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Big Chicken
Dan Skinner Fri, 01/19/2018 - 14:00

Most of us don't think about chicken until it shows up in the grocery store or on our plate. On this edition of Conversations, Maryn McKenna joins me to talk about her latest book, Big Chicken: The Incredible Story of How Antibiotics Created Modern Agriculture and Changed the Way the World Eats. 

Mrs. Anson Horning, seen holding a croquet mallet, helped subdue a member of Bonnie and Clyde's gang in southwest Kansas in 1933.
KPR Staff Fri, 01/19/2018 - 09:33

Q: On September 4, 1933, at a small town city park, a desperate man tried to steal a Kansas woman's car. Another woman intervened and clubbed the bandit on the head with a croquet mallet, subduing him. The incident made national headlines when it was discovered that the outlaw was a member of Bonnie and Clyde's gang. In which southwest Kansas community did all this take place?    

The Dork Diaries
Dan Skinner Wed, 01/17/2018 - 06:00

Rachel Renee Russell is a former attorney turned #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Dork Diaries, which has over 36 million copies in print.  On this edition of

Kansas Historical Society
Dan Skinner Mon, 01/15/2018 - 06:00

Bobby Athon is the Marketing-Public Information Officer for the Kansas Historical Society.

Journey: An Illustrated History of Travel
Dan Skinner Fri, 01/12/2018 - 14:00

What is your favorite form of transportation?

Stephen E. Ambrose, historian and best-selling author
KPR Staff Fri, 01/12/2018 - 09:08

The late author, Stephen E. Ambrose, is one of the best-selling historians of all time, with dozens of notable books to his name. Before he became a famous author, he was a Kansas college professor. At which Kansas school did Ambrose teach history?

Photo Credit: Annette Elizabeth Allen for NPR
KPR Web Operations Wed, 01/10/2018 - 14:33

President Trump is holding a joint press conference with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg at the White House. The two leaders are taking reporters' questions. Their meeting touches on the topics of NATO defense, global security and trade. The meeting is taking place as President Trump is trying to work with Congress on issues of immigration and border security. The Western European relationship with Russia is also important to Norway, and new developments in the investigation of the Trump campaign’s Russia connections may also figure in the conversation. Watch the press conference live.

I'm Just No Good at Rhyming
Dan Skinner Wed, 01/10/2018 - 14:00

Chris Harris was a writer and executive producer for How I Met Your Mother… and a writer for The Late Show with David Letterman.

Fasting and Feasting
Dan Skinner Mon, 01/08/2018 - 13:00

Adam Federman is a reporting fellow with the Investigate Fund of the Nation Institute. He has written for numerous publications including The Nation, The Guardian, and Gastronomica.

KPR Staff Sat, 01/06/2018 - 00:00

Cinema a Go-Go goes dark in January with a dangerous double bill of film noir classics.

The Importance of Being Funny
Dan Skinner Fri, 01/05/2018 - 13:00

Al Gini is a professor of business ethics and the author of numerous books on issues in contemporary American culture.

Senator John F. Kennedy (L) and Vice President Richard M. Nixon (R)
KPR Staff Fri, 01/05/2018 - 08:15

Q: One day after John F. Kennedy’s final televised presidential debate with Richard M. Nixon, JFK made a campaign appearance inside a Kansas high school cafeteria.  What's the name of the school where JFK made a brief stop on October 22, 1960?

My Brigadista Year
Dan Skinner Wed, 01/03/2018 - 06:00

Katherine Paterson has written more than thirty books and has received many of the highest honors in children’s literature.

Forged in Crisis
Dan Skinner Mon, 01/01/2018 - 06:00

What should we demand from our national leaders? Nancy Koehn is a historian at the Harvard Business School.

Good Mood Kitchen
Dan Skinner Fri, 12/29/2017 - 13:00

How does what we eat impact our mental health? Leslie Korn is a clinical traumatologist specializing in mental health nutrition and integrative medicine.

Irena Jasperson Fri, 12/29/2017 - 09:20

Kansas Public Radio and Maceli’s are hosting their second Songwriters Showcase with local musicians Colin Halliburton, Sky Smeed and Kelly Hunt. The show is on Saturday, March 3, at Maceli’s (1031 New Hampshire St) in Lawrence; doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door or $10.50 in advance at macelis.com.

The Carey Hotel Bar in Wichita, Kansas, after Carry Nation threw rocks to break the mirror during a temperance protest on December 27, 1900. (Photo Courtesy of Kansas Historical Society/kansasmemory.org)
KPR Staff Fri, 12/29/2017 - 09:13

Q: On December 27, 1900, the hatchet-wielding prohibitionist, Carry Nation, was arrested and put in jail for smashing up a hotel bar and causing thousands of dollars in damage. What was the name of the hotel she vandalized 117 years ago this week - and where was it located?

Photo by Richard Gwin featuring Vietnam veteran John Musgrave, used with permission from the Lawrence Journal-World
Irena Jasperson Fri, 12/29/2017 - 08:57

Kansas Public Radio will be partnering with the Kansas Humanities Council (KHC) and 11 other Kansas organizations on a statewide oral history project that will collect the personal stories of Vietnam veterans. Collected oral histories and memoirs will be submitted to the Veterans History Project of the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

Fault Lines in the Constitution
Dan Skinner Wed, 12/27/2017 - 05:00

On this edition of Conversations, Cynthia and Sanford Levinson join us to talk about their book,

Lawrence Art Center's Free State Festival
Dan Skinner Mon, 12/25/2017 - 05:00

Marlo Angell is the Director of New Media at the Lawrence Arts Center, and the Founder and Director of the Free State Festival.

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