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Kansas Looks At Hiring More School Counselors, If They Can Be Found

Gov. Sam Brownback wants to add hundreds of new counselors to public schools in Kansas over the next five years, if those counselors can be found.

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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.

The unprecedented nastiness of this season’s primary campaign seems noteworthy. Has there ever been a political atmosphere as charged with negativity as this one? Have there ever been so many candidates who’ve had so little to say about what they are actually in favor of? Okay, we did hear some platitudes about “Kansas values.” But mostly we heard negative messages telling us what they were against. They were against President Obama. They were against health care reform. They were against taxation. They were against undocumented immigrants.

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Wichita has a long and proud history as a baseball town-- from club games in the 1870s, to serving as the home of the NBC Tournament since its beginning in 1935, to the national championship success of Wichita State University. But last month marked the anniversary of a lost piece of Wichita baseball history that almost seems too strange to be true: A game in 1925 between the Wichita Monrovians-- an all African-American professional team-- and the Wichita chapter of the Ku Klux Klan.

So my family went out of town for a week and Wichita had a whole lot of rain during that time. There was the usual indicator of too much moisture in Wichita yards: a mushrooming bumper crop of political yard signs.

The recent death of Tom Leahy Jr., better known as Major Astro to Kansas baby boomers, caused my mind to rocket into the past. The good major wore his astronaut jumpsuit while hosting a daily afterschool kiddie show on local TV from 1962 to 1973. Wally Gator, Touche Turtle and Felix the Cat cartoons were beamed earthward to all the little tykes watching their rabbit-eared TV sets. Many were, no doubt, clutching their membership cards to the Major Astro Club.

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Endless Possibilities for MarkArts | An Artist's Perspective

The news is out about the new and wonderful $22 million MarkArts complex, which opened at Rock Road and 13th Street last week. I think we are extremely lucky to have this jewel in Wichita.

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KMUW Music

“They’re all some of the most difficult pieces that I play,” says pianist Christopher O’Riley, discussing his preparation for a recital spotlighting the music of Radiohead.

The Los Angeles-based musician has been arranging/interpreting/performing Radiohead’s music since the early 2000s. “I really like to think that this is an infinitesimally slowed-down improvisation because I really am making note choices, harmony choices from one sixteenth note to the next.”

Monday 1.15.18

Night Train steps aside for two specials – from Night Lights and Blues & Beyond – featuring music in celebration of Dr. King Day.

Tuesday 1.16.18

Some legendary tenor saxophonists and classic and contemporary organists featured tonight on the Night Train. Among the highlights, a Best of 2017 pick from Pat Martino featuring organist Pat Bianchi, the latest from organists Gregory Lewis, Dr. Lonnie Smith and Organissimo, tenor men Coleman Hawkins, John Coltrane (with Thelonious Monk), Stan Getz (with Charlie Byrd from the pioneering Jazz Samba album), and Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis (with organist Shirley Scott).

Wednesday 1.17.18

Night Train features another 2017 favorite, from the Peter Erskine Trio, for the January Best of the Year feature, and marks birthdays of singers Eartha Kitt and Cheryl Bentyne, and pianists Cyrus Chestnut and Cedar Walton, including a performance from Walton at the Savannah Music Festival in hour two of the show.

Thursday 1.18.18

Night Train marks birthdays of drummer Al Foster (with McCoy Tyner, Bobby Hutcherson, and Sonny Rollins), guitarist Bobby Broom, singer Irene Kral, and saxophonist Steve Grossman. Plus more of the Best of 2017, including show favorites from bassist Ben Allison, the Bill Charlap Trio, and guitarist Ralph Towner; new music from Julian Lage and Steve Slagle; and a preview of a new double-album from the Chick Corea + Steve Gadd Band.

A Blues Artist Tribute

Jan 15, 2018
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January 19/21

This week at the Crossroads as part of the January feature looking back at the past year in blues, a tribute to artists who passed away in 2017 – including last albums from both Gregg Allman and Chuck Berry; music from Fats Domino and from a Domino tribute album that included a track from Tom Petty; also James Cotton, Lonnie Brooks, Leo ‘Bud’ Welch, soul singer Charles Bradley, and guitarist Howard Carroll of the gospel group the Dixie Hummingbirds.

We also highlight an Allman Brothers cover of an Elmore James song, as part of the January Elmore James Centennial Birthday feature; and in hour two, a special in tribute to CeDell Davis, who passed away last year, and R.L. Boyce, one of this year’s blues Grammy nominees.

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Al Holliday & The Eastside Rhythm Band will perform at Barleycorn's Saturday, Jan. 13 from 7–9 p.m. The soul-inspired group features Holliday's signature blues-based vocals—which have earned him acclaim from the St. Louis-area paper, Riverfront Times—as well as plenty of southern-inflected piano and horns.

You can hear plenty of what has listeners across the region excited via the album Natural Remedies (2015) or through the collective's live shows.

Jedd Beaudoin: When was it that soul music first entered your life?

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Tuesday, January 16

Listen for selections from Drunk, the 2017 release by Thundercat, featuring guest appearances from Michael McDonald, Kenny Loggins, Pharrell and Kendrick Lamar. We’ll also hear music from Michael McDonald’s 2017 effort, Wide Open.

Wednesday, January 17

We’ll hear music from Psychsploitation Today, the new release by The Prefab Messiahs as well as new music from the neo-psychedelic band Django Django.

Thursday, January 18

Listen for music from Strange Angels, the new tribute to blues great Elmore James featuring selections from Rodney Crowell, Tom Jones and Jamey Johnson. We’ll also hear performances by James himself, who died in 1963.

Friday, January 19

 We’ll hear music from Echo, the 2017 effort from Vehicles as well as selections from Split Lip Rayfield’s On My Way.

Saturday, January 20

Ruins is the first album of new material from First Aid Kit since 2014, listen for selections from it on this episode as well as for recent music by The Wichita Flag.

Monday, January 22

We’ll hear music from Tunnel Vision, the 2017 EP from Kill Vargas as well as selections from Dustin Arbuckle & The Damnations.

Tuesday, January 23

We’ll hear music from Accomplice One, the new release from Tommy Emmanuel featuring guest appearances from Rodney Crowell, Amanda Shires and Ricky Skaggs, plus music from guitarist Julian Lage. 

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State Board Of Education Approves Pilot Programs For Accelerated Teaching Licenses

The Kansas State Board of Education on Tuesday approved two new pilot programs for educating teachers to address Kansas’ teacher shortage .

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