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Smokey Bear, U.S. Forest Service *
KPR Staff Fri, 08/16/2019 - 09:57

Only YOU can prevent forest fires... and cheesy headlines! But anyone can play today's Kansas Trivia Challenge: Q: Smokey Bear -- sometimes called Smokey the Bear -- is celebrating his 75th birthday! The iconic bear was created by the U.S. Forest Service in 1944 as part of an advertising campaign to prevent wildfires. The version of Smokey Bear we know today was created by an artist from Herndon, Kansas. What's the name of this artist who became Smokey's manager and caretaker for 25 years?

Number 27, Jordy Nelson, was a standout player and YouTube celebrity at Kansas State University. (AP photo / Kelly Glasscock)
KPR Staff Fri, 08/09/2019 - 09:10

Q: Native Kansan and pro football player Jordy Nelson just retired from the NFL. The former K-State football star was born in Manhattan and grew up in the nearby town of Riley. Name both NFL teams Jordy Nelson played for -- AND -- tell us which Super Bowl he helped win! (As in, Super Bowl number... what?)

Donner Memorial State Park, including Donner Lake, near Truckee, California.  (Photo from Wikipedia)
KPR Staff Fri, 08/02/2019 - 09:35

Q: The infamous Donner-Reed Party traveled along the Oregon Trial on its way to California. Long before the pioneers ran into a blizzard near Truckee, California, they lost one of their members in what is now, northeast Kansas. In which Kansas county is this victim, Sarah Keyes, buried?

KPR Web Operations Wed, 07/31/2019 - 13:15
It's the second and final of the July Democratic debates. The second set of 10 candidates is making their case as to why they should be the next president of the United States. Follow NPR's live coverage for real-time fact checks and analysis of their remarks.
KPR Web Operations Tue, 07/30/2019 - 19:27
It's Night 1 of the July Democratic debates. Ten candidates are each making the case that they should be the next president of the United States. Follow NPR's live coverage for real-time fact checks and analysis of their remarks.
Statue of a Union soldier from the 1st Kansas Colored Volunteers, commemorating the Battle of Island Mound, which is believed to be the first time black Union soldiers fought against Confederate soldiers during the American Civil War. (Photo by Peggy Buhr)
KPR Staff Fri, 07/26/2019 - 05:00

Q: In 2008, Missouri residents erected a statue and plaque honoring the 1st Kansas Colored Volunteers who fought in the Civil War. In which western Missouri county will you find this tribute to the 1st Kansas Colored Volunteers who fought at the Battle of Island Mound? (Incidentally, this Union victory is noteworthy in that it is believed to be the first Civil War battle in which an African-American regiment, under the command of black officers, engaged in combat against Confederate forces.)

KPR Web Operations Wed, 07/24/2019 - 00:30

Former special counsel Robert Mueller is appearing in two separate hearings before the House judiciary and intelligence committees. Though Mueller has said his report on Russian interference in the 2016 election is his testimony, lawmakers have insisted that he testify in person.

KPR Staff Mon, 07/22/2019 - 13:25

Christy Imel joined KPR in May as a Corporate Sponsorship Specialist.

Christy comes to us with a wide variety of experience in business development in both the non-profit and for-profit world. She received her MBA from the KU School of Business, and most recently served as Development Director for Douglas County CASA where she worked with donors and corporate sponsors. Over the course of her career, Christy has gained valuable experience in sales, marketing, promotion and event coordination.

KPR Staff Fri, 07/19/2019 - 10:41

Q: This weekend marks the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, when America landed two astronauts on the moon. Before sending men into space, NASA sent animals. The first NASA monkeys to survive the flight into space were named Able and Baker, or... Miss Able and Miss Baker. Where did the rhesus monkey named Able live before blasting off into space?

Grinter Farms near Lawrence (Photo by Micah Naeger, taken in 2018)
KPR Staff Fri, 07/12/2019 - 09:15

Q: The state of Kansas has been known by a number of nicknames, including the Wheat State, the Jayhawker State and the Breadbasket of the World.  Arguably, the most popular nickname for Kansas is the Sunflower State.  Out of all the counties in Kansas (there are 105!), which one produces the most sunflowers?
 

KPR Web Operations Thu, 07/11/2019 - 16:12

After an inspector general report found "dangerous overcrowding" at Border Patrol facilities, the House oversight committee is holding a hearing about conditions for detained migrants. Watch the hearing live.

KPR Staff Fri, 07/05/2019 - 09:05

Q: He went from living at Lone Star Trailer Court in Pittsburg, Kansas, to leading one of the world's largest retail companies. What's the name of the man who was born in Baxter Springs, graduated from Pittsburg State University and later became president and CEO of Wal-Mart?

Big Brutus, the second largest electric coal shovel in the world, on display in West Mineral, Kansas.  While it's not the biggest one ever built, it's the biggest one still in existence. (Photo from Wikipedia)
KPR Staff Fri, 06/28/2019 - 09:08

Q: Many Kansans already know about Big Brutus. That's the enormous, electric, coal-mining shovel on display in southeast Kansas. The big shovel has been back in the news this month because something else has been added to the display at the Big Brutus Visitor's Center in West Mineral, Kansas. What's been added?

Hyer Brothers Shoe and Boot Shop, Olathe, Kansas, circa 1880s (Photo from Johnson County Museum)
KPR Staff Fri, 06/21/2019 - 05:00

Q: According to some western lore and tradition, Charles Hyer, a shoemaker in Olathe, invented the very first one of these in the mid 1870s. But others claim it was invented in Abilene or Coffeyville. What was it?

Bobbi Washechek Thu, 06/20/2019 - 00:00

KPR is giving away free Hy-Vee ice cream and Alchemy iced coffee to show appreciation for our listeners! KPR staff and on-air hosts will be scooping up ice cream at the Union Pacific Depot (202 N. 2nd St.) on June 20, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Dymaxion House at its 1948-1991 site, near Andover, Kansas. (Photo from The Henry Ford Museum, where you can now tour the house.)
KPR Staff Fri, 06/14/2019 - 09:25

Q: Vending machines, pie plates, a corn harvester and the futuristic Dymaxion House, which looks like a flying saucer. All of these things were made by the same Kansas company that also supplied products for NASA's Gemini, Apollo, and space shuttle programs. What's the name of this innovative Kansas company?

Bobbi Washechek Fri, 06/14/2019 - 05:00

Retro Cocktail Hour is celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Cinema a Go-Go with moon-landing mayhem, June 14, 7 p.m., at Liberty Hall.

KPR Web Operations Tue, 06/11/2019 - 11:50

The House of Representatives is debating a civil contempt resolution against Attorney General William Barr and former White House Counsel Don McGahn. House Democrats want access to materials related to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Old tractor parked near a field full of sunflowers, Stafford County, Kansas (Photo by J. Schafer)
KPR Staff Fri, 06/07/2019 - 09:14

Q: There are lots of towns in other states named after Kansas, Kansas City or the Kansas Territory. For instance, there's a place called "Little Kansas" in Pennsylvania and a "Kansas Settlement" in Arizona. There's a "Kansasville, Wisconsin," a "Kansas City, Oregon" and, of course, the city in Missouri named "Kansas City." Beyond these examples, can you name ANY OTHER state that has a city or town specifically named "Kansas?" Do Not count Kansas City, Kansas, in your answer.

An album cover from 1955 with Latin music honoring matadors and bullfighting. (Photo by J. Schafer)
KPR Staff Fri, 05/31/2019 - 09:07

Q: The nation's first bullfight was held in 1884. The two-day event was held on July 4 and 5 in which Kansas town?

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