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The hallmarks of center pivot irrigation above the High Plains Aquifer. (Photo by Tom Schmiedeler, professor emeritus of geography, Washburn University.)
Rex Buchanan Wednesday, November 3rd, 2021

The state water plan has been woefully underfunded, year after year. Will Kansas get serious about its water problem before it's too late?

An old fashioned windmill, near Claflin, Kansas. (Photo by J. Schafer)
Rex Buchanan Friday, September 24th, 2021

Kansas has 105 counties. Over the past decade, 80 of them have lost population. Some of the state's largest counties, like Johnson and Sedgwick, have grown larger. Commentator Rex Buchanan has more on the latest census numbers and what the trends mean for Kansas.

(Photos from BBQ Explorer: https://www.pinterest.com/bbqexplorer/ / Charles Thompson/freeimages.com)
Rex Buchanan Wednesday, July 28th, 2021

As dozens of Kansas City area restaurants take part in Black Restaurant Week, Commentator Rex Buchanan puts down his fork just long enough to talk about Black-owned barbeque joints and a new book that tells their story.

Rex Buchanan Wednesday, June 23rd, 2021

Kansas environmentalist Wes Jackson, who ran The Land Institute, is out with a new book titled, Hogs Are Up. Commentator Rex Buchanan, one of Jackson's former students and a longtime friend, offers this review.

Rex Buchanan Tuesday, May 18th, 2021

Efforts are underway in Kansas City to restore the house of legendary Negro League and Major League Baseball pitcher Satchel Paige. City officials hope to find a contractor to redevelop the home and have issued a request for proposals. Commentator Rex Buchanan recently paid a visit to final resting place of Satchel Paige and, to the resting place of another Kansas City icon, Charlie "Bird" Parker.

Rex Buchanan Friday, April 30th, 2021

Early on during the pandemic, people were told to hunker down indoors and limit any unnecessary travel. But, as restrictions eased, people sought more opportunities to get outside, including Commentator Rex Buchanan. His way of curing "cabin fever" was taking a solo bike ride down a remote and beautiful trail in eastern Kansas. Travel along as we head down the Flint Hills Nature Trail.

Section of the Flint Hills in Chase County, Kansas (Photo by J. Schafer)
Rex Buchanan Thursday, March 4th, 2021

On average, more than 2 million acres of rangeland are burned each year in the Flint Hills of Kansas and Oklahoma. But there's a lot more to the Flint Hills than just torching and scorching the earth. Commentator Rex Buchanan has this review of Jim Hoy's new book, My Flint Hills, published by University Press of Kansas.

Wintertime at the Max Kade Center, adjacent to Kansas Public Radio, at the University of Kansas. (Photo by J. Schafer)
J. Schafer Friday, February 26th, 2021

By late February, many Kansans have grown tired of winter, the bitter cold and all that comes with it. Of course, not everyone agrees with that sentiment. KPR News Director J. Schafer is one of them.

Tai Edwards Friday, February 26th, 2021

Higher education officials will soon decide the fate of University Press of Kansas. Public universities in the state have been hit hard by the pandemic, forcing them to make numerous budget cuts, which could include the academic publisher. Others are hoping to save University Press of Kansas, including Guest Commentator Tai Edwards.

Shannon Fletcher Wednesday, November 25th, 2020

The pandemic is taking a heavy toll on healthcare workers, especially those who work long hours caring for COVID-19 patients. As Kansas hospitals become overwhelmed with an influx of coronavirus patients, one respiratory therapist in Lawrence pleads for the public's help.

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