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Commentaries

KPR airs comments, essays and book and movie reviews from a bevy of regular contributors. Those commentators include William Jennings Bryan Oleander (aka Tom Averill - Writer-in-Residence at Washburn University), Cheryl Unruh (columnist for the Emporia Gazette), Rex Buchanan (Interim Director of the Kansas Geological Survey at the University of Kansas) and John Richard Schrock (Emporia State University biology professor).

Will Small Nuclear Power Plants Become Part of the Energy Picture in Kansas?

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.

When and How Did People First Arrive in the Americas? New Book Tries to Find Answers

Origin: A Genetic History of the Americas, by KU Anthropology Professor Jennifer Raff (Photo by J. Schafer)

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.

Massive Solar Farm Under Consideration in NE Kansas; Could Agrivoltaics Play a Role?

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?

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