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Meet Dan Skinner, KPR and Audio-Reader’s new Director

Dan Skinner brings a wealth of experience to his new role as Director of Kansas Public Radio.

Dan Skinner joined KPR and Audio-Reader as the new Director in November. Since then, he’s been learning about the organizations and meeting listeners, donors and underwriters. He comes to Kansas Public Radio from WKSU in Kent, Ohio, a network that, like KPR, stretches over a wide geographic area. Skinner grew up in Hutchinson and attended classes at KU in his junior year before graduating from Wichita State. Before his work in Ohio, Skinner served as the president and general manager for Texas Public Radio in San Antonio, which also broadcast a radio-reading service.

NPR's Michel Martin Now hosts Weekend ATC

Veteran journalist Michel Martin is the new host of Weekend All Things Considered. (NPR photo by Stephen Voss)

Michel Martin is curious about many things.

“I wonder what it's like to leave everything and everyone you know for the promise of a better life, to run for president, to be a professional athlete, to parent children of a different race,” she notes. “I am fascinated by people who live lives different from my own. And at the same time, I feel connected to all of these lives being a journalist, a woman of color, a wife and mother.”

Meet Our New Underwriters Dec. 2015

The Center for Practical Bioethics is a nonprofit, free-standing and independent organization nationally recognized for its work in practical bioethics. For more than 30 years, the Center has helped patients and their families, healthcare professionals, policymakers and corporate leaders grapple with difficult issues in healthcare and research involving patients. Learn more at their website.

In Case You Missed It, Dec. 2015


Corn Versus Beef: What's Best for Dinner and the Earth?
Is it better for the Earth if humans are herbivores, carnivores or somewhere on the omnivore spectrum? Some biology books claim the correct answer is "herbivore" because plants can better sustain human life than animal meat. Commentator John Richard Schrock disagrees. And he points to new biology textbooks that he claims are full of faulty science.

Give Your Car to KPR

Terry Imel donated his Buick to KPR. Vehicle donations are an important source of revenue for Kansas Public Radio.

By David Gernon / KPR Intern
Looking for a way to support KPR but can’t do it until you sell the car in your garage? Consider a hassle-free donation to our partner Vehicles for Charity.
Kansas Public Radio has teamed up with Vehicles for Charity since 2003, raising more than $220,000 in donations of cars, trucks, RVs and motorcycles – regardless of age or condition.

Fall 2015 fund drive comments

Bob McWilliams is the host of "Jazz in the Night," 9 p.m.-Midnight, weekdays, and "Trail Mix," 1-7 p.m., Sundays.

When you call in a pledge during the membership drive, our phone volunteers ask “Do you have any comments for the staff?” Do you ever! Here is a selection from the fall drive.
“Thank you! I appreciate the in-depth reporting,” Terry K., Lawrence

“Especially likes Statehouse and Health reports,” Deanne W., Council Grove

“The classical broadcasters are wonderful. They offer relevant, insightful and thoughtful comments about the music,” John L., Lawrence


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