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KPR Staff Mon, 07/22/2019 - 13:25

Christy Imel joined KPR in May as a Corporate Sponsorship Specialist.

Christy comes to us with a wide variety of experience in business development in both the non-profit and for-profit world. She received her MBA from the KU School of Business, and most recently served as Development Director for Douglas County CASA where she worked with donors and corporate sponsors. Over the course of her career, Christy has gained valuable experience in sales, marketing, promotion and event coordination.

KPR Staff Fri, 07/19/2019 - 10:41

Q: This weekend marks the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, when America landed two astronauts on the moon. Before sending men into space, NASA sent animals. The first NASA monkeys to survive the flight into space were named Able and Baker, or... Miss Able and Miss Baker. Where did the rhesus monkey named Able live before blasting off into space?

Grinter Farms near Lawrence (Photo by Micah Naeger, taken in 2018)
KPR Staff Fri, 07/12/2019 - 09:15

Q: The state of Kansas has been known by a number of nicknames, including the Wheat State, the Jayhawker State and the Breadbasket of the World.  Arguably, the most popular nickname for Kansas is the Sunflower State.  Out of all the counties in Kansas (there are 105!), which one produces the most sunflowers?
 

KPR Staff Fri, 07/05/2019 - 09:05

Q: He went from living at Lone Star Trailer Court in Pittsburg, Kansas, to leading one of the world's largest retail companies. What's the name of the man who was born in Baxter Springs, graduated from Pittsburg State University and later became president and CEO of Wal-Mart?

Big Brutus, the second largest electric coal shovel in the world, on display in West Mineral, Kansas.  While it's not the biggest one ever built, it's the biggest one still in existence. (Photo from Wikipedia)
KPR Staff Fri, 06/28/2019 - 09:08

Q: Many Kansans already know about Big Brutus. That's the enormous, electric, coal-mining shovel on display in southeast Kansas. The big shovel has been back in the news this month because something else has been added to the display at the Big Brutus Visitor's Center in West Mineral, Kansas. What's been added?

Hyer Brothers Shoe and Boot Shop, Olathe, Kansas, circa 1880s (Photo from Johnson County Museum)
KPR Staff Fri, 06/21/2019 - 05:00

Q: According to some western lore and tradition, Charles Hyer, a shoemaker in Olathe, invented the very first one of these in the mid 1870s. But others claim it was invented in Abilene or Coffeyville. What was it?

Bobbi Washechek Thu, 06/20/2019 - 00:00

KPR is giving away free Hy-Vee ice cream and Alchemy iced coffee to show appreciation for our listeners! KPR staff and on-air hosts will be scooping up ice cream at the Union Pacific Depot (202 N. 2nd St.) on June 20, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Dymaxion House at its 1948-1991 site, near Andover, Kansas. (Photo from The Henry Ford Museum, where you can now tour the house.)
KPR Staff Fri, 06/14/2019 - 09:25

Q: Vending machines, pie plates, a corn harvester and the futuristic Dymaxion House, which looks like a flying saucer. All of these things were made by the same Kansas company that also supplied products for NASA's Gemini, Apollo, and space shuttle programs. What's the name of this innovative Kansas company?

Bobbi Washechek Fri, 06/14/2019 - 05:00

Retro Cocktail Hour is celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Cinema a Go-Go with moon-landing mayhem, June 14, 7 p.m., at Liberty Hall.

Old tractor parked near a field full of sunflowers, Stafford County, Kansas (Photo by J. Schafer)
KPR Staff Fri, 06/07/2019 - 09:14

Q: There are lots of towns in other states named after Kansas, Kansas City or the Kansas Territory. For instance, there's a place called "Little Kansas" in Pennsylvania and a "Kansas Settlement" in Arizona. There's a "Kansasville, Wisconsin," a "Kansas City, Oregon" and, of course, the city in Missouri named "Kansas City." Beyond these examples, can you name ANY OTHER state that has a city or town specifically named "Kansas?" Do Not count Kansas City, Kansas, in your answer.

An album cover from 1955 with Latin music honoring matadors and bullfighting. (Photo by J. Schafer)
KPR Staff Fri, 05/31/2019 - 09:07

Q: The nation's first bullfight was held in 1884. The two-day event was held on July 4 and 5 in which Kansas town?

KPR Staff Fri, 05/17/2019 - 05:00

Q: The largest sporting event in the world is the World Cup. So far, only one native Kansan has played in the World Cup. What's his name and hometown?

Hoover Dam, along the Colorado River in Arizona and Nevada, built in part by Bechtel Corporation in 1931.
KPR Staff Fri, 05/10/2019 - 09:12

Q: Bechtel Corporation was one of six companies that joined forces to build the Hoover Dam in 1931. The founder of Bechtel Corporation grew up in a small Kansas town. Who was the founder -- and from which Kansas high school did he graduate?

This memorial can be seen at the Paxico Safety Rest Area, along Interstate 70, in Wabaunsee County. (Photo by J. Schafer)
KPR Staff Fri, 05/03/2019 - 09:12

Q: At a rest stop along I-70 in Wabaunsee County, visitors can see a structure made from five, large, upright panels of limestone. The purpose of this structure is to honor and memorialize a certain group of people. Tell us who.

Bobbi Washechek Fri, 05/03/2019 - 00:00

Retro Cocktail Hour is kicking off this season of warm weather with a Tiki-themed Cinema a Go-Go night on May 3, 7 p.m. Don’t miss this exotic night of back-to-back tiki features.

Transom window to the governor's office in the Kansas Statehouse (Photo by J. Schafer)
KPR Staff Fri, 04/26/2019 - 10:21

Q: Last week, we talked about the first female mayors of Kansas City, Kansas, and Kansas City, Missouri - Carol Marinovich and Kay Barnes - two graduates of the University of Kansas. This week's question concerns gubernatorial glory. A total of 20 states have never had a woman governor. Kansas has had three. Can you name all three?

Western entrance sign to the University of Kansas (Photo by J. Schafer)
KPR Staff Fri, 04/19/2019 - 05:00

Q: In the 1990s, the two most power political leaders in the Kansas City metro area were women who had graduated from the University of Kansas. One was the mayor of Kansas City, Kansas... and the other was the mayor of Kansas City, Missouri. Name both of these groundbreaking women.

KPR Staff Fri, 04/12/2019 - 00:00

For the love of KPR - that's why we're here this spring asking for YOUR support. Kansas Public Radio relies on a connection with you as much as you rely on KPR.

KPR Staff Tue, 04/02/2019 - 00:00

We have been overwhelmed with the response from our community of listeners for our very first KPR Mug Design Contest, the design to be featured on the 2019 KPR Members

Space... the Final Frontier
KPR Staff Fri, 03/29/2019 - 09:17

Q: He just knew those STEM classes would pay off! First he graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy with a degree in astronautical engineering. Then, he got a master's degree from M.I.T. Today, he's the only Kansan hanging out on the International Space Station. What's his name and where is his hometown?

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