Commentary

Hugo Phan / KMUW

This commentary originally aired on June 30, 2015.

Those shopping and eating at Bradley Fair in northeast Wichita probably don’t realize that they are visiting what could have been the community of Manchester.

SciFiles: What's So Cool About Astronomy?

Jul 10, 2017

What’s so cool about astronomy?

Astronomy is cool because at night we see a vast dark sky with pinpricks of light. Those pinpricks represent many different objects surrounding us—other planets, galaxies, nebulas and stars, and some of those stars even have other planets orbiting them.

In his latest crime novel, The Force, Don Winslow abandons the Mexican-California border of his acclaimed novel The Cartel for the patrol borough of Manhattan North, New York City.

Let’s just get one thing out of the way right up front—Baby Driver is a terrible name for a movie. I don’t care if it comes from a Simon & Garfunkel song, every time I mention it to people it’s met with skepticism and sometimes even eye rolling.

Luckily, that’s about the worst thing I’m able to say about Baby Driver.

Sean Mewshaw

Bill Roorbach is the author of many books of fiction and nonfiction. His novels include The Smallest Color, The Remedy for Love, and Life Among Giants. One of his story collections, Big Bend, won both the Flannery O’Connor and O. Henry prizes. His work has been featured in Harper’s, the Atlantic, the New York Times Magazine and was one of NPR’s Selected Shorts. I caught up with him recently through Skype at his home in Maine and we spoke his new collection of stories, The Girl of the Lake.

Jessica Martin

In 2013, Aaron Lee Martin left for a most unusual recording session. Martin's friend and fellow musician Danny Brewer had a cabin in the remote woods of northern Georgia. He wanted to know if Martin had any interest in making a record using solar power.

I finished watching The Beguiled in the late afternoon, around that time when the sun is at an angle that creates shadows all around and the world starts to look just slightly magical. And for a moment, I wasn’t sure that I’d actually left the theater.

In 1975 I stepped in to my first art class at Wichita East High. 

Mrs. Annie Lowrey, my art teacher, asked us to draw a simple still life. She asked me to stay after class that first day. She asked where I had taken art lessons. She asked me who my favorite artists were. And she asked me if I was high

SciFiles: What's Next In Clean Energy?

Jul 5, 2017

In 2007, America’s electricity sources were much more diverse than those in Kansas. Less than half of nationwide electricity was generated from coal, with almost equal amounts of natural gas and nuclear power. Kansas, meanwhile, relied on a less diverse mix, with nearly 80 percent of the state’s power coming from imported coal.

The Keeper of the Plains stands where the Big and Little Arkansas Rivers meet on land sacred to Native Americans. The Keeper is connected to the river banks by two bridges and surrounded by five large cauldrons that are lit each evening. The area includes educational displays and Native American ceremonial music, and it attracts crowds each night. KMUW's Jonathan Huber prepared this Audio Postcard.

Pages