The Range

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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One day you’re working from an office in downtown Wichita, the next you’re conducting business out of the spare bedroom downstairs.

Among the many changes the pandemic has caused, perhaps none has impacted people more than having to work from home.

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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.

Stephan Bisaha / KMUW

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.


During the pandemic, getting accurate information in a timely manner has often been difficult. For people whose primary language isn’t English, the task is that much more complicated.

Radio host Claudia Amaro has been working from her Wichita home translating information for Spanish speakers across Kansas. She says people are anxious to know the latest updates about COVID-19. KMUW's Carla Eckels spoke with Amaro about overcoming the language barrier.

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How are nonprofits faring when there are no profits? On this episode of The Range, we talk to the head of the Nonprofit Chamber of Service in Wichita about how organizations are doing during a pandemic that's hobbled their ability to fundraise, among other things.

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Though it seems just about everything is shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic — stores, restaurants, salons — Wichita's public buses are still running, taking riders to and from essential jobs. On this week's episode of The Range, we spend some time with the people who keep those buses germ-free.

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Cheryl Miller, president of the Kansas Ornithological Society and senior assistant dean in the Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Wichita State, scans the woods for songbirds. The path follows the trees along Chisholm Creek and then opens onto restored tallgrass prairie.

Chisholm Creek Park is part of Wichita’s Great Plains Nature Center — 282 acres just north of 29th Street between Oliver and Woodlawn.