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KPR Staff Fri, 02/07/2020 - 12:10

Q: This man grew up in southeast Kansas and later graduated from the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy. He tried becoming a small-town druggist, but it wasn't meant to be. Instead, he got into the oil business and by 1907, was described as the richest man in Kansas. By World War I, his company was the largest independent oil company in the nation. What's his name and the name of his company?

KPR Staff Fri, 01/31/2020 - 09:24

Q: On Sunday, the Kansas City Chiefs face the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV (54) in Miami. Also on Sunday, a native Kansan will become the first woman to ever coach in the Super Bowl. What's the name of this assistant coach for the 49ers and what's the name of her Kansas hometown?

General and later President Dwight D. Eisenhower hoped to reduce worldwide conflict through peaceful personal diplomacy.  Essentially, this meant getting people from different nations together so that they might better understand and relate to one another and thus, be less likely to go to war.
KPR Staff Fri, 01/17/2020 - 09:11

Q: After witnessing the death and destruction of World War II, General Dwight D. Eisenhower came up with an idea he hoped would reduce international conflicts.  Once he became president, the man from Abilene created an international exchange program, which is now headquartered in Kansas City.  What's the name of the program?
 

KPR Staff Fri, 01/10/2020 - 11:30

CANCELLED: Cinema a Go-Go, Friday, January 10.

KPR Staff Fri, 01/10/2020 - 09:05

Q: Eastern Kansas is bracing for a winter storm this weekend that will likely bring several rounds of snow and freezing rain. As bad as that sounds, times were even tougher on the pioneers. According to the Kansas Historical Society, one blizzard was so bad that an estimated 100 Kansans froze to death. In what year did this happen? 

(Here's a hint: It happened during the "Blizzard of eighteen-eighty..." - what?)

Kansas Forever stamps (Photo by J. Schafer)
KPR Staff Fri, 01/03/2020 - 09:05

Q: When this northern Kansas town was founded in 1872, it was named Pittsburg. Later on, the townsfolk realized there was another Pittsburg already in existence in southeast Kansas, so they changed the name of the town. What's current name of the Mitchell County town once called Pittsburg?

(Photo by Michael Lorenzo from FreeImages)
KPR Staff Fri, 12/20/2019 - 09:17

Q: She's one of just four NCAA Division I athletes to play both women's basketball and volleyball. And through December 15, 2019, this student athlete from Topeka was the nation's Number One rebounder in women's college basketball. What's her name -- and the name of her Kansas team?

KPR Staff Thu, 12/19/2019 - 00:00

Get into the holiday spirit with wonderful holiday music across genres from seasonal classical to holiday tiki tunes. KPR celebrates with a number of specialty programs now through the New Year. See our list of specials and plan your life accordingly.​ 

For every pledge of $120 or more, you will get a pair of these custom-designed KPR socks. Not only that, but KPR Advisory Board members will give a pair of socks to a local community shelter for each pledge at any level.
KPR Staff Fri, 12/06/2019 - 00:00

Kansas Public Radio needs your help to finish 2019 in a strong financial position. December 5 & 6 KPR will be on the air asking YOU to help out with a year-end contribution. 

KPR Staff Sun, 12/01/2019 - 00:00

If you’re looking for a unique way of spreading holiday cheer, you can donate your used car to Kansas Public Radio.

Bobbi Washechek Tue, 11/26/2019 - 14:15

KPR's longtime volunteer host Marcia Higginson stepped in as host for evening classical. This is not an entirely new role for Marcia – she has hosted classical music on Friday evenings at KPR for the better part of the last decade.
 

Bobbi Washechek Tue, 11/26/2019 - 11:23

KPR's conference room is featuring work by local artist Jen Gabriele. Jen's work is a fan favorite around the Kansas Public Radio office. After she had won second place in the 2019 KPR Mug Design Contest, KPR had Jen re-imagine the design to fit our new KPR T-shirts and made a bumper sticker with her original design.

Bobbi Washechek Mon, 11/25/2019 - 08:00

The holiday season is fast approaching, so why not knock out your Christmas list by purchasing your friends and family a Kansas Public Radio T-shirt. The KPR T-shirt was designed by local artist Jen Gabriele and is a great holiday gift for any public radio fan.

(Photo by J. Schafer)
KPR Staff Fri, 11/22/2019 - 09:05

Q: Forty-three years ago this week, the rock group Kansas released the hit single "Carry on Wayward Son." The song, from the band's Leftoverture album, was released in 1976 and has become one of the most-played songs on Classic Rock radio stations. Who wrote it?

Reconstructed entry archway at the Kansas Memorial Union on the University of Kansas campus in Lawrence. (Photo by J. Schafer)
KPR Staff Fri, 11/15/2019 - 09:05

Q: On Monday, the nation honored its veterans. Parades and special ceremonies were held all across the country. Also on Veterans Day, the University of Kansas installed a newly-reconstructed entry archway at the Kansas Memorial Union. Inside the archway, a series of stars are etched into the stone, paying tribute to Jayhawks who died while serving their country during World War I. How many stars are etched into the archway?

KPR Staff Thu, 11/14/2019 - 00:00

If you're a KPR member and are giving $120 or more per year, you qualify for the KPR MemberCard. You're already getting more than 250 great Dining, Arts & Attractions, Health & Wellness, as well as Lodging benefits. We are now pleased to announce the latest addition to the benefits program: PETS!

This welcome sign along the border greets motorists from southwest Missouri as they enter Crawford County, in southeast Kansas. (Photo by J. Schafer)
KPR Staff Fri, 11/01/2019 - 09:05

Q: Today's question involves a simple matter of math and geography. If you know your Kansas counties and you can add... you can win! (Though, having a map will be helpful.) Here we go. Kansas has 105 counties. How many of them share a border with another state or river?

Bobbi Washechek Thu, 10/31/2019 - 00:00

***Big Band Christmas is officially SOLD OUT*** 

Southeast Kansas sky on a winter's day, taken near Hamilton, Kansas.  (Photo by J. Schafer)
KPR Staff Fri, 10/25/2019 - 09:06

Q:  We're looking for the name of a small southeast Kansas town. Here are your clues:

  • It's located inside the Kansas county with the shortest name.
  • The name of the town is a portmanteau (port-MAN-too) of the names of two former rival towns.
  • The town's name sounds so cute, crunchy and wholesome, you can almost eat it!

Name this town!

Bobbi Washechek Wed, 10/16/2019 - 00:00

On October 18, Kansas Public Radio will broadcast its 2nd Annual KPR Live Day, which is made possible by Kring’s Interiors, a partnership with the Lawrence Public Library, and support from listener members like you.

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