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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 Web Operations Mon, 12/03/2018 - 16:00

The body of former President George H.W. Bush is lying in state this week at the U.S. Capitol. The forty-first president died on Friday. Watch the remembrance ceremony live.

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?

KPR Web Operations Wed, 11/07/2018 - 11:36

Her party recaptured the House Tuesday and Pelosi plans to seek another term as speaker of the House. But Democrats will need to bridge the demands of progressives and moderates.

KPR Web Operations Wed, 11/07/2018 - 11:32

The president reacts after Tuesday's Democratic wave in the House and Republican gains in the Senate.

KPR Web Operations Tue, 11/06/2018 - 09:24
It's Election Day. Democrats are poised for gains in the House, but the big question is whether they will flip the 23 Republican seats they need to take control.
KPR Web Operations Tue, 11/06/2018 - 03:10
NPR’s live blog with running coverage throughout election night, including discussions of key race-calls and nationwide analyses.
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

Photo Credit: Liam James Doyle/NPR
KPR Web Operations Fri, 10/26/2018 - 14:11
The Justice Department is holding a press conference about the wave of suspicious packages that have been sent to political enemies of President Trump this week. A suspect has been arrested. Watch the remarks live.
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.

KPR Web Operations Fri, 09/28/2018 - 07:36

The Senate Judiciary Committee is voting on Judge Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination. A full Senate vote on the nomination is expected as early as next week. Watch the proceeding live.

Photo Credit: Liam James Doyle/NPR
KPR Web Operations Thu, 09/27/2018 - 09:13
Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh and the woman who has accused him of sexually assaulting her in high school, Christine Blasey Ford, are testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Watch the proceeding live.
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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

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