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Kansas Election 2014
8:00 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Kansas Election 2014: The First Governor’s Contest is April 26

Credit lp.org

The first contest in the race to be the next governor of Kansas is weeks away, but the Libertarian contest is off most people’s radar.

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Oklahoma
8:00 pm
Sun January 5, 2014

From Guymon to Poteau: The Biggest Oklahoma StateImpact Stories of 2013

Credit JOE WERTZ / STATEIMPACT OKLAHOMA

From the corners of Oklahoma, across the border into Texas; to the nation’s capital and even the U.S. Supreme Court, StateImpact Oklahoma team traveled about 10,000 miles in 2013, talking with Oklahomans about government policy and how it’s affecting their lives. 

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Demographics
8:00 pm
Sun January 5, 2014

Texas Panhandle: How are you going to keep them down on the farm?

Mike Skinner on Dec. 26, 2013 outside the farmhouse on the land five miles east of Spearman that he sold last spring. Three generations of his family had farmed the land.
Credit Stephen Spillman / The Texas Tribune

The only livestock Mike Skinner has these days are birds in a cage.  Skinner sold the family farm last spring.  Land he was once farmed, as did his brother, his parents, and his grandparents reported the Texas Tribune

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CD of the week
9:00 pm
Sat January 4, 2014

New Music from Tim O'Brien and Darrell Scott on High Plainds Morning

I’ve been reading reviews, blogs and various posts about Tim O’Brien and Darrell Scott’s new record(their 2nd together), and they all seem to say roughly the same thing: “Why did you wait 13 years to put this out?!”  It was worth waiting for; the follow up to their Real Time release in 2000, this collection is split down the middle with 5 tunes by Tim, 5 by Darrell and 3 covers, including John Prine’s Paradise, featuring John singing harmony.  We will listen to Memories and Moments this week on High Plains Morning.

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High Plains Outdoors Episode
8:01 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Home-cured Ham

Doesn't that look good? Wild hog that I cured and then smoked.
Credit Luke Clayton

Howdy Folks!

This week, I'm walking you through the steps to cure and then smoke ham.  You can do it with ham you buy at the store, but the ham you see to the right is a wild boar I got a couple weeks ago.  Take a listen.  This is delicious!

Until next time, enjoy the great outdoors!

Prairie Ramblings Episode
8:00 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Winter Morning Shadow Plays

Credit nps.gov

One of my favorite childhood memories or maybe even adult memories involves casting finger shadows of rabbits, birds, and other creatures onto a blank wall. One morning, I noticed Mother Nature playing her own shadow games on Big Creek below my kitchen window.On weekend mornings, I look forward to seeing what sorts of fun the “old girl” can concoct using barren branches, agile squirrels, and flitting birds.

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Living Room Concert
12:10 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

First Living Room Concert of 2014: Putnam Smith on 1/24

HPPR welcomes Putnam Smith back to Amarillo on Friday, January 24 for a Living Room Concert.  This show will be in our studios located at 104 SW 6th Ave, on the NW corner of 6th and Polk.  We will open the doors at 7pm, and the show will start at 7:30. To make a reservation for this show, call us at 806-367-9088 or send an e-mail to music@hppr.org.

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Growing on the High Plains Episode
6:07 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Black-Eyed Peas: New Year's Good Luck

Credit kathdedon.wordpress.com

We'll kick off the new year with a look at a tradition that grew from the traffic of slave ships to the farmlands of the American South.  Whatever you call them -- black-eyes, crowders, cream peas or purple hulls, these legumes have long been a basic element of survival.  Thought to be a symbol of good luck in the future, they could definitely bring you the wealth of good health, as they are nutritious and delicious dished up on a New Year's Day.

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December contribution drive
8:34 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Thank You for Contributing to HPPR at the Year's End

Thanks to generous support from our many member-listeners, HPPR was able to meet its year-end contribution drive goal of $50,000. Because of this community support, HPPR will begin 2014 with confidence and be better prepared for the year ahead.

Private support like that which was raised last month, helps HPPR to lessen the gap left from steadily increasing cuts in funding from the state of Kansas and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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HPPR History
8:00 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

A Bang Up Christmas

Credit dfw.cbslocal.com

Christmas and the 4th of July have a history of some pretty noisy traditions.  Listen as Dave Miller tells of one of the more dangerous traditions that still happens today.

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HPPR Holiday Special
5:14 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Capitol Steps: Politics Takes a Holiday

HELP roast 2013 to a crisp with the Capitol Steps and our annual year-in-review awards ceremony. It's all in our hour-long special, "Politics Takes a Holiday!" This year will feature all-new awards, such as:

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Harvest Public Media story
8:05 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

One thing that didn’t happen in 2013: a Farm Bill

Farm Bill conference committee meeting in October of 2013
Credit Iowa Public Television

If it seems like Congress just can’t get the farm bill done, well… that’s because it can’t.

All year long, Washington lawmakers have been saying they want to pass a full five-year farm bill. But even though leaders of the House-Senate conference committee say they are close, they have acknowledged it just won’t get done this year. They’re pushing it off until January.

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Playa Country Episode
8:01 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Controlling Invasives in Central Nebraska

Russian Olive (Elaeagnus angustifolia)
Credit Dave Powell / USDA, Forest Service

This episode of Playa Country is a report on woody shrub invasions and control efforts in Nebraska. Biologist Kirk Schroeder of Grand Island enumerates particular weeds invading Nebraska: phragmites is a growing problem in waterways and riparian land, Russian Olive and Eastern Red Cedar are invading uplands. Tom Hartman of Grand Island manages the family ranch at Scotia, NE, and faced an onslaught of ERC.

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Year-end contribution drive
7:29 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Just minutes left to close the gap … end of year giving to HPPR

Date your check today to make your tax deductible contribution to HPPR for 2013 and mail it to 210 N 7th Street, Garden City, KS, 67846.  Or contribute now on-line by clicking the red “SUPPORT HPPR” button above.  Call 800-678-7444 with any questions or needed assistance.  However you give, it will help meet HPPR’s goal of raising $50,000 in December in order to cover sharp cuts in government support and end this year without a deficit.  Thank you for your action and support.

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Holiday Programming
6:56 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

New Year’s Celebration on HPPR

Following 33 years of tradition, High Plains Public Radio again offers listeners across the High Plains special programming to welcome-in and celebrate the New Year.  Begin New Year’s eve with Capitol Steps: Politics Takes a Holiday at 9 am and A Paul Winter Solstice 2013 at 10 am CT followed in the evening by Toast of the Nation at 9 pm CT featuring Wynton Marsalis playing the music of Louis Armstrong's Hot Fives & Sevens, live from Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola in New York City.  

On New Year’s Day morning it’s a classical celebration on New Year's Day Live from Vienna at 10 am CT featuring the Vienna Philharmonic and its ever popular annual New Year's Day concert live from the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna.  Click here for full New Year’s program details.

Year-end contribution drive
8:28 pm
Sun December 29, 2013

One day to close the gap …

There’s still time to help meet HPPR’s goal of raising $50,000 in December in order to cover sharp cuts in government support and end this year without a deficit.  Contribute now by clicking the red “SUPPORT HPPR” button above. Or mail your check dated by the 31st to: HPPR, 210 N 7th Street, Garden City, KS, 67846. We’d also be happy to discuss a contribution by phone during business hours at 800-678-7444 or answer an email sent to Deb Oyler, Executive Director, at director@hppr.org or Ben Brandow, Member Services Manager, at bbrandow@hppr.org.  Thank you for your consideration and support.

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Wheat Bread
8:00 pm
Sun December 29, 2013

Quest to make a whole grain bread kids will eat

Food companies want to capitalize on the growing market of white bread fans who want to eat whole wheat. A new variety of wheat makes that easier.
Credit Luke Runyon/Harvest Public Media

A new wheat variety may have cracked the code to marry the fluffiness of white bread with whole grain nutrition.

For a long time, American bread makers have been in a bind. Many consumers like the texture and taste of white bread, but want the nutritional benefits of whole grains.

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CD of the week
11:33 am
Sun December 29, 2013

New Counting Crows on High Plains Morning this week

Experiencing Counting Crows live is an ever-changing, ever-evolving delight- no 2 shows are the same.  Their new release is a collection of tracks from their 2012 tour of North America.  A good mix of old tunes, newer songs and some covers as well.  We will listen to ‘Echoes Of The Outlaw Roadshow’ this week on High Plains Morning.

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High Plains Outdoors Episode
8:01 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

New Year's Resolution: Outdoor Ideas

Credit comerecommended.com

Howdy Folks!

I have some great ideas of ways to spend time outdoors during the coming year.  If you've been wanting to get out of that rocking chair, and into the fresh air, take a listen.  You might hear an idea that appeals to you!

Until next time, enjoy the outdoors!

Prairie Ramblings Episode
8:00 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Frugal Good Times

Credit sarahhearts.com

Go to enough auctions of people who survived The Depression, World War II, the blows of the 50s, and the one car families of the 60s, and you’ll find  boxes of small square table cloths and probably more than one deck of regular or pinochle playing cards and maybe a box of dominoes. These inexpensive, reusable items were ingredients for Friday and Saturday night good times as well as the center of family gatherings at holidays.

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Higher Education
8:01 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Kansas Board of Regents social media policy criticized

A social media use policy adopted by the Kansas Board of Regents is drawing criticism from university faculty and education groups, who claim the new rule raises First Amendment and academic freedom concerns.

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Healthcare
8:01 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Faith-based alternative to Affordable Care Act popular in Texas

Credit KERA

While the individual mandate requires ever American to have health insurance, there is a big exception to the Affordable Care Act that more and more people are taking advantage of.

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Growing on the High Plains Episode
6:07 am
Thu December 26, 2013

How to Care for the Amaryllis

Credit thegardenhelper.com

A giant bulb can bring blooms to brighten the holiday and with a bit of attention they'll usually stay around long enough to banish the "after holiday blues".  Today we'll also cover the minimal care and feeding of your amaryllis throughout the rest of the year, so that you can have a repeat success for many Christmas seasons to come.

Year-end contribution drive
8:13 pm
Wed December 25, 2013

Year-End Giving to HPPR

Whether it’s your first contribution, a membership renewal or an additional gift, your support now will help meet our December goal of raising $50,000 in private support from individuals in order to end this year without a deficit.  You can contribute quickly and securely now by clicking the red “SUPPORT HPPR” button above.  Or mail your contribution to: HPPR, 210 N 7th Street, Garden City, KS, 67846.

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Flu Season
8:01 pm
Wed December 25, 2013

H1N1 flu virus hits Texas early

Credit CDC

Texas is among the states hardest hit so far by an early-striking flu season, and H1N1 is the strain most commonly reported among diagnoses this year.

Flu season this year is less severe elsewhere on the High Plains. Oklahoma is reporting a moderate flu season as of mid-December, while Colorado and Kansas are experiencing only localized or regional flu outbreaks, according to KUT Austin.

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2014 Texas Election
8:01 pm
Wed December 25, 2013

Texas politicians who learn Spanish are at an advantage

Credit Marjorie Cotera / Jennifer Whitney / Callie Richmond / Spencer Selvidge

Spanish-speakers now make up nearly one-third of the population of Texas, and political observes say that's an important factor for politicians to consider during the upcoming 2014 election season.

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HPPR History
8:00 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

Sherman County Big Snow

Credit wyomingtalesandtrails.com

In the fall of 1904, the neighbors of the Texas Panhandle got together to drive their cattle to Liberal, Kansas.  A blizzard caught them, and they were gone for three weeks.  Listen to Dave Miller tell of a  Christmas morning surprise-- complete with pies.

Government and Politics
8:00 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

Watch out Kobach, Schodorf’s in the Race

Jean Schodorf
Credit blogs.kansas.com

The office of state secretary is usually a quiet position, operating under the theory that no publicity is good.  Kansas secretary of state Kris Kobach has turned that philosophy on its ear.  Kobach is the outspoken lightning rod that has worked to reform voter registration in Kansas, and helped Arizona and Alabama write laws to crack down on illegal immigration reported Brad Cooper for the Kansas City Star.  That’s gotten him national attention.

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Kansas State Government
9:11 am
Tue December 24, 2013

Kansas: Pro Affordable Health Care Insurance Commissioner Stepping Down

Sandy Praeger
Credit ksn.com

This is Sandy Praeger’s final year as Kansas insurance commissioner.  Praeger has a national reputation for expertise on health care issues and a lengthy, unbroken string of election victories as a Republican in a GOP-leaning state, however on one issue she seems to stand alone. 

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Playa Country Episode
8:01 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

What Are Invasives?

Salt Cedar (Tamarix sp.)
Credit Hillebrand Steve / U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Biologists and rangeland conservationists discuss problems caused by the aggressive invasions of native and exotic shrubs such as Tamarisk, Russian Olive, Eastern Red Cedar and reeds on western Great Plains rangelands. These pests adversely impact ag economics, the ecology and native wildlife on the Plains.

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