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Mickey Mantle (labeled) played shortstop on The Whiz Kids, the 1948 Cardinal Junior League championship team from Baxter Springs, Kan. The original photograph was autographed by Mantle in 1986. (Photo Courtesy of Kansas Historical Society /
KPR Staff Fri, 07/31/2015 - 00:00

Q: Major League Baseball Hall-of-Famer Mickey Mantle was born in Oklahoma, but before he became a New York Yankee he played semi-professional and minor-league baseball in Kansas.

Phil Wilke Mon, 07/27/2015 - 11:32

The Alcove Spring Historic Park in Marysville, Kansas, will host the Orchestra on the Oregon Trail, an all-day experience with music and events for all ages Sunday, September 6.

Garrison Keillor will retire as host of "A Prairie Home Companion" next summer. (Photo Credit: Claudia Danielson)
Phil Wilke Tue, 07/21/2015 - 10:00

By Jeff Baenen/Associated Press
July 20, 2015

Randi Hacker drops by the KPR studios about every eight weeks to record Postcards from Abroad. (Photo by Joanna Fewins/KPR)
Phil Wilke Mon, 07/20/2015 - 10:47
By David Gernon / KPR Intern
Randi Hacker doesn’t often come into KPR’s studios, but when she does, she has the whole world in her handbag.
NPR's Ari Shapiro, Kelly McEvers and Michel Martin.
Phil Wilke Fri, 07/17/2015 - 16:00

Big changes are coming to All Things Considered.

New Horizons launched on Jan. 19, 2006; it swung past Jupiter for a gravity boost and scientific studies in February 2007, and is now conducting a five-month-long reconnaissance flyby study of Pluto and its moons in summer 2015. (Flickr Photo via NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center)
KPR Staff Fri, 07/17/2015 - 00:00

Q: NASA's New Horizons spacecraft completed its flyby of Pluto this week. The tiny planet was discovered by Kansas farmer Clyde Tombaugh in 1930.

(Photos Courtesy of Kansas Historical Society /
KPR Staff Thu, 07/09/2015 - 09:14

Q: When this man discovered Pluto in 1930, another Kansan was serving as Vice President of the United States. Can you name both of these high-achieving Kansans?


Artist's conception of what Pluto might look like.  Soon, we'll have a better idea.
J. Schafer Tue, 06/30/2015 - 13:15

In the winter of 1930, Clyde Tombaugh, of Burdett, Kansas, discovered Pluto.  He became famous and Pluto became a rock star, so to speak.  Heck, Mickey Mouse's dog was named Pluto!  Scientists nam

Host Ophira Eisenberg onstage at The Bell House, Brooklyn, NY. (Photo by Steve McFarland)
Phil Wilke Mon, 06/29/2015 - 15:48

By David Gernon / KPR Intern        

Phil Wilke Mon, 06/29/2015 - 14:58

The Kansas City Dance Festival brings together dance organizations from around the Midwest, highlighting the common exchange of classically trained dancers with cutting edge choreography. 

Phil Wilke Mon, 06/29/2015 - 09:53

The Ruel Joyce Recitals feature Kansas City's best classical musicians.

Host Ophira Eisenberg onstage at The Bell House, Brooklyn, NY. (Photo by Steve McFarland)
KPR Staff Mon, 06/29/2015 - 00:00

Do you like your words crossed and your pursuits trivial? Then you'll love ASK ME ANOTHER, an entire hour of puzzles, word games and trivia.

The Scarecrow’s pitchfork from the "Wizard of Oz" (at least one of them) is on display at the Museum of World Treasures in Wichita.
KPR Staff Fri, 06/26/2015 - 09:00

Q: A pitchfork used by the Scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz is on display at this Kansas attraction.

Three of Dennis Lehane's novels – "Mystic River," "Gone, Baby, Gone," and "Shutter Island" – have been adapted into award-winning films.
KPR Staff Tue, 06/23/2015 - 15:39

KPR is proud to sponsor "An Evening With Dennis Lehane," during the Free State Festival on Saturday, June 27, at the Lawrence Arts C

KPR Staff Tue, 06/23/2015 - 00:00

The latest in featured KPaRtists is Mary Anne King, a former junior high art teacher who has developed a keen eye for naturalistic painting.

"Writing Murder, Kansas Style" a panel discussion of Kansas mystery authors meeting tonight, June 22, 7:30 p.m., at the Lawrence Arts Center.
KPR Staff Mon, 06/22/2015 - 00:00

Local All Things Considered Host Laura Lorson to moderate a panel of Kansas mystery writers, including Alex Grecian of “The Yard” series, Susan Kraus and Julie Tollefson.

KPR Staff Fri, 06/19/2015 - 00:00

Tiki Night returns at the next Cinema a Go-Go, presented by KPR's Retro Cocktail Hour

 Goodland is home to a giant reproduction of the painting “3 Sunflowers in a Vase," by Vincent Van Gogh. (Flickr Photo by cj)
KPR Staff Fri, 06/19/2015 - 00:00

Q: What Kansas community considers itself “The Golden Buckle on the Wheat Belt?” 


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