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KPR Web Operations Wednesday, August 24th

The state of Kansas is world-famous as an agricultural powerhouse and a leader in the cattle industry. But it's also one of the nation's biggest oil producers. Commentator Rex Buchanan says Kansas has been reaping the benefits of advances in drilling technology, and explains how landowners might end up big winners in a coming Kansas oil boom. Commentator Rex Buchanan is a regular contributor to Kansas Public Radio. He's also the Interim Director of the Kansas Geological Survey and co-author of the book "Roadside Kansas."

KPR Web Operations Tuesday, August 2nd

Kansas may soon eliminate state funding for public broadcasting. Governor Sam Brownback had threatened to eliminate money for public radio and TV stations this year, but didn't. Next year, however, it's all but certain that state funding for public broadcasting will disappear. Guest commentator Gwyn (Gwen) Mellinger (MELL-ing-ur) says cutting-off state funds for public broadcasting would be a mistake. Guest Commentator Gwyn (Gwen) Mellinger (MELL-ing-ur) is Chair of the Mass Media Department at Baker University in Baldwin City. She also writes a column for the Topeka Capital Journal and for...

KPR Web Operations Tuesday, July 26th

For bird watchers, Kansas has a lot to offer. There are hundreds of different types of birds that either make their home here... or pass through the state on their journey elsewhere. Commentator Rex Buchanan has been flipping through the pages of a new, massive book that profiles nearly 500 Kansas birds. Commentator Rex Buchanan is a regular contributor to Kansas Public Radio. He's also the Interim Director of the Kansas Geological Survey and co-author of the book "Roadside Kansas."

KPR Web Operations Tuesday, July 26th

  An arboretum (are-ber-EE-tum) south of Wichita has an interesting history to go along with it's fascinating mix of trees and other plants. Commentator William Jennings Bryan Oleander (OH-lee-ann-der) recently went to the Arboretum in Belle Plaine, even though he couldn't find it on a map. The comments of William Jennings Bryan Oleander, otherwise known as Tom Averill, Writer-in-Residence at Washburn University. In addition to teaching English and writing, Tom Averill is the author of several books. This year, he celebrates his 20th year of producing commentaries for KPR.

KPR Web Operations Wednesday, July 20th

Hundreds of people are gathered in Colby today (THUR) for the governor's summit concerning the future of the Ogallala (OH-guh-LAH-LAH) Aquifer. Experts say the huge, underground lake is losing water faster than it can be replaced. Guest Commentator Joseph Aistrup (A-strup) says Governor Brownback may be well-positioned to help save the aquifer from running dry. Guest Commentator Joseph Aistrup (A-strup) is a professor of political science at Kansas State University. He's also one of the principal investigators for a National Science Foundation grant studying the Ogallala (OH-guh-LAH-LAH)...

KPR Web Operations Friday, June 24th

There are many things that divide eastern and western Kansas. One of them is rainfall. But as Commentator Rex Buchanan tells us... water itself is a resource that unites all Kansans - whether they know it or not. Commentator Rex Buchanan is the Interim Director of the Kansas Geological Survey. He's also co-author of the book Roadside Kansas, published by University Press of Kansas. Roadside Kansas has been in print since 1987 and was recently revised and updated.

KPR Web Operations Thursday, May 26th

In the spring and summer months, the "sounds of Kansas" can range from chirping cicadas (sih-KAY-duhs)...to the roll of thunder. Commentator Cheryl Unruh (UN-roo) has been thinking about the sounds that we sometimes take for granted. Commentator Cheryl Unruh is a columnist for the Emporia Gazette. Tonight (FRI), she'll be in downtown Manhattan, signing copies of her latest book. She'll be at the Strecker-Nelson Art Gallery from 5 to 7pm. Learn more by logging on to her website: flyoverpeople-dot-net. That's Flyover People DOT net.

KPR Web Operations Wednesday, May 4th

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback was inaugurated in January. Now, with his first legislative session almost behind him, some political observers are starting to take stock. Guest Commentator Burdett Loomis shares his view on what kind of governor Brownback has been so far. Guest Commentator Burdett Loomis is a professor of political science at the University of Kansas. He's also a regular contributor to Insight Kansas, a colum that analyzes Kansas politics. Find more of his work online at insightkansas.wordpress.com That's Insight Kansas -DOT - WordPress -DOT - com.

KPR Web Operations Thursday, April 21st

The recent cool weather makes it feel more like October than April. And yet, spring has sprung. And here in Kansas, springtime means rain and thunderstorms. Like so many others living in the Midwest, Commentator Cheryl Unruh has seen the good, the bad and the ugly that April can bring. Commentator Cheryl Unruh is a columnist for the Emporia Gazette, a frequent contributor to KPR, and author of the book "Flyover People." Learn more by logging on to her website: flyoverpeople-dot-net. That's Flyover People DOT net.

KPR Web Operations Thursday, April 21st

Baseball is often called "the American game," serving as a kind of mirror that reflects changes in the American cultural landscape. But these days, it seems that teams are more focused on marketing, social media and earnings than runs, hits and errors. The big business of baseball means that the boys of summer are now taking a back seat to the men in suits. Professor and documentarian Rob Ruck has written a book called "Raceball," and he talked with KPR's Laura Lorson about how the all-American game has turned into an ongoing experiment in globalization and race relations. KPR's Laura Lorson...

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