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Kansas Statehouse mural of abolitionist John Brown, foreshadowing the American Civil War.  Painted by native Kansan John Steuart Curry, this work is titled, "Tragic Prelude."
Bobbie Athon Monday, January 29th, 2018

Few characters associated with Kansas are as controversial, complicated and perplexing as abolitionist John Brown.  His fervent desire to end slavery in America carved a path of violence and death in the years just before the Civil War.

Above the desk in Rex Buchanan's home office, hangs a framed Saxman, Kansas, baseball uniform worn by his grandfather.  (Photo by Mindy James)
Rex Buchanan Thursday, January 25th, 2018

Baseball season is still months away. But two recent books and a local documentary about hometown baseball teams in Kansas have Commentator Rex Buchanan dreaming of spring training and the summer sport known as America's pastime. 

John Richard Schrock Friday, January 19th, 2018

The governor says the state needs to increase public school funding by $600 million in order to satisfy an order from the Kansas Supreme Court. But he's not proposing a tax increase. Neither is the Kansas Legislature, at least not yet. Is there another way? Commentator John Richard Schrock says yes. It's called school consolidation.

Michael J. Everhart, author of Oceans of Kansas, at a book signing event.
Rex Buchanan Friday, December 29th, 2017

Commentator Rex Buchanan reviews a new edition of the book, Oceans of Kansas: A Natural History of the Western Interior Sea.  Buchanan says this book, by Michael J. Everhart, is the most comprehensive and authoritative book on animals from the ancient sea that, millions of years ago, covered what is now the state of Kansas.

Lake Scott State Park, near Scott City, Kansas (Photo by Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism)
Rex Buchanan Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

Ever spend a cold and windy night in a cabin at Lake Scott State Park?  Commentator Rex Buchanan did.  And then, he wrote about it.   

Kansas City author Pete Dulin's book covers more than 150 breweries, wineries and distilleries in Kansas and western Missouri. (University Press of Kansas)
Rex Buchanan Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

Where's a good place to get a drink? A new book, titled Expedition of Thirst, reveals more than 150 breweries, wineries and distilleries in Kansas and western Missouri.

"Peace Sign," as seen at an art fair (Photo by J. Schafer)
David J. Brown Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

On Veterans Day, Americans will honor military veterans for their service to this country.  Guest Commentator David J. Brown hopes Americans will remember another group of people who are often overlooked for their own service to this country: conscientious objectors. 

Snow Hall, on Jayhawk Blvd. (Photo by J. Schafer)
John Richard Schrock Friday, October 20th, 2017

Students at the University of Kansas pass by Snow Hall all the time, but few have any idea about the man for whom the building is named. 

National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. (Photo from www.architecturalrecord.com)
Rex Buchanan Friday, October 13th, 2017

Even before it became a state, Kansas has been a battleground over civil rights. Some of the state's civil rights history is on display at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.

ICEE drinks, also known as Slurpee drinks, are semi-frozen and sometimes carbonated drinks, invented by Omar Knedlik, in Coffeyville, Kansas. (Photo by J. Schafer)
Ron Wilson Monday, September 25th, 2017

A lot of cool inventions have come out of Kansas. But one of the "coolest" is the ICEE. Also known as the Slurpee, this ice-cold concoction was created by a man in Coffeyville, Kansas. Commentator Ron Wilson shares his story.

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