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KPR Staff Thu, 12/07/2017 - 00:00

Get ready for a cool Yule when KPR presents a Big Band Christmas, our holiday concert served up by the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra and special guest vocalists Kathleen Holeman and Ron Gutierrez.

Feloniz Lovato-... Sun, 12/03/2017 - 16:26

​If you have volunteered for one of our pledge drives, attended a KPR event, chances are you know Sheri Hamilton, who worked at KPR for eighteen years.

Sheri Hamilton, center, shown here with Kaye McIntyre and J. Schafer, worked at KPR for 18 years before accepting a position at KU Endowment in 2015.
Feloniz Lovato-... Sun, 12/03/2017 - 16:26

​If you have volunteered for one of our pledge drives or attended a KPR event, chances are you know Sheri Hamilton, who worked at KPR for 18 years. Sheri is now at the University of Kansas Endowment Association, doing development work for the Dole Institute of Politics, but she is still a big part of the Kansas Public Radio family. We asked her to put together a brief history of her time at the station, as well as an update on her current position.

Feloniz Lovato-... Sun, 12/03/2017 - 16:08

This month KPR is featuring the work of local artist Bob Jernigan in its conference room. 

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? 

Irena Jasperson Tue, 10/24/2017 - 11:19

Kansas Public Radio’s Kaye McIntyre will moderate a panel discussion on DACA and the DREAMers featuring KU professors Marta Carminero-Santangelo, interim director of KU's Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies, and Lua Yuille, who teaches immigration law. The discussion is open to the public and will take place on Monday, November 6 at the Lawrence Public Library at 7 pm. Students and young people affected by DACA are encouraged to join the conversation.

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?

Irena Jasperson Tue, 10/17/2017 - 11:16

Four public media stations in Kansas, including Kansas Public Radio, will receive a $502,327 grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) to establish a regional news collaboration.

The partnership, led by KCUR in Kansas City, will produce multimedia reports on statehouse politics, health, education, natural resources, rural life, and agriculture. The CPB grant, which was announced in September, provides funds for the hiring of four journalists at the partner media outlets for two years, with station support continuing in outlying years.

KPR Staff Tue, 10/17/2017 - 00:00

The Retro Cocktail Hour's Cinema a Go-Go series returns to Liberty Hall with a night of extraterrestrial bad guys! Our big double feature has two of the original "alien invasion" movies of the early 1950s, including Howard Hawks' production of the original The Thing From Another World (1951) and low budget auteur Edgar G. Ulmer's The Man From Planet X (1951).

A large elm tree, locally known as the "Hellava Elm," was uprooted by the storm over the weekend. Photo: Danny Mantyla.
KPR Web Operations Mon, 10/16/2017 - 14:42

A violent storm damaged homes and knocked out power to many residences in North Lawrence Saturday night.  
 

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.

Irena Jasperson Thu, 09/28/2017 - 12:23

Trail Mix fans have been tuning in for great music every Sunday from 1 to 7 p.m. Listeners will be happy to hear that the show is now airing on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. Rest assured -- Bob McWilliams is still bringing you the same great musical blend of folk, Americana, singer-songwriters, Celtic, bluegrass and beyond for six hours each weekend.

KPR Staff Thu, 09/28/2017 - 11:46

Kansas Public Radio ended its successful fall membership drive with 1,807 listener pledges, surpassing its goal of raising $250,000. The ten-day campaign, which began on Sept. 6, brought in $256,512 that will go directly toward providing programming for KPR’s 115,000 listeners. The station recently received the largest budget cut in its 65-year history, with listener and corporate support now supplementing more than 72 percent of the KPR budget.

Irena Jasperson Thu, 09/28/2017 - 10:41

Illustrator, graphic designer, live speed painter and KU alum Annika Wooton is featuring her art in KPR's conference room until October 26. 

KPR Staff Fri, 09/22/2017 - 10:15

Kansas Public Radio is hosting its first-ever Songwriters Showcase, an evening of music featuring local musicians Mr. and Mrs. Dodge, Heidi Gluck, and Inside Baseball.

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.

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