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Watch: Secretary Kobach To Helm Second Meeting Of Election Panel

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is leading the second meeting of President Trump’s election integrity commission in New Hampshire Tuesday.

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Had a garage sale the other day. Swore I’d never have another one 2 sales ago. But stuff just kept piling up and something had to be done. So my wife, my daughter and I spent a long 90-degree June day saying over and over, “Yes, we’ll take 50 cents instead of 75 cents for that.”

I was going to do another commentary today about British Petroleum’s oil massacre of the Gulf of Mexico. But when I sat down to write it and began thinking about the leak which is a mile below the surface of the water, my thoughts were interrupted by a BP official who burst into my brain and quickly waved me away from the scene.

“You can’t consider this at all,” he ordered. “This entire area of thought is off-limits to anyone except employees of BP. Cease all mental cogitation on this subject immediately.”

The amazing thing about the tragic BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico for me, is not that it happened. It’s not the gargantuan size of the spill itself. And it’s not that the three corporations involved are each blaming the other. What’s unbelievable about this disaster is the fact that the drilling industry had no plan for what to do in the event that such a spill took place. They seem to be scrambling and improvising in a way that reminds me of a three-year-old who shattered Mom’s favorite flower vase all over the kitchen floor while trying to get to the cookie jar.

There’s a local businessman who’s running for Representative Todd Tiahrt’s congressional seat.  This guy is apparently just nuts about me. He really really really wants to be my pal. I know this because he’s tried three times to “friend” me on Facebook. Each time I turn him down and it never hurts his feelings. He just comes back again with another request. He’s positively smitten with me, I can only surmise.

Spring is such a generous season. Without our having to lift a finger, nature showers us with spectacular abundance every April. It didn’t require a public vote on which trees would bud first. There was no legislation passed stipulating that by a certain date all tulips would burst open. The enthusiastic birdsong outside our kitchen windows every morning now does not have to be critiqued by a panel of celebrity judges.

My ego can beat up your ego. My team can beat your team. My political party can beat your political party. My country can beat your country. My planet can beat your planet. My galaxy can…well, we’re not quiet that far yet, but the time will come.

Bragging rights. We humans love ‘em. Gotta be the best, the biggest, the baddest. In a conversation with a friend recently I found myself saying this about the recent basketball season: “Thank goodness for the Emporia State women’s team! National Division II champs!”

What’s wrong with this picture: Here I am living in Wichita, Kansas, and I have to buy frozen White Castle cheeseburgers at the grocery. That’s right. Frozen. They come 6 to a box. Shipped in from God-knows-where. To Wichita.

Wichita is the home of White Castles. They were invented by Walter Anderson and Billy Ingram right here in 1921. They swept throughout the Midwest in the next decades. They continue to thrive all over the place. But are there any in Wichita? No, there are not.

I don’t know about you but I’m seeing signs of spring everywhere these days! The tiniest hint of green on my lawn; birdsong in the mornings; two whole weeks without snow and that surest indicator of Spring in Kansas – state legislators giving more tax breaks to businesses while our schools agonize over deep budget cuts.

You see, our legislators argue that they may be creating new jobs for our state by giving businesses these tax breaks. You know, to sort of offset the jobs lost due to school budget cuts.



Jonathan Huber

Audio Postcard: Powwow

Powwows are an integral part of the way Native Americans remember their history and ancestors. Many powwows are held throughout the year at Mid-America All-Indian Center in Wichita.

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Monday 9.11.17

Night Train highlights some string things tonight – violinists, string ensembles, and string quartet and orchestra accompaniment with jazz artists, including a number of classically influenced pieces for the September Classical Meets Jazz/Classical Music Month feature.  Among the artists featured are Stan Getz (from the famous Focus album), Cecile McLorin Salvant (whose new album includes several pieces with string quartet), Quartet Indigo, Chick Corea with the Harlem String Quartet, Regina Carter (from her Paganini album), the Turtle Island String Quartet, and the Modern Jazz Quartet and Martin Wind, both with symphony orchestras.

Tuesday 9.12.17

There’s quite a long list of impressive jazz artists born on this date and Night Train features music from all of them this evening – trombonist and Saturday Night Live Band member Steve Turre, trumpeter Brian Lynch, pianist and vocalist Champian Fulton (including music from her new album of original compositions, Speechless), saxophonist Scott Hamilton, and organist Papa John DeFrancesco (and music as well from both of his sons, Joey and Johnny DeFrancesco).

Also the Night Train feature for Classical Music Month continues with two new releases, the VEIN Trio playing music of Ravel, and Third Stream pioneer Ran Blake teamed up with singer Dominique Eade.

Wednesday 9.13.17

Night Train marks birthdays of R&B pianist and singer Charles Brown and also critic and songwriter Leonard Feather. We’ll hear later and classic tracks from Brown, and Feather’s songs performed by Dinah Washington and Ella Fitzgerald, along with music from his daughter Lorraine Feather. Plus new music from Cecile McLorin Salvant, the Wynton Kelly Trio, and Tom Rizzo – and for the Classical Meets Jazz/Classical Music Month feature, music of Satie from Dan Willis & Velvet Gentlemen, and a special featuring pianist Aaron Diehl in a tribute to the Modern Jazz Quartet.

Thursday 9.14.17

With Hispanic Heritage Month beginning tomorrow, Night Train offers a program featuring Latin jazz tonight, including music from Mike Freeman ZonaVibe, Michael Spiro & Wayne Wallace, Arturo Sandoval, Bill O’Connell, Gabriel Alegria, Trio da Paz, and David Sanchez. We’ll also continue our Classical Meets Jazz feature for Classical Music Month with selections from Charlie Haden, Jeremy Pelt and Maureen Choi.

Monday, September 11

Global Village celebrates birthdays of English folk rock great John Martyn, and also the birthday of Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart. We’ll hear several varied selections from Martyn, and we’ll explore Hart’s world music excursions with Planet Drum, the taiko group Kodo, and the Diga Rhythm Band. Plus the latest from the Canadian world duo Rakkatak, and blues and desert blues guitarist Ramon Goose, and the Hispanic Heritage Month feature continues with one of the leading figures on the contemporary Latin jazz scene, Cuban-born, Bay Area based pianist Omar Sosa.

Tuesday, September 12

Global Village marks birthdays of two artists with deep Latin jazz roots for the September Hispanic Heritage Month feature – trumpeter Brian Lynch and trombonist Steve Turre. It’s also the birthday of Israeli pianist Idan Raichel and world/jazz percussionist Adam Rudolph – and there’s new music from New Kingston and Mamadou Kelly.

Wednesday, September 13

Global Village takes off on another exploration of world jazz, including some Latin jazz for the Hispanic Heritage Month feature. Among the highlights - the jazz side of Fela with his early band, Koola Lobitos; a tribute to John Coltrane from Carlos Santana with John McLaughlin; the African Jazz Pioneers; a flamenco-jazz release from Terceto Kali; and Oliver Lake’s Steel Quartet.

Thursday, September 14

As Global Village continues its Hispanic Heritage Month feature, it’s birthday salutes this time to Steve Berlin, perhaps best known for his work with Los Lobos, and Cachao, the legendary Cuban-born bassist and composer. Plus a tribute to bassist Holger Czukay of the German psychedelic-electronic-world-rock band, Can, who passed away last week, and the latest from the Helsinki-Cotonou Ensemble, Songhoy Blues, and Omar Souleyman.

Friday, September 15

Global Village celebrates the start of Hispanic Heritage Month with a program devoted entirely to the wide range of Latin sounds and artists that have helped shape American music. Latin jazz, soul and rock are all featured, including some of the legends of the music - among them Machito, Mongo Santamaria, Los Lobos, and Santana – plus rare sides from Joe King Carrasco, Flash & the Dynamics and more.

September 15/17

Crossroads continues its Blues Piano Month feature with music from blues piano legend and Muddy Waters Band member Pinetop Perkins. Plus lots of blues concerts in the coming week and Crossroads highlights music from the artists appearing both locally and regionally – and new music from Hurricane Ruth, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, the Cash Box Kings and more.

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Monday, September 11

Southern Blood is the latest album from Gregg Allman, the singer and former Allman Brothers Band vocalist had completed the record before his death earlier in 2017. We’ll hear selections from that release on this episode of the show plus selections from Robert Cray and Hi Rhythm’s collaborative LP, also released this year.

Tuesday, September 12

Saturday, September 9

Jigs, reels and ballads with Cathie Ryan and her band - recorded at the Old Settlers Inn.


Wichita Police Tentatively Identify Child’s Body Found In Home

Wichita Police say a three-year-old boy missing since July is likely the small child that was found encased in cement at a Wichita home over the weekend.

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