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Snow Hall, on Jayhawk Blvd. (Photo by J. Schafer)
John Richard Schrock Friday, October 20th

Students at the University of Kansas pass by Snow Hall all the time, but few have any idea about the man for whom the building is named. 

National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. (Photo from www.architecturalrecord.com)
Rex Buchanan Friday, October 13th

Even before it became a state, Kansas has been a battleground over civil rights. Some of the state's civil rights history is on display at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.

ICEE drinks, also known as Slurpee drinks, are semi-frozen and sometimes carbonated drinks, invented by Omar Knedlik, in Coffeyville, Kansas. (Photo by J. Schafer)
Ron Wilson Monday, September 25th

A lot of cool inventions have come out of Kansas. But one of the "coolest" is the ICEE. Also known as the Slurpee, this ice-cold concoction was created by a man in Coffeyville, Kansas. Commentator Ron Wilson shares his story.

 Made of native Kansas limestone, the Vietnam War Memorial on the University of Kansas campus in Lawrence honors 57 students and alumni who died or were declared missing in the conflict.  (Photo by J. Schafer)
David Teska Friday, September 1st

This month PBS will begin airing a 10-part series on the war in Vietnam. Produced and directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, the 18-hour documentary is simply titled The Vietnam War. It explores the story of one of the most divisive and controversial wars in American history. Guest Commentator David Teska hopes Americans of all ages will tune in.

Commentator William Jennings Bryan Oleander is hoping to get a new spatula with a better handle, and a better handle on a few other things too. (Photo by Barney Barnhill)
Tom Averill Wednesday, August 30th

Things aren't going too well for Mr. Oleander in his hometown of Here, Kansas. For one thing, his favorite spatula is broken. It needs a new handle. But that's just one of many things he'd like to get a handle on.

(Image created by Nick Youngson http://nyphotographic.com/ - Creative Commons 3 - CC BY-SA 3.0 / C)
John Richard Schrock Friday, August 25th

Teachers help shape the future. They do it every day by helping students learn. If all goes well, young students will become successful and productive members of society. But things don't always go according to plan.

Doniphan County, in extreme northeastern Kansas, is celebrating the total solar eclipse with events and activities on Sunday, August 20, and Monday, August 21 (day of eclipse).
Ron Wilson Monday, August 7th

Where will you be on August 21? Thousands - and perhaps tens of thousands - of people are expected to converge on extreme northeast Kansas to witness a once-in-a-lifetime total solar eclipse this month. Guest Commentator Ron Wilson talks about the solar eclipse on August 21, and the Doniphan County woman who's trying to make the most of of it for her community.

(Photo by J. Schafer)
Rex Buchanan Thursday, August 3rd

Few towns in the Old West are as legendary as Dodge City. But what lies beyond the legend? Commentator Rex Buchanan shares his thoughts on a new book about the famous cowtown.

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.

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