The Range

Fridays during Morning Edition and All Things Considered

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, and 4:50 p.m. during All Things Considered.

The Range | May 22, 2020

May 22, 2020
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Kansas gyms are open for (some types of) business — which gives us one less excuse to not lose that "quarantine 15."

This week, we continue our look at how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting businesses across the city with a visit to a gym reopening after two months.

Plus, we look at why for many African-American men, the choice whether or not to wear a mask in public is a complicated one.

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As businesses around Kansas reopen, and the stay-at-home order gradually lifts, more people are wearing masks when out in public.

On a recent afternoon, Billy Chadwick is standing outside Tad's Carryout in Wichita, where he’s a cook. He wears a dark-blue mask — something he’s diligent about.

"I have asthma, but I go to other places I see people don’t be wearing them. They think this is a game," Chadwick said. "This ain't a game."

The Range | May 15, 2020

May 15, 2020
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Wichita Transit has made big changes to how its buses are run in order to keep riders and drivers safe during the pandemic: more frequent cleanings, more open seats. Those measures are even more important on the system's paratransit vans that take riders from their doors to medical and dental appointments, hospital visits, even dialysis.

This week, we meet a driver who, despite the added challenges that have come with COVID-19, says it's "the best job" she's ever had.

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Art can inspire, motivate and educate.

It also can lead to — let’s say — a good debate.

That’s certainly the case with M.T. Liggett’s sculptures, which, like the artist himself, inspire widely differing opinions.

The Range | May 8, 2020

May 8, 2020
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Restaurants are ready — but are customers?

We check in on a Wichita diner opening its doors again after it closed six weeks ago under the statewide shutdown.

And, we head to Mullinville, Kansas, where the divisive work of equally divisive artist M.T. Liggett is getting its due.

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CLEARWATER — Brad Mize has spent his life in the grocery business, like his parents and brothers.

And he still remembers something his father, Nolan, told him years ago.

"My dad always told us if we was going to get rich, we would have quit long time ago," Mize said. "But, you know, it's in our blood, and it's just all we do.

"It's kind of like a farmer. They farm every day and not making any money, but they still farm. So the grocery business is the same way."

The Range | May 1, 2020

May 1, 2020

What's a filmmaker to do when he's stuck at home? Make a movie about it. We talk to Wichita documentarian Lester Rowe about the film he made about the pandemic ... during the pandemic.

And, we travel to Clearwater to talk with the people running a family-run grocery store about how they are keeping shelves stocked, and workers and customers safe.

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How are nonprofits faring when there are no profits? On this episode of The Range, we talk to the head of the Nonprofit Chamber of Service in Wichita about how organizations are doing during a pandemic that's hobbled their ability to fundraise, among other things.

A Delta Airlines Boeing 777
Delta Airlines

The coronavirus pandemic is raining on just about every type of business.

For the airline industry, though, it’s a full-blown monsoon.

The major domestic carriers are losing tens of millions of dollars a day. Airline traffic has fallen to levels last seen 60 years ago as carriers cancel flights and park their planes.

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Though it seems just about everything is shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic — stores, restaurants, salons — Wichita's public buses are still running, taking riders to and from essential jobs. On this week's episode of The Range, we spend some time with the people who keep those buses germ-free.