Kansas Reflector Podcast


Kansas Reflector Podcast

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

Chris Mann, Democratic nominee for attorney general, prepares for podcast interview Sept. 2, 2022, at the Kansas Reflector office in Topeka. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Chris Mann’s path from police officer to candidate for Kansas attorney general

HOSTED BY: - September 6, 2022

Chris Mann, the Democratic nominee for Kansas attorney general, talks about his background as a police officer, crime victim, prosecutor and defense lawyer. He is running against Republican Kris Kobach. Read more: Kansas attorney general candidate emerges from tragedy with refined sense of public service Auto-generated transcript of this episode


Joe Spease, chief executive officer of WindSoHy in Overland Park, said Kansas offers clean electricity from wind power and massive underground storage caverns to create robust businesses devoted to using hydrogen as an energy source for industry and consumers. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas entrepreneur Joe Spease on the power of hydrogen

HOSTED BY: - August 29, 2022

Joe Spease, CEO of WindSoHy in Overland Park, outlines the potential for using “green hydrogen” to fuel vehicles and generate electricity, significantly reducing reliance on fossil fuels. Read more: Energy entrepreneur: Kansas wind power, underground storage fuels optimism of hydrogen’s potential Auto-generated transcript of this episode


Mark Holland appears Aug. 19, 2022, for a podcast recording at the Kansas Reflector office in downtown Topeka. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Democrat Mark Holland on why he wants to be a U.S. senator

HOSTED BY: - August 22, 2022

Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Mark Holland wants to change arc of Kansas political history with straight talk on health care, election fraud and abortion. The former mayor of the Unified Government of Kansas City, Kansas, faces incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran in November. Read more: Kansas Democrat Mark Holland not interested in being footnote […]


Allie Utley and Jae Moyer celebrate at the Kansans for Constitutional Freedom watch party after Kansans vote to keep abortion a constitutional right on Tuesday. (Lily O'Shea Becker/Kansas Reflector)

What we learned from the Kansas abortion vote and primary results

HOSTED BY: , and - August 8, 2022

The Aug. 2 election was a political earthquake in Kansas. The headline was a 59-41% vote against a constitutional amendment that would have allowed the Legislature to ban abortion. But there were a host of other high-profile races as well. Read more: These four dumb responses totally misread the stunning Kansas abortion rights vote Auto-generated […]


Bob Beatty, political science professor at Washburn University, appears for a podcast recording in the Kansas Reflector office in downtown Topeka. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas political ads for the Aug. 2 primary

HOSTED BY: - July 27, 2022

It’s primary time again in Kansas, and the television ads are assaulting viewers with images, ideas and ideology of candidates. Bob Beatty, political science professor at Washburn University and the state’s foremost chronicler of Kansas political ads, joins Tim Carpenter to march through some of the season’s campaign ads. Read more: Kansas primary delivers advertisements […]


Gov. Laura Kelly, a Democrat seeking reelection in 2022, urges Kansans to participate in the Aug. 2 primary election and vote against a proposed amendment to the Kansas Constitution that would remove the right of women to seek an abortion. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly on her time in office and reelection campaign

HOSTED BY: and - July 26, 2022

Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly is seeking a second term as the state’s chief executive. The former state senator from Topeka is traveling the state to make her case for reelection. She joins Tim Carpenter on the Kansas Reflector podcast to discuss her work as governor the past four years and her approach to the fall […]


Kelly Sommers appears July 13, 2022, at the Kansas Reflector office in Topeka for a podcast recording. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Kelly Sommers on the role of Kansas nurses in abortion services

HOSTED BY: and - July 18, 2022

Kansas voters are already casting advanced ballots on a constitutional amendment that would remove the right to abortion access in Kansas. The Aug. 2 election will be the first time voters in any state make their voices heard on reproductive rights following the U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade. Kansas Reflector editor in […]


Kansas Reflector opinion editor Clay Wirestone prepares for a recording of the Kansas Reflector podcast. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Examining the Kansas political issues of this summer of discontent

HOSTED BY: and - July 11, 2022

Now is the summer of our discontent. The end of Roe vs. Wade has shaken the nation. Kansas has been gripped by an amendment vote on just that subject scheduled for next month. Political candidates circle one another like irritable peacocks, knowing that weeks or months of conflict await. Nationally, inflation has stressed households and […]


From left, Rep. Christina Haswood, Rep. Brandon Woodard and Rep. Rui Xu prepare to record a podcast at the Kansas Reflector office in Topeka. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Young Kansas House Democrats running unopposed

HOSTED BY: - July 4, 2022

The 2022 election cycle for the Kansas House is unique in the sense that 55 of the 125 seats are already decided. That is because only one candidate filed to run for election to the state Legislature in those districts. Three young Kansas House Democrats — Christina Haswood, Brandon Woodard and Rui Xu — who […]


Lily O'Shea Becker, left, and Margaret Mellott are summer interns for Kansas Reflector. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Gun laws, education and civic engagement with Kansas Reflector interns

HOSTED BY: , and - June 27, 2022

You may have noticed two new names making regular appearances on Kansas Reflector story bylines recently — Margaret Mellott and Lily O’Shea Becker. They joined Kansas Reflector this summer as interns and are tackling topics ranging from gun laws to teachers leaving the field to youth civic engagement. Mellott, a recent graduate of Emporia State […]


Ton Miras Neira, far left, said community health workers provide culturally competent and financially beneficial care, often ensuring treatments are successful where they otherwise might fall short. (Submitted)

Kansas certification for community health workers

HOSTED BY: - June 21, 2022

Health care is often a difficult system to navigate, with concerns of costs, access or finding the right fit to address your intimate needs. The challenges are amplified for uninsured patients or those who don’t speak English as a primary language, but a new Kansas certification will establish the widespread practice of community health workers, […]


Paul Buskirk, an athletics administrator at the University of Kansas, is seeking the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate in the August primary. He's competing against five other Democrats. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Paul Buskirk seeks Kansas Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate

HOSTED BY: and - June 13, 2022

The U.S. Senate Republican and Democratic primaries are less than two months away and the eight candidates in the running must bear down to lock away votes in those competitive primaries. The incumbent, Kansas Republican U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, is a known commodity, but the six Democrats in the contest are still introducing themselves to […]