Gearing up for the 30th season of Sunflower Journeys!


KTWU’s Sunflower Journeys hits a milestone this year, as this is the 30th season of our program. We travel the highways and byways to bring stories about Kansas home to viewers. And now, there are various ways you can see KTWU programming. Sunflower Journeys airs three times a week on KTWU. Thursday at 8 PM, Friday at 2:30pm, Saturday at 5:30PM and the following Wednesday on KTWU’s Enhance channel at 7:30pm. Sunflower Journeys also airs on KCPT in Kansas City, KPTS in Wichita, and Smoky Hills Public Television in the western part of the state.  This year, KTWU will be airing two NEW shows back to back for our premiere week, and we will have a dual-show evening again in November. Our broadcast schedule will differ greatly from the other stations in Kansas, and on KCPT in Kansas City, so, as always, check local listings for airtimes on those stations.

Sunflower Journeys 3000 Season (Broadcast times and dates subject to change)

3001:Fun Little Things – Premiered on KTWU October 5th, 2017, 8pm

In this Sunflower Journeys 30th season premiere, we visit the Blue Sky Miniature Horse Ranch north of Hays, Kansas; we tour the National Museum of Toys and Miniatures in Kansas City; and we meet Wilma and Wilda Williams from LeRoy, Kansas, who share their vast Barbie collection with us. Watch Here!

3002:History’s Lessons – Premiered on KTWU October 5th, 2017, 8:30pm

On this Sunflower Journeys, we visit a regional branch of the National Archives and Records Administration; we see an unusual photo collection of women who were incarcerated under a World War I era law; we visit the grand opening of the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center in Overland Park. Watch Here!

3003:Senior Spotlight – Premiered on KTWU October 12th, 2017, 8pm

On this episode of Sunflower Journeys, we observe a college class that meets in a retirement center in Manhattan, Kansas, where students are seeking the knowledge of elders; then we talk to a professor who has studied the difficulties of downsizing; and we meet Cam Beatty, who shows us his active take on retirement. Watch Here!

3004:Religious Experience – Premiered on KTWU October 19th, 2017, 8pm

In this episode of Sunflower Journeys, we learn about Grace Cathedral in Topeka, and find out about their mission within the community; we visit Lawrence, KS, where we see huge pipe organs being made at the Reuter’s Organ Company; and we visit the Sunset Spiritualist Church in Wells, Kansas. Watch Here!

3005:Flowers & Farms – Premieres on KTWU October 26th, 2017, 8pm

In this episode, we find out about the Bigger family, who raised award-winning peonies in Topeka; we have a chat with folks at the KSU Extension in Topeka to learn about soil testing, including a tour of the KSU soil testing lab in Manhattan, KS; then we meet Kate Johnson, a city dweller who decided to become a non-traditional farmer using Kickstarter funding. Watch Here!

3006:Educational Moments – Premieres on KTWU November 2nd, 2017, 8pm

In this episode, we learn the history of KSAC, a pioneering educational radio station in Manhattan, Kansas; we find out about JAG, short for Jobs for America’s Graduates, and see how this program gives very hands-on assistance to challenged high school students; and we meet Kaylee Erickson, who has a student teaching assignment at a Topeka middle school.

3007:Venturing Outdoors – Premieres on KTWU November 9th, 2017, 8pm

In this episode, we travel to Manhattan, Kansas to experience high-flying adventures with a new zipline course that shows off the Flint Hills; we venture to the new Baker Wetlands Discovery Center south of Lawrence, KS; and we learn about Operation Wildlife, a rescue program that gives all types of animals and birds a chance at survival.

3008:Active Tourism – Premieres on KTWU November 16th, 2017, 8pm

In this Sunflower Journeys episode, we visit Lincoln, Kansas to see why the town features an annual event honoring Abraham Lincoln; we look at a new trend in outdoor camping called, “Glamping”; and we see the opening of the Evel Knievel Museum in Topeka, Kansas.

3009:Food and Fun – Premieres on KTWU November 30th, 2017, 8pm

The annual Wilson Czech Festival is featured in this episode of Sunflower Journeys, as well as a look at the Internet craze of “sunflower selfies” in Northeast, Kansas; and we look at a small-town fair in Vinland, Kansas, that has a long tradition of bringing that community together.

3010:Trails and Quilts – Premieres on KTWU November 30th, 2017, 8:45 (Aprox.)

In this Sunflower Journeys show, high school students take the role of  teachers for hundreds of grade schoolers during an annual event called “Life on the Frontier” at Fort Scott, Kansas; we look at a celebration commemorating the Chisholm Trail’s 150th year; and we meet Deb Divine, who shares quilts and quilting history with a group of workshop participants, in this Plains People segment.

3011:Science in Action – Premieres on KTWU December 7th, 2017, 8pm

Sunflower Journeys revisits Kansas bee keepers to see how they are coping with various challenges to the industry; we tour a summer camp for adults at the Kansas Cosmophere, and we meet Brenda Culbertson, who walks us through the 2017 solar eclipse in this Plains People segment.

3012:Funky Locations & Events – Premieres on KTWU December 14th, 2017, 8pm

The term salvage yard usually suggests automobiles, but this Sunflower Journeys show starts with a salvage yard for airplanes in Rantoul, Kansas; we look at unusual items that are located in Kansas that appear on the National Register; and we go 4-wheeling with a look at the Kansas Rocks Recreation Park in Mapleton, Kansas.

3013:Historic Tourism – Premieres on KTWU December 21st, 2017, 8pm

In this show, we get off the beaten path and explore Sycamore Springs Resort in Sabetha, Kansas; we visit the center of downtown Kansas City, Kansas and learn about a Native American cemetery that is found in the middle of that urban area; and we tour Fort Riley’s Fall Apple Day Festival and soak up some of the military history associated with that renowned military establishment.