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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.

Dane G. Hansen with his nephew, Dane Gray Bales. (Photo Courtesy of Dane G. Hansen Foundation)
Ron Wilson Tuesday, February 28th

Dane G. Hansen was a successful entrepreneur from northwest Kansas who made a positive contribution to his local community and to the state. Though he was born in the late 1800s, his legacy of helping others continues to this day.

(Flickr / Isolino Ferreira)
Rex Buchanan Friday, February 10th

When it comes to medicinal herbs, experts say Echinacea is one powerful plant. Kelly Kindscher, a senior scientist with the Kansas Biological Survey, has edited and contributed to a new book about Echinacea. Commentator Rex Buchanan takes a look at the book and tells us more about this plant that grows wild in Kansas.

(Image created by J. Schafer)
John Richard Schrock Friday, February 3rd

You can't believe everything you read. Or hear. Especially these days. How can Americans better fight fake news? Commentator John Richard Schrock has been fighting fake news the old-fashioned way... with knowledge. As he explains, Americans will simply need to know more in order to sort fact from fiction.

(Flickr / soupstance)
Ron Wilson Monday, January 30th

Yesterday (SUN) was Kansas Day, the state's 156th birthday. Kansas was admitted to the Union as a free state on January 29, 1861. Since then, Kansas has contributed to this country in countless ways, both big and small. Guest Commentator Ron Wilson tells us about one such contribution that, to some folks, has made the world a tastier place.

The Spencer Museum of Art on the campus of the University of Kansas in Lawrence  (Photo by Spencer Museum of Art)
Rex Buchanan Friday, January 27th

A painting at the Spencer Museum of Art reveals a dark chapter in Kansas history. As Commentator Rex Buchanan tells us, the story behind the artwork is one that few Kansans have ever heard.

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