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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.

Emporia State University Professor John Richard Schrock, who lectures on biology in China, stands outside the "Unit 731 Museum" in Harbin, China.
John Richard Schrock Wednesday, December 7th

This month marks the 75th anniversary of Japan's surprise attack on the U.S. naval fleet at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The attack took place on December 7, 1941, and brought the Americans into World War II. By that point, China had already been battling the Japanese for years. Japanese Imperial forces invaded China in 1937. And, as Commentator John Richard Schrock tells us, the Japanese left behind a dark and disturbing legacy that remains largely overlooked today.

"Little Jerusalem" (Photo Courtesy of Bruce Hogle)
Rex Buchanan Wednesday, November 16th

The Smoky Valley Ranch in western Kansas contains some of the state's most important natural and human history. Commentator Rex Buchanan explains why such hidden parts of the state are worth exploring.

Webworms cling to a tree. (Photo by Seabamirum on Flickr:
John Richard Schrock Friday, October 28th

What's the deal with all those spooky-looking cobwebs up in the trees? With Halloween right around the corner, we asked bug expert John Richard Schrock to give us the low-down on the strange and sticky sights typically seen on trees this time of year.

Hundred Dollar bills (Photo by J. Schafer)
Walt Chappell Friday, October 21st

The Kansas Supreme Court is expected to rule on a school finance lawsuit in the next several months. Some experts think the court could order the state to spend as much as $800 million more on public schools. Guest Commentator Walt Chappell tells us why he thinks spending more money is not the answer.

Kansas Supreme Court Justices: Seated left to right are the Honorable Marla J. Luckert, Lawton R. Nuss, Chief Justice and Carol A. Beier. Standing left to right are the Honorable Dan Biles, Eric S. Rosen, Lee A. Johnson and Caleb Stegall.
Tom Averill Friday, October 14th

Five Kansas Supreme Court Justices are up for a retention vote in November.  Commentator William Jennings Bryan Oleander tells us why he's voting to keep them on the bench.

Entrance sign to the Kansas Geological Survey at the University of Kansas (Photo by J. Schafer)
Rex Buchanan Wednesday, October 5th

About a month ago, a massive earthquake shook people out of bed in at least six states, including Kansas. Commentator Rex Buchanan tells us why these quakes could become even more common in the Midwest. Listen for more details on the shake, rattle and roll of seismic activity in Great Plains.

Rex Buchanan, measuring water wells in western Kansas. (Photo by Kansas Geological Survey)
Rex Buchanan Friday, September 9th

Irrigators in parts of western Kansas have launched voluntary efforts to cut back on water-usage. They're pumping less water from the massive Ogallala Aquifer in order to conserve and preserve it.

Lowering the large garrison flag at Fort Larned National Historic Site. Taken during Fort Larned's 150th Anniversary on Memorial Day Weekend, 2009. The flag measures 20' by 36'. It is a 37-star flag. (Flickr/KeithWondra)
Rex Buchanan Tuesday, August 9th

The National Park Service turns 100 years old this month. While many will visit Yosemite and Yellowstone this year, Commentator Rex Buchanan says you shouldn't overlook the number of NPS sites right here in Kansas.

Commentator Rex Buchanan views glaciers during a recent trip to Alaska. (Photo by Mindy James)
Rex Buchanan Monday, July 18th

It's hot in Kansas. And while temperatures continue to soar into the upper 90s and even triple digits, Commentator Rex Buchanan has been thinking about a much cooler period of time in our history. Sit back and imagine a time when the northeast corner of Kansas was covered in thick sheets of ice.


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