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 | June 5, 2020

Jun 5, 2020
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This week, we meet an artist who relies on patrons getting up close and personal with her work to discuss how she's dealing with the new boundaries of social distancing.

And, we talk to the owners of a commercial cleaning service about what "clean" means during a pandemic. (You might not want to touch any more light switches.)

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Jordan Harris says he started Harris Dream Clean in 2015 by buying a $45 vacuum and knocking on doors after he quit his cleaning job at an aviation company.

One client led to another, and then another. He eventually convinced his older brother, Lance, to quit his cleaning position for a different aviation firm to join him.

"(He) turned me down a few times, but he finally agreed to it," Jordan said as both brothers laughed.

The Range | May 29, 2020

May 29, 2020
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March 13: That's when Sedgwick County announced its first restriction on the size of public gatherings as a way to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

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 restrictions on everyday life are lifted, 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.