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Prairie Ramblings Episode
8:00 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Jack Rabbit Coming Down a Country Road

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Having learned to drive in Southern California where merging with rush hour traffic was a driver-ed mandate, I relish our area’s slow-paced traffic.

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HPPR Holiday Special
6:16 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Messiah from Washington National Cathedral - Sunday, Dec 22 at 9 am CT

The Cathedral Choir and Baroque Orchestra
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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.  

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Harvest Public Media story
8:01 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Migrant Education Program looks to give farmworkers’ children a boost

The Migrant Education Program in the Imperial Valley of California serves about 7,000 students with support like tutoring, college prep and online courses.
Credit Jill Replogle/Fronteras Desk

Several hundred teenagers filed into a swanky event center in Heber in California’s Imperial Valley on a recent Friday morning. By all accounts, they look like typical high schoolers — smacking gum and texting away. The vast majority were Latino.



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Healthcare
8:00 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Affordable Care Act: High Plains Enrollment Numbers for November

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Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius recently announced enrollment numbers for the federal and state online health insurance marketplaces that opened Oct. 1.  106,185 people in the United States have selected insurance plans during this period. 

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Quivira National Wildlife Refuge
8:00 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Whooping Cranes in Kansas: Keep your distance

Whooping cranes walk in search of a meal at Quivira National Wildlife Refuge.
Credit Michael Pearce / The Wichita Eagle

Whooping cranes are rare.  In 1942, there were only 20.  Today there are 500, and some have been spotted at the Quivira National Wildlife Refuge in Stafford County according to The Wichita Eagle.  However, if you want to catch a glimpse of the tallest species of North American birds, keep your distance.

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HPPR Holiday Special
6:12 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

A Choral Christmas with Stile Antico - Sunday, Dec 22 at 10 am CT

Stile Antico of London

Celebrate Christmas with the sound of soaring voices. Stile Antico, the award-winning choir from London, pays a visit to St. Paul's Church on Harvard Square for a concert of radiant sacred music for the Christmas season by the most acclaimed composers of the renaissance. Hear the group's luminous blend of voices sing the intricately woven music of Thomas Tallis and William Byrd. Hosted by Cathy Fuller of WGBH.

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Growing on the High Plains Episode
8:00 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Buzzing It From The Rooftops

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Look!  Up in the sky!  It's a Bird....it's a plane....no, it's a honeybee just taking off from the roof of a high rise hotel!  During a trip to the New York City area we were headquartered at a hotel that provided spectacular views of the city skyline and an up close and personal look at some in-house methods of bringing nature indoors.  From a lobby lined with herbs planted into the walls to a rooftop that was home to thousands of honeybees who daily worked the surrounding New Jersey farmlands, this Regency hotel is doing its best to be a good neighbor to it's guests, the surrounding community, and the environment.

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Drought Affects Numbers
8:00 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Upland Bird Report: Eastern Colorado

Common Pheasant
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Colorado Parks and Wildlife biologists say lingering effects of a two-year drought have significantly affected pheasant populations across eastern Colorado, setting up challenging conditions for upland bird hunters who take to the field this season according a press release from the Colorado State Division of Wildlife.

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HPPR Holiday Special
6:07 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Christmas with the Morehouse & Spelman Glee Clubs - Sunday, Dec 22 at 11 am CT

Spelman College Glee Club

One of the great holiday traditions in America, the choirs of Morehouse and Spelman Colleges -- two of the most prestigious historically black institutions in the nation -- get together to present a spine-tingling concert program. This encore presentation features the best works of the last several years. It's a joyous celebration of the schools' tradition of singing excellence, with their trademark mixture of spirituals and carols. Korva Coleman hosts.

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Harvest Public Media story
4:14 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Filling a hole in the organic pipeline

Organic meat producers depend on having organic farm to feed their livestock. But conventional acres far outstrip organically raised acres in the Midwest.
Credit Clay Masters for Harvest Public Media

Organic food is a hot market in the U.S. The Organic Trade Association says that sales over the last five years have grown 35 percent. But there’s a problem in the supply chain – not enough organic grain.

Many producers in the farm belt aren’t willing to take on organic production despite a hefty price premium. That has left organic food companies scrambling to find enough raw ingredients for the products that hit grocery store shelves. Just as corn and soybeans dominate conventional processed food and meat, these same grains are often key ingredients for organic foods.

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Amarillo, Texas
8:00 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Amarillo: New Logo In Question

New City of Amarillo Logo paired with EMAAR logo.
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The city of Amarillo unveiled its new logo at the kickoff of the centennial celebration this weekend, and the design is under review after officials discovered the design is similar to one used by a Dubai company according to a recent story in the Amarillo Globe-News.

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Texas State Government
8:00 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Texas Gun Control: The Duel Continues

Open Carry Texas members photographed Saturday in the parking lot of a Dallas-area restaurant.
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Opposing sides of Texas gun culture are attending each other’s events according to a story in the New York Times.  

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HPPR Holiday Special
6:00 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Jazz Piano Christmas XXIX - Sunday, Dec 22 at 10 pm CT

Andy Bey

NPR Music brings you another great concert from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.  Top jazz pianists--including Andy Bey, Stanley Cowell, Sullivan Fortner, and Michele Rosewoman perform their favorite holiday songs. This Washington tradition continues to bring new twists to holiday classics with world-class musicians.

Click here for complete program information.

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Playa Country Episode
8:01 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Grassland Birds: Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis)
Credit Wikimedia Commons

The Sandhill Crane is a tall gray bird of open grasslands, meadows and wetlands. The most numerous crane species in the world, this bird congregates in huge numbers during migration between wintering grounds in the Southwest and its breeding grounds in Canada, Alaska and Eastern Asia.

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Photography
8:01 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Amarillo sights in time-lapse photography

Clouds build over Cadillac Ranch near Amarillo, Texas.
Credit Todd Shoemake

Earlier this year, Albuquerque-based meteorologist and photographer Todd Shoemake shot time-lapse images of various scenes around Amarillo, the so-called "capital of the Texas Panhandle," and compiled it all into this Vimeo video.

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Amarillo Centennial
8:00 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Amarillo: Let the Centennial Celebration Begin

Amarillo, Texas. 1943
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The purpose of the 1913 Amarillo City Charter was to bring order to a city that was out of money and run by Texas Rangers and Potter County according to a recent article in the Amarillo Globe-News.  The efforts worked so well, the newly amended charter is the focus of a yearlong celebration of the document’s 100th anniversary.

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Affordable Care Act
8:00 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Huelskamp: A tactical change on Obamacare

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The same man who was pushing to shut down the government just a few weeks ago to defund the Affordable Care Act, now says another government shutdown to stop funding for ACA isn’t likely to happen in January according to a recent Politico story

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Food Processing
8:00 pm
Sun November 10, 2013

Cargill Will Include Beef Binder in Label

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Cargill recently announced that it will begin labeling packages of ground beef containing what is colloquially known as pink slime according to The New York Times.  

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Veteran's Day
7:44 pm
Sun November 10, 2013

HPPR Honors our Veterans

Just some of the medals Larry Large earned during his military career. Hear Larry's story Monday on HPPR.
Credit Larry Large

Tune in Monday during Morning Edition and All Things Considered as HPPR presents four special interviews profiling the stories of four men who served our country.

Leonard Hitz speaks with veterans from our area. Listen as these four men share their stories each hour during Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

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CD of the Week
8:58 am
Sun November 10, 2013

Patty Larkin's 'Still Green' this week on High Plains Morning

Singer-songwriter Patty Larkin’s new record ‘Still Green’ is her 13th release since she started recording over 25 years ago. The songs reveal her search for respite, relief and solace after the loss of both of her parents and a sister’s serious illness. Written on Cape Cod and recorded in Boston, it is a beautiful addition to her catalog. We will listen to every track this week on High Plains Morning, Monday through Friday from 9am to noon.

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Prairie Ramblings Episode
8:00 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

From Pumpkin Patch to Kitchen Delight

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Seeing photos of my granddaughter’s visit to a pumpkin patch reminds me why these seasonal venues draw visitors from miles around.  Walking among vines to eyeball and then pick and carry home these great orange globes connects people to the soil that grew that particular squash and to the sun and rain that nurtured it. It’s like holding an electrical wire and getting the full buzz, only without the shock and spasms.

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Election 2013
8:00 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Canadian, Texas: Residents Vote to Stay Dry

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Canadian will remain dry.  The majority voters in Tuesday’s election cast ballots opposing the legalization of local liquor sales according to The Amarillo Globe-News.  

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Vietnam: White House
8:00 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Veteran’s Day 2013 Profile: Doug Laubach

Doug Laubach
Credit Doug Laubach

Doug Laubach talks with fellow veteran, Leonard Hitz.

Doug Laubach enlisted in the Army with his draft card in his pocket on Feb. 15, 1970.  He was sent to Fort Ord, California for basic training, and during that time, he was asked if he would be interested in attending a lecture., with who and what it was about was not told.  He went.  That choice took him to the White House during the Nixon years. 

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High Plains Outdoors Episode
8:00 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

American Whitetail Authority: The Tournament Trail

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Howdy Folks!  This is the last week I'm going to talk with David Fort, the president of the American Whitetail Authority.    

David has shared with me the process his organization goes through to choose hunters to participate in their tournaments, and let me tell you what, it is not a walk in the park.  

In addition to having an excellent skill set, there are three tournaments hunters participate in, with the final one in eastern Kansas in January.

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Agriculture & Local Foods
5:46 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Interview with Joel Salatin: Local food evangelist

Joel Salatin on his farm in Virginia
Credit Creative Commons

Listen as Harvest Public Media's Luke Runyan speaks with Joe Salatin.

Joel Salatin is one of the rock stars of the local food movement. He’s written books, appeared in documentaries and scheduled speaking engagements nationwide. Among foodies, he’s a celebrity.

He’s also a vocal critic of industrialized agriculture. Salatin criticizes the use of pesticides, herbicides, genetic modification in crops, and hormones and antibiotics in livestock.

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Architecture & Preservation
5:20 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Windows in Victoria, KS church to shine brighter

Stained-glass windows undergoing restoration at St. Fidelis Catholic Church in Victoria, Kansas, the church known as the Cathedral of the Plains.
Credit Travis Heying/The Wichita Eagle

It's the Cathedral of the Plains, a landmark to travelers along Interstate 70, and its stained-glass windows will be safer and a little more brilliant now.

St. Fidelis Catholic Church in Victoria, Kansas is restoring its stained glass windows and installing new protection for the windows on this historic church, a building dedicated in 1911 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.

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Battle of the Bulge: December 14, 1944- January 28
8:00 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Veteran’s Day 2013 Profile: Martin Huschka

Young Martin Huschka
Martin Huschka

Martin Huschka shares his story with fellow veteran, Leonard Hitz

Martin Huschka makes surviving the Battle of the Bulge sound like another day at the office in his matter of fact tone.  But, the fight that began December 16, 1944, was an all-out gamble by Hitler to push the Allies to ask for peace according to History.com

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November 2013
8:01 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

All green check marks in Texas: 9 amendments pass

Credit Photo by KUT

All nine constitutional amendments on the Texas ballot Tuesday easily passed, including the heavily publicized Proposition 6, creating a state water fund drawing from the Rainy Day fund.

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Vietnam Veteran
8:00 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Veteran’s Day 2013 Profile: Tommy Webb

Judge Tommy B Webb
Tommy Webb

Leonard Hitz talks with fellow Marine, Tommy Webb

Circumstances do not predict the future.  Tommy Webb is living proof.  

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November 2013
8:00 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Colorado:Election Results 2013

Madeline Doak, 18, a student election judge, collected ballots in Denver. Taxes and marijuana were up for statewide votes.
Credit Matthew Staver / nytimes.com

Colorado voters said no to a tax increase that promised smaller class sizes, all-day kindergarten, and smarter education spending.  It was one of the most sweeping school-financing measures in the nation this year, according to The New York Times.  

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