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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

Credit farside.areavoices.com

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

Credit amarillo.com

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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Harvest Public Media story
7:27 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Grain bin rescues difficult and dangerous

Firefighters train for a grain bin rescue on a simulator with the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety.
Credit Pat Blank for Harvest Public Media

Grain bins on rural farms filled with a year’s harvest can be dangerous and when workers become trapped in the grain, it often ends in death. That’s why in Iowa, volunteer fire departments are using training and new equipment to increase the chances of survival in an entrapment.

A study by Purdue University shows the overall death rate from accidents on American farms has been declining. However, the number of fatalities from grain bin entrapments has been stubbornly steady, hitting an all-time high of 51 in 2010.

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Living Room Concerts
7:05 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Sara Grey comes to Amarillo for Living Room Concert on Saturday, November 2

HPPR welcomes Sara Grey to our Amarillo studios for a Living Room Concert on Saturday, November 2.  We are located at 104 SW 6th Ave,  on the NW corner of 6th and Polk. We're in the basement of Amarillo National Bank's Special Assets Center. We'll open the doors at 7:00, and the show will start at 7:30. We will have the usual great coffee from the folks at Evocation Coffee Roasters and cookies from Molly Fuller. 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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UT Studies Methane Leaks
8:00 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

University of Texas Fracking Study: Results and Politics

Oil fields in the Permian Basin of Texas and New Mexico, an Apache Energy site where wells were drilled in February last year.
Credit Jim Wilson / nytimes.com

The University of Texas at Austin has been measuring how much methane leaks from natural gas production sites after hydraulic fracturing.  Advocates on both sides of the fracking issue have been waiting for results to back their positions according to the Texas Tribune.

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Harvest Public Media story
6:09 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Sure beats shipping containers back empty: a growing ag export opportunity

A specially designed machine manufactured by A-Ward for unloading grain, sugar, cotton seed, malt, rice, soya beans and other bulk agriculture products from standard shipping containers.
Credit http://a-ward.com/industry/food-industry/

A huge new rail yard has been buzzing on the outskirts of Decatur, Ill. Agribusiness giant Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) recently opened the 275-acre facility that would be at home at any major port city on the coast. But it’s in the heart of Illinois farm country because farmers have been taking advantage of a new method of shipping out their products.

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Holiday Programming
4:40 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Tallis Scholars: Love is Better Than Wine: Wednesday, Dec 25 at 7 pm CT

The Tallis Scholars

As part of the world-renowned choir’s 25th Anniversary Tour of the US, the Tallis Scholars, with director Peter Phillips, perform a stunning holiday concert exploring themes of love, redemption, and of course, the Nativity in concert at St. Paul Church in Cambridge, Mass.  Presented by the Boston Early Music Festival and hosted by Cathy Fuller. 

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Playa Country Episode
12:00 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

NRCS Ogallala Aquifer Initiative

Credit Chris Helzer / The Nature Conservancy

Realizing the importance of the Ogallala Aquifer to High Plains states, NRCS created the Ogallala Aquifer Initiative to attempt to reduce the quantity of water removed from the aquifer, improve water quality using conservation practices, and enhance the economic viability of croplands and rangelands in the region. This episode explains how playas fit into these goals.

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Beaten by Beef
8:24 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

The long, slow decline of the U.S. sheep industry

Credit Tatiana Bulyonkova / flickr commons

Hear the audio version of Luke's story

Over the last 20 years, the number of sheep in this country has been cut in half. In fact, the number has been declining since the late 1940s, when the American sheep industry hit its peak. Today, the domestic sheep herd is one-tenth the size it was during World War II.

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Healthcare
8:00 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

High Plains States Have the Lowest Overdose Rates

Credit hangthebankers.com

A report recently released by the non-profit Trust for America’s Health shows that states across the high plains region have the lowest overdose rates according to the Kansas Health Institute.

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Fall membership drive
3:07 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Join the community of HPPR supporters – pledge now!

Allen Bailey wonders why you haven’t called yet. Allen is the host of Western Swing & Other Things every Saturday morning at 10 am CT on HPPR.
Quentin Hope

HPPR’s fall membership drive is underway!  Click the red SUPPORT HPPR button above to join the community of supporters who make public radio listening possible across the High Plains and beyond.

The theme of this year’s drive is “Turn a Page”.  When you make a pledge of support for HPPR you will also put a new book into the hands of an underserved child on the High Plains. For every new membership contribution two new books will be donated and for every membership renewal or additional contribution one book will be given. Funding for these book donations is being provided by our special sponsors for this community service effort: Keller Leopold InsuranceWheatland Electric, Wheatland Broadband and Caring Senior Service. Your entire contribution will still go directly to HPPR to bring you the news, music and entertainment that you count on every day.

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Harvest Public Media story
8:45 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Cheap, plentiful and seemingly in everything

Corn is ubiquitous and there are two broad reasons for that: it is cheap and it is versatile.

The price of corn held steady—and low—for decades before the ethanol market took off . But even in recent years when the price shot up over $8-a-bushel, it remained viable as a raw material for many uses beyond food, animal feed and fuel.

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Healthcare
8:00 pm
Sun October 13, 2013

Obamacare Symposium in Amarillo: Panhandle Politicians Speak

An audience member asks a question Thursday in Amarillo Civic Center during Amarillo Area Foundation's Obamacare symposium.
Credit Michael Schumacher / AGN Media

The Amarillo Area Foundation recently hosted a symposium hoping to provide answers many have about the Affordable Care Act which many have dubbed Obamacare. Health care providers, administrators, business owners, and other citizens came to find out more according to the Amarillo Globe News.

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Colorado History
8:00 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Denver: Historic Brown Palace is For Sale

The Brown Palace Hotel. Denver, Colorado
Credit Brown Palace Hotel

The historic Brown Palace Hotel, in downtown Denver, is for sale. This is only the fourth time its been on the market since opening more than a century ago according to a recent feature of Colorado Matters.

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Prairie Ramblings Episode
8:00 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

The Great Hedge Apple Insect Experiment

Credit http://joycewallace1.blogspot.com/

Normally, I avoid sequels.  I don’t want to know what happened after Rhett left Scarlet standing in the door with his famous line echoing in her mind.  I definitely didn’t want to see Rocky triumph more than once.  However, I must write a part two to the hedge apple saga.  If I don’t, that tale’s audience may enter the next bug cycle with unfounded hope.

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Harvest Public Media field note
8:01 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

The American Dream in Garden City, via Burma and beef

Moung Thang, a Burmese worker at the Garden City Tyson plant, with his children, Micheal, 5, and Veronica, 3
Credit Peggy Lowe / Harvest Public Media

The tiny girl who opens the door is so excited to have visitors that she shouts to them as they get out of their car, “Hurry, hurry!”

Veronica Thang, a three-year-old dressed head to toe in pink, was showing off her new nail color.

“What color?” asks Velia Mendoza, the visitor.

“RED!”

And on the other hand? “What color?”

“BLUE!”

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Resource Conservation
8:00 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Amarillo: There are still recycling options

Recycling Station
Credit wikipedia.org

Republic Recyclery closed last month in Amarillo, but there are still recycling options according to the Amarillo Globe-News.

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Growing on the High Plains Episode
6:50 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Garden Party Joke Show

Credit healthmeup.com

Join Skip and a cast of friends for an old fashioned joke show.  Blake Burnside,  Randy McVey, Ellen Mangan, David Miller, and  Stacy Regan-Green yuck it up in this laughing good time.

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Texas Climate
8:00 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

15 More Years of Texas Drought? Say it isn’t so

Credit texscience.org

Experts predict above-average temperatures and lower-than-normal moisture amounts will be seen in the months ahead — and possibly as much as 15 more years according to a recent article in the Amarillo Globe-News.

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Oil & Gas
8:00 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Oil and Gas Production: U.S. Leads the World

The U.S. is set to be the number one producer of oil and gas this year.
Credit EIA

The current domestic drilling boom has brought plenty of jobs, traffic and concerns about pollution and sustainability. It’s also put the U.S. in a position that was unimaginable a decade ago: this year, the U.S. will be the number one producer of oil and gas, according to the federal Energy Information Administration (EIA) according to State Impact Texas.

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