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I bet my face would look good on the $10,000 bill.
KPR Staff Fri, 02/23/2018 - 09:15

Attention all numismatists! The American depicted on the $10,000 bill has a bank named after him as well as a county in Kansas. What's his name?

Susan Ford (Photo by the Topeka Capital-Journal, used with permission)
KPR Staff Fri, 02/16/2018 - 09:15

In the summer of 1975, President Gerald Ford's daughter worked as a summer intern in Kansas. Where did Susan Ford work... and what did she do?

The 1899 University of Kansas basketball team, with coach (and inventor of the game) James A. Naismith standing at right on back row.
KPR Staff Fri, 02/09/2018 - 09:09

Q: Last Saturday, the University of Kansas celebrated its 120th year of KU basketball and played a game at Allen Fieldhouse. Unfortunately, the Jayhawks lost to Oklahoma State. When the Jayhawks played their very first basketball game 120 years ago, they also lost. Who did KU lose to on February 3, 1899?  

Statue of Confederate General John C. Breckinridge ouside the old courthouse in Lexington, Kentucky. Breckinridge served as U.S. vice president before the Civil War and, at one time, had a county in Kansas named after him. (Photo by Reuters)
KPR Staff Fri, 02/02/2018 - 09:19

Q: For seven years, this Kansas county was named after a Kentucky congressman who also served as vice president of the United States. But when he came out in favor of the southern rebellion and the Confederacy, the freedom-loving people of Kansas changed the county's name. What's the current name of what used to be called Breckinridge County, Kansas? 

Welcome to Kansas, land of endless potential, benefiting the world since 1861 (and before!).
KPR Staff Fri, 01/26/2018 - 09:13

Q: Kansas, the 34th star on the American flag, has produced one president, one vice-president, several astronauts and numerous aviators, artists, educators, inventors and journalists - not to mention a good share of the farmers who help feed the world. January 29, also known as Kansas Day, is the state's birthday -- the date we became a state. How old will Kansas be on Monday (January 29)?

KPR Staff Thu, 01/25/2018 - 10:00

Cinema a Go-Go goes dark in January with a dangerous double bill of film noir classics.

Irena Jasperson Mon, 01/22/2018 - 11:23

This month, the KPR conference room is featuring “Gumbo Girl,” a collection of collages by artist and University of Kansas alumna Joelle Ford. The art centers around the nostalgia of growing up in the 1950s with visuals taken from magazines and family photographs. “Gumbo Girl” explores this time period through the perspective of a young girl in the South.

Mrs. Anson Horning, seen holding a croquet mallet, helped subdue a member of Bonnie and Clyde's gang in southwest Kansas in 1933.
KPR Staff Fri, 01/19/2018 - 09:33

Q: On September 4, 1933, at a small town city park, a desperate man tried to steal a Kansas woman's car. Another woman intervened and clubbed the bandit on the head with a croquet mallet, subduing him. The incident made national headlines when it was discovered that the outlaw was a member of Bonnie and Clyde's gang. In which southwest Kansas community did all this take place?    

Stephen E. Ambrose, historian and best-selling author
KPR Staff Fri, 01/12/2018 - 09:08

The late author, Stephen E. Ambrose, is one of the best-selling historians of all time, with dozens of notable books to his name. Before he became a famous author, he was a Kansas college professor. At which Kansas school did Ambrose teach history?

Senator John F. Kennedy (L) and Vice President Richard M. Nixon (R)
KPR Staff Fri, 01/05/2018 - 08:15

Q: One day after John F. Kennedy’s final televised presidential debate with Richard M. Nixon, JFK made a campaign appearance inside a Kansas high school cafeteria.  What's the name of the school where JFK made a brief stop on October 22, 1960?

The Carey Hotel Bar in Wichita, Kansas, after Carry Nation threw rocks to break the mirror during a temperance protest on December 27, 1900. (Photo Courtesy of Kansas Historical Society/kansasmemory.org)
KPR Staff Fri, 12/29/2017 - 09:13

Q: On December 27, 1900, the hatchet-wielding prohibitionist, Carry Nation, was arrested and put in jail for smashing up a hotel bar and causing thousands of dollars in damage. What was the name of the hotel she vandalized 117 years ago this week - and where was it located?

Photo by Richard Gwin featuring Vietnam veteran John Musgrave, used with permission from the Lawrence Journal-World
Irena Jasperson Fri, 12/29/2017 - 08:57

Kansas Public Radio will be partnering with the Kansas Humanities Council (KHC) and 11 other Kansas organizations on a statewide oral history project that will collect the personal stories of Vietnam veterans. Collected oral histories and memoirs will be submitted to the Veterans History Project of the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

KPR Staff Fri, 12/15/2017 - 09:14

Q: In 1958, President Dwight Eisenhower and his wife Mamie sent informal novelty Christmas cards to their closest friends. These cards, made by Hallmark, were inscribed with this message: "We wanted to put something of ourselves in our Christmas card to you." What was inside the card?

(About Pageantry & Poetry, new Frederick Hohman organ CD)
KPR Staff Fri, 12/08/2017 - 00:00

Q: Using wood, metal and leather, this Kansas company has been making musical instruments for a century. What's the name of this company -- celebrating its 100th anniversary this year -- and where is it located?

KPR Staff Thu, 12/07/2017 - 00:00

Get ready for a cool Yule when KPR presents a Big Band Christmas, our holiday concert served up by the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra and special guest vocalists Kathleen Holeman and Ron Gutierrez.

Feloniz Lovato-... Sun, 12/03/2017 - 16:26

​If you have volunteered for one of our pledge drives, attended a KPR event, chances are you know Sheri Hamilton, who worked at KPR for eighteen years.

Sheri Hamilton, center, shown here with Kaye McIntyre and J. Schafer, worked at KPR for 18 years before accepting a position at KU Endowment in 2015.
Feloniz Lovato-... Sun, 12/03/2017 - 16:26

​If you have volunteered for one of our pledge drives or attended a KPR event, chances are you know Sheri Hamilton, who worked at KPR for 18 years. Sheri is now at the University of Kansas Endowment Association, doing development work for the Dole Institute of Politics, but she is still a big part of the Kansas Public Radio family. We asked her to put together a brief history of her time at the station, as well as an update on her current position.

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