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.

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Joe Ruocco began collecting baseball cards in 1954. He’s never stopped.

The Range | July 10, 2020

Jul 10, 2020
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This week on The Range, we visit an enchanting — but overlooked — slice of Kansas scenery just a couple hours' drive from Wichita.

Plus, baseball might be returning — but for one Wichita man, it never went away.

The Range | July 3, 2020

Jul 3, 2020
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A new Black Lives Matter mural is underway near 13th and Hillside. This week on The Range, we hear from one of the artists contributing to the piece about how it can help the community pause and reflect.

We also talk to some local theaters raising the curtains once again — and struggling to make money while doing it.

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Curtains have been allowed to lift since Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly’s stay-at-home order ended in late May.

But local theaters are still figuring out how to do so safely. And the ones that have opened are struggling to convince audiences to take a seat.

"People are not buying tickets," said J Basham, owner of The Crown Uptown Theatre in Wichita.

The Crown reopened in early June. To keep the audience safe, the theater cut its capacity in half. But even with fewer seats, Basham says he’s not filling them.

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Throughout his 87 years, Marvin Stone Jr. has witnessed the endless struggle for civil rights, both personally and as a former special investigator for the Kansas Commission on Civil Rights.

The native Wichitan says the racial injustice currently the focus of nationwide protests and news coverage isn't anything new. For KMUW's weekly show The Range, Stone recently reflected on his early experiences with police, racism, and his thoughts on the recent killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

The Range | June 26, 2020

Jun 26, 2020
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Stressing over your budget? The City of Wichita feels your pain.

On this week's episode, we take a deeper dive into the city's multimillion-dollar budget hole as the COVID-19 pandemic will likely impact revenue for years to come.

Plus, a longtime Wichita civil rights advocate reflects on the current push for change.

The Range | June 19, 2020

Jun 19, 2020
U.S. Air Force

Spirit AeroSystems wants to more than double its defense work — a strategy that's been in the works but is more important now that commercial aviation has taken such a hit.

This week on The Range, we talk to an aviation and defense expert about why the company's goal could be doable.

We also head to Yoder, where the owner of a hardware store is keeping things distinctly, and deliberately, behind the times.

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2020 has not been kind to aviation manufacturer Spirit AeroSystems. The continued grounding of the Boeing 737 Max — the company's most important program — was compounded by a near shutdown of commercial air traffic because of the pandemic. That has resulted in thousands of layoffs at Spirit since January, along with furloughs and pay cuts.

Despite the drumbeat of bad news, Spirit has consistently remained optimistic when discussing one topic: its defense programs.

Spirit says about 15% of its revenue comes from defense work. It wants to grow that number to 40%.

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Junetta Everett says her hero is Rosa Parks, whose refusal to give up her seat on a segregated city bus in Montgomery, Alabama, helped spark the civil rights movement more than 60 years ago.

"She took a bold step, and that was leadership," said Everett, vice president of Professional Relations at Delta Dental of Kansas. "She didn't even realize it. She didn't know that she was going to be making history.

"However, she took a bold step in leadership … [and] took a stand that changed the life and added a path for so many of us."

The Range | June 12, 2020

Jun 12, 2020
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This week on The Range, we meet a longtime Wichitan who's crisscrossed the city many times over, courtesy of public transit.

And, we talk to Junetta Everett, chair of the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce, about why diversity is more than a box to check off — and how companies can improve when it comes to inclusion.