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KPR Staff Fri, 03/22/2019 - 00:00

Kansas Public Radio is looking for your unique design to place on the 2019 KPR Membership Coffee Mug that we will give out to members of KPR at our Ice Cream Social at the Lawrence Union Pacific Depot, 402 N. 2nd St., on June 20, 2019.*

KPR Staff Fri, 03/15/2019 - 10:30

Kansas Public Radio invites you to a celebration of Trail Mix for the 25th Anniversary Concert featuring Ellis Paul and Sky Smeed on Saturday, March 16, 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30. Spend the evening listening to tales of love, adventure, laughs, and sorrow with talented singer/songwriters Ellis Paul and Sky Smeed. 

Noah's Ark, just one of many floats seen at Biblesta, billed as the nation's "only Biblical parade."
KPR Staff Fri, 03/15/2019 - 10:09

Q: Billed as the "only Biblical parade in America," Biblesta has been going strong since the late 1950s. The next Biblesta will be held on October 5, 2019. Can you tell us where? What's the name of the Kansas town that holds this annual event?

Members of the 6888th, or "Six-Triple-Eight," as it was called. (Photo from U.S. Army)
KPR Staff Fri, 03/08/2019 - 09:09

Q: A monument at Fort Leavenworth honors a unique U.S. Army unit that has the distinction of being the only all-African American, all-female unit sent overseas during World War II. The women of the Central Postal Directory Battalion kept mail flowing to nearly seven million soldiers in the European Theater. What's the numeric designation of this army battalion?

Brogdon introduces the sold out crowd of onlookers to The Tiki Torches during a recent concert at Maceli's in downtown Lawrence. (Photo by Katie Counts/KPR Intern)
KPR Staff Tue, 03/05/2019 - 00:00

For KPR's first-ever Sustainer Spotlight - a deep-dive into some of your favorite radio personalities - we're featuring our very own host of the Retro Cocktail Hour and KPR Program Director, Darrell Brogdon.

The John Brown mural, known as "Tragic Prelude," at the Kansas Statehouse. (Photo by J. Schafer)
KPR Staff Fri, 03/01/2019 - 05:00

Q: After more than three decades of effort, a former Civil War-era port and stop on the Underground Railroad is getting national recognition. This week, the U.S. Congress voted to make this place in Kansas City, Kansas, a national commemorative site. What's the name of this place?

The 23rd Annual Kansas Silent Film Festival runs Friday and Saturday (Feb 22 & 23) at Washburn University's White Concert Hall. Admission is free!
KPR Staff Fri, 02/22/2019 - 00:00

Q: The Kansas Silent Film Festival runs today (FRI) and tomorrow (SAT) at Washburn University's White Concert Hall in Topeka. (Admission is FREE!) One of the biggest stars of the silent film era was Buster Keaton, who was born right here in Kansas. Do you know where? Give us the name of Buster Keaton's birthplace.

KPR Staff Wed, 02/20/2019 - 08:51

At Kansas Public Radio, we are always working to improve and expand the news programming we provide for our listeners, and we need YOUR help.

KPR Staff Wed, 02/20/2019 - 08:50
At Kansas Public Radio, we are always working to improve and expand the news programming we provide for our listeners, and we
KPR Staff Mon, 02/18/2019 - 10:00

Retro Cocktail Hour knows that this winter has been a long one, so shake away those winter blues with The Tiki Torches on February 23 at Maceli's. During Kansas Tiki Week, Retro Cocktail Hour wants to immerse you in the tiki culture that began back in 1933 with Donn the Beachcomber's first tiki joint. Enjoy tiki-inspired cocktails and appetizers from Maceli’s while you sway to the Tiki Torches’ tunes.

This lonesome tree is located in the Flint Hills, west of Alma, Kansas. (Photo by J. Schafer)
KPR Staff Fri, 02/15/2019 - 09:08

Q: A number of Kansas counties are named after Native American tribes, including Cherokee, Cheyenne, Comanche and Shawnee. But only one Kansas county is named after an American Indian tribal leader. What's the name of the only Kansas county named after an American Indian leader?

Famed aviator Charles Lindbergh and the Spirit of St. Louis, the plane in which he flew solo across the Atlantic Ocean in 1927.
KPR Staff Fri, 02/08/2019 - 09:26

Q: In 1927, Charles Lindbergh became the first person to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean and became a worldwide celebrity. "Lucky Lindy," as he was called, was also named Time magazine's Man of the Year in 1927. About five years earlier, Lindbergh lived in Kansas, where he worked as a barnstorming pilot and acrobat. Where, in Kansas, did Charles Lindbergh live?

KPR Staff Tue, 02/05/2019 - 08:31

Now's the time to support KPR's news department on One Day. One KU. By donating to the campaign, you would be providing funding for statewide, statehouse and local news, community discussion, national news programming from a variety of sources, including National Public Radio, and for programs such as KPR Presents.

KPR Staff Fri, 02/01/2019 - 09:10

Q: The fastest private jet in the world is made by Textron Aviation in Wichita. What's the name of this business jet that cruises at speeds of 600 miles per hour and can hit a top speed of 717 mph?

KPR Staff Fri, 01/25/2019 - 10:40

As KPR's new Media, Sponsorship and Events Coordinator, Bobbi will be our point person for events and communications, and will be working with several of our corporate sponsorship clients. She has experience in radio, events planning and higher education, making her a very good fit for a station licensed by a university.

(Photo by Beccy Tanner / The Wichita Eagle / cropped)
KPR Staff Fri, 01/25/2019 - 09:07

Q: Located in Lane County, this 1-A high school has the smallest enrollment in the state. What's the name of the western Kansas high school with just 14 students enrolled this year (2018-2019)?

KPR Staff Fri, 01/18/2019 - 13:00

We take the saying "two heads are better than one" literally at the next Cinema a Go-Go at Liberty Hall on Friday, January 18. We've got TWO movies...TWO monsters... each sporting TWO heads. 

Keeper of the Plains in Wichita (Photo by J. Schafer)
KPR Staff Fri, 01/18/2019 - 07:05

Q: The Keeper of the Plains is a 44-foot tall sculpture that stands at the confluence of the Arkansas (ar-KAN-zes) and Little Arkansas (ar-KAN-zes) Rivers in Wichita. What's the name of the Native American artist who created it?

The famous Hollywood sign in Los Angeles originally spelled Hollywoodland.
KPR Staff Fri, 01/11/2019 - 09:34

Q: On January 25, 2006, the U.S. Postal Service issued a 39-cent commemorative stamp in Beverly Hills, California. The stamp honored a famous Kansan -- a character actress, singer and performer on radio, TV and on the Silver Screen. What's the name of this Academy-Award-winning Kansas actress?

Amtrak's Southwest Chief arriving at the depot in Lawrence, Kansas, right around midnight. (Photo by J. Schafer)
KPR Staff Fri, 01/04/2019 - 17:00

Q: For those getting on board in Lawrence, Kansas, the "Midnight Train" doesn't go to Georgia.  In fact, it goes in the opposite direction.  Just before midnight every day, the Southwest Chief arrives at the Lawrence depot and then heads west, southwest.  This Amtrak train runs daily between Chicago and Los Angeles, passing through eight states along the way.  How many stops does it make in Kansas?  (We want the total NUMBER of stops the Southwest Chief makes in Kansas.)

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