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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Black & Gold: Remembering the WSU Plane Crash

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KPTS is producing 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. This project will air on Thursday, October 8 at 8:00 p.m.

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Wichita Antiques Roadshow: Behind the Scenes

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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.

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Music for Life

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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 brodadcast examines the process of music education and it's importance in public schools, and includes interviews with students, teachers, administrators, university professors and community members.

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

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On January 16, 1965, tragedy struck a north east 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.

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Viewpoint: Local Voices Of World War II

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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

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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 manufacture equipment and planes and how Wichita changed as a result. Interviews include Wichita State University historians Jay Price and Craig Miner.

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From Our Local Producers

KPTS appreciates the work of local producers who share their video projects with us for broadast. 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

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