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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.

Sky over Here, Kansas, on New Year's Day (Photo by J. Schafer)
Tom Averill Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

Commentator William Jennings Bryan Oleander ruminates on the New Year, the Wizard of Oz and Kansas politics.

C.J. Janovy's book No Place Like Home, published by University Press of Kansas (Photo by J. Schafer)
Rex Buchanan Friday, December 7th, 2018

In the American imagination, Kansas might seem like a place LGBT people would want to leave. In the book No Place Like Home, the author writes about why they stay. Commentator Rex Buchanan takes a look at this new work by public radio arts reporter C. J. Janovy.

Tom Averill Wednesday, November 28th, 2018

When it comes to that caravan of central and south American migrants seeking asylum at the southern U.S. border, Commentator William Jennings Bryan Oleander says too many politicians are playing word games.

Crater Lake in Oregon (Photo courtesy of www.maxpixel.net)
Rex Buchanan Friday, November 16th, 2018

There are lots of beautiful National Parks to visit in the United States. One of them is Crater Lake, in Oregon. Commentator Rex Buchanan recently visited the place and discovered its surprising connection to Kansas.

An album of music from the musical Oklahoma! (Photo by J. Schafer)
Rex Buchanan Thursday, October 25th, 2018

Agriculture and art don’t often overlap in Kansas.  But Commentator Rex Buchanan says there's a new exhibit of photos on farming at the Spencer Museum of Art that you don't want to miss.  The photographs were taken by Wichita State professor and long-time Kansas photographer Larry Schwarm.

Tangshan Earthquake Memorial in northeast China (Photo by John Richard Schrock)
John Richard Schrock Thursday, October 18th, 2018

Today, near a mining town in northeast China, a series of massive walls stand as a memorial to the deadliest earthquake of the 20th Century. Commentator John Richard Schrock tells us more about this tragedy, which killed more than a quarter million people in 1976.

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