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The final seconds of the third overtime in the 1957 final between North Carolina and Kansas. Wilt Chamberlain (13) has just rejected Tommy Kearns' (40) jumper. (Photo via KU University Archives)
KPR Staff Fri, 03/27/2015 - 00:00

Q: It’s been called the greatest college basketball game in NCAA tournament history: North Carolina’s triple-overtime victory over the Kansas Jayhawks in the 1957 championship gam

Dr. Don Potts (left) discussing his Louis Armstrong interview with KPR's David Basse. (Photo by Joanna Fewins)
Phil Wilke Wed, 03/25/2015 - 00:00

Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong and his band were on the KU campus for a concert on March 23, 1957. That same night, an hour to the east in Kansas City, Wilt Chamberlain and the Jayhawks were playing for the national title against the North Carolina Tar Heels. In an epic, triple-overtime game, KU lost to Carolina 54-53. A dejected KU team came back to Lawrence at 2:15 in the morning.
Who was there to greet them? Louis Armstrong. A young KU student had a tape recorder and he talked with the famous musician.

Cast photo of the platoon from the television comedy "The Phil Silvers Show," 1957. (By Tim Marks, Milburn-McCarty Public Relations, New York (eBay front back) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons)
KPR Staff Fri, 03/20/2015 - 00:00

Today’s trivia question comes from KPR’s retired Kansas Trivia Champion… Ted Heim of Topeka! 

The Central Time side of a refurbished sundial in Dodge City, Kan., located near the Amtrak station. (Flickr Photo by jessamyn west)
KPR Staff Fri, 03/13/2015 - 00:00

Q: Most of Kansas is in the Central Time Zone, but four counties out west – with no actual mountains – operate on Mountain Time. Can you name those four Kansas counties?

This polychrome-lithographed lobby card advertises the film "Splendor in the Grass." The screenplay for the 1961 film was written by William Inge and based on his personal experience growing up in Independence, Kan. Inge won an Academy Award for this film. (Image Courtesy of Kansas Historical Society /
KPR Staff Fri, 03/06/2015 - 00:00

Q: William Inge (rhymes with binge) was born in Independence, Kan., and grew up to become a famous playwright.

Steve Kincaid, Director of Engineering and interim Director of Kansas Public Radio, replacing the flux capacitor in the station's new time travel app, which should allow us to travel forward in time to correct on-air mistakes and anomolies before listeners can hear them.  Either that, or Steve is simply testing the voltage of some random radio part. You be the judge.
J. Schafer Wed, 03/04/2015 - 13:40

Engineer-speak.  Sure, it's a relatively harmless problem. Unless you don't happen to be an engineer.  But with your financial support, KPR just might be able to address this language barrier, so that everyone understands engineers when they speak, even non-engineers.  Please make a pledge to KPR today.  Help stop the suffering

KPR "All Things Considered" host, Laura Lorson, with Alex Trebek, host of "Jeopardy!" (Photo Courtesy of Sony Pictures)
KPR Staff Wed, 03/04/2015 - 00:00

UPDATE: Lorson won her second appearance on Jeopardy! Tune in this afternoon (Friday, March 6) on your local stations: 

Topeka - KTKA-TV - 5 p.m.
Kansas City - KSHB-T - 3:30 p.m.
St. Joseph - KQTV-TV - 4:30 p.m.
Pittsburg - KODE-TV - 3:30 p.m.
Wichita-Hutchinson Plus - KSNW-TV - 4:30 p.m.

KPR Staff Tue, 03/03/2015 - 00:00

Space is the place at our next Cinema a Go-Go, when the Retro Cocktail Hour presents a pair of swashbuckling sci-fi classics from the 1950s.

Phil Wilke Wed, 02/25/2015 - 13:26

The Great Spaces Music and Art Series at Grace Cathedral in Topeka and Kansas Public Radio are partnering to present a concert by renowned pianist Christopher Atzinger, 3 p.m., Sunday, April 26.

Phil Wilke Tue, 02/24/2015 - 12:10

From KPR

KPR "All Things Considered" host, Laura Lorson, with Alex Trebek, host of "Jeopardy!" (Photo Courtesy of Sony Pictures)
Phil Wilke Tue, 02/24/2015 - 10:57

KPR’s host for All Things Considered, Laura Lorson, was recently a contestant on Jeopardy!

Phil Wilke Mon, 02/23/2015 - 11:58

Van Go, Inc.,

(Flickr Photo by Sean McGrath)
KPR Staff Fri, 02/20/2015 - 00:00

Q: Herbert Merrill Dimond was born in Smith Center, Kan., in 1915.

Vicky Told Me To (2014) - monontype with relief painting and foil stamping.
KPR Staff Thu, 02/19/2015 - 13:49

The latest in featured KPaRtists is Ashley Russell, a Lawrence visual artist and printmaker who strives to create quality, rich, original work that demonstrates careful thought, effort and ideas.

"Comanche" was the only 7th Cavalry survivor of the Custer Massacre in 1876.  Lots of Indians survived the battle. (Photo Courtesy of Library of Congress)
KPR Staff Thu, 02/12/2015 - 12:18

Q: On display at the University of Kansas for more than 100 years, this horse is believed to have been the last surviving member of George Custer’s 7th Cavalry after the Battle of

Tree Against Sky in the Flint Hills
J. Schafer Mon, 02/09/2015 - 14:34

When you finally decide to jump off the interstate and make time to explore the backroads of Kansas, you'll be glad you did!

KPR Staff Fri, 02/06/2015 - 14:25

Because Darrell Brogdon is sick to death of winter already, this Saturday's Retro Cocktail Hour will be a special all-exotica show, a 2-hour tropical getwaway featuring Polynesian-flavore

A formal portrait of the members of the 1897 Executive Committee of the Kansas chapter of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union. (Photo Courtesy of Kansas Historical Society /
KPR Staff Thu, 02/05/2015 - 15:56

Q: In 1885, the Kansas Legislature passed a law that required schools to teach this in the classroom. What was it?


Front page article on the discovery of Pluto from the New York Times, March 14, 1930. (Image Courtesy of Kansas Historical Society /
KPR Staff Fri, 01/30/2015 - 09:15

Q: It was in 1926 that Clyde Tombaugh decided to build his own telescope.

Clint Ashlock leads the KC Jazz Orchestra as well as his own quartet.
Phil Wilke Wed, 01/28/2015 - 15:37

Denver-based pianist Ben Markley and Kansas City trumpeter Clint Ashlock (best known as director of the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra) lead a quartet that also includes KC's own Gerald Spaits on bass


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