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Southwest Kansas Is Seeing Fewer Refugees, And A Shift In The Agencies Supporting Them

Saleh Mohammed fled his native Myanmar in 2015. “Too much fighting over there,” he said. As a member of the Rohingya ethnic minority, he was in particular peril. His life was in danger. He settled in Garden City. Now 24, he may gain citizenship in a year. That, in turn, will put him in a position to bring over his family and free those loved ones from a refugee camp in Bangladesh. To navigate life in western Kansas — he’s a meat carver in a Tyson packing plant — he’s relied on aid groups in...

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Kansas Lawmakers Introduce Plan That Would Ban All Abortions

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Kansas Senators Study Cost To Return Tax 'Windfall'

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
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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.

My Tho

Sep 10, 2010

I have good news. We are seriously blessed with wonderful Vietnamese food in Wichita.

If you are unfamiliar with Vietnamese cooking, it is easy to like, even for a beginner. It’s fresh and healthy, relying on noodles and rice, small amounts of meat, and lots of vegetables and fresh herbs. Oftentimes raw ingredients will be used to garnish cooked dishes by the diner to her own tastes, so it’s a great cuisine for people who like to play with their food.

Isn’t passion great? Not the romantic kind of “oh, baby, I love you, I love you” passion, but the everyday sort of passion that people feel for practically every kind of imaginable thing.

Lots of good folks locally feel pretty strongly about college football. Some of them are convinced that Wichita State University made a wrong-headed move when it punted its own football program into the trash bin of history at the end of the 1986 season.

There is always a conspicuous absence of WSU on the sports pages this time of year as Kansas State and KU become the subjects of endless speculation about this season’s football teams.

The unprecedented nastiness of this season’s primary campaign seems noteworthy. Has there ever been a political atmosphere as charged with negativity as this one? Have there ever been so many candidates who’ve had so little to say about what they are actually in favor of? Okay, we did hear some platitudes about “Kansas values.” But mostly we heard negative messages telling us what they were against. They were against President Obama. They were against health care reform. They were against taxation. They were against undocumented immigrants.


Commentary & Podcasts

Movie Review: 'Stan & Ollie'

In 1953, the comedy duo Laurel and Hardy set out on their final tour, a series of theatre performances in the U.K., a decade or two removed from the height of their popularity. This is where we find ourselves in Stan & Ollie , and it’s certainly clear that this is their last hurrah, due to some poor career decisions, the culture moving on without them, and Oliver Hardy’s declining health.

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Sunday, February 3

Coming up on Soulsations, we remember R&B artist James Ingram. The two-time Grammy award winner died January 29th, 2019, reportedly of brain cancer. He was 66 years old. Ingram won a Grammy in 1981 for best male R&B performance for his song, "One Hundred Ways." Ingram also co-wrote the Michael Jackson song  "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)" with legendary producer Quincy Jones.

Monday 1.28.19

Night Train marks birthdays of vibes player Bill Ware, drummer Bob Moses (with Pat Metheny and on the new career retrospective from Gary Burton), and guitarist Henry Johnson (including music he did with Nancy Wilson, who passed away in December).  Plus more for the January Best of 2018 feature (including Allan Harris’s tribute to Eddie Jefferson, the ‘Standards Trio’ with Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock & Jack DeJohnetter, organist Ben Paterson, and the Grammy nominated album from Jim McNeely & the Frankfurt Radio Big Band).

Tuesday 1.29.19

Tonight on the Night Train it’s music from the CTI label. Known for its lush sound, massive lineups, and commercial sensibilities, CTI was one of the most successful jazz labels of the era. It was started by Creed Taylor who began his career at Bethelem Records, headed up the famous Impulse imprint, championed the then-new sound of bossa nova at Verve, and then started CTI. We’ll hear label releases from such legends as Ron, Stanley Turrentine, George Benson, Hubert Laws, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Jim Hall, and Milt Jackson.

Wednesday 1.30.19

Night Train continues a look back at the best of 2019 with music from Grammy nominee and recently named Glenn Gould Protégé Prize winner Cecile McLorin Salvant, a Grammy nominated album from the Count Basie Orchestra, and a classic recording from Nina Simone that will be inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame this year. Plus birthday salutes to soul jazz organist Hank Marr, bassist and oud player Ahmed Abdul Malik (also featured tonight in the Global Vilage), pianist (and Wes’s brother) Buddy Montgomery, and trumpet legend Roy Eldridge (who will also be featured in a special in hour two of the show).

Thursday 1.31.19

Night Train takes a final look back at the Best of 2018 on this last day of the month for the January feature. We’ll hear show favorites (including Ben Allison, Ted Nash, Brad Mehldau, Gregory Lewis, Jambalaya Brass Band, Erroll Garner, Michika Fukumori), Grammy nominees (Jon Batiste, Fred Hersch, Kurt Elling, the Dafnis Prieto Big Band), and remember artists who passed away last year (Randy Weston, Sonny Fortune, Bob Dorough, Henry Butler, Bill Watrous).

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Monday, January 28

The final Monday of every month, we present Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival, a monthly concert series showcasing top 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 January Best of 2018 feature, it’s one of the artists on this year’s Global Village list of favorites, Bombino. The acclaimed guitarist, dubbed the ‘Sultan of Shred’ by the New York Times, has attracted international attention for his distinctive modern approach to the hypnotic Tuareg or ‘desert blues’ music, work with members of the Black Keys and Rolling Stones, and series of albums, including 2018’s Deran, that have topped the world music charts.

Tuesday, January 29

This time in the Global Village, it’s steel guitars around the globe – a show devoted entirely to the steel guitar from its early days in Hawaii, though a remarkable transformation in Indian music, to the success it found in western swing, rock, sacred steel, and jazz. We’ll hear Hawaiian greats Sol Hoopi and Tau Moe, several generations of Indian guitarists, western swing legend Tom Morrell, sacred steel inspired rock group Robert Randolph & the Family Band, pioneering pop instrumental steel guitar hitmakers Santo & Johnny, and the Finnish group Southpaw Steel ‘n’ Twang.

Wednesday, January 30

Global Village marks the birthday of Ahmad Abdul Malik, the pioneering artist who brought the oud (along with African and Arabic influences) into jazz. We’ll hear music he did as a leader and also with the great African-inspired jazz pianist Randy Weston, who passed away last year. The January Best of 2018 feature also continues with show favorites (Sonido Gallo Negro, and the Complete Cuban Jam Sessions), Grammy nominees (Natalia LaFourcade, Orquesta Akokan), and a classic from Miriam Makaba just announced as one the records going into the Grammy Hall of Fame this year.

Thursday, January 31

Global Village wraps up the January Best of 2018 feature with a rebroadcast of our countdown of favorite releases of the past year.  Along with our top ten picks, the show features one of the significant reissues that were also among our picks for the year. The lists of favorites for all the KMUW local music shows are posted on our website at

Friday, February 1

It’s New Month/New Music time in the Global Village. Each month, Global Village devotes an entire show to the best of recently released and forthcoming world music albums.  Among the highlights this time:

A new EP from Santana

A new mashup of Balkan, Cuban and Indian sounds from Jaro Milko & the Cubalkanics

The latest from Slovak band Banda and from Poland’s Janusz Prusinowski Kompania

Indian slide guitarist Debashish Bhattacharya jamming with two Polish musicians, and Scottish ‘acid-croft’ group Shooglenfity teaming up with Rajasthani group Dhun Dhora

Impressive new sets from Mali’s Salif Keita (his final release) and Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba, and from Gambian kora player Dawda Jobarteh

And contemporary French-Ethiopian band, Ukandanz.

February 1/3

It’s “New Month/New Music” time as Crossroads teams up with Global Village and Strange Currency at the beginning of every month to feature the best in new blues releases.

We’ve got new music this time from:

Croatia (Tomislav Goluban), Finland (Ina Foreman) & Japan (Bloodest Saxophone)

Benny Turner (Freddy King’s brother) and Cash McCall in a tribute to Chicago Blues

Former Levon Helm band member Chris O’Leary

Watermelon Slim with an all-star guest list

Live music from the Kentucky Headhunters

Current tour mates Eric Gales and Walter Trout, each with new releases

Gaye Adegbalola from Saffire – The Uppity Blues Women

…and much more.

Sunday, January 27  

R&B artist Deniece Williams is known for her 1976 signature song "Free," produced by Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White. Now, more than 40 years later, jazz guitarist Norman Brown features Williams singing the classic on his new release The Highest Act of Love. Hear both versions on Soulsations, Sunday at 6 p.m. on KMUW.


Coming Soon To A Classroom Near You? Kansas Considers Big Changes To Reading Instruction

Most Kansas students graduate high school nowadays. Yet many still struggle with the skills of reading and writing. Now a task force of educators, parents and lawmakers hopes to help close that gap. Over the past half year, the Dyslexia Task Force put together recommendations and this month handed them off to the Kansas State Board of Education. The group’s work is well worth paying attention to. It could change reading instruction for every public school student in the state.

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