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Economy, Not EPA Proposed Coal Rules, To Drive Electricity Production In Kansas

New Trump administration rules aimed at protecting the coal industry reverse Obama-era regulations on greenhouse gases by letting states set their own rules. That means Kansas regulators could clear the way for more coal, but economic trends have already driven a shift to natural gas and wind power.

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Now that we’re past Thanksgiving, it’s time to turn toward the season of Mr. C.

Thai House

Nov 19, 2010
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I love spicy food.  I love it when I eat something so hot that I get a little high from it, or start to hallucinate just a little.  I want to sweat and pant as I eat.  It may seem sadomasochistic to you, but it’s my kind of fun. If I eat enough chilies, people seem funnier and prettier and project fuzzy pink auras.  I’m not kidding.  I do it all the time.

There’s no way I could not take a walk this morning. Aside from the intensive lobbying of my Airedale friend Ollie, the blue Kansas sky and ruby leaves of our pin oaks overpowered me. So I hitched Ollie to the leash and out we went, fully engulfed in another splendid crispy November autumn morning.

Sport Burger

Nov 5, 2010

I have found that most people like to talk about food.  If you can’t think of anything clever to say at a party, you can always break the social ice by asking people what they like to eat.  It’s a nice way to start a conversation, and you might even learn something.

How exactly do robo-calls help politicians? You know what I’m talking about—those automated, prerecorded phone messages we get on our landlines (those of us who still have landlines).

I don’t know anyone who ever says, “Wow, I got the nicest, most informative robo-call the other day.  The information was so pertinent and it really convinced me that that person was the right one for the job!”

I lost a good friend last week and, in a way, so did you. His name was Arthur Schuetz. He died six days from his 99th birthday.

He was my neighbor for years in the College Hill area. Art lived a quiet life, to my knowledge never making any newscast, never getting his photo and name splashed across the newspapers, never running for public office, never having streets or schools or businesses named for himself.

Paleteria La Reyna

Oct 8, 2010

I’ve been walking a lot lately, and not just because the weather is finally behaving.  I’ve been trying to balance the amount of exercise I get with the number of popsicles I have been eating.  This summer was the summer of the the paleta for me.  A paleta is a Mexican popsicle, and I have been quite obsessed with them, to the point where I was eating one a day during the month of August, hence, the new exercise regime.

Greetings from The Land That Time Forgot, also known as Wichita, Kansas. We’ve been a little slow to accept some of them new-fangled things that other towns have had for years. Take bicycles, for instance. We weren’t too sure they’d catch on so we waited a while. Then the other day I noticed an actual bike lane on First Street in the College Hill area. Right there against the curb was the white outline of a bicycle indicating a bike lane. At first I thought it was a crime scene. Like on TV where the police draw a chalk outline around the victim, in this case a bicycle.

Manna Wok

Sep 24, 2010
Fletcher Powell / KMUW

If you didn’t already know this, I’m half Asian-- half Filipino, specifically. I grew up eating rice with every meal, fish with heads on, chicken with feet on, fermented things, and every soy product known to man.  My parents are adventurous eaters, so my brother and sister and I ate all kinds of weird stuff from the get-go.  There is no food I won’t try at least once.



Crowson: League 42 Is Impacting Lives In Wichita

“Life is not a spectator sport. If you’re going to spend your whole life in the grandstand just watching what goes on, in my opinion you’re wasting your life.” That is a quote from the great Jackie Robinson, who broke the Major League Baseball color line, wearing number 42 for the Dodgers. Here in Wichita, I know a guy who took Robinson’s quote seriously. He hopped out of the grandstand and clambered onto life’s field. On his way to the diamond, he enlisted about 600 kids from the heart of Wichita.

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Tuesday, August 21

We remember soul, gospel and R&B legend Aretha Franklin, who passed away last week at the age of 76. We’ll hear music from throughout her career as well as selections from Mavis Staples, Bonnie Raitt, Dusty Springfield and Kira Small.

Wednesday, August 22

Listen for selections from Peter Wolf’s 2002 album Sleepless as well as music from Warren Zevon’s The Wind.

Thursday, August 23

Thank You For Today is the ninth album from Death Cab For Cutie and arrives 20 years after the band’s debut album, Something About Airplanes. We’ll hear music from that as well as from Neko Case’s latest, Hell-On.

Friday, August 24

Hawksamillion is the new release from Jody Seabody & The Whirls, listen for selections from that as well as Bee Thousand, the 1994 album from Ohio’s Guided By Voices.

Saturday, August 25

The Deep End is the new album from Kansas band Eighty Proof Engine, we’ll hear music from that as well as from John Prine’s self-titled debut album, notable for the inclusion of songs such as “Sam Stone” and “Angel From Montgomery.”

Monday, August 27

We’ll hear selections from the latest by Australia’s Bloods. Titled Feelings the music recalls the classic sounds of Sleater Kinney as well as contemporary acts such as Courtney Barnett and Soccer Mommy. Plus music from Robert Plant’s Now and Zen.

Tuesday, August 28

Banker’s Hill is the latest from acclaimed post-rock duo El Ten Eleven. Listen for selections from that as well as the Spirit of the Stairs release, Episodes.

Wednesday, August 29

Released in 2011 The Party Ain’t Over was the thirtieth studio album from rockabilly legend Wanda Jackson. Featuring contributions from members of My Morning Jacket, Afghan Whigs and produced by Jack White the collection finds Jackson covering songs by Bob Dylan, Amy Winehouse and Jimmie Rodgers. Listen for selections from that as well as from Bob Dylan’s 2006 effort, Modern Times.

Thursday, August 30

Listen for selections from Todd Snider’s Time As We Know It: The Songs of Jerry Jeff Walker plus music from Twistable, Turnable Man: A Musical Tribute To The Songs Of Shel Silverstein.

Friday, August 31

We’ll hear music from Black Grapefruit’s latest, All My Relations as well as Alright, the 2018 album from singer-songwriter Jeffrey Gaines.

Monday 8.20.18

Night Train remembers the rich legacy of Aretha Franklin tonight. We’ll hear some of the jazz work that she did, including a Billie Holiday song and music from an album she did with jazz pianist Ray Bryant, in the first hour – and then it’s a Sound Opinions special in hour two, surveying Franklin’s life, music and legacy.  Night Train also begins a week-long salute to composer, conductor, arranger and musician Leonard Bernstein for his centennial birthday Saturday – and we mark birthday tonight of John Clayton, Enrico Rava, and Jack Teagarden.

Tuesday 8.21.18

Night Train marks the birthday of Kansas City legend Count Basie with music he did with Oscar Peterson and the Kansas City 3, along with a Jazz Profiles Special in hour two of the show. It’s also the birthday of drummer Leon Parker and trumpeter Art Farmer, and Night Train continues the week-long salute to Leonard Bernstein for his centennial birthday Saturday with music from brilliant re-working of the music of West Side Story from Dave Liebman and Gil Goldstein, and one of his classics performed by Aretha Franklin. We’ll also get to some new music from the Rob Dixon trio, Amy Cervini, and the Ellis Marsalis Quintet.

Wednesday 8.22.18

Night Train continues the August Four Centennials feature with music from all four artists – Arnett Cobb, Eddie Jefferson (including music from a new album in tribute to him from Allan Harris and the Manhattan Transfer album that was dedicated to him), Jimmy Rowles (in a rare celesta performance with Billie Holiday), and Ike Quebec (with Grant Green). We also continue our week-long celebration of the Leonard Bernstein centennial with new albums featuring his compositions from Kurt Elling and Bobby Sanabria.

Thursday 8.23.18

Night Train wraps up a week-long celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s centennial birthday Saturday with jazz reinterpretations of his music from Bobby Sanabria, Nick Finzer, Bill Charlap, Bill Anschell and Blossom Dearie, and a special in hour two exploring West Side Story and a variety of approaches to its music. Plus birthday salutes to pianist Brad Mehldau and Kansas City saxophonist Bobby Watson.

Monday, August 20

Today is Robert Plant’s 70th birthday and Global Village celebrates with the world music side of his music with Led Zeppelin, as a solo artist, as a guest (with Afro Celt Sound System) and in covers from Dread Zeppelin, the Tuvan group Yat-Kha, the Pedrito Martinez Group, and Nguyen Le.

Tuesday, August 21

This time in the Global Village we journey to the Indian Ocean islands of Madagascar, Zanzibar, Seychelles, Comoros and more. We’ll hear from the Culture Musical Club of Zanzibar (with special guest Taj Mahal), Réunion’s Claude Vihn-San, Madagascar’s Zeze, the Seychelles All Stars and, from Comoros, multi-instrumentalist and singer Nawal.

Wednesday, August 22

It’s global horns and reeds this time in the Global Village, as we highlight artists and bands from around the world that feature those instruments. We’ll dip into one of the recent Trojan Records 50th anniversary compilations (for our August feature) for music from saxophonist and Skatalites co-founder Tommy McCook; explore some Italian banda (including the impressive new album from Cesare dell’Anna & GiroiBanda); get to new music from Haitian band RAM; hear Nubian master Ali Hassan Kuban; dip into the recent Hugh Masekela compilation ’66-’76; and check out an exciting new collaboration between the Amsterdam Klezmer Band and Hungary’s Sondorgo.

Thursday, August 23

Global Village marks the birthday of contemporary English folk favorite Eliza Carthy with music from collaborations she did with fiddler Nancy Kerr, and with her parents, Martin Carthy and Norma Waterson. Plus more music for the August Trojan Records 50th Anniversary feature, this time from Dennis Brown and the Melodians, and new music from Malian star Fatoumata Diawara, the Malagasy Guitar Masters, Finnish harmonica group Svang, and Senegalese kora player Seckou Keita with classical harpist Catrin Finch.

Friday, August 24

It’s an eruption of music for Vesuvius Day this time in the Global Village – marking the date in the year 79 CE when Mount Vesuvius exploded and destroyed Pompeii. There’s (imagined) music from ancient Rome, neo-folk bands from Italy, and some thematic songs from other places to mark the occasion, from Riccardo Tesi, Stefan Grossman with John Renbourn, Susana Baca, the B-52s, and more.

August 24/26

Crossroads continues the August Blues Rock feature with more classic blues rock sounds and a concert special featuring Savoy Brown in hour two of the show.

We also remember the legendary Aretha Franklin, mark birthdays of blues rock pioneer Arthur Crudup and blues shouter Wynonie Harris, preview blues concerts for the coming week, and highlight the latest in new blues releases.

Sunday, August 19

Sunday on a special edition of  Soulsations we remember the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. She passed away from pancreatic cancer on August 16, 2018, at her home in Detroit. Franklin was 76 years old. Hear Franklin's music and some reflections about the iconic singer from fans in the Wichita community.


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MIT Report: Kansas Ranked Near Bottom For Handling Elections

Kansas is one of the worst states in the country when it comes to handling its elections, according to a new report from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Kansas was ranked 48th out of the 50 states and the District of Columbia based on how it performed in the 2016 elections. The main factor that pushed Kansas so low was the high number of provisional ballots — about 3 percent in 2016 compared to the national average of about 1 percent. Provisional ballots have received extra...

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