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KPR Staff Fri, 03/16/2012 - 06:00

Q: By altering just ONE letter, you can spell the names of TWO Kansas counties. Name the two Kansas counties that can be spelled by changing just one letter. Wagons and automobiles on a business...

KPR Staff Tue, 03/06/2012 - 20:37

Q: Jane Grant, who grew up in the southeast Kansas town of Girard, was a staff writer for the New York Times. What’s the name of the national magazine she started with ...

KPR Staff Fri, 03/02/2012 - 15:20

Q: Kansas has nearly 300 school districts but in ONE of them – and only one – all the schools are named after famous American generals. What’...

radiobob Sun, 02/26/2012 - 06:00

Saturday afternoon, on the last day of the Folk Alliance Conference, I checked out a song circle in the Canadian/Australian suite, which was highlighted by Rosie Burgess, from Australia, singing “Ha...

radiobob Sat, 02/25/2012 - 06:00

The first of many songs I heard Friday at Folk Alliance was “Bright Morning Sun,” by a very fine young Boston singer-songwriter, Connor Garvey. While it was 2 p.m., this was fitting for me, as I w...

radiobob Fri, 02/24/2012 - 19:47

After an afternoon of panels and schmoozing, the music began in earnest for me at Day Two of the Folk Alliance Conference in Memphis with a 21st birthday celebration for Anthony da Costa, who I first ...

KPR Staff Fri, 02/24/2012 - 06:00

Q: Which famous American, who lived part of his life in Kansas, was commemorated by a 3-cent postage stamp in the late 1940s? Hint: He attended school and was a member of the Presbyt...

radiobob Thu, 02/23/2012 - 16:01

It’s pretty hard to describe the Folk Alliance conference, other than hundreds (and that figure may well be larger) musicians, together with festival and concert producers, folk radio people, agen...

radiobob Mon, 02/20/2012 - 06:00

One of the most exhilarating and engaging musical evenings I've enjoyed in quite some took place at the fine Grassroots Music Series presented at the Kansas City Academy on Saturday, Feb. 18, when alt...

KPR Staff Fri, 02/17/2012 - 15:15

Q: Kansas is far from the beaches of the Pacific Ocean, but it does have a connection to the southern California surf sounds of the 1960s. The first manager of The Beach Boys – who was als...

KPR Staff Fri, 02/10/2012 - 03:22

Q: Miltonvale, Kan., is named after Milton Tootle, who once owned the land where the town was built. What's the name of the annual celebration where residents celebrate their town and the...

radiobob Wed, 02/08/2012 - 05:02

Diverse trio features three of the most impressive young musicians in Kansas City: trumpeter Hermon Mehari, bassist Ben Leifer and drummer Ryan Lee. On Saturday, Jan. 27, they performed in the new G...

KPR Staff Thu, 02/02/2012 - 22:40

Q: Which western Kansas community claims to have the widest main street in America? Name the town!

A: Plains, Kansas

The claim to fame of Plains, Kan., is that it has “th...

KPR Staff Wed, 01/25/2012 - 22:57

Q: The Lee Richardson Zoo in Garden City is celebrating its 85th birthday! When the zoo first opened in 1927, Chief of Police and Zoo Superintendent Lee Richardson personally brought in the fi...

KPR Staff Fri, 01/20/2012 - 16:37

Q: This native Kansan made it big on Broadway as a choral director. A singer, actress, composer, author and poet... she began organizing choral groups in Coffeyville, Kan., before she was...

KPR Staff Wed, 01/04/2012 - 21:49

Q: Before he was a Hollywood actor, Gary Busey received a scholarship to play football at a school in Kansas. Which university in Kansas gave Gary Busey the football scholarship?

Flic...

KPR Staff Fri, 12/30/2011 - 16:00

Q: What’s the name of the nation’s FIRST “million-dollar” high school?
 
(kansasmemory.org)

A: Topeka High School
Topeka High, the nation’s first “million-dollar h...

KPR Staff Fri, 12/09/2011 - 17:31

Q: Historic Route 66, the so-called "Main Street of America," runs for only 13 miles through southeast Kansas. If you're "on your way from Chicago to L.A.," what's the only Kansas county you'l...

KPR Staff Wed, 12/07/2011 - 16:21

Q: American composer and concert band leader John Philip Sousa composed nearly 140 marches, including one for Kansas State University. What's the name of the march he created for K-State?...

KPR Staff Fri, 12/02/2011 - 18:14

Q: George Armstrong Custer met his end during the Battle of Little Big Horn in Montana, but where - in Kansas - was his famous 7th Cavalry Regiment born?
 
(kansasmemory.org)

A...

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