Fletcher Powell

All Things Considered Host, Producer

If Fletcher Powell could be someone else, he’d be Errol Morris or Ira Glass. Except younger and better looking.

Since he can’t, he’ll be Fletcher Powell, KMUW producer and announcer. Fletcher came to KMUW in 2009 after five years of working in the stock market (don’t ask). He feels like this line of work fits him a little better than that one did.

Fletcher has a BA in Psychology from the University of Kansas and an MA in Communication from Wichita State University. He’s lived in Wichita most of his life, aside from some brief stops in Iowa and Ohio. He likes baseball, guinea pigs, and the Oxford comma.

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Commentary
11:42 am
Wed December 3, 2014

'Happy Christmas' Lives Up To Its Name

Lena Dunham, Anna Kendrick and an amazing toddler in 'Happy Christmas'

Back when I was in college, one of my classes happened to be talking about Christmas movies. A classmate was railing against everyone else’s favorites, because, he said, on some level, they all rewarded materialism. It wasn’t even that he thought Christmas movies should be a religious thing, just that a real Christmas movie shouldn’t about giving or getting some thing. Our instructor asked him if he thought there was such a thing as a real Christmas movie, and without missing a beat, my classmate said, "The Ice Storm."

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Commentary
5:30 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Indie Film Guide: Heading Into the Holidays

Each week, Fletcher Powell finds the independent and non-commercial films showing in Wichita and the surrounding areas and brings them to you in this handy guide.

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Pride

November 19 & 20, 5:30 p.m.

Salina Art Center

 

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Commentary
7:57 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Time For Scary (?) Movies!

Gene Wilder and Peter Boyle in 'Young Frankenstein'

 

Each week, Fletcher Powell finds the independent and non-commercial films showing in Wichita and the surrounding areas and brings them to you in this handy guide.

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Young Frankenstein

October 23, 7:00 p.m.

Orpheum Theatre

 

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Commentary
10:29 am
Wed October 8, 2014

The October Festival Circuit

Toshiro Mifune (right) as Sanjuro the samurai in 'Yojimbo', playing at the Tallgrass Film Festival

  The Tallgrass Film Festival runs from October 15th - 19th, but there's also a horror movie festival running throughout the month. Details on both below!

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Tallgrass Film Festival

Full Festival Guide

Festival lineup by showtime

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Commentary
11:51 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Time For Tallgrass!

The Tallgrass Film Festival has announced their gala events for this year. Here's a rundown:

Opening Night Gala

Life Itself

October 15, 7:00 p.m.

Orpheum Theatre

Documentary from acclaimed director Steve James looks at the life of film critic Roger Ebert

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Politics
11:07 am
Wed September 10, 2014

UPDATE: Taylor Files Petition With Kansas Supreme Court For Ballot Removal

Chad Taylor campaigning at the Wichita Black Arts Festival parade on Saturday, August 30, 2014
Credit Carla Eckels

Updated 09/10/2014, 11:00 a.m.

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Chad Taylor has filed a petition with the Kansas Supreme Court to get his name removed from the November 4th ballot.

Taylor filed his petition yesterday and named Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach as the defendant.

Kobach is the state's chief elections officer. He refused to take Taylor's name off the ballot, even though Taylor has ended his campaign.

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Government
1:58 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

KMUW Will Broadcast President Obama's Wednesday Night Address

Credit Susan Walsh AP

KMUW will carry President Obama's address to the nation Wednesday night at 8:00 from the White House. The president will outline his administration's strategy for fighting the militant group, ISIS.

Robert Siegel will host live coverage from NPR that will include the President's speech and analysis by Pentagon Correspondent, Tom Bowman; White House Correspondent, Scott Horsley; Congressional Reporter, Juana Summers, and Middle East Correspondent Deb Amos.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Can You Dig It?

Each week, Fletcher Powell finds the independent and non-commercial films showing in Wichita and the surrounding areas and brings them to you in this handy guide.

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The Warriors

September 8 & 9, 7:00 & 10:00 (both nights)

Warren Old Town

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Commentary
10:34 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Dudegrass Really Ties The Room Together

Each week, Fletcher Powell finds the independent and non-commercial films showing in Wichita and the surrounding areas and brings them to you in this handy guide.

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Gulliver's Travels

August 14, 7:00 p.m.

Orpheum Theatre

75th anniversary screening of the second full-length feature animated film.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Another Take On Summer Movies

'George Washington,' David Gordon Green, 2000

For a lot of people, “summer movie” means action, superheroes, things blowing up, buildings falling down.

I like that stuff, too. I won’t lie about that.

There’s another kind though. And I’ll admit that these movies play to a far smaller audience than those big-budget thrill-fests. But for me, they’re the kind of movies that really capture something about summer. The heat, the sort of aimlessness some of us feel without the constraints of school, and the real rhythms of life.

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