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Kansas' Youngest Gubernatorial Hopefuls Participate In High School Forum

The four teenagers running to be the next governor of Kansas were tested Thursday at a forum organized by their peers at Lawrence Free State High School.

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I lost a good friend last week and, in a way, so did you. His name was Arthur Schuetz. He died six days from his 99th birthday.

He was my neighbor for years in the College Hill area. Art lived a quiet life, to my knowledge never making any newscast, never getting his photo and name splashed across the newspapers, never running for public office, never having streets or schools or businesses named for himself.

Paleteria La Reyna

Oct 8, 2010

I’ve been walking a lot lately, and not just because the weather is finally behaving.  I’ve been trying to balance the amount of exercise I get with the number of popsicles I have been eating.  This summer was the summer of the the paleta for me.  A paleta is a Mexican popsicle, and I have been quite obsessed with them, to the point where I was eating one a day during the month of August, hence, the new exercise regime.

Greetings from The Land That Time Forgot, also known as Wichita, Kansas. We’ve been a little slow to accept some of them new-fangled things that other towns have had for years. Take bicycles, for instance. We weren’t too sure they’d catch on so we waited a while. Then the other day I noticed an actual bike lane on First Street in the College Hill area. Right there against the curb was the white outline of a bicycle indicating a bike lane. At first I thought it was a crime scene. Like on TV where the police draw a chalk outline around the victim, in this case a bicycle.

Manna Wok

Sep 24, 2010
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If you didn’t already know this, I’m half Asian-- half Filipino, specifically. I grew up eating rice with every meal, fish with heads on, chicken with feet on, fermented things, and every soy product known to man.  My parents are adventurous eaters, so my brother and sister and I ate all kinds of weird stuff from the get-go.  There is no food I won’t try at least once.

My Tho

Sep 10, 2010

I have good news. We are seriously blessed with wonderful Vietnamese food in Wichita.

If you are unfamiliar with Vietnamese cooking, it is easy to like, even for a beginner. It’s fresh and healthy, relying on noodles and rice, small amounts of meat, and lots of vegetables and fresh herbs. Oftentimes raw ingredients will be used to garnish cooked dishes by the diner to her own tastes, so it’s a great cuisine for people who like to play with their food.

Isn’t passion great? Not the romantic kind of “oh, baby, I love you, I love you” passion, but the everyday sort of passion that people feel for practically every kind of imaginable thing.

Lots of good folks locally feel pretty strongly about college football. Some of them are convinced that Wichita State University made a wrong-headed move when it punted its own football program into the trash bin of history at the end of the 1986 season.

There is always a conspicuous absence of WSU on the sports pages this time of year as Kansas State and KU become the subjects of endless speculation about this season’s football teams.

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Cooking With Fire: Michelin

When you’re traveling and looking for the best restaurants to eat at on your trip, who do you ask? You could of course go to social media and ask for recommendations, or maybe call or text friends in the area, but how about asking a tire company?

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In the 1980s, Ozzy Osbourne had a reputation for launching the careers of talented younger players. His original guitarist, Randy Rhoads, was a classically-trained wunderkind whose untimely death in early 1982 punctuated the brightness with which his star burned. There would be a succession of six-stringers who passed through the former Black Sabbath vocalist’s camp: Brad Gillis would have mainstream success with the band Nigh Ranger, Jake E. Lee would become one of the great unsung players of the ‘80s.

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In 1996, Shawn Colvin released the album A Few Small Repairs. It was her fourth effort for the Columbia imprint, and it reunited her with longtime co-writer and producer John Leventhal.

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Friday, October 20

Derelicts is the first album in six years from Swedish duo Carbon Based Lifeforms. We’ll hear selections from this release as well as music from Robert Plant’s 2005 effort Might ReArranger.

Saturday, October 21

Masseduction is the latest release from Tulsa-born musician Annie Clark, who performs under the name St. Vincent. We’ll hear music from this recording plus selections from Lotta Sea Lice, the new collaborative effort from Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile.

Monday, October 23

Released in 1993, Fate of Nations would be Robert Plant’s final solo album for nearly a decade. The record featured a cover of Tim Hardin’s “If I Were In A Carpenter” as well as the hits “29 Palms” and “I Believe,” a song he wrote for his son Karac, who died in 1977 at the age of five. We’ll hear selections from this album as well as from Led Zeppelin’s final official studio release, 1979’s In Through The Out Door.

Tuesday, October 24

Listen for music from Deerhoof’s latest, Mountain Moves. We’ll hear selections from that recording as well as Everything All At Once from Birds.

Wednesday, October 25

Personal Boy is the latest EP from Har Mar Superstar, the name under which soul/R&B-influenced musician Sean Tillman performs. We’ll hear selections from that recording as well as selections from Space4Lease’s latest.

Thursday, October 26

Colors is the long-awaited thirteenth release from Beck. Listen for music from the album as well as selections from the latest by singer-songwriter Jeffrey Martin, One Go Around.

Friday, October 27

Released in 1978, Cats Under the Stars is the one and only studio album credited to the Jerry Garcia Band. Joining him on the effort his bandmates from the Grateful Dead, Keith and Donna Godchaux, plus his longtime rhythm section of Ron Tutt and John Kahn. We’ll hear songs from Cats Under the Stars on this episode plus music from PJ Harvey’s 1992 release Dry.

Saturday, October 28

Dreamland is Robert Plant’s 2002 covers collection featuring songs written by Bob Dylan, Tim Buckley and others. We’ll hear music from that recording plus music from Joan Osborne’s recent Songs of Bob Dylan album.

Monday, October 30

Listen for selections from Robert Plant’s 1982 solo debut, Pictures At Eleven as well as Kirk Ross’ Cartwheel.

Tuesday, October 31

It’s our annual Halloween celebration with music from Roky Erickson, Ghost, John Carpenter and The Cramps. 

Monday 10.16.17

Night Train marks birthdays of trumpeter Roy Hargrove, trombonist Ray Anderson, and drummer Mark Walker. Plus more music from October featured artists Thelonious Monk and Dizzy Gillespie – including from Monk’s son T.S. Monk and from the Dizzy Gillespie Alumni Allstar – and the latest from the Bill Charlap Trio, Steve Smith & Vital Information NYC Edition, Dave Strkyer and more.

Tuesday 10.17.17

Night Train marks marks the birthday of bebop guitarist Barney Kessel, guitarist Howard Alden (with covers of compositions from Thelonious Monk, one of Night Train’s October featured artists), and drummer Cozy Cole (with Dizzy Gillespie, the other October featured artist). Plus a special in hour two exploring the birth of bebop through the early work of Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker, and new releases from guitarists Russell Malone and Andrew Scott.

Wednesday 10.18.17

Night Train marks birthdays of singer Anita O’Day, bassist/singer/composer Esperanza Spalding, drummer Bill Stewart, and trumpeter Wynton Marsalis (including a special with Wynton and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in hour two of the show).  Plus more from October featured artists Dizzy Gillespie (including a live set with Wynton Marsalis as a special guest) and Thelonious Monk (including music from his debut album on Columbia Records, his most successful release and the album that led to his appearance on the cover of Time Magazine. (Only a handful of jazz artists have been featured on Time – Wynton Marsalis was another.)

Thursday 10.19.17

Dizzy Gillespie’s 100th birthday is this Saturday and in honor of the occasion Night Train devotes tonight’s entire show to music from the legendary trumpeter, composer, and pioneer of bebop, Latin and world jazz. Among the highlights - early bebop classics, some of his Afro-Cuban and world jazz efforts, and a later album with Count Basie Plus a special in hour two chronicling his pivotal work in the 1940s, especially the pioneering big bands he put together during that time.

Monday, October 16

It’s ‘cool covers’ this time in the Global Village with world music cover versions of songs from a wide range of performers, including Santana (doing the Four Tops), Gabor Szabo (Sonny & Cher), the Skatalites (the Beatles), Michael Doucet & Tom Rigney (Louis Jordan), Playing for Change (Marvin Gaye) and Fanfare Ciocarlia (Screaming Jay Hawkins).

Tuesday, October 17

Global Village marks the Haitian holiday of Dessalines Day with a program devoted entirely to music from Haiti. Highlights include music from roots music bands Boukman Eksperyans and Boukan Ginen, compa pioneers Nemours Jean-Baptiste and Webert Sicot, the inspired vocal ensemble Grupo Vocal Desandann, and Haitian jazz from Jacques Schwarz-Bart.

Wednesday, October 18

In conjunction with the Global Village October ‘Steel Guitar Around the Globe’ feature, a show devoted entirely to the steel guitar – from its early days in Hawaii, though a remarkable transformation in Indian music, to the success it found in western swing, rock, sacred steel and jazz. We’ll hear Hawaiian greats Sol Hoopi and Tau Moe, several generations of Indian guitarists, western swing legend Tom Morrell, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, steel instrumental rock hitmakers Santo & Johnny, and the Finnish group Southpaw Steel ‘n’ Twang.

Thursday, October 19

Global Village remembers reggae legend Peter Tosh on his birthday with music he did with the Wailers and as a solo artist, along with a song he recorded but never released covered by his son Andrew Tosh. Plus more steel guitar sounds for the October feature from Slide to Freedom and Lucky Oceans – and a new compilation of music from Somalia, the Expanders revisiting roots reggae classics, and contemporary jazz-afrobeat from drummer Tony Allen’s new Blue Note release.

Friday, October 20

Global Village marks the birthday of Tunisian oud master Anouar Brahem with music from several of his albums, including Blue Maqams which was just released last week. Plus the new album from contemporary classical group Kronos Quartet with Mali’s Trio da Kali, and more steel guitar sounds from around the globe for the October feature, including music from Indian guitarist Debashish Bhattacharya (with special guest John McLaughlin) and Canadian musician Harry Manx (doing Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme”).

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Newton Poised To Be Regional Hub If Passenger Rail Expands North

The city of Newton, Kansas, sits on Amtrak’s Southwest Chief route, which runs from L.A. to Chicago. Now, with city and state leaders pushing for the expansion of a passenger rail route north from Oklahoma, Newton could become a regional hub.

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More Than 70 Kids Missing From Kansas' Foster Care System

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Pressure Mounting To Fire DCF Secretary