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World-Record Mural Nears Completion In North Wichita

Wichita will soon be home to the world’s largest mural painted by a single artist. The mural is on the east side of the Beachner grain elevator on 21st Street. It’s visible west of I-135 as well as westbound K-96. Upon completion next week, the giant mural will mark the end of the Horizontes project in north Wichita. The nearly two-year long project has aimed to unite Wichita’s historically black and Latino neighborhoods. “We don’t want to break the Guinness World Record because we want to...

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Let's return, now, to the governor of Arizona, Jan Brewer. As we heard a moment ago, she's calling this a win, even though the Court struck down most of the Arizona law and said it would wait and see how the show me your papers provision is applied.

Which costs more, a bottle of Fat Bastard or a Tselepou (TSe-le-po)? What about a Cupcake versus some other name that's difficult for Americans to pronounce? Turns out, when it comes to wine, research suggests that the name alone can affect how much consumers are willing to pay for it. But is it that easy to dupe an oenophile?

Yemen has long struggled as one of the least developed countries in the world. But now, after a year of protest and unrest that saw the country's longtime dictator step down, the situation for millions of Yemenis is dire.

Aid groups say some 10 million people are now without enough food to eat, and more than 200,000 children face life-threatening levels of malnutrition.

As NATO troops leave Afghanistan, there will also be a decline in aid money that has flooded the country over the past decade and created hundreds of thousands of jobs funded by donor money.

That means fewer jobs for Afghans, and skilled Afghans may be tempted to leave the country as part of a brain drain that could further weaken a fragile state.

What's A Taxi Ride Worth? You Set The Price

Jun 26, 2012

In a recession, watching the meter on a taxi tick higher and higher can be distressing. But in Burlington, Vt., the Recession Ride Taxi lets customers set their own price.

Eric Hagen is a Wall Street banker-turned-cab-driver whose one-man "pay-what-you-want" taxi service has accrued dozens of faithful customers.

'I'd Be Walking'

The Making Of Meat-Eating America

Jun 26, 2012

We eat a lot of meat in this country; per person, more than almost anywhere else on Earth. (Here's a helpful map of global meat-eating.)

But why? What makes an American eat ten or twelve times more meat than the average person in Mozambique or Bangladesh?

I fell in love with Bruce Springsteen for his swagger. It was ridiculous and offered so much hope. Here was a bony dude with the worst haircut ever, who wore T-shirts covered in holes — seriously, he looked like the fry cook at the amusement park where I worked as a counter girl in the summer — making music as big as the known universe.

A key change was made to your Facebook profile recently that you may not have noticed yet. Facebook has replaced the primary email address users entered in their profile contact information with brand-new @facebook.com addresses. These addresses allow you to email external accounts from your Facebook inbox. Forbes first noticed the change:

The London Olympics are still more than a month away, but fans of swimming were eager to see the 2012 edition of the rivalry between Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte get started Monday, when the two Olympic gold medalists face off in the final of the 400-meter individual medley at the U.S. Olympic Trials.

Update at 8:32 p.m. Lochte Beats Phelps

Lochte defeated Phelps at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials.

Here's more from The Associated Press:

A Greek city's new subway project has led to the discovery of an ancient road made of marble that was laid nearly 2,000 years ago. The road in Thessaloniki is made of paving stones that show signs of use by both horse-drawn carriages and local children, the AP reports.

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Ciboski: Democratic Change

The new Democratic majority in the U.S. House of Representatives has as a priority to strengthen our democracy. This includes campaign finance reform, an expansion of voting rights-- including automatic registration for voting-- and reform of legislative redistricting.

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Monday 11.26.18

In conjunction with the November Wild Bill Davis/ jazz organ feature, Night Train showcases ‘organic Ellington’ tonight – music from Ellington featuring Wild Bill Davis on organ, plus an array of Ellington compositions performed by jazz organists, including Pat Bianchi, Jimmy McGriff, Jimmy Smith, the Organik Vibe Trio, Papa John DeFrancesco and more. Plus new music from Cory Weeds Little Big Band, Ron Carter with Houston Person, Hot Club Sandwich, Bobby Broom, and Tucker Antell.

Tuesday 11.27.18

Night Train celebrates a long list of jazz birthdays, including Wessell Anderson, Maria Schneider, Lyle Mayes (of the Pat Metheny Group), Jacky Terrasson, and also Randy Brecker whom we’ll hear with the original Eleventh House band led by Larry Coryell in hour one, and in a concert special with the New Eleventh House band headed up by Larry’s son Julian Coryell. Plus more jazz organ (from Jimmy Smith and Pat Bianchi) for the November feature.

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Wednesday 11.28.18

Tonight on the Night Train, more music from November featured artist Wild Bill Davis, with music he recorded in France in the mid-‘70s. There’s also music from singer Ethel Ennis, bassist Dennis Irwin (with WSU alum, Matt Wilson), and saxophonists Gato Barbieri and Gigi Gryce – all born on this date – including a special featuring Gryce, Benny Golson and Art Farmer in hour two of the show. Plus the latest from organist Mike Bogle, saxophonist Kamasi Washington, and pianist Cyrus Chestnut.

Thursday 11.29.18

Night Train wraps up the November feature of music from jazz organist Wild Bill Davis and marks birthdays of drummers Adam Nussbaum and Billy Hart. It is also the birthday of composer and pianist Billy Strayhorn and the show highlights some of his famous compositions in hour one, and features a special exploring the musical relationship between Strayhorn and Duke Ellington in hour two.

Monday, November 26

The final Monday of every month, we present Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival, a monthly concert series showcasing world music artists and groups who have appeared at the prestigious annual festival that takes place each spring in Savannah, Georgia.

This time, in conjunction with the November Bert Jansch feature, it’s one of the U.K.s finest contemporary folk groups, Lau. The trio of guitarist Kris Drever, accordionist and pianist Martin Green, and fiddler Aidan O’Rouke are, collectively and separately, regarded as some of the finest musicians on the UK scene today and the band, together for just over a decade, has already taken home one Best Album and four Best Group awards in the prestigious BBC Folk Awards. We’ll hear a wide-ranging set from them that concludes with a rousing encore where the trio was joined by a quartet of top Irish players.

Tuesday, November 27

It’s a mini Folk Fest this time in the Global Village as we highlight folk and traditional sounds from many different parts of the world. We’ll hear November featured artists Bert Jansch (with Pentangle and with John Renbourn) and Guo Gan (in a program of classical Chinese music), along with selections from Scottish band Breabach (from the new Rough Guide to Scottish Folk), Irish accordionist Sharon Shannon, Zimbabwe mbira legend Ephat Mujuru, Veracruz band Grupo Mono Blanco, Canada’s Vishten, and Mongolian group, the Grasslands Ensemble, with ukulele player Daniel Ho.

Wednesday, November 28

Global Village marks Panama’s Independence or National Day (marking the country’s independence from Spain in 1821) with traditional, soul, cumbia, and jazz-inspired music from Panamanian artists – including Danilo Perez, Papi Brandao, the Exciters, the Silvertones, Los Caballeros de Colon and more.

Thursday, November 29

Global Village features some of the 96 nominees in 19 categories in this year’s 14th annual Canadian Folk Music Awards, which take place November 30 and December 1 in Calgary. The Awards celebrate a wide array of sounds and styles – traditional, contemporary, world, Indigenous – as presented by songwriters, singers, producers, instrumentalists and more. In our all-too-brief glimpse at this year’s nominees, we’ll hear from the LYNNeS, West of Mabou, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Minor Empire, Holly Blazina, Eliana Cuevas, Bellegarde, the East Pointers, Autorickshaw, Near East, and Genticorum.

Friday, November 30

Global Village wraps up its November stringed instrument masters feature with a special string thing show highlighting some world violin and cello artists and groups. Among the artists featured are Yo-Yo Ma & the Silk Road Ensemble; neo-folk band, the Horse Flies; the clarinet and cello playing twin sisters Las Hermanas Caronni from Argentina; Carolina Chocolate Drops’ cellist Leyla McCalla; Cajun and roots fiddlers Michael Doucet & Tom Rigney; the violin (and flute) driven Cuban charanga style from the band that pioneered the sound, Orquesta Aragon; and one of the great Bollywood singers, Asha Bhosle, with Kronos Quartet.

November 30/December 2

Crossroads pays tribute to Chicago blues man Eddie C. Campbell who passed away last week. We’ll hear music from a number of albums he did under his own name, and a guest spot he did with Lil Ed Williams and Willie Kent.

Crossroads also wraps up a month-long look at the newly named Maple Blues Awards nominees, including music this time from David Vest, JW-Jones, Sugar Brown, Cootes Paradise,and Harpdog Brown.

The show also wraps up the November feature celebrating the centennial birthday of Wild Bill Davis and blues and R&B organ. We’ll hear Davis with Louis Jordan, along with organists Bruce Katz, Booker T., Leon Spencer, and more.

And there are birthday salutes to Robert Nighthawk, Smokin’ Joe Kubek, Mike Morgan, and Brownie McGhee – and selections from new roots and blues releases from Ray Bonneville and Tony Joe White.

Saturday, December 1

We mark World AIDS Day with selections from Violent Femmes, Queen, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Jenny Lewis, U2, Sugar and more.

Monday, December 3

We celebrate the birthdays of jazz/fusion/progressive rock violinist Joe Denizon and late Manilla Road guitarist Mark Shelton.

Tuesday, December 4

Released in 2007, Memory Almost Full was Paul McCartney’s fourteenth solo release and featured songs such as “Dance Tonight” and “Ever Present Past.” We’ll hear music from that recording as well as selections from Granpaboy’s Dead Man Shake.

Wednesday, December 5

Released in 1988 Bob Dylan’s Down in the Groove features guest appearances from Jerry Garcia, Mark Knopfler as well as lyrics co-written by Dylan and Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter. We’ll hear music from this recording plus selections from the Grateful Dead’s 1987 set In The Dark.

Thursday, December 6

After having turned out a series of hit records in the late 1990s, the Dave Matthews Band retreated to the studio to make an arty and dark album. The record, which was later rejected by the band’s label, was widely bootlegged as The Lillywhite Sessions (named after producer Steve Lillywhite). In 2018, musician Ryley Walker retreated to a Chicago studio to make his own version of the album. We’ll hear selections from it on this episode as well music from The Sea and Cake’s 2007 release, Everybody.

Friday, December 7

It’s Our New Month, New Music feature with selections from Lake Street Dive, Bauhaus, and Jeff Tweedy.

Saturday, December 8

We’ll hear selections from Julia Holter’s brand-new effort, Aviary as well as music from Paul McCartney’s collaboration with producer/musician Youth, The Fireman.

Monday, December 10

Listen for music from Bob Dylan’s Blood On The Tracks as well as Jackson Browne’s The Pretender.

Tuesday, December 11

Following the breakup of The Beatles, Paul McCartney assembled a new group of musicians dubbed Wings. In July 1971 he brought the band into the studio and tracked a largely rough-edged group of songs that at times betrayed his reputation as the “cute” Beatle. The resulting album, Wild Life has long been a divisive point for McCartney fans but has just been reissued in deluxe format featuring outtakes and rarities. We’ll hear music from the original release as well as selections from Mike Keneally’s.

Wednesday, December 12

Antiphone is the new contemporary classical album from Spacebomb's Trey Pollard. Pollard serves as Spacebomb's in-house arranger and has done strings for Natalie Prass, Bedouine, and more. The album features contemporary chamber music for string quintet and chamber string orchestra and piano. Pollard showcases a variety of talents on the album, going between producing, conducting the small ensembles, and playing piano. The album emphasizes Pollard's emotional and conceptual sound and highlights his musical prowess. We’ll hear music from that release as well as selections from My Brightest Diamond’s A Million and One.

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Acclaimed singer-songwriter Jewel brings her Handmade Holiday Tour to Wichita's Orpheum Theatre on Monday, Nov. 26.

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My Fellow Kansans: 'Kansas Common Sense'

Well, fellow Kansans, it’s over. Democratic state Sen. Laura Kelly, running as the “fix-it” candidate on the premise that Kansas had gone off the rails, beat “full-throttle conservative” Kris Kobach in the race for governor. Her win signaled Kansans’ desire to, if not reverse the state’s turn to the right, at least turn down the political rhetoric and focus on the basics.

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Zappa Talks Zappa: Dweezil Zappa On His Father's Music And Vision

In 2006, Dweezil Zappa began touring as Zappa Plays Zappa, focusing on the music of his late father, Frank, who passed away in 1993. Across a variety of tours, the younger Zappa was joined by many alumni of his father's touring and recording groups, including Terry Bozzio, Steve Vai and Adrian Belew. The endeavor was successful enough that ZPZ became a top draw on concert circuits in and outside of North America.

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