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Kansas Law — With Limits — Promises More Will Be Revealed About Child Deaths

Adrian Jones. Evan Brewer. Conner Hawes. Lucas Hernandez. News coverage of those children’s deaths and others under the state’s watch galvanized public outrage over the past three years and drew more scrutiny to the troubled child welfare system in Kansas.

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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.

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.



Movie Review: 'Hereditary'

It’s interesting what a movie can do to you. Last weekend, I saw the new horror film Hereditary . And when the lights came up, I felt just slightly underwhelmed. Like maybe I was missing something.

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KMUW Music

Anson Brody

Based in Fort Worth, Texas singer-songwriter Tommy Luke’s songs recall the dusty, well-worn sounds of western music. His earthy voice drives the narrative of songs such as “The Ground,” “I Don’t Know (I Had It All)” and “Oklahoma Hula Hoopin’ Angel” with a confidence and honesty that recalls Kris Kristofferson’s best, early work.

You might be forgiven for thinking that his work emerged from an earlier time in music. It’s unencumbered by the trappings of contemporary music and free of the irony that some bring to traditional music. This is to say that there’s an undeniable appeal to the songs that populate his album Life Ain’t Hard and his live shows.

Speaking from his Texas home, Luke, who performs at Barleycorn’s on Thursday, June 14, says that he’s looking forward to returning to Wichita for the concert.

Florence Montmare

Serena Jost’s Up To The Sky finds the New York City-based cellist working in a new environment and without a band. Having completed two LPs with a full group, this time she set up shop in St. Peter’s Church, not far from her home. The result is a collection of composed and improvised pieces that marry her distinctive playing style with her otherworldly voice.

The recording appeals to fans of experimental popular music and those more comfortable in the classical realm. The material carries listeners through a variety of moods and settings that capture Jost at her most unadorned.

The classically-trained musician says that she may undertake more projects of this kind in the future and that the fast pace of the sessions and the room itself made for a memorable experience.

Album Cover Art

Tuesday, June 12

Swallowed By The New is the 2016 album from Toad The Wet Sprocket frontman Glen Phillips. The record was inspired by the end of Phillips’ 20-plus-year marriage and its aftermath. He recently released a deluxe edition of the album and we’ll hear selections from it on this episode of the show plus music from The Cure’s 1980 LP Seventeen Seconds.

Wednesday, June 13

Byron Isaacs has shared the stage with The Lumineers, Willie Nelson, Levon Helm and a variety of other artists. Despite that, he’s never released a solo album. That changes with Disappearing Man, a meditation on vanishing ways of life and the changing landscape of New York City. We’ll hear music from that release as well as from Brian Belknap’s In Lieu of Flowers.

Thursday, June 14

After touring the United States with his band Soft Machine in the late 1960s, Kevin Ayers considered leaving the music industry behind. His friend Jimi Hendrix had different ideas and gifted his fellow musician with an acoustic guitar. That guitar inspired Ayers to write his first solo effort, Joy of a Toy which features guest appearances from Soft Machine’s Robert Wyatt and Hugh Hopper and, on the 2003 reissue, Pink Floyd’s Syd Barrett. Listen for selections from Joy of a Toy as well as Bridget St. John’s Ask Me No Questions.

Friday, June 15

What A Wonderful Industry is the latest from singer-songwriter M. Ward (She & Him). We’ll hear music from that release as well as from Nik Freitas’ Day & Dark.

Saturday, June 16

Issued in 1988 Naked became the final album from Talking Heads. We’ll hear material from that record as well as selections from the latest by Chris Stills, Don’t Be Afraid.

Monday, June 18

We celebrate Paul McCartney’s 76th birthday with selections from throughout his solo work, his time with Wings and, of course, The Beatles. Plus a variety of collaborations and side projects.

Monday 6.11.18

Night Train marks birthdays of two great drummers, acclaimed session man Bernard Purdie, and West Coast jazzman Shelly Manne. Plus more Caribbean inspired sounds for the June feature, this time from Eddie Palmieri, Steve Khan, Jowee Omicil, Steven Kroon, and in hour two, a special about pianist and singer Hazel Scott, who was born in Trindidad.

Tuesday 6.12.18

Featured tonight on the Night Train – two pianists with birthdays, Geri Allen and Chick Corea. We’ll hear Allen with Charlie Haden and Paul Motian, and Corea with early and later Return to Forever lineups, in covers of his songs from Duende Libre, and from Michel Camilo with Tomatito, and in a special in hour two focusing on his early career. Plus new music from the Steve Gadd Band, and from Kurt Elling.

Wednesday 6.13.18

Night Train highlights singers tonight – both legendary and rising stars. Among the artists featured are Nina Simone, Louis Armstrong, Tierney Sutton, Andy Bey, Cassandra Wilson, and Nnenna Freelon. Plus music from pianist Joey Calderazzo, organist Brian Charette, and trombonist John Fedchock, along Ahmad Jamal in an unusual setting with a 15-piece string orchestra on his 1959 release, At the Penthouse, and a classic from Stan Getz with Dizzy Gillespie.

Thursday 6.14.18

Night Train marks birthdays of bassist Marcus Miller and pianist Darius Brubeck (one of Dave Brubeck’s sons). We’ll also hear new music from the Brubeck Brothers Quartet (with Chris and Dan Brubeck), Mike Clark & Delbert Bump, Diana Krall, and Jay Rodriguez. And in hour two, in tribute to club owner and NEA Jazz Master Lorraine Gordon who passed away last week, a Jazz Profiles special about the legendary jazz club, the Village Vanguard, that she ran for so many years.

June 15/17

Crossroads continues the June feature celebrating Caribbean American Heritage Month with music from New Orleans, and remembering Chicago blues legend Eddy Clearwater and gospel great Clarence Fountain of the Blind Boys of Alabama.

There’s also music from soul singer and session player Eddie Hinton for his birthday, blues concert previews, and new music from the Delmark 65th anniversary Tribute album, Canadian blueswoman Suzie Vinnick, the Lucky Losers, and the Jambalaya Brass Band – and a special about Crescent City brass bands, including the Rebirth Brass Band, in hour two in conjunction with the June feature.


Minority Populations Driving Future Kansas Growth

Kansas is on its way to becoming a majority-minority state, with white residents expected to make up less than half of the population by 2066. A new report from the Kansas Health Institute shows that the state is quickly becoming older, more urban and more diverse.

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Mirna Bonilla Salazar, K-State Research and Extension / Kansas State University

Immigration To Southwest Kansas Is Creating A New Accent