Hugo Phan

Digital Assistant

Born in Wichita, Hugo is a media consumption addict. From films to music to news, nothing seems to satiate his rapturous appetite for consuming various methods of information, concepts, and ideas except for public radio.

Picking up the habit at a young age from his own father, listening to KMUW has become a lifelong solitary practice, although he is open to a listening party to all those who are willing. His favorite public radio programs are Talk of the Nation (R.I.P.), Strange Currency, Fresh Air, Snap Judgment, Radiolab and This American Life. 

A recent graduate of Wichita State University, he majored in sociology and minored in communication. In his spare time he likes to watch movies, read comic books, participate in laughter, and attend live performances of any variety.

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Education
3:28 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

WSU's Vizzini Elected To National Academy Of Inventors Fellowship

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Wichita State University Provost and Senior Vice President Tony Vizzini has been chosen as a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) for his numerous scientific and academic contributions.

Those who have been elected for this high professional distinction have demonstrated "a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society."

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Government
2:36 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

City Officials Make A Push To Inform Public About The Proposed One-Cent Sales Tax

City officials have announced they have produced informational handouts for November's sales tax referendum. Officials will also begin attending public meetings requesting community groups to discuss the sales tax, which will appear on general election ballots. 

The proposed one-cent sales tax would generate $397.6 million if collected over five years. City officials say if that figure is reached sooner than expected, the tax would end early. 

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Government
3:06 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Kansas DCF Reinstates Foster Care Agency Following Inspection

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After the death of a 10-month-old baby, the Kansas Department of Children and Families (DCF) suspended placements with TFI, a subcontracted foster care organization that sponsored the home where the child died. In a press release, DCF Secretary Phyllis Gilmore stated that they will resume placements with TFI.

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Politics
6:57 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Kansas 2014 Primary Election Returns (Unofficial)

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2014 Primary Race Results -Unofficial (results will not be official until the state canvass)

Scroll down for a table showing results by county in our listening area.

U.S. Senate

Democratic Primary (100% precincts reporting)

  • Chad Taylor - 53% (34,390 votes)
  • Patrick Wiesner - 47% (30,557  votes)

Republican Primary (100% precincts reporting)

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Community
11:14 am
Fri May 30, 2014

‘Crossing The Cedar Fence: Discussing Abortion On The Anniversary Of Dr. Tiller's Murder'

Dr. George Tiller
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Original Air date 5/27/14  

Click here to go to the webpage for NPR's version of Aileen LeBlanc's story. 

On May 31, 2009 a man walked into the lobby of the Reformation Lutheran Church in Wichita and shot Dr. George Tiller in the head, killing him.  

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Health
6:00 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Bike Month Profile: Wichita Police Sgt. Travis Rakestraw

Wichita Police Sgt. Travis Rakestraw
Kate Clause KMUW

Sgt. Travis Rakestraw works with the Accident Follow-Up Unit and the Robbery Investigation Section of the Wichita Police Department. When it comes to street accidents, he says his unit sees "the worst of the worst." Sgt. Rakestraw says if both bicyclists and motor vehicle drivers pay more attention to each other, his team will have fewer serious or fatal accidents to investigate each year, and more people can get where they want to go safely. 

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Health
6:00 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Bike Month Profile: Larry Bennett

Larry Bennett rides his recumbent bike to a KMUW event at Anna Murdoc's.
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KMUW's Larry Bennett is not only a dedicated bicyclist, but he's dedicated to using recumbent bikes. They're a special type of sitting bike, where you lean back in a chair and pedal your feet out in front. Larry says it's a great option for people who find regular bikes too hard on their bodies, and just as safe.

Listen to Larry explain why riding a recumbent bike makes you a defacto bike ambassador.

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Health
5:41 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Bike Month Profile: Christina Calhoun

Bike commuter Christina Calhoun
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25-year-old Christina Calhoun says she became a bike commuter by accident--by car accident, actually. Two years ago, a car accident left her with a broken car she couldn't afford to repair. She biked to work that day, and she's been biking everywhere she needs to go for about two years now.

Christina doesn't miss having a car; in fact, she says living life at bike pace has helped her focus her limited energy and time on the things most important to her.

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Health
6:00 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Bike Month Profile: Kathryn Parsons Buck

Kathryn poses with her bike in the Riverside neighborhood of Wichita.
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Derby resident and KMUW Super Volunteer Kathryn Parsons Buck loves bike riding because it's fun. She says it's one of the few kinds of exercise that doesn't feel like exercise, and it's surprising how far you can go. She also loves how a good bike ride can clear her mind and make her feel relaxed and uplifted. You can find Kathryn biking around Wichita with the Radio Flyers and tackling small shopping trips by bike. 

Hear her talk about why she loves bicycling below. 

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Community
11:40 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Westboro Baptist Church Founder Fred Phelps Dies At Age 84

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The Rev. Fred Phelps Sr., the fiery founder of a small Topeka church who drew international condemnation for  hate-filled protests blamed almost everything--including the deaths of AIDS victims and U.S. soldiers--on America's tolerance for gay people, has died. He was 84.

Daughter Margie Phelps told The Associated Press that Fred Phelps died shortly after midnight Thursday. She didn't provide the cause of death or the condition that recently put him in hospice care.

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