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
5:00 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Indie Film Guide: Wine Tasters

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.

Coming up: Growing up in 1960s London and a competition of wine tasters.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Indie Film Guide: Wait Wait Live!

"Wait, Wait..." panelists Mo Rocca, Paula Poundstone and Tom Bodett at a live staging of the show.
Credit KUER 90.1 / Flickr

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.

Coming up: A couple docs and an NPR favorite... live!

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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Indie Film Guide: Something Old, Something New

The Sting being filmed on location in Pasadena, Calif., using stand-ins for the actors as the shot is set up.
Credit A. T. Service / Wikimedia Commons

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.

Coming up: An old one, a new one and a workshop.

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Sports
6:00 am
Fri April 5, 2013

WSU Shockers: 'Watch Us Believe'

Gregg Marshall and Carl Hall in Los Angeles, Calif., March 28 - 30.
Jeff Tuttle Wichita State University

Wichita State Athletic Director Eric Sexton sits in his spacious office on the second floor of Koch Arena on the Tuesday after he watched the Wichita State men's basketball team earn its first trip to the Final Four in 48 years. But while he's clearly happy about the achievement, he also makes sure to mention that this is a place that Shocker basketball has been before.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Indie Film Guide: Pastime

No independent movie screenings are coming up in the area, so instead, Fletcher Powell takes a look at a little-known movie about one of his favorite times of year.

It’s springtime, sort of! And while college basketball is still going strong, the arrival of spring also means the beginning of baseball season.

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News
7:27 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Top Morning News 3.21.13

Senate moves its budget forward; Bill cutting sales and income tax gets first-round approval in House; $45M plan to hold down property tax rejected; Wyandotte County and a cluster of counties in southeast Kansas remain among the least healthy in state.

Kansas Senate Give First-Round Approval To New Budget

The Senate's version of the budges includes language that would require legislative approval before the state could expand Medicaid coverage.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Indie Film Guide: Firefighters and Fur Trappers

Werner Herzog, director of "Happy People: A Year in the Taiga"
Credit erinc salor / Flickr

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.

Coming up: The War on Drugs, Wrongful Imprisonment and... Happy People!

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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Indie Film Guide: Films Of Paul Thomas Anderson

Daniel Day Lewis and Paul Thomas Anderson on the set of There Will Be Blood.
Credit RottenTomatoes.com

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.

Coming up: A Filmmaker's Lab from Tallgrass

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Entertainment
3:24 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

7 Must-See Movies For Your Snow Day

Frances McDormand in the 1996 film Fargo.

Twelve inches of snow? Work/school/rugby practice canceled?

We've got you covered. Here are seven movies that might make you feel better about being stuck inside.

Although you might want to send the kids out to make snow angels for some of these.

1) Fargo

Joel and Ethan Coen's 1996 crime masterpiece perfectly hits the rhythms of life in the upper Midwest and the desolation of the Minnesota winter. Also, there's a wood chipper.

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Pancake Racing
7:00 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Why Does Liberal Have An Annual Pancake Race Against A Town In The UK?

Liberal winner Caitlin Demarest leads the pack
Fletcher Powell KMUW

Eight hundred miles from the bright colors, music and costumes of Mardi Gras in New Orleans, a quiet snow falls on the southwest Kansas town of Liberal. It’s not obvious right away that something important is happening, but as you move downtown it becomes pretty clear that Liberal is not going to let a few inches of snow stop them from their annual celebration—the International Pancake Race between Liberal and Olney, England.

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