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Stock Gains Boost University Endowments In Kansas, For Now

A booming stock market last year meant big gains for endowments at Kansas colleges and universities. But declines in the long-term performance of endowments and changes to the tax code make many financial officers nervous.

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Dec 3, 2010

Wichita is a true destination for Lebanese food in this country.  We are really lucky to have so many great Lebanese restaurants here.

Now that we’re past Thanksgiving, it’s time to turn toward the season of Mr. C.

Thai House

Nov 19, 2010
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I love spicy food.  I love it when I eat something so hot that I get a little high from it, or start to hallucinate just a little.  I want to sweat and pant as I eat.  It may seem sadomasochistic to you, but it’s my kind of fun. If I eat enough chilies, people seem funnier and prettier and project fuzzy pink auras.  I’m not kidding.  I do it all the time.

There’s no way I could not take a walk this morning. Aside from the intensive lobbying of my Airedale friend Ollie, the blue Kansas sky and ruby leaves of our pin oaks overpowered me. So I hitched Ollie to the leash and out we went, fully engulfed in another splendid crispy November autumn morning.

Sport Burger

Nov 5, 2010

I have found that most people like to talk about food.  If you can’t think of anything clever to say at a party, you can always break the social ice by asking people what they like to eat.  It’s a nice way to start a conversation, and you might even learn something.

How exactly do robo-calls help politicians? You know what I’m talking about—those automated, prerecorded phone messages we get on our landlines (those of us who still have landlines).

I don’t know anyone who ever says, “Wow, I got the nicest, most informative robo-call the other day.  The information was so pertinent and it really convinced me that that person was the right one for the job!”

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.



Justin Cary

Cooking With Fire: Duck á l'Orange

Duck à l’Orange was once the best known duck recipe in the world… popularized in the United States by Julia Child, it seemed to be on the menu of every French restaurant in the 1960s. Over the years the dish’s star power has faded according to some food experts… but if that is the case, someone forgot to let the rest of the world know.

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KMUW Music

Monday 1.29.18

Night Train kicks off the final week of the January Best of 2017 feature and an Awards Week series of shows with music from the year’s jazz award winners, nominees and honorees, including newly announced recordings being inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, and a performance in hour two of the show from Grammy and NAACP Image Award nominee, singer Cecile McLorin Salvant.

Tuesday 1.30.18

Each year the National Endowment for the Arts picks a group of living jazz artists to honor as NEA Jazz Masters. The honorees for 2017 were singer Dee Dee Bridgewater, bassist Dave Holland, pianist Dick Hyman, and organist Dr. Lonnie Smith. In a special edition of Night Train tonight as part of our Awards Week to wrap up the January Best of 2017 feature, the show is devoted to music from all four 2017 honorees – along with selections from past NEA Jazz Masters including Chick Corea, Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Gary Burton, George Coleman, and Benny Golson.

Wednesday 1.31.18

As part of Night Train’s Awards Week to wrap up the January Best of 2017 feature, a special program tonight devoted to women NEA Jazz Masters. Since 1982 when the NEA program began, over 150 artists have been honored – of them less than two dozen have been women. We’ll highlight music from those honorees –including Ella Fitzgerald (the first woman NEA Jazz Master) and singers Betty Carter, Carmen McRae, Abbey Lincoln, Sarah Vaughan, and Dee Dee Bridgewater; trombonist Melba Liston (one of the first female instrumentalists named an NEA Jazz Master); pianists Carla Bley, Marian McPartland, and 2018 honoree Joanne Brackeen.

Thursday 2.1.18

Night Train wraps Awards Week with a special program featuring the 2018 NEA Jazz Masters. Each year since 1982, the National Endowment for the Arts has selected a group of living jazz artists and advocates to honor. They are announced in the summer before and then celebrated with a special tribute concert and more during their fellowship year. The 2018 Masters are guitarist Pat Metheny, singer Dianne Reeves, pianist and composer Joanne Brackeen, and record and concert producer Todd Barkan. Tonight’s Night Train features classic albums, guest appearances, productions and more from all four.

Monday, January 29

Monday in the Global Village we kick off Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival, a special new monthly concert series featuring world music artists in performance at the acclaimed Savannah Music Festival. In conjunction with our January Best of 2017 feature, we begin the series with Vicente Amigo, widely regarded as the finest flamenco guitarist performing today. He is a master of traditional forms, yet also a fearless innovator, and his work has won numerous awards, including a Latin Grammy and a Grammy nomination for his 2017 album, Memoria de los Sentidos.

Tuesday, January 30

Global Village pays tribute to South African legend Hugh Masekela and Steve Nisbett, drummer and cofounder of the influential British reggae band Steel Pulse who passed away in January, along with Earl Lindo of the Wailers, reggae star Frankie Paul, and Latin jazz flutist Dave Valentin who died in 2017. Plus more favorites from 2017 – from Ozomatli and Tamikrest – and Grammy reggae nominee Morgan Heritage.

Wednesday, January 31

Global Village wraps up the January Best of 2017 feature with a look back at the show’s Top Ten favorite albums of the past year. Selections include some different sounds from Spain, music from the Middle East, and an impressive and varied array of African releases. The full list of show favorites is on our website at

Thursday, February 1

Global Village kicks off the February duos feature with music from Ballake Sissoko & Vincent Segal (who will be featured in this month’s Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival special at the end of the month), and 2017 favorites Amine & Hamza, and Matthieu Saglio & Jose ‘El Piru.’ We also continue this week’s tribute to legendary South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela and drummer and Steel Pulse cofounder.

Sunday, January 28

Sunday on Soulsations, we remember legendary South African jazz musician Hugh Masekela. He passed away in Johannesburg, Tuesday, January 23rd at the age of 78.  The trumpeter's global hit "Grazing In The Grass" was released 50 years ago. Masekela has produced more than 40 albums. He is known for his song that’s considered the anti-apartheid anthem, "Bring Home Nelson Mandela," recorded in 1986. Masekela returned to South Africa after Mandela’s release in 1990.

Peter Cunningham

For Those Who Came After: Songs of Resistance from the Spanish Civil War is the latest release by stalwart New York City band Barbez. Joining the collective on this historically charged recording is vocalist Velina Brown, a longstanding member of the San Francisco Mime Troupe. The material heard on For Those Who Came After celebrates the International Brigades, including the American Abraham Lincoln Brigade (ALB), which pledged solidarity against fascism between 1936 and 1938 in Spain.

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Wednesday, January 24

Listen for selections from the 2017 release from Reeves Gabrels, Imaginary Friends Live plus music from Jean Luc Ponty’s 1977 album Enigmatic Ocean.

Thursday, January 25

We’ll hear music from Learn To Swim, the 2017 effort from The Cavves plus music from For Sale: Live At Maxwell’s 1986 from The Replacements.

Friday, January 26

When The Replacements came to an abrupt end in 1991, founding member Tommy Stinson formed a new project named Bash & Pop. That group issued one album, 1993’s Friday Night Is Killing Me, before disbanding for nearly 25 years. We’ll hear selections from the 2017 reissue of Friday Night Is Killing Me as well as music from A Nod Is As Good As a Wink … to a Blind Horse, the 1971 album from Faces, featuring Rod Stewart, Kenney Jones (The Who) and Ronnie Wood (Rolling Stones).

Saturday, January 27

We remember some of the musicians we lost in 2017, including Allan Holdsworth, Chuck Berry and Tom Petty.

Monday, January 29

Listen for music from Especially For You, the 1986 release from The Smithereens as well as Based On A True Story, the 1988 album by The Del-Lords. We'll also remember Mark E. Smith, front man of the British post-punk band The Fall. Smith died last week at the age of 60.

Tuesday, January 30

 We’ll hear selections from Shuttered Room, the 1982 debut by The Fixx plus selections from Play Deep, the 1985 release from The Outfield.

Wednesday, January 31

We preview our February features: Simple Minds and Nona Hendryx.

Thursday, February 1

 We’ll hear music from Life In A Day, the 1977 debut from Simple Minds as well as selections from Songs to Learn and Sing, the 1985 release from Echo & The Bunnymen.

Friday, February 2

 It’s our New Month, New Music feature including selections from Walk Between Worlds by Simple Minds, the latest from First Aid Kit and more.

Saturday, February 3

 Listen for selections from The Fugitive, the 1983 release from Genesis co-founder Tony Banks as well as his bandmate, Mike Rutherford’s 1980 solo debut, Smallcreep’s Day. 


City of Wichita

Wichita Puts Firehouse Up For Sale To Spur Development

The city of Wichita is looking to developers to revitalize an area near the Commerce Arts District and Intrust Bank Arena.

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