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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.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart... likely listening to #MyKPR!
KMUW Radio Friday, October 23rd

Some studies claim that listening to classical music makes you smarter. It's a theory known as "The Mozart Effect." But as Guest Commentator Mark Foley tells us, the value of music goes well beyond its reputed ability to boost your brain power.

Franklin's Gulls on Hillsdale Lake, Miami County, Kan. (Flickr Photo by Nick Varvel)
Rex Buchanan Wednesday, October 14th

As winter approaches, we look up to the sky and see birds flying south for warmer weather. It's not just geese up there, though. A large number of gulls migrate through the Midwest this time of year. Commentator Rex Buchanan has a few things to say about them.

Locusts in the sky in 1898. (Background photo courtesy of Library of Congress)
John Richard Schrock Thursday, October 1st

You may be "hopping" mad at the oak tree itch mites that have invaded Kansas this summer, but 140 years ago, there was another insect that was a far greater nuisance in the Old West: the grasshopper. Commentator John Richard Schrock tells us how trillions of grasshoppers once darkened the skies over Kansas, blocked out the sun and ate nearly everything in their path.

Along with other Native Americans, Navajo Code Talker Chester Nez helped America win the war in the Pacific during World War II.  After the war, he studied at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence.  (Flickr_Fronteras-Desk)
Ron Wilson Thursday, September 17th

It was kept secret for more than 20 years after the end of World War II, but Native American soldiers were a key factor in America's victory over the Japanese in the Pacific. Many people now know the story of the Navajo Code Talkers. In this guest commentary, we hear about one of those Native American heroes who had ties to Kansas.  

(Covered Wagon Flickr Photo by Frank DiBona)
Rex Buchanan Tuesday, September 8th

A few years ago, two brothers bought a covered wagon in Kansas and then headed out, down the dusty pioneer path known as the Oregon Trail. Now, a best-selling book chronicles their modern-day journey. Commentator Rex Buchanan has our review of The Oregon Trail, by Rinker Buck.

Typical Kansas cicada (Photo by Aidan Loveland Koster)
John Richard Schrock Monday, August 31st

Some Kansans may be thrilled to know that cicadas - and their sounds - will soon be leaving us, while others may be sad to see them go. Whichever camp you're in, you'll be fascinated by the information Commentator John Richard Schrock has to share about these chirping insects.

Rex Buchanan Friday, August 21st

Just who was Boston Corbett? The man credited with killing John Wilkes Booth has remained both mysterious and elusive to historians. Now, a new book sheds more light on the soldier who killed the actor who shot President Abraham Lincoln. Commentator Rex Buchanan has this review.

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