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KPR Presents

KPR Presents is a rare opportunity on public radio. You'll hear a variety of speeches, lectures, panel discussions and community forums on timely and topical issues, recorded at venues throughout the KPR listening area. Speakers featured have included President Bill Clinton, syndicated columnist Leonard Pitts, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan, evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins and poet/essayist Andrei Codrescu.

Lawrence Promoters & Hometown Teams

April 19, 2015: high school basketball in the days of Jim Crow.  We'll hear from some of the Promoters, Lawrence's all-black basketball team.  The Watkins Museum of History is hosting a panel of Promoters next week, moderated by retired KU professor Bill Tuttle.  We'll also hear about Hometown Teams, a traveling Smithsonian Institute exhibt making its way across Kansas.  Finally, we'll learn about Walt Whitman's visit to Kansas and the effort to bring his autograph back to Lawrence. 

William Allen White: The Sage of Emporia

The Sage of Emporia: A One-Man Show...Meet Kansas icon William Allen White as portrayed by Jack Wright

April 12, 2015: We travel back to 1942 to visit with William Allen White, as portrayed by Jack Wright. Wright is bringing his one-man show, The Sage of Emporia, to the University of Kansas Lied Center April 17th and 18th. We'll also check in with the Watkins Museum of History, where they are celebrating the 75th anniversary of the world premiere of "The Dark Command," a highly-fictionalized version of Quantrill's Raid on Lawrence.


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