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The Kansas Reflector Podcast, hosted by senior reporter Tim Carpenter, presents voices from the people and politics of Kansas.

Seaman High School name controversy

HOSTED BY: and - October 25, 2021

Students at Seaman High School just north of Topeka ignited intense community conversation last year when their research revealed the school districts namesake had been an exalted cyclops in the Ku Klux Klan. Now, animosity over critical race theory has inflamed debate about whether to change the district’s name. Joining host Sherman Smith on the […]

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Education at Fort Hays State University

HOSTED BY: and - October 18, 2021

Leading a public university during a devastating pandemic and demographic shifts slashing the number of college aged people is a mind boggling challenge. In addition to the evolving economy, emerging technology and politicization of government spending on higher education, the challenges are great. One of the six people entrusted to manage a state university in […]

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The federal government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 resulted in the infusion of millions of dollars into expansion of the broadband network in Kansas to support educational, medical, business and residential demands. This work was done at Spearville through a contract with Ideatek of Buhler. (Submitted/Kansas Reflector)

Improving broadband in Kansas

HOSTED BY: and - October 11, 2021

The difference between the haves and have nots in the world of broadband services β€” think of it as the digital divide in the world of high-speed internet β€” can be felt in business education, health care and at home. Without it, you might have difficulty listening to this very podcast. Joining senior reporter Tim […]

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Kansas Cannabis Chamber of Commerce pushes for marijuana policy reform

HOSTED BY: - October 4, 2021

When entrepreneurs wanted to convince politicians to be more pro-business, they formed a chamber of commerce to champion their ideas. Now, advocates of the nation’s growing marijuana industry have done the same. Heather Steppe, president of the new Kansas Cannabis Chamber of Commerce, talks with Kansas Reflector senior reporter Tim Carpenter about efforts to reform […]

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Peter Brady, deputy secretary of the Kansas Department of Labor, said the lawmakers ought to be wary of long delays in awarding an IT contract to upgrade the agency's unemployment claim processing network. (Screen capture/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas unemployment modernization and fraud update

HOSTED BY: - September 27, 2021

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Kansas Department of Labor has been overwhelmed by unemployment claims, both real and fraudulent. The beleaguered unemployment insurance computer system and the record volume of activity created drastic delays and invited criminal actors to submit false claims. A recent audit estimated the state paid out $700 million dollars […]

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Economic fallout of 2021 deep freeze

HOSTED BY: and - September 21, 2021

In February the Midwest was gripped by a deep freeze from winter storm Yuri, resulting in electrical outages for many. The cost of the storm are still being sorted out. On this episode of the Kansas Reflector podcast, Allison Kite looks into the economic fallout from this winter’s deep freeze for Kansas residents who could […]

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Homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic

HOSTED BY: and - September 13, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has sparked economic upheaval that places more Americans at risk of being homeless, exacerbating the issue existing long before the current health crisis. A surge in evictions during 2020 prompted a federal order to temporarily halt such ousters, enabling many Americans to stay in their home, but the pandemic created poignant challenges […]

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Kansas housing issues through the voices of a renter and advocate

HOSTED BY: and - September 6, 2021

Lack of affordable or permanent housing is not a new issue to Kansas, but amid the pandemic thousands of Kansas have come face to face with the threat of eviction. Estimates indicate 27,000 Kansas renters are currently behind on their rent and about 14,600 renters are at risk of eviction. COVID-19-related moratoriums and relief programs […]

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Urban heat islands in the Kansas City metro

HOSTED BY: and - August 30, 2021

When extreme heat descends on the Kansas City metro, you can feel it radiate off of buildings and dark pavement. Built-up areas, like downtown, become nearly unbearable β€” superheating well beyond the outlying areas. It’s called the urban heat island effect, and Kansas City, dominated by highways and parking lots, gets hit hard. On this […]

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Tony Mattivi, a former assistant U.S. attorney, has been endorsed by the Ford County sheriff, who described Mattivi as the most qualified candidate in the race. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Mattivi touts federal prosecutor experience in campaign for Kansas attorney general

HOSTED BY: and - August 23, 2021

Tony Mattivi, a retired assistant U.S. attorney, is the latest entrant in the quest to find a replacement for Attorney General Derek Schmidt. He joins a GOP field that already includes Kris Kobach, the former secretary of state, and Sen. Kellie Warren, of Leawood. Mattivi sits down with Tim Carpenter to discuss how his experience […]

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Derek Schmidt campaigns for governor

HOSTED BY: and - August 16, 2021

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is working hard to return to an office in the Capitol where he previously served as a state senator. Now he is campaigning for the Republican Party’s nomination for governor in 2022. Schmidt joins senior reporter Tim Carpenter on the Reflector podcast to discuss the campaign and a potential shot […]

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Laura Howard on foster care improvements and remaining work

HOSTED BY: and - August 9, 2021

The Kansas foster care system has been the subject of numerous heartbreaking stories as a surge in the number of children entering foster care strained the capabilities of the system and placed children’s safety in jeopardy. While progress has been made in recent years, a lot of work remains. Laura Howard, secretary of the Department […]

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