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The Range | Jan. 15, 2021

Jan 15, 2021
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Have you been by Wichita's downtown riverfront lately? It doesn't look much different than it did a year ago — but change could be on the way, on both the west and east banks.

The Range | Jan. 8, 2021

Jan 8, 2021
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This week on The Range, we visit a small Kansas town that rebuilt its biggest tourist attraction, and itself, following a devastating tornado.

Plus, we talk with the mayor of Wichita about how the city is helping businesses survive the pandemic.

The Range | Jan. 1, 2021

Jan 1, 2021
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It's the first First Friday in 2021, and we're ringing in the New Year by talking about art.

Of course, 2021 doesn’t look much better than 2020 for art shows. But that hasn’t stopped two Wichita art lovers from becoming the new owners of one of the city's best-known galleries. This week on The Range, we talk to them about why, despite the challenges, the market for art is thriving.

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Norton’s Brewing Company in Old Town has a solution for outdoor dining this winter: igloos.

Forget images of packed snow: These igloos are made from PVC pipe and transparent vinyl. The sun heats up the air so quickly inside that umbrellas cover the honeycomb dome to slow down the greenhouse effect.

"We have it shaded right now because during the daytime it gets really hot in here with the sun," said Becky Norton, owner of Norton's Brewing Company. 

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Christmas Day is a time of celebration, a day when many of us traditionally gather with family or friends. But even that simple act is difficult —even impossible —in a year marked by significant challenges. 

KMUW's Carla Eckels spoke to four Wichita pastors who shared their messages of faith and hope.

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It's Christmas here on The Range, and after a tough year, we hear from four Wichita pastors who are sharing a message of faith, hope and love.

Plus, we talk to the world's busiest CEO this week: Santa. Actually, two Santas. (You might not want to listen to this episode with young kids.)

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The most difficult thing in writing about people who make appearances as Santa Claus? What to call them.

Do you use their real names (and risk ending up on the naughty list)? Call them Santa’s helpers? Mall Santas?

For this story, we’ll stick to the names they prefer when they’re decked out in full costume: Santa and Little Santa.

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In early 2016, residents of Wichita’s City Council District 1 got together to discuss what businesses they wanted to see move in at 13th and Oliver.

The Walmart Neighborhood Market there had just closed; so had the QuikTrip across the street.

But neighbors saw those losses as a chance to bring in new businesses that could benefit the area.

The Range | Dec. 18, 2020

Dec 18, 2020
Beth Golay / KMUW

This week on The Range, we meet a woman who's driven by the memory of her late mother to bring joy to other people's lives.

And, we talk to a community activist in Wichita who's pushing back on the payday lending industry after a title loan company moved into her neighborhood.

The Range | Dec. 11, 2020

Dec 11, 2020
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This week on The Range, we take a trip to western Kansas to visit the breathtaking "Cathedral of the Plains" that towers over the tiny town of Victoria.

Plus, we catch up with Lynn Hutchinson, a COVID-19 ICU nurse at St. Francis Hospital we first spoke to in July, to hear what the situation is like now, ten months into the pandemic.

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