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Uncovering Kansas

Uncovering Kansas is a podcast that inspires Kansans to learn more about the interesting people, places, events, and commerce going on in our state.

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Episode 0705 Vincent Rodriguez Coffee and Chocolate Maker
Kansas is full of very interesting people and my guest today is probably at the top of the list. I’m talking with Vincent Rodiguez, a coffee roaster, chocolate maker, and bicycle manufacture based in Lenexa. I’m taking you to coffee and chocolate school with Vincent. One of the things I took away from my conversation with Vincent is that when we are curious and want to learn about something, it can take us to interesting places. We shouldn’t worry about being the best at something – we should only worry about whether or not we are learning something. Vincent’s life philosophy is an inspiration to me, and I hope you feel the same. Show Notes: Maps Coffee and Chocolate website Maps Instagram Maps Facebook Kansas Breweries and Distilleries episode Kansas wineries episode Unbound Gravel episode What You’ll Learn in this Episode How to roast coffee How to make chocolate What is craft chocolate? What is production chocolate? How roasting coffee and chocolate are different The difference between chocolatiers and chocolate maker What is lecithin and how is it used in chocolate ​How to Support the Podcast: Tell a friend about us Subscribe to the podcast on your favorite app Follow us on Instagram or Facebook Buy a Kansas Travel Journal Send us a recommendation for an episode
51:46 5/25/24
Episode 0704: Lead for America with Joseph Shepard
Today, I’m talking with Joseph Shephard from Lead for America, a national organization founded by a Kansan and headquartered in Wichita. Lead for America’s tag line is Start Where You Live – and of course I have to learn more about any organization that is trying to keep Kansans in Kansas. I thought this episode was going to be about Lead for America, but it is just as much about highlighting a young Kansan who is out there every day doing work that makes a difference for Kansas and our nation. Kansas is lucky to call my guest today a Kansan. Although he wasn’t born here, he has fully embraced us and is making a difference in our state. If you leave this episode without being inspired, I’ll be very surprised. Joseph’s story is one of overcoming challenges and odds, being supported by a community, and taking all of this and turning into the best possible version of himself.   Show Notes: Lead for America website Director of National Service – Scott McFarland Director of Recruitment – Meghan Carver   What You’ll Learn in this Episode ●     What is digital equality and inclusion? What is the mission of Lead for America   How to Support the Podcast: Tell a friend about us Subscribe to the podcast on your favorite app Follow us on Instagram or Facebook Buy a Kansas Travel Journal Send us a recommendation for an episode  
46:50 4/27/24
Episode 0703: Kansas Turnpike Authority with Steve Hewitt
You may have noticed that this month’s episode is a little shorter than normal. That’s because it didn’t start out as an episode. The Kansas Turnpike Authority contacted us about doing a public service announcement about a change they are making in July. They want to get the word out and thought our podcast would be a good avenue for that.   So, the plan was to record the PSA and then include it in the introduction of a couple of episodes. But, at the end of the conversation I had with Steve Hewitt, the CEO of the KTA, I thought it was such an interesting conversation that it should be its own episode. And, so here we are. This month, you are going to learn about the upcoming change to our turnpike system – we are going cashless in Kansas – but you’ll also get a bit of the behind the scenes of how the turnpike system works.   Show Notes: Kansas Turnpike website Cashless Tolling website  BoredRoom Blues (song by Geoff)   What You’ll Learn in this Episode ●     Kansas Turnpike is moving to cashless payments in July 2024 ●     History of the Kansas Turnpike ●     Behind the scenes of the Kansas Turnpike
25:44 3/24/24
Episode 0702: Flagship Kansas Tech
In today’s episode, I’m talking with Conner Hampton, Executive Director of Flagship Kansas Tech, an organization who’s mission is to propel the tech sector within the state through continuous efforts in awareness, education, and the workforce.   Flagship Kansas website Ad Astra Summit website Episode: Goodland Tech Dare to do Dirt - podcast with Rolf Potts and Marci Penner   What You’ll Learn in this Episode About the mission of Flagship Kansas About the state of technology in the Kansas education system About the Ad Astra conference   How to Support the Podcast: Tell a friend about us Subscribe to the podcast on your favorite app Follow us on Instagram or Facebook Buy a Kansas Travel Journal  Send us a recommendation for an episode  
50:36 2/24/24
Episode 0701 Kansas Wine Industry
In my day job, I’ve been working in the software industry for going on 10 years, and so when I hear business incubator, my mind immediately pictures a room full of developers in hoodies with headphones on typing away in the dark at a computer.  But today, you and I are going to learn about a different type of business incubator in Kansas - a business incubator for wineries. We also talk with a couple who have recently started their own vineyard and are working with the incubator to launch their first wines.  You are going to learn a lot about the Kansas Wine industry in this episode!   Show Notes: 456 Winery Valley Trails Winery Facebook Page Highland Community College Viticulture and Enology program   What You’ll Learn in this Episode About the emerging wine industry in Kansas About a business incubator that focuses on incubating wineries The types of grapes that grow well in Kansas The difference between viticulture and enology   How to Support the Podcast: Tell a friend about us Subscribe to the podcast on your favorite app Follow us on Instagram or Facebook Buy a Kansas Travel Journal  Send us a recommendation for an episode  
44:55 1/21/24
Episode 0612: Kansas Publisher Meadowlark Books
We’ve interviewed several authors over the years on Uncovering Kansas. And, through that process I met my guests today, Tracy Million Simmons owner and publisher of Meadowlark books and Cheryl Unruh (un roo) a well known, prolific writer who is also the editor of the 105 Meadowlark Reader, a Kansas Journal of Creative Nonfiction.   When I first heard about Meadowlark Books, I was excited to hear that we have a publisher in Kansas focused on Kansas authors. As you know, my goal is to help Kansans learn more about our state, a great way to do that is to read books published by Kansas authors.  I’ve got to wrap up this introduction and get on with the show so that I can start working on my next submission for the 105 project….. Find Links to the show notes at Uncovering Kansas How to Support the Podcast: Tell a friend about us Subscribe to the podcast on your favorite app Follow us on Instagram or Facebook Buy a Kansas Travel Journal  Send us a recommendation for an episode  
48:49 12/23/23
Episode 0611: Behind the Scenes Travel and Tourism
In this episode, I’m going to take you behind the scenes to see what it is like to be responsible for the travel and tourism bureau for a city in Kansas.  My guest is Julie Roller Weeks, the Director of  Abilene Convention and Visitor's Bureau. What You’ll Learn in this Episode   A behind the scenes look at the role of a Director of Tourism and Vistors Bureau That the Eisenhower Library is one of 14 Presidential Libraries  National Archives and Records Administration Eisenhower is the 34th president from the 34th state How Abilene became the home of the world’s largest belt buckle   How to Support the Podcast: Tell a friend about us Subscribe to the podcast on your favorite app Follow us on Instagram or Facebook Buy a Kansas Travel Journal  Send us a recommendation for an episode  
41:52 11/20/23
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01:40 10/21/23
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03:16 5/27/23
Episode 0604: International Master Gardener Conference comes to Kansas
There are 1,200 Master Gardeners in the State of Kansas. But in June, there will be Master Gardeners from across the country coming to Kansas for their conference. Ever wonder what the best tomatoes are to grow in Kansas? Or how to manage Japanese Beetles. Well all of these things have one thing in common: the K-State Extension office. One of the things we like to highlight on the podcast is events that bring in people from outside of Kansas. Whether drawing from other states across the US or pulling in people from other countries, these events are not only good for the Kansas economy, they are a chance for us to show off our state, teach people about who we are as Kansans, and hopefully do a little bit of stereotype busting. In June, Overland Park will be hosting the International Master Gardener Conference for 2023. My guest today is Dennis Patton, a Horticulturist with the Johnson County Extension office. Dennis is also one of the chairs for the Conference, along with 2 other dedicated gardeners who are volunteers.  Links from the Show Notes: International Master Gardener Conference website Events open to the public To learn more about becoming a Master Gardener: search for your county + extension office to see if your local county has a program. Episode 0504: Monarch Watch Episode 0209: Kaw Valley Farm Tour   What You’ll Learn in this Episode: What is a Master Gardener What training is needed to become a Master Gardener What is the International Gardener Conference? What are the events that are open to the public at the International Gardener Conference What is the Kansas Extension program How do you access Kansas Extension programs How to Support the Podcast: Tell a friend about us Subscribe to the podcast on your favorite app Follow us on Instagram or Facebook Buy a Kansas Travel Journal  Send us a recommendation for an episode  
44:31 4/28/23
Episode 0603: Unbound Gravel
If you are a cyclist, you already know what Unbound Gravel is. If not, today, I’m going to take you into the world of cyclists and how Emporia Kansas has created an event that draws people from 45 different countries.  I love to highlight how Kansans make their visions come true. Today’s episode is a great example of a small group of people who came together around their passion for cycling in the flint hills.  Fast forward 17 years, and now Unbound Gravel brings in 4,000 riders the weekend after Labor Day. My guests today are Ben Sachs is the Race Director and Kristi Mohn is the Marketing Manager. You’ll hear how Kristi has been involved with the event from the beginning and Ben since early on and it is a great conversation to understand how the event got started, and what it has become today. I was really interested to hear what it takes to plan the event, and especially the routes for the races. The other thing that was so interesting to me is how the towns along the way participate.  As Ben says - hope to see you at the Finish Line! Show Notes: Unbound Gravel website Dynamic Discs Episode Volunteer with Unbound Gravel   What You’ll Learn in this Episode What is Unbound Gravel? How Unbound Gravel started How Unbound Gravel routes are planned How to volunteer for Unbound Gravel How to Support the Podcast: Tell a friend about us Subscribe to the podcast on your favorite app Follow us on Instagram or Facebook Buy a Kansas Travel Journal  Send us a recommendation for an episode  
49:23 3/25/23
Episode 0602: Kansas Growth and Goodland Tech
Setting Kansas up to succeed in the future means diversifying into industries that have not traditionally been associated with our state.  In today’s episode, you are going to learn about a Goodland company that is doing just that. I like to highlight Kansas companies that are having an impact outside of Kansas. Today’s guest is not only doing that, but they are also working to change some of the fundamental issues that we are currently facing in Kansas.  We are losing people to other states because of jobs. We are unable to fill all of the jobs we have in Kansas because of lack of the correct skills. We are in the process of transitioning into a state with a vibrant technology industry. GoodlandTech is a Kansas company that is addressing all of these huge challenges at once with their business model. My guest today is Ben Coumerilh, one of the founders of Goodland Tech. I met Ben at the Ad Astra Technology conference back in September in Wichita and was grateful that he agreed to be a guest. I always enjoy my conversations with our guests, but this one is really close to my heart because we talk about a topic I’m passionate about. I hope you enjoy it as well. Show Notes: Goodland Tech website Northwest Kansas Economic Innovation Center website Northwest Kansas Technical College Building a Bookshelf website Contact Geoff here    What You’ll Learn in this Episode About Kansas business Goodland Tech What a workforce development company does About Building a Bookshelf How to Support the Podcast: Tell a friend about us Subscribe to the podcast on your favorite app Follow us on Instagram or Facebook Buy a Kansas Travel Journal  Send us a recommendation for an episode  
48:42 2/25/23
Episode 0601: Ann Anderson: Posts of a Mid-Century Kid
We are going to time travel in today’s episode. My guest, Ann Anderson is the author of Posts of a Mid-Century Kid, a memoir about 1950s and 60s Kansas. Today’s episode is as much about our ability to be present and appreciate what we have - in all aspects of life - as it is an episode about Kansas. There are so many quotes from Ann in this episode that I would love to pull out and put on a t-shirt. I am certain that one of them will make an impression on you - leave you with goosebumps.   Show Notes Ann’s Website Ann’s Facebook Page Posts of a Mid-Centry Kid - link to Bookshop.org where you can buy the book and support a Kansas bookshop at the same time Topeka Kansas Lake Shawnee   What You’ll Learn in this Episode About Author Ann Anderson and her book Posts of a Mid-Century Kid About Topeka Kansas circa 1950s and 1960s What to do outdoors in Topeka Popular 1950s recipes How to Support the Podcast: Tell a friend about us Subscribe to the podcast on your favorite app Follow us on Instagram or Facebook Buy a Kansas Travel Journal  Send us a recommendation for an episode
51:38 1/29/23
Special Call to Action Episode: Broadband Funding Challenge
I’m trying to help the Kansas Office of Broadband get the word out about the Federal Communications Commission broadband funding deadline that is January 13 2023. It requires that you take action by the 13th to help ensure that Kansas get the appropriate allocation of Federal funding to invest in high-speed internet.     The funding will be based on a map that determines what portion of each state has access to broadband. The issue is that the map is not always accurate. What the Kansas Broadband Office is asking all Kansans to do is to make sure you are accurately represented on the map.    The reason is that the FCC shows KS at ~5% unserved. We are more likely closer to 15% unserved, and that difference will have a direct negative impact on the dollars we receive … potentially 100’s of millions of dollars! We can challenge/change this map, but it will take a strategic concerted effort across the state and through our networks.    So - here is what you need to do: Go to https://www.kansascommerce.gov/program/challenge/ It has all of the instructions. But, I got some information from Morgan Barnes with the Office of Broadband Development that may be helpful. When you get to the map, you are going to  check your location to make sure your house or location has the service location pin in the right space. Some places have shown outbuildings or barns as points of access.  When looking at your internet service provided. Review the list of broadband providers and services. If you are unable to access the speeds or services listed, click the Availability Challenge link.     If you find that either of these things is wrong on the map, you’ll want to click on the link for “Location Challenge” or  ‘Availability Challenge”  depending on what the issue is. The other way you can help is to get the word out. Please tell your family,  friends and neighbors  About this and ask them to take action. And, if you have older relatives who that may not feel comfortable using site you can help complete this challenge.    Again, the deadline for making challenges to the map is January 12th 2023 so time is of the essence here.    Websites:   https://www.kansascommerce.gov/program/challenge/    Broadbandmap.fcc.gov   
06:20 1/7/23
Episode 0512: Meet City Manager Branden Dross
We’ve reached the last episode of the year, and today I’m talking with Branden Dross, the City Manager for the city of Herington Kansas. I have been interested for a while in better understanding what the role of a city manager is, and so I took the opportunity to learn more for myself while sharing what I learn with you. That is the best part of having a podcast. When I want to know more about something, I can do that, record it, and share it with you.  So, I hope you walk away from this episode with a better understanding about what a city manager is, what its like to run a city, and more about Herington Kansas, a small town on Hwy 56 west of Council Grove and Hwy 77 south of Junction City.   Show Notes Herington Kansas Bookshop.org   What You’ll Learn in this Episode What the role of the city manager is About Herington Kansas About the Flint Hills Trails expansion That people fly into the Herington airport to eat at the restaurant there About the revitalization plans for the WPA era pool and bath house  How to Support the Podcast: Tell a friend about us Subscribe to the podcast on your favorite app Follow us on Instagram or Facebook Buy a Kansas Travel Journal  Send us a recommendation for an episode
48:30 12/24/22
Episode 0511: Robot Art with Joe Summers
My guest today, Joe Summers describes Guerilla Art like this - you make a thing and put it out into the world for people to find.  Joe works with his students and children to create robot sculptures that they then take to different locations around the state and leave behind for someone to find. This episode is about Joe and his robot art program, but it turns out to be a travel episode as well because Joe covers so many Kansas towns and sites as part of his program. Rules for leaving robot art in the world: At least an hour from the house Nobody could see you Drop off is a place that is arts focused Attach a note to them  Go get breakfast at a local restaurant   Get to Know a Kansan Linn County Chanute Kansas Lawrence Kansas Mass Street Soda Shop Lucus Kansas Goodland Kansas - Giant Van Gogh painting Original Jayhawkers How to Support the Podcast: Tell a friend about us Subscribe to the podcast on your favorite app Follow us on Instagram or Facebook Buy a Kansas Travel Journal  Send us a recommendation for an episode
51:00 11/26/22
0510: Library Lovers Unite! Kansas Library Systems
Today I’m joined by Shelley O’Brien and Mary Boller, two Kansans working in the State’s library system. Reading is my primary hobby - I’m currently sitting at 76 books read so far in 2022 - so as you can imagine, this episode is going to be one I remember for a long time. What I’m hoping you take away from today’s episode is what my guest, Mary Boller says - that libraries have become the hub of the community. If you still think that libraries are just about books, you need to get out to your local branch and see what has changed.  Supporting our local Kansas libraries is a great way to support our local communities. So, I’m hoping you find out something you didn’t know, and that we maybe spark something new for you today.    Show Notes Northwest Kansas Library System Northeast Kansas Library System 7 regional library systems Golf Course Superintendents Association Talking books program Lawrence Library recording studio STEAM Punk Makerspace Lab Dane G Hansen Foundation Which libraries you can get a state park pass Prairie Dog State Park The School for Rural Culture and Creativity   What You’ll Learn in this Episode How the Kansas library system is organized How the Kansas library system coordinates That libraries are much more than just books That it is ok to talk above a whisper in a library! What Family Place Libraries are all about How the Kansas Library system and Kansas Parks system is working together to encourage people to get out and go to the state parks. Some of the challenges of being a rural library How to Support the Podcast: Tell a friend about us Subscribe to the podcast on your favorite app Follow us on Instagram or Facebook Buy a Kansas Travel Journal  Send us a recommendation for an episode  
46:38 10/22/22
Episode 0509: Kansas Meet World
Have you ever dreamed of just taking off and traveling the world? That’s exactly what my guests today did.  1 year, 24 countries, 4 continents…. Their Instagram account says it all: Kansas Meet World. I can’t wait for you to meet this Kansas family and learn about their gap year.  This trip was about so many things - seeing the world, learning how to support locals, experiencing other religions, figuring out what you can and can’t live with, and how important it is to live your life connected to those who are most important to you.. It happens to me very often that I’m someplace outside of Kansas and I run into Kansans. For the Lewison family, it happened in places like Zanzabar. We may be a fairly small population, but we show up in a lot of exotic places! What I ultimately take away from my conversation with the Lewisons is that it is important to explore the world AND our home in Kansas.    Kansas Meet World Instagram   What You’ll Learn in this Episode How a family of 5 traveled the world for a year What is a whirling dervish? About the Kansas Burger in Portugal How the Kansas school system allowed kids to travel the world and still stay in school How to Support the Podcast: Tell a friend about us Subscribe to the podcast on your favorite app Follow us on Instagram or Facebook Buy a Kansas Travel Journal  Send us a recommendation for an episode
49:32 9/26/22
0508: Clay Center's Mural Movement
From 0 murals to 25 murals in 2 years seems like an impossible task, but that is exactly what they’ve done in Clay Center Kansas. Today I’m talking with Brett Hubka who has been spearheading the effort.  I’m no art expert, but I feel like I’ve noticed a resurgence of murals in towns across the country and it is a welcome trend. Coming into a new town, looking at the murals on the downtown buildings give you a sense of the history of the town, the things that are important, and an overall sense of what the town is like.  Over the years, we’ve interviewed or highlighted artists across the state, and it is really a testament to the people of Kansas that we have such a rich art tradition in our state.  So, this episode is about art, and about how a town can come together to accomplish something amazing in as little as 2 years. It is also about how much pride Kansans have in our state and how much life is being lived in our smaller rural communities. Show Notes Mural Movement Facebook Page Mural Movement Instagram - Mural Movement Clay Center Mural Interactive Map Clay Center Kansas 15-24 Brewhouse website Tasty Pastry Bakery - they don’t have a website Little Mill Creek Trail   Get to Know a Kansan Medicine Lodge Peace Treaty Festival Gypsum Hills Episode 0108: Big Kansas Road Trip Bill Snyder Stadium Dwight D Eisenhower Museum Kansas Speedway Learn a little more about Dwght D Eisenhower in this episode: Kansans Favorite Kasans What You’ll Learn in this Episode How the Mural Movement got started in Clay Center How many murals are there in Clay Center? How a brewery and the mural movement partnered Why Clay Center Kansas is a great place to live  How to Support the Podcast: Tell a friend about us Subscribe to the podcast on your favorite app Follow us on Instagram or Facebook Buy a Kansas Travel Journal  Send us a recommendation for an episode
40:30 8/21/22
Episode 0507: Sycamore Springs
Today’s episode came from a trip we made to Sabetha Kansas to have lunch at the Brick Street Furniture Company and Wine Lounge. Friend of the podcast, Kate Miller from Hiawatha recommended that we eat there. And, now I’m recommending it to you too. While we were at Brick Street, Dustin recommended to us that we take a trip 5 miles north of Sabetha to Sycamore Springs. He mentioned that they were revitalizing the skating rink and we should stop in and see it. We thought - sure - let’s check this place out. You don’t hear about skating rinks much anymore.  So, we thought we were heading to a small little town with a skating rink. What we found was something we could have never imagined. You’ll learn more about it in this episode, where I interview Kent Grimm.  As I say at the end of the interview - I set out to tell our listeners about this really cool place that Geoff and I found on a somewhat spare of the moment trip. But, what this episode is really about is someone who has taken on the challenge of saving a piece of history and modernizing it so that it can continue to be relevant into our future.    Show Notes Sycamore Springs White Tails Ranch website What You’ll Learn in this Episode What you’ll experience if you go to Sycamore Springs in Sabetha, Kansas How the Grimm family is revitalizing Sycamore Springs About Old Albany Days and threshing bee in Albany, Kansas The oldest working pipe organ in Kansas is in Albany, Kansas  How to Support the Podcast: Tell a friend about us Subscribe to the podcast on your favorite app Follow us on Instagram or Facebook Buy a Kansas Travel Journal  Send us a recommendation for an episode
48:02 7/23/22
Episode 0506: Kansans Favorite Kansans
We have been doing our format of Get To Know a Kansan for a while now, and thought it would be fun to focus an episode on the stories behind the people that have been named when we ask ‘who is your favorite Kansan from history?” So, in this episode, I’m going to talk about the accomplishments of Amelia Earhart, John Stuart Curry, Dwight D Eisenhower, and William Stafford.   What You’ll Learn in this Episode What Amelia Earhart accomplished About the impact John Stuart Curry had on the Regionalism Art Movement How many major events in American history were impacted by Dwight D Eisenhower About the impact William Stafford had on poetry in America How to Support the Podcast: Tell a friend about us Subscribe to the podcast on your favorite app Follow us on Instagram or Facebook Buy a Kansas Travel Journal  Send us a recommendation for an episode
16:49 6/25/22
0505: Opera in the Flint Hills
Cottonwood Falls is a small town - population about 800 - a nationally and internationally known town for its music. The well known Symphony in the Flint Hills is based in Cottonwood Falls and so is the Opera Workshop in the Flint Hills. When you think of Kansas, opera probably isn’t in the top 10 - or even 100 - things that come to mind.    But, thanks to my guest, Martha Sharp, people come from across the country, and even from other countries, each July to attend the Opera Workshop in the Flint Hills. In our conversation, you’ll learn about the workshop, how it is tailored to the attendees, and maybe a little bit about opera along the way. We also talk about Martha’s career in Europe and her move to Kansas, which is a really interesting story as well.   Opera Workshop in the Flint Hills website Episode 0110: Chase County Christmas Episode 0503: Dynamic Discs Episode 0212: Publishing in Kansas: Emanuel Haldeman-Julius Chief Theatre in Coldwater Kansas Granada Theatre in Emporia Folly Theater in Kansas City Lyric Opera in Kansas City Disc Golf World Championship website Girard History Museum   What You’ll Learn in this Episode How the Opera Workshop in the Flint Hills started How a small town comes together to support the Opera How an opera workshop helps build skills  How you can support Opera Workshop in the Flint Hills How to Support the Podcast: Tell a friend about us Subscribe to the podcast on your favorite app Follow us on Instagram or Facebook Buy a Kansas Travel Journal  Send us a recommendation for an episode
37:41 5/27/22
Episode 0504: Monarch Watch
Monarch Watch is an internationally reaching education, conservation, and research organization dedicated to the monarch butterfly, its habitat, and its spectacular fall migration based right here in Kansas. Join Rachel in this episode where co-founder Chip Taylor takes Rachel to butterfly school.   Monarch Watch website Monarch Watch Facebook page Kansas Eco Regions   What You’ll Learn in this Episode What is Monarch Watch? What is Butterfly Tagging? How Monarch Butterflies migrate Why Mexico is important to the Monarch Tagging process What makes the monarch butterfly migration unique Why milkweed is important to monarch butterflies Why it is important to plan native milkweed What is the monarch watch program? What is the Bring Back the Monarchs program? Why nectar and pollen are important to monarch butterflies Why it is important to have everyday people involved in citizen science How to Support the Podcast: Tell a friend about us Subscribe to the podcast on your favorite app Follow us on Instagram or Facebook Buy a Kansas Travel Journal  Send us a recommendation for an episode  
46:12 4/23/22
Episode 0503: Dynamic Discs
Did you know that Emporia Kansas is considered to be the disc golf capital of the world? I didn’t realize it until I talked with my guests Doug Bjerkaas and Jackie Morris from Dynamic Discs, an Emporia Kansas business that sells discs and other disc golf equipment and operates events for the popular sport disc golf. I like to focus a few episodes each season on Kansas businesses that have a national impact. Kansas has a deep history of businesses that grow beyond the state and, in a lot of cases, become a household name. Ever heard of Garmin? What about White Castle? These are just 2 businesses founded in Kansas that fall into the household name category.  Dynamic Discs also falls into this category. If you know about disc golf, then you know about Dynamic Discs - it is a household name within the sport. I didn’t realize that until earlier this year when something quite unexpected happened to me at my day job - you’ll hear more about it in the episode.  This episode made me feel so good about the things we have going on in Kansas. The story about how Dynamic Discs grew from a dorm room start-up to an internationally known business is such an interesting story and then you throw in the community support that Dynamic Discs gives to Emporia and the community support that Emporia gives to Dynamic Discs. It’s just a great all-round story and I’m sure you will enjoy this episode.  And, if you do, please tell your friends about it. It is the best way you can support the podcast.  As you know, we don’t have any ads in the podcast. We are working hard to keep it that way, and hope to be able to cover the cost of the podcast through sales of our Uncovering Kansas Travel Journal. It is available on Amazon if you’d like to buy a copy. I really like being able to look back at what we did this year and remember the things I saw, the people I met, and the experiences we had - as well as some of our favorite places to eat!   Also, you can follow us on Facebook and Instagram. And if you are a LinkedIn user, I’d love to connect with you there. You can find me at Rachel Berbiglia and just mention that you are a listener so I don’t igore your connection request as spam.   Show Notes Dynamic Discs website Halfway to Everywhere music festival   What You’ll Learn in this Episode Why Emporia Kansas is the disc golf capital of the world About Kansas business Dynamic Discs Why About the Halfway to Everywhere music festival   How to Support the Podcast: Tell a friend about us Subscribe to the podcast on your favorite app Follow us on Instagram or Facebook Buy a Kansas Travel Journal  Send us a recommendation for an episode
44:02 3/26/22
0502: Make Your Own Adventure in Kansas
My guest today, Wichita native Jennifer Strong McConachie, has traveled around the world competing in global endurance sports. Today, we are going to talk about how she uses the Kansas outdoor landscape and weather to prepare for these competitions around the world. Whether you are sporty or not, you’ll get a lot of ideas from Jennifer for adventures you can take in Kansas. Unless you are already into adventure sports, you are going to walk away from this episode with a whole new viewpoint on our state.  Links to things we talked about: Go Far: How Endurance Sports Win at Life book website Jennifer’s Instagram Jennifer’s Facebook Lexington State Park Trail Map El Dorado Lake Cheney Lake TallGrass Prairie Nature Preserve TallGrass Prairie Trail Map (Geoff and I took the Scenic Overlook Trail to the Prairie Fire Loop to the Davis Trail) Get To Know A Kansan: Wichita Kansas Toronto Lake Kayaking the Kansas River Laura Ingalls Wilder What You’ll Learn in this Episode How to adapt the Kansas landscape to create your own adventure How to connect with others over Kansas stereotypes How our pioneer roots can help us with adversity training How to create a adventure event of your own How to Support the Podcast: Tell a friend about us Follow us on Instagram or Facebook Buy a Kansas Travel Journal  Send us a recommendation for an episode  
38:15 2/20/22
0501: Real Men Real Heroes
Hero worship is a characteristic of American culture. For good and bad, it is something our society lives with. Athletes, music stars, and actors or actresses are visible roles in our modern society. And that constant visibility often encourages people to feel like they know these people and fosters a desire to imitate them.  Our kids see these visible people as the definition of success and meaningfulness. Yet as adults we recognize the chances of anyone making a living playing professional sports or performing to a sell-out crowd in an arena is very small. As a result, it is important for kids to be exposed to all of the different ways people make a living and contribute to society and, in so doing, serve as heroes in their own right, albeit through less publicized roles, like banker, graphic designer, plumber, software developer, or entrepreneur.  Real Men, Real Heroes based out of Wichita, Kansas is an organization driven by the understanding that it is important for children and young adults to see someone who looks like them engaged in activities that can excite the imaginations and interests of the youth in order to, as shared by Kyle Ellison, Executive Director of Real Men Real Heroes, Open up their minds to new ideas, new thoughts and help with the evolution of who they are becoming. In this episode, Rachel talks with Kyle Ellison and learns about the history of a program and how it has innovated and changed over time to include a broader base of Kansas children and young adults in 3rd through 8th grade opportunities to look behind the curtain and gain firsthand experience to many societal roles and functions that they may be unfamiliar with and that are often not routinely given extraordinary attention to like certain entertainment roles are given.   Real Men Real Heroes website Contact@realmenrealheroes.org Real Men Real Heroes Instagram Real Men Real Heroes Facebook
49:07 1/23/22
0412: Get to Know a Kansan: Lisa Stewart
Uncovering Kansas was founded based on the idea that we frequently overlook the great things that are right in our back yard. As a matter of fact, right on the home page of our website is this quote from Dagobert Runes: People travel to faraway places to watch, in fascination, the kind of people they ignore at home. ​ My guest today, Lisa Stewart is going to tell us about her experience meeting people and exploring Kansas at 4 mph on horseback. It is a good reminder that we all have one fundamental thing in common - we are all Kansans. Whether by birth, by choice, or by circumstance, we are all neighbors. 
41:32 12/18/21
0411: Get to Know Kansas Small Business
The Saturday after Thanksgiving has become Small Business Saturday - a day set aside to encourage people to shop in small businesses. At Uncovering Kansas, we want to encourage you to not only shop small, but to shop local. Shop Kansas! Back in late summer, we asked you to nominate your favorite local business for an upcoming episode. We’ve selected 2 of these shops for today’s episode. We’ll be doing our Get to Know a Kansan format - talking to 2 Kansans about their passion - their shops - and then seeing Kansas through their eyes. Links mentioned in the show Links mentioned in the show   Modern Cowgirl Boutique website Modern Cowgirl Boutique Instagram Modern Cowgirl Facebook   Soul Sister Ceramics website Soul Sister Ceramics Instagram Soul Sister Ceramics Facebook   What you’ll learn in this episode: All about Madison Kansas All about Courtland Kansas Two unique ways Kansans are combining agriculture with non-agriculture business How to Support the Podcast: Tell a friend about us Follow us on Instagram or Facebook Buy a Kansas Travel Journal  Send us a recommendation for an episode
45:05 11/21/21
0410: Kansas Spirits
Happy Fall Kansas! And welcome to our October episode. We are carrying through the Halloween theme from the previous episode. When Geoff originally pitched the idea, I was sort of like “Wha? Say it again.” He wanted to focus on spirits. Several meanings contained within the word spirit. Not only the spirits we usually think about when we prepare and celebrate Halloween but the holiday spirit and the associated community spirit that often runs alongside the holiday. Halloween is, at least in America, sort of the official kick-off to the longer holiday season. And what do many people choose to celebrate with… other than food? You guessed. Spirits! Liquor, wine and beer. We are going to focus on two of these (liquor and beer) in this episode.  Kansas has had an interesting and peculiar history with alcohol and a key figure of historical importance. Carrie Nation. And while we, as Kansans, appreciate that history, our state is arguably still haunted by her ghost. Efforts are underway to exorcise the ghost of Carrie Nation but until the rite of exorcism is completed, artisans and entrepreneurs wanting to operate within the alcohol beverage industry must possess courage and bravery. And we have a panel of three representatives from three different Kansas companies located across the state to discuss and share their company story with you. Links mentioned in the show Kansas Territory Brewing Boot Hill Distillery Boiler Room Brewery   Dodge City Episode   What you’ll learn in this episode: About the unique opportunities and challenges of running a brewery or distillery in Kansas Kansas was the first state to implement prohibition and the last state to repeal prohibition How some of Kansas’ liquor laws make it difficult for businesses to thrive in Kansas How breweries and distilleries are bringing a sense of community to small towns How to Support the Podcast: Tell a friend about us Follow us on Instagram or Facebook Buy a Kansas Travel Journal  Send us a recommendation for an episode
49:13 10/23/21
0409: Elizabeth Krebs and the Hiawatha Halloween Frolic
There is a stereotype about the crotchety old person who watches out their window and when kids step one foot onto their lawn, they run out onto the porch, shaking their fist and yelling ‘get off my lawn you hooligans!’ Well, today we are going to learn about a Kansan who has impacted our culture simply because she wasn’t the kind of person who would fall into that stereotype. Instead of shaking her fits and yelling at the neighborhood kids, she looked for a way to be more creative and more positive in her approach to keep the kids off her lawn. What exactly did Elizabeth Krebs do to change culture as we know it? Well, find out in my interview with Katie Miller, President of the Hiawatha Chamber and Visitor’s Bureau. Before we get into the interview, I want to remind you about our Uncovering Kansas Travel Journal. We believe experience is at the heart of travel and meeting people and unexpected encounters make travel fulfilling. So, we created the journal so you can document your experiences. At just a little over 200 pages, we have plenty of space for you to journal, but we’ve also included a place for you to put together your bucket list, and pages for remembering your favorite places to eat and stay. The journal is available on Amazon. It makes a great gift, and is also available as a fundraiser for your group, organization, or team. If you’d like to learn more about fundraising opportunities, just send us an email at UK@outlook.com. Links mentioned in the episode: Halloween Frolic facebook page What You’ll Learn in this Episode: Our modern Halloween traditions were started by Kansan Elizabeth Krebs in Hiawatha, KS What the Halloween Frolic is all about The longest continuous Halloween parade has been going in Hiawatha since 1914 Who is Elizabeth Krebs What to expect if you attend the Halloween Frolic in Hiawatha, KS Children’s author Bill Martin Jr., author of the famous book, was born in Hiawatha Riverdale, in Archie comics is based on Hiawatha How to Support the Podcast: Tell a friend about us Follow us on Instagram or Facebook Buy a Kansas Travel Journal  Send us a recommendation for an episode
34:28 9/26/21

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