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The Kansas Guidebook 2 is a new and updated guide to all things Kansas, written by two women who've been everywhere in the state (Marci Penner and WenDee Rowe).
Rex Buchanan Monday, July 24th

Exploring Kansas?  Better take along The Kansas Guidebook 2. Written by two women (Marci Penner and WenDee Rowe) who've "been everywhere, man." Well, everywhere in Kansas, anyway. Commentator Rex Buchanan has a review of this comprehensive and updated guide to the Sunflower State.

The Kansas state flag and the gay pride flag, hanging from the porch of William Jennings Bryan Oleander's home in Here, Kansas. (Photo by WJB Oleander)
Tom Averill Friday, July 21st

It was a mostly quiet Independence Day this year in the sleepy town of Here, Kansas. For Commentator William Jennings Bryan Oleander, the celebration was less about flashy fireworks and more about reflection.

Plain ol' Nebraska, though the plains of Nebraska are not unlike the plains of Kansas.
Rex Buchanan Friday, June 30th

Some comedians have called Nebraska the "Gateway to Kansas." Jokes aside, Commentator Rex Buchanan has some very old and fascinating reasons to visit the Cornhusker State this summer.

John Richard Schrock Monday, June 19th

A veteran Kansas teacher has a few ideas for solving the Kansas teacher shortage.

A jolly swagman, camped beside a billabong, as depicted in this painting by Australian artist Estelle O'Brien. The swagman is the main character in the tune Waltzing Matilda, the unofficial Australian national anthem.
John Richard Schrock Tuesday, June 6th

Teachers don't just teach material. They teach students. Commentator John Richard Schrock says, in order to do that, sometimes they just have to push their lessons aside. And thus begins the tale of the jolly swagman, a billabong and a jumbuck.

A stone marker signifies the spot where the Chisholm Trail and the Santa Fe Trail intersected in central Kansas. (Photo by Rex Buchanan)
Rex Buchanan Thursday, June 1st

In the mid to late 1800s, Kansas was the very epicenter of the Wild West. This year marks the 150th anniversary of one of its most iconic images: the Chisholm Trail. Commentator Rex Buchanan visits the spot where the Chisholm crosses paths with another famous trail, deep in the heart of Kansas.

Three examples of Native American sports mascots that many indigenous people find offensive. These examples, from left to right, include the NFL's Washington Redskins, Lamar (Colorado) High School Savages and MLB's Cleveland Indians (Chief Wahoo).
Rex Buchanan Friday, May 5th

Many things that were once accepted in American society are no longer tolerated. Take, for example, segregation. Americans, as a whole, have come a long way since the 1960s. But some traditions just won't die. Commentator Rex Buchanan says some institutions keep clinging to the antiquated customs of a bygone era.

American Serengeti, by historian Dan Flores, focuses on a time when large mammals roamed the Great Plains in massive numbers.
Rex Buchanan Friday, April 28th

Most Kansans know that huge herds of buffalo once roamed the high plains. But bison weren't the only large mammals who lived here. The book American Serengeti explores all the big animals that once populated the Great Plains. Commentator Rex Buchanan has our review.

John Richard Schrock Friday, April 14th

Public universities and community colleges are under pressure from the Kansas Board of Regents to graduate more students. Commentator John Richard Schrock says mandates to produce more college graduates is a bad idea.

This dry river bed is near the Cimarron Crossing of the Arkansas River in southwest Kansas.  (Photo by Max McCoy, Emporia, Kansas)
Rex Buchanan Tuesday, April 11th

Eastern Kansas has been blessed with abundant rainfall this spring. But out west, it's a different story. Commentator Rex Buchanan says in some parts of western Kansas, the rivers are running dry.

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