The Range


Thankfully, 2020 is coming to a close.

There's only a couple of months remaining in what has been an usually stressful and difficult year for just about everybody.

But before it leaves, 2020 has made a mess of one more tradition: the holiday office party.

The Range | Nov. 6, 2020

Nov 6, 2020
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It’s First Friday, and that means it’s time to talk about the arts — along with cooking, chaos and mythology.

The Range | Oct. 30, 2020

Oct 30, 2020

More than 1 million Kansans are expected to cast ballots in this year's election. And many of them already have: Advance voting has been brisk, and the state sent out a record number of mail-in ballots.

With the election only a few days away, we wanted to hear from voters about what issues were most important to them when they went to the polls. This week on The Range, we head to Newman University and Wichita State's Koch Arena to hear what voters have to say.

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There was a time when Peri Widener thought she might make a career as a pianist.

Instead, she took her communications degree from Wichita State University and spent nearly 40 years with Boeing, retiring in 2017 as vice president and general manager for Global Services.

And she learned that her background in music and communications — plus a minor in business — was a strength in the international business world.

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If you’ve driven down Douglas past Old Town and Union Station, you’ve seen the giant steam engine that is the prize of the Great Plains Transportation Museum. It’s right in the middle of the overpass; you drive right under it.

The Range | Oct. 23, 2020

Oct 23, 2020
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Who doesn’t like trains (other than when you’re stuck in traffic waiting for one to pass)?

This week on The Range, we track down a museum in Wichita that's a hidden gem for train lovers of all ages.

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Electric cars aren't a common sight in rural Kansas — yet.

But the town of Winfield — population 12,000, about 45 minutes southeast of Wichita — knows that will inevitably change.

"We’re going to see the electrification of vehicles across the country," said City Manager Taggart Wall. "So how do we stay on the leading edge of that and learn as the industry grows, rather than try to be retroactive and catch up?"

The Range | Oct. 16, 2020

Oct 16, 2020
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Ronald Fleming is a regular on Wichita Transit. But most riders probably don't know him by that name.

This week on The Range, we go en route with the man who calls himself "The Cowboy."

Plus, we travel to Winfield, where city leaders are taking charge of their green energy future.

The Range | Oct. 9, 2020

Oct 9, 2020

Kansas' first Muslim sorority began its first full year at Wichita State University this fall, despite the challenges of the pandemic. This week on The Range, we talk to the president of Mu Delta Alpha about the sorority is building sisterhood, and a better understanding of Islam.

Plus, the 2021 forecast for Wichita's economy is out, and while it's not all puppy dogs and ice cream, it does bring some good news — if we can keep the coronavirus under control.

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The Wichita and Kansas economies are expected to grow slowly in 2021, but not enough to make up for all the losses suffered in 2020.