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Dave Heinemann (left), President of the Shawnee County Historical Society, presenting an award to KPR Commentator William Jennings Bryan Oleander, designating him "Speaker Emeritus of Kansas History." (Photo by Flint Hills Gal)
Tom Averill Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

KPR Commentator William Jennings Bryan Oleander has been designated "Speaker Emeritus of Kansas History" by the Shawnee County Historical Society. And, he has something to say about the wisdom of preservation.

Shrinking the Earth is the title of a new book by Kansas historian Don Worster.  In it, he writes that when Europeans discovered the New World for themselves, it was like discovering a new planet.  But a lot has changed in the past 600 years.
Rex Buchanan Friday, May 13th, 2016

Baby, baby... it's a wide world. But the planet is still getting smaller. Sort of. Commentator Rex Buchanan reviews the new book from Kansas historian Don Worster titled: Shrinking the Earth.

Highway to Here, Kansas - hometown of Commentator William Jennings Bryan Oleander. (Photo by Claude Anderson)
Tom Averill Thursday, May 5th, 2016

What's the matter with Kansas? She's in trouble. Commentator William Jennings Bryan Oleander tells us why.

The Pawnee Indian Museum's interior in Republic, Kan. (Flickr Photo by Kansas Tourism)
Rex Buchanan Friday, April 29th, 2016

What was it like to live on the plains 300 years ago? A museum in north-central Kansas has the answer. If you'd really like to "get away" on your next road trip, this is just the place. It's remote, unusual and interesting -- and chances are, you've never been there. Commentator Rex Buchanan has the low-down on this unique Kansas attraction.

Knute Rockne, Notre Dame's legendary football coach, died in a plane crash in the Kansas Flint Hills on March 31, 1931.
Bernie Kish Thursday, March 31st, 2016

This year marks the 85th anniversary of a plane crash in the Kansas Flint Hills that claimed the lives of eight men, including Knute Rockne, Notre Dame's legendary football coach. Guest Commentator Bernie Kish, a longtime fan of the Fighting Irish, reminds us of that tragic day in 1931 when the world mourned the loss of Knute Rockne.

When converted into $100 bills, here's what one billion dollars looks like on wooden pallets. (Photo from Wikipedia)
Duane Goossen Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

Kansas lawmakers have already forfeited a billion dollars in federal healthcare funding by not expanding Medicaid coverage. Guest Commentator Duane Goossen tells us that refusing to expand the program will continue to cost the state money and leave more than 100,000 Kansans without health insurance.

Bronze statue of human rights author Iris Chang at the Nanjing Massacre Memorial in China (Photo from Wikimedia Commons)
John Richard Schrock Monday, March 28th, 2016

Today, we remember the American-born Chinese journalist Iris Chang. Born on this date (March 28) in 1968, this human rights advocate wrote "The Rape of Nanking," about the Japanese invasion of China during World War II.

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John Richard Schrock Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

Earlier this legislative session, a Kansas House committee passed a bill that requires parents to actively "opt in" their children for sex education classes in public schools. Commentator John Richard Schrock thinks the bill is bad and unnecessary.

Striped Ground Cricket (Photo by
John Richard Schrock Thursday, March 10th, 2016

Just like us, many insects have been enjoying this warm winter weather. Commentator John Richard Schrock tells us that, if you listen very closely, crickets will actually "report" the weather to you. Until they can't.

Kansas Statehouse (Photo by J. Schafer)
Duane Goossen Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

Few people in Kansas understand the intricacies of state finances better than Duane Goossen. He served as state budget director for 12 years. As our guest commentator, he talks about the troubling state of the Kansas economy.


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