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Louise Brooks was born in Cherryvale, Kansas, in 1906. She became a celebrated actress and dancer, lighting up the silver screen in the early days of Hollywood.
Bobbie Athon Thursday, May 9th, 2019

Among other things, the "Roaring Twenties" gave us speakeasies and flappers. And one of the most famous flappers from the 1920s grew up in a small southeast Kansas town. Guest Commentator Bobbie Athon tells us more about the rise and fall of Louise Brooks, who left Montgomery County, Kansas, and headed off for the bright lights of Hollywood, where she became an early star of the silver screen.

While this photo depicts a small sampling of Little Blue Books, Pittsburg State University owns a nearly complete set of the series, which includes more than 2000 titles.  (Photo courtesy of Janette Mauk, Special Collections, Pittsburg State University.)
Tom Averill Friday, April 26th, 2019

Little Blue Books at 100. Commentator William Jennings Bryan Oleander tells us about the Little Blue Books, printed (by the hundreds of millions) in the small southeast Kansas town of Girard.

Rex Buchanan Wednesday, April 24th, 2019

There was a time when Republicans were considered environmentalists. But then things changed. A new book examines what happened... and why. Commentator Rex Buchanan offers this review of the book The Republican Reversal: Conservatives and the Environment from Nixon to Trump.

Some Democratic candidates for president have been talking about free college for everyone. Before we consider the cost, Commentator John Richard Schrock says we should consider whether it's even a good idea. (Photo by J. Schafer)
John Richard Schrock Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

Free college might sound like a good idea. But is it? Universities in Asia and Europe have been down this road before and may provide a lessen for America. Commentator John Richard Schrock says America may have reached -- or even surpassed -- its college-able capacity.

Photograph of the airplane crash that killed Knute Rockne, famous Notre Dame football coach. The crash happened southeast of Bazaar, Chase County, Kansas, on March 31, 1931.  (Photo from the Kansas Historical Society)
Bobbie Athon Friday, March 22nd, 2019

Eighty-eight years ago this month, legendary Notre Dame football coach Knute Rockne and seven other men lost their lives in a fatal plane crash in the Flint Hills. Guest Commentator Bobbie Athon explains what happened near Bazaar, Kansas, on March 31, 1931.

Purgatoire River in Picket Wire Canyon in Comanche National Grassland, SE Colorado. (Flickr/Chris M Morris)
Rex Buchanan Tuesday, March 12th, 2019

There are few undiscovered places left on planet Earth. And yet, there are still some places that remain remote, isolated and relatively undisturbed by modern man. Commentator Rex Buchanan visits a place where you can enjoy the quiet solitude of nature as it might have been hundreds or even thousands of years ago:...

Vegetable variety on display at a market
Tom Averill Thursday, March 7th, 2019

The men of Here, Kansas, are pretty set in their ways, especially when it comes to food. They like simple meals of meat and potatoes... and couldn't care less about newfangled foods full of color and fancy names. But the times, they are a changin'... at least they are for Commentator William Jennings Bryan Oleander.

Temperance advocate and Medicine Lodge resident Carrie A. Nation changed the spelling of her name to "Carry" A. Nation and used her name to "carry" the nation to enact prohibition.
Bobbie Athon Friday, March 1st, 2019

A new exhibit at the Kansas Museum of History, called "105 Counties, 105 Stories," tells stories from every corner of the state. One of those stories involves a woman from Barber County named Carry Nation. Guest commentator Bobbie Athon tells us more about this feisty and fearless temperance advocate from Medicine Lodge.

Strangers in Town is a new documentary about Garden City by Lawrence filmmaker Steve Lerner.
Rex Buchanan Tuesday, February 26th, 2019

The new documentary, Strangers in Town, tells how one western Kansas town successfully dealt with an influx of immigrants and became the most diverse community in Kansas.

Flint Hills Trail State Park (Photo by Rex Buchanan)
Rex Buchanan Thursday, January 31st, 2019

It may be cold now, but winter won't weigh us down forever. Soon, spring will be back in action. And if you are eager to get back on your bike, Commentator Rex Buchanan has a new recommendation for you: the Flint Hills Trail State Park.

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