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How to keep your jack-o’-lantern from turning into moldy, maggoty mush before Halloween

BY: - October 8, 2022

For many Americans, pumpkins mean that fall is here. In anticipation, coffee shops, restaurants and grocery stores start their pumpkin flavor promotions in late August, a month before autumn officially begins. And shoppers start buying fresh decorative winter produce, such as pumpkins and turban squash, in the hot, sultry days of late summer. But these fruits — […]

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At Topeka Gun & Knife Show, cruel ironies fester amid aisles of weapons

BY: - October 4, 2022

Kansas Reflector welcomes opinion pieces from writers who share our goal of widening the conversation about how public policies affect the day-to-day lives of people throughout our state. Tim Bascom directs the Kansas Book Festival and is the author of two memoirs, two collections of essays, and a novel. Rain is falling, but 50 to 60 […]

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Kansas doesn’t have a brand while New York does? Fuhgeddaboudit!

BY: - October 3, 2022

Here’s a three-word response to New York City Mayor Eric Adams’ claim last week that Kansas doesn’t have a brand. Sunflowers, tornadoes and abolitionists. Here are a few more, for the sake of completeness. Bison, chili with cinnamon rolls, and the “Wizard of Oz.” With that out of the way, it’s worth asking why the […]

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‘We’re live, we’re local’: Kansas Public Radio marks 70 years on the air

BY: - October 2, 2022

Kansas Reflector welcomes opinion pieces from writers who share our goal of widening the conversation about how public policies affect the day-to-day lives of people throughout our state. Dave Kendall served as producer and host of the “Sunflower Journeys” series on public television for its first 27 seasons and continues to produce documentary videos through […]

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Kansas football fans cheer

Kansas celebrates victories in football, our morally fraught national pastime

BY: - October 1, 2022

Kansas Reflector welcomes opinion pieces from writers who share our goal of widening the conversation about how public policies affect the day-to-day lives of people throughout our state. Eric Thomas directs the Kansas Scholastic Press Association and teaches visual journalism and photojournalism at the University of Kansas. I wrote this column once on Thursday. I flailed around […]

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Kansas Reflector editor Clay Wirestone eats his Burnt Ends Fries at the Kansas State Fair on Sept. 10, 2022, in Hutchinson. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

These five Kansas State Fair foods sustained and entertained Reflector staff this weekend

BY: - September 12, 2022

When I arrived at the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson on Saturday morning with the Kansas Reflector crew, I moved backward and forward in time. Backward because every summer my mother would drag my unenthusiastic preteen and teenage self to county fairs. I remembered the pungent smell of sheds overflowing with goats and sheep, cows […]

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Queen Elizabeth II departs Stanford University during her West Coast tour of the United States accompanied by Prince Philip on March 3, 1983 in Palo Alto, California. (George Rose/Getty Images)

American women looked to Elizabeth II as inspiration in 1953 — that sentiment never faded

BY: - September 10, 2022

In the spring of 1953, women from across the United States traveled to Britain — for many, it was their first time abroad. The impetus for the trip was Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation, held in Westminster Abbey on a rainy June 2 of that year. Among those making the journey were Peggy Webber, who traveled all […]

Kansas native Alex Tretbar won the PEN America first-place award for poetry writing in this year's prison writing contest for his "Variations on an Undisclosed Location." (Submitted)

Summoning inspiration from solitary, Kansas native wins PEN America prison writing award

BY: - September 7, 2022

TOPEKA — Alex Tretbar scratched Lou Reed lyrics into the concrete “rhomboid exoskeleton” of an Oregon jail’s solitary confinement hole, then found the strength to write about it. “Some people work very hard,” the song goes, “but still they never get it right.” Tretbar, a Wichita native and University of Kansas graduate, references the experience […]

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A sign outside the Truman concert venue in Kansas City advertises its fifth anniversary. (Lucie Krisman)

The Truman celebrates five years of bringing music, community to Kansas City

BY: - August 27, 2022

The Kansas Reflector welcomes opinion pieces from writers who share our goal of widening the conversation about how public policies affect the day-to-day lives of people throughout our state. Lucie Krisman has reported on beats that include local government, business, and arts and culture. In September 2017, the site of a former auto parts shop […]

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This mailing from DraftKings, which is arriving at Kansas mailboxes this week, is one sign of the marketing blitzes on the way with the Sept. 1 start of sports gambling in Kansas. (Eric Thomas)

Early signs — and concerns — of how sports gambling apps will market to Kansans

BY: - August 19, 2022

Kansas Reflector welcomes opinion pieces from writers who share our goal of widening the conversation about how public policies affect the day-to-day lives of people throughout our state. Eric Thomas directs the Kansas Scholastic Press Association and teaches visual journalism and photojournalism at the University of Kansas. Thursday’s announcement that sports betting will begin Sept. 1 in […]

Gov. Laura Kelly says legalized sports betting will keep Kansans' money in Kansas. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas plans Sept. 1 ‘soft launch’ of sports wagering for start of football season

BY: - August 18, 2022

TOPEKA — Sports wagering in Kansas will launch Sept. 1, state officials said Thursday, allowing bets to be placed at the start of football season. Lawmakers in April passed legislation to greenlight sports wagering in the state under the administration of the Kansas Lottery. The action was estimated to generate revenues of up to $10 […]

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An audience gathered for a screening and question-and-answer session after the short film "Choices" on July 13. (Mama.Film)

With profound vote on reproductive rights, RePRO.Film tells stories that connect and shake us

BY: - August 13, 2022

The Kansas Reflector welcomes opinion pieces from writers who share our goal of widening the conversation about how public policies affect the day-to-day lives of people throughout our state. Whitni Carlson is a freelance writer based in Wichita. Do stories inspire activism? Lela Meadow-Conner, founder of Mama.Film and co-founder of its daughter organization, rePRO, believes […]