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KPR Web Operations Wed, 10/30/2019 - 16:13

The U.S. House of Representatives is voting to formalize its ongoing impeachment inquiry. The resolution before lawmakers outlines the next steps in their investigation.

Southeast Kansas sky on a winter's day, taken near Hamilton, Kansas.  (Photo by J. Schafer)
KPR Staff Fri, 10/25/2019 - 09:06

Q:  We're looking for the name of a small southeast Kansas town. Here are your clues:

  • It's located inside the Kansas county with the shortest name.
  • The name of the town is a portmanteau (port-MAN-too) of the names of two former rival towns.
  • The town's name sounds so cute, crunchy and wholesome, you can almost eat it!

Name this town!

Bobbi Washechek Wed, 10/16/2019 - 00:00

On October 18, Kansas Public Radio will broadcast its 2nd Annual KPR Live Day, which is made possible by Kring’s Interiors, a partnership with the Lawrence Public Library, and support from listener members like you.

KPR Web Operations Tue, 10/15/2019 - 15:09
Twelve candidates take the stage for October's Democratic primary debate, which begins at 7 p.m. CST. NPR reporters are posting context and analysis in real time.
A bugler from the U.S. Navy Band plays taps during a graveside service in Arlington National Cemetery. (U.S. Army photo by Elizabeth Fraser)
KPR Staff Fri, 10/04/2019 - 09:20

Q: The best-known U.S. National Cemetery is in Arlington, Virginia. But it wasn't the first - or even among the first dozen. Of the 14 original National Cemeteries designated by Abraham Lincoln, two are located in Kansas. One is at Fort Leavenworth. Where is the other one?

Ink Print by Dana Gates
KPR Staff Fri, 09/27/2019 - 13:28

Cottonwood, Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit organization that was established in 1972 to provide services to individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities.

KPR Staff Fri, 09/27/2019 - 13:17

Kansas Public Radio has a “new” director of classical music. Friday, September 20, was Michael Keelan’s last day as Classical Music Director and Morning Classical host.

United States 15-cent Air Mail stamp
KPR Staff Fri, 09/27/2019 - 09:12

Q: In July of 1963, the U.S. Postal Service issued a new, 8-cent stamp honoring a Kansan.  Do you know who?

KPR Web Operations Wed, 09/25/2019 - 17:51

Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire is testifying before the House intelligence committee about a whistleblower complaint reportedly connected to President Trump's communication with Ukraine's president. Lawmakers have demanded to see the complaint, which had been withheld. 

KPR Staff Fri, 09/20/2019 - 13:00

Listen to KPR starting next week for your chance to give back! We'll have special programming designed to inform you on just how you can help us reach our goal. KPR is almost entirely dependent on listener support. It's listeners like you that make it possible for us to stay on the air. Thank you!

KPR Web Operations Thu, 09/12/2019 - 13:13

Ten candidates are on stage for three-hour event hosted by ABC News and Univision, beginning at 8 p.m. ET. It's the third debate of the campaign and the first time that former Vice President Joe Biden, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders are all together.

Cool radio (Photo by J. Schafer)
J. Schafer Sat, 09/07/2019 - 06:00

KPR is your window to the world.  Thanks for keeping us turned on at home, work or on the go. 

The Big Well in Greensburg, Kansas, has a giftshop / museum and, of course, the world's largest hand-dug well.  (Photo by J. Schafer)
KPR Staff Fri, 09/06/2019 - 09:05

Q: In 1949, a man from Hutchinson named H.O. Stockwell visited the Ellis Peck farm, a few miles east of Greensburg, in Kiowa County, Kansas. It was there that Stockwell discovered something big and heavy. He sold it to the people of Greensburg, where it remains on display today. What is it? (And be specific!)

Grave of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Mount Auburn Cemetery, west of Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo from Wikipedia.)
KPR Staff Fri, 08/30/2019 - 09:08

Q: When it was founded in 1884, this western Kansas community was called Gopher (as in the burrowing rodent). A few years later, the townsfolk changed their minds. They renamed the place after the mother of Hiawatha in Longfellow's epic poem "The Song of Hiawatha." What's the name of this small town in Logan County?

KPR Staff Fri, 08/23/2019 - 12:00

Summer fun continues at Cinema a Go-Go with a wild double feature on Friday, August 23. It's jammed with mad scientists and crazy inventions that defy the laws of physics! 

A dog stares at a fire hydrant, near the intersection of 4th and Lincoln, in a small northeast Kansas town. (Photo by J. Schafer)
KPR Staff Fri, 08/23/2019 - 09:11

Q: Near the intersection of 4th and Lincoln, you'll find the statue of a small dog, standing near a fire hydrant. Part of a public art installation, it's just one of 15 similar dog statues scattered about this northeast Kansas town. What's the name of this wonderful town... and what's the name of the famous terrier depicted by all the statues?

Smokey Bear, U.S. Forest Service *
KPR Staff Fri, 08/16/2019 - 09:57

Only YOU can prevent forest fires... and cheesy headlines! But anyone can play today's Kansas Trivia Challenge: Q: Smokey Bear -- sometimes called Smokey the Bear -- is celebrating his 75th birthday! The iconic bear was created by the U.S. Forest Service in 1944 as part of an advertising campaign to prevent wildfires. The version of Smokey Bear we know today was created by an artist from Herndon, Kansas. What's the name of this artist who became Smokey's manager and caretaker for 25 years?

Number 27, Jordy Nelson, was a standout player and YouTube celebrity at Kansas State University. (AP photo / Kelly Glasscock)
KPR Staff Fri, 08/09/2019 - 09:10

Q: Native Kansan and pro football player Jordy Nelson just retired from the NFL. The former K-State football star was born in Manhattan and grew up in the nearby town of Riley. Name both NFL teams Jordy Nelson played for -- AND -- tell us which Super Bowl he helped win! (As in, Super Bowl number... what?)

Donner Memorial State Park, including Donner Lake, near Truckee, California.  (Photo from Wikipedia)
KPR Staff Fri, 08/02/2019 - 09:35

Q: The infamous Donner-Reed Party traveled along the Oregon Trial on its way to California. Long before the pioneers ran into a blizzard near Truckee, California, they lost one of their members in what is now, northeast Kansas. In which Kansas county is this victim, Sarah Keyes, buried?

KPR Web Operations Wed, 07/31/2019 - 13:15
It's the second and final of the July Democratic debates. The second set of 10 candidates is making their case as to why they should be the next president of the United States. Follow NPR's live coverage for real-time fact checks and analysis of their remarks.

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