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Gas prices have fallen below $2 a gallon in many places, including Lawrence, Kan. (Photo by J. Schafer, taken 12/31/14)
Rex Buchanan Friday, January 2nd

While motorists enjoy lower gas prices, we're reminded that cheap fuel comes at a high price to some.

What research reveals about spanking kids (don't do it!).
Vickie Price Wednesday, December 17th

We've all heard the phrase: "Spare the rod and spoil the child."  If you take that to mean it's okay to spank or hit your child, think again.  Child experts have been saying for years that spanking kids is not only wrong, it's counter-productive.  Guest Commentator Vicki Price tells us why. 

An image of George Bailey (played by Jimmy Stewart) and family in Frank Capra's holiday classic, "It's a Wonderful Life."
Rex Buchanan Tuesday, December 16th

The holiday movie classic "It's a Wonderful Life" actually makes Commentator Rex Buchanan think about a favorite scientific book by Stephen Jay Gould, which has a similar title and theme.  

Tumbleweeds, piling up on the prairie.  This cemetery fence in Ford County has captured several of the rolling weeds. (Photo by Cheryl Unruh)
Cheryl Unruh Friday, December 5th

It's tumbleweed season and these hazards of the highway are piling up across the prairies of western Kansas.

Typical screwworm fly, a parasite all but eradicated from the U.S. and Mexico, thanks to a couple of smart scientists. (Photo by USDA)
John Richard Schrock Monday, December 1st

Screwworm flies used to be a deadly plague on cattle and other livestock in the United States and Mexico until a couple American scientists came up with a brilliant strategy to fight the parasitic insect.  As Commentator John Richard Schrock explains, it was science to the rescue once again.

Roger Martin Tuesday, November 25th

Have you ever heard about a violent species of beings called "jellyheads?" You will, if you read a new work of "transgressive fiction," written by Lawrence author David Ohle (OH-lee). Commentator Roger Martin read Ohle's latest novel and recommends it... to readers who enjoy a taste for the strange and unusual.

Kansas Statehouse (Photo by J. Schafer)
Tom Averill Thursday, November 20th

<span "="" src="/images/NEWS/reusable%20images/Kansas_State_Capitol_2.jpg" alt="Kansas State Capitol 2" style="margin-top: 5px; margin-right: 15px; margin-bottom: 15px; ;" height="275" width="520"> In January, Kansas lawmakers will return to Topeka for the start of a new legislative session. Their first order of business will be fixing a huge hole in the state budget. Of course, lawmakers will take up other issues as well -- and one of them could affect the way Kansas Supreme Court Justices are selected. Commentator William Jennings Bryan Oleander expects a renewed effort to change the...

KPR Web Operations Thursday, October 9th

(Flickr Photo by Eren Eris) What's the future of water in Kansas? That's a big question. But the state of Kansas has been working on a 50-year plan to address this complex issue. The Kansas Water Office has been soliciting public input on its latest proposal and not everyone is pleased. Guest Commentator Julene Bair thinks the plan doesn't do enough to conserve water, especially out west, in the Ogallala (OH-guh-lah-lah) Aquifer. Guest Commentator Julene Bair is a native Kansan and author of the book, The Ogallala Road: A Memoir of Love and Reckoning.    The Kansas Water Office is...

KPR Web Operations Wednesday, August 20th

A Kansas sunset northwest of Lawrence. (Photo by J. Schafer)Of all the natural beauty that can be found in Kansas, perhaps the most spectacular vision is also the most elusive: sunsets. What we see in the evening on the western horizon is transitory, ever-changing. And we never know from one day to the next what we'll get. It could be gloriously grand... or modest and ordinary. Commentator Cheryl Unruh has seen her share of Kansas sunsets and encourages others to keep their eyes on the western skies.   Commentator Cheryl Unruh is a writer and author who lives in Emporia. Her latest book is...

KPR Web Operations Monday, July 28th

Most fishermen can probably name at least a dozen different kinds of fish that can be found in Kansas waters. But few anglers can name a hundred of them. Now, a new book called Kansas Fishes not only identifies the 140-some different species of fish found in Kansas rivers, lakes and streams, it also includes detailed and colorful illustrations to go along with them. Commentator Rex Buchanan took a look at this new book, fished-around for something to say, and came up with this.   Commentator Rex Buchanan, recording a commentary, at the KPR studios.Our book review today comes from...

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