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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?

An old fashioned windmill, near Claflin, Kansas. (Photo by J. Schafer)
Rex Buchanan Friday, September 24th, 2021

Kansas has 105 counties. Over the past decade, 80 of them have lost population. Some of the state's largest counties, like Johnson and Sedgwick, have grown larger. Commentator Rex Buchanan has more on the latest census numbers and what the trends mean for Kansas.

(Photos from BBQ Explorer: https://www.pinterest.com/bbqexplorer/ / Charles Thompson/freeimages.com)
Rex Buchanan Wednesday, July 28th, 2021

As dozens of Kansas City area restaurants take part in Black Restaurant Week, Commentator Rex Buchanan puts down his fork just long enough to talk about Black-owned barbeque joints and a new book that tells their story.

Rex Buchanan Wednesday, June 23rd, 2021

Kansas environmentalist Wes Jackson, who ran The Land Institute, is out with a new book titled, Hogs Are Up. Commentator Rex Buchanan, one of Jackson's former students and a longtime friend, offers this review.

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