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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.

Waterfall at Cross Timbers State Park
Rex Buchanan Friday, January 13th

Have you ever hiked through Kansas... in the wintertime? Commentator Rex Buchanan takes us to a place in southeast Kansas where you can rent a cabin, walk the trails and enjoy a special kind of peace and quiet that can only be found in wintertime.

Grain elevator near Here, Kansas. (Photo by Barney Barnhill)
Tom Averill Thursday, January 5th

The residents of Here, Kansas recently, held a potluck dinner to ring in the New Year and say goodbye to 2016. The social gathering quickly turned political, with neighbors weighing in on the prospects of the incoming president, Donald J. Trump.

Two American coyotes (Photo by Sean Crane, Minden Pictures, from National Geographic)
Rex Buchanan Monday, December 12th

Beep-beep! Remember the Road Runner cartoon, where the bird always got the best of Wile E. Coyote? In the real world, it's the coyote who constantly finds ways to stay alive. As Commentator Rex Buchanan tells us, love them or hate them, coyotes are among the most resilient animals anywhere. 

As the Supreme Court considers whether Kansas spends enough on public schools, state lawmakers prepare to craft a new school funding formula.
Devin Wilson Thursday, December 8th

In October, KPR aired a guest commentary from a former member of the Kansas Board of Education who argued that raising taxes and spending more money on education was not the answer for what's ailing public schools. Today, we hear a different take on school finance. Guest Commentator Devin Wilson is an education advocate for Game on for Kansas Schools.

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