Luke Clayton

Merry Christmas!

This week I'm sharing one of my favorite winter dishes- smoked chili.  The secret to this recipe is to smoke the meat prior to adding any liquid ingredients.  Take a listen to the show, and I'll walk you through the process step by step.

Grant Gerlock/Harvest Public Media

As drought, feed costs, and urban development wear on West Coast milk producers, states like Nebraska, Kansas and Iowa are pitching themselves as a dairy heaven. Even in California, the nation’s No. 1 dairy state, many dairy farmers are listening.

For the Midwest, an influx of dairies isn’t just about milk. It’s about pumping dollars into the rural economy.

nytimes.com

There are three times as many men officially unemployed now as there were in 1968 reports the New York Times.

Men in their prime working age from 25 to 64 were studied.   

Percentage of unemployed males in area counties:

Colorado

Crowley County, Colorado 83%

Bent County, Colorado 78%

Kit Carson County, Colorado 33%

Logan County, Colorado 22%

Kansas

California dairies look to Plain’s greener pastures

Dec 17, 2014
Ezra David Romero for Harvest Public Media

California is branded as the state with happy cows, but increasingly, not necessarily happy dairy owners. For many of them in the nation’s No. 1 dairy state it’s getting tougher to make a living, that’s why some are some selling their cattle and heading to the Midwest.

A full quarter of California dairies have been shuttered since 2007, according to Michael Marsh, CEO of Western United Dairymen.

“They’ve just closed their doors and they’ve decided to make their investment in other states,” Marsh said.

mikefrench.org

 Today, we'll catch the scent and track two biblical spices that have been used for centuries in exalted temples, though they are best known for their appearance in a lowly stable in Bethlehem.

Pegasus Books

Richard Parker’s newest book, Lone Star Nation, is described as a provocative and eye-opening look at the most explosive and controversial state in America, where everything is bigger, bolder—and shaping our nation’s future in surprising ways by Amazon.

Karen Olsson reviewed the book for the New York Times

She says:

Parker’s short book caters to lighter appetites: It’s a tray of Texas nibbles. Included are a capsule history of the state; personal reminiscence and travels; policy analysis; a look at the 2014 governor’s race; and man-on-the-street (or woman-in-the-Starbucks) interviews, not to mention a list of 300 famous Texans and three pages of Texas-related quotations.

A ballot initiative being promoted by a Lakewood, Colorado couple to keep the state permanently on Mountain Daylight Time could make time keeping tricky for those crossing through four Kansas counties on the Colorado border. 

Sonja Salzburg for Harvest Public Media

Many beer aficionados are familiar with the rare breweries run by Trappist monks. The beer is highly sought after, but it’s not the only food or drink made by a religious order. Many abbeys and convents have deep roots in agriculture, combining farm work with prayer.

Dave Ranney / Kansas Health Institute

Advocates for Kansans with disabilities and frail seniors say they will file objections to proposed KanCare waiver changes reports the Kansas Health Institute

The waivers define the state’s approach to Medicaid funded services that help them live in the community rather than in nursing homes.

America's Health Rankings 2014 cover / kpr.org

New health rankings show Kansas stuck at 27 – the same slot that it occupied last year. But Kansas Public Radios’s Bryan Thompson reports there was a time – not that long ago – when the state ranked much higher than the middle of the pack.

     

Pages

It's a Wonderful Life: Saturday, Dec 20 at 7 pm CT

A Live Radio Play of Frank Capra's classic movie "It's a Wonderful Life". This performance is a collaborative effort of Garden City Recreation Commission and High Plains Public Radio. The play features a cast of 15 actors plus live sound effects, just like the great radio plays of the 1930's and 40's. This program will repeat Christmas night at 7:00 pm central time.
Read More

HPPR's Year-End Giving Campaign Underway

As you reflect on the services you’ve counted on most in 2014, consider the hours you've spent listening to HPPR and make a tax-deductible gift of support to reaffirm the value of having public radio in your community. Just click the red "SUPPORT" button above. Or, if you prefer, call us now at 800-678-7444 to make your year-end contribution over the phone.
Read More

Christmas programming

http://www.nationalcathedral.org

Messiah from Washington National Cathedral - Sunday, Dec 21 at 9 am CT

Each year the Cathedral’s annual Messiah performances during the first weekend of December attract an audience of some 6000 from the greater Washington area. With a team of the finest international soloists, coming from the US and abroad, these performances offer exceptional value for a very high-quality, popular Christmas broadcast. With its resounding “Hallelujah” chorus, Handel’s masterpiece glitters through the winter evening. Canon Michael McCarthy directs the Baroque–period orchestra...
Read More
Rhonda Dorsett

A Paul Winter Solstice 2014: Sunday, Dec 21 at 8 pm CT and Wednesday, Dec 31 at 10 am CT

Celebrate the return of the sun and the warming of the heart with Paul Winter's All New 34th Winter Solstice Celebration. On the darkest night of the year, we head back to New York's Cathedral of St. John the Divine to hear The Paul Winter Consort and the glorious Cathedral Pipe Organ. The performance brings traditional holiday favorites and new sounds from around the world with special guests Ivan Lins and Renato Braz. Hosted by John Schaefer.
Read More
Colin Marshall/NPR

Festivo Alt.Latino with Coral Cantigas: Sunday, Dec 21 at 10 am CT

NPR Music's Alt.Latino presents the 3rd edition of Festivo Alt.Latino -- a special holiday concert featuring the 20 piece choral ensemble Choral Cantigas. This musical performance also includes stories about holiday traditions and cultures. Hear a traditional Peruvian Christmas carol, folk music from Brazil, Spain, and Mexico plus Parrandas from Venezuela and Puerto Rico. The many rich styles of Latino choral music will unite listeners through the joyful and transformative power of music....
Read More