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Bobbi Washechek Tue, 05/05/2020 - 00:00

Times are changing and so are we. Kansas Public Radio's Trail Mix presents our first virtual concert with the talented duo, Ordinary Elephant. The virtual concert will take place Thursday, May 28, at 7 p.m., with a portion of the ticket sales going to support KPR.

KPR Staff Fri, 05/01/2020 - 12:00

The Kansas State Department of Education and the Kansas Public Broadcasting Council have teamed up to create the Continuous Learning Alliance. Look for statewide educational programs and projects for students pre-k to 12th grade over the coming days and weeks.  

Bobbi Washechek Tue, 04/28/2020 - 00:00

Retro Cocktail Hour host Darrell Brogdon is trying his hand at Virtual Cinema a Go-Go night, and we'd love to "see" you there! Friday, May 1, at 7 p.m., KPR is live hosting a watch party for Phantom from Space (1953).

Bobbi Washechek Thu, 04/23/2020 - 12:00

The KPR T-shirt Sale Day is back by popular demand! This KPR T-shirt was designed by local artist Jen Gabriele and makes a great addition to the closet of any public radio fan.

Bobbi Washechek Mon, 04/20/2020 - 16:39

The 2nd annual KPR Mug Design Contest took place this March and KPR received an excellent batch of mug design submissions from local 3rd grade teacher Shane Heiman's class. The students found ways to incorporate the KPR instructions and tied their unique perspective of what Kansas, community connections, and radio looked like to them. Before the pandemic, Mr. Heiman sent the students' designs out to be printed on mugs in the hopes that he'd have them ready upon students' return from spring break. While they were not able to get together again in the classroom, Shane did not let that stop him from brightening students' days by making home deliveries of all of their designed mugs.

KPR Staff Fri, 04/03/2020 - 00:00

Thank you all for your listenership and support for KPR as we navigate through this challenging time in our nation and our community. As the world around is changing - daily - we have determined that it is in the best interest of our community to suspend the Spring Membership Drive.

Bobbi Washechek Mon, 03/30/2020 - 11:09

In times of trouble it can often be difficult to think about the bright moments in life.

Bobbi Washechek Fri, 03/20/2020 - 16:36

Talented local artist Joanna Beard is featured in the KPR Green Room this month with her paintings that truly inspire whimsy in us all.

KPR Staff Sun, 03/15/2020 - 00:00
Thank you to everyone who entered the 2020 KPR Mug Design Contest. We saw such incredible talent from local artists in our listening areas.
Bobbi Washechek Thu, 03/12/2020 - 11:06

First a blizzard/ice storm cancelled our night of Teenage Rebellion and now a pandemic. We are thinking Date Bait and High School Confidential may not be meant to hit the big screen at Liberty Hall again just yet. Unfortunately, due to health and safety concerns for our listeners, members, sustainers, and Cinema a Go-Go fans, we have decided to cancel the April 10 Cinema a Go-Go. We will keep you all updated on the next available date.

Bobbi Washechek Thu, 03/12/2020 - 09:25

Kansas Public Radio is hitting the road and bringing KPR mugs to YOU. The KPR Coffee Shop Tours are March 6 at Radina's in the 'Ville in Manhattan; March 13 at McLain's in Overland Park; and March 20 at Juli's Coffee Shop & Bistro in Topeka.

Bobbi Washechek Wed, 03/11/2020 - 10:21

Thank you to everyone who submitted an entry into the 2nd Annual KPR Mug Design Contest. The KPR staff was overjoyed with the talent that comes forward in these contests. We had 29 unique designs entered into the competition; KPR selected our top 5 and then 1,249 of you voted, selecting Daniele Green as our winner.

Bobbi Washechek Mon, 03/09/2020 - 08:45

KPR Presents host Kaye McIntyre spent most of her spare time in February in KPR's Studio B helping with the live assist from NPR's coverage of the impeachment, and later in the month, the primaries and caucuses on KPR2. Kaye spent so much time in KPR's Studio B that soon the office was making jokes about her new residence. We interviewed Kaye and asked about her experience during this time.

KPR Staff Fri, 03/06/2020 - 05:00

Q: Kansas lawmakers have been considering lots of legislation this session. One proposal would designate an official dance for the state of Kansas, perhaps even more than one. Disco and the Two-Step are not currently in the running. Which two dances are currently under consideration to become an official state dance of Kansas?

Bobbi Washechek Thu, 03/05/2020 - 00:00

Back by popular demand, Kansas Public Radio is ready to host our 2nd Annual KPR Mug Design Contest!

Kansas corn field (Photo by J. Schafer)
KPR Staff Fri, 02/28/2020 - 09:33

Q: In 1988, a father and his two sons discovered an amazing treasure beneath a northeast Kansas corn field. What was it?

     (A) An 800-pound meteorite
     (B) A rare duck-billed dinosaur fossil
     (C) A strongbox full of gold
     (D) The remains of a sunken steamboat
 

KPR Web Operations Tue, 02/25/2020 - 11:33

Now you can listen to the KPR newscast on your Alexa-enabled devices! Finally, an easy and convenient way to get local news for Northeastern Kansas right alongside your other flash briefing programs, such as national news from NPR, weather, and sports updates.

A threshing machine in operation. (Photo from Wikipedia)
KPR Staff Fri, 02/21/2020 - 06:00

Q: Sometime in the 1930s, a northeast Kansas farmer decided to invite people to his home, serve them food and give a demonstration of how his fancy farm machinery worked. The event was a big hit. So big, in fact, that it eventually became an annual festival that continues to this day in Jefferson County. What's the name of the farmer who started the McLouth Threshing Bee?

(Extra credit if you can tell us what "threshing" is!)

KPR Staff Thu, 02/20/2020 - 13:58

Help support KPR TODAY, during One Day. One KU., a 24-hour giving campaign benefiting the University of Kansas. Your gift to KPR before midnight tonight will support the replacement of our largest and most powerful transmitter, located on the University of Kansas campus.

Bobbi Washechek Fri, 02/07/2020 - 13:00

Mad scientists, crawling hands and disembodied heads take over our next Cinema a Go-Go on Friday, February 7, at Liberty Hall.

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