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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?

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?

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?

KPR Staff Fri, 12/15/2017 - 09:14

Q: In 1958, President Dwight Eisenhower and his wife Mamie sent informal novelty Christmas cards to their closest friends. These cards, made by Hallmark, were inscribed with this message: "We wanted to put something of ourselves in our Christmas card to you." What was inside the card?

(About Pageantry & Poetry, new Frederick Hohman organ CD)
KPR Staff Fri, 12/08/2017 - 00:00

Q: Using wood, metal and leather, this Kansas company has been making musical instruments for a century. What's the name of this company -- celebrating its 100th anniversary this year -- and where is it located?

Engine No. 1 on the Disneyland Railroad named after the Kansan who founded the Santa Fe Railroad.
KPR Staff Fri, 11/17/2017 - 09:38

Q: The Disneyland Railroad was one of the amusement parks' opening-day attractions in 1955.  Engine No. 1 was named for a famous Kansan.  What's the name of Disney's Engine No. 1 -- and what's this person's connection to the railroad industry?
 

KU's Vietnam War memorial honors students and alumni killed or declared missing in Vietnam. (Photo by J. Schafer)
KPR Staff Thu, 11/09/2017 - 09:01

The University of Kansas was the first in the nation to dedicate a Vietnam War memorial.  KU's memorial is a wall featuring the names of students and alumni killed or declared missing in Vietnam.  Additional names have been added since its first dedication in 1986. How many names now appear on the wall?

This is a real Kansas highway sign, welcoming motorists to the real state of Kansas. (Photo by 5th-generation Kansan, J. Schafer)
KPR Staff Fri, 11/03/2017 - 09:08

They say there's no place like home.  But what if Kansas is your home and at the same time, your home isn't located in Kansas?  Wait. What?

This is the most famous haunted house in what many believe is the state's most haunted town. (Photo by J. Schafer)
KPR Staff Fri, 10/27/2017 - 09:29

It's almost Halloween!  And that always makes the Kansas Trivia crew here at Kansas Public Radio think about the town of Atchison.  Why?  Because it's such a spooky place!
Tourism tends to pick up in Atchison in the weeks leading up to Halloween.  Do you know the name of this town's most famous haunted house? 

Fred Flintstone balloon, as seen in a Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.
KPR Staff Fri, 10/20/2017 - 09:14

Q: All the helium used to inflate the giant balloons used in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City comes from the world’s second largest helium processing plant, which happens to be located in a small central Kansas town.  What’s the name of this town?

A birds-eye view of Tribune, in Greeley County, Kansas. Date: Between 1900 and 1910 (Photo Courtesy of Kansas Historical Society/kansasmemory.org)
KPR Staff Fri, 10/06/2017 - 00:00

Q: What western Kansas town is named for a former newspaper in the eastern United States?

This is a postcard showing Collins Block and the Hotel Greenwood in Eureka, Kansas. Between 1905 and 1910. (Photo Courtesy of Kansas Historical Society/kansasmemory.org)
KPR Staff Fri, 09/29/2017 - 09:22

Q: Often associated with the ancient Greek mathematician and inventor Archimedes, this word comes from a Greek expression meaning "I have found it." It's also the name of a Kansas community. Give us the name of this eastern Kansas town, which is also a county seat.

Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division escort the Little Rock Nine students into the all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Ark, 1957. (Photo Courtesy of National Archives)
KPR Staff Fri, 09/22/2017 - 08:10

Q: Sixty years ago this week, President Dwight Eisenhower - the state's favorite son - sent federal troops to Little Rock, Arkansas, to enforce school desegregation. These weren't just any federal troops, they were elite army soldiers from a famous division. Name the division.

(Flickr/Laura Gilmore)
KPR Staff Fri, 09/01/2017 - 09:15

Q: This year, daylight saving time will end on Sunday, November 5. In April of 1965, voters in this northeast Kansas community rejected a proposal to adopt daylight saving time on a 2-1 margin. Name the town that thought it was a capital idea to reject the clock-changing ritual?  

(FreeImages.com/Andreas Andersson)
KPR Staff Fri, 08/25/2017 - 00:00

Q: One Johnson County community is named after an Indian princess, the wife of Blackhoof, a Shawnee Indian chief. Another Johnson County community takes its name from the Shawnee Indian word for beautiful. What are the names of these two Kansas City suburbs?

Hiawatha City Hall (Flickr/Jimmy Emerson, DVM)
KPR Staff Fri, 08/18/2017 - 00:00

Q: This northeast Kansas community's main street is not called Main Street - it's called Oregon Street because it's named after the Oregon Trail. The street runs east and west. The east-west streets to the north and south of Oregon Street are named for Indian tribes that lived to the north and south of the Oregon Trail. What's the name of this town, which will also be a hot spot for the total solar eclipse on Monday.

A view, taken sometime around 1860, looking southwest in Atchison, Kansas Territory. (Photo Courtesy of Kansas Historical Society/kansasmemory.org)
KPR Staff Fri, 08/11/2017 - 08:46

Q: Who said the following: "If I went West, I think I would go to Kansas -- to Leavenworth or Atchison. Both of them are, and will continue to be, fine growing places.”

Space capsule mock-up for NASA, under construction in Kipp, Kansas. (Photo Courtesy of Douglas Welding and Machine Company)
KPR Staff Fri, 08/04/2017 - 09:55

Q: A Kansas company is building a test space capsule for NASA. Researchers at Kansas State University will use it to study the health effects of astronauts who will one day travel to Mars. Say, what? Exactly. What’s the name of the Kansas company in Saline County building this mock-up space capsule for NASA?

Johnny Cash and crew in a promo shot for his 1976 hit "One Piece At A Time" (where he steals an entire car, part by part, over several years working at the factory).
KPR Staff Fri, 07/28/2017 - 12:29

Q: What's the name of the song that mentions all of these towns: Wichita, Ottawa, Oskaloosa, El Dorado, Kansas City and Dodge City? (Hint: versions of this song were made popular in America by Hank Snow and later, by Johnny Cash.)

Staff Sgt. Clinton Petit takes a spin on a grasshopper mower, saying it's like driving a golf cart. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Master Sgt. Elaine Mayo)
KPR Staff Fri, 07/21/2017 - 00:00

Q: Groundskeepers at the White House use Kansas-made lawnmowers and other lawn and garden products to keep things looking sharp. What’s the name of the Kansas company that makes these mowers and where in Kansas are they manufactured? (Name the town!)

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