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KPR Web Operations Thursday, April 21st, 2011

The recent cool weather makes it feel more like October than April. And yet, spring has sprung. And here in Kansas, springtime means rain and thunderstorms. Like so many others living in the Midwest, Commentator Cheryl Unruh has seen the good, the bad and the ugly that April can bring. Commentator Cheryl Unruh is a columnist for the Emporia Gazette, a frequent contributor to KPR, and author of the book "Flyover People." Learn more by logging on to her website: flyoverpeople-dot-net. That's Flyover People DOT net.

KPR Web Operations Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Baseball is often called "the American game," serving as a kind of mirror that reflects changes in the American cultural landscape. But these days, it seems that teams are more focused on marketing, social media and earnings than runs, hits and errors. The big business of baseball means that the boys of summer are now taking a back seat to the men in suits. Professor and documentarian Rob Ruck has written a book called "Raceball," and he talked with KPR's Laura Lorson about how the all-American game has turned into an ongoing experiment in globalization and race relations. KPR's Laura Lorson...

KPR Web Operations Thursday, April 21st, 2011

It's spring - gardening season! Typically, gardening is not considered a spectator sport. But with all the talk that there might not be an NFL season this fall, Commentator William Jennings Bryan Oleander (OH-lee-an-der) says maybe it's time to create a competitive garden league. The comments of William Jennings Bryan Oleander, otherwise known as Tom Averill, Writer-in-Residence at Washburn University. In addition to teaching English and writing, Tom Averill is the author of several books. This year, he celebrates his 20th year of producing commentaries for KPR -- and you can find many of...

KPR Web Operations Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Over the past few million years, a lot has happened here... in this area we now call Kansas. As part of our on-going series, "Kansas at 150"... Commentator Cheryl Unruh (UN-rue) picks out of a few of her favorite highlights. Commentator Cheryl Unruh is a writer for the Emporia Gazette and a contributor to KPR's Morning Edition. She's also the author of the book "Flyover People," available at many fine book stores. Learn more by logging on to Cheryl's website: flyoverpeople-dot-net That's Flyover People DOT net

KPR Web Operations Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

Even before our country had a constitution, it had a means of funding schools. The Land Ordinance of 1785 set aside one section of each township to be used for education. As part of a series of commentaries called "Kansas at 150," we asked John Richard Schrock to examine the history of school funding as it applies to Kansas. Commentator John Richard Schrock is a Professor at Emporia State University, where he trains future biology teachers.

KPR Web Operations Monday, February 21st, 2011

February is Black History Month. This year, KPR enlisted the help of Shawn Alexander, the director of the Langston Hughes Center at the University of Kansas, to explain some of the history of the event and some of the most important landmarks in the struggle for equality. While many people know about the importance of the Brown versus Board of Education case, far fewer are aware of a much earlier Kansas-based case that also had a profound legal impact on segregation and the rise of Jim Crow laws. Shawn Alexander is the interim director of the Langston Hughes Center at KU. For more...

KPR Web Operations Friday, February 18th, 2011

The Kansas Arts Commission is slated for elimination on July 1st, unless state lawmakers act to save it. Arts supporters have launched a campaign to save the state agency, but they face an uphill battle. State government is running out of money and lawmakers are looking for ways to cut the budget. Commentator William Jennings Bryan Oleander says they might be able to kill the Arts Commission... but they can't kill art itself. The comments of William Jennings Bryan Oleander, otherwise known as Tom Averill, author and writer-in-residence at Washburn University. His work is a regular feature on...

KPR Web Operations Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

If you've been around Kansas very long -- or ever seen The Wizard of Oz -- you've undoubtedly heard that there's "no place like home." But how do you know where home is? When does "where you live" become a defining part of "who you are?" Commentator Roger Martin, who was born in St. Louis, is still trying to figure that out. Commentator Roger Martin is a freelance writer who lives in Lawrence. Production assistance for this commentary was provided by Justine Greve (GREEVE), a KU graduate student from Topeka.

KPR Web Operations Monday, February 14th, 2011

February may be Black History Month....but throughout the year, there are several events that will be receiving particular attention because of their importance. Shawn Alexander is the interim director of the Langston Hughes Center at the University of Kansas. He explains why 2011 is such a landmark year for remembering some of the people, places and events that had such a profound effect on the African-American struggle for freedom. Shawn Alexander is the interim director of the Langston Hughes Center at KU. For more information on the Center, on African-American history and some of the...

KPR Web Operations Monday, February 14th, 2011

February is Black History Month. While many people are aware of the month's designation and meaning, not so many are aware of just how Black History Month came to be commemorated nationwide. To find out, we asked Shawn Alexander of the Langston Hughes Center at the University of Kansas, to explain how the event got its start. The theme of Black History Month for 2011 is "African-Americans and the Civil War." Shawn Alexander is the interim director of the Langston Hughes Center at KU. For more information on the Center, on African-American history and some of the events planned in connection...

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