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Emporia Gazette publisher and award-winning writer, William Allen White, was born on February 10, 1868.  He died on Kansas Day (January 29) in 1944.
Bobbie Athon Friday, February 9th

Saturday marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of William Allen White, a two time winner of the Pulitzer Prize and one of the state's best known writers.  As part of KPR's occasional series on Kansas history, we learn more about the so-called "Sage of Emporia."

John Richard Schrock Wednesday, January 31st

Outgoing Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has been pushing for $600 million in new money for public schools over five years but it's uncertain whether the incoming governor, Jeff Colyer, will follow Brownback's lead.  But even with more money added to education, Commentator John Richard Schrock says some of Brownback's goals for education are unreasonable and unrealistic. 

Kansas Statehouse mural of abolitionist John Brown, foreshadowing the American Civil War.  Painted by native Kansan John Steuart Curry, this work is titled, "Tragic Prelude."
Bobbie Athon Monday, January 29th

Few characters associated with Kansas are as controversial, complicated and perplexing as abolitionist John Brown.  His fervent desire to end slavery in America carved a path of violence and death in the years just before the Civil War.

Above the desk in Rex Buchanan's home office, hangs a framed Saxman, Kansas, baseball uniform worn by his grandfather.  (Photo by Mindy James)
Rex Buchanan Thursday, January 25th

Baseball season is still months away. But two recent books and a local documentary about hometown baseball teams in Kansas have Commentator Rex Buchanan dreaming of spring training and the summer sport known as America's pastime. 

John Richard Schrock Friday, January 19th

The governor says the state needs to increase public school funding by $600 million in order to satisfy an order from the Kansas Supreme Court. But he's not proposing a tax increase. Neither is the Kansas Legislature, at least not yet. Is there another way? Commentator John Richard Schrock says yes. It's called school consolidation.

Michael J. Everhart, author of Oceans of Kansas, at a book signing event.
Rex Buchanan Friday, December 29th

Commentator Rex Buchanan reviews a new edition of the book, Oceans of Kansas: A Natural History of the Western Interior Sea.  Buchanan says this book, by Michael J. Everhart, is the most comprehensive and authoritative book on animals from the ancient sea that, millions of years ago, covered what is now the state of Kansas.

Lake Scott State Park, near Scott City, Kansas (Photo by Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism)
Rex Buchanan Wednesday, November 29th

Ever spend a cold and windy night in a cabin at Lake Scott State Park?  Commentator Rex Buchanan did.  And then, he wrote about it.   

Kansas City author Pete Dulin's book covers more than 150 breweries, wineries and distilleries in Kansas and western Missouri. (University Press of Kansas)
Rex Buchanan Tuesday, November 14th

Where's a good place to get a drink?  A new book, titled Expedition of Thirst, reveals more than 150 breweries, wineries and distilleries in Kansas and western Missouri.

"Peace Sign," as seen at an art fair (Photo by J. Schafer)
David J. Brown Wednesday, November 1st

On Veterans Day, Americans will honor military veterans for their service to this country.  Guest Commentator David J. Brown hopes Americans will remember another group of people who are often overlooked for their own service to this country: conscientious objectors. 

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. 

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