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Waterfall at Cross Timbers State Park
Rex Buchanan Friday, January 13th, 2017

Have you ever hiked through Kansas... in the wintertime? Commentator Rex Buchanan takes us to a place in southeast Kansas where you can rent a cabin, walk the trails and enjoy a special kind of peace and quiet that can only be found in wintertime.

Grain elevator near Here, Kansas. (Photo by Barney Barnhill)
Tom Averill Thursday, January 5th, 2017

The residents of Here, Kansas recently, held a potluck dinner to ring in the New Year and say goodbye to 2016. The social gathering quickly turned political, with neighbors weighing in on the prospects of the incoming president, Donald J. Trump.

Two American coyotes (Photo by Sean Crane, Minden Pictures, from National Geographic)
Rex Buchanan Monday, December 12th, 2016

Beep-beep! Remember the Road Runner cartoon, where the bird always got the best of Wile E. Coyote? In the real world, it's the coyote who constantly finds ways to stay alive. As Commentator Rex Buchanan tells us, love them or hate them, coyotes are among the most resilient animals anywhere. 

As the Supreme Court considers whether Kansas spends enough on public schools, state lawmakers prepare to craft a new school funding formula.
Devin Wilson Thursday, December 8th, 2016

In October, KPR aired a guest commentary from a former member of the Kansas Board of Education who argued that raising taxes and spending more money on education was not the answer for what's ailing public schools. Today, we hear a different take on school finance. Guest Commentator Devin Wilson is an education advocate for Game on for Kansas Schools.

Emporia State University Professor John Richard Schrock, who lectures on biology in China, stands outside the "Unit 731 Museum" in Harbin, China.
John Richard Schrock Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

This month marks the 75th anniversary of Japan's surprise attack on the U.S. naval fleet at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The attack took place on December 7, 1941, and brought the Americans into World War II. By that point, China had already been battling the Japanese for years. Japanese Imperial forces invaded China in 1937. And, as Commentator John Richard Schrock tells us, the Japanese left behind a dark and disturbing legacy that remains largely overlooked today.

"Little Jerusalem" (Photo Courtesy of Bruce Hogle)
Rex Buchanan Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

The Smoky Valley Ranch in western Kansas contains some of the state's most important natural and human history. Commentator Rex Buchanan explains why such hidden parts of the state are worth exploring.

Webworms cling to a tree. (Photo by Seabamirum on Flickr:
John Richard Schrock Friday, October 28th, 2016

What's the deal with all those spooky-looking cobwebs up in the trees? With Halloween right around the corner, we asked bug expert John Richard Schrock to give us the low-down on the strange and sticky sights typically seen on trees this time of year.

Walt Chappell Friday, October 21st, 2016

The Kansas Supreme Court is expected to rule on a school finance lawsuit in the next several months. Some experts think the court could order the state to spend as much as $800 million more on public schools. Guest Commentator Walt Chappell tells us why he thinks spending more money is not the answer.

Kansas Supreme Court Justices: Seated left to right are the Honorable Marla J. Luckert, Lawton R. Nuss, Chief Justice and Carol A. Beier. Standing left to right are the Honorable Dan Biles, Eric S. Rosen, Lee A. Johnson and Caleb Stegall.
Tom Averill Friday, October 14th, 2016

Five Kansas Supreme Court Justices are up for a retention vote in November.  Commentator William Jennings Bryan Oleander tells us why he's voting to keep them on the bench.

Entrance sign to the Kansas Geological Survey at the University of Kansas (Photo by J. Schafer)
Rex Buchanan Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

About a month ago, a massive earthquake shook people out of bed in at least six states, including Kansas. Commentator Rex Buchanan tells us why these quakes could become even more common in the Midwest. Listen for more details on the shake, rattle and roll of seismic activity in Great Plains.


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