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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.

KPR Staff Mon, 09/04/2017 - 00:00

YOUR support is more important now than ever. With the arrival of the new fiscal year, KPR is officially living in its new financial reality as a $200,000 budget cut from the University of Kansas takes effect. That's why we're turning to you - our loyal listener - to support the station you love. 

(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?  

Feloniz Lovato-... Wed, 08/30/2017 - 11:31

Kansas Public Radio earned seven individual awards from the Kansas Association of Broadcasters (KAB) this year. KPR earned honors in the news, commentary, programming and website categories.

KPR Staff Fri, 08/25/2017 - 10:00

Bad girls and B-movie monsters run amok at our next Cinema a Go-Go! Join us for a pair of classic '50s shockers - The Wasp Woman and Attack of the Giant Leeches, both from 1959. 

(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?

KPR Staff Mon, 08/21/2017 - 07:00
The excitement has been building for weeks and weeks. On Monday, August 21, the solar eclipse will finally be here. It will darken the skies along a path from Oregon to South Carolina.
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.”

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