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PBS Kansas Productions

The PBS Kansas staff produces quality historical documentary-style programs, which are both entertaining and enlightening. Funding for the production of these documentaries comes from local corporate supporters, foundations and trusts from viewers like you.

Click here to support local productions on PBS Kansas or call 316-838-3090 from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. on weekdays.

The Pie Way... Kansas Style

Join PBS Kansas and Beth Bower on a journey of flavor. From Wichita to Topeka and west to Hutchinson and in between, discovering amazing pies. Learn about the people whose passion it is to make them and share that talent with others.

Lost Theaters of Wichita

A tale of two great entertainment palaces - the Miller and the Orpheum. One barely survived while the other came crashing down, still in its prime. Learn the story behind the story from the people who were there.

Oil Dorado: The Life and Times of an Oil Boom

From the 1910's through the 1950's, oil permeated every aspect of life in Butler County, Kansas. Those in the oil fields found work that was hard and dangerous, but also created bonds that lasted over the decades.

Wichita Vortex

A look at Wichita's role in the counterculture movement of the 1960's.

The Dockum Sit-in: A Legacy of Courage

The historical recount of the first successful student-led sit-in that led to the desegregation of all Rexall Drug Stores throughout the State of Kansas.

Positively Wichita: Brands Born Here

Pizza Hut, White Castle, Mentholatum... these are just some of the world-famous brands born in the inventive city of Wichita, Kansas. This is the story of these home-grown, revolutionary brands and the innovators behind them.

Sounding Joy: Make We Merry

Enjoy a Christmas concert from the Wichita Chamber Chorale which includes behind-the-scene interviews with the choir and director.

Kansas Ghost Towns

Every state has ghost towns, communities which once boomed and later went bust. Experts say Kansas has thousands of ghost towns. Enjoy this new locally-produced documentary–only on PBS Kansas.

Wichita: The Air Capital

Aviation journalist Chris Frank interviews the aviation experts who say Wichita is still worthy of the title Air Capital of the World.

Kansas Baseball: Swinging for the Fences

The first comprehensive look at fascinating stories behind Kansas baseball and its historic and cultural significance to our communities.

Joyland: Reliving the Memories

If you grew up in Wichita, Joyland was an important part of your childhood.

Christmas Candlelight Concert 2021

In addition to hearing the traditional renditions by the Friends University Singing Quakers and Concert Choir, concert goers had the opportunity to hear from other groups including the Falcon Chorus, Women's Choir, Orchestra, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Dance and Singing Quakers Alumni Choir. As guests arrived, they were greeted with festive music in the foyer provided by the Friends University Flute Choir.

Black & Gold: Remembering the WSU Plane Crash

PBS Kansas produced a documentary on the Wichita State University plane crash in 1970 when a charter plane carrying WSU football players, coaches and donors crashed in the mountains west of Denver. 31 of the 40 on board were killed. Our documentary will include reflections from survivors, family members, university administrators, and community members. 

Kansas Weather: When Disaster Strikes

Hosted by Meteorologist Merril Teller. PBS Kansas explores the past, present and future of dangerous storms that are perennial threats here in tornado alley. This 90-minute program looks back at some of the worst storms in Kansas history, some of the ways Kansans have predicted and survived severe weather through the generations, and how advances in technology are saving countless lives today.

Kansas Wild Edge: The Great Outdoors with Mike Blair

Journalist Mike Blair captures candid, up-close video of Kansas wildlife and shows the fascinating behavior of creatures in the great outdoors. This is a rare opportunity to see and learn about the wild animals that surround us in the prairies, woodlands and waterways of Kansas.

Kansas Country

Discover Kansas' contribution to country music from the beginning until now.

Christmastime in Wichita

The Wichita area is an oasis of music, lights, shopping and good cheer during the holiday season. This one-hour special event showcases Wichita's joy and reverence for this festive time of the year. It features a variety of activities that make Wichita unique.

Harvesting the High Plains

1933, America is beginning to recover from the Great Depression but while recovery is beginning, the Great Plains is battling an even greater foe and much less forgiving one - nature. Rising out of the dust two men saw that the ground in western Kansas and eastern Colorado was fertile and capable of raising wheat and did so conquering the odds, all at a time when the world needed more than just food, it needed hope.

Wichita Antiques Roadshow: Behind the Scenes

Antiques Roadshow gave our cameras special backstage access so you can see what goes on behind the scenes. Watch as our camera crew follows two women through the appraisal process. Hear the executive producer and appraisers explain what makes an antique worthy of being on the air. Listen to volunteers and appraisers explain why they love being a part of Antiques Roadshow. Hear host Mark Walhberg talk about his enjoyable stay in Wichita. This video is your All Access Pass to Wichita Antiques Roadshow: Behind the Scenes.

Music for Life

We all know the importance of music in our lives. From a very young age, we are influenced by music as it soothes, teaches and enriches our culture and daily lives. This hour-long broadcast examines the process of music education and its importance in public schools and includes interviews with students, teachers, administrators, university professors and community members.

The Piatt Street Crash: Remembering Wichita's Worst Aviation Disaster

On January 16, 1965, tragedy struck a northeast Wichita neighborhood. A KC-135 tanker full of fuel from McConnell Air Force Base crashed just south of 21st & Piatt killing 30 people. This video includes recollections from a woman who saw firsthand the violent crash, the chaos that followed and how the quiet neighborhood was changed forever. You'll also hear from others who lost family in the crash and look at the effort to get a memorial on the site decades after the crash.

Viewpoint: Local Voices Of World War II

During World War II, the men and women of the United States were called upon to fight the Axis powers. Their tremendous effort will live on in history. Listen to the stories of World War II through the eyes of the people who lived it. Local veterans interviewed include: Raymond Bert, Helen Canzoneri, Dr. Ernest Crow, Col. Boulton Miller, Ida Wenzel, Jennie Byerley, Dr. Kernie Binyon, Sylvia Dewey Muse and Gene Spurgeon.

Viewpoint: Wichita's Role In World War II

During World War II, several Wichita companies played important roles. Learn how area companies such as Coleman and Boeing met the demand of the U.S. military to manufacturing equipment and planes and how Wichita changed as a result. Interviews include Wichita State University historians Jay Price and Craig Miner.

Local Producers

PBS Kansas appreciates the work of local producers who share their video projects with us for broadcast. These projects cover a wide range of local topics.

Arlen Specter (Original Air Date: September 2007)

This program contains highlights from a presentation by Kansas native now Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter at the Hebrew Congregation in Wichita, Kansas.

Flint Hills: Meditations From a Kansas Prairie (Original Air Date: July 2007)

Filmmaker John O'Hara spent nearly a year photographing the Flint Hills and meeting its people. His documentary shows the unique blend of the ecology and economy, which makes the Flint Hills one of the most extraordinary places on earth.

Salt Secrets @ 650 Feet (Original Air Date: May 2007)

Take a tour of the Salt Museum and storage facility located 650 feet below the ground in Hutchinson, Kansas.

Splitlip Rayfield Concert (Original Air Date: February 2007)

Enjoy this performance of Split Lip Rayfield, one of the region's most popular bands, as they celebrate with their fans at the Cotillion Ballroom in Wichita, Kansas. Produced by digitalBRAND Communications in conjunction with Lonny Quattlebaum Productions.

Dillion: A True Story (Original Air Date: September 2013)

Dillion is the true story of a young soldier who served his country well but lost his battle with PTSD.

Kansas From Above (Original Air Date: December 2022)

See Kansas from another perspective. Take an aerial tour of Kansas landscapes. Shot and produced by Abt Films and Adler Grey Videography.