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Wichita's Early Edition
Every Weekday

Wichita’s Early Edition brings you the first news of the day from Wichita and around the state. It’s everything you need to know in 15 minutes… or less.

KMUW has 12 newscasts that air throughout the day. But we know you’re not always tied to your radio. This podcast compiles that news all in one place, so you can listen on your schedule.

Latest Episodes
  • Musician Alison Brown says that as a banjo player, she's excited about the future of the instrument, especially in the hands of women and people of color. Also, The Keeper of the Plains is turning 50. Torin Andersen spoke with three native artists about the influence the iconic statue has had on their work. Plus news from Wichita and around the state.
  • Cake - the band, not the dessert - has been described as clever, funny, sometimes deadpan, musically eclectic - and really good. And they have unusual ways of connecting with its fans - for instance, trees. KMUW's Jedd Beaudoin recently spoke with the band's vocalist and co-founder John McCrea about building community and other things. Plus news from Wichita and around the state.
  • People in Kansas and nationwide looking for a Black sperm donor often come up short. We hear from a woman in Kansas who struggled to find a Black sperm donor and a team of researchers trying to determine why the shortage exists.Also, KMUW's Jedd Beaudoin speaks with former Wichita musician Jenny Wood - who's back in town for a concert. Plus news from Wichita and around the state.
  • In her debut novel, Kimberly King Parsons relied on personal experience to explore the depths of grief, and the way it affects the perception of time. KMUW's Beth Golay speaks with Parsons about her novel, "We Were the Universe." Plus, news from Wichita and around the state.
  • Trivia is popular in Wichita - very popular - and there's no shortage of options. But there's one location that's always packed - even though it's not all that well known. We'll find out more. Plus news from Wichita and around the state.
  • Robin Macy and Kentucky White have a new album out today. It may leave some listeners wondering how White became such an accomplished guitarist. KMUW's Jedd Beaudoin spoke with Macy and White about their album and musical history. Plus news from Wichita and around the state.
  • Musician George Thorogood and his band The Destroyers have been a fixture on the American music scene since the 1970s. Thorogood says that he'll never forget his earliest motivator. KMUW's Jedd Beaudoin spoke with Thorogood about the twists and turns of his career. We'll have that interview. Plus news from Wichita and around the state.
  • The center of the country has long conjured images of vast, treeless horizons. But prairies are converting into woods and shrubland. We'll learn why trees pose a threat to grasslands and ranchers. Plus news from Wichita and around the state.
  • Nicholson Baker has written 17 books to critical and popular acclaim. But the last one took a toll on him. KMUW's Beth Golay spoke with Baker about trading words for images in his latest book, "Finding a Likeness." Plus news from Wichita and around the state.
  • Two artists have been battling the elements to complete a mural on Wichita State’s campus. We learn more about the artists - and the project. Plus news from Wichita and around the state.