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"Little Jerusalem" (Photo Courtesy of Bruce Hogle)
Rex Buchanan Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

The Smoky Valley Ranch in western Kansas contains some of the state's most important natural and human history. Commentator Rex Buchanan explains why such hidden parts of the state are worth exploring.

Webworms cling to a tree. (Photo by Seabamirum on Flickr:
John Richard Schrock Friday, October 28th, 2016

What's the deal with all those spooky-looking cobwebs up in the trees? With Halloween right around the corner, we asked bug expert John Richard Schrock to give us the low-down on the strange and sticky sights typically seen on trees this time of year.

Walt Chappell Friday, October 21st, 2016

The Kansas Supreme Court is expected to rule on a school finance lawsuit in the next several months. Some experts think the court could order the state to spend as much as $800 million more on public schools. Guest Commentator Walt Chappell tells us why he thinks spending more money is not the answer.

Kansas Supreme Court Justices: Seated left to right are the Honorable Marla J. Luckert, Lawton R. Nuss, Chief Justice and Carol A. Beier. Standing left to right are the Honorable Dan Biles, Eric S. Rosen, Lee A. Johnson and Caleb Stegall.
Tom Averill Friday, October 14th, 2016

Five Kansas Supreme Court Justices are up for a retention vote in November.  Commentator William Jennings Bryan Oleander tells us why he's voting to keep them on the bench.

Entrance sign to the Kansas Geological Survey at the University of Kansas (Photo by J. Schafer)
Rex Buchanan Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

About a month ago, a massive earthquake shook people out of bed in at least six states, including Kansas. Commentator Rex Buchanan tells us why these quakes could become even more common in the Midwest. Listen for more details on the shake, rattle and roll of seismic activity in Great Plains.

Rex Buchanan, measuring water wells in western Kansas. (Photo by Kansas Geological Survey)
Rex Buchanan Friday, September 9th, 2016

Irrigators in parts of western Kansas have launched voluntary efforts to cut back on water-usage. They're pumping less water from the massive Ogallala Aquifer in order to conserve and preserve it.

Lowering the large garrison flag at Fort Larned National Historic Site. Taken during Fort Larned's 150th Anniversary on Memorial Day Weekend, 2009. The flag measures 20' by 36'. It is a 37-star flag. (Flickr/KeithWondra)
Rex Buchanan Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

The National Park Service turns 100 years old this month. While many will visit Yosemite and Yellowstone this year, Commentator Rex Buchanan says you shouldn't overlook the number of NPS sites right here in Kansas.

Commentator Rex Buchanan views glaciers during a recent trip to Alaska. (Photo by Mindy James)
Rex Buchanan Monday, July 18th, 2016

It's hot in Kansas. And while temperatures continue to soar into the upper 90s and even triple digits, Commentator Rex Buchanan has been thinking about a much cooler period of time in our history. Sit back and imagine a time when the northeast corner of Kansas was covered in thick sheets of ice.

Stockton Mayor Kim Thomas has been on the job for nearly 15 years. She's the first African-American woman mayor in Kansas. (Street Photo courtesy of Stockton native Bill Maddy)
Ron Wilson Friday, July 1st, 2016

In 2002, Kim Thomas was elected mayor of Stockton, becoming the first African-American woman in Kansas to serve in that office. And she must be doing a good job because nearly 15 years later, she's still the mayor. Guest Commentator Ron Wilson tells us more about this remarkable woman.

Copy of the Lawrence Journal-World. Later this year, the locally-owned paper will have new out-of-state owners. (Photo by J. Schafer)
David J. Brown Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

The Lawrence Journal-World newspaper traces its roots back to 1891, when W.C. Simons arrived in Lawrence. The daily paper has been in the hands of the Simons family since then. But after 125 years of local ownership, the paper is being sold. One loyal reader doesn't like it one bit. Hear what Guest Commentator David J. Brown has to say about the sale of the local daily he both loved and hated.


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