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High Plains Outdoors Episode
8:00 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

American Whitetail Authority: Hunting With a Camera?

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Howdy Folks!  Today, I’m talking with David Fort, president of the American Whitetail Authority.  You know, there’s all sorts of tournaments, but the AWA tourney is unique.  It’s a whitetail competition series, but the unique aspect is that you’re hunting with a camera mounted on a gun.

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Kansas
8:00 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Docking Institute: 5th Annual Kansas Speaks Survey Reveals Interesting Findings

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Kansas remains a great place to live, and Kansans are optimistic about the future, but they also revealed a significant amount of uncertainty in the fifth annual Kansas Speaks survey of public opinion in the state.

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Prairie Ramblings Episode
8:00 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

High Plains Grasses Provide the Palette of Autumn

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The palette of autumn colors in western Kansas dazzles me every year.  I know many folks think foliage tours in eastern states reveal the best seasonal color, but I wish they would drive across the prairie with me.  The colors may not be quite so obvious as the hardwood forests in the East, but anyone with a good eye can enjoy our fall hues.

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Holiday Programming
5:50 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Tinsel Tales: NPR Christmas Favorites: Tuesday, Dec 24 at 9 pm CT

Christmas is a time of traditions, and over the years, NPR has created a few traditions of its own. In this hour-long special: Wistfulness, joy, doubt, hope, all the emotions we feel at this time of year, all summoned up in memorable stories from the NPR broadcast archives.

David Sedaris, Bailey White, John Henry Faulk — these and other NPR voices, past and present, tell stories of the season. It may be you'll remember these tales fondly, or it may be you'll fall in love with them for the first time.

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Texas State Government
8:00 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

The Race to be Texas Governor: It’s no Claytie and the Lady

Ann Richards (l) on the campaign trail in 1988 and Clayton Williams during the campaign in 1990
Credit texastribune.org

The last open race for governor of Texas was in 1990 —  a contest that ultimately featured two charismatic politicians and attracted national attention.  But a recent piece in The New York Times said Greg Abbott is no Clayton Williams, and Wendy Davis is no Ann Richards.

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Colorado
8:00 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Colorado Getaway: A Weekend Full of Fun

Wisdom Warriors
Credit David Andrews

If you’re headed to the Front Range this weekend, there are so many fun things to do.  Colorado Matters helps out with their weekly feature Weekend Arts Roundup: October 24 - 27 2013.  

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Kansas
8:00 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Docking Institute of Public Affairs: 5th Annual Kansas Speaks Survey Results

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Kansas remains a great place to live, and Kansans are optimistic about the future, but they also revealed a significant amount of uncertainty in the fifth annual Kansas Speaks survey of public opinion in the state.

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Holiday Programming
5:40 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Tinsel Tales 2: More NPR Christmas Favorites: Monday, Dec 24 at 10 pm CT

NPR fills millions of homes each holiday with humor, warmth, and a host of festive voices. Continuing with the tradition of the first Tinsel Tales program, this is another collection of the best and most requested holiday stories. Joy, hope, and childhood memories overflow as NPR voices, past and present, tell stories of the season. The program is hosted by Lynn Neary and features these stories:

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Deer Trail, Colorado Considers Ordinance
8:00 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Drones: New High Plains Hunting Sport?

Deer Trail Mayor Franks Fields displays proper drone-hunting technique.
Credit denverpost.com

There could be a new kind of hunting season on the high plains, and the object of the hunter’s focus?  Drones. 

Drones are flying objects, typically equipped with cameras.  They range in size, up to several feet across.  The number of blades vary, and they are built and operated primarily by hobbyists and others for personal use.  Video is a large part of the appeal, allowing life to be seen from another perspective. 

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Growing on the High Plains Episode
8:00 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Xeriscaping: Planting blooms and color that last spring through fall

Skip Mancini (L) and Tom Gillan (R)
Credit Cindee Talley

Skip sits down with Tom Gillan, Owner, Native Nursery

  The xeriscaping conversation continues with Tom Gillan, owner of Native Nursery.  Today, the discussion focuses on planning a landscape that gives color and texture from spring until fall.

Harvest Public Media field note
7:52 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Guilty plea to criminal charges has implications for the entire food industry

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The Colorado farmers who distributed cantaloupes infected with listeria two years ago pleaded guilty in federal court to criminal charges Tuesday. Jensen Farms, located outside Holly, Colo., was the source of the outbreak that killed 33 people nationwide.

The outbreak was the deadliest in more than 20 years. Cantaloupes processed in the summer of 2011 at Jensen Farms near the Kansas border were laden with Listeria. It’s a pathogen infamous for its high mortality rate.

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Language maps (1)
9:43 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Where we don't speak the same language across the High Plains

Credit Bert Vaux (study data) and Joshua Katz (map)

We think of the High Plains as a region with a common geography, environment and economy.  But there are differences in language and dialect.  In some cases Panhandle Texans talk like other Texans and in others case they speak more like western Kansans.  And in still other cases there are differences once you cross the state line into eastern Colorado.  Browse through the dialect maps below to see some of these distinctions.  

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Weather
8:00 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Construction Is The Silver Lining of the Amarillo Hailstorm

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The May hailstorm in Amarillo was the 10th costliest storm in the history of the state of Texas with an estimated price tag of $500 million.  With most of 2013 in the rear view mirror, the good news is that construction in Amarillo is up, and repairs from the spring storm is a significant part of the pie.  As a matter of fact, 43 percent of construction projects in the city are roofing according to the Amarillo Globe-News.

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Healthcare
8:00 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Affordable Care Act: The why is as important as the what

The reason why the Affordable Care Act, or ACA, was designed is just as important as the what the law does says Sheldon Weisgrau, senior consultant with Rural Health Consultants.  Weisgrau recently spoke at the NAACP Annual Freedom Fund according to the Salina Journal

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Holiday Programming
5:30 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Jonathan Winters' A Christmas Carol: Tuesday, Dec 24 at 11 pm CT

Jonathan Winters

An updated version of a public radio tradition hosted by NPR's Susan Stamberg. Master comedian Jonathan Winters presents a distinctive reading of Dickens' holiday classic, with a special performing edition prepared by Dickens for his own presentations. Also featuring Mimi Kennedy.

Click here for more information or to hear or re-hear the program on-line.

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Playa Country Episode
8:01 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Playas - Nebraska Landowner Story

Dave Hilfterty grows dryland winter wheat and irrigated corn in Perkins County, Nebraska. Dave had a challenge that was perfect for Wetlands Reserve Program assistance. Amongst his five irrigation circles there's a lagoon, which he got tired of trying to farm through.

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Healthcare
8:00 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Affordable Care Act: New Premium Calculator

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The Obama administration recently released a new online tool that allows users to see premium estimates by state, level of coverage, and age categories without creating an account.  Previously, an account had to be created before individuals could see what plans were available and what premiums would be according to the Kansas Health Institute.

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Texas State Government
8:00 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Politics: Do Texans Care?

A recent study by the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life at the University of Texas at Austin revealed that in 2010, Texas voters don’t vote.  As a matter of fact, according to the Amarillo Globe-News, voter turnout in the state of Texas is the worst in the nation.    

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Holiday Programming
5:20 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

St. Olaf Christmas Festival 2013: Wednesday, Dec 25 at 9 am CT

St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN

A service in song and word that has become one of the nation's most cherished holiday celebrations. Tickets to the event, which takes place at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, are always gone months in advance. The festival includes hymns, carols, choral works, and orchestral selections celebrating the Nativity and featuring more than 500 student musicians who are members of five choirs and the St. Olaf Orchestra.

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Harvest Public Media story
8:32 pm
Sun October 20, 2013

Beyond Community Gardens to Edible Parks

Stephanie Syson of the Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute looks at plans for a proposed food forest in Basalt, Colo.
Credit Luke Runyon/Harvest Public Media

Community gardens dole out small plots of land and encourage people with limited access to fresh produce to grow their own. Now, there’s a new twist on that model springing up across the country: edible food forests.

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Texas State Government
8:00 pm
Sun October 20, 2013

Texas House Chair of Science and Technology Should Learn About Climate Change

Scheleen Walker
Credit te

Scheleen Walker, guest columnist for Texas Weekly, recently sounded off about the embarrassment of having an ill-informed chairman of the House Committee on Science and Technology.

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Holiday Programming
5:10 pm
Sun October 20, 2013

Chanticleer Christmas 2013: Wednesday, Dec 25 at 11 am CT

Chanticleer

A Chanticleer Christmas is American Public Media's one-hour celebration of the season as told through the glorious voices of Chanticleer, the 12-voice San Francisco-based men's choir. The program spans the globe and the centuries — from England in the 1300s to new arrangements of classic and contemporary carols.

Click here for more information or to hear or re-hear the program on-line.

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CD of the week
12:58 pm
Sun October 20, 2013

CD of the week for October 20-26

On his last two studio albums, Jack Johnson pushed into darker territory and delved deeper into electric guitar work than ever before in his music career.

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Holiday Programming
5:00 pm
Sat October 19, 2013

Cantigas de Santa Maria (Canticles of Holy Mary): Wednesday, Dec 25 at 1 pm CT

Digital illustration from the book of the Cantigas de Santa Maria. Original illustration art print by Emilio Villalba.

Explore a glimpse of this vast (420 compositions) repertoire of poetry, songs, stories, and recitations about the “Blessed Virgin Mary” in this holiday special.  The immense collection of Marian songs and poetry came from the Court of King Alfonso X (1252-1284) of Castile-Leon (now Spain).  We will visit the songs and stories as interpreted by musicologist and contemporary musicians playing on period and modern instruments.  Join the growing number of enthusiasts who appreciate the complex themes and musical surprises of the Cantigas de Santa Maria.  Hosted by HPPR’s Debra Bolton.

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Prairie Ramblings Episode
8:00 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

The Lost Art of the Sunday Drive

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Frequently, people lament the passing of the good ol’ days but when questioned, rarely do any Sad Sams want to return to days before air conditioning, central heat, automatic transmissions, cell phones, internet, and cable TV.  While it is possible to live life without those items, most of us don’t really want to revert to life without modern technology.

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High Plains Outdoors Episode
8:00 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Even I Miss a Shot Now and Then

The one that got away- note the arrow under the feeder.

Howdy Folks!

This week will be short, because I am packing my gear to head back to the Dale River Ranch.  This past weekend, I was not successful.  It happens to the best of us.  I shot from a vertical angle that I don't practice much, and believe you me, when I get back to the ranch, it will be a shot I'll be practicing before I head back out to try again.

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Manufacturing
8:00 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Amarillo Manufactured V-22 Osprey: Testing New Capabilities

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There’s a new use for the V-22 Osprey.  The military has it’s eye on the aircraft that was developed to carry troops and supplies as a refueling tanker.  An aerial trial was recently conducted in the Texas Panhandle to demonstrate the V-22’s capability of refueling strike aircraft according to the Amarillo Globe-News.

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Holiday Programming
4:50 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Glad Tidings of Great Joy: Wednesday, Dec 25 at 3 pm CT

A one-hour holiday special, hosted by Bill McGlaughlin, featuring medieval and baroque music.

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Harvest Public Media story
8:17 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

'Degeneration of the family farm' in photos

Courtesy Randy Waln

Rural roadsides are littered with neglected homesteads, long-ago abandoned. I see them all the time driving across Nebraska. Fallen farmhouses. Blighted barns. Overgrown fencerows. They even have a fanclub on Facebook.

For Randy Waln, a graphic design professor at Peru State University in Peru, Neb., there’s something about a rusted-out truck or weed-covered roadway that stokes the imagination.

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Texas State Government
8:00 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Liberals and Conservatives in the Texas House: The 2013 Rankings Are In

Credit texastribune.org

Mark P. Jones, chairman of Rice University’s political science department, updated his rankings of Texas state representatives based on their votes during this years sessions.  The Texas Tribune recently featured Jones and his results.

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