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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.”

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!)

Holy Cross Church in the Ellis County town of Pfeifer. (Photo Courtesy of Carol Billinger, www.germancapitalofkansas.com)
KPR Staff Fri, 07/07/2017 - 09:21

Q: When the Kansas Sampler Foundation asked people to vote on the 8 Wonders of Kansas Architecture, the structures that received the most votes included the Kansas Statehouse, the Chase County Courthouse, the Ness County Bank, two barns, two mansions and exactly one church. Give us the name of the only church to make the list and tell us where it's located.

View of "The Big Dipper" located in Garden City, Kansas. At the time, the pool was 218 ft. x 337 ft., and located in Finnup Park. Date: Between 1920 and 1939 (Photo Courtesy of Kansas Historical Society/kansasmemory.org)
KPR Staff Fri, 06/30/2017 - 00:00

Q: "The Big Pool" in Garden City has a minimum of 14 lifeguards on duty each day because it's bigger than a football field and contains 2.6 million gallons of water! What was the original name developers gave to "The Big Pool" when it was first constructed in 1922?   

KPR Staff Thu, 06/29/2017 - 00:00

Kansas Public Radio is issuing changes to its programming schedule, effective July 1, 2017. 

Dan Skinner’s new show focuses on chats with authors, leaders of local arts organizations
KPR Staff Fri, 06/23/2017 - 14:30

Dan Skinner isn’t new to the airwaves. The director of Kansas Public Radio since November 2015 has been at the game a while. A Kansas native, Skinner has been the manager of other public radio stations in Indiana, Ohio and Texas. Get used to hearing Dan Skinner’s name: he now also has his own radio show, Conversations, which will begin airing on KPR2 on Sundays in July.

Ray Magliozzi, left, and his brother, the late Tom Magliozzi, hosts of NPR's "Car Talk." (Photo Credit: Richard Howard)
KPR Staff Fri, 06/23/2017 - 08:30

For more than two decades, Tom and Ray Magliozzi (aka Click and Clack the Tappet Brothers) have been America's funniest auto mechanics.

This formal portrait shows a group of Delaware Indians. The group have been identified from left to right by their respected rows. FRONT ROW: James Ketchum, James Connor, John Connor, Charles Journeycake, Isaac Journeycake, John Sarcoxie, Sr. BACK ROW: James McDainel, (Cherokee), Black Beaver, Henry Tiblow, John G. Pratt, Charles Armstrong, John Young. Date: Between 1860 and 1865 (Photo via Kansas Historical Society/kansasmemory.org)
KPR Staff Fri, 06/16/2017 - 08:38

Q: This eastern Kansas town was named for a Delaware Indian whose name means "shorty." What's the name of this town?

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KPR Staff Fri, 06/09/2017 - 09:10

Q: The first divisional army unit created to fight in World War I is celebrating its 100th anniversary this week. What's the name of this outfit and where is it headquartered?

KPR Staff Wed, 06/07/2017 - 00:00

Space is the place for the next Cinema a Go-Go, featuring a pair of '50s sci-fi classics - one a comedy, the other an unintentional comedy.

"Keeper of the Plains" in Wichita, Kansas (Flickr/Chris Murphy)
KPR Staff Fri, 06/02/2017 - 09:19

Q: This late Kansas artist created the corporate logo used by the Wolf Creek Generating Station, also known as the Wolf Creek nuclear power plant. What’s his name?  

Hint: This Native American sculptor and painter is best remembered for creating the “Keeper of the Plains,” the iconic 44-foot tall steel sculpture in Wichita.

KPR Staff Wed, 05/31/2017 - 10:09

The longest biking and hiking trail in Kansas is now open for public use in the Flint Hills.

Feloniz Lovato-... Fri, 05/26/2017 - 10:16

Randi Hacker doesn’t often come into KPR’s studios, but when she does, she has the whole world in her handbag.

Marble map of Kansas, as seen in the visitor's center at the Kansas Statehouse. (Photo by Dan Skinner)
KPR Staff Fri, 05/26/2017 - 09:15

We’ve all heard of JO CO.  That’s short for Johnson CountyJ-O is the two-letter abbreviation for that suburban county, as seen on Kansas license plates.  But what about NO CO, RO CO, FO CO and GO CO?  Can you give us the real names of these other counties?

An American flag hangs in downtown Arlington, Kansas. (Photo by J. Schafer)
J. Schafer Wed, 05/24/2017 - 12:25

Memorial Day weekend is always a busy time for highway, train and air travel.  But this year's holiday weekend could be the busiest it's been in 12 years.

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