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Amtrak's Southwest Chief arriving at the depot in Lawrence, Kansas, right around midnight. (Photo by J. Schafer)
KPR Staff Fri, 01/04/2019 - 17:00

Q: For those getting on board in Lawrence, Kansas, the "Midnight Train" doesn't go to Georgia.  In fact, it goes in the opposite direction.  Just before midnight every day, the Southwest Chief arrives at the Lawrence depot and then heads west, southwest.  This Amtrak train runs daily between Chicago and Los Angeles, passing through eight states along the way.  How many stops does it make in Kansas?  (We want the total NUMBER of stops the Southwest Chief makes in Kansas.)

Photo of Ellis Paul by Jeff Fasano
KPR Staff Fri, 01/04/2019 - 11:44

Kansas Public Radio is proud to present Ellis Paul in a concert celebrating 25 years of Trail Mi

KPR Staff Tue, 01/01/2019 - 00:00

Kansas Public Radio is proud to feature original works by Alisha Colgan in our conference room. Her brightly-colored, passionately-executed acrylic and resin paintings will be on display through February 2019.

The cast (well, most of them) of KPR's "A Christmas Carol."
KPR Staff Wed, 12/26/2018 - 00:00

The holidays are here! KPR celebrates with a number of specialty programs now through the New Year. See our list of specials and plan your life accordingly.​ 

Prairie Dunes Golf Course in Reno County. (Photo via Kansas Historical Society)
KPR Staff Fri, 12/21/2018 - 09:10

Q: Emerson Carey, founder of the Carey Salt Company, was an avid golfer. The Carey family commissioned a designer to create a now famous golf course in Reno County that's become popular with professional golfers and celebrities. What's the name of this golf course?

The Front Runner (Photo from Sony Pictures)
KPR Staff Fri, 12/14/2018 - 16:45

Q: The Front Runner is a new movie about a former U.S. Senator and the 1987 scandal that sank his presidential campaign. What's the name of the politician portrayed in the film by Hugh Jackman -- and where in Kansas was he born?

KPR Staff Fri, 12/14/2018 - 16:00

Christmas comes to Cinema a Go-Go with a pair of utterly bizarro movies for the holiday season at Liberty Hall on Friday, December 14

KPR Staff Fri, 12/07/2018 - 10:00

Get ready for a cool Yule when KPR presents a Big Band Christmas, our holiday concert served up by the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra and special guest vocalist Molly Hammer. 

The governor's 2018 Christmas tree arrives at Cedar Crest in Topeka. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)
KPR Staff Fri, 12/07/2018 - 09:16

Q: In mid-November, the so-called "Cedar Crest Christmas tree" was delivered to Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer and First Lady Ruth Colyer at Cedar Crest, the governor's mansion, in Topeka. Which type of tree is it? Austrian Pine, Balsam Fir, Colorado Blue Spruce or Western White Spruce? (Hint: The hills are alive with the Sound of Music and these trees.)

KPR Staff Fri, 11/30/2018 - 13:00

Kansas Public Radio needs your help to finish 2018 in a strong financial position. This Thursday and Friday, KPR will be on the air asking YOU to help out with a year-end contribution. 

Recruitment poster for the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC)
KPR Staff Fri, 11/16/2018 - 15:00

Q: Born in Newton, Kansas, in 1918, she was one of the first women in the United States Army to earn the rank of brigadier general (that's a one-star general for all you civilians). What's the name of this fighting female who served in World War II, the Korean conflict and in Vietnam?

Image by Crysta Henthorne / Kansas News Service
Stephen Koranda Thu, 11/01/2018 - 10:22

I know it sometimes feels like this election cycle has gone on for years. As someone who covers it virtually every day, I feel that way, too. However, the big day is almost here!

The Bach Aria Soloists perform in the Lawrence Public Library atrium.
KPR Staff Sat, 10/27/2018 - 00:00

We had a blast last Friday, October 26, during our first ever KPR Live Day, where we featured an entire day of live classical music from KPR's live performance studio and the Lawrence Public Libra

Irena Jasperson Fri, 10/26/2018 - 14:30

On October 26, Kansas Public Radio will broadcast its inaugural KPR Live Day, which is made possible by an arts grant from the City of Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission and a partnership with the

Astronaut Nick Hague dons a spacesuit during spacewalk training at NASA's Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory. (Flickr/NASA Johnson)
KPR Staff Fri, 10/19/2018 - 07:00

Q: This Kansas native was headed for the International Space Station until something went wrong with his Soyuz spacecraft. Instead, the mission was aborted in mid-flight and the spacecraft safely returned to Earth. What's the name of the Kansas astronaut whose spaceflight was called off just two minutes after liftoff?

KPR Staff Fri, 10/12/2018 - 09:35

For the month of All Hallows Eve, Cinema a Go-Go is here to get you in the spirit a little early with two black-and-white horrors from the 1950s at Liberty Hall on Friday, October 12

11th Kansas Cavalry guidon, used during the American Civil War (Image from the Kansas Historical Society)
KPR Staff Fri, 10/12/2018 - 07:00

Q: During the Battle of Mine Creek (also known as the Battle of the Osage), a Confederate general was captured by a lowly private in the Union army. History remembers the 20-year-old private as James Dunlavy, of the 3rd Iowa Cavalry. What was the name of the Confederate general who was captured and who would later become governor of Missouri?

KPR Staff Fri, 09/28/2018 - 08:30

Listen to KPR starting this 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.

Special Coverage NPR
Darrell Brogdon Wed, 09/26/2018 - 13:46

Christine Blasey-Ford, who has accused Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were in high school three decades ago, is scheduled to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on

KPR Staff Fri, 09/14/2018 - 09:14

Q: Founded in 1885, this town gets its name from its location. Located near the border between Norton and Decatur (dih-KAY-tur) counties, what's the name of this northwest Kansas community?

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