There once was a time, some years before the ascendance of rock and roll on Top 40 radio, when popular music veered sharply from the mainstream to sample American roots-music traditions. Inspired by the songs of Pete Seeger and The Weavers, this “folk” music, found its greatest expression during the early 1960’s in the songs ...Continue Reading
LaShana McGee marvels at the exploits of her 4-year-old daughter around their neighborhood pool in Piper, Kan. “She goes straight to the deep end. It’s crazy,” McGee said. “I don’t know why she does that, but she does. She just jumps right in, and she will swim her way back to the stairs where you ...Continue Reading
My Wild Affair: The Seal Who Came Home is the true story of Andre, a two-day-old wild harbor seal who, in 1961, was rescued from certain death by Harry Goodridge, an arborist from Rockport, Maine. Over the next 25 years, Andre and Harry established a friendship that brought Andre into the world of humans without Andre’s ...Continue Reading
Every city has one. A place where musicians feel like somebody actually has their back. Where a guitar or an amp can get a quick fix, emergency strings can be found, and the camaraderie and likelihood of an impromptu jam session keeps everyone loose. Kansas City’s Midwestern Music Company in the Crossroads has been that ...Continue Reading
Kansas was one of just three states that saw their rates of people without health insurance go up since last year, according to a new survey. And, if the poll results are accurate, Kansas was the one whose rates went up the most. The data, collected as part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, show that ...Continue Reading
Mark Twain: Episode Two VIDEO
In his time, Mark Twain was considered the funniest man on earth. Yet he was also an unflinching critic of human nature, using his humor to attack hypocrisy, greed and racism. In this two-part documentary, Ken Burns creates an illuminating portrait of one of the greatest writers in American history.