Sunflower Journeys

Each year we produce a new series of programs which are broadcast on a weekly basis, with each new season premiering in the fall. Our show travels the state to tell stories of the people, places and happenings that are important to Kansans. We strive to incorporate historic elements to our segments when the story calls for it, and research historic images, documents and moving images from, county, state, and often national collections.

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WORKING CAPITAL

Working Capital is a modern day business television show created in Topeka, Kansas by KTWU. The show is about local and regional businesses within the KTWU viewing area. As an on-going series, WORKING CAPITAL showcases entrepreneurship and provides an atmosphere for sharing business concepts and practical business experiences.

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I’ve Got Issues

I’ve Got Issues is a community affairs series at KTWU. The program is intended to be a wide-ranging community affairs show that explores a variety of topics. The community of which we speak encompasses that portion of eastern Kansas and western Missouri that KTWU serves by way of broadcasting and cable outlets.

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Make48

A partnership between Make48, Outpost Worldwide, and KTWU, Make48 is a new type of invention competition. 17 Teams are given 48 hours to come up with an idea, create a prototype, marketing materials, and a pitch. The goal of Make48 is to foster imagination, creativity, problem solving and the inventive spirit. Make48 captures the process of invention through a hands-on competition that challenges individuals of various ages and backgrounds to take product ideas from conception to physical prototype in a 48-hour period. Make48 is proudly presented and distributed to public television stations, nationwide, by KTWU and American Public Television.

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THEATRE OF THE MIND

Live, televised 1940′s-style radio drama…it’s radio you can see, complete with actors, music and a crew of sound effects technicians, creating it all right before your eyes.

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I Just Want To Testify

I Just Want To Testify is a conversation with 20 students and teachers from the segregation era. For the first time ever, students and teachers from the four segregated Black schools in Topeka talk about their community and educational experiences prior to segregation and after integration.

PORTRAIT OF A LANDSCAPE: THE FLINT HILLS

Filmed in partnership with Rockhouse Motion, PORTRAIT OF A LANDSCAPE is a visually-stunning 30-minute journey through the Flint Hills during one of their most visual times of the year, Spring. Gorgeous wildflowers, magnificent landscapes, dramatic prairie fires, tremendous thunderstorms…all part of the visual impact of the Flint Hills, showcased by magnificent aerial digital video. The program is an intense and unforgettable emotional voyage through the camera lens that takes viewers on a Flint Hills journey like never before.

Wood, Brick & Stone

Wood Brick & Stone explores interesting and sometimes historic structures all across Kansas including many architectural treats unique in the state.

PlainSpirits

Meet the spirits that haunt the plains and explore their history! Visit with a chef who cooks in the company of ghosts of the past. Discover a secret, hidden world that lies beneath a town and you can walk right in! Wonder about tiny handprints that appear at an old train depot. Relive a scandalous affair from a haunted fraternity, where many guys have seen the spirit walking through their bedroom. Tales of local ghosts—these “plains spirits” — are all around and they will thrill and entertain you!

PLAINSPIRITS tells the stories built up through mythology over the years and reveals the real truth that lies beneath many of these fanciful and mysterious tales.

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Beyond Theology

This ten-part series emerged from a documentary project related to the origins of the question What Would Jesus Do? That question, in its popularized form, came from a series of sermon stories told by the Reverend Charles M. Sheldon — a Protestant minister at Central Congregational Church in Topeka, Kansas. The half-hour programs explores the notion that the guiding mythologies of modern civilization are undergoing a metamorphosis of historic significance.

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June 8:The Topeka Tornado

Probably the oldest weather joke told around is “If you don’t like Kansas weather, wait a few minutes…it’ll change!”

But there was nothing to joke about on Wednesday, June 8, 1966 when a class F-5 tornado, with estimated winds of over 250 mph, ripped a 22-mile-long path, up to half a mile wide, through Topeka and surrounding areas. On that day 16 people were killed and over 400 were injured. The total financial cost in damage was $100 million, a record high at that time and even today, adjusted for inflation, still one of the most costly tornadoes ever in America.

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The Story of Cancer

Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies is a three-part, six-hour major television event from preeminent documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, in partnership with WETA, the flagship public broadcasting station in Washington, D.C. Based on the 2010 Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee, the series is the most comprehensive documentary on a single disease ever made. This “biography” of cancer covers its first documented appearances thousands of years ago through the epic battles in the 20th century to cure, control and conquer it, to a radical new understanding of its essence at a time when we are at an inflection point in knowledge and treatment — the dawn of an era in which cancer may become a chronic or curable illness rather than its historic death sentence in some forms.

Connect

Local Contacts:
Dr. Adrian Caracioni, St. Francis Comprehensive Cancer Center – 785/295-8982
Cliff Bond, Stormont-Vail Chaplain – cliffbond@yahoo.com
Robin Holthaus, RN Stormont-Vail Cancer Center – roholthau@stormontvail.org
Leigh Ann Schultejans, Social Worker Stormont-Vail Cancer Center – lschulte@stormontvail.org
Dawn Tallchief, Cancer Survivor – ksseneca@gmail.com
Dr. Stephen Coon, Radiology and Nuclear Medicine – 785/295-8982
Tina Gannaway, Caregiver – gannaway@cox.net
Abby Young, Caregiver – ayoung@getjeffed.org
Stephanie Selk, Caregiver – kylesteph99@gmail.com
Carl and Linessa Frazier, Caregiver and Cancer Survivor – cfrazier1906@yahoo.com
Dr. Gary Doolittle, University of Kansas Medical Center – GDOOLITT@kumc.edu
Judy Johnston, Research Instructor University of Kansas School of Medicine Wichita – jjohnsto@kumc.edu
Tina Bichler, Cancer Survivor – jtbichler@msn.com
Gary Anderson, Cancer Survivor – 785/295-8982
Max Williams, Cancer Survivor – 785/295-8982

Websites
www.CancerFilms.org
www.CancerFilmBlog.org

SOCIAL MEDIA
@CancerFilm
#CancerFilm,
www.facebook.com/CancerFilm.