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Kansas Bill Now Offers Wrongly Imprisoned Benefits, But Less Money

Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee say Kansans wrongly convicted of crimes deserve to be compensated by the state. The panel amended and advanced a bill Monday that would do that using more than just cash.

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This Christmas season we found that some of our big, bright C9 multicolored light strings weren’t working so well.  So, I decided to try to be a little greener this year and bought some strings of the new low-voltage LED lights.  I climbed up on the roof, attached them and plugged them in.  Then, I had to check the connection to see why they weren’t lit up, and I realized that they were, indeed, lit up.  (I’m making little quotation marks with my fingers when I use the term, “lit.”)  They are about 1/5 of the brightness level of the old incandescent lights.

Byblos

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.

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Book Review: 'Sunburn'

Inspired by the noir novels of James M. Cain, Laura Lippman assiduously delivers a masterpiece of the form in her steamy novel Sunburn . An alleged secret stash of cash from a questionable insurance settlement, apparently amoral characters, and ulterior motives all mixed up because of a fervid love affair simmer over a steady flame, until everything combusts.

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Season 4 of Invisibilia kicks off on KMUW on March 11, 2018. To whet the appetite, we'll be airing Season 3 in the weeks prior as a count-down of sorts beginning February 18.

KMUW Music

Monday 2.19.18

Night Train teams up with Global Village and Strange Currency to celebrate Presidents’ Day with music from Pres (Lester Young –including a special in hour two in tribute to him) and also from Dizzy Gillespie, who ran for President in 1964.  Plus new music from pianist Ben Paterson, and saxophonists Steve Slagle and Sherman Irby, and more duos for the February feature, including bassist Dave Young with jazz piano great Tommy Flanagan on a Miles Davis’ classic.

Tuesday 2.20.18

Night Train marks birthdays of singer Nancy Wilson and soul jazz organist Charles Kynard, features new music from Steve Smith & Vital Information, pianist Takaaki, and organist Caesar Grazier, and continues the February duos feature with King & Moore and a special performance from the Savannah Music Festival in hour two from pianists Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes.

Wednesday 2.21.18

Night Train continues the February duos feature with a classic duo album – Undercurrent from Bill Evans and Jim Hall. Plus birthday salutes to drummer Joe Farnsworth, pianist Eddie Higgins, composer and arranger Tadd Dameron, and also Nina Simone, including music from a new compilation of her early work on the Bethlehem label and a special about her life and music in hour two of the show.

Thursday 2.22.18

A duos extravaganza for the February Duos feature on the Night Train with music from a Latin Grammy winning release from Michel Camilo and Tomatito, Bobby McFerrin with Chick Corea, Oscar Peterson & Milt Jackson, a recently remastered and reissued recording from Fred Hersch and Jay Clayton, Kenny Barron & Dave Holland, and several duo recordings from bassist Charlie Haden – with Pat Metheny, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Hank Jones, and Keith Jarrett. There’s also new music from Corey Christiansen, Michel Camilo, Alfredo Rodriguez, Pat Martino, the Mark Wade Trio, and Delfeayo Marsalis.

Monday, February 19

Global Village celebrates Presidents’ Day with music from artists who ran for or won the office of president – including Dizzy Gillespie, Fela, Ruben Blades, and Michel Martelly – plus Les Ambassadeurs (because every president has some) and Brenda Fassie’s tribute to South African President, Nelson Mandela.

(Strange Currency and Night Train also celebrate President’s Day tonight.)

Tuesday, February 20

Global Village marks the birthday of singer, songwriter and indigenous activist Buffy Sainte-Marie, with music from one of her ‘60s albums up to her latest release, Medicine Songs, part of her remarkable and compelling comeback over the past decade. There are also more duos for the February feature, including Malagasy guitarist Dama & D’Gary, and cellist Redi Hasa with singer Maria Mazzotta – and there’s new music from Julio Pereira, 3MA, Robert Plant, and the Rough Guide to the Music of West Africa.

Wednesday, February 21

Global Village celebrates birthdays of critically acclaimed Americana and roots artist Rhiannon Giddens, and bluesman Corey Harris, who has incorporated reggae and African music into his work. Plus the latest from La Misa Negra, Boubacar Traore, and Ladama – and for the February duos feature, an exquisite duo project from Chinese erhu player Guo Gan and Ivory Coast balafon player Aly Keita.

Thursday, February 22

Some international reggae this time in the Global Village – with reggae-inspired sounds from Nigeria, Ghana, Poland, Russia, and other far flung places where Jamaican music has been an inspiration. Among the artists and bands featured are Russia’s Ersatz Musika, Germany’s Jahcoustix, U.K. singer Hollie Cook, U.S. based artists Rocky Dawuni and Rebel Tumbao, and even a reggae-flavored song from one of this year’s Rock Hall of Fame inductees, Nina Simone.

Friday, February 23

For the February feature, Global Village devotes this program to duos – twosomes from the same musical traditions, and also duos from different cultures who create an intriguing new blend of sounds. We’ll hear guitarists Ali Farka Toure and Ry Cooder, Talking Head David Byrne with Brazilian legend Caetano Veloso, kora player Ballake Sissoko with cellist Vincent Segal, cellist Matthieu Saglio with flamenco guitarist Jose ‘El Piru,’ singers June Tabor and Maddie Prior, the father and son duo of Toumani and Sidiki Diabate, and more.

February 23/25

Crossroads remembers Johnny Winter on what would have been his birthday on February 23rd with some classic and later recordings from him and a live set with Muddy Waters and James Cotton.

Crossroads also continues the February Duos feature with music from Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, a recent release from Steve Howell & Jason Weinheimer, a new set from Curtis Salgado with Alan Hagar, and in hour two of the show, a live performance from the Acoustic Hot Tuna duo of Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady.

There’s also more music from Eddie Shaw, as Crossroads features music throughout the month from the great Chicago blues saxophonist who passed away at the end of January. We’ll hear him with both Howlin’ Wolf and Jimmy Dawkins.

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Tuesday, February 20

Listen to selections from Jethro Tull’s 1970 album, Benefit, the band’s third overall album and the predecessor to the group’s million selling record Aqualung. Plus music from Tull frontman Ian Anderson’s 1983 release Walk Into Light.

Wednesday, February 21

Mirrors is the new release from San Francisco psychedelic soul band Monophonics. We’ll hear selections from it as well as music from the latest by Orgone.

Thursday, February 22

Listen for music from Split Lip Rayfield’s Should Have Seen It Coming and Kirk Rundstrom’s Imperfect Spirals.

Friday, February 23

Little Dark Age is the new release from MGMT. We’ll hear music from it as well as the latest from Ezra Furman, Transangelic Exodus.

Saturday, February 24

Released in 1980, End of the Century paired seminal punk rock band the Ramones with classic pop producer Phil Spector. The sessions were notoriously tumultuous and the resulting music divided fans and the band alike. We’ll hear selections from that release plus music from The Method To Our Madness, the 1984 release from Lords of the New Church.

Monday, February 26

Listen for selections from former Genesis keyboardist Tony Banks as well as guitarist Jeff Beck.

Tuesday, February 27

Listen for music from the latest release by Dashboard Confessional, Crooked Shadows as well as from Apple, 1990 debut from Mother Love Bone, the band featuring future Pearl Jam members Jeff Ament and Stone Gossard.

Wednesday, February 28

We’ll hear music from Van Halen’s 1982 album Diver Down and Ry Cooder’s 1978 album Jazz.

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Released in the summer of 1977, Styx's The Grand Illusion became the album that cemented the Chicago quintet's place in the firmament of multiplatinum musical acts. Featuring the hit singles "Come Sail Away" and "Fooling Yourself," the album sold three million copies and set in motion an affair with mainstream success that would last all the way into the 1980s.

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Packed House Hears Kansas 3rd District Congressional Candidates Challenging Yoder

If you want to know how much interest there is in the race for Rep. Kevin Yoder's congressional seat, you got a pretty good idea at a candidate forum Sunday afternoon.

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