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Mark Hamill, known for playing Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars movies recently said on Twitter that he wants to visit Kansas.  Was he serious?  So far, no one seems to know.  (Image by Lucasfilm)
KPR Staff Fri, 05/04/2018 - 09:14

Q: Actor Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker in Star Wars, was recently asked on Twitter where he has never been but wants to go. His one word answer was "Kansas." Hamill didn't elaborate. Another Star Wars actor already makes routine business trips to Kansas. Name the Star Wars actor who gets his aircraft (and maybe his spacecraft) regularly serviced in Wichita.

Irena Jasperson Mon, 04/30/2018 - 11:56

Kansas Public Radio ended its spring membership drive with $376,000 in listener pledges, surpassing the typical spring goal of $280,000.

Typical oil rig (Photo from U.S. Energy Department)
KPR Staff Fri, 04/27/2018 - 09:00

Q: For the past two years - and for most of the past 50 years - which Kansas county led the state in oil production?

KPR Staff Fri, 04/20/2018 - 14:00

Space is the place at our next Cinema a Go-Go! Hop a satellite and join us on Friday, April 20, when we unleash a pair of adorably cheesy sci-fi epics from the 1950s and '60s, both in glorious black-and-white. 

The Designated Survivor is typically kept in a secure and undisclosed location. We know where it. In fact, we're there right now.  But we are not allowed to tell you where we are.
KPR Staff Fri, 04/20/2018 - 09:00

Q: When all the nation's leaders are gathered in one place at the same time (such as during the State of the Union Address or a presidential inauguration), one American citizen is designated to keep the federal government functioning in the event of a catastrophic event. This person is known as the "Designated Survivor." Two people born in Wichita have served in this capacity. Name either of them.

KPR Web Operations Wed, 04/18/2018 - 11:28

The Prime Minister is meeting with the President and playing golf at Mar-a-Lago in Florida. Among the points of discussion will be negotiations between the United States and North Korea and the recent visit to North Korea by CIA Director Mike Pompeo. 

KPR Staff Wed, 04/11/2018 - 09:48

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Mark Zuckerberg testified in front of the Senate on Tuesday, April 11th. He answers questions again on Wednesday.
KPR Web Operations Wed, 04/11/2018 - 09:45
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is appearing on Capitol Hill for a second day of hearings about protecting its users' data. Facebook is under scrutiny after revelations that the data-mining and political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica obtained the data of tens of millions of Facebook users. The company is accused of using that data to target American voters in the 2016 election.
Photo Credit: Liam James Doyle/NPR
KPR Web Operations Tue, 04/10/2018 - 09:56
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has agreed to answer questions from Congress in two separate Capitol Hill hearings. Zuckerberg will face members of the U.S. Senate on Tuesday and the House of Representatives on Wednesday to answer questions about protecting user data. The hearings follow the news that the data-mining and political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica obtained personal information of up to 87 million Facebook users. The firm is accused of using that information for political advertising in 2016.
Windmills, both new and old (like this one in Stafford County), are a common feature of the Kansas landscape. Can you name another one? (Photo by J. Schafer)
KPR Staff Fri, 03/30/2018 - 09:10

Q: "Torn Ribbon," "Beerbower's Two Point" and "Hyde's Spur Wheel" are all examples of a ubiquitous item that arrived in Kansas in the 1800s. Many versions of this item are still in use today across the state. The answer isn't windmills, so what is it? 

According to Guinness World Records, the Plaza Cinema in Ottawa, Kansas, is the oldest purpose-built movie theater in the world. (Photo by Jean Hutchison is used by permission. Please do not download or duplicate without her permission.  More information available at www.jhutchisonphotography.com)
KPR Staff Fri, 03/23/2018 - 10:10

Q: According to Guinness World Records, the Plaza Cinema in Ottawa, Kansas, is the world's oldest movie theater still in operation. Specifically, Guinness says the Plaza Cinema in Ottawa is the Oldest Purpose-Built Cinema in Operation. When did it open? (We want the month and the year!)

KPR Web Operations Tue, 03/20/2018 - 16:49

Lawmakers are holding a hearing on Capitol Hill, a day after issuing security recommendations for the 2018 midterm elections. Homeland Security and state election officials are testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee about the Russian cyberattacks on the 2016 election and protective measures going forward. Watch the hearing live.

Some of the many buildings at Fort Larned, where a one time Indian agent and sheriff of Arapahoe County, Kansas Territory, was once stationed. (Photo by J. Schafer)
KPR Staff Fri, 03/16/2018 - 10:15

Q: In 1858, he was appointed the first sheriff of Arapahoe County, Kansas Territory. He was also one of the founders of the city of Denver. Today, a street and a brewery in Denver are named in his honor. What's his name?

Illustration by Annette Elizabeth Allen for NPR
KPR Web Operations Wed, 03/14/2018 - 05:00
The Senate Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing on school safety following the mass shooting at Florida's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The committee is hearing from a Stoneman Douglas teacher as well as from the father of one of the shooting victims, Florida lawmakers and Justice Department officials. Watch the hearing live.    
KPR Web Operations Tue, 03/13/2018 - 16:05
On President Trump's first trip to California, he is speaking to military personnel at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, north of San Diego. The visit comes a week after the Justice Department announced it was suing the state over immigration enforcement and on the day that Trump announced he was firing his secretary of state, Rex Tillerson. Watch his remarks live.     
The Amelia Earhart Barbie
KPR Staff Fri, 03/09/2018 - 09:15

Q: This week, Mattel announced the creation of new collectible Barbie dolls based on historical figures. One of them is the famous aviator from Atchison, Amelia Earhart. Mattel also announced new Barbie dolls that celebrate contemporary inspirational women. One of those new Barbies celebrates a woman from Lawrence. What's her name?

Cameron McGough Wed, 03/07/2018 - 20:04

If you're the owner of a smart speaker like the Amazon Alexa, you have yet another way to listen to Kansas Public Radio! 

Irena Jasperson Fri, 03/02/2018 - 10:00

Kansas Public Radio and Maceli’s are hosting their second Songwriters Showcase with local musicians Colin Halliburton, Sky Smeed and Kelly Hunt. The show is on Saturday, March 3, at Maceli’s (1031 New Hampshire St) in Lawrence; doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door or $10.50 in advance at macelis.com.

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