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Bobbie Athon Friday, August 5th, 2022

It's hard to pinpoint exactly where and when Rock & Roll began. But the small Kansas town of Atchison can boast that one of its own residents played a part in its creation. As part of KPR's occasional series on Kansas history, Commentator Bobbi Athon explains.

Rex Buchanan Tuesday, August 2nd, 2022

Kansans love to discuss wildlife. People just about everywhere are enamored of animals. But wildlife has been having a hard time due to habitat reduction and fragmentation. But there's a bill in Congress that just might help. Commentator Rex Buchanan explains.

Scott Carlberg Monday, July 11th, 2022

While many Americans embrace renewable energy sources like wind and solar, about 80% of the power generated in the U.S. still comes from fossil fuels. Some are wondering whether there's a role for small nuclear power plants in the state's energy future. Commentator Scott Carlberg shares his thoughts.

Origin: A Genetic History of the Americas, by KU Anthropology Professor Jennifer Raff (Photo by J. Schafer)
Rex Buchanan Monday, June 6th, 2022

Who were the earliest people in the Americas and how did they get here? Those questions are tackled in a new book called: Origin: A Genetic History of the Americas by KU anthropology professor Jennifer Raff. Raff's book wound up on the New York Times best-seller list. Commentator Rex Buchanan tells us more.

Rex Buchanan Friday, April 29th, 2022

Kansas is enjoying a moment in the limelight on streaming TV. Two popular shows with Kansas connections are getting noticed by viewers, including Commentator Rex Buchanan.

Scott Carlberg Thursday, April 7th, 2022

Officials in northeast Kansas are considering a plan to build a large-scale solar farm that would straddle the border of Douglas and Johnson counties. Some are wondering whether agrivoltaics might play a role in the project. So, what is agrivoltaics, anyway?

Wind farm off I-70 near Hays (Photo by Brian Grimmett, KMUW)
Scott Carlberg Friday, March 18th, 2022

KPR is launching an occasional series of essays on energy in Kansas, written by KPR Commentator Scott Carlberg. Kansas is one of the windiest states in America, which is why the focus of our first installment is on wind energy.

Rex Buchanan Wednesday, March 2nd, 2022

With so much going on in the world, it's easy to forget or overlook things going on at home. Commentator Rex Buchanan says many Kansans are still recovering from devastating wildfires last December. He's one of them.

(Photo by Rex Buchanan)
Rex Buchanan Friday, January 28th, 2022

Saturday is Kansas Day, when the state celebrates its 161st birthday. That has Commentator Rex Buchanan thinking about some of the state's interesting and noteworthy people, including an athlete from a small town in southeast Kansas.

The hallmarks of center pivot irrigation above the High Plains Aquifer. (Photo by Tom Schmiedeler, professor emeritus of geography, Washburn University.)
Rex Buchanan Wednesday, November 3rd, 2021

The state water plan has been woefully underfunded, year after year. Will Kansas get serious about its water problem before it's too late?

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