April 16, 2004

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Contact: Phillip Wilke, Kansas Public Radio, (785) 864-5016, pwilke@ku.edu.

KU's Kansas Public Radio announces upcoming broadcast highlights

LAWRENCE -- Listeners to the University of Kansas' Kansas Public Radio will get a dose of history, comedy and exclusive live music during the next several weeks.

In May 1954, Topeka was on the forefront of an American revolution. In the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in the Brown v. Board of Education ruling, school segregation under "separate and equal" was ruled unconstitutional. The impact and legacy of that historic decision is examined in the new series "Black/White & Brown."

KTWU, Channel 11, produced the series for public television. But KPR listeners will get to hear it first. "Black/White & Brown" Producer Dave Kendall has edited the narration from the TV show into a radio format that will run on KPR.

KPR will air the five-part series during "Morning Edition," from Monday, April 26, through Friday, April 30. Each day will have a new installment of the series. Each installment will run twice during "Morning Edition." The documentary airs on KTWU on Monday, May 3, at 8 p.m. The series features veteran newsman and KU graduate Bill Kurtis. Other nationally recognized journalists contributing their voices to the project are Walter Cronkite, Jim Lehrer, Gwen Ifill and Bill Moyers.

On Friday, April 30, 6-7 p.m., KPR will rebroadcast the Right Between the Ears comedy show, originally broadcast on April 17. The KPR comedy troupe spoofs movies, TV shows and commercials with satire and song.

On Saturday, May 1, "The Jazz Scene with David Basse" will present a live broadcast of jazz vocalist Karrin Allyson. The two-time Grammy Award-nominated singer has been gathering fans since 1992 everywhere jazz can be heard or seen. Allyson's performance can be heard from 1 to 2 p.m.

On Monday, May 3, KPR will present three musicians of international reputation. At 11 a.m., during Rachel Hunter's classical music show, Jesus Maria Figueroa, piano, and Edith Contreras Bustos, mezzo-soprano, will perform at KPR. Figueroa and Bustos, who live in Mexico City, will be performing the following day at Emporia State University. ESU piano professor Martin Cuellar, who is a native of Mexico, also will perform.

On Wednesday, May 5, the a cappella vocal group Octarium makes a return visit to KPR's performance studio. The four-man, four-woman group will sing a mix of songs on a Shakespearean theme. Their performance will be broadcast 11 a.m. to noon.

KPR, licensed to the University of Kansas, broadcasts on KANU 91.5 FM in Lawrence, KANH 89.7 FM in Emporia, KANV 91.3 FM in Olsburg-Manhattan and K210CR 89.9 in Atchison.

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