Respected broadcast journalist Ted Koppel is a commentator, occasionally contributing to NPR's midday news and talk show Talk of the Nation where, through conversations with host Neal Conan and callers into the program, Koppel provides analysis, commentary and perspective on the topics and events that shape our world.

His news experience and interests are wide-ranging, spanning topics from national security, values, privacy, health and the media to Iran, Iraq and the Mideast.

Holiday Programming
7:53 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Special Programming this Fourth of July

This Independence Day, tune in to HPPR for a diversion from the standard weekday public radio fare. Enjoy comedy, farce, and good music with Capitol Steps' Politics Takes a Holiday 4th of July edition and Front Porch Fourth of July with HPPR's own Cindee Talley and Stephen Johnson.

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Will is thrilled to be reporting and delivering the news for KUNR. An East Coast transplant, he's worked at NPR stations in Philadelphia, New York and most recently Connecticut. He's also interned at the NPR West Headquarters in Los Angeles where he learned from some of the network's best correspondents. Before joining the public radio airwaves, he studied English at a small liberal arts college and covered arts and culture for an alternative news weekly in Philadelphia.

He's particularly drawn to education, government and environmental reporting, but will jump on any story that gets him out into the field with a mic in hand. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, fish tacos and great American poetry.

If you cut taxes, you get less revenue
8:00 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Kansas tax cut creates problems

Gov. Sam Brownback
Credit workingkansans.com

Kansas has a budget problem.  It’s collecting less tax money than it planned.  This spring, the state intended to take in $651 million from personal income tax, but only received $369 million. The decrease was due to a large and rather unusual income tax cut passed by lawmakers in 2012 according to The New York Times.

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Ruling has limited impact
8:00 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Kansas law professor says Hobby Lobby ruling isn’t about constitutionality

Credit wikipedia.org

Kansas was one of 18 states that sided with Hobby Lobby in the court battle over opting out of the inclusion of contraceptives in their insurance coverage.  The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby saying certain employers can opt out of including contraceptives in their insurance because of religious beliefs.  The reaction in Kansas followed predictable ideological lines reported Bryan Thompson for Kansas Public Radio.

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Living Room Concert
6:28 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

hONEyhoUSe returns to Amarillo on Friday, July 18

HPPR welcome hONEyhoUSe back to Amarillo for a Living Room Concert at the Fibonacci, located at 3306 SW 6th Ave.

We'll open the doors at 7:00, and the show will start at 7:30.

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Wayne Yoshioka is an award-winning journalist who has worked in television, print and radio in Hawaii.  He also has been on both sides of politics as a state departmental appointee and political/government reporter.   He covered Hurricane Iwa (1982) as a TV reporter; was the State Department of Defense/Civil Defense spokesperson for Hurricane Iniki (1992); and, commanded a public affairs detachment in Afghanistan (2006).  He has a master's degree in Communication from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and is a decorated combat veteran (Legion of Merit, Bronze Star and 22 other commendation/service medals).  He resides in Honolulu.

Oil & Gas
8:00 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Texas oil and gas boom doesn’t mean prosperity for everyone

A cowboy turned roughneck reflects on the haves and have-nots in Texas’ Eagle Ford oil boom.
Credit nytimes.com

The Lone Star State is king of the oil and gas drilling boom.  Over a quarter of all the active drilling rigs in the world are in Texas.  That prosperity is not without cost, nor does it benefit every Texan.

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Amarillo downtown development
8:00 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Coke-Amarillo Economic Development Corp. exchange finalized

Credit commons.wikimedia.org

Another piece of the Downtown Amarillo development project has fallen into place.  Documents finalizing the property exchange between  Coca-Cola and Amarillo Economic Development Corp. are signed, sealed and delivered according to a recent article in the Amarillo Globe-News.

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Summer Membership Campaign
4:16 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Thank you

Thank you for making public radio possible!

Thanks to the support of many HPPR member-listeners, we were able to raise nearly $25,000 during our Summer Membership Campaign. 

Membership support is key to bringing public radio to the communities of the High Plains and makes up the largest percentage of HPPR's annual operating budget. 

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