Ben Kuebrich

Kansas News Service Reporter

Ben grew up in the suburbs of Washington DC and moved to Garden City to work for HPPR.

Fascinated by the brain, he spent ten years studying neuroscience and working in laboratories at institutions like Emory University, MIT, and the University of Tokyo. During that time Ben also fell in love with listening to radio and podcasts, and started his career in audio doing research and fact-checking for the podcast Science Vs. He hopes to bring the objectivity and rigour that he honed as scientist and fact-checker to his reporting at HPPR.

Ben says he enjoys TV, rock-climbing, and noodling around on the bass guitar, but he’s never done all three at the same time. He does, however, always enjoy learning something new and is always looking for stories, so feel free to send him an email.

You can also listen to his podcast Selects which highlights the work of independent podcast producers.

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A proposal by the Kansas Department of Aging and Disabled Services (KDADs) to locate a halfway house for sexual predators in Dighton is drawing strong opposition.

Hundreds of residents attended a town hall meeting held by the state Tuesday night to voice their opposition to the project. The proposed reintegration facility would house up to 16 convicted sexual predators that have served their sentences, undergone rigorous therapy, and shown good behavior. Similar facilities already exist in Osawatamie, Parsons, and Larned.

Sen. Pat Roberts says the level of federal subsidies for crop insurance will dominate this years farm bill discussion. Roberts, who chairs the Senate agriculture committee, talked about the issue on Friday.

At a farm convention in Kansas City, Roberts said a federal budget deal that included protections for dairy and cotton farmers against catastrophic losses could make passing a farm bill simpler.

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A new scientific study asks the question: What if everyone in America suddenly went vegan and stopped eating meat, eggs, milk, and fish.

As the Highland Plains Journal reports, the authors say that in that extreme scenario – the nation’s food supply would increase by 23 percent and greenhouse gas emissions would drop by 2.6 percent. However, to ensure people are getting their vitamins and minerals, we would need to grow different crops and take supplements to meet recommended dietary guidelines.