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Central Standard

Seg. 1: Kansas Weather. Seg. 2: Rolf Potts And Souvenirs.

Segment 1: How does weather shape Kansas culture?

It's that time of year when tornado sirens ring out their eerie sound and crazy weather hits the plains. Inspired by a photography exhibit of Kansas tornado sirens, we explore how the weather affects our lives and communities.

Siren Call, through Sunday, April 29 at The Volland Store, 24098 Volland Road, Alma, Kansas 66401, 785-499-3616.

Segment 2, beginning at 33:12: A Kansas-based travel writer on our obsession with souvenirs.

A miniature Eiffel Tower, a plastic snowglobe that encases the White House, a seashell from the beach ... we don't give much thought to souvenirs. A travel writer, who just wrote a book about souvenirs, shares why they tell a story of their own.

Rolf Potts will be speaking about Souvenir on Friday, April 13 at The Raven Bookstore, 6 East 7th Street, Lawrence, Kansas 66044, 785-749-3300.

Gina Kaufmann is the host of KCUR’s Central Standard, a talkshow fueled by curiosity and critical thinking. You can reach her on Twitter, @GinaKCUR.
Matthew Long-Middleton has been a talk-show producer, community producer and now is the Media Training Manager with America Amplified. You can reach him at Matthew@kcur.org, or on Twitter.