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This statue of Jesus is located inside St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church in Pilsen, Kansas. (Photo by J. Schafer)
Bob Schremmer Tuesday, February 16th

The Lenten season is here. For Christians, it's a time of fasting and sacrifice that ends with Easter. Commentator Bob Schremmer says Lent is also a good time to let go of "indifference." In this Lenten message, he calls upon the faithful to care for the poor and sick.

Teacher's apple on a stack of books (Photo by J. Schafer)
John Richard Schrock Wednesday, February 3rd

Our future is in the hands of our teachers. Shouldn't we allow educators the freedom to create their ideal teaching environment?  Commentator John Richard Schrock tells us how all students are unique - just like their instructors - and he's come up with his own "Teacher's Creed."   

Geologists with the Kansas Geological Survey believe the Point of Rocks outcropping in southwest Kansas dates back to the Permian age, about 245 million years ago. (Photo by KGS)
Rex Buchanan Tuesday, February 2nd

The age of an ancient rock formation in southwest Kansas has been a mystery for more than a century. But, not any longer. Commentator Rex Buchanan tells us how the Kansas Geological Survey solved the age old question that had been puzzling geologists.

An old-fashioned windmill stands atop the wind-swept winter landscape of northwest Kansas, near St. Francis. (Photo by J. Schafer)
Cheryl Unruh Friday, January 29th

Kansas winters don't provide much color. The barren countryside can be described as bland and barren. But symbols of hope can still be found in these dark days of late January. Even in the bleak midwinter, Commentator Cheryl Unruh believes there's something hopeful hidden in the landscape... and in the stars above.

(Flickr Photo by Jeremy Buckingham)
Burdett Loomis Wednesday, January 27th

The unfolding water crisis in Flint, Michigan, may hold lessons for governments in other states, like Kansas. Guest Commentator Burdett Loomis says states that scale back on essential government services to save money often wind up paying a much higher cost.

Rex Buchanan, Interim Director of the Kansas Geological Survey, measuring ground water levels in western Kansas. (Photo from KGS)
Rex Buchanan Friday, January 22nd

Kansas has a water problem. The supply of water out west has been declining for decades. As the state struggles to address the problem, we hear from one of those keeping track of the data. Commentator Rex Buchanan has more on measuring water wells out west.

George Armstrong Custer is famous for the Battle of the Little Big Horn, but there's a lot you might not know about him. You can read about Custer's adventures in Kansas in a new book called Custer's Trials. This photograph depicts a buffalo hunt along the Big Timber River, south of Hays, Kansas. Some more well-known members of the hunting party include Custer, Hill P. Wilson, Captain Tom Custer and General Samuel D. Sturgis, 1869. (Photo Courtesy of Kansas Historical Society / kansasmemory.org)
Rex Buchanan Tuesday, January 5th

Custer's Last Stand. We all know that story. But did you know Custer once accidentally shot his own horse? That he faced court martial for shirking his patrol duty? Commentator Rex Buchanan reviews a new book about George Armstrong Custer's time in Kansas. It's called Custer's Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America.

Monument Rocks in western Kansas (Photo by Adam Sparks, Flickr)
Rex Buchanan Thursday, December 10th

Ever been to the Western Interior Seaway? Well, maybe you have and you just don't know it. Commentator Rex Buchanan takes us out west to visit the ancient inland sea that once covered much of western Kansas.

A graphic from a new biology textbook that some take issue with, including biologist John Richard Schrock (Photo by Professor John Richard Schrock)
John Richard Schrock Friday, November 6th

There's nothing wrong with vegetarianism. But is being meat-free really better for humans and the Earth? Some new textbooks say yes. Our commentator and biology professor says we should take these textbooks with a grain of salt.  Listen to his argument on the merits of meat.

(Photo Courtesy of Flint Hills Discovery Center)
Rex Buchanan Tuesday, November 3rd

Fall is a great time to visit the Flint Hills. Commentator Rex Buchanan tells us two places to check out when planning your own trip.

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