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This patch of ground in Logan County represents a typical western Kansas wheatfield.  When rainfall is scarce, irrigation is used to grow wheat, corn and other crops in western Kansas. (Photo by J. Schafer)
Rex Buchanan Thursday, April 12th, 2018

Water levels in the Ogallala Aquifer have been in decline for decades.  Irrigators have been pumping out water faster than it can be replaced.  But experts say there may be a way to reverse this trend.  Coming up on KPR, Commentator Rex Buchanan tells us about efforts to save the vast reservoir... before the wells all run dry.

Amelia Earhart, who grew up in Atchison, set numerous aviation records before disappearing into the wild blue yonder.
Bobbie Athon Friday, March 23rd, 2018

Amelia Earhart disappeared over the Pacific Ocean in 1937 -- 81 years ago.  But she's been in the news a lot this month.  The post office in her hometown of Atchison will soon bear her name.  And Mattel is coming out with a new Amelia Earhart Barbie doll.  Commentator Bobbie Athon reminds us who she was, what she did and why she remains an American icon today. 

George Washington Carver
Bobbie Athon Tuesday, February 27th, 2018

As Black History Month comes to an end this week, we remember one of the most important African-Americans in history - and his connection to Kansas.  It's a connection for which Kansans should feel both proud and ashamed.

Emporia Gazette publisher and award-winning writer, William Allen White, was born on February 10, 1868.  He died on Kansas Day (January 29) in 1944.
Bobbie Athon Friday, February 9th, 2018

Saturday marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of William Allen White, a two time winner of the Pulitzer Prize and one of the state's best known writers.  As part of KPR's occasional series on Kansas history, we learn more about the so-called "Sage of Emporia."

John Richard Schrock Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

Outgoing Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has been pushing for $600 million in new money for public schools over five years but it's uncertain whether the incoming governor, Jeff Colyer, will follow Brownback's lead.  But even with more money added to education, Commentator John Richard Schrock says some of Brownback's goals for education are unreasonable and unrealistic. 

Kansas Statehouse mural of abolitionist John Brown, foreshadowing the American Civil War.  Painted by native Kansan John Steuart Curry, this work is titled, "Tragic Prelude."
Bobbie Athon Monday, January 29th, 2018

Few characters associated with Kansas are as controversial, complicated and perplexing as abolitionist John Brown.  His fervent desire to end slavery in America carved a path of violence and death in the years just before the Civil War.

Above the desk in Rex Buchanan's home office, hangs a framed Saxman, Kansas, baseball uniform worn by his grandfather.  (Photo by Mindy James)
Rex Buchanan Thursday, January 25th, 2018

Baseball season is still months away. But two recent books and a local documentary about hometown baseball teams in Kansas have Commentator Rex Buchanan dreaming of spring training and the summer sport known as America's pastime. 

John Richard Schrock Friday, January 19th, 2018

The governor says the state needs to increase public school funding by $600 million in order to satisfy an order from the Kansas Supreme Court. But he's not proposing a tax increase. Neither is the Kansas Legislature, at least not yet. Is there another way? Commentator John Richard Schrock says yes. It's called school consolidation.

Michael J. Everhart, author of Oceans of Kansas, at a book signing event.
Rex Buchanan Friday, December 29th, 2017

Commentator Rex Buchanan reviews a new edition of the book, Oceans of Kansas: A Natural History of the Western Interior Sea.  Buchanan says this book, by Michael J. Everhart, is the most comprehensive and authoritative book on animals from the ancient sea that, millions of years ago, covered what is now the state of Kansas.

Lake Scott State Park, near Scott City, Kansas (Photo by Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism)
Rex Buchanan Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

Ever spend a cold and windy night in a cabin at Lake Scott State Park?  Commentator Rex Buchanan did.  And then, he wrote about it.   


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