential Library Archives)
KPR Staff Fri, 12/11/2015 - 09:14

Q: Dwight Eisenhower went from working in the small Kansas town of Abilene all the way to working in the White House. And, as president, he made the United States a much larger nation. With the stroke of a pen, what TWO THINGS did Ike do to increase the size of the country.

KPR Staff Wed, 12/02/2015 - 13:24

Kansas Public Radio fell short of our fall fundraising goal, so we're looking for your help to finish the year in a strong financial position.

Rebecca Tombaugh's work is on display in KPR's Green Greem through the end of December.
KPR Staff Tue, 11/24/2015 - 16:06

The latest in featured KPaRtists is Rebecca Tombaugh, who primarily uses calligraphy pens and acrylic ink and airbrush paint to create what she calls "inkings." She enjoys painting what she sees in life, whether driving to work, taking a vacation in New Mexico or what's in the backyard.

Phil Wilke Mon, 11/23/2015 - 11:27

The Center for Practical Bioethics is a nonprofit, free-standing and independent organization nationally recognized for its work in practical bioethics. For more than 30 years, the Center has helped patients and their families, healthcare professionals, policymakers and corporate leaders grapple with difficult issues in healthcare and research involving patients. Learn more at their website.

The new state bird for West Kansas was to be the pheasant. (Flickr Photo by gary noon)
KPR Staff Fri, 11/20/2015 - 09:32

Q: In the early 1990s, a number of residents in western Kansas considered the idea of breaking away from the rest of Kansas to create their own state. They even held a constitutional convention in Ulysses to discuss their plans. This secession movement was short-lived, but the group did come up with a name for their new state. What was it?

Terry Imel donated his Buick to KPR. Vehicle donations are an important source of revenue for Kansas Public Radio.
Phil Wilke Thu, 11/19/2015 - 12:42

By David Gernon / KPR Intern

Bob McWilliams is the host of "Jazz in the Night," 9 p.m.-Midnight, weekdays, and "Trail Mix," 1-7 p.m., Sundays.
Phil Wilke Thu, 11/19/2015 - 12:28

When you call in a pledge during the membership drive, our phone volunteers ask “Do you have any comments for the staff?” Do you ever! Here is a selection from the fall drive.

In 1969, Hopper directed and starred in "Easy Rider," for which he received an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay (as co-writer). Hopper (right) starred with Peter Fonda.
KPR Staff Fri, 11/13/2015 - 09:19

Q: This actor was born in Dodge City, Kansas, in 1936. He starred in a number of TV shows and movies, including the movie Easy Rider, which he also directed. What's the name of this iconic actor?

Michael Keelan on his first official day in the KPR classical host's chair. (Photo by Phil Wilke)
Phil Wilke Mon, 11/09/2015 - 00:00

KPR’s classical music lovers will have a new voice bringing them Mozart, Beethoven and Bach. Michael Keelan has been named Classical Music Director and morning host at Kansas Public Radio.

Portrait of Ernest Hemingway and Pauline Pfeiffer, Paris, Circa 1927. (Photo Courtesy of JFK Presidential Library)
KPR Staff Thu, 11/05/2015 - 09:16

Q: Ernest Hemingway wrote much of his novel A Farewell to Arms while living in a suburb of Kansas City. Name the town!

KPR Staff Fri, 10/30/2015 - 10:00

Halloween's upon us again, and so is another Cinema a Go-Go, presented by KPR's Retro Cocktail Hour! 

These bricks were the brainchild of Dr. Samuel Crumbine of Dodge City, Kan., who served as Secretary of the Kansas State Board of Health from 1904 to 1924. Crumbine was concerned with the spread of disease and fought for sanitary conditions. The Capital City Vitrified Brick and Paving Company of Topeka was apparently the first company to create the "Don't Spit" bricks. The Coffeyville Vitrified Brick and Paving Company and others followed. (Photo Courtesy of Kansas Historical Society/
KPR Staff Fri, 10/30/2015 - 00:00

Q: The character of Doc Adams on the long-running TV series Gunsmoke was played by Milburn Stone, who grew up in BurrtonKan. (near Hutchinson).  Doc Adams was not only played by a Kansan, the character he played is said to be based on a real-life doctor from Dodge City who became the state health director in Kansas. Can you name this pioneer of public health who became a national figure in the fight against infectious disease?

Phil Wilke Thu, 10/29/2015 - 13:59

Pulitzer Prize-winning author and presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin will discuss her books, the American presidency and leadership lessons from the White House with renowned journalist B


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