The Range

Fridays at 6:50 and 8:50 a.m., 12:50 and 4:50 p.m.

From KMUW, NPR for Wichita, a weekly program that looks at where we live, and the people who live here.

Join host Tom Shine every Friday at 6:50 a.m. and 8:50 a.m. during Morning Edition, 12:50 p.m. during Here and Now, and 4:50 p.m. during All Things Considered.

The Range | Oct. 23, 2020

Oct 23, 2020
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Who doesn’t like trains (other than when you’re stuck in traffic waiting for one to pass)?

This week on The Range, we track down a museum in Wichita that's a hidden gem for train lovers of all ages.

Plus, we talk to former Boeing executive Peri Widener about her new program at Wichita State, and why playing the piano helped her in the business world.

The Range | Oct. 16, 2020

Oct 16, 2020
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Ronald Fleming is a regular on Wichita Transit. But most riders probably don't know him by that name.

This week on The Range, we go en route with the man who calls himself "The Cowboy."

Plus, we travel to Winfield, where city leaders are taking charge of their green energy future.

The Range | Oct. 9, 2020

Oct 9, 2020
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Kansas' first Muslim sorority began its first full year at Wichita State University this fall, despite the challenges of the pandemic. This week on The Range, we talk to the president of Mu Delta Alpha about the sorority is building sisterhood, and a better understanding of Islam.

Plus, the 2021 forecast for Wichita's economy is out, and while it's not all puppy dogs and ice cream, it does bring some good news — if we can keep the coronavirus under control.

The Range | Oct. 2, 2020

Oct 2, 2020

Mosley Street Melodrama in downtown Wichita is known for its interactive, often physical theater experiences. But like so many other things, COVID-19 has changed that.

This week on The Range, we talk to owner Monte Wheeler about how the theater is finding its way during the pandemic.

Plus, the local economy is in a headlock, but the work of economic development officials to help rebuild it continues.

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Sports are back, but where are all the fans? This week on The Range, we examine the age-old existential question: If a golfer makes a hole-in-one and no one's there to see it, did it really happen?

Plus, we take a tour of an architectural wonder of Wichita that's hiding in plain sight.

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Working from home and tired of looking at Zoom screens all day? Us too. After several months in quarantine, there's got to be a way to spice things up. Today on The Range, we run down some tips on how to improve your virtual meeting and livestream events.

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Wichita is in the process of replacing its vintage-looking trolleys with new electric vehicles. But with the free Q Line on hiatus because of the pandemic, it's anyone's guess when the public will be able to ride them. Today on The Range, we go en route the new Q.

Plus, we've heard it hundreds of times by now: Fill out the census. But what are we missing out on if we don't? (Turns out, a lot.)

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Creating art can be a trial-and-error process. So is finding a way to exhibit your work during a pandemic.

This week on The Range, we talk to two Wichita artists who thought they'd found a way to put on a show — until they realized they needed to think more inside the box.

Plus, we visit a shrimp farm. In Sumner County. In landlocked Kansas.

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When Bob Daniels started telling people he wanted to start a shrimp farm in Sumner County, the response was what you might expect.

"'You're going to sell bait, huh?'" he said laughing while recalling one comment. "In fact, when we started looking to grow the shrimp and look for some financing … the local banker said, 'Well, you're never going to sell this.'

"Now, it turns out, I can't grow it fast enough to sell what people were willing to buy."

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It’s no secret that newspaper circulation has been declining in recent years. Black newspapers mirror trends in the industry overall — but there’s one paper based in Wichita that’s keeping its head above water.

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