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Wilt Chamberlain with other Hall of Fame inductees, 1979. From left to right: Don Baker, A.C. "Dutch" Lonborg, John McLendon, Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Johnson, and Ted Owens. (Photo Courtesy of Spencer Research Library/KU)
KPR Staff Fri, 05/13/2016 - 00:00

Q: Born in Hiawatha, this man became the first men’s basketball coach to win three consecutive national championships. He was also the first African-American coach to win a national basketball championship. What's the name of this Kansan who's enshrined as both a contributor and a coach in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame? 

KPR Staff Sat, 05/07/2016 - 00:00

The latest in featured KPaRtists is Angie Ayrault, of Ayrault Artware, a line of art that is designed to advance homeless youth by funding school fees, housing deposits, art, music and sports for youth residing in shelter care in Lawrence, Kan., and the Midwest.

Darrell Brogdon's "Retro Cocktail Hour" turns 20 this year, and KPR will be celebrating with a concert at Liberty Hall, Saturday, May 7.
KPR Staff Tue, 05/03/2016 - 00:00

Strange as it seems, Retro Cocktail Hour turns 20 this year and to celebrate, we're throwing a mondo party at Liberty Hall in Lawrence on Saturday, May 7, at 8 p.m. 

Bluemont College building in Manhattan, Kansas. The photograph was taken by Alexander Gardner as part of the series Across the Continent on the Union Pacific Railway, Eastern Division, 1867. (Photo Courtesy of Kansas Historical Society /
KPR Staff Fri, 04/29/2016 - 09:17

Q: It was on this date (April 29) back in 1861 that a special committee of the Kansas Legislature recommended that the state take over Bluemont Central College and make it the basis for a new state university. What university did Bluemont College become? Give us the name of the school as we know it today!

Phil Wilke Mon, 04/25/2016 - 10:54


Brownback's Kansas
KPR Presents recorded a critique of Gov. Sam Brownback's first five years. The panel discussion featured Burdett Loomis of the University of Kansas, Michael Smith of Emporia State University, Mark Peterson of Washburn University and Ed Flentje of Wichita State University.

Phil Wilke Mon, 04/25/2016 - 10:33

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KPR Staff Mon, 04/25/2016 - 00:00

Formed in 1976, the Emerson String Quartet has an unparalleled list of achievements consisting of more than 30 acclaimed recor

  Senator James Lane of Kansas, ca. 1860-1870. (Photo Courtesy of Library of Congress)
KPR Staff Fri, 04/22/2016 - 09:21

Q: This week, back in 1861, the so-called "Frontier Guard" from Kansas was called into action. WHAT and WHO was this group of volunteers guarding at the time?

The Underground Martini Bunker is real and in use every Saturday night on the "Retro Cocktail Hour."
Phil Wilke Wed, 04/20/2016 - 13:22

By Dave Sparks / KPR Volunteer

KPR Staff Thu, 04/14/2016 - 00:00

Our latest Cinema a Go-Go crawls into Liberty Hall with a pair of classic ‘50s sci-fi extravaganzas ­— The Crawling Eye and The Creeping Unknown. Both based on British TV serials, these low budget masterpieces have it all — giant tentacled eyeballs, large creeping blobs from outer space, headless corpses, oozy slime trails and other fun stuff. It’s just the thing for a family night at the movies. 

Share the love of your favorite public radio station by calling in during the drive, April 6-15. Donate at 888-577-5268 or online at KPR.KU.EDU.
KPR Staff Mon, 04/04/2016 - 00:00

During our spring membership drive, we hope you take a moment to renew your pledge or become a new member. KPR is listener-supported public radio station.

Plane crash in which Knute Rockne was killed, 1931. (Flickr Photo Courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection)
KPR Staff Fri, 04/01/2016 - 00:00

Q: Air travel was THE most dangerous method of travel in 1931. It's now become the SAFEST way to travel. Aviation historians say this transformation came mostly as the result of a single airplane crash in Kansas. Which famous person's death led to a series of airplane improvements and new safety measures in air travel?

Kansas sunset as seen from Lawrence, Kansas (Photo by J. Schafer)
J. Schafer Mon, 03/28/2016 - 15:53

The daily news can make you feel numb. Or angry. Or sad. Or all three. So many unpleasant things seem to happen.

Phil Wilke Mon, 03/28/2016 - 11:54


Proposal Threatens Sex Education in Kansas
Sex education is once again a hot topic in the Kansas Legislature. In February, the Kansas House Education Committee passed an "opt-in" bill that requires parents to provide written consent before their children are allowed to participate in sex education courses. Commentator John Richard Schrock believes this bill takes power away from local school boards and could deny Kansas students an important part of their education.

Phil Wilke Mon, 03/28/2016 - 11:24

The Story Scribe can help you preserve the memories of your lifetime in a privately published, heirloom-quality book. Part memoir, part local history, part photo album, your custom-made life story documents the experiences, memories and reflections you choose to pass on to future generations. 

This is a postcard showing the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad bridge over the Cimarron River during the flood of 1938. The bridge is near Arkalon, Kan., and was soon replaced with the Samson of the Cimarron, which was completed in 1939. (Photo Courtesy of / Kansas Historical Society)
KPR Staff Fri, 03/25/2016 - 09:15

Q: The mighty “Samson of the Cimarron” turns 77 years old this year. What IS the Samson of the Cimarron?

KPR Staff Fri, 03/18/2016 - 00:00

Q: More Kansas county names begin with this letter than any other. Indeed, the names of 12 Kansas Counties begin with this same letter. Which letter is it?

"Three Red Chimneys" by Janey Greene
KPR Staff Wed, 03/16/2016 - 16:47

The latest in featured KPaRtists is Janey Greene, a Baldwin City resident, who uses plenty of color and has a "sort of off-beat view of the world around me." 

Overcast skies above the Kansas Statehouse in early March 2016. (Photo by J. Schafer)
J. Schafer Mon, 03/14/2016 - 00:00

Sure, this picture of the Kansas Statehouse looks a little gloomy, what with the overcast skies and all. But when you have the chance, take a trip inside. From top to bottom, this building is a magnificent showpiece of art and architecture. 

This is a postcard with a bird's eye view of Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas. The postcard was addressed to Miss Laura Wolverton in Batavia, Illinois, April 12, 1909. (Photo via Kansas Historical Society /
KPR Staff Fri, 03/11/2016 - 00:00

Q: Originally called Palmyra, this northeast Kansas town now shares a name with a college in Ohio.


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