The Range

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On this episode of The Range, we get a desperately needed sports fix from some Shocker basketball legends. Before the coronavirus outbreak, a group took time to visit fans at an assisted living center in east Wichita — and super-fan Carla Eckels tagged along.

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While the entire United States economy has taken a hit from the coronavirus, the restaurant industry is particularly vulnerable.

With people sheltering at home and a prohibition against large gatherings, many Wichita restaurants have temporarily shut down, laid off employees and are waiting for the pandemic to run its course.

Bill Rowe has spent more than 30 years in the food industry. He owned the popular Willie C’s Cafe & Bar and later Red Beans Bayou Grill.

He currently operates Blue Moon Catering out of his Villa Luna event space in west Wichita.

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In this week's episode, we go en route with a California transplant (there seem to be a lot of those here) who loves Wichita's public transit system, but not its weather.

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If you're in downtown Wichita at just the right place, and just the right time, you can hear it: the Bloomfield carillon. On this episode of The Range, we head to the source of the noontime concerts that have been a Wichita tradition for more than half a century.

The Range | Feb. 28, 2020

Feb 28, 2020
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In the Wichita public school district, roughly 80 percent of the teaching staff is white, the majority are women, and they’re standing in front of classrooms that are prominently students of color. That's why artist and educator Janice Thacker founded the Black Educators Hall of Fame in Wichita — to celebrate black teachers, and get more of them into classrooms. This week on The Range, we meet the 2020 Hall of Fame inductees, and some of the students they had an impact on.

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In the second grade, Jay Miller wrote a paper saying he planned to make a living in baseball.

And he has — not as a player, but as a front office executive for 38 years.

Miller is president of the Wichita Wind Surge, which begins its first season in a new stadium in less than two months.

The Range | Feb. 14, 2020

Feb 14, 2020
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Happy Valentine's Day! May your heart soar with the eagles today — if they show up. This month's Hidden Kansas takes us on a hike to find the majestic birds at a secluded park just an hour south of Wichita.

The Range: Feb. 7, 2020

Feb 7, 2020
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On this episode of The Range, we're getting into the First Friday spirit: We talk to award-winning Wichita artist Ernest Vincent Wood III about his love affair with a style of painting that celebrated its heyday 400 years ago.

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On this episode of The Range, we talk to a trade expert about what the new U.S.-China agreement could mean for Wichita and Kansas. Her take: It's all hat, less cattle, as they might say down in Texas (or out in Dodge City).

Courtesy of Wichita State University

Usha Haley is the W. Frank Barton distinguished chair in international business at Wichita State University and an expert on of trade with China.

Her research on Chinese subsidies and trade with China is incorporated into trade regulations for the United States, the European Union and several other countries.

After this month’s phase one trade agreement between the U.S. and China was signed, she talked with Tom Shine and The Range about what the agreement contains, what impact it might have locally and what’s next.

The interview was edited for length and clarity.