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NASA insignia for the Apollo program
KPR Staff Fri, 06/29/2018 - 10:00

Q: Restoration experts at the Kansas Cosmosphere in Hutchinson are currently restoring the NASA consoles used at Mission Control during the Apollo 11 moon landing. SpaceWorks, a division of the Cosmosphere, has already restored another major artifact from the Apollo missions. What is it? We need to know what it is and what it's called -- the actual NAME of this famous artifact.

There are many variants of this Cessna aircraft, which is the world's best-selling personal aircraft.
KPR Staff Fri, 06/22/2018 - 09:00

Q: In June of 1911, Clyde Cessna climbed into a cockpit and made his first airplane flight. Less than 45 years later, the aircraft company he founded was producing what would become the best-selling aircraft of all time. What's the name of the world's most popular personal aircraft, which is still in use today on every continent?

Irena Jasperson Tue, 06/19/2018 - 08:01

Help Kansas Public Radio show listener appreciation in a "cool" way with complimentary Sylas & Maddy's ice cream, Alchemy iced coffee and live music!

KPR Staff Fri, 06/15/2018 - 09:00

Q: More than 6,600 of these were produced at the North American Aviation plant in Kansas City, Kansas. What's the name of this military aircraft that served the Allies in every theater of World War II?

KPR Staff Fri, 06/08/2018 - 15:30

Cinema a Go-Go goes to hell next time with the return of Tiki Night, on Friday, June 8! 

Robert F. Kennedy shakes a woman's hand while visiting the University of Kansas in 1968.  (Photo from University Archives, Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas)
KPR Staff Fri, 06/08/2018 - 09:00

This week, the nation has been remembering Robert F. Kennedy. RFK was killed 50 years ago this week in Los Angeles. Less than three months before he died, Kennedy was in Kansas, campaigning for president. At the time, he was a Democratic Senator from New York. What was the original reason for Kennedy's visit to Kansas?

 The iconic Western Auto sign, seen in this file photo from the Kansas City Star, is being restored and should come back to life sometime this summer.
KPR Staff Fri, 05/25/2018 - 12:30

The iconic neon Western Auto sign in downtown Kansas City is undergoing restoration. The man responsible for the sign's existence is George Pepperdine, a native Kansan who founded Western Auto Supply Company and later, the college that became Pepperdine University. What's the name of his Kansas hometown?

Frosted glass window to the governor's office at the Kansas Statehouse (Photo by KPR)
KPR Staff Fri, 05/18/2018 - 09:17

The Missouri General Assembly is convening a special session to consider whether to impeach Governor Eric Greitens.  Only 14 governors have ever faced impeachment.  But who was the first governor to be impeached in America?  Yes, it's someone from Kansas.  Name that governor!  (Hat tip to KCUR reporter Sam Zeff for inspiring today's question!)

This carte-de-visite is a composite of Native American images believed to have been made in the late 1860s and early 1870s by William S. Soule. At least some of the images were likely made in Indian Territory; some may have been made in Kansas. The featured photo in the center of this composite is Satanta, the Kiowa chief. (Photo Courtesy of Kansas Historical Society/
KPR Staff Fri, 05/11/2018 - 10:00

Q: Who said the following: "I don't want to settle. I love to roam all over the prairies. There I feel free and happy, but when we settle down we grow pale and die."? (Hint: There's a town in southwest Kansas named after this famous Native American.)

Mark Hamill, known for playing Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars movies recently said on Twitter that he wants to visit Kansas.  Was he serious?  So far, no one seems to know.  (Image by Lucasfilm)
KPR Staff Fri, 05/04/2018 - 09:14

Q: Actor Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker in Star Wars, was recently asked on Twitter where he has never been but wants to go. His one word answer was "Kansas." Hamill didn't elaborate. Another Star Wars actor already makes routine business trips to Kansas. Name the Star Wars actor who gets his aircraft (and maybe his spacecraft) regularly serviced in Wichita.

Irena Jasperson Mon, 04/30/2018 - 11:56

Kansas Public Radio ended its spring membership drive with $376,000 in listener pledges, surpassing the typical spring goal of $280,000.

Typical oil rig (Photo from U.S. Energy Department)
KPR Staff Fri, 04/27/2018 - 09:00

Q: For the past two years - and for most of the past 50 years - which Kansas county led the state in oil production?

KPR Staff Fri, 04/20/2018 - 14:00

Space is the place at our next Cinema a Go-Go! Hop a satellite and join us on Friday, April 20, when we unleash a pair of adorably cheesy sci-fi epics from the 1950s and '60s, both in glorious black-and-white. 

The Designated Survivor is typically kept in a secure and undisclosed location. We know where it. In fact, we're there right now.  But we are not allowed to tell you where we are.
KPR Staff Fri, 04/20/2018 - 09:00

Q: When all the nation's leaders are gathered in one place at the same time (such as during the State of the Union Address or a presidential inauguration), one American citizen is designated to keep the federal government functioning in the event of a catastrophic event. This person is known as the "Designated Survivor." Two people born in Wichita have served in this capacity. Name either of them.

KPR Staff Wed, 04/11/2018 - 09:48

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Windmills, both new and old (like this one in Stafford County), are a common feature of the Kansas landscape. Can you name another one? (Photo by J. Schafer)
KPR Staff Fri, 03/30/2018 - 09:10

Q: "Torn Ribbon," "Beerbower's Two Point" and "Hyde's Spur Wheel" are all examples of a ubiquitous item that arrived in Kansas in the 1800s. Many versions of this item are still in use today across the state. The answer isn't windmills, so what is it? 

According to Guinness World Records, the Plaza Cinema in Ottawa, Kansas, is the oldest purpose-built movie theater in the world. (Photo by Jean Hutchison is used by permission. Please do not download or duplicate without her permission.  More information available at
KPR Staff Fri, 03/23/2018 - 10:10

Q: According to Guinness World Records, the Plaza Cinema in Ottawa, Kansas, is the world's oldest movie theater still in operation. Specifically, Guinness says the Plaza Cinema in Ottawa is the Oldest Purpose-Built Cinema in Operation. When did it open? (We want the month and the year!)

Some of the many buildings at Fort Larned, where a one time Indian agent and sheriff of Arapahoe County, Kansas Territory, was once stationed. (Photo by J. Schafer)
KPR Staff Fri, 03/16/2018 - 10:15

Q: In 1858, he was appointed the first sheriff of Arapahoe County, Kansas Territory. He was also one of the founders of the city of Denver. Today, a street and a brewery in Denver are named in his honor. What's his name?


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