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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.

Map of the Santa Fe Trail, courtesy of the National Park Service
Rex Buchanan Friday, September 7th, 2018

Residents of Morris County are working to identify and preserve the spot where the Santa Fe Trail crossed Rock Creek, about five miles east of Council Grove. Preservation efforts are being helped by a grant from the National Park Foundation. Commentator Rex Buchanan recently explored the area, which has changed considerably since the time when thousands of wagons traveled through the Flint Hills.

Bobbie Athon Friday, August 31st, 2018

Few Kansans in the 19th Century worked as hard to advance the cause of women as Clarina Nichols. She was also active in the abolition and temperance movements. But this important suffragette has largely been forgotten. Coming up on KPR, Guest Commentator Bobbie Athon helps us remember Clarina Nichols, a passionate advocate for woman's rights in the earliest days of Kansas.

Underwater cave divers (file photo)
John Richard Schrock Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

The rescue of young soccer players and their coach from a flooded cave in Thailand provides lessons for school children everywhere, even in Kansas.

 Image Courtesy Daniel Field
Rex Buchanan Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

Kansas is famous for its fossils. One of the best known is the "fish inside a fish" fossil. Commentator Rex Buchanan tells us about another Kansas fossil, a recent discovery that has changed the way scientists look at birds and even evolution.

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