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KPR Staff Thu, 08/09/2018 - 11:26

Kansas Public Radio has been named the 2018 Station of the Year by the Kansas Association of Broadcasters. It’s the 17th time KPR has earned the KAB’s top honor.

KPR Staff Fri, 08/03/2018 - 09:13

Q: State geologist Erasmus Haworth can be credited for helping to identify a massive underground oil deposit in south-central Kansas. The most productive oil field in state history, it has already produced more than 300 million barrels of oil. What’s the name of this oil field that covers 34 square miles?

Feloniz Lovato-... Tue, 07/31/2018 - 16:10

This month KPR is featuring framed photos by Ottawa photographer Jean Hutchison in the Kansas Publi

Mural seen on a building in Salina (Photo by Bryan Thompson)
KPR Staff Fri, 07/27/2018 - 09:12

Q: In 1889, a company was established in Salina that sold food, furnishings, school supplies, notions and clothing for working men and women. What name brand clothing item was first produced by this company in Salina?

 Image Courtesy Daniel Field
KPR Staff Fri, 07/20/2018 - 09:16

Q: In 1872, a fossil bird called Ichthyornis (ICK-thee-OR-nis) was discovered in Kansas by geologist Benjamin Franklin Mudge. It was the first bird with teeth ever found. In which Kansas county was it discovered?

Rep. Willie Dove (center, in red) talking with Rep. Jim Karelskint (left, in white) and other organizers of a public meeting about the Tyson project last year. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)
KPR Staff Tue, 07/17/2018 - 00:00

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KPR Web Operations Mon, 07/16/2018 - 10:06

Description: President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin sat down for a summit today in in Helsinki, Finland. This is the first stand-alone summit between the two leaders, and comes just days after an American grand jury indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers on charges related to Russia's interference in the 2016 election. The two leaders are holding a news conference following their meetings.

Map of Kansas, circa 1910
KPR Staff Fri, 07/13/2018 - 09:13

Q: When it was laid out in 1871, this western Kansas town was called Walnut City. By 1878, the town had a population of 1,500. But this community was on the losing end of the longest county seat war in Kansas history and these days, fewer than 200 people call this place home. What's the name of this western Kansas town once called Walnut City? (RUSH to your phone if you know the answer!) 

KPR Web Operations Thu, 07/12/2018 - 09:23

Embattled top FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok is in for hours of grilling from Congress on Thursday as he faces lawmakers eager to question him about alleged misconduct in the 2016 election investigations.

KPR Web Operations Mon, 07/09/2018 - 16:51

The president is revealing his choice to replace the retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. Watch the announcement LIVE at 8:00 PM Central Time today (Monday).

KPR Staff Fri, 07/06/2018 - 09:00

Q: When Lewis and Clark’s expedition, the Corps of Discovery, held the first Fourth of July celebration west of the Mississippi, they fired a cannon, drank extra rations of whiskey and named a body of water "Independence Creek." All of this took place near present day Atchison. What was the year in which this celebration took place?

NASA insignia for the Apollo program
KPR Staff Fri, 06/29/2018 - 10:00

Q: Restoration experts at the Kansas Cosmosphere in Hutchinson are currently restoring the NASA consoles used at Mission Control during the Apollo 11 moon landing.  SpaceWorks, a division of the Cosmosphere, has already restored another major artifact from the Apollo missions.  What is it?  We need to know what it is and what it's called -- the actual NAME of this famous artifact.  

 

There are many variants of this Cessna aircraft, which is the world's best-selling personal aircraft.
KPR Staff Fri, 06/22/2018 - 09:00

Q: In June of 1911, Clyde Cessna climbed into a cockpit and made his first airplane flight. Less than 45 years later, the aircraft company he founded was producing what would become the best-selling aircraft of all time. What's the name of the world's most popular personal aircraft, which is still in use today on every continent?

Irena Jasperson Tue, 06/19/2018 - 08:01

Help Kansas Public Radio show listener appreciation in a "cool" way with complimentary Sylas & Maddy's ice cream, Alchemy iced coffee and live music!

KPR Staff Fri, 06/15/2018 - 09:00

Q: More than 6,600 of these were produced at the North American Aviation plant in Kansas City, Kansas. What's the name of this military aircraft that served the Allies in every theater of World War II?

KPR Staff Fri, 06/08/2018 - 15:30

Cinema a Go-Go goes to hell next time with the return of Tiki Night, on Friday, June 8! 

Robert F. Kennedy shakes a woman's hand while visiting the University of Kansas in 1968.  (Photo from University Archives, Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas)
KPR Staff Fri, 06/08/2018 - 09:00

This week, the nation has been remembering Robert F. Kennedy. RFK was killed 50 years ago this week in Los Angeles. Less than three months before he died, Kennedy was in Kansas, campaigning for president. At the time, he was a Democratic Senator from New York. What was the original reason for Kennedy's visit to Kansas?

 The iconic Western Auto sign, seen in this file photo from the Kansas City Star, is being restored and should come back to life sometime this summer.
KPR Staff Fri, 05/25/2018 - 12:30

The iconic neon Western Auto sign in downtown Kansas City is undergoing restoration. The man responsible for the sign's existence is George Pepperdine, a native Kansan who founded Western Auto Supply Company and later, the college that became Pepperdine University. What's the name of his Kansas hometown?

Frosted glass window to the governor's office at the Kansas Statehouse (Photo by KPR)
KPR Staff Fri, 05/18/2018 - 09:17

The Missouri General Assembly is convening a special session to consider whether to impeach Governor Eric Greitens.  Only 14 governors have ever faced impeachment.  But who was the first governor to be impeached in America?  Yes, it's someone from Kansas.  Name that governor!  (Hat tip to KCUR reporter Sam Zeff for inspiring today's question!)

This carte-de-visite is a composite of Native American images believed to have been made in the late 1860s and early 1870s by William S. Soule. At least some of the images were likely made in Indian Territory; some may have been made in Kansas. The featured photo in the center of this composite is Satanta, the Kiowa chief. (Photo Courtesy of Kansas Historical Society/kansasmemory.org)
KPR Staff Fri, 05/11/2018 - 10:00

Q: Who said the following: "I don't want to settle. I love to roam all over the prairies. There I feel free and happy, but when we settle down we grow pale and die."? (Hint: There's a town in southwest Kansas named after this famous Native American.)

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