The Range

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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.

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Jay Golden started 2020 with a new job as president of Wichita State University.

Three months later he announced the school was going remote-only because of the cornavirus. 

Since then, classes have been entirely online and educators worried students wouldn't want to enroll in college during a pandemic. But Golden says more students have signed up than last year. They're moving into the dorms and getting ready for in-person classes to start again on Monday. 

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With so many people working from home during the pandemic, it raises the question: Will we ever go back to the office?

The Range | Aug. 7, 2020

Aug 7, 2020
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The coronavirus cancelled most live shows. Now, as restrictions are loosened, musicians are slowly returning to the stage.

This week on The Range, we talk to a Wichita bassist about adjusting to the pandemic and the power of music during today's difficult times.

We also ask what the office of the future might look like — and if we'll ever even go back to one.

The Range | July 31, 2020

Jul 31, 2020
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This week on The Range, after a steady drumbeat of bad business news, we're focusing on the sunnier side of things, including what's keeping one local economist optimistic.

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Since the pandemic started in March, The Range has chronicled the economic difficulties of a variety of industries and businesses: restaurants, airlines, musicians, nonprofits, theaters.

It’s been a pretty steady drumbeat of hard times.

But believe it or not, there are some bright spots in this pandemic economy.

The Range | July 24, 2020

Jul 24, 2020
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In the '40s and '50s, the Dunbar Theatre was where Wichita’s Black community gathered to embrace and celebrate its culture. And now, almost 60 years since it closed, the theater continues to make a comeback.


Most health experts continue to advise people to stay home to avoid catching Covid-19, or to maintain social distancing when out in public.

Lynn Hutchinson doesn’t have those options.

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Almost 60 years after it closed, the historic Dunbar Theatre in Wichita’s McAdams neighborhood is ramping up for some major renovations.

Efforts have been ongoing for several years to reopen the theater located in what was once the epicenter of Wichita’s Black community. Now, that work is getting a new push.

The Range | July 17, 2020

Jul 17, 2020
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You never know who you'll get to talk to while waiting for a bus in Wichita — this week on The Range, we meet an aspiring hip hop artist.

We also enjoy one of the few summer traditions not canceled by the coronavirus: a visit to the sweet corn stand.

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Driving west from Sedgwick County on state Highway 160, the scenery is what you’d probably expect on a Kansas road trip: farmland, a few rolling hills and the horizon stretching out in all directions.

But just southwest of Medicine Lodge, there’s a dramatic change. Ken Brunson, the Red Hills project coordinator for the Kansas Nature Conservancy, calls it the best-kept secret in the state.