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17-year cicada (Photo credit: Tennessee Farm Bureau)
John Richard Schrock Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Today's commentary has been 17 years in the making! Emporia State Biology Professor John "Richard" Schrock tells us about the emergence of the 17-year cicada, coming soon to a backyard near you! Listen up, whippersnappers! If you're 17-years-old or younger, you will soon hear a sound in nature that you've never heard before.

(Background image of Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve Southwind Trail by Miguel Vieira/Flickr)
Rex Buchanan Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

As summer travel season approaches, Commentator Rex Buchanan suggests you take a hike... right here in Kansas. As he tells us, there's a new travel guide about Kansas trails that will tell you everything you need to know for all corners of the state.

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Michael Ralph Thursday, May 14th, 2015

According to recent surveys, fewer students are interested in teaching careers. That wasn't the case for Michael Ralph, who teaches biology at Olathe East High School. In this guest commentary, Ralph credits a program at the University of Kansas for preparing him - and other college students - for a job in the classroom.

Monument Rocks, located in Gove County, not too far from U.S. Highway 83, which cuts north and south through the western third of the state. (Photo by John Charlton, Kansas Geological Survey)
Rex Buchanan Thursday, April 30th, 2015

Has springtime given you a case of wanderlust?  Commentator Rex Buchanan says U.S. Highway 83, which runs north and south through the western third of Kansas, is well worth a weekend trip.  

Fewer students are choosing a career path in teaching, which has many people worried, including those who train teachers, like commentator John "Richard" Schrock. (Photo by J. Schafer)
John Richard Schrock Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Fewer Kansas students are choosing to pursue careers as teachers.  Commentator John "Richard" Schrock thinks new policies at the state and federal level are making the profession far less attractive.  

A Kansas irrigation pump, c. 1915, pumping 1,300 gallons per minute. (Flickr Photo Courtesy of
Rex Buchanan Friday, April 3rd, 2015

Water continues to be a scarce and valuable resource in many parts of Kansas and the American West in general. As this trend continues, we're likely to see more litigation between neighboring states and between neighbors themselves.

(Flicker Photo by hjl)
Ron Keefover Friday, March 20th, 2015

Kansas officials can conduct state business using private email accounts and personal cell phones - neither of which is subject to open records laws. Such secrecy isn't good for democracy. As we hear in this commentary, other aspects of state government could benefit from more transparency.

Attend this big scientific conference in California?  KPR Commentator Rex Buchanan did.  And he's glad he went.
Rex Buchanan Thursday, March 5th, 2015

With all the scientific information available on the Internet these days, why do so many people still attend those big, annual, scientific conferences?  Commentator Rex Buchanan thinks he knows why.

The teaching of sex education in public schools has become a target for some state lawmakers, who are seeking big changes.
John Richard Schrock Friday, February 27th, 2015

Two bills in the Kansas Legislature would change the way sex education is taught in public schools. But Commentator John "Richard" Schrock says both bills are essentially an effort to remove the subject from the classroom altogether.

Dr. Mark Peterson is chair of the political science department at Washburn University, but we may soon get in trouble for telling you this fact.
Mark Peterson Friday, February 20th, 2015

A bill introduced in the Kansas House would prohibit university and community college employees from identifying their respective schools when writing newspaper op/ed pieces or letters to the editor.  Say what? 


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